Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 4, 2013


Creating possibility: Deborah Littman on London Citizens Living Wage Campaign (Alejandra Bravo, DiverseCity Toronto)
Weve been following the London Living Wage campaign for some time on Cities of Migration. Since November 2005, London Living Wage has brought together a diverse alliance of active citizens and community leaders from across the city to pressure employers to start paying all their employees a living wage and to encourage consumers to support businesses that do. And, theyve been successful. When we started to think about what project from outside of Toronto might be of interest and inspire the attendees of our upcoming conference, CollaborAction: Building Blocks Learning Exchange, the Living Wage campaign immediately came to mind. Were happy to announce that Deborah Littman, one of the campaigns original leads, will be joining us on March 20.

The inside story of Jason Kenneys campaign to win over ethnic votes (Alec Castonguay, Maclean’s)
Last year, Lactualité, the sister publication to Macleans in Quebec, got unprecedented access to Canadas Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Chief political reporter Alec Castonguay was given a rare behind-the-scenes look at the man who is arguably most responsible for delivering the Conservatives a majority in the last federal election and who is remaking the nations immigration policy. This is an edited, translated version of the story that appeared in the magazine and as a Lactualité ebook.

Toronto warned of surge of undocumented migrants in 2015 (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Toronto will see a spike in its undocumented migrant population in 2015 when many of Canadas temporary foreign workers see their four-year work permits expire and move underground, a city committee has heard. This issue is going to hit Toronto particularly hard, University of Toronto law professor Andrey Macklin, a member of panel of immigration experts, told the Community Development and Recreation Committee Thursday. Based on the experience of other guest worker regimes, there is a significant number of people who end up overstaying.

Black History Month (CIC)
Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. . Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.

Who has a place in Black History Month? (Hamilton Spectator)
As we begin Black History Month, I offer my queries, convictions and hopes as an individual and as a leader in community development with diverse groups of Hamiltonians of African background. Who is black? Who is included in remembering and celebrating black history? With this identification by skin colour, who will feel greater positive self-worth, greater awareness of deep cultural roots, greater pride in the positive accomplishments of black individuals and groups worldwide at the end of this month? How will Black History Month strengthen our youth from many backgrounds, who often struggle for dignity, acceptance and self-esteem in the face of societal attitudes?–who-has-a-place-in-black-history-month

How Greater Toronto Area schools celebrate Black History Month (Metro News)
Its February and students across Canada are celebrating Black History Month and the rich heritage, achievements and contributions of African and Caribbean Canadians. In the Greater Toronto Area, students from kindergarten to Grade 12 will attend assemblies and workshops, participate in the visual and performing arts, listen to stories of bravery and compassion in the fight for freedom as told by descendents of slaves and discuss how the past has influenced the future.

Much to learn from histories of N.S. black churches (George Elliott Clarke, Chronicle Herald)
The late great amateur historian Pearleen Oliver (1917-2008) started an intellectual revolution in African-Nova Scotia (Africadia) when she published A Brief History of the Coloured Baptists of Nova Scotia in 1953. She was building upon the history written by Peter E. McKerrow and published in Halifax in 1895, and she was also issuing a call, if silently, for other Africadians to follow. And they have, and they have mainly been women.

Foreign criminal still in Canada despite convictions, deportation order (CTV)
One of the many things we do here at W5 is follow up on our stories. In some cases the response from you, our viewers, lead us to investigate other facets of a story and sometimes the story we report on is worth a follow up. This weeks report, Conning Canada, is one of those. We first reported on Sandra Gordon in 2006 as part of our investigation Criminal Immigrants. Back then we revealed that Gordon had a long criminal record and was under a deportation order. But when we aired the story her appeal of that deportation order had not yet been decided.

