Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 9, 2013

NATIONAL HOUSEHOULD SURVEY

Markham is Canadas most diverse community, according to Statistics Canada (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
Neither the Wongs nor Lambotharan are surprised by the fact that Markham is now Canadas most diverse community with the highest proportion of visible minorities than any other city, according to Statistics Canadas National Household Survey. A total of 72.3 per cent of the population comes from visible minorities. People from China make up the bulk of the community at 52.9 per cent. Two other emerging visible minority groups are prevalent in Markham the South Asian population with 26.4 per cent and the black community with 4.5 per cent. Thats quite a jump from 2006 data, which puts Markhams Chinese population at 34.1 per cent and South Asian at 17.2 per cent. Other GTA communities Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto arent far behind when it comes to visible minorities.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/09/markham_is_canadas_most_diverse_community_according_to_statistics_canada.html

Religion in Canada is changing, but its not being abandoned (Globe and Mail)
The initial findings from the National Household Survey released Wednesday offer only skeletal findings with respect to religion. The unobtrusive treatment of the subject is apparent in the fact that one has to drill well down into the release in order to locate Religion under the subject heading, Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada. There may well be more to come. But the initial treatment of the topic stands in sharp contrast to the major religion releases that have been part of census material in previous decades, complete with extensive trend analyses. The releases have understandably been greeted with controversy, and predictable proclamations of religions demise along with a wide range of emotional reactions.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/religion-in-canada-is-changing-but-its-not-being-abandoned/article11781056/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA1oqsjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=_C4okd8u1_E&usg=AFQjCNGyPCbDfxLXpm_a8TsDOVMRIw5iJA

How employment equity will take a hit from dodgy national data (Frances Woolley, Globe and Mail)
The National Household Survey data released today shows a continued growth in Canadas visible minority population from 16.2 per cent to 19.1 per cent of the population. How accurate is that number? The attached infographic compares the portrait of Canadas population produced by the 2006 census with that produced by the 2011 NHS. One thing that leaps out of this table is the large percentage increase in the percentage of population reporting Filipino origins an increase of more than 200,000, or 50.8 per cent. While it is true that the Philippines is now the number one source country for Canadian immigrants, that increase looks a bit high to me. It also looks anomalous to people at Statistics Canada, who note, This result was not in line with administrative data from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/how-employment-equity-will-take-a-hit-from-dodgy-national-data/article11783704/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAgo2sjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=NZyxzYwRTfU&usg=AFQjCNEsAv2tb1v_1NIshmQZIQdbL26R0A

Statistics Canada: Devil in the details (CBC)
They say the devil is in the details, but some Canadian economists and statisticians smell sulfur in what they believe is vagueness in the latest report from Statistics Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/05/08/statistics-canada-devil-in-the-details/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAgo2sjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=NZyxzYwRTfU&usg=AFQjCNHRV_Dj57fBHauLkkPQT1Xs5HsA4Q

Were All Visible Minorities Now (personal blog)
The Census just released a whole bunch o stats. Thought Id share them.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://pricetags.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/were-all-visiblie-minorities-now/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAIoATAAOABA0smsjAVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=szhbiOzwGCg&usg=AFQjCNGQ-W2PcoSLdML7XZZdg8dep1ns7Q

Alberta sees share of immigrants rise (Edmonton Journal)
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=AFQjCNF-KCMi1TnzeG7Wn0Kkr8Yb4P5JlQ&url=http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Alberta%2Bsees%2Bshare%2Bimmigrants%2Brise/8357711/story.html

National Household Survey may have undercounted Chinese Canadians (Travis Lupick, Straight.com)
The Chinese Canadian National Council has expressed concern over what it says appears to be a significant undercount of Chinese Canadians in the 2011 National Household Survey, the results of which were released today (May 8). According to a CCNC media release, the numbers of ethnic origin and visible minority Chinese people identified in the 2011 study are too low to accurately represent the reality of Canadas ethnic makeup.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.straight.com/news/379671/national-household-survey-may-have-undercounted-chinese-canadians&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAgo2sjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=NZyxzYwRTfU&usg=AFQjCNHB_FeB8bqX19ozacTFR52VCLLO7A

Census Undercount of Chinese Canadian Community (CCNC)
The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) expressed concerns today over the quality of data from the 2013 National Household Survey (NHS). There appears to be a significant undercount of Canadians in general and of the Chinese Canadian community in particular. The difference between the 2011 Census estimate of Canadian population and the April 2011 estimate based on the 2006 Census is 872,512 people.
http://www.ccnc.ca/content/pr.php?entry=271

