Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 10, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Webinar April 30: Receiving Communities: Preparing a Culture of Welcome (Cities of Migration)
Learn how small-to-medium cities like Boise, United States, and Erfurt, Germany, are successfully bringing newcomers and receiving communities together with innovative programs and a clear message about the two-way benefits of immigrant integration. How do we bring newcomers and established residents into contact with each other and create a culture of welcome? One way is to start with cross-cultural interactions that build trust and mutual understanding.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/webinar/webinar-receiving-communities-preparing-a-culture-of-welcome/

April 25: Whose Borders? Panel and Coffee Table Discussion (No One is Illegal Toronto)
With Canada clamping down on permanent immigration, borders becoming more lethal globally, over 50 million people displaced around the world, indigenous communities demanding and asserting control over their territories while trade agreements take away community self-determination, join us in lead up to the 8th annual May Day of Action for a discussion on Borders. What are they? What are they not? What is a no-border struggle in the current context? Is it the same everywhere? What does decolonization work mean when thinking about borders?
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/node/786

Achievements Of The Canadian Historical Recognition Program (Il Postino Canada)
Members of the Chinese, Italian, South Asian, Jewish, Ukrainian and other communities joined Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today to celebrate the success of the Community Historical Recognition Program. The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing and educating Canadians about the experiences of those pioneers who overcame such heavy burdens, said Minister Kenney. Their experiences mark an unfortunate period in our nations history. We must ensure that they are never forgotten.
http://ilpostinocanada.com/uncategorized/minister-kenney-marks-achievements-of-the-canadian-historical-recognition-program

In Halifax, the many memories live on (Margaret Deefholts, Kamloops This Week)
The faces stare back at me old black and white photographs of men, women and children. A young man wears his cap set at a jaunty angle, but his eyes are apprehensive. A family huddles together as if for protection, the mother wearing a scarf, her overcoat neat, if shabby. A child clings to her skirt. In another shot, a teenager looks directly at the camera, her smile both tremulous and eager. This is Pier 21 in Halifax and these are refugees from war-torn Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, waiting in the immigration shed for their papers to be processed.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFyKW3r7o_iTxvhasPwT5kCqxVrpg&url=http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/lifestyles/202197591.html

AsianCanadianStudies.ca: An Asian Canadian Network
asiancanadianstudies.ca is a global network of academic and community researchers that promotes university-community partnerships to advance Asian-Canadian studies as a distinct field of study, research and cultural production for social justice. Respecting Canadas Indigenous foundations, this project values inclusivity (networking Asian-Canadian communities and all who support Asian-Canadian studies), transnationalism (challenging nationalist narratives and emphasizing the trans-Pacific region as a borderless terrain), and transformation (valuing participatory research and production for change).
http://asiancanadianstudies.ca/

Barbaric is the wrong tone for an immigrant guide (Lysiane Gagnon, Globe and Mail)
The new edition of the Canadian guide for immigrants deserves praise. Welcome to Canada, just released by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, is a gold mine of useful information, written in clear, accessible language. One only wishes that all government publications would be produced in the same style. The guide tells immigrants en route to a new land everything they need to know about housing, social programs, job market and language skills needed in this country. And it does more. Taking into account the fact that most immigrants come from non-Western countries and that some are especially vulnerable, the guide unequivocally states that practices such as polygamy and human trafficking are illegal in Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/barbaric-is-the-wrong-tone-for-an-immigrant-guide/article10951362/%3Fcmpid%3Drss1&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAupCViwVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=XgicU_GdJyM&usg=AFQjCNHqws-8k6c8CXJQBZsxbAIcplcQ9g

Citizenship and Immigrant Integration: What can we Learn from France and the United States? (Migration Policy Group)
A new publication released today provides an update of the MIPEX country profiles for France and the United States as well as a comparative report on the path to citizenship in both countries, based on supplementary questionnaires answered by experts at France terre dasile and the Immigration Policy Center.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.migpolgroup.org/news_detail.php%3Fid%3D252&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoATAAOABA2pyViwVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=nV38p1Kcv3o&usg=AFQjCNEZBiEhO6T0exSIp17zqFIfDiTxCQ

