Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 8, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Growing governance diversity around the world: A new year (DiverseCity Toronto)
What a difference a year makes! In December 2011, DiverseCity on Board found a new audience after receiving an Intercultural Innovation Award by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. The award opened up new possibilities for DiverseCity onBoard. Could this made-in-Canada solution of matching diverse individuals with public and nonprofit boards work elsewhere? The answer appears to be a resounding yes. Countless phone calls, webinars and emails led to organizations from 20 cities – from London to Louisville – travelling to Toronto in October 2012 to learn, share and leave committed to replicate DiverseCity onBoard in their communities. These groups are equally committed to the idea that increasing diversity within public governance is essential for inclusion to succeed at home.
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/growing-governance-diversity-around-the-world-a-new-year/

Liberals’ ethnic vote memo offensive, say First Nations, Chinese and Indian groups (Kevin Griffin, Times Colonist)
Three leaders of B.C.’s ethnic and indigenous communities say a Liberal government memo on wooing ethnic voters is racist, offensive and insulting. The leaders representing First Nations, Chinese-Canadians and Indo-Canadians used strong language at a news conference Thursday to denounce the memo, leaked last week. It suggested ways, including the spending of taxpayers’ dollars, that the Liberals could attract “ethnic” voters before the May 14 election. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said under Christy Clark’s premiership, indigenous issues have been treated by Victoria with “complete indifference.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/liberal-s-ethnic-vote-memo-offensive-say-first-nations-chinese-and-indian-groups-1.87208&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAjc3liQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=9icpUL0MbWk&usg=AFQjCNE_bcebPTUhs06NlUpIQTvTMoxnKQ

OUR VIEW: Ethnic vote scandal’s part of the blood sport (Editorial, Campbell River Mirror)
The ethnic vote scandal currently plaguing the governing B.C. Liberal Party proved one thing – B.C. voters still care about government and the political system. The B.C. Liberals were caught red-handed last month trying to score ‘quick wins’ in the upcoming election by apologizing to ethnic groups for past wrongs, such as the Chinese head tax. Special exception was taken with the plan in the memo, which was leaked by the Opposition NDP, to use government resources to achieve these ends. It’s not a new tactic in politics to try to capture votes through announcement of special projects, paid for with tax dollars.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/opinion/196145531.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA2MvkiQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=7K9Zm4Dyxcc&usg=AFQjCNF6Ch1XYL6GvT0z6aqJwQucgpaADQ

Guest Workers (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Armine Yalnizyan. She is our business commentator on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/columnists/business-yalnizyan/2013/03/07/guest-workers/

What Will the Minister of Labour Do for Migrant Workers? (Syed Hussan, Huffington Post)
Dear Mr Naqvi, We have some things in common. I read that you came to Canada from Pakistan in your early teens. I immigrated in my early teens too, except I moved to Pakistan. My father, you see, was a migrant worker in Dubai and, after living there for decades, my family was forced to separate. Moving to a new city, learning new ways, and making new friends must have been hard for you — it definitely was for me. In some ways we are different, since your family came here in search of safety, while my family moved because the country we lived in wanted our labour, but not us. And that’s what I’m writing to you about. As you take up the position of Minister of Labour for Ontario, will you be thinking about all the workers here, or just the ones that hold the passport of your adopted country?
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFntxBtlspnntjSp5hmZ6BLw9EOfA&url=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/syed-hussan/dear-yasir-naqvi-will-you_b_2768353.html

Q & A : Fast food, temporary workers and the changing labour market. (CERIS)
A Question and Answer with Geraldina Polanco.
http://cerisontario.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/fastfood/

