Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 4, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Canada Muslims Dismiss Extremism Link (OnIslam)
Muslim leaders in the Canadian province of Ontario have denied any link of their community to extremism following media reports that two young Canadians were involved in a deadly gas plant attack in Algeria in January. “I want to make it very clear that the Muslim community unequivocally condemns the alleged acts of these two individuals,” Rob Osman, Chair of the London Mosque, told a news conference cited by OnIslam.net. “The Muslim community in London, Ontario has worked hard to combat radicalization with authorities.”
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462093-canada-muslims-dismiss-extremism-link.html

Stop hounding Muslims and mosques over terrorism: Siddiqui (Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star)
After CBC identified two young Canadians who were part of hostage-taking in Algerian gas plant, media linked London mosques to the terrorism.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/04/04/stop_hounding_muslims_and_mosques_over_terrorism_siddiqui.html

Canadians with terror links ‘criminals’: Imam (Dave Lazzarino, Sun News)
Alberta Muslim groups are criticizing Canadian law enforcement for not doing enough to keep two Canadians — with Edmonton ties — from becoming part of an international terrorism story. Following news that two men killed during a January terrorist gas plant attack in Algeria were Canadians, reports surfaced that at least one was a member of the Muslim Youth Association and both had spent time in Edmonton back in 2007.
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/04/20130403-182657.html

Community encouraged to support Racial Harmony Resolution (Soo Today)
On March 25, 2013, Sault Ste. Marie City Council endorsed a resolution acknowledging the value of the diverse cultures and people who make up the Sault Ste. Marie population. Brought forward by the Sault Ste. Marie Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), the Racial Harmony Resolution validates that racial discrimination or intolerance against any person in our community should not be condoned. As a next step, the LIP is asking all boards, councils, businesses and organizations in the community to show their support of the Racial Harmony Resolution. Cultural diversity is our future in Sault Ste. Marie and if we are going to
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=55328

For Chinese Speaking Seniors, Better Service in San Francisco and Toronto (Jackie Wong, The Tyee)
On Lok started in San Francisco’s Chinatown around the same time as Vancouver’s S.U.C.C.E.S.S., with the same intention to address an under-served population of Chinese-speaking immigrants in the inner city. Now, with 10 centres in the Bay Area and some 1,200 senior members, On Lok has expanded its scope to reach people from the non-Chinese community as well. While S.U.C.C.E.S.S. serves immigrant and at-risk adults of all ages, On Lok focuses exclusively on seniors’ health. But with thousands of Chinese-speaking senior Vancouverites expected to need linguistically- and culturally- specific health and housing services over the next 15 years, On Lok’s innovative, holistic model deserves examination.
http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/04/04/Chinese-Speaking-Seniors/

NDP immigration critic concerned about terminology in immigrant handbook (Sun News Network)
Sims, who said she has done advocacy work on the issue of genital mutilation, suggests practices listed in the handbook are horrific, but she also says Canada does not have a gleaming record on domestic violence. “All of those practices are barbaric but they are barbaric no matter which culture they happen in,” Sims said. “I think as soon as you put the word ‘cultural’ in there, we are putting it as if it doesn’t happen here.” Sims said “every six days a Canadian woman is killed by her partner” on average. “That is barbaric,” she said. “We all agree on that in Canada.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/04/20130403-175847.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAobz0igVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=S40pX3pq9rI&usg=AFQjCNEzTzw1gLdFzrpHi7gmPGec7AUC0Q

When something is barbaric, call it barbaric (Globe and Mail)
Jason Kenney, the federal immigration minister, deserves congratulations for releasing an updated guide for newcomers that refers to certain unacceptable cultural practices as barbaric. Those practices include any that tolerate spousal abuse, honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence. The term barbaric is strong, but it leaves no room for misinterpretation. That is the most important issue here. There is no question that some will be offended by barbaric and its connotations of primitive cultures and a lack of sophistication. It is a provocative adjective to use in reference to another culture, especially in Canada, where it does not quite fit with our self-image of a multicultural, all-accepting country that embraces other peoples with open arms.
http://t.co/1bCQqWmkFU

If you were writing Canada’s immigration guide, what would it include? (Globe and Mail)
A revamped Welcome to Canada guide, given to newcomers to help them navigate life in a new country, was released Tuesday. The revised guide informs immigrants on a wide range of issues – everything from the illegality of polygamy and forced marriages to advice on how to drive on snowy roads. If you were writing the guide, what tips would you include?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/if-you-were-writing-canadas-citizenship-guide-what-would-it-include/article10694262/?520