Lai Tong Sang, Alleged Asian Gang Leader, Faces New Canada Immigration Hearing (Andree Lau, Huffington Post)
Seventeen years after an alleged Asian organized crime boss was granted permanent resident status in Canada, despite being red-flagged for suspected criminal activities, authorities are trying to send him packing. The case of Lai Tong Sang scandalized the federal immigration system when it was revealed that the man described by Macau police as the leader of the notorious Wo On Lok gang had been allowed into Canada.

Emad Rizkalla: Taking e-learning to the next level (Globe and Mail)
Emad Rizkalla has a story or two to tell about being an Egyptian-born tech entrepreneur in St. Johns, who credits Newfoundland roots band Great Big Sea for his mergers and acquisitions breakthrough. There are no ordinary days for this 44-year-old engineer as he pursues the dream of revolutionizing electronic learning through his small, growing company, Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc.

Painful wait mars citizenship (Vilma Filici, New Canadian Media)
Canadian citizenship should be seen as a reward for Permanent Residents who have established themselves in the country and become exemplary citizens. However, in reality, measures to prevent immigration fraud are unnecessarily penalizing law abiding people applying for citizenship. My friends travail makes a good case study of the problems being faced by many.

Building bridges for the next generation (Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer)
Law firms may be afraid to make it a strategic issue, but Tuckett says there are many reasons to explore how diverse the profession has become other than filling a need by clients who demand a diverse roster of lawyers working on their files. I think most women, minorities, and gay and lesbian lawyers will happily self-identify if asked if they know the purpose is to try and measure their success in the profession. So I think we should push and encourage firms to ask to the extent they can. I think well get a good sense of the growth of those groups in the profession even if its only voluntary disclosure.

Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities: Victims Who Dont Speak English (Settlement AtWork)
The Bernard Betel Centre cordially invites you to attend a city-wide conference: Elder Abuse in Ethnic Communities: Victims Who Dont Speak English.

City of Torontos Toronto Newcomer Strategy (Settlement AtWork)
The Toronto Newcomer Strategy is designed to improve newcomer settlement through shared leadership, stronger collaboration and a more seamless and well-coordinated service system.

Recent City of Toronto Presentation on Toronto Newcomer Demographics (Settlement AtWork)
A recent presentation on Torontos newcomer demographics is now available.

Report Released to the City of Toronto With Recommendations on Human Trafficking (Settlement AtWork)
A report has been released with recommendations to the City of Toronto on human trafficking.

Follow Canada on immigration (Shikha Dalmia,
Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment — which comes only once every few decades — was squandered on minor and temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking. This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than Canada. Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends whose labor and skills are vital to the economy.

Mirrors Of Privilege: Making Whiteness Produced And Directed By Shakti Butler (Racism Free Ontario)
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness is a documentary which looks at white experience of racism. It allows one to reflect on their own experience and understanding to reflect on and educate others on how racism survives generations. It highlights experiences of white individuals to gain understanding of what it means to challenge the ideas and beliefs of racism. According to World Trust: The stories in the film reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogues to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression. Featuring: Tim Wise, Joe Fahey, Peggy V. McIntosh, Marguerite Parks, Gary Howard and many more.

Passages to Canada Workshop Encourages Vancouverites to Share Stories of Diversity (Historica Dominion Institute)
Vancouverites from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a storytelling workshop organized by The Historica-Dominion Institutes Passages to Canada program at the Metro Vancouver YWCA, featuring immigration lawyer, Emma Andrews, and cultural historian, Naveen Girn, in partnership with the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society. Lawyer Andrews discussed her experience of emigrating from Honduras in the midst of civil war and historian Girn talked of being the child of immigrants and bridging the gap between his familys heritage and his Canadian upbringing. Workshop participants learned how to craft their own unique stories of heritage and diversity from professional story-crafting facilitators from Passages to Canada. Many of the participants will go on to share their stories with schools and community groups as volunteers of the Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau.

