Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 12, 2013


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 falling behind on women on corporate boards (CBC)
Canada is falling behind other countries when it comes to putting women on corporate boards, according to a report by TD Economics. While participation in the labour force has increased significantly for women, that change has yet to be reflected at the top of Canada’s largest companies, according to the report. Women represent just 11 per cent of board members on companies listed on the S&P/TSX composite index, which represents large publicly traded Canadian companies. Women have much larger representations on the boards of foreign companies listed on many major worldwide stock markets.

News Release — International Poster Competition on Holocaust Remembrance Launched (CIC)
Canadian post-secondary students in Graphics, Art and Design are invited to participate in an International Poster Competition to commemorate the Holocaust, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “For the first time ever, Canadian students will participate in a poster competition along with students from the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Israel for the privilege of having their design displayed at over 90 locations around the world, including the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City and the European Commission in Brussels,” said Minister Kenney.

Appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (PR Newswire)
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Tung Chan as Chairperson of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Board of Trustees for a term of four years. “I am delighted that Mr. Chan has agreed to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees,” said Minister Moore. “His previous service as Vice-Chairperson of this board, along with his leadership and wealth of expertise in corporate and public governance will continue to be of great benefit to the Board and to the Museum.”

Harper Government Supports Economic Prosperity for Immigrant Women in Calgary (Canada Newswire)
The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association is receiving $160,000 to carry out its 24-month project, which will work to increase the economic security and prosperity of low-literacy immigrant women in Calgary by addressing their needs and the barriers they encounter at the individual, community and business levels. The project will engage local social service agencies and the business community to develop solutions that pave the way to meaningful employment. “We are delighted to have the support of the Government of Canada for this important project, which will maximize opportunities for this high-potential group of immigrant and refugee women,” said Jennifer Biernaskie, Interim President, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. “With this federal funding, we will remove barriers to meaningful careers for these promising new Canadians.

Should immigrants be expected to abandon their culture? (Matthew Coutts, Yahoo! News)
Apparently Canada isn’t the welcoming multicultural paradise we once fancied ourselves. A new survey from Forum Research, for the National Post, found that 70 per cent of Canadians are in favour of limiting immigration. Even more notably, the survey also found that most approve of immigrants accepted into Canada bringing their spouses and dependent children, but not grown children, parents or grandparents.

New poll suggests most Canadians in favour some restrictions on immigration (Steve Mertl, Yahoo! News)
There’s always been some ambivalence among Canadians when it comes to immigration but a new poll suggests immigrants themselves favour some restrictions. The Forum Research poll conducted for the National Post found a majority of those polled, including Canadians born in other countries, favour restricting the number of qualified immigrants. The telephone survey of 1,755 Canadians, done over two days last week with a sampling error or plus or minus two per cent 19 times out of 20, found 70 per cent thought there should be some limits on immigration.

Capital Non Transparency (LAMP CHC)
This week’s blog is about the abuse of power by a public institution. It is about an organization that uses words like “accountability” and “transparency” but it fails to meet even the most minimal standards of those two attributes. It is about a government department that has simply lost its purpose. It has been suggested to me by more than one person that this is a subject I should not write about. The concern is that by making public what is well known within our sector, there will be repercussions. While I appreciate the concerns, the notion that our government will take action against one of its citizens or the organization he belongs to because we dare to speak up is really quite perverse. It does however clearly indicate how twisted our notion of democracy has become. It is my opinion that failure to speak up makes us complicit. It is an obligation of a citizen to point out any abuse of power by its government. And as far as I can tell no CSIS agents have been sifting through my garbage yet. If they did the only thing they would likely learn is I drink too much coffee. The organization I am referring to is Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) a department of the federal government which has a host of responsibilities including funding organizations like LAMP to provide settlement services to those who are recent immigrants to this country.

Immigrant support program gets federal funding boost (Sherri Zickefoose, calgary Herald)
The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association is getting a $160,000 boost from the federal government to carry out a program designed to help low-literacy immigrant women in Calgary find jobs. The 24-month project aims to bring social agencies and the business community together to pave the way to employment.

