Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 14, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Education, immigration, communities: roadmap for Canada’s official languages 2013-2018 (Dan Lamoureux, Hill Times) Key public institutions and services that buttress community life—education, health and social services for example—rest within the power of provincial legislatures to act. Community halls and meeting spaces, local events, libraries, and other key aspects of community are usually managed or regulated by municipal governments, another area of exclusive provincial jurisdiction. In terms of renewal, communities rely on self-perpetuation, and the acceptance of newcomers through migration or immigration. Immigration is a matter of concurrent jurisdiction between the federal and provincial governments. http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHPISxub_KyKKDpauXvd5DsYGI7XQ&url=http://www.hilltimes.com/2013/05/13/education-immigration-communities–roadmap-for-canada%25E2%2580%2599s-official-languages-2013-2018/34725

Immigrants are essential to prosperity (Greg Van Moorsel, St Catharine’s Standard) It’s not just Alberta. Most of Western Canada, as anyone who’s lived there knows, is far more cosmopolitan than it’s given credit for, especially by Ontario and Quebec, which like to see themselves as the multicultural beacons for the entire nation. The just-released federal census dispels those myths about the West and about the East. Bluntly put, the census reinforces the old adage that money talks. Only, in the case of the West, money screams, especially for immigrants to Canada. http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/05/13/immigrants-are-essential-to-prosperity&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAwIXHjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=bCVX4dn8C70&usg=AFQjCNFkR6YDuGgNzr-edcADApn6b9N19w

Alleged Racial Slur at a Peterborough Nightclub (CHEX TV) A Peterborough woman is looking for answers after she says racial slurs were made towards her by a staff member at a local nightclub Friday night. But club owners say they’ve done nothing wrong. http://www.chextv.com/News/LN/13-05-13/Alleged_Racial_Slur_at_a_Peterborough_Nightclub.aspx

Toronto board to open second Africentric high school program (Caroline Alphonso, Globe and Mail) The Toronto District School Board will open a second Africentric high school program this fall in the city’s west-end. Students who sign up for the program at Downsview Secondary School will take four courses – English, geography, math and French – with an Africentric focus. An open-house for potential Grade 9 students will be held Tuesday evening, a spokeswoman for the board said. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-board-to-open-second-africentric-high-school-program/article11888134/?cmpid=rss1

CIC announces proposed changes to the definition of “dependent children” (Henry J. Chang, First Reference Works) On May 10, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced proposed regulatory amendments that will narrow the definition of “dependent child” by reducing the age limit to children under the age of 19 and removing the exception for full-time students. Once implemented, this proposed change will adversely affect the dependent children of all prospective immigrants to Canada. http://blog.firstreference.com/2013/05/13/cic-announces-proposed-changes-to-the-definition-of-dependent-children/

Toronto City Council Recommends Improving Access to Health Care for Medically Uninsured Residents (Emily Wong, Wellesley Institute) Toronto City Council passed recommendations from the Board of Health building on a Toronto Public Health report on medically uninsured residents. The Wellesley Institute, along with researchers, representatives from Community Health Centres (CHCs), Toronto Public Health, Women’s College Hospital Network on the Uninsured, Association of Ontario Midwives, and frontline physicians, played a “ferocious” role in acting for the equitable access and health of many medically uninsured residents in Toronto at recent Board of Health hearings. On the part of the Wellesley Institute, Bob Gardner presented the brief to the Board, as well as submitted a subsequent comment City Council to address the importance of this issue. http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/health-care/health-equity/toronto-city-council-recommends-improving-access-to-health-care-for-medically-uninsured-residents/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wellesleyinstitute+%28Wellesley+Institute%29

Toronto Values Health Before Immigration Status (Rikita Goel, Huffington Post) Last week, Toronto City Council made history by voting in favour of putting people’s health before their immigration status. Canadians may be surprised to learn that the universal healthcare system they consider a shining beacon of our humanity denies healthcare services to an estimated 500,000 people in Canada, of which over 100,000 live in Toronto. A report prepared for the Toronto Board of Health outlines the health crisis for these medically uninsured individuals who reside in Toronto. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ritika-goel/toronto-refugee-health-care_b_3264351.html