Diversity in Canada and Calgary – Infographic (CHBA Calgary)
More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as a home language or mother tongue, according to Statistics Canada. One-fifth or Canadas population, or nearly 6,630,000 people, spoke a language other than English or French at home. And the story is similar in Calgary, as the city continues to see high in-migration numbers, it can only be expected that Calgary is going to become even more multi-cultural by 2031 than it already is, says Statistics Canada.

Final consultation held for Canadian Museum of History (580 CFRA News Talk Radio)
More than 70 people gathered at the Museum of Civilization Thursday night for a public consultation on the future Canadian Museum of History. Participants discussed what they’d like to see in the new exhibition hall which will open at the museum in 2017. “I would really like to see the breadth of Canada’s geography and its diversity across all its regions continued to be really reflected in the experience of the museum experience,” said participant Eva Schacherl. “People also talked a lot about technology and how things have changed. People interact through smart phones, through interactive exhibits and I think that we’d really like to see that as a strength of this museum.”

Adult ESL classes on the decline (Brampton Guardian)
The number of English classes provided by the Peel District School Board for adults trying to learn the language or improve their proficiency has been on a steady decline. The number of English classes provided by the Peel public school board for adults trying to learn the language or improve their proficiency has been on a steady decline. Peel District School Board offers the classes free of charge to adults in the region. The lessons are funded by the provincial and federal governments.–adult-esl-classes-on-the-decline

Strangers shores (Jake Morrow, The MUSE)
For many of the more than 1500 international students from around the world enrolled at MUN, as well as those new to Canada living in St. Johns and province wide, this can be a difficult place to navigate. Alwell Oyet, a past president of the African and Canadian Association Of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACANL) and a mathematics professor at MUN, knows the challenges that can come with starting over someplace new. St. Johns wasnt always an easy environment for immigrants when Oyet first became involved with the ACANL in the 1990s. At the time when we started […] there were many issues, he said. We found that it was very difficult for members of our organization to find employment in Newfoundland, in St. Johns in particular. Most of those people who were employed came here with a job offer, but if you come here without, it was very difficult.

Canadian extremists more likely homegrown: ‘secret’ CSIS report (Globe and Mail)
Violent Canadian extremists are more likely to be citizens than immigrants, according to a secret study by the federal intelligence service. And these radicals tend to be relatively young and well-integrated members of society. These findings appear in A Study of Radicalization: The Making of Islamist Extremists in Canada Today, a 21-page study released to The Globe and Mail under the Access to Information Act. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service study is released as global concerns about terrorists from Canada are growing.

Government officials put on alert after immigration lawyer suspended (Tobi Cohen,
Citizenship and Immigration has taken the unusual step of warning staff about a Toronto lawyer who can only be described as a thorn in the side of the government as it seeks to overhaul Canadas immigration system. An internal operational bulletin sent Friday alerts CIC, Canada Border Services Agency and Foreign Affairs staff that Timothy Leahy has been suspended by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which regulates the legal profession in Ontario. Officials say the decision to clarify his status was made because he regularly interacts with visa offices and that there was some confusion over his standing.

Illegal Immigration Is Expected To Rise in Canada By 2015 (IB Times)
The number of illegal immigrants in Canada is expected to rise by 2015, according to Canada’s Immigration News Source (CICS). Over 190,000 immigrants arrived in Canada last year. Many of them are on a four-year-work-permit that is set to expire by April 2015. “Their work permits will expire on April 1st 2015 because of a rule enacted on April 1st, 2011, that created a four year limit on cumulative time a foreign national can spend in Canada as a temporary foreign worker,” reported CICS Saturday.

Prison, immigration service may expand electronic monitors (CBC)
Canada’s prison service plans a new pilot project to test the effectiveness of electronic ankle bracelets on offenders released into the community with conditions. In addition, the federal border agency will consult the United States and Britain as part of a study looking at expanded use of the tracking devices on immigrants and refugee claimants. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews outlined the initiatives despite steadfast opposition from the NDP in a written response to a Commons committee that examined electronic bracelets last year.

