Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 10, 2013

NATIONAL HOUSEHOULD SURVEY

Philippines now Saskatchewan’s top source of immigrants (CBC)
Saskatchewan’s immigrant surge is being reflected in the latest data from the federal census with a big wave of people from the Philippines accounting for much of it. According to the latest set of 2011 data released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday, there are 68,780 Saskatchewan residents who were born in other countries, compared to 48,160 in 2006 when the previous survey was taken. In other words, more than 39 per cent of Saskatchewan’s immigrants arrived between 2006 to 2011.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHQLUcXqsnuoo66yqQr4DdC1l6r1Q&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/05/08/sk-immigrants-saskatchewan-1305.html

Waterloo Region losing its lustre for immigrants: Statscan (Metro News)
This community is not the immigration magnet it used to be as it has been surpassed as a draw by four western cities, a national survey has found. There are jobs out West, said Lucia Harrison, executive director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre. And theyre good-paying jobs. The survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada shows 15,245 new immigrants came to Waterloo Region between 2006 and 2011. Thats down 10 per cent from 16,875 immigrants who came here in the previous five years, according to the 2006 census.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://metronews.ca/news/kitchener/665677/waterloo-region-losing-its-lustre-for-immigrants-statscan/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABArcGxjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=NP8g4Oa41uc&usg=AFQjCNHfFWnoqTzOXu0Pi4RT7raQWUSUbw

Drilling down into Saskatchewan’s immigration statistics (Will Chabun, Leader Post)
A statistical grab-bag of information on modern life in Regina and Saskatchewan is found in Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey: * Of immigrants who arrived from outside Canada between 2006-2011, booming Saskatchewan got 2.3 per cent – OK, not a huge proportion, but far higher than the 0.7 per cent who joined us in the previous period. * How important has recent immigration into our province been? Well, of the 63,275 people listed as being of a “visible minority” in Saskatchewan at the time of the 2011 survey, fully 47,310 were first-generation residents, while 12,785 were second-generation members and only 3,180 of the third generation or higher.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Drilling%2Bdown%2Binto%2BSaskatchewan%2Bimmigration%2Bstatistics/8358473/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA-fuxjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=ZVhZAs8JeYk&usg=AFQjCNGPpkc2QgecfrIPd4NiZjwqQnqPvw

Sikh population nearly doubles in a decade in Canadian city (Hindustan Times)
The Sikh population in the city of Abbotsford in the Canadian province of British Columbia almost doubled in the period between 2001 and 2011, show official figures. Sikhs numbered 28,235 or 16.9 per cent of the city’s population compared to 16,780 in 2001, the Vancouver Desi reported citing data from the 2011 National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada. According to Daniel Hiebert, a professor of geography in the University of British Columbia, the settlement of Sikh immigrants in Abbotsford, along with Surrey, also in British Columbia, and Brampton in Ontario, is unique among Canadian immigration patterns. “Immigrants used to arrive and settle in the big cities and then move out to the suburbs,” the report quoted Hiebert as saying. “Canadians haven’t seen a lot of this (settling in smaller cities) in the past.”
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/PunjabAbroadCanada/Sikh-population-nearly-doubles-in-a-decade-in-Canadian-city/SP-Article1-1057428.aspx

Visible Minority and Population Group Reference Guide, National Household Survey, 2011 (Statistics Canada)
The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) question on population group is used to produce two main variables: the Visible minority variable and the Population group variable. The primary purpose of the population group question on the NHS is to derive counts for the visible minority population. Visible minority refers to the visible minority group to which the respondent belongs. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as ‘persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.’ Categories in the Visible minority variable include South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, Japanese, Visible minority, n.i.e. (‘n.i.e.’ means ‘not included elsewhere’), Multiple visible minorities, and Not a visible minority.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/ref/guides/99-010-x/99-010-x2011009-eng.cfm&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAsOKyjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=wusjoBKbqa0&usg=AFQjCNERw0r1s3_Iqm23es1qB4-8hOZdwg

