Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 25, 2013


Ottawa’s Startup Visa Program will fast-track new Canadians (CBC)

An immigration lawyer in Windsor is praising new federal policy that would fast-track new Canadians into the country if they are potential entrepreneurs. The Startup Visa Program was first announced by Jason Kenney in late January but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty emphasized the policy Wednesday when he dropped the budget. The program is designed to be a completely different and effective replacement of the Federal Entrepreneurial Program.

Exodus from the East: Wave of Japanese youth finding its way to Toronto (Adam Mcdowell, National Post)
Masumi Kaneko’s basement apartment in Roncesvalles is impeccably tidy and clean, in the Japanese fashion. She offers a visiting journalist edamame to snack on and shows him her favourite Hayao Miyazaki anime DVDs. But you know Ms. Kaneko is well on her way to being a Canadian from the big hug she offers. Ms. Kaneko, 26, is part of a recent, youthful wave of Japanese immigration that is driven as much by North America’s air of freedom as it is by economic factors. She came to Canada seven years ago to train to be a sound engineer at Fanshawe College in London, Ont. Now she plans to leave that career and retrain as a social worker. She has applied to trade up from a work visa to permanent residency and stay here.

Guest blog: Bollywood extravaganza TOIFA comes to Vancouver — on the backs of South Asian women (Sunera Thobani, Sandhu Bhamra’s blog)
After much fanfare, and with not a little bit of controversy, the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday March 2, 2013 with a kickoff event, ‘Celebrating Women.’ The success of the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) last year in Toronto, Ontario seems to have cemented the link between the Indian film industry and mainstream Canadian politicians, by way of the elites in the Indo-Canadian community. This year Bollywood has been wooed by the governing B.C. Liberal Party inviting TOIFA to the province of British Columbia and putting up $11 million dollars for the pleasure.

Our Home and Unequal Land? (Rachel Decoste, Huffington Post)
For many Canadians, racial discrimination is a ghost they’ve only seen in movies or sporadic outbursts inevitably baptized “isolated incidents.” While this has become a part of everyday life for most Aboriginals and Canadians of colour, there is a persistent incredulous strain that refuses to acknowledge a problem exists. Heads firmly planted in the sand, the ideals of our youth, that everyone has an equal shot at success in our country founded on the principles of fairness, justice, and, ugh…wait. Our country was founded by a small group of European men who appropriated land, subjugated its inhabitants and stripped them of their livelihood, not to mention their dignity.

News Release — Canada and Australia Roundtable on Foreign Qualification Recognition wraps up in Vancouver (CIC)
The second Canada-Australia Roundtable on Foreign Qualification Recognition (FQR) was held in Vancouver March 20-22, 2013. The Roundtable brought together approximately 70 Canadians and Australians representing government, professional regulatory authorities, employers, academia and immigrant serving organizations, to discuss current issues in FQR, share best practices, strengthen professional linkages, and work towards enhanced labour mobility.

Embracing diversity (Toronto Police Service)
Though embracing diversity has become Canada’s national identity, racial discrimination still exists and there remains much work to be done, said Deputy Chief Mark Saunders, as the Service marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, at police headquarters. “We as a collective should never rest to end this injustice,” he said.

Immigration, Citizenship In Canada Budget 2013: Cost Of Becoming A Canadian Set To Rise (Lauren Strapagiel, Huffington Post)
The cost of coming to Canada — and becoming a Canadian citizen — is set to rise. Thursday’s federal budget suggests the government is eyeing fee hikes to cover the ballooning cost of processing hundreds of thousands of visa and citizenship applications each year. The Conservative government is seeking to shift more of those costs onto the businesses who want to bring in temporary foreign workers, as well as to those applying for citizenship.

Want to be a Canadian citizen? It’s probably going to cost you more (Stephanie Levitz, Vancouver Sun)
The cost of coming to Canada — and becoming a Canadian citizen — is set to rise. Thursday’s federal budget suggests the government is eyeing fee hikes to cover the ballooning cost of processing hundreds of thousands of visa and citizenship applications each year. The Conservative government is seeking to shift more of those costs onto the businesses who want to bring in temporary foreign workers, as well as to those applying for citizenship.

Race And Violence (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt galloway spoke with Knia Singh. He was one of the key organizers of the “The Crisis in Killings in the African Canadian Community Summit” which took place yesterday.

An Indo-Canadian mogul’s new challenge: ‘What am I going to do with this wealth?’ (Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail)
Chanchlani is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who made his fortune buying and selling companies in the high-tech sector . In 2007, his maid was murdered during a botched robbery in his Mississauga, Ont. home. Since that time, he has given away millions.