Torontos Jains build a landmark temple (Globe and Mail)
There are approximately eight million followers of the Jain religion worldwide and close to 6,000 of them in Toronto but its part of their ethos to keep a low profile. Now thats about to change: For the first time, this community will have their own traditional temple in the city. And at 48,000 square feet, it will be hard to miss. It will become another landmark and tourist attraction, said Milan Shah, one of the leaders of the local Jain community. On behalf of the Jain Society of Toronto, he teamed up with real-estate developer Moti Champsee to negotiate a $4.8-million deal with the Greek community in June to buy their partially finished Hellenic Cultural Centre on Ellesmere Road and Warden Avenue in Scarborough.

My parents are Chinese. I was raised in Canada. Race was never an issueuntil I moved to China (
For the past year I have lived and studied in Beijing, China, and for the past year I have had this conversation, nearly verbatim, countless times. With taxi drivers. With bubble tea vendors. With my professors and tutors. With local friends. None of them seem able to fully wrap their heads around it. My parents are both from Taiwan, I try to explain, but I was born and raised in Canada. Oh, they pause, hinting momentarily at comprehension. But you look so Chinese.

Wtf TOpoli (Capturing Torontopia)
How can I put my energy into supporting you when you cant even pass an Optics 101 situation? These are questions I cannot answer. The White Guy Illuminati need to make those changes themselves. It was not an isolated incident. It was just a glaringly obvious one. To the White Guys, look at your twitter feeds. Who do you have conversations with? Who do you follow? How do you treat new voices? How often do you RT women? Promote their writing, their thoughts? How often do you actively work to support WoCs voices being heard? How often do you support trans* issues? How often do you remain silent and treat it as someone elses fight? How often do you seek out information on whatever your pet passion is (and I dont mean that in a derogatory manner, we all have our areas of infinite interest) and how the matter may impact a WoC, trans* people and people who are unwaged or experiencing long-term poverty or are disable? How often do you research and shine a light on those experiences/viewpoints? Or do you tell yourself they are a minority experience, a fringe matter? This is not just someone elses fight. These fights are yours too.

Latin American immigrants make waves in Canada as Generation Ñ (Eva Salinas, Financial Post)
A smooth Spanish accent and a wooden surfboard on a shelf in his office on Torontos King Street West hint at Diego Cascos origins. Otherwise, the Costa Rican graphic designer might be from anywhere. But after running his own design and communications company for the past 12 years and just wanting to blend in with the general business community, Mr. Casco is ready to be counted as part of a new group of educated, Latin American entrepreneurs making waves in Canada. Were not too many but were slowly starting to show ourselves, he says.

Time for an attitude readjustment (Gail J. Cohen, Canadian Lawyer)
Ive written a lot in these pages about the issues of diversity and equality much of it directly related to maintaining the number of women in the legal profession. But inequality in the law goes much further.

Schema Magazine Turns 9!! | Celebrate with Us + Contest (Week 1) (Schema Magazine)
Can you believe Schema Magazine will be celebrating our 9th birthday this February? To celebrate this milestone, we at Schema want to focus on creating better, more tailored content by getting to know a bit more about our readers. Please help us get to know you better by completing Schema Magazine’s online readership questionnaire! It will take less than 10 minutes to complete.


Why We Can No Longer Call Canada an Advocate for Human Rights (Huffington Post)
With little fanfare, Canada was scolded last month by both the United Nations and Amnesty International over its human rights record. Yes you read this correctly — Canada. The two areas that attracted the most attention by the UN/ Amnesty International human rights experts were Canada’s record when it came to refugees and internally the manner in which we continue to discriminate against our First Nations people. While politicians mouth the usual platitudes in support of refugees and First Nations their actions demonstrate the platitudes are nothing but a smoke screen. On the refugee front Canada was, for decades, considered a safe harbour for those fleeing persecution from their countries of origin. Where the stateless once saw us as kind and benevolent, today refugees are routinely targeted and easily returned from whence they came.