Learning citizenship in cities (New Canadian Media)
Imagine Halifax citys whole population of around 400,000 being denied the right to vote in its municipal election. Not very hard to picture considering that is the number of Toronto residents who pay local taxes and use city services but have no say in who represents them because they are not yet Canadian citizens. This disenfranchisement was debated at a panel discussion on voting rights for permanent residents in municipal elections organized in Toronto on Mar. 20 by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.
http://newcanadianmedia.ca/item/4415-learning-citizenship-in-cities

REFUGEES

Metropolis Grad Student Presentation Series: Forced Migration Experience and Refugee Resource Transformation ((Amanda Coffie, CERIS)
There has been much talk about the changes within the refugee hosting communities, but relatively little discussion of the impact these societies have on forced migrants. By exploring the case of Liberian refugees formerly exiled in Ghana, this presentation addresses the refugees transformational experiences during the forced migration process. At the core of this inquiry are the issues of how the structures of forced migration interact with the refugees agency to transform both the resources available to them and the nature of these structures. Drawing on the social constructionist idea of the mutual constitution between structure and agents, the study highlights the various structures that refugees encounter and that have different influences on their agency. It also provides a context within which to understand and examine how refugees as agents operate within structures of constraint and opportunity, which more or less likely leads to resource gains and losses.
http://events.carleton.ca/metropolis-grad-student-presentation-series-forced-migration-experience-and-refugee-resource-transformation-by-amanda-coffie/

Darkness descends on Canada (Bernie Farber, Toronto Star)
I remember when Canada was considered a land of hope and for many a safe port in a sea of hostility. I remember when Canada welcomed those whose very lives were challenged as a result of racism and bigotry and opened its heart to immigrants and refugees like my own parents who made Canada their new home. But darkness seems to have descended on our land. Refugees are not just unwelcomed but new legislation virtually bars even the neediest from our doorstep. Laws have been enacted demanding we refrain from providing medical aid to certain refugees and now even Legal Aid Ontario has put forward a plan that would make it impossible for these desperate refugees to acquire legal representation.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEKp5wSblS2V_3e9Vo5lj_QppsfJg&url=http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2013/04/09/darkness_descends_on_canada.html

Event June 21: Diverse Residents One Community (FCJ Refugee Centre)
The one-day festival will draw attention to the challenges and showcase the triumphs of LGBTQ refugees through musical performances, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, cultural displays, and speeches by community leaders; all stemming from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, feminist framework.
https://m.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=125267624331474&id=100385114009

Vancouver refugee centre ‘first of its kind in the world’ (CBC)
Vancouver City Council has approved the construction of a new 58,000 square foot facility to service immigrants and refugees. The “Welcome House Centre” will include short-term and long-term housing, medical services and English language training. There will also be trauma care, child care, a youth centre, food security services, a banking kiosk and a legal clinic. Chris Freisen, director of settlement services for the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. (ISSBC), says the building will be the first of its kind in the world.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNH6sRGh6uQXcs9jOsiH_hsduPFSsg&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/04/09/bc-vcr-refugee-centre.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview (UNICEF Canada)
UNICEFs Report Card 11, Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview , measures the level of child well-being achieved in the worlds richest nations. The League Table of Child Well-being ranks 29 industrialized countries on an index of child well-being. The index averages 26 indicators across five dimensions: Material Well-being, Health and Safety, Education, Behaviours and Risks, and Housing and Environment. League tables for each of these dimensions, and for each indicator within them, measure and compare progress for children across these countries. The Netherlands is the clear leader, the only country ranked among the top five in all dimensions. The standards achieved by the highest-performing nations should contribute to debate in Canada about how such standards can be achieved for our children.
http://www.unicef.ca/en/discover/article/child-well-being-in-rich-countries-a-comparative-overview

New strategy offers little relief for those in poverty (Inside Halton)
Local organizations working to fight poverty in Halton cringed last Thursday upon hearing about changes to social assistance being considered by the Province. Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre discussed a recently-released Commission for the Review of Social Assistance report at a poverty reduction forum hosted at the Oakville Conference Centre by the Halton Poverty Roundtable. Laidley said the report was commissioned in 2008 when concern was mounting over the escalating number of people using the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGoDMySXwxRwAXOhtLfxp0e1luzdw&url=http://www.insidehalton.com/news/article/1602544–new-strategy-offers-little-relief-for-those-in-poverty