An overview of discourses of skilled immigrants and “Canadian experience”: An English-language print media analysis – PDF (CERIS)
“Canadian experience” is an elusive but influential factor in immigrants’ unsuccessful attempts to obtain gainful employment. It may constitute “hard skills” (e.g., credentials) and, more importantly, “soft skills”, an ability to operate within “Canadian workplace culture”, a concept that is tacitly understood within a given context and difficult to articulate (Sakamoto et al., 2010). We examined public discourses on “Canadian experience” through English-language print media in Toronto, Ontario, to identify and unpack the tacit dimension of this popular concept. We found that recurring discourses construct “desirable” immigrants, often through archetypes of “successful”, “humble” and “unlucky” immigrants. While print media may involve multiple voices, it represents immigrants largely as a problem to be solved within the legal and social policy context. Finally, we link our analysis of “Canadian experience” to ideological investments and tensions on Canadian immigration and the role immigrants are perceived to play in Canadian nation-building.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CWP_98_Sakamoto_et_al.pdf

Atlas of Integrative Multiplicity In Scarborough (PDF) (CERIS)
Scarborough is an inner-city suburb of Toronto with a population of more than 57% immigrants of its 600,000 residents. It offers a unique perspective in understanding how the process of integration is practiced in multiple and creative ways. The rapidly changing population and historical landscape offers a unique perspective to explore how the built environment has been modified and transformed into diverse uses and how the process of integration moulds itself accordingly. Accessing services at places such as schools, religious institutions, settlement agencies, and even grocery stores, contribute to their experience of integration. Integration in Scarborough, and in other cities across Canada, can be better analyzed through ‘integrative multiplicity’, or in other words, how concepts of integration are imagined, understood, and practiced by newcomers through multiple public spaces within a city. This research explores the many ways in which ‘integration’ is practiced and understood in Scarborough by looking at a group of diverse immigrant and refugee communities that live and work in this part of the city. Based on past research, this study seeks to understand the different ways that integration has evolved (or is hindered) through local institutions. These are articulated as unidirectional, reciprocal or multifarious spaces of integration (Basu, 2011) where the plurality of cross cultural exchanges take place. It aims to contribute to a theoretical understanding of how public spaces relate to integration and the potential implications for Scarborough and other diverse cities that host large numbers of newcomers.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/IntegrativeMultiplicityAtlas.pdf

Working Paper – An overview of discourses of skilled immigrants and “Canadian experience”: An English-language print media analysis – PDF (Izumi Sakamoto, Daphne Jeyapal, Rupaleem Bhuyan, Jane Ku Lin Fang, Heidi Zhang. Flavia Genovese, CERIS)
“Canadian experience” is an elusive but influential factor in immigrants’ unsuccessful attempts to obtain gainful employment. It may constitute “hard skills” (e.g., credentials) and, more importantly, “soft skills”, an ability to operate within “Canadian workplace culture”, a concept that is tacitly understood within a given context and difficult to articulate (Sakamoto et al., 2010). We examined public discourses on “Canadian experience” through English-language print media in Toronto, Ontario, to identify and unpack the tacit dimension of this popular concept. We found that recurring discourses construct “desirable” immigrants, often through archetypes of “successful”, “humble” and “unlucky” immigrants. While print media may involve multiple voices, it represents immigrants largely as a problem to be solved within the legal and social policy context. Finally, we link our analysis of “Canadian experience” to ideological investments and tensions on Canadian immigration and the role immigrants are perceived to play in Canadian nation-building.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CWP_98_Sakamoto_et_al.pdf

Changes to immigration policies explained (Cape Breton Post)
Cape Breton University students listen in during a presentation held by provincial and federal immigration officials at the school Thursday. Among those in attendance was a group of Chinese students, from front right, Frank Zeng, Catherine Qiu and… The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration will stop accepting applications March 28 for the international graduate stream, and the international graduates who had planned to apply for that program must have their application completed by then with applicable language test results, and a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer with whom they’ve been employed for at least three consecutive months. After March 28, those international graduates who want permanent residence status in Canada can apply federally through a program called the Canada Experience Class.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFHeup1lZuqvQ1zOnNPOFFflQQQUA&url=http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2013-03-07/article-3195062/Changes-to-immigration-policies-explained/1