It’s official: We’re a nation of immigrants (Mark Kennedy, Montreal Gazette)
Canada is steadily becoming a nation awash with immigrants whose own cultural traits – from religion to language – are being felt on streets in cities both big and small. The change to the national fabric was confirmed in data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada based on a National Household Survey it conducted in 2011. Among the G8 countries, Canada had the highest proportion of foreign-born population (20.6 per cent), followed by Germany (13 per cent) and the United States (12.9 per cent). In total, 1.2 million immigrants came to Canada between 2006 and 2011.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/official%2Bnation%2Bimmigrants/8358150/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA6_yyjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=an3cCGX5e18&usg=AFQjCNHwTYNZM0DBNK7SUA2p35FOfRwMCw

Markham Diversity (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with the mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/09/markham-diversity/

46% (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the GTA’s immigrant population, with Jehad Aliweiwi. He is the Executive Director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/09/46/

Is the abandonment of religion greatly exaggerated? (Frances Woolley)
The headlines around the release of the National Household Survey have proclaimed “Many Canadians are losing their religion”. Yet it is not obvious this claim stands up to serious scrutiny. Canada’s religious profile evolves in two fundamentally different ways. First, people immigrate or emigrate, are born or die. Every new Canadian has their own religious beliefs, and contributes these Canada’s religious profile. Second, a person’s religious beliefs can change over time – they find God or lose their faith, or convert from one religion to another.
http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2013/05/is-the-abandonment-of-religion-greatly-exaggerated.html

Long-form data sorely missed (Gerry Klein, Star Phoenix)
The changes that are so rapidly transforming the face of Saskatoon are clear on our streets. No longer is this city quite as homogeneous as it was only a few years ago. More than one in 10 Saskatoon residents now identify themselves as visible minority persons. In fact, according to the National Household Survey released Wednesday, the number of Saskatoon residents who belong to a visible minority now exceeds those who identify themselves as aboriginal.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Long%2Bform%2Bdata%2Bsorely%2Bmissed/8358576/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAw7WvjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=wwgkJEVVkyc&usg=AFQjCNGT406U9Si7gW4oeikIE39MntHM7g

Immigration boom skips New Brunswick (CBC)
Canadas immigration boom is passing New Brunswick by, the latest figures show, but one demographer say that’s changing. The 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada shows the country is home to about 6.8 million foreign-born residents. That accounts for 20.6 per cent of the population, up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. Of the G8 countries, only Australia has a higher percentage of residents born abroad. New Brunswick is well below the national average. Foreign-born people account for 3.9 per cent of New Brunswicks population. In 1991, that number was 3.3 per cent. Visible minorities account for 2.3 per cent of New Brunswickers, compared to 19.1 per cent nationally.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/05/09/nb-immigration-boom-passes.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAseSvjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=jZZ-jOOtrik&usg=AFQjCNH2n79lWEoNLEppmnBuzCjww1sY4A

Hindus, Sikhs a small percentage of Canada’s population: Survey (Times of India)
Hindus comprise 1.5 per cent, Sikhs 1.4 per cent and Muslims 3.2 per cent of Canada’s population of around 35 million, according to the 2011 National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada. Of the immigrants who arrived to this country between 2001 and 2011 Hindus, Muslims Sikhs and Buddhists account for 33 per cent, the new data released on Wednesday revealed, which is changing the religious makeup of this North American country.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/Hindus-Sikhs-a-small-percentage-of-Canadas-population-Survey/articleshow/19967280.cms

Increased diversity creates challenges (Brandon Sun)
Statistical data from the controversial 2011 National Household Survey, released yesterday, indicates Canada will face significant challenges in the years to come as our population further diversifies. As The Canadian Press reported yesterday, Canada was home to an estimated 6,775,800 immigrants in 2011 a little more than 20.6 per cent of the countrys population ?which is more than ever before, and is among the highest proportion of all G8 countries. And as a result, among the Canadian population, about one out of every five people in this country now consider themselves to be a member of the non-aboriginal visible minority.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHLDf3-kl6dMQz7jw-Pbm4_MgqxmQ&url=http://www.brandonsun.com/opinion/increased-diversity-creates-challenges-206735471.html?thx%3Dy

