Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 7, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Harper Government reaffirms commitment to working with communities and private sector to tackle Canada’s social challenges (Gov of Canada News)
The report, Harnessing the Power of Social Finance, highlights the benefits of social finance and social innovation in creating new financial tools and partnerships to broaden the impact of existing programs or to support new initiatives. The report profiles 15 concepts that represent a wide range of the proposals received and includes information on national and international perspectives. Many of the proposals support at-risk youth, the unemployed, people with disabilities and seniors. Various financial tools were suggested, including social impact bonds, pay-for-performance contracts, investment funds and social enterprises… The Report, Harnessing the Power of Social Finance, provides information on social finance, including national and international perspective, and profiles fifteen concepts from the Call. The fifteen concepts illustrate the wide range of ideas submitted and social finance tools described in various parts of the country. Includes: Maytree Foundations Immigrant Mentoring Program, a proposed support system concept that pairs new Canadians with experienced professionals in their occupations
http://goo.gl/2yGGM

Immigration Reforms : Good for Canada or Bad for Democracy? (Nathalie Des Rosiers, Slaw)
In January 2012, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that his government would reshape the immigration system to make it good for Canada. This begged the questions whether the immigration had been bad for Canada up to now and whether this reshaping was necessary. Nevertheless, the government did proceed to institute a series of reforms that have now become part of Canadian law. Since 2012, we have seen increased Ministerial to bar individuals from entering Canada for vague public policy consideration, increased Ministerial powers to declare arrivals irregular and imprison the arriving persons, increased powers to deport permanent residents who have committed even minor crimes, a new power to designate Safe country of origins to speed up deportation, and finally the increased approval of the use of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada.
http://www.slaw.ca/2013/04/30/immigration-reforms-good-for-canada-or-bad-for-democracy/

Most immigrants to Quebec feel attachment to Canada: poll (Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette)
Most Quebec immigrants feel attached to Canada, regardless of which language they speak, according to a poll for the Association for Canadian Studies. Ninety-two per cent of francophone immigrants and 91 per cent of non-francophone newcomers say they are attached to Canada, reveals the Léger Marketing survey. That contrasts with attitudes among native-born francophone Quebecers, of whom only 62.9 per cent describe themselves as attached to Canada. As for Canadian-born Quebec anglophones, the poll found 96.3 per cent feel attached to the country.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.montrealgazette.com/Most%2Bimmigrants%2BQuebec%2Bfeel%2Battachment%2BCanada%2Bpoll/8345171/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAvIShjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=-AiyLN4PdJk&usg=AFQjCNEFrkhCxo3mTd9aLnK_PEsecZvvFg

Maps: Where immigrants settled in the GTA (Toronto Star)
These maps are based upon Statistics Canada data from the 2006 census to track changes in diversity since before 1941. The maps provide the most comprehensive some say the last complete snapshot of immigration patterns across the GTA. They paint a picture of a major shift in immigration to the GTA beginning in the 1960s and growing rapidly each consecutive decade, from mostly European immigration to, in the last census period, natives of India, China, the Philippines and Pakistan.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/06/critics_fear_replacement_for_longform_census_will_hurt_immigrants.html

Critics fear replacement for long-form census will hurt immigrants (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
A change to the collection of national data on immigration will seriously hinder future policies and programs for newcomers across the GTA, warn settlement workers, academics and immigration activists. Some go so far as to suggest the federal government deliberately changed the data collection process so that problems experienced by the most recent newcomers a burgeoning and vulnerable group that includes undocumented workers, temporary foreign workers and others on low incomes cant be tracked.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/06/critics_fear_replacement_for_longform_census_will_hurt_immigrants.html

Census replacement to portray patterns of immigration, aboriginals and religion (Heather Scoffield, Montreal Gazette)
Canada is about to find out how colourful a country it is. Just how vibrant the colours will be, however well, that’s another story. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will publish the first part of its controversial National Household Survey, detailing patterns of immigration, Aboriginal Peoples, race and religion. The first-of-its-kind voluntary survey, which compiles responses from more than three million people, replaces the cancelled long-form census. And even Statistics Canada itself has admitted it won’t match the detailed, neighbourhood-level information of its mandatory predecessor.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Census%2Breplacement%2Bportray%2Bpatterns%2Bimmigration/8347327/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAzoqjjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=eTY2l6OdHE8&usg=AFQjCNEwkao_owDt7PyrUxmPflCMZD4wiQ

