Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 11, 2013


UN Awards (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt galloway spoke with Jennifer Corriero, she is the executive director of Taking It Global, and with Cathy Winter, she is the manager of DiverseCity onBoard. They are 2011 and 2012 winners of the UN’s Intercultural Innovation Award.

Notice Change to Offers of Arranged Employment in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (CIC)
On December 19, 2012, the Government of Canada published regulations that will change the way Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) processes offers of arranged employment for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Currently, employers seek an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) from HRSDC when they wish to hire a foreign national on a permanent, full-time basis and support their employees application for permanent residence through the FSWP.

Has Canada become addicted to foreign workers? (Don Butler, The Province)
No company flaunts its Canadian credentials more than Tim Hortons. Marketing has transformed the coffee-and-doughnut colossus into a commercial embodiment of the virtues and values Canadians hold dear. Yet the beloved icon has been a major beneficiary of a profound shift in immigration policy that some say is transforming the countrys labour market: Canadas growing reliance on some might say addiction to temporary foreign workers. The numbers are startling. In the past decade, the number of temporary foreign workers living in Canada has more than tripled.

Reflecting Ontario’s Face (TVO The Agenda)
The Agenda has explored why women are less visible in punditry. This time, we’re turning our attention to the changing face of Ontario, and looking at how we go about better reflecting the diversity of the province on our program.

Canada should ‘certainly’ re-establish a diplomatic post in Iraq: Kenney (CTV)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canada should certainly re-establish a diplomatic post in Baghdad particularly to process refugees from the region, a task that has become difficult due to the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. Kenney, just back from a surprise trip to Iraq, told CTVs Question Period on Sunday that the number of refugees Canada accepted in 2012 dropped because it was forced to close its embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, a central processing point for Iraqi refugee applicants. In 2009, Canada pledged to accept about 20,000 Iraqi refugees by 2013. So far, only about 12,000 have arrived.

Most Canadians in favour of limits on immigration: poll (National Post)
Most Canadians are in favour of restrictions on the number of qualified immigrants accepted into the country each year, a new poll suggests. A survey conducted by Forum Research for the National Post found that 70% of the 1,755 Canadian adults polled supported limits, and most Canadians who were born in another country (58%) agreed. Among those whose parents were not born in Canada, 66% were in support of limiting the number of qualified immigrants over admitting all prospective qualified newcomers, the poll showed.–w

English a health-care barrier for newcomers (Windsor Star)
Most new immigrants in Windsor-Essex have access to a family doctor, but language remains one of the main barriers to accessing health care, a survey by local settlement groups has found. More than 530 people who attend language classes in Windsor and Essex responded to the English-language survey con-ducted earlier this year. Almost 90 per cent of the respondents indicated they had a family doctor, and most of them found their doctor through a family member or friend. Almost 60 per cent of respondents said they use walk-in clinics for primary care.

Multiculturalisms an outdated insult (Leo Housakos, Globe and Mail)
The B.C. political scandal involving public servants allegedly wooing the ethnic vote is a sign of the times. Multiculturalism in Canada is a fraud used for political gains. The Liberal Party of Canada created multiculturalism in the 1960s to integrate new immigrants into Canadian society. The stated goal was to encourage and celebrate cultural diversity within a bilingual Canada. But beneath any good intentions was a political strategy to buy ethnic votes. Multiculturalism became a state-financed marketing program. The government used tax dollars to buy photo ops with ethnic leaders usually in culturally diverse cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. It would translate into broader support in general elections.

The Booze Issue (Ethnic Aisle)
This week on the Ethnic Aisle, were all about booze. From how culture and religion affect our views on drinking, to what a multicultural bar might look like, to the dreaded Asian Glow, were diving in to the world of liquor.

Top Story Canada Accepts More Immigrants from China and Philippines As Compared to India (South Asian Observer)
In 2012 Canada has accepted more immigrants from China and Philippines as compared to India. China stands first while India and Philippines stand second and third respectively in the number of visas granted by the Canadian federal government 2012. Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister said that immigrants, visitors and students from India, China and Philippine to Canada hit a record high last year. The federal government last year granted permanent residential status to 32,990 Chinese and 32,704 Philippines and 28,889 Indians according to a press release by Citizenship and Immigration Department of Canada Monday. “We plan to grow the economy and create more jobs by attracting an increasing number of visitors and the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada,” said Minister Kenney in the release.

Video: Premier Clark in damage control over ethnic vote scandal (CTV)
Premier Christy Clark was back in the legislature Monday apologizing again, and under more fire in the ethnic vote scandal. Now, a member of her cabinet is out. John Yap has resigned as Advanced Education and Multiculturalism Minister. Yap says he takes responsibility, but insists he never saw the document at the centre of the scandal.