Eligible permanent residents face long wait for citizenship, survey shows (Tobi Cohen, Vancouver Sun)
Already under fire for massive backlogs in its citizenship program, the federal government could face more criticism in the wake of new figures that suggest just 37 per cent of newly eligible permanent residents had obtained Canadian citizenship by 2011. Of the entire six million immigrants eligible for citizenship, however, 86 per cent said they received it, according to the National Household Survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The longer immigrants reside in Canada, the more likely they are to become Canadian citizens, the survey noted.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHgTFh1uFFr0mdx9GLtVRoEfmw08w&url=http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Eligible%2Bpermanent%2Bresidents%2Bface%2Blong%2Bwait%2Bcitizenship/8354365/story.html

Newcomers to Canada opt for smaller cities (Misty Harris, Star Phoenix)
Once synonymous with Canada among immigrants, Toronto continues to lose its lustre when it comes to attracting and retaining newcomers, according to the first wave of data from the National Household Survey. Released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, the 2011 numbers reveal that Toronto’s share of newcomers fell to 32.8 per cent, down from 40.4 per cent in 2006, while Vancouver’s share dropped to 13.3 per cent from 13.7 per cent. Montreal was the only Big Three immigration city to post a gain: 16.3 per cent of newcomers, versus 14.9 per cent in 2006.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Newcomers%2BCanada%2Bsmaller%2Bcities/8358639/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA57qwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=ICMT5U_LILI&usg=AFQjCNFGUQF3OKZ8jdQBz1biJVm1mZA_3w

B.C. home to second-largest foreign-born population in Canada(Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun)
British Columbia is home to the second largest foreign-born population in Canada, an ethnocultural nation where one in five citizens are immigrants. The data was released Wednesday by Statistics Canada based on a National Household Survey conducted in 2011. But the voluntary survey, which replaced the mandatory long-form census, is controversial because some say there are gaps in the data from groups that tend not to respond to voluntary surveys, including aboriginals, new immigrants and low-income families. In 2011, the survey data show the vast majority 94.8 per cent of Canadas foreign-born population lived in Ontario, B.C., Quebec and Alberta.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Statistics%2BCanada%2Bsurvey%2Bhighlights%2Bimmigration%2Breligion/8354296/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA57qwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=ICMT5U_LILI&usg=AFQjCNFQiZbllE8eRwLe9ez9WUqvYjhBig

Visible minorities are the majority in the GTA (Mississauga.com)
The GTA is growing more diverse as immigration brings changes to religious practices, languages and the faces of its residents. New data released yesterday from the 2011 National Household Survey highlight the changes unfolding in Canadian society: One-in-five is now foreign-born, the highest proportion among G8 countries. The country has 200 ethnic groups and 100 religions. About 6.3 million people 19 per cent of Canada’s population count themselves a member of visible minority group.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1615278–visible-minorities-are-the-majority-in-the-gta&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAhd6wjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=EOT-6jAAHjU&usg=AFQjCNHEtU0ziQ3PdsH6mckXfplTzH78Xg

Survey accurate within, well, nothing at all (Winnipeg Free Press)
DUE to the reduced accuracy of the nations new census methodology, the proportion of Canadians who are visible minorities is either “one in five” or “totally awesome.” The face of the average Manitoban is either a 21-year-old aboriginal male or an 80-year-old Klingon warrior from the upcoming J.J. Abrams movie Star Trek: Into Darkness.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/Survey-accurate-within-well-nothing-at-all-206745971.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAhd6wjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=EOT-6jAAHjU&usg=AFQjCNHj-hRn5jStyRYJbMvWXr1gtYdZ-A

Alberta sees share of immigrants rise (Jodie Sinnema, Sheila Pratt, Global News)
Alberta recorded a modest increase in its share of immigration, with Calgary drawing more newcomers than Edmonton in the last five years, according to data released Wednesday from Statistics Canada. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver were still home to the majority of immigrants to Canada between 2006-11. About 32 per cent of newcomers settled in Toronto, while 16 per cent settled in Montreal and 13.3 per cent in Vancouver. About six per cent or roughly 70,700 people settled in Calgary, while 4.3 per cent or approximately 50,000 of the national total settled in Edmonton.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEgg_MH9NzgNwM0ZRp424KaULJvfQ&url=http://globalnews.ca/news/547782/alberta-sees-share-of-immigrants-rise/