Ontario Mosque Clears Islam Image (OnIslam) Seeking to clear image of Islam following an aborted plot to attack trains and deadly bombings in the United States, the Muslim community in the east-central Canadian province of Ontario has opened their mosque doors to visitors to get a better understanding of their faith. http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462628-ontario-mosque-clears-islam-image.html

Shyam Selvadurai brings book to Vancouver Writers Festival (Larissa Cahute, Vancouver Desi) When Shyam Selvadurai came out to his Sri Lankan immigrant family, they had an “unusual” reaction. “Unusual in the sense they understood,” the Toronto-based author said last week during his B.C. visit for the Vancouver Writers Festival to promote his latest book, “The Hungry Ghosts.” With his parents hailing from war communities in Sri Lanka, “they already knew what difference was,” he said. http://www.vancouverdesi.com/news/srilanka/as-canadians-were-all-part-of-toronto-authors-immigrant-story-the-hungry-ghosts/554955/

Saanich’s Surjit Bhandal allowed to stay in Canada (VicNews) Surjit Bhandal, the 83-year-old woman who was set to be deported back to India, has won her case to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. “I was very happy to learn that Bhandal will be allowed to stay in Canada with her family,” said Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP Randall Garrison, who spearheaded the efforts to convince Citizenship and Immigration Canada to allow her to stay, in a press release. “This represents not just a victory for the Bhandal family, but for all the many diverse families who make up Canada.” http://www.vicnews.com/news/207274101.html

Visible majority in four Metro Vancouver cities (Jeff Nagel, Surrey Leader) Visible minorities account for one million people or 45.2 per cent of the population of Metro Vancouver, according to newly released voluntary census data. The National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada in 2011 found visible minorities make up a majority of the population in Metro Vancouver’s four largest cities. http://www.surreyleader.com/news/207285631.html

Collier: Diversity committee needed in Windsor (CBC) The city has 17 advisory committees. One of them is a diversity committee. Part of the committee’s mandate is “to develop and recommend to the mayor and members of city council policies and programs which will create an atmosphere conducive to harmonious community relations within the city of Windsor.” However, the city’s website says, “the Members for the 2011-2014 Diversity Committee have not yet been appointed by the Striking Committee of Council.” According to Collier, the committee got $3,870 in the 2011 budget, none last year, and is scheduled to receive $3,870 this year. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2013/05/13/wdr-windsor-council-diversity-committee.html

What Immigrant Mothers Lose When You Split Their Families (Farah Mawani, Huffington Post) Imagine losing the person who thinks of you as part of themselves, and puts your well-being before their own. People who have lost their mothers know how profoundly painful and life-changing that loss is. Many immigrants and refugees experience that loss through separation from their mothers in the process of migration. Some mothers migrate before their children, and some children before their mothers. Whatever the process, that separation has an devastating impact on mothers and children. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/farah-mawani/canada-immigrant-families_b_3264328.html

Anti-Islamic prejudice — or just a parking issue? (Noor Javed, Toronto Star) Across the GTA, places of worship have claimed intolerance and unfairness when their facilities face resistance from residents or their expansion plans and building permits are rejected by the city. But a look at parking bylaws across the city and the outcomes of dozens of Ontario Municipal Board decisions suggests the real culprit is much more benign and mundane. It almost always comes down to indiscretions of the vehicular kind — traffic and parking. http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/05/10/antiislamic_prejudice_or_just_a_parking_issue.html

Personal essay: North American dream began with watching TV sitcoms (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star) Toronto Star reporter Nicholas Keung writes about his adventure as an immigrant from Hong Kong to Canada via the United States. http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/13/personal_essay_north_american_dream_began_with_watching_tv_sitcoms.html

Personal Essay: My parents came in search of a better life (Debra Black, Toronto Star) Toronto Star reporter Debra Black writes about being the child of immigrants to Canada after the Second World War. http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/13/personal_essay_my_parents_came_in_search_of_a_better_life.html

“Are we there yet?” PROJECT (Ron Wood Photography) We all know that Canada is a country of immigrants. My own family came over from Ireland and England in the early 1800s. At what point does someone truly arrive? Stepping onto Canadian soil is just one part of the immigration experience. “Are we there yet?” explores the immigration narrative from the perspective of the Macedonian immigrant. http://ronwoodphotography.blogspot.ca/p/are-we-there-yet-project.html