Canada’s Big Three metro areas lose lustre as newcomers opt for smaller cities (Misty Harris, Vancouver Sun)
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 Torontos share of newcomers fell to 32.8 per cent, down from 40.4 per cent in 2006, while Vancouvers 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.vancouversun.com/Canada%2BThree%2Bmetro%2Bareas%2Blose%2Blustre%2Bnewcomers%2Bsmaller%2Bcities/8356420/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAsqmsjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=w2yZg-dONQQ&usg=AFQjCNGuaKlNTDeGpWAzEgsCiFhqL_X1zg

National survey results reflect the reality on the streets (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen)
A new national survey says Ottawa, like the rest of Canada, is more diverse than ever, with the population of visible minorities and immigrants continuing to climb. Ottawas visible minority population is 205,155, or 23 per cent of the citys population, according to the National Household Survey. Thats up from the 20 per cent recorded in the 2006 Census. Its a continuation of a trend reported in previous national surveys, and it is the reality on the streets. Most of our neighbourhoods, especially those in the suburbs, are increasingly multicoloured and multicultural.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/National%2Bsurvey%2Bresults%2Breflect%2Breality%2Bstreets/8357375/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAhaqsjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=bkAvK6mc1XI&usg=AFQjCNHAYmBNJgBjorAu1_ZNY5TN4sNO6g

National Household Survey: Immigration dramatically changing makeup of Toronto and Canada (Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star)
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 Canadas population count themselves a member of visible minority group. Canada is as diverse as it has ever been, said Tina Chui, chief of immigration and ethno-cultural statistics at Statistics Canada. Diversity plays out differently across the country. When you look at the immigrant population in Montreal, the makeup is very different from those in Toronto and Vancouver, Chui said in an interview.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/05/08/national_household_survey_immigration_dramatically_changing_makeup_of_toronto_and_canada.html

Yup, the NHS did produce some weird data (Fraces Woolley)
While writing a short comment for today’s Globe, I put together a table comparing the 2011 National Household Survey data on ethnicity with the 2006 data. As the raw numbers didn’t make it the Globe article, I’m reproducing them here. Regular readers may recall that I predicted “There is, therefore, likely to be a correlation between a person’s willingness to fill out the National Household Survey and the strength of their religious beliefs.” Take a look at the table above. I don’t know if it sugests a correlation between the willingness to fill out the NHS and the strength of a person’s religious beliefs. But some of the more surprising results – the apparent shrinking of the West Asian population, for example – are suggestive of a correlation between a person’s willingness to fill out the National Household Survey and that person’s cultural heritage.
http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2013/05/yup-the-nhs-did-produce-some-weird-data.html

Stats Can immigration data unreliable, social planning council says (Joanna Frketic, Hamilton Spectator)
A Statistics Canada survey showing immigrants make up nearly one-quarter of Hamilton’s population is being called unreliable and unusable by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. “This is not real data, according to us,” said senior social planner Deirdre Pike. “Today is a dark day for people who recognize the need for important data on our communities.”
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2556741-stats-can-immigration-data-unreliable-social-planning-council-says/

Update on the first NHS release (Community Data)
Today Statistics Canada released profile tables for two National Household Survey topics : Aboriginal Peoples and Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity. They have published three worthwhile reference documents to accompany the release: a user guide, “Data Quality and Confidentiality Standards and Guidelines”, and a statement on data quality.
http://communitydata-donneescommunautaires.ca/node/7734

Read the immigration and ethnocultural diversity analysis from Statistics Canada (Tobi Cohen, National Post)
More and more newcomers may be headed for the booming prairies, but big cities in Ontario and British Columbia still remain home to the vast majority of immigrants in Canada a phenomenon that has some raising questions about the settlement funding formula. According to Statistics Canadas 2011 National Household Survey the replacement for the long-form census, which was scrapped by the Conservatives in 2010 more immigrants are choosing to settle in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFEk9ESvGyas-vYSpTX1Q_4VsvQOg&url=http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/08/prairies-becoming-preferred-home-for-newcomers-survey-finds/

Subject to potentially higher non-response error: Stats Can slaps disclaimer across survey results (Steve Rennie, National Post)
The first pack of data from 2011’s National Household Survey comes with the census equivalent of a Surgeon Generals warning: make any historical comparisons at your own risk. Slapped across the back pages of most of the Statistics Canada documents released Wednesday is a disclaimer that the voluntary National Household Survey is an altogether different beast than the now-scrapped mandatory long-form census.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEOehWBJoybObbHd5vlVoohgchf0Q&url=http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/08/subject-to-potentially-higher-non-response-error-stats-can-slaps-disclaimer-across-voluntary-survey-results/