New Canadians Urged To Take Hepatitis C Test (Asian Pacific Post)
Are you a baby boomer or have you recently immigrated to Canada? If so, the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) wants you to speak with your doctor about getting a one-time blood test for hepatitis C. While anyone can be exposed to hepatitis C, the latest data show that baby boomers are up to five times more likely to be infected by the disease than other adults, said Dr. Morris Sherman, Chairman of the CLF and a practicing liver specialist.
http://www.asianpacificpost.com/article/5475-new-canadians-urged-take-hepatitis-c-test.html

If we dont do it for our parents, then who will? Afghan youth as cultural/language brokers – PDF(Shabnam Sarwary, CERIS)
This research looks at the role that immigrant adolescents play as cultural/language brokers for their families. Research shows that immigrant adolescents play exceptionally supportive roles as cultural/language brokers for their families during the early years of settlement. There is limited research examining this phenomenon of cultural brokering by immigrant adolescents in Canada, and no particular research focusing on Afghan youth. The paper presents insights from nine Afghan youth who through their cultural/language brokering are important agencies of social and human capital for their parents. Despite the struggles of negotiating their role as cultural/language brokers in the early years of settlement, the youth generally shared positive experiences of being able to be a source of assistance for their parents. Furthermore, the youth articulated a sense of responsibility when discussing their role as cultural/language broker.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sarwary.pdf

Insights into the Labels of Child Migration (Ashley Walcott, CERIS)
The March 21st CRS and CERIS seminar entitled Independent Child Migration: Insights Into Agency, Vulnerability And Structure featuring panelists Aida Orgocka, Michael Bossin, and Roy Huijsmans, emphasised the importance of dispelling the stereotype of child migration as a new phenomenon and recognising the role of children in development, generally.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/voices/?p=577

Temporariness in Canada: Establishing a research agenda – PDF (Amrita Hari Susan McGrath Valerie Preston, CERIS)
This paper provides a critical review of the literature concerning the multiple forms of temporariness in contemporary Canada and examines the diverse groups that are entitled to different combinations of substantive citizenship rights (if any) and pathways to citizenship. The review of academic and policy materials reveals three broad groups who hold temporary status in Canada: asylum seekers, temporary foreign workers, and international students.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CWP_99_Hari_McGrath_Preston.pdf

CERIS Report on Citizenship and Social Services: Violence Against Women in GTA South Asian Communities (Settlement AtWork)
The new CERIS metropolis research report on violence against South Asian women in the Greater Toronto Area can now be downloaded at the CERIS website.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/98048

Sex-Selection Abortions Occurring in Canada, Canadians Opposed (Life News)
On the heels of a decision preventing members of Parliament from voting on a measure to condemn sex-selection abortions, a new poll reveals that sex-selection abortions are occurring in Canada and Canadians oppose them. As Canadian politicians tacitly accept gendercide by their attempts to avoid discussion about the topic, a new poll* commissioned by WeNeedaLAW.ca and conducted by Abingdon Research finds that sex-selective pregnancy termination is overwhelmingly opposed by Canadians. Not only did 87% of Canadians tell us they feel sex-selective abortion is wrong, but over one quarter reported that it is happening in their cultural community, said WeNeedaLAW.ca director Mike Schouten.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/03/sex-selection-abortions-occurring-in-canada-canadians-opposed/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAnMDxigVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=AWfmRutrD-k&usg=AFQjCNGixLwLu8pys0lVqreJWfYIJCID6g

37 million Indians want to move to Canada permanently: Report (South Asian Generation Next)
A recent poll conducted by the Gallup opinion poll agency said that about 37 million Indians dream to move out of their country and settle down in Canada permanently. The poll comes at a time when the Canadian immigration department in recent weeks said that more people than ever before from Asian countries are moving to study, work and settle in the country. Canadian federal government last year issued a high number of visas to migrants from China, Philippine and India.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/04/03/37-million-indians-want-to-move-to-canada-permanently-report/

Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs (South Asian Generation Next)
The worlds best and brightest entrepreneurs from around the world, with ideas for new business ventures and financial backing from Canadian investors, can apply to the brand-new Start-Up Visa Program as of April 1, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced. Canada is open for business to the worlds start-up entrepreneurs, said Minister Kenney. Innovation and entrepreneurship are essential drivers of the Canadian economy. That is why we are actively recruiting foreign entrepreneurs those who can build companies here in Canada that will create new jobs, spur economic growth and compete on a global scale with our new start-up visa.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/04/03/canada-open-for-business-to-start-up-entrepreneurs/