A call to re-label visible minorities (Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver)
In Vancouver city, 51.8% of the population are among the visible minorities. (Visible minorities) were originally stated to be all non-white, non-Caucasian, said University of Waterloo sociology professor Roderic Beaujot, referring to the term that used to describe disadvantaged groups. When in the case of Vancouver, 45% are visible minorities, you cant have special provisions for 45% of your population. Metropolitan Vancouver is home to the second-largest population of visible minorities in Canada behind Toronto (47%) and is unique in that its the only selected census metropolitan area where Chinese lead minority numbers. While numbers arent broken down into ethnicities, the trend is especially apparent in Chinese-dominated Richmond, where 70.4% of the population are part of the visible minority. But now, its become majority, said Henry Beh, president of the Richmond Chinese Cultural Society.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/05/08/a-call-to-re-label-visible-minorities&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoATAAOABA1vGwjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=phRB9wgGAio&usg=AFQjCNEexBge5Pughc2E13pWnFwh202w8w

Visible minorities scarce in Nova Scotia (Chronicle Herald)
Nova Scotia remains one of the whitest provinces in Canada, with only one visible minority for every 20 people. There are 47,270 people who identify as a visible minority in Nova Scotia, according to new Statistics Canada data from the 2011 census. That accounts for just 5.2 per cent of the provinces population. Thats just a fraction of the 19.1 per cent visible minority rate across Canada. Almost half of Nova Scotias minority population, 20,790 people, is tied to the black community. The province has bucked a trend that has seen South Asian and Chinese populations become the most prominent minority groups across Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1128661-visible-minorities-scarce-in-nova-scotia&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAyPuwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=7u4UwdQqtvI&usg=AFQjCNE389J5IV_V1ZKWqfQL1YA41eqn3A

Canada continues to be a settler society (Ranjit Bhaskar, New Canadian Media)
If you have not been watching MTV lately, the data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) released by Statistics Canada would have come as a shock. Especially if you haven’t stepped out of Atlantic Canada or rural Canada or anywhere outside of Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver [MTV]. But if you live or even travelled to any one of these major cities, you dont need statistics to tell you that Canada is staying true to its roots as a settler society that has always attracted migrants. Toronto leads the foreign-born stats with 46 per cent, followed by Vancouver with 40 per cent and Montreal a distant third with 23 per cent.
http://newcanadianmedia.ca/item/5199-canada-continues-to-be-a-settler-society

Canada has lost its census anchor (Munir Sheikh, Globe and Mail)
The new 2011 National Household Survey is of interest for two reasons: First is the quality of its data. Second, and to me more important, is whether the replacement of the long-form census with this survey is sustainable if our objective is to maintain the quality of all social and household data produced by Statistics Canada. On the quality of NHS data, I fully agree with Statistics Canadas view that the survey will produce usable and useful data that will meet the needs of many users It will not, however, provide a level of quality that would have been achieved through a mandatory long-form census.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/canada-has-lost-its-census-anchor/article11795465/#dashboard/follows/

This Party Scores Dead Last in Diversity (Rachel Decoste, Huffington Post)
Statistics Canada has finally released its 2011 pseudo-long form census data. While the Harper government hacked the process to dilute its reliability and effectiveness, it is still the best self-portrait of Canada we have (for now). It is interesting to see how the House of Commons’ composition reflects the population it is elected to serve in relation to Canada’s demographic self-portrait. The electoral map was redrawn as all three major federal political parties* shifted status in the 2011 election. The National Household Survey (NHS) information allows Canadians to see the progress parliament has made towards including these three chronically underrepresented groups: women, aboriginals and visible minorities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rachel-decoste/census-diversity-canada_b_3210025.html

Sault’s immigrant population changing (Sault Star)
The face of Sault Ste. Marie’s immigrant population is changing, says new data from Statistics Canada. Sault Ste. Marie’s immigrant population remains largely European, with 5,025 of the city’s total immigrant population of 6,700 having been born on the continent, and 2,555 hailing from Italy. Recent immigration stats, though always complete to the level of countries, tell a different story. Immigrants who have made their way to the city between 2006 and 2011 have come largely from the Americas (215) and Asia (100). The largest group of those whose countries of birth are noted in the Stats Can data are from the U.S. (100) and India (30).
http://www.saultstar.com/2013/05/10/saults-immigrant-population-changing