Chinese immigrants flocking to Canada (Relocate Magazine)
China is the leading source country for immigration to Canada, according to new official figures. New data released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada earlier this month shows that 32,990 people from China emigrated to Canada in 2012, placing the country just ahead of the Philippines (32,704) which had previously been the number one source country for the past three years. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney was quick to highlight Canada’s long history of welcoming Chinese immigrants and visitors to the country. “For over a century, Canada has benefited from the talent and hard work of newcomers from China,” the Minister said.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.relocatemagazine.com/immigration-a-visas/immigration-a-visa-news-main/7329-chinese-immigrants-flocking-to-canada&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA-MbliQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=M4geDJBHHFk&usg=AFQjCNHKMirTSBX5nW9qGjNxmEdSXCQCag

Amid Liberal ethnic vote scandal, Chong will remain on ballot (Kyle Slavin, Saanich News)
Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong says the recent firestorm in the Liberal party sparked by a leaked memo on engaging ethnic voters hasn’t changed her mind to run in the May provincial election. “When I decided I would seek another term, it was because I felt my work was not yet done,” Chong said Wednesday. “That has not changed today.” She says voters should wait to pass judgment on Premier Christy Clark and the government’s role in the scandal until an internal investigation is complete.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.saanichnews.com/news/195937641.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAjc3liQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=9icpUL0MbWk&usg=AFQjCNGRIuE5FmJ8-l0fbxWOmjj8zNWbNA

Canada needs fewer immigrants and more babies (Andy Radia, TriCity News)
FACE TO FACE: Should Canada increase or decrease immigration? Canada is one of the most immigrant-friendly countries in the world. But maybe we shouldn’t be so friendly. Last week, the federal government released its most recent immigration statistics: In 2012, Canada welcomed 257,515 immigrants to Canada. To put that into perspective, the United States welcomes about a one million immigrants per year, or roughly 0.4% of its population; Canada, by comparison, welcomes approximately 0.8% of its population.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHpHUmYtJ1s0ySn143QcgRNBFPODQ&url=http://www.tricitynews.com/opinion/196165171.html

Canada needs more immigrants to fill jobs (Jim Nelson, TriCity News)
FACE TO FACE: Should Canada increase or decrease immigration? First comes the disclaimer: “Well, of course I’m all in favour of immigration…” Then comes the “but”: “I just wish more of ‘them’ tried to accept our Canadian ways.” There usually follows some discussion of Pierre Trudeau, multiculturalism and how a melting pot might be a better idea than a mosaic.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHLbMccgAEkL_rIm3JY6y8VcQsRdA&url=http://www.tricitynews.com/opinion/196166471.html

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Symposium 2013 (Settlement AtWork)
The 2013 Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Symposium is a provincial-wide initiative that explores promising practices in community engagement and organizational change towards embracing diversity, equity and inclusivity. The symposium aims to illustrate cutting edge practices wherever they may exist in organizational infrastructure processes, community engagement and customer/client satisfaction. It will impart practical applications, robust methods and practices and tested implementation methodologies.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_event_/97823

Talent, diversity has driven ECMAs (Chronicle Herald)
Talent and diversity have been the key drivers for the ECMA over the years and what sets it apart from other regional events across Canada. “It was more of a celebration of Celtic music when it started, but I think over the years they’ve really embraced the diversity of music on the East Coast, especially,” said Daniel Ledwell, who is nominated for ECMA Producer of the Year.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEVPk1agmw_pNSwZX9K5_OqMWoeNw&url=http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/893049-talent-diversity-has-driven-ecmas

Vancouver Island mother appeals for son’s sponsorship (CBC)
A Vancouver Island mother says immigration officials — and an honest mistake — are keeping her separated from her son in the Philippines. Divina Domingo, 31, is a landed immigrant who has been trying to sponsor her seven-year-old son to come to Canada for the last three years. But her application has been denied and appeals to Immigration Canada have been rejected because of a regulation that states any family member not declared when you become a landed immigrant will not be able to be sponsored in the future.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFCt_HfmnR7NkF9LUKlm04FOfxFEQ&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/03/06/bc-vancouver-filipino-immigration.html

