Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 5, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Immigrants given free legal help to start own business (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
With help from Connect Legal, a not-for-profit corporate legal clinic in Toronto, Pandrala was matched with a pro-bono lawyer, who helped him draft his client contracts and employment agreements. Today, Pandrala is the proud owner of The Bug Man Inc. which had modest sales of $80,000 last year and a finalist in Connect Legals inaugural Promising Immigrant Entrepreneur Award. Marion Annau, founder of Connect Legal, said the award is to celebrate the spirit of immigrant entrepreneurs.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/03/04/immigrants_given_free_legal_help_to_start_own_business.html

Connect Legal Honours Promising lmmigrant Entrepreneurs at Awards Ceremony (Connect Legal)
Starting a new business is always challenging. For new Canadians, a lack of familiarity with the Canadian legal system and language barriers can make it particularly daunting. Helping entrepreneurial immigrants to achieve their dreams is the mission behind Connect Legal, a registered charity that provides free legal assistance and workshops for hard-working immigrant business owners. “I launched Connect Legal three years ago,” says lawyer Marion Annau, “because Ontario is home to so many talented and hard-working immigrants and their success is Canada’s success. We also have a legal community in Canada that is supporting our efforts by providing expert pro-bono advice to this group of entrepreneurs to help them achieve their goals.”
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/connect-legal-honours-promising-lmmigrant-entrepreneurs-at-awards-ceremony-1762507.htm

Courting the ethnic vote (CBC The Current)
The campaign plan was to offer well-timed apologies for government treatment of certain ethnic minorities. Instead the strategy was leaked forcing a different kind of apology from BC’s Christie Clark and raising wider questions of how politicians target voters.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/03/05/courting-the-ethnic-vote/

BC Gov “Ethnic Vote” Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan – PDF
http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/608911/liberal-multicultural-plan.pdf

Christy Clarks cynical ethnic-vote targeting should come as no surprise (Natalie Brender, Toronto Star)
Facing demands to resign following a leaked memo detailing her governments plans for winning over ethnic voters to the provincial Liberal party, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is embroiled in a mess that has elements quite familiar to watchers of federal politics. Unsurprisingly, the memo in question is being condemned for its plans to use public resources to research and communicate the Liberals vote-seeking messages to ethnic audiences. Its a line-crossing not wholly different in kind than the nearly $750,000 spent by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration on monitoring Minister Jason Kenneys image in ethnic media over three years (including at partisan events during the 2011 election campaign).
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/03/04/christy_clarks_cynical_ethnicvote_targeting_should_come_as_no_surprise.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA55jXiQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=_gjUFKtkw-g&usg=AFQjCNE3DRHn2gVb34F8A05zeAGFqbU3dg

B.C. Liberal ethnic vote scandal claims minsiter, Premier says shes not immune (News 1130)
Premier Christy Clark suggested Monday she could become a victim of collateral damage that is spreading across her Liberal government over a leaked document that has already claimed one of her key staffers and a cabinet minister. Clark announced Monday her Multiculturalism Minister John Yap is out of cabinet pending the outcome of a review of the controversial ethnic vote-winning strategy that was leaked by the NDP Opposition last week.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.news1130.com/2013/03/04/clark-says-multiculturalism-minister-out-pending-ethnic-vote-review/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAxbLViQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=S-uR9efszhU&usg=AFQjCNGDmNKcKCkS90OI_kso2TOqT-beBA

Clark says Multiculturalism Minister out pending ethnic vote review (Global TV)
The controversy over a leaked document distributed by a former key staffer in British Columbia Premier Christy Clark’s office has claimed another victim. Clark announced her Multiculturalism Minister John Yap is out of cabinet pending the outcome of a review of a controversial government ethnic vote strategy. Clark said Monday Yap has stepped aside as minister responsible for multiculturalism and minister of advanced education, innovation and technology until a review of the leaked strategy is competed by her deputy minister John Dyble.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.globaltvbc.com/canada/clark%2Bsays%2Bmulticulturalism%2Bminister%2Bout%2Bpending%2Bethnic%2Bvote%2Breview/6442821020/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA7fDUiQVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=-CrugnwNrsk&usg=AFQjCNG5m_KOJdWfFGimXqhnQSEriXV0Ww