Former Star columnist Angelo Persichilli named citizenship judge for GTA (Bruce Campion-Smith Parliament Hill, Debra Black, Toronto Star)
Angelo Persichilli, a former top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a former Star columnist, has been appointed a citizenship judge for the GTA.

Stephen Harpers former aide gets appointment as citizenship judge (Mark Kennedy, Vancouver Sun)
Prime Minister Stephen Harpers former director of communications, who resigned last year citing health reasons, has been given a new job as a citizenship judge. Angelo Persichilli, a one-time journalist who was Harpers chief spokesman for several months in 2011 and 2012, will be a citizenship judge for the Greater Toronto Area. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, who recommended to his cabinet colleagues that Persichilli get the appointment.

Total employment up in Saskatchewan: StatsCan (The Star Phoenix)
The solution, it said, is a significantly higher ceiling on the number of immigrants allowed to come and work in Saskatchewan, plus more programs for workplace training and investment in increasing productivity. For example, it recently asked federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to boost the number of people allowed to immigrate each year under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program to 6,000 from 4,000.

WSO Says Racist Letters To Indo-Canadian Businesses Unacceptable (The Link)
The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses concern over recent racist emails sent to numerous Indo-Canadian businesses in Chilliwack, which include two Indian restaurants and one taxi business. The emails read in part, Chilliwack is not a place for you and that Chillliwack doesnt need the folk from India and Surrey to pollute this city. In addition, restaurant owner Sumit Gulatis home has twice been the target of vandalism in recent months. After complaints from the owners of the restaurants that police was doing little to investigate the matter the Chilliwack RCMP finally announced that they are investigating the incidents as hate crime.

Ujjal Dosanjh Calls BC Ethnic Vote Debate ‘Nauseating’ (Huffington Post)
Former New Democrat premier Ujjal Dosanjh says the ethnic vote-winning debate that has hammered British Columbia’s Liberals and forced them to issue numerous apologies is nauseating, sanctimonious and holier-than-thou. Dosanjh said Friday all political parties engage in what he calls pandering to ethnic voters and that pandering gets especially rich as election dates approach. Others agree, suggesting the leaked Liberal strategy from last year which surfaced last week, less than three months before the May 14 B.C. election mirrors the goals of other political parties. It’s similar to federal Conservative Party strategies and compliments the prowess of the B.C. New Democrats in maintaining ethnic voter support, observers say.

In the shoes of immigrants (Hamilton Spectator)
As a girl, Irena Rodziewicz was never allowed to pick out her own shoes. Growing up in communist Poland, she wore whatever shoes she was given clunky and practical, and sometimes not even the right size. When the country elected its first president of the Democratic Republic of Poland in 1991, suddenly there were options. Stores filled up with designer clothing and colour TVs. And Rodziewicz picked out her own shoes: A pair of dainty, cream-coloured ballet flats. They were beautiful, but far from practical and took time to learn to walk in just like her new freedom. When she and her husband immigrated to Canada almost 20 years later, she brought those shoes with her.–in-the-shoes-of-immigrants

Our panel on the ethnic-vote scandal (Globe and Mail)
We asked members of our panel to discuss the controversy over the B.C. Liberal Partys multicultural outreach strategy, specifically: What are your thoughts about the strategy and does the governing party deserve the criticism it is receiving for it?

Jason Kenney Reveals Details Of Surprise Visit To Iraq (Ryan Maloney, Huffington Post)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s days are usually packed with public events, but he had a surprise item on the agenda Wednesday a visit to Iraq. Kenney shared word of his visit on Twitter, noting he’s the first Canadian government minister to visit the country since 1976. Canada hasn’t had an ambassador formally in Iraq since 1991, though in 2005 the ambassador to Jordan was tabbed to assume responsibilities for the country.

RV Burgess Park in Thorncliffe wins award at Bunchland (
Our city is full of inspiring people, and you can find a bunch of them at the Thorncliffe Park Womens Committee. If youre not familiar with Thorncliffe, its a high-rise dominated corner in East York, which the Toronto Stars Catherine Porter once described as the citys version Hong Kong. Its a popular neighbourhood for newcomers, and incomes are lower than the Toronto average. And while theres not a lot of green space, there are a lot of determined women. A few years ago, the neighbourhoods RV Burgess Park was full of dirt, had no sod, and kids always had to line up for the few swings which were available. The water wouldnt work, Sabina Ali, a key member of the Thorncliffe Park Womens Committee, and a mother of four, told CBC radios Matt Galloway on Metro Morning.

