Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 25, 2013


School4Civics is back! (DiverseCity Toronto)
The upcoming 2014 municipal elections across Ontario provide a applied learning opportunity for emerging leaders from under-represented communities to organize political campaigns or run for office. School4Civics will be running a series of Boot Camps, workshops and networking events to help get these leaders into election shape. Find out more and register today.

Video: Welcome to Our World (CBC The National)
CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway takes a tour of the biggest elementary school in North America and finds the very best of multiculturalism.

Barrier after barrier — the cycle of poverty (Inside Halton)
If you are a newcomer, single mom, senior, have a disability or mental health issues, you’re more likely to fall into poverty, according to Community Development Halton (CDH). Poverty is deepening, particularly within these groups, according to research by the charitable non-profit organization, which is committed to social development. Newcomers, for example, face significant challenges, says CDH Social Planning Director Ted Hildebrandt. “Aside from cultural and language problems, there’s the challenge of finding a job,” he said.–barrier-after-barrier-the-cycle-of-poverty

BMO teaches financial survival skills to wealthy Chinese immigrants (Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun)
More than 213,000 Chinese with investable assets greater than $1.5 million US are looking to immigrate to Canada, according to BMO Financial Group. The total number of such high-net-worth individuals in China reached 960,000 in 2011. Of those, 60 per cent are interested in or have already applied for immigration, said Gina Li, head of personal banking services, Greater China, for BMO Financial Group (Beijing). About 30,000 newcomers come to Canada from China each year, Li said. Of those, 2,000 to 3,000 are investor immigrants, many of whom land in Vancouver. Total annual immigration to Canada is 250,000.

42 new Canadians sworn in at ceremony at Forster (with video) (Don Lajoie, Windsor Star)
Forster high school could not have been a more appropriate setting for a ceremony to swear in 42 new Canadians. Principal Dave Garlick made that point Wednesday when he told the new Canadians and their guests seated in the school’s auditorium that the 350 cheering, whistling and flag-waving supporters in the bleachers behind them represented students from 60 countries. Rabia Ibraheem, left, and his wife Sana Poales hold their children Mark, 5, and Marlin, 1, after they were sworn in as Canadian citizens at Forster Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario on April 24, 2013. The young family immigrated from Iraq and are very happy to become Canadian citizens.

Another view: Canadians can count on each other (The Record)
As the shock of Canada’s brush with an alleged Al Qaida-directed terror plot recedes, it’s comforting to learn that a prominent Toronto Muslim cleric played a key role in foiling the attack. More than a year ago he alerted the authorities to someone he felt was an extremist who was radicalizing young people. That speaks to something very Canadian: the sense that we can count on each other to do the right thing for the wider community, that we are all in this together. The VIA Rail passenger trains that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the alleged plotters had in their sights might just as easily have been carrying innocent Muslim passengers as anyone else. The imam who spoke up was motivated by a sense of civic duty and a concern for human life — values the vast majority of Canada’s 650,000 Muslims share with their neighbours, but for which they are not always given credit.–another-view-canadians-can-count-on-each-other&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAw53jiwVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=zrDWA4myYA0&usg=AFQjCNGa7IIPu5HyVb1nWAsr9F6RTHHWrw

Engineering focus in revamped Federal Skilled Worker Program (Daily Commercial News)
Foreign engineering managers, civil engineers and mechanical engineers are among those that will qualify for the revamped Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced a list of 24 occupations that are eligible for the program and that four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labour force more quickly when they arrive, says the government.–engineering-focus-in-revamped-federal-skilled-worker-program

Young Jamaican-Canadians as Diaspora Philanthropists: A Case for Intergenerational Collaboration (Tka Pinnock, The Philanthropist)
In 2012, Jamaica celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence and nationhood. Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee was marked by a series of celebrations in Jamaica and across the Jamaican Diaspora. In Canada, a not-for-profit organization, Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc., was established to plan and execute a year-long program of celebratory events and activities in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. During the planning stage of the program, the young people volunteering with the Jamaica 50 initiative were encouraged to establish their own subcommittee charged with engaging young Jamaican-Canadians in the Golden Celebrations. Thus was born the 4WD Youth Committee of Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. in Toronto.

New Media and New Voices (April McAllister, The Philanthropist)
Community engagement and development offer youth the opportunity to communicate their desires and have their voices heard. But young Canadians do not participate in community life, for example, political elections, political campaigns, or interest groups, in the same capacity as older Canadians. They are less interested in and have less knowledge of politics (O’Neill, 2007), even though they are affected by political decisions. These facts demonstrate the importance of encouraging young people to have a voice in Canadian policies and legislation.

Toronto-Dominion Bank : TD Bank Named One Of The 2013 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity (
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, ranked among the 2013 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 includes companies from a wide range of industries whose leadership, procurement practices, communications and training best reflect the reality of the rapidly changing face of America.

C.B. schools welcome ESL regulations (Cape Breton Post)
On Tuesday, Nova Scotia became the first province to introduce legislation to create standards for schools offering language training to international students. “We’ve been looking at this group of students that have been coming into Nova Scotia in larger and larger numbers,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett. Corbett said there was very little protection for them with regard to financial matters and scholastic standards. This act will fix that – in tandem with the regulations which will follow if the bill passes.

Canadian crackdown on immigration scams leads to longer wait for genuine applicants (Dinesh Dhiman, Live Punjab)
The national government is blowing its trumpet on reducing immigration applications by 40-percent, but the clamor for reducing waiting period for acquiring citizenship in the country is rising steadily. As per CBS News, close to 350,000 permanent residents are desperately waiting for their turn to take their oath of allegiance. Around 250,000 applicants are admitted into Canada each year. Going by the country’s own records, the number of waiting candidates is alarming. Canada grants citizenship to as many as 160,000 immigrants, spread across 1,900 ceremonies.

