Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 20, 2013


Immigration Canada launches ad campaign against marriage fraud (Nicholas Keung, toronto Star)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is launching an ad campaign Wednesday warning Canadians to protect themselves against marriage fraud.

Ezra Levant apologizes for Roma ‘slurs’ six months later (Tamara Baluja, J-Source)
More than six months after Ezra Levant ranted on his show about the Roma community — sparking outcry and a ongoing hate crime investigation — he and Sun News Network vice-president Kory Teneycke issued an on-air apology Monday. Levant’s apology aired on the same day that Sun News Network submitted their final application to the CRTC in a bid to gain mandatory carriage on basic cable.

RDÉE Canada and its members mobilize to increase Francophone economic immigration – PDF (RDEE Canada)
The members of the working group on economic immigration of RDÉE Canada (Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité), Canada’s national Francophone economic development and employability network, in Ottawa since Monday to attend a national forum, have developed their 2013-2014 Strategic Action Plan aimed at bolstering Francophone economic immigration in Canada.

Is the Harper government now in the reality TV business? (Aaron Wherry, Maclean’s)
I asked Mr. Toews’ office for the cost and the CBSA responded as follows. The documentary show follows the regular day-to-day duties of CBSA employees at the land border, airports, mail centres and inland. The time and effort that CBSA has put forth in support of this production is very worthwhile when we see the value of reaching and educating millions of viewers. Our participating officers are doing their jobs, and the production takes place at no extra costs to our front line operations. You’ll notice that there isn’t quite an answer there. Perhaps Conservative MP Brian Jean could submit an order paper question about this.

BC Liberals’ ethnic vote scandal derailed Chinese head-tax apology (CTV)
Plans by Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government for an all-party apology in British Columbia’s legislature over the Chinese head tax fell apart last week amid concerns about the government’s ethnic-wins scandal. Burnaby North Liberal Richard Lee and Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant New Democrat Jenny Kwan said both parties were reviewing a draft apology to be presented in the legislature last Thursday, but time ran out, especially for the NDP who barely had three days to consider the invitation.

Irish Immigration Shift from Australia to Canada, Fuelled by Calgary’s Economy (CICS News)
A story in Saturday’s Irish Times examines the increase in Irish immigration to Canada as the country’s workers seek employment abroad. The article notes two trends in recent years: Canada being increasingly favoured by Irish emigrants over Australia and the age of the average Irish emigrant is increasing.

Racism alive and well in Canada (Nelson Star)
Racism is an easy “ism” to define. Simply put, it is one person or a group of people expressing a feeling of superiority over people who are different from them. Racism is learned. No one is born a racist. The degradation of a certain group of people is taught and accepted by some people who may or may not use violence against the people they consider inferior. At times, racism can be used on a national scale against another nation or against a certain group of its own citizens. The action by a nation may or may not involve violence, such as in Nazi Germany, or it may be non-violent oppression.

Conditional Permanent Residence for Sponsored Spouses: What frontline workers should know (Your Legal Rights)
Under new rules introduced in 2012, there is a period of two years during which the permanent residence of a sponsored person is conditional on their remaining in a conjugal relationship and cohabitating with their sponsor. If they don’t fulfill these conditions, their permanent residence could be revoked, and they could be deported. An important exception to the condition is provided for cases of abuse or neglect. This document is meant to help frontline workers understand the implications of this rule and the abuse exception for their clients, especially for newcomer women in abusive situations.

March 28: Access Without Fear interactive workshop for service providers (Your Legal Rights)
The goal of the workshop is to examine the legal rights of people living in Toronto without immigration status and the limits on those rights. We look at rights to education, workers’ rights, and rights with immigration or police officers in public, at community centres, in cars, on bikes, or at home. The workshop also explores how people with immigration status can support those without it.

Provincial Settlement and Integration Forum – A Proactive Alberta (Integration Net)
It is time to bring all sectors together to discuss collaborative integrated strategies to support the community and the newcomers. AAISA is hosting the First Provincial Settlement and Integration Forum in April 2013. The goal of this initiative is to encourage unrealized cross-sectorial connections and collaborations between the public, private and non-profit sectors across Alberta. Participants will include key representatives of all sectors providing some level of settlement and integration in Alberta. Sectors will share successes and challenges in integration while exploring strategies of intentional cross-sectorial collaboration.

Would a Multicultural Bar Actually Just Be For White People? (Anshuman Idamsetty and Navneet Alang, Ethnic Aisle)
When we sat down to think about a multicultural bar for the Ethnic Aisle’s Booze Issue, we had one question in mind: how might you create a bar that includes and represents Toronto’s many cultures? After getting some reaction to the post, however, it seems like we missed another really important question: would it even be a good idea? Because now we’re not so sure, and here’s why.


Key refugee and immigration issues for women and girls (CCR)
There have been many recent changes in immigration and refugee policies in Canada. How might these changes affect women and girls?