Americans Envy Canadas Start-Up Visa Program (South Asian Generation Next)
Canada has launched a new visa program that is making many politicians and lobbyists in the United States green with envy. Called the Start-Up Visa program, business gurus and venture capitalists here say its a win for Canada, but many in the United States lament the lack of action in their country to fix what many consider a broken immigration system. Previous attempts to develop a similar program in the U.S. have so far failed, including one that currently is stalled in Congress. The general idea of taking someone who wants to come to your country and hire Americans or Canadians, its such an obvious good idea for the economy, said Jeremy Robbins, director of the U.S.-based Partnership for a New American Economy.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/04/03/americans-envy-canadas-start-up-visa-program/

On immigration, should America be more like Canada? (CNN)
Throughout history, first-generation Americans have had a solid track record of starting some of the biggest U.S. companies. To name a few: Intel (INTC), Google (GOOG), and eBay (EBAY). Now as debates over U.S. immigration policy reform continue, it’s worth asking if the U.S should take Canada’s lead. On Monday, our northern neighbor launched a new visa program designed to lure the best and the brightest entrepreneurs from around the world. It’s similar to other start-up visas that have recently been created or revamped in places like Australia, Chile, and the U.K. The big difference is that unlike most countries that make participants wait a few years to see how many jobs their startups create, Canada’s new visa grants permanent residency from the start.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/03/immigration-entrepreneurs/&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAn87yigVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=QMM2vlBoFEY&usg=AFQjCNE25u_67brcnEx6SXkD0Rbwiek6jg

Immigration expert warns that Canadas new visa program could cost U.S. in war for global talent (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Canada’s newest immigration policy the Start-up Visa Program is being lauded by analysts in the United States. As April 1st, foreign start-up entrepreneurs can apply for immigration if they have a start-up business idea and a funding commitment from a designated Venture Capital Organization or Angel Investor in Canada.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/immigration-expert-warns-canada-visa-program-could-cost-223627602.html

ReelWorld Film Festival celebrates 13 years of diversity (Angela Walcott, The Gate)
In the process of promoting another installment of her highly anticipated film festival, if there is one thing that ReelWorld founder Tanya Lee Williams hopes for, it is that filmmakers will feel more empowered. The impetus to start the festival in 2000 came from a desire to give a voice to the unvoiced; to show diverse stories on screen and provide sustainable opportunities for people of colour. With this visionary outlook in hand, Williams took the initiative. She went the distance and financed the festival with her own funds while it was in its infancy. Thirteen years later, her hard work and determination has paid off with an impressive list of sponsors including TD Bank, Shaw Media, City, Omni and Pierre Laurent among others.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFafNSAmyIaeFK8-ytzOOcd1ufNrQ&url=http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/017009/reelworld-film-festival-celebrates-13-years-of-diversity/

Lincoln M. Alexander Award (MCI)
Nomination deadline is May 31 The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. The award was first given in 1993. Three awards are given each year: two student awards and one community award. Recipients receive a personalized certificate as well as a $5,000 cash award. The award is named after the late Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, who was the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1985 1991. He was the first member of a minority group to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in any province in Canada.
http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/lma.shtml

Immigration minister concerned over ethnic enclaves (News1130)
Canadas immigration minister is warning of the problems of ethnic enclaves. It comes in the aftermath of a report that suggests Caucasians will one day be the minority in Metro Vancouver. Projections suggest within the next two decades, Caucasians will make up two out of five people in Metro Vancouver.
http://www.news1130.com/2013/04/02/immigration-minister-concerned-over-ethnic-enclaves/

Immigration department unsure whether MP-backed visa visitors ever ultimately left Canada (Jennifer Ditchburn, National Post)
The Immigration department isnt sure whether dozens of people who got special temporary permits from the ministers office left the country when they were supposed to, even when the visitors were personally backed by MPs and members of cabinet. A newly released government chart shows each time Immigration Minister Jason Kenney granted a special temporary resident permit over the four years hes been in his post. The names of the recipients are blanked out, but the MPs, ministers and senators who vouched for them are listed, as are the details of their permits often including expiry dates and extensions.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/04/immigration-department-unsure-whether-mp-backed-visa-visitors-ever-ultimately-left-canada/

