Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 7, 2013


CollaborAction: what were learning (Alejandra Bravo, DiverseCity Toronto)
Were excited about our upcoming CollaborAction conference and hope youll be able to join us. Well have lots to share on the day of, and post-event. As we gear up for the day, we wanted to share some of the things were following that are relevant to the event.

ALLIES Newsletter February 2013
In this issue:
Reflecting back and looking forward on immigrant employment solutions
How to manage a diverse workforce
What employers need to know about Canada’s changing immigration system
Councils @Work
Policy & Research

Few women and visible minorities among the senior decision-making ranks (Canada Newswire)
While women have gained ground, accounting for 31.2% of senior leadership roles in Montreal, visible minorities remain more markedly underrepresented in these ranks. In spite of accounting for 22.5% of the population, only 5.9% of senior leaders were visible minorities according to a study led by researchers from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. The study examined 3,025 senior leaders from the largest organizations in Greater Montreal in six sectors – elected, public, private, voluntary, education, and appointments to agencies, boards and commissions, located in areas of Greater Montreal with visible minority population exceeding 10%.

Massoud Hayoun and The Vancouver Observer launch first all-original Chinese news stream in city (Vancouver Observer)
The Vancouver Observer is proud to announce the launch of SinoFile, the first and only all-original daily Chinese news coverage in Vancouver, British Columbia’s English-language media. SinoFile takes a deep dive into the conversations and issues taking place in China that pack the biggest punch on Vancouver and Canada. Observing China through the lens of its social media, Hayoun reads between the lines of censorship on sites such as Sino Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He searches for meaning in politics and culture through listening in on the conversations of China’s netizens.

Why Canada could see a boom in immigrantsfrom the U.S. (Canadian Business)
Every four years, like clockwork, disillusioned Americans make the same tired threat: if their presidential candidate of choice doesnt win, then, screw it, theyre moving to Canada. While the vast majority of them dont, there has been a measurable increase in the number of both American and British immigrants coming to Canada over the last decade. Now those increases could pick up even more, thanks to a change in Canadas immigration rules.

Not enough skilled labour? Here are four reasons (Globe and Mail)
$20-billion: Thats how much underemployment among immigrants to Canada is costing our economy each year in lost earnings, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2013, Canada will welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 newcomers, Citizenship and Immigration Canada says. But, on average, their paycheques will be just 60 per cent of those handed to workers born here (down from 80 per cent for immigrants who came to this country in the 1970s), the OECD says. According to a 2012 report from CIBC World Markets, immigration accounts for one-fifth of the productivity gap between Canada and the U.S. over the past 10 years.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney eyes move to strip terrorists of Canadian citizenship (Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star)
A Conservative ministers call to rescind the Canadian citizenship of terrorists was derided as knee-jerk by the Opposition parties. After revealing a terror suspect wanted for a deadly Bulgarian bus-bombing acquired Canadian citizenship as an 8-year-old child, but left Canada at age 12 to live in Lebanon, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said a private members bill should be broadened to target terrorists like him as well as those who commit acts of war against Canada.

Kenney proposes stripping citizenship from dual-nationals involved in terrorism (Tobi Cohen,
The federal government is considering stripping dual citizens of their Canadian citizenship if they commit acts of terror abroad, in the wake of reports Canadians were involved in attacks in Bulgaria and Algeria. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said its a provision that may be worth incorporating into a private members bill already tabled by Conservative Devinder Shory. That bill seeks to revoke citizenship from dual citizens who commit acts of war against Canada.

Canada should not strip people, even terrorists, of citizenship (Editorial, Globe and Mail)
The Canadian government should think long and hard about changes to the law that would allow Canadians to be stripped of their citizenship if they go abroad to commit acts of terrorism, or acts of war against this country and its allies. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney floated such changes on Wednesday. The government is understandably embarrassed, as all Canadians should be, by allegations that our nationals were involved in recent terrorist acts in Algeria and Bulgaria. However, responding with knee-jerk legislation that would alter long-established rules of citizenship is a poor way to save face.