B.C. minister steps aside during ‘ethnic vote’ probe (CBC)
B.C. Multiculturalism Minister John Yap is leaving his cabinet post while an investigation is conducted into the Liberal Party’s strategy to woo ethnic voters, Premier Christy Clark confirmed Monday following a caucus meeting. Clark says Yap has stepped aside as minister responsible for multiculturalism and minister of advanced education, innovation and technology until a review of the leaked government strategy memo is completed by her deputy minister, John Doyle.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/03/04/bc-christy-clark-ethnic-vote.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA-c3UiQVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=1_E5QRSsS2o&usg=AFQjCNENOYzg0lasGQ3q8nv_9gyoc0p3iQ

Media Coverage On Migration Found Faulty Analysis ( R. Nastranis, Eurasia Review)
Media coverage of migration issues is far from conducive to promoting better understanding between cultures, religions and peoples around the world, according to a study presented at the Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in Vienna on February 28. The study a pilot project by the UNAOC and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) was a highlight of the Global Forum, which was attended by over 2,000 people from around the world. Participants included youth leaders, representatives from the private sector and civil society, journalists, foundations, alongside governmental and multilateral representatives.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/01032013-media-coverage-on-migration-found-faulty-analysis/

Video: Entrevista con Leo Zuñiga Toronto una ciudad Santuaria
Toronto declaro, ser la primera Ciudad santuario en Canada para los imigrantes que no tienen estatus…esto es una grande noticia para los mas de 400 mil immigrantes sin estatus en Canada.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PFIi_yexKIo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DPFIi_yexKIo%26feature%3Dyoutu.be

Dont Name Your Sports Teams After Aboriginals. Just Dont. (Ethnic Aisle)
Today on Twitter, the Ottawa Citizens Dan Gardner asked why sports teams named after aboriginal tribes/artifacts are problematic when the Minnesota Vikings et al. are not. Ive been thinking about this ever since the Atlanta Braves announced the return of its Screaming Savage logo in December, so heres my answer. The only team that I could think of thats named after a symbol of privilege is the Ottawa Senators. So first off, why dont we name teams after those who actually have power, rather than just weird symbols of power? The Toronto F.C. Derivatives! The Georgian Bay Docks! Its worth thinking about why some groups are allowed to be caricatured (like the Senate, am I right?) and some are not.
http://ethnicaisle.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/dont-name-your-sports-teams-after-aboriginals-just-dont/

Settlement Net (AMSSA)
Settlement Net is an online resource created by AMSSA to assist and support the frontline work of immigrant settlement and adaptation service provider staff throughout British Columbia.
http://www.amssa.org/settlementnet

Newcomer Children More Likely to Live in Poverty Than the General Population (Settlement AtWork)
In February 2013, Campaign 2000 released the 2012 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario, children who are Aboriginal, racialized, recent immigrants, have disabilities or are living in a female-led lone-parent family are more likely to live in poverty in Ontario than the general population.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/97776

Newcomer Children More Likely to Live in Poverty Than the General Population (Settlement AtWork)
In February 2013, Campaign 2000 released the 2012 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario, children who are Aboriginal, racialized, recent immigrants, have disabilities or are living in a female-led lone-parent family are more likely to live in poverty in Ontario than the general population.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/97776

Presentation slides: Immigrant integration aided by the internet (Nick Kasteljanov, Wolfville Memorial Library)
http://www.slideshare.net/NicolaeChauchesku/immigrant-integration-aided-by-the-internet

News Release Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants, Visitors and Students from the Philippines in 2012 (CIC)
Canada issued a record number of visas for Filipino nationals in 2012, of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. We plan to grow the economy and create more jobs by attracting an increasing number of visitors and the worlds best and brightest talent to Canada, said Minister Kenney. For this reason, we strive to issue visas and permits as quickly as possible to facilitate travel for immigrants, visitors and students. The Philippines was the second largest source country for immigration to Canada in 2012 with 32,704 permanent residents admitted. This represents an increase of 146 percent since 2004.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-03-04a.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