Muslims, non-religious Canadians expected to be focal points of major Statistics Canada release (Misty Harris, Calgary Herald)
Canadas rapidly increasing Muslim population is expected to be a huge focus of this weeks National Household Survey, whose first results will be released May 8 by Statistics Canada. The voluntary survey, which took the place of the long-form census in 2011, will provide the first comprehensive look at religion in this country in 10 years. During that decade, the number of Muslims in Canada has soared by more than 62 per cent, and is projected to triple to at least 2.87 million in the next 18 years. Its no wonder insiders say the updated faith figures will be of great interest to many Canadians, although, says one expert, probably, in most cases, not for the right reasons.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Muslims+religious+Canadians+expected+focal+points+major/8344955/story.html

Canada House to serve diverse community (CJNews)
Dignitaries from the government of Canada and the municipality of Jerusalem gathered in Jerusalem last week to dedicate Canada House, a community centre funded largely with donations from Canadian Jews. Located in the Morasha neighbourhood of Jerusalem, Canada House will serve a diverse population with programming geared to young people, recent immigrants, the elderly and other local residents. The $4-million refurbishment is a project of the Jerusalem Foundation, a non-profit organization with a branch in Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cjnews.com/node/106650&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA9uKfjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=TWCIAwzZq-A&usg=AFQjCNH9vvhNQlKEMnW5Fbg3I6zeTFy06Q

Healthy city? Council can make it happen (Dr. Paul Caulford, Medical Director, The Volunteer Clinic for Medically Uninsured Immigrants and Refugees, Toronto Star)
Today Toronto city council has the opportunity to right a long standing and unhealthy social injustice that plagues and harms tens of thousands Torontonians. Canadas disgraceful denial of health care equity and eligibility to our landed immigrants and some Canadian citizens caught in Ontarios three-month wait for OHIP, to refugee claimants waiting for or denied interim federal health, and sponsored members in the family class, many in the foreign worker and student visa program, children and youth new to Canada, or those on our streets and homeless who have no documents. City council is to debate and vote on recommendations affirming the uninsured receive health-care access. This motion passed unanimously at the Toronto Board of Health on April 29, chaired by councillor Joe Mihevc.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2013/05/06/healthy_city_council_can_make_it_happen.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAvIShjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=-AiyLN4PdJk&usg=AFQjCNF2Hwh8aSkRHtuV_oCDfkLC8dtsGQ

Iconic Italian paper suspended amid funding crisis (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
One of Canadas oldest community newspapers has suspended its operations as of Saturday, a month short of its 59th anniversary. Corriere Canadese was an institution, a cultural icon within the Italian Canadian community, said Lori Abittan, president and CEO of Multimedia Nova Corp., which owned the paper. It would have turned 59 on June 2. Its a very sad and difficult decision to make. The papers suspension followed an announcement last month by the 40,000-circulation weekly Canadian Jewish News to stop publishing its print edition after June 20. The 53-year-old publication cited shrinking subscriptions and declining advertising revenues as the reasons.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/06/iconic_italian_paper_suspended_amid_funding_crisis.html

Suspending Operations (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the newspaper “Corriere Canadese”, with Angelo Persechilli, he was with the paper from 1975 to 2006, and with April Lindgren. She is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Ryerson University who studies ethno-cultural media in the GTA.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/06/suspending-operations/

SPT launches New Report A Triple Threat to Equity Changing Priorities for Toronto Schools A Policy Brief on Learning Opportunities and ESL Funding in the Toronto District School Board (Social Planning Toronto)
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is the largest school board in Canada and has a total operating budget of approximately $2.8 billion. The Ministry of Education provides funding based on student enrolment and the unique needs of each school board. Students from economically and socially marginalized conditions experience greater challenges in their educational opportunities, health and social relationships and are at higher risk of academic difficulties. In recognition of this, the Ministry has been providing the Learning Opportunity Grant (LOG) since 1998 in addition to regular funds to improve the chances of success for these students. The Demographic Allocation of the grant, now recognized as part of the Provinces Poverty Reduction Strategy since 2009, is intended to finance programs such as breakfast programs, homework clubs, reading recovery and one-on-one support within the classroom, all of which help to level the playing field for marginalized students. Similarly, the diversity of Ontarios population means that some students require extra support to develop the English language skills needed to succeed academically. The Ministry of Education provides additional funding to support these students through the English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development (ESL/ELD) Allocation within its Language Grant to school boards.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SocialPlanningToronto/~3/MUhkSynbzx4/