Jim Flaherty expected to deliver no-frills budget (Jason Fekete,
Craig Alexander, chief economist with TD Bank Financial Group, said there are pockets of under-utilized labour in Canada, including youth, immigrants and aboriginals. We need to ensure that workers have the skills that businesses demand, Alexander said. Flaherty reiterated the government is looking at closing tax loopholes that allow Canadians to avoid paying their fair share of tax, and noted it sometimes makes sense to provide the Canada Revenue Agency with additional resources to help police tax cheats, including offshore.

Jason Kenney’s censorship problem (Nora Loreto, rabble)
There’s something about the free speech debate that makes everyone act as if they have one of those long white body worms in their brains, writhing to get out through the thinnest pore possible. It makes people state things as fact that would normally only be appropriate in a George Orwell novel. Take, for example, the statement made by Jason Kenney on Israeli Apartheid Week. Kenney, a member of cabinet and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, issued a statement warning the public about university activists who were trying to censor supporters of Israel on campus during IAW events. Did you catch the supreme, face-melting irony there?

Proposal for conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses (CCR)
In March 2012, the federal government announced a new proposal to introduce a conditional permanent residence period for sponsored spouses, and published the proposed regulatory changes in the Canada Gazette. This new proposal is based on the initial proposal from March 2011 of a period of conditional permanent residence of two years or more for sponsored spouses and partners who have been in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsors. According to the new proposal, if the sponsored spouse or partner does not remain in a conjugal relationship and cohabitate with their sponsor during the conditional period, their permanent residence could be revoked, and they could be deported.


FCJ Refugee Centre Newsletter (FCJ Refugee Centre)

Refugee levels low due to conflicts in Syria: Kenney (CTV)
Just back from a surprise trip to Iraq, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canada has fallen behind in the number of refugees it has accepted due to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Kenney told CTVs Question Period that the number of refugees accepted into Canada in 2012 dropped because it was forced to close its embassy in Damascus, a central processing point for Iraqi refugee applicants. In 2009, Canada pledged to accept around 20,000 Iraqi refugees by 2013. So far only around 12,000 have arrived.

Canada under fire for resettling fewer refugees despite promises to boost intake (Tobi Cohen,
Despite government promises to boost the number of United Nations-referred refugees that are resettled in Canada, new figures suggest 2012 marked a 14-year low and refugee advocates want to know what happened. Canada welcomed 2,000 fewer government-assisted refugees than projected and 1,300 fewer privately sponsored refugees despite promises to sponsors that although Canada was capping the number of applications it would accept, it would boost intake. Overall, just 23,056 refugees were admitted last year, nearly 3,000 fewer than projected and nearly 5,000 fewer than the previous year.

Canada took fewer refugees last year, despite pledge (Kady O’Malley, CBC)
Refugee groups are accusing the Conservatives of backtracking on a pledge to increase the number of refugees resettled to Canada. Statistics show the number of refugees resettled in Canada in 2012 was down 26 per cent from 2011, despite repeated claims by the government that it`s aiming to increase refugee levels by 20 per cent. The figures also show the government didn’t meet its own target for the number of refugees it planned to resettle. What was supposed to be an intake of between 7,500 and 8,000 ended up only being 5,412.


Engage! Febr 2013 – PDF (Tamarack)
In this issue:
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

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1.International Women’s Day (IWD) 2013 – March 8
2. Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change – March 7
3. Where is BC’s poverty reduction plan? Join the election campaign (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition) – March 5
4. Quebec welfare recipients face new eligibility rules (CBC News + Globe & Mail + CTV + ressources en français) – March 2
5. Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec : 2011 and 2012 Progress Report (Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion) + version française – February 26
6. UN Rapporteur: Harper’s agenda contributing to food insecurity in Canada (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food) – March 4
7. Restoring integrity to the budget process (Scott Clark and Peter DeVries – 3D Policy [blog] ) – March 5
8. Brigit’s Notes (March 2013) — Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (Mars 2013) (Canadian Women’s Health Network / Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)
9. [Hamilton – Toronto] Its More than Poverty : Employment Precarity and Household Well-being (United Way of Toronto) – February 2013
10. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Labour Force Survey, February 2013 – March 8
— Legal aid, 2011/2012 – March 7
— Study: Living apart together – March 5
11. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Rising income inequality in Canada / Inequality debate (The Broker Online)
Inequality has become a hot topic in both the academic world and the world of policy. In our Inequality Dossier The Broker dissects the current upsurge of this inequality debate.