Toronto’s burgeoning ethnic press caters to a new wave of immigrants looking for news from ‘back home’ (Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post) After a successful career as a journalist in India, including a stint at the Hindustan Times, Jaspal Singh Shetra moved to Toronto 12 years ago. He bought a little Punjabi-language newspaper in Mississauga. A few years later, he noticed that 65% of his costs went to his printing bill. http://t.co/wQFW7J2IbJ

REFUGEES

Speaker’s Corner : LAO refugee changes amount to cutbacks (Kristin Marshall, Maureen Silcoff, Law Times News) If you broke your leg, would you look for a remedy on the Internet or go to the hospital? The answer is clear. But what if the hospital put out a notice telling you to cure yourself over the Internet? We would be outraged. And we should be similarly upset with Legal Aid Ontario’s suggestion that refugees prepare their cases based on Internet information. How is this a serious suggestion for refugees who arrived only recently in traumatic circumstances with no computer, English skills or money? http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201305139804/Commentary/Speaker-s-Corner-LAO-refugee-changes-amount-to-cutbacks

2012 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (CCR) Data obtained from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) through an Access to Information Request reveals vast disparities in refugee claim recognition rates across IRB Members in 2012. In 2012, some Members very rarely granted refugee status, including Daniel McSweeney (1.3%, 80 decisions) and David McBean (2.0%, 51 decisions). Others granted refugee status in most, if not all, of the cases they heard, including Gilles Guenette (100.0%, 572 decisions) and Cathryn Forbes (100.0%, 54 decisions). http://ccrweb.ca/en/2012-refugee-claim-data

Canada deports 70-year-old to Lebanon (Terry Pedwell, Metro News) A 70-year-old Palestinian man who built a family in Canada while fighting deportation for more than a quarter century was removed from the country over the weekend. Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad was transported by charter flight to Lebanon, said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who described the protracted case as “almost a comedy of errors.” http://metronews.ca/news/canada/670126/canada-deports-70-year-old-to-lebanon/

Canada deports ‘convicted terrorist’ after 26 years (Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC) Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced today that Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, convicted in a deadly attack on an Israeli plane in the 1960s, has been deported to Lebanon a quarter-century after he was first ordered to leave Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/13/pol-kenney-deportation.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

AA Group of Companies – shortlisted applicant for the 7th Annual IS Awards (TRIEC) The AA Group of Companies’ philosophy is growth through people. Since it started operating in 2005 as a Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken franchise, the company has grown to 16 locations and intends to open 27 more by 2016. This growth is due almost entirely to the skills of immigrants, starting with the moving force behind the company, owner Atiq Ahmad. http://triec.ca/2013/aa-group-of-companies-shortlisted-applicant-for-the-7th-annual-is-awards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aa-group-of-companies-shortlisted-applicant-for-the-7th-annual-is-awards

Look who’s lying about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Karl Flecker, Our Times) The window was broken. The stones around my young feet and the one in my hand made it clear who was the culprit. No point in denying it. That is what I remembered as I watched Tory MP Jason Kenney and Parliamentary Secretary Kellie Leitch take the stage at the National Press Theatre on Wellington Street in Ottawa, at the end of April. Both appeared determined to deny the damage their government has made to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. http://ourtimes.ca/Between_Times/article_274.php

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Looking Ahead Leadership Survey (Mowat Centre, ONN) This survey will explore the leadership skills that are needed in the sector today and in the future, the opportunities for growing talent, and how skills development can be shaped to meet the needs of the sector. ONN is asking executive directors / senior leaders of nonprofit organizations with paid staff in Ontario to complete this survey. The respondent must be familiar with the operations of the organization, including revenues and human resources. As a starting point, our focus in this study includes the following subsectors: Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Health, Housing, Social and Human Services, and Environment. We are excluding respondents who work for municipalities and in hospitals, universities and colleges. http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/mowat-centre/looking-ahead-survey/

Private money, public programs? There will always be strings (Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute) In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds. The emerging sphere of social finance throughout the world opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems. http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1010Immigration
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