A Triple Threat to Equity – PDF (Social Planning Toronto)
A Policy Brief on Learning Opportunities and ESL Funding in the Toronto District School Board.
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Triple-Threat-to-Equity-Policy-Brief-May-6-2013.pdf

TDSB diverting $100 million annually from programs for underprivileged students, report says (Liam Casey, Toronto Star)
More than $100 million annually has been diverted from funding programs for underprivileged students in order for the Toronto District School Board to balance its books , a new report from Social Planning Toronto says. The total amount (of funds diverted) is approaching $1 billion, said John Campey, executive director of Social Planning Toronto, a non-profit community organization committed to improving the lives of Torontonians.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/06/tdsb_diverting_100_million_annually_from_programs_for_underprivileged_students_report_says.html

TDSB says it spends $103M of special $143M grant on kids in need (Louise Brown, Toronto Star)
The Toronto District School Board says it spends $103 million of a special $143-million grant on students with the highest need, not $40 million as claimed in a report by Social Planning Toronto. The board also says it spends a full 95 per cent of the funding it gets for English-as-a-Second-Language programs for the intended purpose, not 75 per cent as the advocacy group has charged. We can always do better we still have about 25 per cent of students who dont complete high school but weve made great strides, noted trustee Shaun Chen, the boards vice-chair.
http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2013/05/06/tdsb_says_it_spends_103m_of_special_143m_grant_on_kids_in_need.html

Mental health and well-being of recent immigrants in Canada: Evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (CIC)
According to the 2006 Census, the proportion of foreign-born population is at the highest level it has been in 75 years. Therefore, the well-being of recent immigrants has powerful consequences for our current and future success as a nation. The process of immigration and settlement is inherently stressful, and the well-being of recent immigrants is of particular concern, primarily when migration is combined with additional risk factors such as unemployment and language barriers. There is limited Canadian research on the mental health of recent immigrants, more specifically on the disparities among immigrant sub-groups. This paper addresses these gaps using data from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada. It examines different aspects related to mental health, including prevalence of emotional problems and stress levels. Potential factors that may be associated with mental health outcomes, including socio-economic variables, are also explored.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/research/mental-health.asp?utm_source=rss-publications&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

Mental Health Matters: New Home, New Problems? (TVO The Agenda)
They arrive in a new land, with new customs, new laws and often, a new language. They have to find a home and a job. They must overcome obstacles and discrimination. And more often than not, all without the support of a strong network of family or friends. The first in our special Mental Health Matters series.
http://theagenda.tvo.org/episode/190791/mental-health-matters%3A-new-home%2C-new-problems%3F

Mental Health Matters: Mental Health and Immigration (Navin Vaswani, TVO The Agenda)
Dr. Bozena Lukaszewska fled Poland’s martial law in 1981. Along with her husband and son, she immigrated to Canada, where she re-enrolled in medical school. Lukaszewska found it incredibly difficult to relearn medicine in her second language, and her marriage was strained under the demands of their new life. Today, Lukaszewska is a practising psychiatrist in downtown Toronto, treating Polish women who immigrated from Poland during the time of martial law. In the video above, Lukaszewska details her struggles following her immigration to Canada.
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/mental-health-matters-mental-health-and-immigration

Official language requirement unfair (Serhij Koroliuk, Star Phoenix)
Koroliuk is co-chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’s immigration and resettlement committee. Whenever I was asked what makes Canada such a special place for me, I would say its economic stability, strong democracy and official policy of multiculturalism. I admire that Canada “affirms the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation,” as stated in the Multiculturalism Policy of Canada.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGzWI8P8Q-s0r1Rzn5zgfeHYR8BEQ&url=http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Official%2Blanguage%2Brequirement%2Bunfair/8325110/story.html

Canada border agencys most-wanted website hampered by red tape, memos show (Douglas Quan, Ottawa Citizen)
Almost two years after launching a website featuring profiles of individuals being sought for deportation, the Canada Border Services Agency is wrestling with how to keep it going. Internal memos show that staff consider the criteria for who to put on the site to be too restrictive and that they need to be expanded, but they cant quite figure out how. The program faces other challenges, according to the records obtained under access-to-information laws, including complaints by privacy watchdogs and litigation by people who have appeared on the website.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/national/Canada%2Bborder%2Bagency%2Bmost%2Bwanted%2Bwebsite%2Bhampered%2Btape/8345251/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAi8qhjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=Vakx2zoTnS8&usg=AFQjCNFw4Xz9H9G9MWigyVj77-SCTkz_yg