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Canadas passports being pulled from Foreign Affairs (Kristen Smith, Canada.com)
The federal government is shifting responsibility for passport services to Citizenship and Immigration Canada in July a move thats raising more questions than it answers. This week the government said it considers this a sensible move, in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship. According to the government, Passport Canadas information technology system is nearing the end of its lifespan and Citizenship and Immigrations current system has the capacity and security features needed for a cost-effective transition to online applications.
http://o.canada.com/2013/05/09/citizenship-and-immigration-to-take-over-passport-canada-from-foreign-affairs/#.UYw9zn-A41s.twitter

#CdnImm #15 – Limmigration et la communauté francophone en Ontario (OCASI)
Objectifs :
Faire accroître la connaissance chez les travailleurs en établissement des enjeux rélatifs à l’établissement des nouveaux arrivants francophones en Ontario
Partager des informations sur des bonnes pratiques et des ressources
Créer des liens entre les participants afin de favoriser la collaboration et le développement de partenariats
http://settlementatwork.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f30ee1c3e02dc63a2cdeb537f&id=089259ff82&e=52edd32bca

PoV: Immigration helps Canada continue to realize potential (Jim Hendry, Chatham Daily News)
Immigration doesn’t create growth and economic prosperity but it can provide the fuel. In the early 1900s, Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier adopted an aggressive immigration recruitment program to realize his vision of Canada as the major power of the coming century. Immigrants populated Manitoba and Saskatchewan and worked in new industries that created a modern nation. Many came from eastern and southern Europe and spoke little or no English. In 1900, 13% of Canadians were foreign born. By 1910 the immigrant share was more than 20%. It stayed there until the Great Depression, when economic collapse shut off the immigrant pipeline.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2013/05/09/pov-immigration-helps-canada-continue-to-realize-potential&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA6_yyjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=an3cCGX5e18&usg=AFQjCNFbGJ42Q4MZ9CsaHUBFhPBz_pSvzg

Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Canada Gazette)
Regarding collection of biometric information.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2013/2013-05-08/html/sor-dors73-eng.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAjoGzjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1DQQ&cd=WZ5e5M-felQ&usg=AFQjCNExrNsq5K7SPNZjA_LY7RbSpCbVXg

Immigration fraud leads to $25,000 fine (CBSA)
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that Hussein Kanfoush, a Canadian permanent resident, pled guilty in Halifax Provincial Court on May 2nd to one count of misrepresentation under section 127(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Kanfoush was fined $25,000. Kanfoush came under investigation by the CBSA after concerns were raised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) about his application relating to his permanent residency status. An investigation concluded that Kanfoush had declared he was physically present in Canada for a lengthy period of time, when in fact evidence showed he was not. As a result, Kanfoush was charged by the CBSA in October 2012 with misrepresentation under section 127(a) of the IRPA.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/prosecutions-poursuites/atl/2013-05-06-eng.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAjoGzjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1DQQ&cd=WZ5e5M-felQ&usg=AFQjCNFjFmyArUk35L4nDKevHSSRBc4Ihw

Unconscious Bias (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Mahzarin Banaji. She is a professor at Harvard University and the co-author of a new book, “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People”. If you would like to do the Implicit Association Test for yourself, click here .
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/09/unconscious-bias-1/

Racism thriving in Canada (APTN)
Take a quick look at the comment section of online media outlets and you see it. Racism. Its thriving in Canada. So some people got together at Ryerson University last week to brainstorm on how to overcome it.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/05/06/racism-thriving-in-canada/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoATAAOABAh9KwjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=BxuZf55Vhdw&usg=AFQjCNHDVvERnI2y3xGuTTC5OTlXTJu3XQ