Newcomer survey shows language barriers in health care a problem (Beatrice Fantoni, 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, according to a survey by local settlement groups. More than 530 people who attend language classes in Windsor and Essex responded to the English-language survey, which was conducted earlier this year.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNG7wp6tfCB5MP33WK0hcEnemHkUMg&url=http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/03/07/newcomer-survey-shows-language-barriers-in-health-care-a-problem/

Religion and politics: Canadian diversity makes for better policy-making (David Kilgour, Yahoo! News)
In his 2011 book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian, quotes an anonymous Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “In the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. The Christian moral foundation of social and and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” Many other spiritual communities in Canada and beyond have also had major roles, but the focus here will be on Christianity, partly because according to the census a decade ago fully seven out of ten Canadians were identified as Catholic (about 13 million) or Protestant (8.7 million). Another 784,000 self-identified simply as “Christian.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/davidvsdavid/religion-politics-canadian-diversity-makes-better-policy-making-205436051.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAvPbkiQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=JTG2DMg_b3s&usg=AFQjCNG-Kr9T7c8MLCSEN4rDwOStg077uA

John Baird was forced to downplay Stephen Harper’s ‘Islamist terrorism’ threat comments, documents show (Lee Berthiaume, Natioanl Post)
In a 2011 interview on the CBC, Stephen Harper said, “When people think of Islamic terrorism, they think of Afghanistan and maybe of some place in the Middle East,” Harper said. “But the truth is, that threat exists all over the world.” CBC handout OTTAWA — When Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned in September 2011 that “Islamist terrorism” is the greatest threat facing Canada, it generated headlines across the country. It seems Canadians weren’t the only ones who took notice — newly released documents show the comments also stoked international anger.
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/canada/canadian-politics/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/07/john-baird-was-forced-to-downplay-stephen-harpers-islamist-terrorism-threat-comments-documents-show

The Different Faces of Immigrant Integration (Kirsten Reodica, CERIS)
In a multicultural country where immigrants comprise a significant number of the population, it is important that they become integrated into the society not only economically, but also socially and politically. Immigrant integration has been one main issues of migration; as such, it is very apt that CERIS and CRS hosted a seminar about the topic last Thursday, February 28, 2013. Ranu Basu presented her research project entitled “Understanding diversity and space in Scarborough through ‘integrative multiplicity’” while Matthew Smith and Alan Walks talked about “Minority electability in urban Ontario municipalities”.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/voices/?p=544

Bollywood extravaganza TOIFA comes to Vancouver — on the backs of South Asian women (Sunera Thobani, rabble)
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.
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/03/toifa-comes-vancouver-backs-south-asian-women

Diversity Fatigue Can Be Overcome (Trevor Wilson, Huffington Post)
A couple of weeks ago the 6th annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employer’s Awards were handed out at an elegant dinner in downtown Toronto. Our firm has been honoured to be the measurement partners on this worthy endeavor since its inception, along with Mediacorp who created the award as part of their Top 100 Employers competition and BMO Financial Group, the corporate sponsors that have supported the award since day one. Each year working on this competition gives us an unprecedented opportunity to get a national perspective on the state of diversity today by reviewing hundreds of applications for the final list of 50. We have had the privilege of reviewing programs focused on improving the work environment for women, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBT, Boomers, Zoomers, GEN Y, Muslims, Christians, new fathers even SWAMS (straight white able bodied males). This year we saw impressive initiatives such as financial planning tools for same sex couples, paid leave for trans-sexual transition and technology enabled flexible work programs to confront face time concerns.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/trevor-wilson/diversity-fatigue_b_2828204.html

Muslim Women, The Masters Of Ceremony In Canada – OpEd (Eurasia Review)
When Muslim Canadians observed Al-Mawled Al-Nabawi (the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad) on 12 February 2013, there was something strikingly different going on at the celebration in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Breaking with the practice of sitting in the audience, sometimes behind curtains, and listening to male speakers, Muslim women took centre stage. From master of ceremonies to the keynote speaker, Muslim women captivated a full house – comprising legislators, diplomats, community leaders and Canadians of all faiths – in the Government Conference Centre. The positive outpouring of response after the event was unprecedented in the 30-year history of this celebration in Ottawa.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/08032013-muslim-women-the-masters-of-ceremony-in-canada-oped/