Canada a good, not great, place to live: report (Globe and Mail)
Canada is widely considered one of the best places in the world to live, but a comparison of key socioecononomic indicators shows room for improvement if the country is going to rival some of its peers. A report card to be released Monday by the Conference Board of Canada gives the country an overall B grade.

Anti-poverty roundtable says NO to casino (Hamilton Spectator)
A casino will hurt the city more than it will help it, Hamiltons poverty prevention experts say. The Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is the latest voice to weigh in on the citys casino debate, with a strong case for the NO camp. Quite simply, they say, a new casino development would not advance our communitys aspiration of Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child.–anti-poverty-roundtable-says-no-to-casino

Welfare reform: Keeping more earnings would help single mom (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
Welfare recipient and single mom Jillian Wilson works part-time in the kitchen at the Daily Bread Food Bank. If the government allows people on welfare to keep the first $200 of their earnings without clawbacks, Wilson says she will have more money to buy food for her four boys, ages 13, 12, 4 and 2.

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board’s Society Report Card (Huffington Post)
Canada gets an uninspiring B on a new report card measuring social performance among a group of major developed countries, a ranking the think tank says means the country is not living up to its reputation or its potential. Overall, Canada placed 7th among the 17 countries examined in the Conference Board of Canada’s latest Society Report Card, placing it in the middle of the pack. But the country scored significantly below average on indicators of child poverty, working age poverty, income inequality, the gender income gap and voter turnout.

Canadian Social Research Newsletter February 3, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Ontario’s Disability Support Program : An unsustainable program (Pat Capponi in John Stapleton’s blog) – January 28
2. The State of Ontario’s Indebtedness (Fraser Institute) – January 31 (+ Commentary by Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
3. Alberta Social Policy Framework : Albertans identify child poverty as priority – January 31
4. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 30 January 2013 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. MORE Media and Policy News (for 28 January 2013) from Jennefer Laidley
6. [Ontario] Social assistance reform is happening: Three things to look out for (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute) – January 30
7. Infographic : Affordable Housing in Canada (Citizens for Public Justice) – January 2013
8. [City of
Toronto] SPARmonitor – Monitoring Toronto’s Social Change – January 30
9. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January to March 2013 (Prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services)
10. Incoming Ontario premier Wynne announces transition team [including Frances
Lankin] (Globe and Mail) – January 29
11. Recent releases from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
— Progressive Tax Options for BC : Reform Ideas for Raising New Revenues and Enhancing Fairness – January 29
— Income inequality on the rise, especially in large cities – January 28
— Beyond Austerity – A video by Trish Hennessy – January 2013
12. The Republic of Harper (Duncan Cameron in the Toronto Star) – January 29
13. [British
Columbia] Improving Care for B.C. Seniors: An Action Plan (Better at Home program) (BC Ministry of Health) – January 28
14. [Ontario] Will Kathleen Wynne Cross the Inequality Barrier? (By Trish Hennessy in Huffington Post) – January 29
15. [Ontario] Editorial : Kathleen Wynne should take fast action on welfare reform (Toronto Star) – January 28
16. High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 (Statistics Canada) + critiques & comments by Andrew Jackson, Michael Wolfson, Miles Corak and others – January 28
17. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2012 – January 30
— Survey of Household Spending, 2011 – January 30
— Study: Trends in homeownership by age and household income, 1981 to 2006 – January 29
— Study: Select health indicators of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit, 2007 to 2010 – January 29
— High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 – January 28
18. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Press Freedom Index 2013: Canada Drops 10 Spots In 1 Year (Reporters Without Borders, Huffington Post)
Canada has dropped ten spots on Reporters Without Borders annual press freedom index on concerns about government access-to-information policies and recent court rulings that weakened protection of confidential sources. The international press freedom watchdog ranked Canada 20th in the world for press freedom in its latest index, released this week, down from 10th place in the 2012 index. That means Canada has lost its traditional status as the western hemispheres leader in press freedom to Jamaica, which placed 13th in the rankings.