Greek Immigrants In Canada Weekly Reunion (Margarita Papantoniou, Greek Reporter)
Greeks who migrated to Canada in the 1950’s-60’s still get together to reminisce, meeting every Wednesday afternoon at Rockland Shopping Centre, in the heart of Montreals Mount-Royal suburb. The women seat on one side and the men on the other. The Huffington Post Canada published a piece about their affinity for each other and what keeps them together into old age.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://canada.greekreporter.com/2013/05/09/greek-immigrants-in-canada-weekly-reunion/&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA8PqwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=NZHD6HiLNZE&usg=AFQjCNGy7_l7ua51qr8ukgkUWGAAFFAj4A

Should immigration policy focus on more than labour market needs? (Canadian Immigrant)
The governments motives for admitting about 250,000 immigrants to Canada each year are hardly shrouded in secrecy. Its quite straightforward: in the words of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, Canada is looking for workers who can fill our labour market needs. A declining birth rate, an ageing population and unfilled jobs in growth markets are behind the demand for newcomers, and whether or not a would-be immigrant is given a visa hinges on their perceived potential contribution to the economy. But should other factors, unrelated to immigrants economic viability, be taken into consideration, too? It is a question being raised by Dr. Kwame McKenzie, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and medical director at the citys Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/immigrate/should-immigration-policy-focus-on-more-than-labour-market-needs

Bar owner in Canadas most diverse city ready and willing for Markham NHL arena (Metro News)
If the traffic at Jeff Yaos sports bar during a recent playoff game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins is any indication of the potential of a hockey arena in Markham, the prospect is good. The 2011 Census this week crowned Markham as Canadas most diverse city, with 72.3 per cent of the population coming from visible minorities. That diversity was reflected at Yaos St. Louis Bar and Grill on Highway 7, just west of Warden Ave., on Wednesday night. While ice hockey has traditionally been viewed as a white mans sport, many new immigrants, especially their children, have embraced it as part of the ritual of becoming Canadian, says Yao, who moved here from China a decade ago.
http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/666887/bar-owner-in-canadas-most-diverse-city-ready-and-willing-for-markham-nhl-arena/

In the Field Newsletter Volume 11 (OCASI)
Contents:
Message from the Executive Director
OCASI Member Feature
Research Project: Mitigating the Risk of Homelessness for Immigrant and Refugee Women through Effective Service Linkages”
Debbie Douglas speaks at Dare to Become Great
OCASI Media Release: Voluntary National Household Survey does not capture true state of Canada
Sector Happenings
and more
http://ocasi.org/field-newsletter-volume-11

REFUGEES

As Syrians escape to Lebanon, Canada holds off on taking refugees (Nick Logan, Global News)
Syrian refugees arrive in the southern Lebanese town of Shebaa after fleeing their village near the border with Lebanon on March 21, 2013. Ali Dia (AFP)/Getty Images The humanitarian crisis brought on by the civil war in Syria continues to escalate, with the United Nations saying this week almost one-third of the countrys population is in need of help. There are an estimated 4.25 million people considered internally displaced. The number of refugees who have fled or will flee the war-torn country could hit three million by the end of this year. Hundre
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POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Child poverty rampant in Canadian cities (Iglika Ivanova, rabble)
The story of child poverty in Canada is very much an urban story. One out of every 10 children living in urban areas was poor in 2010, compared to one in 20 children living in non-urban areas. Three-quarters (or 76 per cent) of all poor children in Canada lived in one of the urban centres shown in the chart above.* Child poverty isn’t a question of jobs: the cities with worst child poverty only had middle-of-the-pack unemployment rates (out of the 19 cities, St. John’s, N.L. was 8th highest and Vancouver, B.C. was 11th highest). Similarly, the cities with the lowest unemployment rates in 2010 (Regina and Quebec) did not score particularly well in terms of child poverty. This is why it’s so important to talk about the living wage in Vancouver and wages in general.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFB776VVoiHT0gRbEDbwvVhzSNqAg&url=http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2013/05/child-poverty-rampant-canadian-cities