News Release Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants, Visitors and Students from India in 2012 (CIC)
Canada issued a record number of visas for Indian nationals in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today… India was the third largest source country for immigration to Canada in 2012, with 28,889 permanent residents admitted. This represents an increase of almost 15 percent since 2004.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-03-04b.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

News Release Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants, Visitors and Students from China in 2012 (CIC)
Canada issued a record number of visas for Chinese nationals in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. China was the number one source country for immigration to Canada in 2012, with 32,990 permanent residents admitted. Canada also issued a record 235,000 visitor visas to Chinese applicants in 2012, an increase of 158 percent compared to 2004. And the record 25,245 study permits approved represents an increase of 235 percent since 2004. This significant increase in each of these categories reaffirms Canada as a top destination of choice for visitors and students from China.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-03-04c.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

Statement Minister Kenney issues statement regarding Israel Apartheid Week (CIC)
Everyone in this country has the right to freely and publicly express their views. That being said, I share the concerns of other Canadians about the reckless and overheated rhetoric associated with anti-Israel activities on many Canadian university campuses, and the toxic manner in which these activities are often carried out. There is no better example than the so-called Israel Apartheid Week (IAW). Its organizers and participants have a regrettable history of promoting and holding events in ways that disregard the security and rights of Jewish faculty and students, censor other points of view, and limit academic discourse.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/statements/2013/2013-03-04.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims (Vanessa Gera, Metro News)
For Zaida Saleh, like for many observant Muslim women, manicures have long posed a religious problem. With prayers five times a day, and a pre-prayer ritual that requires washing the hands and arms, traditional fingernail polish has been mostly off limits because it prevents water from making contact with the nails. A new breathable nail polish by a Polish company, Inglot, is changing that.
http://metronews.ca/scene/576115/breathable-nail-polish-a-surprise-hit-with-muslims/

News Release Canada to Lead the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (CIC)
Canada today assumed the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and committed to an ambitious campaign in the year ahead to raise Holocaust awareness and fight anti-Semitism. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, along with this years Chair of the Alliance, Dr. Mario Silva, attended a ceremony in Berlin where Belgium handed over the chairmanship to Canada.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-03-05.asp

Event March 8: Ending Violence Against Women through Leadership (Skills for Change)
On March 8th we will share with you our findings and also make a call for applications for the next set of Leaders-in-Residence! LIRs are immigrant women who are recognized as emerging, innovative leaders who have made an impact whether in the economy, politics, technology or social causes. They will have the opportunity to work on Skills for Changes innovation projects, develop their own initiative with a $5,000 stipend and become a one-year ambassador for the organization. Find out more at the event!
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5542076500

REFUGEES

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 7 #11, 4 March 2013 (CCR)
CONTENTS:
Pressing for health care for refugees
New designated countries of origin named, including Mexico
This International Women’s Day spread the word about conditional permanent residence and what to do in cases of abuse
Are you proud to protect refugees? Join us this Refugee Rights Day (4 April)
Announcing Promoting Security and a Warm Welcome, 30 May – 1 June 2013
Top honours for long-time refugee advocate
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/13/02/26

Doctors promise protests along with court challenge to refugee health cuts (CMAJ)
Canadian doctors who have launched a legal challenge against the federal government’s cuts to health benefits for refugees promise further protests and disruption of federal Cabinet ministers’ announcements, starting this spring. Medical students and residents who have “never been in the streets before, never protested” are rallying around this issue and will join other health care professionals to hold the government accountable for the effect its cuts are having on refugees’ health, says Dr. Philip Berger, head of family medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and a leader in Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNG2WP0Mdn34nWyP9I5OffqR9OpBqA&url=http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/4mar13_doctors-promise-protests-along-with-court-challenge-to-refugee-health-cuts.xhtml

Video: Syrian refugees to Canada? (The Loop)
Immigration lawyer Joel Sandaluk discusses the possibility of bringing Syrian refugees to Canada and the challenges they would face.
http://video.theloop.ca/news/watch/-/2196065654001#.UTX28zBUdGY