Peel Region services for poor stretched to limit (Rachel Mendleson, Toronto Star)
Emergency social services, child care and affordable housing have not kept pace with the rise of low-income families in Peel Region.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/04/09/peel_region_services_for_poor_stretched_to_limit.html

Protesters demand social assistance hike (Sudbury Northern Life)
A number of local organizations will gather at Memorial Park April 12 to demand action on poverty. The rally is being held as part of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty’s Raise the Rates campaign, a week of action in advance of the 2013 provincial budget.
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2013/04/08-memorial-park-protest-sudbury.aspx

Resource Poverty at Your Doorstep 2013 (Homeless Hub)
World Vision and Citizens for Public Justice released a joint report, Poverty at Your Doorstep, featuring detailed snapshots of poverty in five Canadian cities. The research puts Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg under the microscope to examine the latest data on housing, employment and the use of food banks and social assistance.
http://www.homelesshub.ca/Library/View.aspx?id=55681

Banff Forum
Forum Founded in 2002, the Banff Forum hosts an annual retreat held every autumn in a different location in Canada. It brings together emerging leaders from across Canada and leading thinkers from around the world to discuss topics of national importance. Its aim is to reinvigorate public debate in Canada and to find ways to strengthen our country. Every year, the Banff Forum unites approximately 100 participants. They are invited because they have achieved significant success in their chosen area of expertise and because they are actively involved in social, environmental or political activities. The Banff Forum is a truly unique event. It is an opportunity for in-depth exchanges between leading experts and a group of intelligent and motivated young leaders. Our panel sessions are designed to incite debate and discussion. They take place in an informal setting and are highly interactive. The Banff Forum is strictly non-partisan and non-ideological. Banff Forum XII will take place in Banff, Alberta from September 19-21st and is focused on the theme of leadership.
http://banffforum.ca/membership2.html

Does workfare work? Experts say no one really knows (Jesse M. Kelly, Canada.com)
When the federal budget recently promised almost $250 million over five years to help First Nations youth obtain training so more of them could find jobs, it sounded to many like the government was pitching a classic workfare program. Not everyone is a fan of such schemes, which essentially require unemployed people to work in some fashion in order to get their government benefits.
http://o.canada.com/2013/04/01/does-workfare-work-experts-say-no-one-really-knows/?utm_source=CERIC%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=84b1347498-CERIC_04_09_134_9_2013&utm_medium=email

The 28 cent difference (CCPA)
Working women in Ontario are doing all they can to get by: they’re working hard, they’re driving enrolments in bachelor and master’s degree programs at our universitites. But when it comes to pay, the gap between men and women remains. Women in Ontario earn 28% less than men. And we know that racialized women, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities disproportionately find themselves on the lower end of the income scale in Ontario – reflecting systemic discrimination in the labour market. None of this is inevitable.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ccpa-updates/~3/IEEcXlyJxgc/28-cent-difference

Union summit tackles inequality (SG News)
More than 350 labour leaders met for a one-day summit March 22 in Toronto to talk about how their members can advocate for greater fairness for all Canadians. “We met to reaffirm our resolve that all Canadian workers have the right to share in the benefits of their hard labour,” said Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “The message is that people have to be fairly compensated for their labour and that legislative rights must be protected and enhanced,” Georgetti said. “Fairness is a basic Canadian value. It is a right, not a privilege and we will promote it in every corner of our country.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://sgnews.ca/2013/04/04/union-summit-tackles-inequality/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAg6eTiwVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=WIfUykjHyvI&usg=AFQjCNEtiAJOWS7_bjcpxsia1LeyQs4MjQ

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council holds 7th annual Immigrant Success Awards (Yonge Street)
The City of Toronto’s motto is “Diversity our Strength,” but when it comes to integrating skilled immigrants into the workforce, it’s not always put into practice. The Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative has found that education achieved abroad is discounted in the Canadian labour market by a factor of 30 per cent and work experience by factor of 70 per cent. In an effort to spread awareness of the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) has been holding its annual Immigrant Success (IS) for the past seven years.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YongestreetMedia/~3/o9lXS8peWPw/TRIECISawards04102013.aspx