REFUGEES

CCR decries dramatic drop in refugees resettled to Canada (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its deep disappointment at the dramatic decrease in the number of refugees resettled to Canada in 2012. Contrary to recent government promises to resettle more refugees, it is the second lowest number resettled in over 30 years. “We very much regret that the Minister has not been able to keep his promise to increase the numbers, and that in fact last year fewer people were able to find safety in Canada in this way,” said Loly Rico, President. “Canadians are proud to protect refugees through resettlement to Canada – but unfortunately the government has been closing the door on refugees.”
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/13/03/07

Federal government’s error in legislation allows refugees new avenue for appeal (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Refugee claimants who sought asylum in Canada before a new appeal division was established in December have suddenly found themselves a new lifeline.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/03/07/federal_governments_error_in_legislation_allows_refugees_new_avenue_for_appeal.html

Canada under fire for resettling fewer refugees despite promises to boost intake (Tobi Cohen, Montreal Gazette)
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.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFIQArzVTfEKcd34XJcc8i1-hJglw&url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Canada%2Bunder%2Bfire%2Bresettling%2Bfewer%2Brefugees%2Bdespite/8065479/story.html

‘Drafting error’ gives 1,650 failed refugee claimants access to appeal — and a new law may be the only fix (Tobi Cohen, National Post)
The federal government has quietly conceded that it made a “drafting error” in its oft-criticized refugee legislation passed last June and it appears a new law may be the only way to fix it. A “note” posted on Citizenship and Immigration’s website just above an explanation about Canada’s new Refugee Appeal Division suggests the new provision, which allows certain failed asylum claimants to seek a second opinion, came into force four months before it was supposed to.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/07/drafting-error-gives-1650-failed-refugee-claimants-access-to-appeal-and-a-new-law-may-be-the-only-fix/

Feds urged to reconsider healthcare funding cuts (Soo Today)
If the Conservatives don’t continue to fund basic healthcare for all refugee claimants, the most vulnerable populations will suffer, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes questioned the government during an adjournment debate on funding cuts to healthcare for refugee claimants, which limits access to basic needs like medication.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHazjzQLTl3IzSdFxpT4_fy9-Q5EQ&url=http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c%3D54312

Thematic Focus: Urban Refugees (Force Migration Review Current Awareness blog)
Related publications and websites.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ForcedMigrationCurrentAwareness/~3/IxEv4O2pd9w/thematic-focus-urban-refugees.html

Hamilton man who fled Syria hopes wife can stay in Canada (Samantha Craggs, CBC)
It’s International Women’s Day and few appreciate a woman’s role in the family today like Ian Wilkie. The Mountain resident and his three children are anxiously waiting on the fate of Wafaa Abdou, his wife of 12 years who is awaiting deportation in a Rexdale correctional facility. She is also the subject of an information picket in Hamilton at 4 p.m. The family fled Syria’s civil war nearly two years ago, starting a tangle with the federal government that Wilkie says exposes the heartlessness of Canada’s new immigration laws. When the family arrived in June 2011, Wilke was certain his Egyptian-born wife would be welcomed in Canada. Now the east-end native says he feels “powerless and guilty.”
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/08/hamilton-ian-wilkie.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

IWD Reflections On Violence Against Women (Brenda Roche, Wellesley Institute)
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the experience of women across communities in Canada, and internationally. Violence against women is a recurring theme internationally and closer to home. Recent statistics on violence against women in Canada points to some decline in violent attacks against women between 2009 and 2011. While such trends are broadly promising they can overlook the everyday, often unreported violence that exists for women in many communities. International Women’s Day serves as a potent reminder to us that the task of eliminating violence against women, in all its forms, is far from complete.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/more-than-just-a-shift-in-language-real-change-happens-within-the-structures-we-rely-on/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