Multiculturalism’s Tim Hortons test (Elie Mikhael Nasrallah, New Canadian Media)
Multiculturalism is under siege from all sides and has nowhere to hide: certainly not in Britain or France or Germany. It is persona non-grata even in North America. What has happened to this cherished scheme of social engineering to deserve such a fate – not unlike that of Egypts deposed president Hosni Mubarak? Plainly stated, multiculturalism’s long honeymoon is over. It flourished in times of economic prosperity in the seventies, eighties and early nineties when the social and political winds were favourable. When the economic winds started to weaken and change direction, combined with the post-9/11 poison cloud, the wheels stared to fall off quickly.

Diversity, thy Our Strength Kathleen Wynne (South Asian Generation Next)
Ontarios first female Premier-designate held her first tele-press conference with diverse communities media this week. She committed to the diverse media that she will periodically make herself available for these tele-press conferences.

Black History Month celebrates Albertas diversity (Beacon News)
The Alberta Government is appealing to people to participate in Black History Month events in February to celebrate the provinces rich diversity. Black men and women have contributed greatly to building the strong and prosperous Alberta that people enjoy today and continue to contribute significantly to the economic, social, political and cultural fabrics of Alberta society.

Toronto celebrates diversity on Bob Marley Day (Bruce Laregina, Metro News)
Rapper and hip-hop artist Drake was among eight Torontonians who received humanitarian awards Wednesday, as the city celebrated Bob Marley Day. Live reggae music played in council chambers at city hall as the ceremony got underway. The 26-year-old Toronto rapper did not attend the event. One of the event organizers said the theme of this years event was unity through diversity. Our community in this city is diverse, said Kara Lambie. Marley was an international icon, so even though he came from the island culture, he really represents the world, just like we do.

Early parole denied for man in nip-tipping trial (Peter Edwards, Toronto star)
The Ontario Parole Board has denied Trevor Middleton early parole for his role in a night of racist attacks on Asian Canadian anglers near Keswick that left one man with permanent brain damage. Middleton, a professional motocross racer from Georgina, was found guilty in 2009 of four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm for his role in a night of nipper-tipping or nip-tipping, local slang for attacks on Asian fishermen.

Annual Demographic Estimates: Subprovincial Areas (Statistics Canada)
During the 2011-2012 period, CMAs received 92% of immigrants to Canada. However, while only a low proportion of immigrants settle elsewhere than in a CMA, that proportion increased over the past decade, going from 5% in 2001-2002 to 8% in 2011-2012. The proportion of immigrants settling outside CMAs is far below their demographic weight (30% of Canadas population lives outside a CMA). Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver are the main magnets for immigrants. In 2011-2012, approximately 60% of all immigrants to Canada settled in one of these CMAs. In the last ten years, the proportion of immigrants heading for the Toronto CMA has steadily declined, going from 48% to 31% between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012. Other CMAs, smaller and generally on the Prairies (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton) are now attracting a large proportion of immigrants. In fact, between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012, the share of immigrants settling in these five CMAs almost tripled, going from 7% to 20%.

A League Of Their Own (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Grade 12 student Ram Ganesh. He and his friends are organizing an outdoor cricket league for schools in Peel Region while teachers continue to boycott extra-curricular activities.


Diocese fights for refugee health care (Aldo Santin, Winnipeg Free Press)
The local diocese of the Anglican Church has gone to Federal Court in a bid to reverse the federal health-care cuts to the refugee program. In a hearing Wednesday in Federal Court in Winnipeg, the Rupertsland Diocese made an application for judicial review, effectively asking the court to rule the Harper government cuts are a breach of contract with sponsoring organizations and order the government to keep them in place.