Lakritz: When in Canada, do as Canadians do (Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald)
Either Canada is a beacon of democracy and freedom, or it isnt. And since we know that it is, then the federal government absolutely reserves the right to tell immigrants in no uncertain terms how things are done in this democracy, and what sort of practices, which may have been acceptable in the old country, are taboo here. Kudos to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for sticking to his guns and ensuring that the federal guide for would-be immigrants uses strong language to let those who want to move to Canada know the customs that are alien to democracy and which wont be tolerated.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/Lakritz+When+Canada+Canadians/8191306/story.html

REFUGEES

April 4th is Refugees Rights Day in Canada (Samuel Getachew, Huffington Post)
The date was chosen to mark a milestone decision on refugee’s rights known as the Singh decision in 1985. According to the Canadian Council of Refugees – the case and its ultimate outcome marked an endorsement of a written notion that “the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees”. In turn – according to the group – “the court decided that ‘everyone’ includes refugee claimants in the sentence: ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice”.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGMwxLmgBHkdFSkNQXAjJSwy25I_Q&url=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samuel-getachew/april-4th-is-refugees-rig_b_3007336.html

Proud to Protect Refugees campaign launched across Canada this Refugee Rights Day (CCR)
Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner Proud to Protect Refugees, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to promote a positive vision of what we want for refugees and of the important contributions refugees make to our communities. At its best, Canadas response to refugees makes us all proud, said Loly Rico, President of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Twenty-three years ago, I came to Canada as a refugee with my family and we were welcomed. I want to make sure that Canadas tradition of a warm welcome and protection remains strong.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/13/04/04

The Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus (CRS)
The Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus is an enthusiastic, energetic group of graduate and undergraduate students at York University who study, research, and do volunteer and advocacy work on refugee and forced migration issues. We are motivated to engage in these issues because of both personal experiences of migration and forced migration, as well as relationships with friends and family who have undergone such experiences. Our Caucus has organized seven annual student conferences since 2006, as well as holding social events and working to promote student involvement in volunteer opportunities and the broader activities of the Centre for Refugee Studies.
http://crsstudents.wordpress.com/

The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims (Your Legal Rights)
Recorded on March 28, 2013 – In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012. METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Sudabeh Mashkuri, to talk about how an adjudicator will consider information in the BOC form, and some issues relevant to women exposed to violence who are making a refugee claim.
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/resource/86529

Request for Proposal- OCASI Research Opportunity (CERIS)
A research project led by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants has contract opportunity in the area of housing and homelessness among immigrant and refugee women. The deadline to apply is April 17
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/?tribe_events=request-for-proposal-ocasi-research-opportunity

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.ca/2013/04/thematic-focus-humanitarian-assistance.html

Thematic Focus: Violence against Women (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.ca/2013/04/thematic-focus-violence-against-women.html

Chile Con Carne: Vivid portrait of a Chilean child refugee torn between two worlds (Martin Morrow, Globe and Mail)
Chile Con Carne, Carmen Aguirres witty, semi-autobiographical monologue about growing up as a refugee of Chiles Pinochet regime, vividly captures the feelings of a child torn between two worlds. Manuelita desperately wants to fit in with her white, middle-class Canadian peers to the extent that she wears a blond wig to school. But shes also keenly aware that shes an outsider, with parents who speak only Spanish, regard Canada as just a temporary haven and devote all their energies to opposing the military dictatorship that sent them into exile.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHdgTO_PIQz62olhl5YDABxVJiH3Q&url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/theatre-reviews/chile-con-carne-vivid-portrait-of-a-chilean-child-refugee-torn-between-two-worlds/article10728537/?cmpid%3Drss1

Human rights here, Roma rights now (Amnesty)
Roma across Europe 6 million in the EU are the largest and most disadvantaged minority in the region. Thousands of Roma are forced to live in informal settlements; they are forcibly evicted from their homes, and, if not left homeless, are resettled in inadequate conditions. Each year, thousands of Roma children are segregated in schools offering inferior education. Many Roma are denied access to jobs and quality health care. They are victims of racially motivated violence, often left without police protection or access to justice. This is not a coincidence. It is the result of widespread discrimination and racism facing Roma across Europe.
http://amnesty.org/actions/human-rights-here-roma-rights-now