A ‘Welcoming Community’ action plan to guide immigrants and the future of the Comox Valley (Canada.com)
Immigrants are a part of our community. Many of us were immigrants at one time, or our parents/grandparents were. But why are newcomers important in the future? And what do people who come from other countries, cultures and/or languages have to offer? According to the Government’s predictions, by 2036, there will be 1.3 million newcomers from other countries coming to BC. More than 200,000 newcomers, 66% of our population growth, arrived in BC from other countries between 2006 and 2011.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.canada.com/Welcoming%2BCommunity%2Baction%2Bplan%2Bguide%2Bimmigrants%2Bfuture%2BComox%2BValley/8347394/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAzoqjjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=eTY2l6OdHE8&usg=AFQjCNEi_JpmchpJrbGs7Q4FhtLG6mCNQA

News Release Minister Kenney announces appointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today the appointment of Ms. Jayashree Thatte Bhat, PhD, of Calgary, to the Canadian Race Relations Foundations Board of Directors. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chair and up to 11 other directors appointed by the Governor in Council. Ms. Jayashree Thatte Bhat is active in Canada, the U.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-05-06.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

May eBulletin of Pathways to Prosperity (Pathways to Prosperity Canada)
The May 2013 issue of the Pathways to Prosperity e-Bulletin is now available in English and French.
In this Issue:
Pathways to Prosperity Workshop at the Metropolis Conference
Best Practices for the Integration of International Students in Atlantic Canada: Findings and
Recommendations
FactSheet: Location of Immigrant Arrivals in 2012
Immigration in the News – Top Stories of the Past Month
Projects that Received Seed Funding from the WCI (now the Ontario Node of the P2P)
A Message from the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership
Student Spotlight: Soon Young Jang
Religious Affiliations and the Trust in Persons and Institutions of Canada
Recent and Upcoming Conference Presentation
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/98463

Torontos immigrant enclaves spread to suburbs (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Mel Galeon started his bakery business with a gas stove and wok in a relatives garage in Mississauga, selling homemade Filipino delicacies out of his car at community events. From a storefront in Torontos Little Manila to retail branches in ethnically mixed neighbourhoods in the suburbs, the evolution of Galeons business empire, FV Foods, over the last decade tells the story of how government policy plays a role in the way immigrants settle in Greater Toronto.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/07/torontos_immigrant_enclaves_spread_to_suburbs.html

Man fined over residency application (Dan Arsenault, Chronicle Herald)
A man who pleaded guilty to lying on his application for permanent Canadian residency has been fined $25,000. Hussein Kanfoush, a 44-year-old permanent Canadian resident, entered a guilty plea in Halifax provincial court Thursday to a count of misrepresentation. An investigation determined Kanfoush had declared he was physically in Canada over a period of time, but evidence proved he wasnt, said a Canada Border Services Agency news release.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1127935-man-fined-over-residency-application

REFUGEES

New Web Sites (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
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/2013/05/new-web-sites.html

How a terror suspect slipped through immigrations cracks (Updatednews.ca)
Almost 20 years after Raed Jaser was ordered kicked out of Canada as a bogus refugee with a fake passport and a criminal past, he was still alive and well and living in Toronto last month when police charged him with plotting an alleged al-Qaeda-backed attack on a Via Rail passenger train. Far from being deported, Jaser had been pardoned for his previous crimes, while his illegal entry into Canada was equally forgiven with the ultimate immigration hug permanent residency. While most Canadians were no doubt horrified by the alleged plot to derail a passenger train, Jasers stunning history of avoiding deportation has also raised fundamental questions about Canadas immigration system, and what it takes to get kicked out of this country.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://updatednews.ca/2013/05/06/how-a-terror-suspect-slipped-through-immigrations-cracks/&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAzoqjjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=eTY2l6OdHE8&usg=AFQjCNGXk8L5VpJ2pAt-00MTp5G_pH0oZA