Duncan woman, 27, faces deportation after clerical error (Jack Knox, Times Colonist)
Janilee Cadongonan does not look like a threat to Canada. The 27-year-old doesn’t look like a threat to hurt a fly. She comes across as shy, sweet, polite and frightened, bewildered that what she insists was a simple clerical error could tear her apart from her family and cost her a life in the country she has called home for 6 1/2 years. Yet Ottawa remains determined to send her back to the Philippines, wants her gone in a couple of weeks. “I feel sick about this,” Cadongonan says.

Budget ‘action’ on migrant workers will do little to stop abuse, critic says (Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun)
The federal budget’s promised action to deal with public concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker program will do little to prevent the “hundreds” of cases of abuse of migrant workers, a B.C. New Democratic Party MP said Friday. One of the latest to emerge is the case of Cynthia Centeno, a woman from the Philippines who recently got back $5,360 she’d paid in order to land a job last year as a chambermaid at a Dawson Creek hotel. It is a violation of the B.C. Employment Standards Act for any worker – Canadian or foreigner – to he required to pay for a job.


Monday Morning Musings March 25 2013 (Guardian PEI)
A thought on that is Canada is always expected to allow refugees over the years. Some have come to our shores and become Canadian in their lives. While many have brought nothing but the politics,racism,and jihadism of their former homelands. Canda must be extremly careful in allowing in large numbers of refugees. It is time for Canada to better look after Tax paying Canadians and especially our Veterans. We as a nation have given Billions in aid and assistance around the Globe for very little return

Speakers: Immigration and Refugee issues in Canada (UPEI)
Join Marisa Berry Mendez of the Canadian Council for Refugees for a public presentation on Immigration and Refugee issues in Canada. This presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm in room 213, Main building, UPEI. Immigration, refugee, and citizenship policies in Canada have been changing at a fast and furious pace in recent years. Canada has made a policy shift towards temporary migration, with the number of temporary migrants in Canada outnumbering those entering Canada on a permanent basis. Refugee determination has become more restrictive, as has access to basic services such as healthcare for refugees. There are new limits on refugees resettled from overseas. Many policy changes have been alarmingly framed as strategies to “protect” Canada and Canadian Citizenship from fraudulent foreigners. Despite the wide range of changes, little public discussion has taken place about the significant reorientation of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Programs.

Canada drops in UN refugee rankings (Rick Westhead, Toronto Star)
Canada has a well-earned reputation as a welcoming country that opens its doors to refugees. New stats released Thursday by the United Nations, however, suggest that door isn’t being opened as widely these days. In 2012, Canada received 20,500 new asylum seekers, 19 per cent fewer than the previous year. Canada ranked No. 7 among industrialized nations for receiving refugees, trailing the likes of Switzerland, France and Sweden. The U.S., by contrast, received 83,400 new asylum seekers in 2012, up 10 per cent.


Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content

1. Federal Budget 2013 (a.k.a. Economic Action Plan 2013) – March 21
2. Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014 – March 20
3. 2013 Queen’s University Policy Forum :“The Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” – April 26, 2013
4. [United Nations Human
Development Index] Sorry, but Canada was never the No. 1 place to live (Globe and Mail) – March 19
5. Quebec daycares threaten to close over cuts (Montreal Gazette) – March 16
6. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Employment Insurance, January 2013 – March 21
— Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2012 – March 20
— Health Reports, March 2013 – March 20
— Statistics Canada Blog : Measuring wealth – March 20
Canada’s population estimates, fourth quarter 2012 – March 20
7. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

The Budget (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt galloway spoke with Jim Stanford, he is an economist with the Canadian Auto Workers, and with our regular business commentator, Michael Hlinka.


TD Bank Group: Supporting New Immigrants (ALLIES)
This video by TD Bank Group explores the many challenges faced by new immigrants as they attempt to make a new life in Toronto. Watch how mentoring can provide confidence, cultural awareness and the friendly support needed to help make a new life in a new country.


Toronto’s Urbanism Headlines: Friday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Toronto Casino, TTC, City Hall, Toronto’s Animals and Other News.

Newsstand: March 25, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
Last Monday of March! In the news: Welcome to the 437; the mayor has opinions and he will share them; Ryerson engineering students are in trouble; and ermahgerd panders.

CivicAction Written Submission to Toronto Board of Health Committee (CivicAction)
Accelerating regional transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is a key priority for the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Our ‘primitive’ transportation system affects us all. Whether it’s as a resident, an employer or employee, a goods mover or a service provider, or a consumer, we’re all impacted by transportation options every single day. Many of us have first-hand experience with a system that is inefficient and ineffective, and fails to meet the needs of our residents and businesses. This system is impacting our economic success, our quality of life, and our environmental and physical health.


Village Vibes (Charity Village)
Human Resources Q&A: Teams by design
Marketing Volunteers: Orientation Package
The relationship between your work and your mental health

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