Open doors to Syrian refugees, Canada urged (CBC)
The Canadian government could be doing more for people fleeing Syria’s civil war and stuck in refugee camps in Turkey, some Syrians in Canada say. Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials have said Canada can’t take Syrian refugees out of Turkey’s 17 camps because the Turkish government isn’t allowing any refugee to leave until the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has made decision regarding their case.

Cancer, denied refugee claim sour Mexican woman’s Canadian dream (CBC)
A Mexican couple’s dream of starting over in Canada is unravelling amid a misdiagnosed cancer, a lawsuit and rejected refugee claims from Ottawa. Maria Morales and Ivan Nava came from Tierra Colorada in Guerrero state in southwestern Mexico, a region controlled by drug cartels and corrupt police.

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason.

New Website on Refugee Rights (Settlement AtWork)
This website is for front-line workers and advocates who work with refugee claimants and others who have questions about their immigration status in Canada. The information about refugee determination procedures applies to refugee claims started on or after December 15, 2012.


The Stop: Community building and politics in action (Jennifer Phillips, Samara Canada)
There is no one “real” or “right” way to “be political.” Some might say being political means voting, others will claim it’s working on a campaign or writing your Member of Parliament, and still others will say it’s community advocacy. Here at Samara we celebrate all these as examples of “being political.” At Samara, we talk (and write) a lot about Parliament and civic engagement, and felt it was time to showcase a great example of political action–or being political–in our community: The Stop, a revolutionary take on the idea of a food bank, which focuses on improving access to healthy foods and empowering its members.


Help us melt the minimum wage freeze! (Workers’ Action Centre)
Melt the freeze! Raise the minimum wage to $14! Join us at a rally outside the Ministry of Labour in Toronto this Thursday!

Opinion: Don’t look down on seasonal workers (Marc M. Anderson, Montreal Gazette)
The recent changes in the federal employment-insurance program have sparked anger in parts of the country where there are sizable seasonal industries. As someone who worked as a commercial fisherman for 25 years, I offer some thoughts on the issue. I limit myself to one theme: the wisdom of implying — as the recent actions by the federal government do — that seasonal work is a lesser way of life and that seasonal workers should be prodded to “move to where the work is.”

Surge in foreign workers shows challenge for job training (Joe Friesen, Globe and Mail)
Over the past decade the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has tripled. The rise of temporary foreign workers, who now occupy one in 50 jobs, has become a source of controversy as the economy sputters. Critics of the program argue that it depresses wages and fosters unsafe work conditions. Employers say it provides a reliable stream of labour and fuels economic growth.


Toronto’s Urbanism Headlines: Wednesday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Toronto Casino, Transit, and Other News.

Newsstand: March 20, 2013 (Casey Irvin, Torontoist)
Today the sun will be at zenith over the equator and we all know what that means: winter is over! In the news: Minister of Transportation doesn’t like GO parking charges; double-file cycling gets legalized; too many butts in the city; “have my councillor home by 6 p.m., lobbyist”; and new predictions on just how beautiful spring will be.
Way to use those assets! (Joy Connelly, Opening the Window)
You don’t often get news like this. On March 20th, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee will be asked to approve a deal that will yield an extra $93.5 Million to repair Toronto Community Housing buildings – without selling TCHC houses, without raising rents or property taxes, without senior government bailouts and without cuts to services elsewhere.


2013 Communities Collaborating Institute (Tamarack Institute)
The Communities Collaborating Institute (CCI), Tamarack’s signature, week-long learning event, provides a unique opportunity to join a dynamic learning community of practitioners who desire new ways to lead, engage and transform their communities and then accelerate impact by linking local efforts to provincial, state and national agendas. The 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute: Accelerating Impact is geared specifically for those wanting to strengthen their capacity to create large-scale, community-wide impact – linked to provincial/state or national agendas. Please browse this web section to learn more about this event and how you can become a member of this dynamic Learning Community from October 7-11, 2013 in Edmonton Alberta.

New Paper Explores Social Innovation and its Potential (Essential Skills Ontario)
As the concept of social innovation continues to develop and grow, there still exists some confusion about what social innovation and its practices actually are. The Centre for Literacy’s recently released paper, Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs? serves as a primer on social innovation.

Centre for Social Innovation launches crowdfunding platform (IT Business)
A new crowdfunding platform akin to Kickstarter or Indiegogo will launch this week with a focus on social innovation and offering a membership at an entrepreneurial hub. Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) will be launching Catalyst March 20 and the Web site is online now, featuring five projects that have already begun fundraising activities. Catalyst is a perks-based crowdfunding platform specifically for entrepreneurs developing business models around solving social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges. Typically these businesses are not only sustainable or profitable, but also have a feel-good benefit that addresses some need in the world.

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