Safe country? World Jewish Congress fears Hungary will relive ‘darkest era in European history’ (Karl Nerenberg, rabble)
On Saturday, the former chief executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber, tweeted: “Large anti-Semitic rally in Hungary by Fascist, Jobbik Party. Same Hungary that Immigration Min Kenny says is a safe country.” Hungary’s rising and increasingly powerful extreme right Jobbik Party organized the rally to coincide with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) holding its plenary assembly in Budapest. The Conservative Hungarian governing Party, Fidesz, headed by Prime Minister Victor Orban, formally disassociates itself from Jobbik’s extremism.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2013/05/safe-country-world-jewish-congress-fears-hungary-will-relive-d

Memoir: when my husband and I defected from North Korea, we made the biggest sacrifice of all (An Seo-hee, Toronto Life)
It took two days of climbing through the mountains in deep snow before we arrived at a ginseng farm in China. We ate some dried vegetables we found on the ground and slept in a small hut on the property. That hut became our home, and we worked on the farm in exchange for food and a little money. We felt lucky. The reverend in the nearby church spoke Korean, and we attended his services as often as we could. After two years, wed saved 4,000 yuan (about $630), and the reverend hired a broker to help get us to Canada. When we finally flew in to Toronto on January 3, 2012, my heart was pounding. I still wasnt convinced we were safe. Our broker had arranged for us to be picked up and taken to a homeless shelter at Bloor and Christie, and we applied for refugee status. A month later, my husband and I moved into an apartment on Wellesley. We found jobs working in Korean restaurants on Bloor West. I wait tables; he helps in the kitchen. We save as much money as we can, hoping to one day have enough to get our daughter out of North Korea. Hae-kyung is 15 years old now. Toronto would be like heaven to her.
http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2013/02/28/memoir-away-from-her/?page=all#tlb_multipage_anchor_1

Book: African refugees in Canada (UNHCR)
“In The Lucky Ones: African Refugees Stories of Extraordinary Courage, Anne Mahon presents a collection of personal accounts of heartbreaking loss, extraordinary bravery, and the resilience needed to begin again in a new country. Candidly told in their own words, the subjects reveal the uplifting truth of their unbreakable human spirit. A wide assortment of men and women ranging in age from four to 73 represent a variety of African countries and backgrounds.”
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=523859367676750&set=a.406835779379110.93740.133497766712914&type=1

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

More Support for Low-Income Families (Gov of Ontario News)
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Early Years Centre at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office where she highlighted the 2013 Budget’s proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province. The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years. This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses. In order for parents to receive this year’s proposed increase of $110 this July, the Budget 2013 bill would have to be passed and proclaimed before July 1, 2013.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2013/05/more-support-for-low-income-families.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAkOSfjAVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=C3vAtmUkk5k&usg=AFQjCNFT_7bWeswP2w5Ai1Iz7DqD2Z1xug

National Household Survey That Replaced Long-Form Census Is Unreliable: Experts (Huffington Post)
An innovative health clinic for new immigrants sees few patients trickle through its doors. Community health advisers scratch their heads. A state-of-the-art new Roman Catholic school is built in the wrong neighbourhood and shutters its doors. The local school board faces ratepayer anger over the misspent money. These are some of the more dire potential consequences for Canadian communities if information gleaned from the controversial voluntary alternative to the long-form census paints the inaccurate portrait of Canada that experts fear.
http://t.co/lRx7LstFZL

Experts debate how much National Household Survey statistics count (Globe and Mail)
The Harper governments controversial decision to shield Canadians from intrusive census-takers is coming home to roost this week. It was nearly three years ago that the Conservatives axed the mandatory long-form census, a list of about 50 questions that one-fifth of Canadian households were previously compelled to answer. Declaring that they didnt want Canadians to be forced by law to divulge exhaustive details about their lives, the Conservatives left it to Statistics Canada to come up with a voluntary alternative one that nobody is required to complete.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/experts-debate-how-much-national-household-survey-statistics-count/article11743163/?service=mobile

Why Harpers meddling with Canadian history might not be all bad (Emmett Macfarlane, Globe and Mail)
News that a parliamentary committee led by Conservative MPs will investigate how Canadian history is taught in schools landed with an ignominious thud last week. A big part of the controversy is that, in its typical bull-headed fashion, the federal government risks the appearance of playing symbolic politics with a matter that falls squarely within provincial jurisdiction: school curriculum.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/why-harpers-meddling-with-canadian-history-might-not-be-all-bad/article11730437/#dashboard/follows/

Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize welfare lost (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Ontarios best hope of creating a modern, humane social assistance system has expired. Thursdays provincial budget was its last gasp. Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to do the right thing. She was prepared to take a political risk for the 850,000 Ontarians struggling to get by on subsistence-level welfare payments. But three months into the job, she realized there was no realistic prospect of charting a new course on social assistance as a far-sighted provincial commission proposed. Even the people she aimed to help were balking. So the premier took the safe, conventional route. She made a couple of minor changes to the existing program. They wont break the bank or ruffle many feathers. In fact, most Ontarians wont notice them at all. It was exactly the same strategy her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, had followed.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/05/06/onceinageneration_chance_to_modernize_welfare_lost_goar.html

Anti-poverty community responds to 2013 Ontario Budget (PovNet)
We have put together the following resources to give a broader sense of how the anti-poverty community is responding to the 2013 Ontario Budget. At this point, the minority Liberals need NDP support for the budget to pass and avoid an election.
http://www.povnet.org/node/5090

Samara Notebook: April (Jennifer Phillips, Samara Canada)
Some months our work seems to illuminate newsworthy issues and help direct the discussion, and this month was a great example. As you know, we’ve been writing and talking about the role of the MP for a few years now, and this April the issue really came to a head when a number of backbenchers called into question what MPs are sent to Ottawa to do.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/samaracanada/yoXW/~3/SwZeRKabCIs/samara-notebook-april

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Immigrants and small communities (CBC)
Kelly Pollack, the Executive Director at the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, spoke at a forum on labour issues being held in Calgary by the Conference Board of Canada. She talks to Doug Dirks about how employers in smallers centres can attract skilled immigrants from the cities.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/alliescanada/lUkc/~3/sy9R7u_Zlt8/

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Could Lead To Europe-Style Ethnic And Economic ‘Ghettos’: Critics (Huffington Post)
The Tories promised reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program dont go far enough, say critics who fear the recent explosion in the programs use will have deep and far-reaching consequences for Canadas economy and social cohesion. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced new rules for the TFW Program on Monday, in an effort to quell a backlash against it spurred by news that Royal Bank of Canada outsourced 45 information technology jobs to a company whose Indian workers were reportedly brought temporarily to Canada under the TFW program. But critics say the reforms do nothing to protect vulnerable workers, and the programs continued expansion threatens Canadas social cohesion as a whole.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/01/temporary-foreign-workers-ghettos_n_3193852.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoATAAOABAkqygjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=4H-9cuWLyO8&usg=AFQjCNGstSs4NPcbHUsGi3n3_LgDbowIFw

Migrant workers still facing tough challenges (Metro News)
As the eldest of nine children, Josephine Eric 20 years old when she came to Hamilton in 1990 was responsible for sending money back to her family in the Philippines. I would work 60-hour weeks and demand my pay, and he (her employer) would say I can send you back, Eric recalls. Speaking at a Migrant Workers Conference at McMaster University Saturday afternoon, Eric said when these workers are taken advantage of, they are often reluctant to speak up, for fear of deportation. They also face resentment from people in the community who see their jobs as being stolen. Other key issues are job safety and a lack of health care.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEDR2FBQn_OfhZT_0vUZVZ9rJQVzQ&url=http://metronews.ca/news/hamilton/660992/migrant-workers-still-facing-tough-challenges/

Niagara concert welcomes migrant farm workers (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
It is not often migrant farm workers get to party and go to a concert after a long day of back-bending labour in the field. Certainly not a concert dedicated to them, with black gospel, reggae and R&B music by their host community. That is what makes the Farm Workers Welcome concert, which takes place on the first Sunday of May at Niagaras Orchard Park Bible Church, a unique affair.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/05/03/niagara_concert_welcomes_migrant_farm_workers.html

Canada’s shift to a nation of temporary workers (Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail)
Its not just a perception: Temporary work really is growing at a faster pace than permanent positions. The number of temporary workers in Canada hit a record two million last year, according to Statistics Canada. That amounts to 13.6 per cent of the work force compared with 11.3 per cent in 1997, when such record-keeping began.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canadas-shift-to-a-nation-of-temporary-workers/article11721139/