Refugee Access to Justice Campaign
Many refugees are future citizens of Canada and will make important contributions to our communities, our provinces, and our country. Yet, people claiming refugee status often flee to Canada with little more than the clothes on their back. They have escaped persecution for political beliefs, religion, gender, or many other reasons. If their claim is denied, they may be at risk of returning to imprisonment, torture, or death. Access to justice is a cornerstone of Canadian freedom and human rights. To ensure refugees arriving in this country receive a fair and just hearing, access to a lawyer is essential. The Ontario Government has long supported refugees through modest but important funding for Legal Aid Ontario. However, Legal Aid Ontario is now planning dramatic cuts that will put refugees at risk and undermine the principle of access to justice for all Ontarians.
http://www.justiceaccess.ca/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Twenty years of solution-oriented policy work (Maytree)
Caledons three principle policy consultants Ken Battle, Michael Mendelson, and Sherri Torjman presented a look back, with a look forward, at Canadian public policy. Speakers also included Caledons founder Alan Broadbent and Environics President Michael Adams. A wrap-up address by Caledon Board member Tom Barber ended the day. Videos of these powerful presentations are now available below.
http://maytree.com/blog/2013/04/20-years-of-solution-oriented-policy-work/

Engage! : April 2013 (Tamarack)
Contents:
CCI 2013 Thought Leader: Tom Kelly
John McKnight: A Celebration
Getting Primed to Reduce Poverty
Accelerating Social Innovation
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Tamarack/9df591151a/230eafc204/9f73470ab4

Upcoming Events : Tamarack Institute and Vibrant Communities Canada (Tamarack)
2012 Communities Collaborating Institute: Innovating Together
The Art of Innovation
Pioneering Leaders
Making Collective Impact Work
Maximize Your Community Engagement
http://tamarackcommunity.ca/g1_events.html#tele

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Announcing the 7th Annual Immigrant Success Award Winners (TRIEC)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC recognized top employers who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Toronto Region labour market at the 7th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards on April 3rd, 2013. The four IS Award winners demonstrate how skilled immigrants have a direct impact on innovation and success and serve as examples for others to follow.
http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=436445

Toronto-area employers recognized for integrating skilled immigrants (Canadian HR Reporter)
Three organizations and one individual have been honoured with awards from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC, in partnership with Canadian HR Reporter. Trinity Tech, SMTC, the Regional Municipality of York and André Goh, manager of the Diversity Management Unit at the Toronto Police Serviceswere recognized for leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Greater Toronto Area labour market at the annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards.
http://www.hrreporter.com/articleview/17646-toronto-area-employers-recognized-for-integrating-skilled-immigrants

Foreign workers who helped build Vancouvers Canada Line win wage fight (Keven Drews, Globe and Mail)
About 40 temporary foreign workers from Latin America have finally been paid tens of thousands of dollars each were owed for building the Canada Line rapid transit link between Vancouver and Richmond, B.C. The payout ends a five-year battle between SELI Canada, SNC-Lavalin and the workers, whom a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2008 were discriminated against in wages, accommodation, meals and expenses when compared to their European colleagues. Details of the settlement and video of the workers receiving their cheques in Costa Rica will be made public on Wednesday. Lee Loftus, president of the B.C. Building Trades Council, said the settlement sends an important message to employers.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGAzUFcqhf6dj6Puw52_35b7z86Dw&url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/foreign-workers-who-helped-build-vancouvers-canada-line-win-wage-fight/article10701631/

Choosing to become unauthorized Mexican & Central American migrant farm workers Tanya Basok, Danièle Bélanger and – PDF (Eloy Rivas, CERIS)
As many as 30,000 farm workers have come to work in Canadian agriculture through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) or through the Low-Skilled Workers Pilot Project (LSWPP). More than half of the SAWP workers are from Mexico and a growing number of LSWPP workers are coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In Ontario, the municipality of Leamington hosts close to 4,000 migrant workers each year. Over the last few years, migrant farm workers have experienced increasing job insecurity. Employers frequently use the threat of deportation to increase productivity and discourage migrants from challenging their working conditions. The threat of deportation also contributes to increasing competition among migrant workers of different countries. In the meantime, more and more migrants are leaving these programs and choosing to become unauthorized in Canada
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/BASOK-Choosing-to-become-unauthorized-FINAL.pdf

Magazine targets needs of migrant workers (CBC)
A former employee of the Mexican consulate in Toronto is helping migrant workers communicate more effectively during their stay in Canada. Margarita Caropresi publishes Atoctli, a magazine printed in both Spanish and English and also available online. The publication is geared toward mainly migrant Mexican farm workers and partially to the farmers who employ them.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2013/04/03/wdr-migrant-workers-magazine-atoctli.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABA6oXzigVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=aPxQVsKKg4Q&usg=AFQjCNE6yrGTZTY0Sa3vKFepJliTo8ao5Q

Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work: Final Report – December 2012 (Law Commission of Ontario)
The nature of employment is evolving and the standard employment relationship based on full-time, continuous employment, where the worker has access to good wages and benefits, is no longer the predominant form of employment, to the extent it ever was. Today more work is precarious, with less job security, few if any benefits and minimal control over working conditions. Precarious work may be contract, part-time, self-employment or temporary work. While this change has affected all groups of workers, women, racialized persons and recent immigrants are more likely to be vulnerable workers engaged in precarious work. The LCOs Vulnerable Workers/Precarious Work Project assesses the protections available to these workers in Ontario and coverage of this type of work under provincial legislation designed to protect workers, such as the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
http://t.co/BdjVEOA3c7

Queens Park reviewing Law Commission of Ontario report on low-wage, temporary work with few benefits (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
Queens Park welcomes a new report aimed at stemming the rise of low-wage, temporary work with few benefits, says Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi. The Law Commission of Ontarios report on vulnerable workers and unstable employment, released Wednesday, makes 47 recommendations including a call to reform the provinces outdated employment laws, get tough with violators and offer more support to foreign workers. I share their commitment to building a system that is fair for workers, makes sure they are protected and helps create more good-paying jobs for all Ontarians, Naqvi said in a statement.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/04/03/queens_park_reviewing_law_commission_of_ontario_report_on_lowwage_temporary_work_with_few_benefits.html

Law Commission of Ontario calls for action on precarious work (Workers’ Action Centre)
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) calls on the Ontario government to take action to increase protection for Ontario workers in a report released today. The Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work report confirms the reality of precarious work that WAC members and workers across Ontario face everyday. The LCO calls on the Ontario government to strengthen employment standards enforcement and to increase protection for migrant workers, echoing many of WACs stop wage theft campaign demands.
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=b32b33961fd1e65272919d8a6&id=79d639c098

Study: Employment changes across industries during the downturn and recovery (Statistics Canada)
After the most recent downturn began in October 2008, employment declined by 431,000 over 9 months and took 18 months to recover. However, not all industries followed a similar path of decline and recovery. At the onset of the recent downturn, more than two-thirds (68%) of workers were employed in industries that either recouped their losses or even expanded during the subsequent recovery. For instance, health care and social assistance expanded during both the downturn and the recovery, increasing by more than 150,000 between October 2008 and January 2011.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130404/dq130404a-eng.htm

A Political Shell Game In Canada (Jasbir Sandhu, MP, South Asian Post)
The Federal Budget proposes the development of the Canada Jobs Grant program, which has not been negotiated with the provinces or the businesses that will be required to contribute matching funds. It is unclear when these negotiations will take place, pushing students needs further into the future. The Conservatives have again failed to consult those who will be directly affected by this shift, from the current program being delivered in the provinces to this so-called new program. The Budget also does not address the inadequate system for Foreign Credential Accreditation. Without accreditation of their credentials, skilled workers cannot contribute to the Canadian economy. Professionals, such as doctors, engineers, nurse and other professionals cannot participate in the job market, even though there are vacancies in these fields. Instead of recognizing the value of these workers, the Conservative government is playing political games that result in no tangible efforts and no actual funding.
http://www.southasianpost.com/article/5199-political-shell-game-canada.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Thursday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Doug Ford, Hazel McCallion, Hero Burger, GO Buses and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/04/04/torontos-urbanism-headlines-thursday-6/

Our Region, Our Move (Civic Action)
At the CivicAction Forum: on April 17, three hundred recognized business, labour, government, and community leaders will make their move to support better transportation for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Throughout the day, they will learn from other jurisdictions, examine the benefits of and changes to improved transportation, and identify tangible paths towards significant infrastructure investment to support our regions growth and prosperity for generations to come. For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca/forum
http://www.civicaction.ca/our-region-our-move-civicaction-host-april-17-forum

How Torontonians can get their hands dirty and improve their own parks (Ian Merringer, Globe and Mail)
Alan Broadbent, the author of Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to Cities to Make Canada Strong , thinks that Mr. Harveys political experience fostered a pragmatic, informed and ultimately positive approach toward working alongside government. Quite often, advocacy groups spend more time trying to assign blame or victimize the government, says Mr. Broadbent, who is also the chairman of the Maytree Foundation, which works with government and social agencies to counter poverty. Park People works more side by side, instead of just lecturing and finding fault. They are not afraid to point out what needs fixing, but will do that with a solution in mind.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/how-torontonians-can-get-their-hands-dirty-and-improve-their-own-parks/article10570956/

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