Refugees in Canada have poorer access to health care than in refugee camps (Wendy Lai Roy Male, James Maskalyk Catherine Oliver, Raghu Venugopal and Vanessa Wright, MSF, Toronto Star)
Interim Federal Health Program must be fully restored to cover health care for all refugees and refugee claimants in Canada.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2013/01/20/refugees_in_canada_have_poorer_access_to_health_care_than_in_refugee_camps.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Its time for B.C. to invest in $10 per day child care (Stephanie Smith, Sharon Gregson, Vancouver Sun)
The B.C. child care system is failing families, workers and business: child care fees are high, quality spaces are rare, and business pays the price. Work-life conflicts among employees with preschool-age children cost $600-million annually in employee turnover, absenteeism, and health care premiums. B.C. also has the lowest workforce participation in Canada for mothers with children over age three. Its time for politicians to support a universal, accessible and publicly funded $10 per day child care system, a plan also supported by B.C. business groups.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEd27Ia8C_k3ls7757IEqDZvrbYGQ&url=http://www.vancouversun.com/time%2Binvest%2Bchild%2Bcare/8047873/story.html

Building Health and Equity Into Policy: Policy Orientated Health Equity Impact Assessments (Bob Gardner, Wellesley Institute)
Addressing wicked policy and social problems such as systemic health inequities and their underlying social determinants requires comprehensive and coordinated action across government and other sectors and that needs good planning. Health equity impact assessments have been emphasized here in Ontario and in many other jurisdictions as one key way to ensure equity is embedded in planning.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/health-care/health-equity/building-health-and-equity-into-policy-policy-orientated-health-equity-impact-assessments/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Diversity in Management More of a Struggle for Private Companies (hireimmigrants)
Companies that understand and reflect the diversity of Canadian society will do a better job of working with and selling to that society.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/news/diversity-in-management-more-of-a-struggle-for-private-companies/

Growing pressure for minimum wage increase (Workers’ Action Centre)
Campaign 2000 joins the growing number of groups across the province calling for an increase in the minimum wage. In their 2012 report card on child poverty released on Thursday, Campaign 2000 notes that 1/3 of children in poverty in Ontario (or 92,500 kids) have one parent who works full-time. To ensure work is a pathway out of poverty, Campaign 2000 calls for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $14/hour. The report card also calls for the government to complete their committed investment to $10 million for Employment Standards inspectors in the 2013 budget.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WorkersActionCentre/~3/1LDBK4pO-1k/

Ottawa planning budget measures to tackle shortage of skilled trades (Globe and Mail)
The government wants to encourage the private sector to offer more apprenticeships which are currently in short supply. Policy options could include rewriting labour deals with the provinces so that apprenticeships are recognized across the country. Current labour agreements with the provinces worth about $500-million a year combined are set to expire in 2014 and their terms around skills training must be renegotiated. Another proposed option would be for Ottawa to offer a tax credit to employers who train apprentices.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-planning-budget-measures-to-tackle-shortage-of-skilled-trades/article9199599/?service=mobile

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Monday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on TTC, Neighbourhood, Bicycles, Mayor Rob Ford.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/03/04/torontos-urbanism-headlines-monday-2/

Newsstand: March 5, 2013 (Terri Coles)
Busy news day today. We’ve got everything from casinos to cats! In the news: Casino developers continue to woo Toronto; Ontario tuition increases could lead to protests; U of T has a new president; a depressing new report on the health future for the province’s kids; Toronto is full of unlicensed driving schools; and ermahgerd, the internet helps a Toronto kitteh.
http://torontoist.com/2013/03/newsstand-march-5-2013

Nominations open for Toronto Public Health Champion Awards (City of Toronto)
Toronto Public Health is inviting the public to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2013 Public Health Champion Awards. Torontos Board of Health established these awards in 2008 during its 125th anniversary. “The Public Health Champion Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of organizations and individuals who are working to protect and promote the health of all Torontonians,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “The awards honour those who are working to reduce health inequities so all residents can achieve better health, strengthen partnerships between health care providers, and respond to emerging health care needs.”
http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/bydate/B843D4E91AF5F50985257B24006B98BF

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

SiG Knowledge Hub (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
At the same event, Foundation President Stephen Huddart launched the SiG Knowledge Huba collection of social innovation-themed resources and materials, including a catchy motion graphic that answers the question: What is Social Innovation? Learn more at www.sigknowledgehub.com.
http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/blog/news/social-innovation-generation-sig

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