Report shows that mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrants (Maytree)
Mentoring is built on a simple idea: connect an internationally-trained professional with their Canadian counterpart. An effective mentoring relationship opens networks, builds relationships and increases social capital. And it works. A recent ALLIES-Accenture report, The results are in: Mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrants (PDF), confirms the positive impact and success of eleven mentoring programs across Canada on newcomers and the economy.
http://maytree.com/blog/2013/04/report-shows-that-mentoring-improves-employment-outcomes-for-skilled-immigrants/

IQN Awards (Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR))
On March 13, 2013, the first annual IQN Awards Ceremony was hosted at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Parliamentary Secretary of Citizenship and Immigration, Honourable Rick Dykstra, presented five awards to the following winners on behalf of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigrations Jason Kenney.
http://www.credentials-competences.gc.ca/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=1711

Whats the bigger picture behind the RBC outsourcing story? (Workers’ Action Centre)
Over the weekend news broke about 45 RBC employees being laid off and replaced by migrant workers on temporary visas. The migrant workers are being hired by iGate, an outsourcing company with a contract with RBC for IT services. The federal government has re sponded stating that it is investigating, since migrant workers are only supposed to be hired when there are labour shortages. RBCs only response so far has been that it did not hire any migrant workers, and that the outsourced employees will be offered other work within the company. The case has ignited a media storm with many asking why migrant workers are replacing Canadian workers when there is clearly no shortage of workers in this example. But whats the bigger picture behind this story?
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WorkersActionCentre/~3/_8LqlZcLX5U/

Time for Transparency on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Law of Work)
The mighty Royal Bank is in trouble this morning because their plan leaked to the public. That plan is to use their own long service employees to train their replacement from a firm to whom RBC has contracted out the jobs. Here is the CBC story. Canadian companies have a long history of contracting out jobs to cheaper foreign companies, and theres nothing unlawful in doing that. Its more unusual for a company to ask its own employees to train their replacements. Again, nothing illegal in this. Its just terrible HRM, and when the story gets to the media, terrible PR. Just ask RBC, which today is in full damage control.
http://lawofwork.ca/?p=6474

Report warned Temporary Foreign Worker Program was poised for misuse (Matthew Coutts, Yahoo! News)
It is increasingly apparent that the controversy surrounding the Royal Bank of Canada allegedly replacing Canadian employees with cheaper temporary foreign workers is not a standalone issue, but rather the inevitable outcome of an immigration program that was flawed from the outset. RBC continues to deny any wrongdoing after 45 IT positions were contracted out to an outsourcing agency, iGate, which employs foreign workers who have received temporary work permits. Since then, however, several former employees of other financial institutions, including TD Bank, CIBC and the Bank of Montreal, have told CBC News they were similarly replaced by temporary workers in the past year or so.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/report-warned-temporary-foreign-worker-program-poised-misuse-171224874.html

Canada’s Largest Private-Sector Union Blasts Harper for RBC Debacle (Marketwire)
UFCW Canada, the country’s largest private-sector union and Canada’s leading national voice for migrant and temporary foreign workers, is joining the groundswell of Canadians in expressing frustration and outrage over the federal government’s latest failure to protect the well-being of Canadian workers, while further victimizing Canada’s most precarious workforce. “This shameful deceit is just another example of how the Harper government’s temporary foreign worker programs were designed to benefit a handful of wealthy companies and Harper’s super-rich corporate friends,” says Wayne Hanley, the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada), representing more than a quarter of a million workers from coast to coast.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/canadas-largest-private-sector-union-blasts-harper-for-rbc-debacle-1776694.htm&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABA25SViwVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=W2c5fqs5N5c&usg=AFQjCNEVnilnAasNLTIQ36LhA35shOx6kw

Ottawa must crack down on firms misusing temporary workers program: Editorial (Toronto Star)
Its not a good week to be in the public relations department at RBC. The mega banks ill-fated plan to outsource 45 IT-related jobs to foreign workers backfired rather dramatically when word leaked out and social media sites exploded with patriotic outrage. Needless to say, the trending tweets were not kind. As a private company, RBC has the right to outsource work and deal with any ensuing fallout for giving Canadian jobs to lower-paid workers overseas. Some will point fingers over that, especially given the banks record $7.5 billion in profits last year, but RBC is far from the only Canadian bank or company to outsource jobs in the never-ending fight to keep down costs.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFqMjK78u3hCL1V0ExIzdkSklqQYg&url=http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/04/10/ottawa_must_crack_down_on_firms_misusing_temporary_workers_program_editorial.html