Upcoming Panel Discussion:Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
On February 4 at Carleton University, the Foundations Stephen Huddart will chair the panel discussion, Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: The Federal Budget and Food Insecurity. Examining Canadas current food challenges and proposing policy and budget measures to address them, the discussion will mark the official launch of Carletons Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) initiative, which aims to strengthen Canadian communities through action and research on the best practices of community-campus partnerships.

Media Alert – CMA launches New National Dialogue on Health Care Seeks views on social factors behind ill health (Canada Newswire)
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is seeking Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health – the external factors that cause people to suffer poor health. On Monday, Feb. 4, CMA president Dr. Anna Reid will announce a cross-country series of public town halls on the topic as part of the association’s ongoing effort to transform Canada’s health care system. That evening, the National Dialogue will begin with a public town hall meeting in Winnipeg focusing on Aboriginal health care.

New Ontario Premier wants action on welfare & housing (CWP)
In a shift from predecessor Dalton McGuinty, newly elected Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has come out of the gate prioritizing social programs. A welcome change from the austerity budget conversation, Premier Wynne wants action on transit, welfare and would like to see the advent of a national housing strategy.

Social Assistance Reform is On the Agenda (ISAC)
In October 2012, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario issued its final report, complete with 108 recommendations. That report is suddenly getting a lot of attention. Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has released a discussion paper outlining his intention to implement some of the Commissions recommendations. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has announced that her three priorities for the upcoming legislative session includes an important recommendation made by the Commission. And Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne says that social assistance reform is “a priority” for her government and has pledged to implement the Commissions recommendations.


Foreign workers hired over qualified Canadians on B.C. coal project: court filing (Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail)
Résumés of workers who applied for jobs at a B.C. coal project show there were qualified Canadian applicants for positions that went to foreign employees, says a recently filed court document. People who applied for the jobs included workers with extensive mining experience, the document says. It was filed January 31 by lawyers for two B.C. unions that are fighting plans by Vancouver-based HD Mining to hire 201 temporary foreign workers for its Murray River Coal project near Tumbler Ridge.

Document reveals experience of Canadian mine applicants (Michael Smyth, The Province)
The Chinese company that wants to set up an underground coal mine near Tumbler Ridge said it tried – and failed – to find qualified Canadians to work in the mine. But after the company was forced in court to produce about 300 resumés submitted by “unqualified” Canadian job applicants, critics are scoffing at the claim. “There were obviously qualified Canadians who applied for these jobs, and they were simply rejected,” Brian Cochrane of the Union of Operating Engineers told me Saturday. “Qualified Canadians are being denied jobs developing Canada’s own resources,” Cochrane said.

Nursing Labour Process And The Rise Of Employer Demand For Temporary Migrant Nurses: The North American Role In A Global Story (Justice for Migrant Workers)
Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement: Winter 2013 Speaker Series Nursing Labour Process and the Rise of Employer Demand for Temporary Migrant Nurses: The North American Role in a Global Story

Employment equity laws ensure workplace fairness (Mary Cornish Avvy Yao-Yao Go and John Rae, Toronto Star)
At long last a measure of employment equity is coming to the Peel District School Board (PDSB) with its recently announced Journey Ahead Action Plan. This plan, which the PDSB states will transform its work sets out findings, timelines and tasks for Equitable Hiring and Promotion flows from a settlement of a human rights complaint by a teacher, Ranjit Khatkur who had alleged before the Hearings Tribunal of Ontario that the PDSBs hiring and promotion practices were resulting in the systemic exclusion of applicants of racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. The 15-page Action Plan includes such measures as conducting a demographic survey of the school board workforce, removing artificial barriers to hiring, and training principals on how to conduct bias-free job interviews. Sadly, PDSB is not the only workplace that is plagued with discrimination. Most employers, like the PDSB, don’t voluntarily change their practices. It often takes legal proceeding to compel them into action.