ISAC’s fact sheet describes the ‘welfare wall’ and the myths it’s based on (Your Legal Rights)
The term ‘Welfare Wall’ is used by politicians and policy makers to refer to barriers that they feel discourage people from leaving social assistance. Usually the greatest concern is that if people on social assistance are financially better off than people earning minimum wage, there will be no incentive to find paid employment. The term ‘Welfare Wall’ is also used to highlight the loss of drug and dental benefits that many people soon face when they leave social assistance.

Social Housing (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Shawn Micallef. He is a writer, columnist for The Toronto Star, and a Senior Editor and co-owner of Spacing Magazine. He is behind a new paper for the Metcalf Foundation about the revitalization of Regent Park.


Centre provides online hub for employment excellence (BC Gov)
The employment-services sector now has access to leading-edge employment information, innovation and best practices through the BC Centre for Employment Excellence. This interactive online resource, bursting with information and ideas to help improve employment outcomes for job seekers in the province, is part of the Employment Program of B.C. (EPBC). The BC Centre for Employment Excellence will act as a single co-ordination point for updated information about employment and training programs, best practices and resources. The site will ensure that the two EPBC external advisory panels have access to best practices, industry trends and other information critical to their role as EPBC overseers.

Entrepreneurs: Are They Born or Made? (Huffington Post)
And then again there are those who are hungry for success, like immigrants who have already taken a risk in coming to a new country, and can learn the skills and have the drive to succeed in business. Taking risks is part of their personal make-up, learning the business skills required is just the next step. It has also been found that street kids who have the innate savvy to survive on the streets, can be entrepreneurial when they re-focus their energies.

Environmental stewardship program available for foreign-trained professionals (Inside Halton)
An intensive eight-week certificate workshop on the community environmental sector begins next month for new Canadians. The course is part of a joint initiative between Conservation Halton and FutureWatch EDEP that offers training opportunity for foreign-trained environmental professionals in Halton. Hassaan Basit, the Director of Communications Services for Conservation Halton, said the new Canadian Stewardship Course, which is part of the Natural Connections Program will allow participants to see how their energy, experience and skills can help protect our local environment.’s%20on/article/1590381–environmental-stewardship-program-available-for-foreign-trained-professionals

Hidden Talent (Christine Lyon, North Shore News)
Karami is one of many skilled newcomers to Canada who are either unemployed or employed outside their field of expertise. Offered throughout the Lower Mainland, Skills Connect is one program that is trying to help qualified immigrants find employment in British Columbia. It is geared toward permanent residents who have been in Canada less than five years and speak intermediate-level English. Services are funded by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development and additional financial support is available for skill upgrading activities. Skills Connect manager Anna Novak sees new immigrants facing the same job-search roadblocks time and again.

Ask the Employment Specialist: Working with a Mentor (Joanna Samuels, JVS Career Voice)
I am excited for you that you are going to have a Mentor in your field. This could be a fantastic networking, learning and fun experience. I have heard many success stories from our skilled immigrant clients from various occupations who participated in the mentoring program, which is part of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Patricia Houghton, our Mentoring Coach/Employment Counsellor, has a few words of guidance and advice on how to have an effective and successful relationship with your Mentor.


Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Monday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Mayor Rob Ford, Casino, Don Lands and Other News.

Newsstand: March 11, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
How about that Sunday weather, eh? Bring on more of that, March. In the news: Ford and Thomson continue to trade barbs; the TTC is increasing automation on one of its lines; Toronto cops will get a bonus for working the G20; and spring’s forecast is promising.

Gaming Torontos neighbourhoods (Diane Dyson, Belonging Community)
Do you know the names of Toronto 140 official neighbourhoods? Click that hood tests your knowledge of officialdom, making a game of the City of Torontos administrative planning areas. Developed for Code for America by Matt Keoshkerian, a transplanted Torontonian, the website uses data now available through Open Toronto. In a Google world, Click the hood cleverly avoids the perennial problem of double spellings between the spelling of neighbourhood and neighborhood. The site has gamified city neighbourhoods around the world, including Montreal (20 neighbourhoods), Vancouver (23 neighbourhoods), and Saskatoon (59 neighbourhoods).


Village Vibes (Charity Village)
Act II: An update on the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
Governance Q&A: Going forward and managing governance and ethics decisions
Marketing Volunteers: How to recruit and manage
When collaboration doesn’t make sense
Don’t skip lunch and other ways to prevent burnout in your nonprofit career
The rise of peer-to-peer recruitment in the voluntary sector
Updated: ONN calls on Government of Ontario to delay proclamation of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act
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