70% Canadians Support Immigration Limits: Report (IB Times)
Majority of the Canadians are in favor of tougher immigration rules to curtail the flow of immigrants from other countries according to a survey. The survey released by Forum Research revealed that 70% out of the 1,755 Canadians questioned in the survay, acknowledged the need of tougher immigration laws to slow down the immigration flow from other countries.–6m4UH5W6w2Vw


New Refugee Determination System: Updates and the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) (CCR)
This webinar is designed for organizations serving refugee claimants and is a follow up to the webinar Preparing for C-31. It will provide information updates on how the new system is working out, and in particular will focus on the new Refugee Appeal Division. This webinar assumes that participants already have a basic understanding of the changes to the refugee determination system.

Fewer refugees resettled in ’12 (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Canada resettled fewer refugees last year despite the government’s promise to help more in 2012. “We had 320 arrivals under government assistance — well under the target of 519,” said Carlos Vialard, co-manager of settlement services for the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council’s Welcome Place. “The government-assisted numbers didn’t come in the way we expected.” Canada welcomed 9,624 refugees, far short of the 13,000 target.

CARL: 4th National Conference (CARL)
The Canadian Association of Refugee lawyers (CARL) is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference on Friday, April 5, 2013. The conference will be held simultaneously by video in locations from Coast to Coast. Speakers and participants in the various locations will be able to interact. Refugee, constitutional and human rights practitioners face myriad challenges in the days to come. The conference will provide strategies for upholding principles of fairness and protection to those in need.


After EI changes anger many, Conservative government sweetens benefits for parents (National Post)
The federal government, which has come under fire over tougher employment insurance rules, is sweetening benefits for parents. It says it will allow individuals receiving parental benefits through EI to qualify for sickness benefits as well, starting March 24. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley says about 6,000 people may be able to access the expanded benefit. People receiving parental benefits aren’t currently able to access EI sickness benefits because they’re not considered to be otherwise available for work.

CCPA releases Alternative Federal Budget 2013 (CCPA)
Today, the CCPA releases the Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together. This year’s AFB shows how growth-killing austerity can be replaced by a plan that strengthens the economy, leads to a better quality of life for all Canadians, and eliminates the deficit by 2016.


Best Employers for New Canadians (Canada’s Top 100 Employers)
This year’s winners were announced in a special editorial feature published March 12, 2013 in The Globe and Mail.

More employers adopt good immigrant employment practices (Bonnie May, Maytree)
On March 12, the annual Best Employers for New Canadians competition announced this year’s list of winners. These employers recognize the benefits that skilled immigrant employees bring to their businesses, for example, by boosting innovation and providing connections to diverse global and domestic markets. It’s great to see some new employers on this list. Businesses such as Assiniboine Credit Union, Home Depot Canada, National Bank Financial Group, Pythian Group and Shaw Communications, and institutions such as Dalhousie University and Health Canada are making their first appearances. These leading employers are in good – and growing – company.

For third consecutive year Loblaw earns distinction as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians (Digital Journal)
For the third consecutive year Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) has been named one of the Best Employers for New Canadians by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The award commends Loblaw for its efforts in creating a workplace that is inclusive and respectful of ethnic diversity. This recognition reflects positively the Company’s commitment to Reflect our Nation’s Diversity, one of five Corporate Social Responsibility principles that shape the way Loblaw does business.

UFCW makes its voice heard in roundtable on Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Migrants Canada)
UFCW Canada recently participated in an “invitation-only” roundtable regarding the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The meeting was held in Ottawa and was chaired by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. The federal government is conducting ongoing consultations that it says are aimed at improving the TFWP following complaints that employers are using the program to exploit migrant workers who lack sufficient employment protections, benefits, and compensation.


Newsstand: March 12, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
Which day of the week feels longer, Tuesday or Thursday? Our vote’s on the former. In the news: A report for the city counters claims made my anti-poverty activists; one Richmond Hill teacher rejects her union’s call to boycott extracurriculars; citizens have new powers to arrest ne’er-do-wells; and potential whistleblowers at York kept mum.

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