Temporary foreign workers hired in areas with EI claimants (CBC)
The minister responsible for the temporary foreign worker program was told last year that employers were hiring temporary foreign workers in the same jobs and same locations as Canadians who were collecting employment insurance, CBC News has learned. On May 29, 2012, the deputy minister for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada wrote a briefing note to the minister, Diane Finley, which cited four examples in which there was deemed to be a “disconnect” between the temporary foreign worker and employment insurance programs. The briefing note was obtained by CBC’s Power & Politics under the Access to Information Law.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/06/temporary-foreign-worker-program.html?cmp=rss

Canadian-immigration-to re-evaluate intra company transfer program (Workpermit.com)
Jason Kenney, the Canadian immigration minister has said that his department, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), will investigate allegations of abuse of the Canadian Intra Company Transfer Program (ICTP) which have been made by insiders in the Canadian IT industry.
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2013-05-07/canada-to-re-evaluate-intra-company-transfer-program

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Monday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Urban Development, Casino, Transportation and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/05/06/torontos-urbanism-headlines-monday-10/

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Tuesday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Transportation, Bixi, Island Airport and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/05/07/torontos-urbanism-headlines-tuesday-11/

Newsstand: May 7, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
The sun keeps shining! What is this awesome weather we are having? Could it be…spring? In the news: Ford gets shirty with councillors who support a debate on transit funding, McGuinty is set to testify about cancelling power plants, Porter could be on the hook for a report on airport expansion, and an OCAD student has a proposal to prevent bike theft.
http://feeds.gothamistllc.com/click.phdo?i=a4a794c7f7d39d331307b1d8901920d5

Whatever became of Torontos first priority neighbourhood? (John Lorinc, Spacing Toronto)
Almost a century before the United Ways Poverty by Postal Code report (2004) begat the Citys priority neighbourhood strategy (2006), Toronto officials found themselves confronted with an almost identical set of challenges: concentrated poverty, inadequate housing, a dearth of social services, all in a dense urban neighbourhood populated by a large number of recent immigrants. The Ward, an early 20th century slum bounded by Yonge, University, Queen and College, could be described as Torontos original priority neighbourhood. The area was a classic arrival city, to use the phrase coined by the Globe and Mails Doug Saunders a zone of transition for the first sustained wave of non-Anglo-Celtic migration to Toronto. Moreover, the significance of the citys response to the poverty of this neighbourhood cannot be overstated.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/05/06/lorinc-whatever-became-of-torontos-first-priority-neighbourhood/

IMFG Conference on Urban Fiscal Health (IMFG)
On May 1-2, 2013, IMFG held a conference on Urban Fiscal Health, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Speakers included: Professor Richard Bird, University of Toronto; Professor Lars-Erik Borge, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Professor Howard Chernick, CUNY; Ben Dachis, C.D. Howe Institute; David Grad, Rethink Solutions; Bill Hughes, York Region Commissioner of Finance and Regional Treasurer; Professor Robert Inman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Professor Harry Kitchen, Trent University, Peterborough; Janet Mason, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Professor Jean-Philippe Meloche, Université de Montréal; Olaf Merk, OECD; Professor Andrew Reschovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor Enid Slack, University of Toronto; Professor Richard Stren, University of Toronto; Professor Almos Tassonyi, University of Toronto; and Casey Vander Ploeg, Canada West Foundation.
http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg/2013/imfg-conference-on-urban-fiscal-health/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=imfg-conference-on-urban-fiscal-health

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Ottawa throws its weight behind social investing (Globe and Mail)
The Conservative government is throwing its support behind social-impact bonds an experiment that rewards private investors for putting cash toward social causes. The government on Monday released a list of projects that could be financed in this way, such as programs to build housing for people with disabilities, reduce recidivism among young offenders or encourage more young aboriginals to learn a skilled trade. Ottawa said it will work with interested groups toward launching projects.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-throws-its-weight-behind-social-investing/article11743660/?service=mobile

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Diane Finley to the Women in Social Business Forum of the Women in Leadership Foundation (Gov of Canada News)
Some communities are facing pretty serious social challengesand they persist despite everyones best efforts. But its clear that some of these problems have been resistant to traditional solutions. Our 2011 and 2012 Budgets acknowledged this, highlighting the vast potential social finance can play in strengthening government and community partnerships. As many of you know, in social finance, multiple sources of capital are mobilized to achieve social or environmental goals. The key to social finance is partnership. Government cannotand should notbe expected to solve every problem on its own. And government cannot fund every service people want without regard to the taxpayers ability to pay. What we can do, however, is facilitate and empower others.
http://goo.gl/qBY6D

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