Could visa program make Canada the new Silicon Valley? (Jennifer Guay, USA Today)
With no end in sight to the battle over immigration reform in the USA, other countries are capitalizing on Washington’s backlog by launching visa programs designed to attract top-tier innovators. This month, Canada joined the pack with one of the most comprehensive immigration packages available to entrepreneur immigrants: The Start-Up Visa Program. “The Start-up Visa Program is the first of its kind in the world,” said Paul Northcott, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. “The government is looking to target a new type of immigrant entrepreneur who has the potential to build innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create new jobs for Canadians.”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada publishes Ministerial Instructions establishing the Start-Up Business Class (Lexology)
As previously reported, on January 24, 2013, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (the “Minister”) announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) would launch a Start-Up Visa Program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth.1 On March 30, 2013, CIC published Ministerial Instructions (the “Instructions”) in the Canada Gazette, which formally establish the new Start-Up Business Class.2 CIC also published Chapter 27 of the Overseas Processing Manual (“OP 27”), which provides further details regarding the processing of such applications.3 An overview of the Start-Up Business Class is provided below.

Woman must remove niqab when testifying at sex assault trial, judge rules (Betsy Powell, Toronto Star)
It is the second time Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman has ruled N.S. – known in court by her initials – should remove the face covering when testifying in court. He released his written ruling Wednesday. In 2008, Weisman ruled she should be required to testify with her face bare after finding her “religious belief is not that strong.” That decision was appealed to two higher courts before landing in the Supreme Court, which sent the case back to him last December.


Inside terror suspect’s refugee claim (Michael Friscolanti, Maclean’s)
The Toronto-based suspect in the alleged terror plot to derail a Via Rail train is part of a Palestinian family that felt aggrieved, persecuted and cast adrift after the creation of Israel forced them from their home, according to court documents viewed by Maclean’s. Raed Jaser—now locked in a solitary jail cell—was 15 when he, his parents and his two younger brothers arrived in Canada from Germany, where they’d lived for two years. They had abandoned a refugee claim in that country in March 1993, citing anti-immigrant sentiment that culminated in someone throwing a Molotov cocktail into their home.


Tory senator says time is right for ‘minister for poveoverty line.rty reduction’ (
Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal did something this week that would be expected of a member of the government: He praised the federal budget during debate on the document tabled in March. Then he did something a little unexpected: He said that the budget was only a start and that the government should do more to tackle poverty, specifically create a new ministerial portfolio dedicated to reducing poverty in Canada, and a new tax credit for those whose income was below the poverty line.

Housing And Homelessness In Ontario’s Budget: 5 Things To Look For (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
The Ontario government has an opportunity in its next provincial budget to make a substantial down payment on a much-needed provincial affordable housing plan. Housing and homelessness experts will be looking for progress in at least five key policy areas in the May 2nd provincial budget.

Will there be a Spring Ontario Election? (South Asian Generation Next)
The PC party is pushing to defeat the Liberal minority government before Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa can present a budget on May 2nd over gas power plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville. Progressive Conservatives would like the NDP to support “want of confidence” motion against the government “within days.” Tory House leader Jim Wilson said “We’re asking the NDP to stop propping up a corrupt government.” “The power plant cover-up will probably go on for months and months and months the way things have been going, ” he added. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called PC tactic a political game.


ERIEC presents: A Profile of Violet Poon – Director of Program Development, Immigrant Access Fund Society of Alberta (IAF) (ERIEC)
Violet Poon’s work has been supporting the integration of immigrants for almost 7 years through her work at the Bredin Institute, NorQuest College, and now with the Immigrant Access Fund or IAF. The mandate of IAF is to provide loans up to $10 000 to support immigrants by paying for courses or exams so they can return to their occupation they had when they lived in their home countries. These loans can greatly impact those who are new to Canada and have difficulties to access funding resources elsewhere.

Why Canada should welcome labour shortages (Andrew Jackson, Globe and Mail)
Employer groups such as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business insist that their members need continued access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program since Canada is experiencing an acute labour shortage, including a shortage of low-skilled workers. That claim is highly dubious, and should be rejected by the federal government, which is now reviewing the program.

Filipino workers allowed to stay in Canada as border officials investigate employer (CTV)
In a rare decision, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has agreed to allow 29 temporary workers from the Philippines to stay in the country while their employer is investigated. The workers crowded into immigration lawyer Elizabeth Wozniak’s Halifax office today to hear the good news. “Everybody gets an open work permit. Those who need temporary permits will get those as well,” says Wozniak. “Nobody’s status in Canada will be jeopardized.” “Right now we’re celebrating,” says temporary worker Richelle Villanueva. “We have our permits. We can stay in Canada.”

How the Conservatives built the temporary worker pipeline, and why you should care (Karl Flecker, rabble)
When IT worker Dave Moreau went public about the fact that the largest bank in Canada was firing him and 44 of his RBC colleagues while bringing in temporary workers from another country to learn their jobs, he blew the lid off a program hidden in plain sight. Since coming to office in 2006, the Conservatives have massively expanded the pipeline that brings workers from around the world who often toil for less money and endure little to no meaningful workplace protections or human rights.


Newsstand: April 25, 2013 (Brendan Ross, Torontoist)
As you wake up this morning, prepare for a Wednesday like no other. Because it’s Thursday, and you’ve been out for a long time. In the news: councillors don’t take kindly to holding off on transit taxes, Mississauga makes its own transit revenue recommendations, police apprehend a second bank robbery suspect, and pollution is down in the city.


Generating Data (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Chris Advansun. He is the marketing director for Viafoura, the company putting on Toronto’s first-ever “Big Data Week” .

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