Monday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage of Rob Ford, Casino and Other News.

Newsstand: February 4, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
It’s February already?! In the news: Ford’s got a favourite for budget chief; Mammoliti’s election spending goes to the audit committee; GTA construction price-fixing is under investigation; Toronto’s Jain community makes a deal for a temple; Canada makes history at the Davis Cup; and the penny’s run is closer to ending.

Weekend Newsstand: February 2, 2013 (Sarah-Joyce Battersby, Torontoist)
Remember: this Saturday is the first Saturday of the rest of your weekend, so use it wisely. Take some news with you: where city councillors stand on a downtown casino, St. Mike’s looks at homeless health needs, TDSB reevaluates its Black Panther lesson plan, the Ikea Monkey is still a thing, the Sun gets blocked in Pakistan, and superheroes.


Digital Digest #111: Its about us, its about trust (Edelman)
Six of Edelman Canadas leaders discussed their insights about trust, including a number that can provide valuable lessons for those operating digitally. Notably, social media provides NGOs, who have led Trust Barometerrankings in recent years, with an extraordinary opportunity to build community and rally support to their causes, while businesses may find they have to work harder to achieve the same results. At the same time, increasingly blurred lines between traditional and social media mean that we need to take advantage of a multi-channel approach when working to build trust. In all cases, trust starts with a better understanding of how the stories we tell and the stories told about about us move across mediums and converge on social and traditional platforms.

2013 Edelman Trust Barometer Canadian Findings (John Clinton, Edelman)
I was thrilled to release the Canadian findings from the 13th annual Edelman Trust Barometer today at an exclusive luncheon event at the Windsor Arms Hotel. This Barometer marks our largest exploration of trust to date, and is the largest of its kind. For 2013, we surveyed more than 31,000 respondents in 26 markets across the globe including more than 1,000 respondents here in Canada and measured their trust in institutions, industries and leaders.

Community building on the coasts: BC and Nova Scotia introduce new social venture legislation (Charity Village)
They may be Canadas two coastal bookends, but two provinces, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, have recently taken almost identical measures to increase the power and reach of social venture organizations in each region. On December 4, 2012, Nova Scotia took a social leap forward with legislation enacted to create a new category of share capital company aimed at helping its population. Nova Scotias Bill 153, aka the Community Interest Companies Act, will allow for new social mechanisms or CICs (pronounced kicks) as their being called of community change. Earlier in 2012, the British Columbia legislature passed a similar law contained in its Bill 23 Finance Statues Amendment Act, wherein a Community Contribution Company (CCC) designation now exists for organizations interested in doing good while watching their profits and bottom lines.

United Way of Toronto raises over $116-million in massive fundraising campaign (Globe and Mail)
The United Way of Toronto hosted a celebratory dinner Thursday at Metro Hall for 1,500 supporters and volunteers who helped the charity raise over $116-million in an aggressive fundraising campaign to help the citys poor. Susan McIsaac, United Way Toronto president and chief executive officer, told the packed room that the money would be directed toward the citys most needy, specifically in 13 low-income, under-serviced neighborhoods identified by her organization and the city of Toronto.

Lost in Translation or Just Lost? (Samara Canada)
Parliament is more accessible to Canadians than at any time in history. In the past, only the most devoted had access to the House of Commons transcripts, which were delivered by mail. Democracy has gone digital: the TV cameras introduced in the House in 1977 now stream live online, and citizen-generated web tools like help make parliamentary transcripts searchable and user-friendly. Members of Parliament, too, have more tools available to them in order to communicate with citizensfrom Twitter to telephone town hallsthan at any time in the past. But this hasn’t made Canadians feel any more connected to politicians or political institutions; instead they feel increasingly disconnected. In fact, as 2012 public opinion survey data from Samara shows, only 55% of citizens are satisfied with Canada’s democracyan all-time low.

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