The Temporary Foreign Worker Debacle (E. Wosniak, NS Immigration)
I am displeased. The first day of spring was 19¾ days ago and it is snowhailing in Halifax tonight. Thats not a word, but thats what its doing. But what bugs me more than snow in April is when people get all Blanche Dubois about immigration issues. Worse, when the government acts surprised by the fallout from its own policies, cutbacks and decisions. Like the RBC story which is churning through the media meat-grinder right now. It is so convenient to beat up on immigrants and immigration when problems are exposed. The Alberta Federation of Labour has just published a scathing report about the widespread abuse and fraud of the TFW program.
http://nsimmigration.ca/2013/04/tfwdebacle/

Canada’s Largest Private-Sector Union Blasts Harper for RBC Debacle (UFCW Canada)
UFCW Canada, the country’s largest private-sector union and Canada’s leading national voice for migrant and temporary foreign workers, is joining the groundswell of Canadians in expressing frustration and outrage over the federal government’s latest failure to protect the well-being of Canadian workers, while further victimizing Canada’s most precarious workforce. “This shameful deceit is just another example of how the Harper government’s temporary foreign worker programs were designed to benefit a handful of wealthy companies and Harper’s super-rich corporate friends,” says Wayne Hanley, the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada), representing more than a quarter of a million workers from coast to coast.
http://www.firmenpresse.de/pressrelease247179.html

Foreign worker program wrongly fills low-skill jobs, labour group says (CTV)
A labour group is calling for a review of a federal program designed to help employers quickly hire temporary foreign workers for high-skill jobs. The Alberta Federation of Labour says since the program was announced last April, more than 2,400 permits have been approved to hire foreign workers for low-skill service industry positions. Federation president Gil McGowan says access to information documents show the employers include fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations. “You look down this list, and it’s McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, A&W, Subway,” McGowan said Tuesday. “Are we supposed to believe that these are ‘high-skill’ employment opportunities?”
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/foreign-worker-program-wrongly-fills-low-skill-jobs-labour-group-says-1.1231262

McJobs (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/2013/04/09/mcjobs/

Armine Yalnizyan on the business of outsourcing in Canada (CCPA)
In recent years, Canada has seen an explosion of low-skilled temporary foreign workers. Though outsourcing is not new, the practice is under renewed scrutinyespecially given the recent alleged in-sourcing of workers at RBC and the HD Mining case in British Columbia. On this mornings episode of CBC Radios The Current, CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan does a great job of contextualizing the outsourcing problem in Canada and its troubling consequences, including a disappearing middle class.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ccpa-updates/~3/ec-HysPTyEw/armine-yalnizyan-business-outsourcing-canada

iGate: the $1-billion-a-year company at the heart of the RBC temporary foreign worker controversy (Dana Flavelle, Toronto Star)
iGate, the company at the heart of the RBC temporary foreign worker controversy, boasts $1 billion U.S. in revenue and a blue chip board.
http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/04/09/igate_the_1billionayear_company_at_the_heart_of_the_rbc_temporary_foreign_worker_controversy.html

Latest Use of Federal Temporary Workers Undermines Canadian Jobs and Wages (USW)
“The news that RBC is replacing 45 of its employees with workers from India is just further proof that corporations and the Harper government intend to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to lower wages across Canada,” said Ken Neumann, National Director of the United Steelworkers (USW). “We are ready to assist the RBC workers and represent them in any legal matters and hope they will contact us.” This outrage is made more dramatic when you realize that while the longtime older workers are being laid off Royal Bank of Canada chief executive officer Gordon Nixon was the highest-paid bank CEO in Canada. He was awarded $12.6 million in salary, stock and bonuses for fiscal 2012. This means he was paid more than his counterparts at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.
http://www.usw.ca/media/news/releases?id=0851

RBC denies use of foreign worker replacements (Evan Solomon, CBC)
The head of the Royal Bank of Canada has denied that it is replacing Canadian workers with temporary foreign workers. “Absolutely not,” said Gord Nixon, the bank’s CEO, in an interview with CBC’s Amanda Lang on The Lang & O’Leary Exchange. “Firstly, RBC has not and does not hire any temporary foreign workers.” Nixon made the comments following a CBC News report that dozens of employees who facilitate various transactions for RBC Investor Services in Toronto will be losing their jobs, replaced by foreign workers
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/04/08/rbc-bank-foreign-workers.html