Who cares about growing inequality in Harper’s Canada? The Finance Committee gets an earful! (Karl Nerenberg, rabble)
The witnesses ranged from an eminent expert on tax policy and fiscal federalism, to a university professor of business who once worked in banking, to the head of the Canadian Medical Association (a doctor). They brought very different perspectives and approaches to the big subject of inequality. Some started with the assumption that increasing inequality is bad — a waste of human potential, and drain on the economy — and proposed specific tax and income support policy remedies. Some took the personal, anecdotal approach, and told tales of their own wayward youth and up-by-the-bootstraps advance into relative affluence. Others focused on the macro economy — on, for example, the need, in a competition-driven, market economy, to have a certain measure of inequality in order to spur innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet others were most concerned with the bitter social costs of poverty, the bastard offspring of inequality.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2013/05/who-cares-about-growing-inequality-harpers-canada-finance-comm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rabble-news+%28rabble.ca+-+News+for+the+rest+of+us%29

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Migrant Workers Account for Most New Jobs (Marketwire)
New research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that in recent years migrant workers are filling most of the new jobs created in the Canadian economy. “Roughly 75% of the new jobs created in Canada in 2010 and 2011 were filled by temporary foreign workers despite the fact that 1.4 million Canadian residents were unemployed,” says Ken CLC President Ken Georgetti. The CLC research used numbers from the Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey and from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/migrant-workers-account-for-most-new-jobs-2013-05-10

BC Fed: BC had role in foreign workers hired at HD Mining (News1130)
The BC Federation of Labour says it has new information that proves the provincial government got involved in the hiring of foreign workers at a northern BC mine. The province has been insisting it had no role in the controversy arising from the Temporary Foreign Worker program. Federation president Jim Sinclair says a Freedom of Information request has unearthed incriminating documents within the Ministry of Mines.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.news1130.com/2013/05/10/bc-fed-bc-had-role-in-foreign-workers-hired-at-hd-mining/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAm5WzjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=A90hYFEFr0w&usg=AFQjCNHzFtlX_a0rwsgiB6PzrDmGkYGqiA

Curb foreign worker program, study urges (Chris Young, Calgary Herald)
The federal temporary foreign worker program should be scaled back in favour of better preparing Canadians to fill the nations workforce, says the author of a new University of Calgary study.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/energy-resources/Curb%2Bforeign%2Bworker%2Bprogram%2Bstudy%2Burges/8352026/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAnYWwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=pe1uMzJ6OQA&usg=AFQjCNFNhwTFlP_dM646_4XacQtaGrIOKA

Study: http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/?q=content/all-workers-we-need-debunking-canadas-labour-shortage-fallacy

Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program bad for business, says Whistler Chamber (Whistlerquestion.com)
Recently announced changes to Canadas increasingly controversial Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will have a negative impact on future business in the resort, according to Whistler Chamber of Commerce president Fiona Famulak. The TFWP is a federal initiative designed to assist employers fill specific skilled positions, and has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks. Last month, CBC reported that the Royal Bank of Canada used the program to replace dozens of domestic employees with temporary foreign workers to save costs. Until the recent changes, the TFWP allowed for employers to pay foreign workers up to 15 per cent less than Canadians.
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Temporary foreign workers program unnecessary, says study (Christopher Walsh, Beacon News)
Canada has become too dependent on the temporary foreign workers program and has failed to address the lack of skilled workers through domestic-made solutions, says a new report into foreign workers in Canada. Kevin McQuillan, the author of All The Workers We Need: Debunking Canadas Labour Shortage Fallacy and a professor at the University of Calgarys School of Public Policy, says there is no general labour shortage in Canada and not enough of a reason to rely on the temporary foreign worker program to fill job vacancies.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2013/05/study-calls-on-canada-to-wean-itself-off-temporary-foreign-worker-dependency/%3Futm_source%3Drss%26utm_medium%3Drss%26utm_campaign%3Dstudy-calls-on-canada-to-wean-itself-off-temporary-foreign-worker-dependency&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAnYWwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=pe1uMzJ6OQA&usg=AFQjCNG6vdzk_7REDmYAOxwWfyb6N63HNw

Foreign workers hired over Manitobans, say unions (CBC)
Two unions say the Canadian government did not fulfill its obligations to out-of-work Canadians before approving an Edmonton-based construction company’s application to bring temporary foreign workers to a Winnipeg job site. Documents obtained by the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council through an access to information request show that last year, Pagnotta Industries applied to hire a senior construction superintendent and 15 form-work carpenters from the United States and Ireland.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/08/mb-pagnotta-foreign-workers-hrsdc-winnipeg-iteam.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAnYWwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=pe1uMzJ6OQA&usg=AFQjCNG3q53dqhVVMco3bQ-gzWP-vlxlAQ