Engage! : February 2013 (Tamarack)
Backbone Support: Essential For Successful Collective Impact
Communities First: Impacts For Community Engagement
Collective Impact Institute Nh-2012: The Journey Continues
Writing To Impact Change

Event Feb 7: Caring for the Caregivers with Sherri Torjman, VP of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy (Caledon Institute)

Kathleen Wynne: spendthrift? Or just the opposite? (Joy Connelly, Opening the Window)
In last weeks Globe, Kathleen Wynne was reported to have a slew of big-ticket policies in mind, including a national affordable housing strategy. Does that make her a cant say no spendthrift the Big Government proponent that the Globe and some of its readers seem to fear? Perhaps just the opposite.


Ontario NDP question lack of inquest into migrant workers deaths (iPolitics)
Ontarios New Democrats are questioning the chief coroners decision not to hold an inquest into a crash that killed 10 migrant workers and a truck driver last year. The NDPs labour critic says he doesnt buy interim chief coroner Dan Casss argument that an inquest likely wouldnt generate recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Tragedy waiting to happen again (Ranjit Bhaskar, New Canadian Media)
As the tragedys first anniversary approached, it was in the news again when Ontarios chief coroner decided against holding a public inquest into the crash, concluding one of the provinces deadliest-ever collisions was solely the result of driver error. This conclusion has been contested as the tragedy was much more than a horrible road accident. It also exposed the dark underbelly of Canadas labour market that recruits almost 300,000 temporary foreign or migrant workers each year. Workers unions and rights activists say they often work under inhumane conditions and then sent home when their visas expire.

Its been an excellent wave (Jill Chesley, ERIEC)
Ive been at ERIEC for 2 years plus a day, and its been an excellent wave. For me, the crest of the wave was working with the dozens of talented, intelligent, experienced, educated, hopeful and absolutely lovely women and men from all over the world our mentees. I first got to know them through their resumes when they applied to the Career Mentorship Program. I saw that folks with MAs and PhDs were working at grocery stores, liquor stores, and many were working as cleaners or security guards. It was hard on my heart. Then I met the mentees, worked with them and attended ERIECs Intercultural Workshops with them and I got to know them. I heard about the highs finding work in their fields, and I heard about the lows 2,3,4 or more years in Canada and still looking, waiting for that one employer to take a chance and hire someone different. My colleagues at ERIEC and I shared in their excitement and their disappointment and frustration. This was definitely the low point on the wave.

Speed Interviewing, Round One: The Digital Industry (Denise DeLong, Smart City blog)
The energy was palpable! For our first of four Speed Interviewing events funded by the RBC Foundation, nineteen diverse Digital Industry companies accepted our invitation to participate and filled the Almon room of the Halifax Club on February 1st. Twenty eight internationally skilled professionals were, as they say in the UK, suited and booted. Some had a decade of experience and some were about to be newly minted graduates. Each participant had researched the companies, requested their top three choices for people they wanted to meet and we did our best to match them in the Speed Interviewing rounds. As was mentioned in the participant feedback evaluations, this event was seen as a, “good platform to get to know what Halifax has to offer as an IT destination!


Thursday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage of Toronto Casino, TCHC, Auditor General’s Annual Report and Other News.

Newsstand: February 7, 2013 (Brendan Ross, Torontoist)
Thursday is like a peach pie on a windowsill that takes 24 freakin’ hours to cool. In the news: TCHC looks into some shady internal business, the prom will go on at Toronto schools, a city councillor foils crooks, and lawyers stand up for themselves at last.

More evidence that a casino is bad for Torontos health (Steve Barnes and Jo Snyder, Wellesley Institute)
A new report from Torontos Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, provides more evidence about the community health impacts of a casino in Toronto. Dr. McKeown sets out how building a casino will impact the health of Torontonians through changes in employment, economic development, neighbourhood impacts, and social safety net impacts. Evidence for local economic development, he writes, is inconclusive. However, available evidence does tell us that a new casino in Toronto is likely to have greater adverse health-related impacts than beneficial impacts. This is an important piece for the City to understand when making its decision. As we continue to build the city and the communities of Toronto, we need to consider the kinds of opportunities are we providing for people to be their healthiest.

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