RBC CEO defends use of outsourcing as Ottawa zeroes in on supplier (Diana Mehta, Financial Post)
RBC CEO Gord Nixon said Tuesday that the bank doesnt usually get involved in the hiring practices of firms it uses as subcontractors, but that he has called for a full review of all the banks major supply contracts.
http://www.financialpost.com/m/wp/news/fp-street/blog.html?b=business.financialpost.com/2013/04/09/rbc-foreign-workers

RBC Backlash (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about bringing workers into the country under the Temporary Foreign Workers program, with Gordon Nixon. He is the CEO of RBC.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/04/09/rbc-backlash/

Outsourcing bank jobs is common practice, say employees (CBC)
Current and former Canadian bank employees have inundated CBC News with emails, saying outsourcing practices are common among the big banks after a CBC exclusive revealed RBC hired foreign workers to replace dozens of Canadians. A CBC Go Public investigation revealed RBC is replacing 45 employees with temporary foreign workers at the end of the month. iGATE Corporation, a multinational outsourcing firm from India, employs the foreign workers. It is against federal rules to fly in temporary foreign workers if their presence will force Canadian citizens into unemployment.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/09/canada-bank-foreign-workers.html

Outsourcing: The business in Canada and beyond (Ron Babin, CBC The Current)
We started this segment with a clip from some of the employees of iGate corporation in India explaining how they learn jobs from somewhere else and bring them to India. It’s a safe bet employees at RBC Royal Bank won’t be raising glasses to the Bangalore cricketers anytime soon. Many Canadians are furious that RBC is apparently using temporary foreign workers to replace permanent Canadian staff. In fact, some have called for a bank boycott and the federal government says its investigating.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/04/09/outsourcing-the-business-in-canada-and-beyond/

Hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker has Never been Easier (Marisa Feil, Canadian Immigration)
Typically, foreign workers and employers must go through a two-step process in order to receive a Canadian work permit. Firstly, the applicant must submit an application to HRSDC for a Labour Market Opinion, followed by a second application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the actual work permit. The LMO is issued by HRSDC who, after considering numerous protective labour market factors, authorizes the Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker. The application for an LMO can take anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks, depending on the location of the job offer in Canada. However, with an expedited process being implemented on February 24, 2013, it will be made much easier to hire a foreign worker in one of the 44 occupations where there are significant differences the between supply and the demand for labor. In these cases, an employer will not be required to advertise for a desired a position and can hire a foreign worker without searching for a Canadian candidate
http://www.canadianimmigration.net/blog/2013/02/hiring-a-temporary-foreign-worker-has-never-been-easier.html

How can newcomers benefit from mentoring? (Video) (Prepare for Canada)
Shawn Mintz, President, MentorCity, talks about how newcomers can incorporate mentoring in their job search strategy.
http://www.prepareforcanada.com/working/success-strategies/how-can-newcomers-benefit-from-mentoring/#.UWR8ZJ4uz1o.twitter

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Wednesday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Zoo Lockout, Toronto Casino, Spring Construction and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/04/10/torontos-urbanism-headlines-wednesday-6/

Newsstand: April 10, 2013 (Casey Irvin, Torontoist)
Today theme: this aint over till its over, but some of it is pretty well over. In the news: Ford promises to stop bike station at city hall; list of 2013 roadwork released; a judge is asked for a G20 probe; sleigh bells ring, are you listening?; and dont bet on a downtown casino.
http://feeds.gothamistllc.com/click.phdo?i=5cf5f8c81cfca51a722a45bf027498f1

City of Toronto to open new Integrated Services Office at Metro Hall (City of Toronto)
City of Toronto elected officials and staff will officially open the new integrated services office at Metro Hall tomorrow. Toronto Employment & Social Services and Children’s Services have partnered to offer wider access to services during extended office hours. This integrated site will provide streamlined, improved customer service to Toronto residents.
http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/bydate/28D08DEAF3AA7ACC85257B480054ED9D