Export grower hopeful foreign worker program continues (Eric MCcarthy, Atlantic Farm Focus)
For years owner Nora Dorgan had been witnessing a decline in the number of people interested in that type of work. Since the GST Centre opened, you could see a lot of workers migrate that way, which we would encourage them to, Dorgan said, because it was better-paying jobs. Other opportunities opened up and, as a result, there was less interest in this type of work. No fault of anyone. So, we started looking at what our alternatives were, Dorgan recalled. In the late 1990s, the company applied for workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. They were finally approved in 2001.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/Agriculture/2013-05-09/article-3242162/Export-grower-hopeful-foreign-worker-program-continues/1&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAnYWwjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=pe1uMzJ6OQA&usg=AFQjCNE3YaBp0aekOBVXT_VD48uq6InLjg

Staffing shortages will worsen: Mayor (Mallory Clarkson, Loydminster Source)
The heavily criticized reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program may leave Lloydminster with even more job vacancies and a smaller pool of workers to choose from. TFW Program allows all Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour and skills shortages when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available. The recently announced changes require employers to pay these workers at the same rate as Canadian employees. Fees for work permits are also increasing rather than having the program subsidized through tax dollars.
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Q & A : Fast food, temporary workers and the changing labour market (CERIS)
(A Question and Answer with Geraldina Polanco) If you were to summarize your research briefly, what are the most important elements? My research explores the recruitment and employment of temporary foreign workers in fast food (i.e. service sector) worksites. While Canada has a long history of recruiting foreign workers for employment in sectors like agriculture and live-in caregiving, the expansion of the program to include a much broader spectrum of niches is making Canadian labour market organization a transnational project. The implications beyond the labour market are also considerable. With this as my point of entry I have had considered other factors such as global labour market hierarchies and inequalities, worker autonomy and consent within transnationally supplied worksites, and the on-the-ground establishment of a global fast food chain. There has been no shortage of interesting elements that have arisen from my research and I have enjoyed carrying out this project immensely.
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Human capital trends 2013 (Heather Stockton, Deloitte)
Global businesses are focusing on the development and acquisition of talent to sharpen their competitive edge, drive sustainable growth, manage risk and develop innovative products and services. In fact, the ability to attract, develop and retain talent, particularly at the leadership level, has become a major factor in all capital investments, business strategies and organizational growth. Resetting horizons: Human capital trends 2013 a recent survey of global business leaders conducted by Deloitte, reveals some unique insights into the way Canadian businesses view the acquisition of talent and the role of HR departments in acquiring it.
http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_CA/ca/insights/ideas/canadian-hr-transforming-to-meet-new-priorities/index.htm/?utm_campaign=hctrends2013&utm_term=consulting&utm_medium=social%20media&utm_source=tw

‘Whatever business wants’: Harper government continues attack on workers (Dave Coles, rabble)
In a flagrant attempt to suppress Canadian workers’ wages and conditions, the Conservatives greatly expanded the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). They made it easier for companies to apply for visas and allowed employers to pay foreign workers 15 per cent less than the going rate for Canadian workers in the field. The doubling in size of the TFWP since the Conservatives took office recently blew up in the face of the government when RBC was caught using the program to facilitate the offshoring of some IT jobs. Last week the Conservatives made some changes to tighten up the TFWP but they won’t fundamentally alter the program.
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/05/whatever-business-wants-harper-government-continues-attack-on-workers#.UYvwZnYogKQ.twitter

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Thursday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Transit, Island Airport, Casino and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/05/09/torontos-urbanism-headlines-thursday-10/

Newsstand: May 10, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
Friday! What else is there to say about that? In the news: Wynne won’t set a deadline for auto insurance cuts, a Hamilton-area man remains missing, there are a lot of rich people in Toronto, and the Leafs had better win tonight.
http://torontoist.com/2013/05/newsstand-may-10-2013

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