EI changes under attack at public meeting (Erin Pottie, Cape Breton Post)
Dean Tupper, a vice-president with the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, spoke to more than 300 people attending an EI forum in Sydney at the Grand Lake Road Fire Hall. During the forum, labour officials were highly critical of changes made to the federal EI program, which Tupper says are being done to drive a “low-wage economy.” While the list of changes to EI is lengthy, the most controversial include the elimination of a transparent and community-based appeals process, a lack of retraining, and the requirement of workers to accept jobs that could see them commuting up to an hour from their homes or previous workplaces.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHvGwn2apQ8Do3zcajWDalpfIMxaQ&url=http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2013-03-07/article-3195187/EI-changes-under-attack-at-public-meeting/1

Forum on Newcomer Self-Employment (Settlement AtWork)
Join staff from the Maytree Foundation, ConnectLegal, The Internationally Educated Professionals Conference, City of Toronto and ACCESS Community Capital Fund for this free half-day seminar.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_event_/97822

Reports of federal take-back of job training funds sparks provincial concern (Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun)
The Harper government refused Tuesday to confirm or deny reports indicating it plans to reclaim from provincial governments job-training funding programs which deliver about $350 million a year to B.C. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was peppered with questions from opposition MPs who accused Ottawa of acting unilaterally. They were responding to two recent media reports, the latest in the National Post Tuesday, saying the government wants to take back $2.5 billion in annual training funds shipped off to provincial governments as a result of a 2007 budget decision.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFFR_5xtQkwnsRLZENbkg7YL1Abag&url=http://www.vancouversun.com/business/fp/yourmoney/Reports%2Bfederal%2Btakeback%2Btraining%2Bfunds%2Bsparks%2Bprovincial%2Bconcern/8055821/story.html

Under-paid? Wage gaps destroy employee morale, productivity (Denise Deveau, Leader Post)
Research has long cited the ongoing gap that exists between the wages of men and women, and those of immigrants and native Canadians. The context for the debate tends to revolve around the valid and omnipresent issue of discrimination, but rarely is the economic impact of the wage gap emphasized — a significant oversight given the labour market constraints businesses face today. Simply put, the underemployment and under-payment of women and immigrants disengages a valuable segment of the labour pool, leaving employers with an insufficient supply of well-trained, well-educated and highly skilled workers.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHhRWFQps2hEKgxCgqrJXs3sjBapg&url=http://www.leaderpost.com/business/workplace/Wage%2Bgaps%2Bdestroy%2Bemployee%2Bmorale%2Bproductivity/8062226/story.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Toronto’s Urbanism Headlines: Friday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Rob Ford, Fourth Largest City and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/03/08/torontos-urbanism-headlines-friday-2/

Newsstand: March 8, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
TGIF, guys. In the news: Casino developers want help from Metrolinx; lobbying is up at City Hall; the library is selling ad space; and Ford’s comments about Don Bosco anger parents.
http://torontoist.com/2013/03/newsstand-march-8-2013

Soundbites – March 6, 2013 (Social Planning Toronto)
Contents
1. SPT Symposium “Happily Ever After?”
2. SPT Member Forum: “Fair Is Fair: Meet Toronto’s Ombudsman” March 15 in Scarborough – Register Now!
3. Call for Nominations to the Social Planning Toronto Board of Directors – Deadline March 8th.
4. Frances Lankin Community Service Award – Nominations Deadline March 8th.
5. It All Begins with SPACE – April 25, 2013
6. Worth Repeating: Open Letter to Toronto Councillors – Emergency Action on Homelessness
7. News from our Partners
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/soundbites/soundbites-march-6-2013

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

How Charities Stifle Employee Passion Online (Allison Fine, Philanthropy.com)
Many charities require their employees to maintain separate personal and professional online identities, but that may be antiquated and counterproductive thinking, says Debra Askanase, a digital strategist who has worked at several nonprofit and community-development organizations. By encouraging employees to keep separate accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, she says, nonprofits are stifling the voices of some of their most passionate supporters.
http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Charities-Stifle-Employee/137667/?cid=pt&utm_source=pt&utm_medium=en

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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Shared 24 links. RT @ArmineYalnizyan: This cannot become the new normal. WATCH THIS: student guest workers and the Cadbury's fight...

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