The Proposal That Could Make Cab Drivers Safer (Samuel Getachew, Huffington Post)
Five years ago the city of Toronto made a foolish decision of killing the idea of requiring all Toronto taxi’s to have mandatory shields. The then chairman of the licensing and standards committee — Councillor Howard Mascoe — believed that the “mandatory shields would convey a terrible image of Toronto to tourists.” Earlier this week Toronto’s licensing and Standards Committee Chairman Councillor Cesar Palacio’s not only ordered the city to examine mandatory shields but also for the implementation of pre-payments or deposits in late hours via credit or debit cards. The local politician believes this would allow drivers to carry less or no cash making them a less attractive victim.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mobileweb/samuel-getachew/mandatory-shield-cab-driver_b_3038798.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

How is technology impacting social and economic divisions in cities? (Brett Hudson, City Minded)
Ubiquitous information and communication technology (ICT) holds overwhelmingly positive promise to bridge social and economic divides within cities. How? The rise of ICTs has diminished the role that long-standing institutions play in many parts of society. Institutions have traditionally provided a structured and cost-effective way for individuals to meet their needs and goals.
http://cityminded.org/brett-hudson-how-is-technology-impacting-social-and-economic-divisions-in-cities-6779

Whats the cost of cutting the land transfer tax by 10%? (Sheila Block, Wellesley Institute)
Mayor Ford has asked city staff to provide a report to executive committee in early July on cutting the Municipal Land Transfer Tax by 10 percent. He stated that the City should make up for the lost revenue by reducing expenditures rather than increasing other taxes. In 2012, this tax provided about $340 million in revenues. This seems like a good time to remind the Mayor of the results of his own core services review. In it, KPMG reviewed the Citys 105 services and ranked 98 percent of services as either core or traditional services. Core services are required by legislation or essential to the effective functioning of government; while traditional services enhance the quality of life and liveability of Toronto, and included parks and community centres. Freezing spending actually means a reduction in services when we take inflation and population growth into account. During the Mayors tenure, it has become clear that there is no gravy train and that any further losses in revenue will result in further cutbacks to services that Torontonians rely on.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wellesleyinstitute/~3/GOeeGoYoO_0/

Projexity aims to build a better city one local project at a time (Yonge Street)
If you, like many Torontonians who love their city and want to get more involved in it, have an idea for a neat new neighbourhood initiative or community project, but aren’t quite sure how to go about implementing it, there’s a new online platform that might be able to help. It’s called Projexity, and while it offers some familiar tools–notably, it serves as a crowd-funding platform–it also includes some distinctive elements such as design assistance and advice navigating the sometimes tangled webs of red tape at City Hall. Projexity is the brainchild of a couple of urban designers, explains co-founder Marisa Bernstein. She saw, “a lot of the pitfalls in how urban design is carried out…due to many things like lack of resources, lack of guidance, and we think lack of transparency in the process–we think a lot of people don’t know what is going on in the community.”
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YongestreetMedia/~3/uki8ttXy-ZY/projexity04102013.aspx

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

A little diversity awareness can go a long way at your nonprofit (4Good Resources)
Inclusion and respect for diversity throughout your nonprofit organization is key for effective boards, staff and programs. Learn how diversity can strengthen your nonprofit with these resources shared by your colleagues throughout the nonprofit community on IdeaEncore. Although diversity awareness is more than just compliance with civil rights laws, you do need to make sure that you have the right personnel policies in place. The Four Hour Personnel Management Assessment ($16) from Nonprofit Management Services will help you make sure all of your policies are up to date. Once you have this first step down, learn about mutli-cultural capacity building with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services’ Cultural Competence Monograph Series.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&id=9de9c6119a&e=df9a9c784a

Toronto Public Space Initiative plays matchmaker (Yonge Street)
The program was launched last December, when TPSI staff saw an opportunity to use their networks to play “matchmaker” for students and community groups. “We saw that a lot of the residents’ associations and community-based organizations, like us, didn’t have a lot of resources or money. But at the same time they’re involved in a lot of interesting city planning projects” says Jayme Turney, chief executive officer with the Toronto Public Space Initiative. “On the other hand, we’ve got all kinds of students who are getting trained in urban planning, but what they’re doing is really academic and in the classroom. They’re not doing practical activist stuff in their community, they’re not getting that opportunity. So it seemed like a good idea just to connect the two groups.”
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YongestreetMedia/~3/LMjbyZBJrFI/tpsimatchmaker04102013.aspx

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

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