Canada Passes Immigration Milestone: A Fifth of Population is Foreign Born (Nirmala Menon, Wall Street Journal)
Canada has long led the club of the worlds wealthiest nations in attracting immigrants, and on Wednesday it passed a big milestonewith new census data showing that more than one-fifth of Canadian residents are foreign born. Data from Canadas 2011 National Household Survey showed that 6.8 million Canadians, or 20.6% of the countrys total population, were foreign-born, up from 19.8% in 2006. Among G-8 nations, Canada was far ahead of second-placed Germany, where 13% of its population were immigrants, and the U.S. where the share was 12.9%.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2013/05/08/canada-passes-immigration-milestone-a-fifth-of-population-is-foreign-born/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA9uaqjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=bYbG66454c0&usg=AFQjCNEpxzr-LAkyy5CiT3uSy_NiP6bJPA

Eligible permanent residents face long wait for citizenship, survey shows (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
Already under fire for massive backlogs in its citizenship program, the federal government could face more criticism not to mention a political quandary in the wake of new figures that suggest citizenship is increasingly out of reach for the newest of newcomers. According to the National Household Survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, just 37 per cent of newly eligible permanent residents had obtained Canadian citizenship in 2011.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHKcVdpiuTF18YhbXxOCZx1MLJtnA&url=http://o.canada.com/2013/05/08/0509-nhs-immigrant-majority/

Prairies becoming preferred home for newcomers, survey finds (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
More and more newcomers are headed for the booming prairies, but it comes at the expense of Ontario which saw a sharp decline in the number of immigrants who settled there between 2011 and 2006, according to newly released figures. Experts say it raises serious concerns about the funding formula for settlement services as Ontario, and particularly Toronto, still remain home to the vast majority of foreign-born residents many of whom have higher needs.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHaKveKQb83DK74BaF8xLe05V_bpg&url=http://o.canada.com/2013/05/08/0509-nhs-immigrants/

Canada’s immigrant population young, suburban and growing, data shows (CTV)

The debut of Canada’s controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a proportion not seen in almost a century. They’re young, they’re suburban, and they’re mainly from Asia, although Africans are arriving in growing numbers. But the historical comparisons are few and far between in the National Household Survey, which Statistics Canada designed — at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s behest — to replace the cancelled long-form census of the past.
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Do immigrants make Canada a stronger nation? (Yahoo! News)
According to data released in Wednesday’s National Household Survey, more Canadians than ever are from somewhere other than Canada. The report, released by Statistics Canada and based on 2011 data, showed that fully 20.6 per cent of Canada’s population, or 6.8 million people, are foreign-born residents. The report states that 2.1 million immigrants have arrived in Canada over the past decade. That gives Canada the highest foreign-born population among all G8 nations. The majority of Canadian immigrants in 2010 were from the Philippines, India and China.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/pulseofcanada/immigrants-canada-stronger-nation-161156907.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA4KWrjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=M38yuenr6CQ&usg=AFQjCNFYtclpGdT3Z0sys4TLmiUwjyw1cg

Young, suburban and mainly from Asia: Canadas immigrant population surges (Heather Scoffield, Maclean’s)
The debut of Canadas controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a proportion not seen in almost a century. Theyre young, theyre suburban, and theyre mainly from Asia, although Africans are arriving in growing numbers. But the historical comparisons are few and far between in the National Household Survey, which Statistics Canada designed at Prime Minister Stephen Harpers behest to replace the cancelled long-form census of the past.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHYHg9tAHhA4emPvC_H2CpOZOFYbg&url=http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/08/young-suburban-and-mainly-from-asia-canadas-immigrant-population-surges/

National Household Survey shows Muslim population fastest-growing religion in Canada (Montreal Gazette)
Statistics released Wednesday confirm what can already be seen: more mosques with busier prayer services and the increasing prevalence of women dressed in hijabs and niqabs in all walks of life. Islam is the fastest-growing religious group in the country. Across Canada, the Muslim population is growing at a rate exceeding other religions, according to Statistics Canada. It is even growing faster than the number of Canadians who identify themselves as having no religion, though just barely, according to the National Household Survey released Wednesday. The Muslim population exceeded the one-million mark in 2011, according to the survey, almost doubling its population for the second-consecutive decade. Muslims now represent 3.2 per cent of the countrys total population, up from the two per cent recorded in 2001.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Survey%2Bshows%2BMuslim%2Bpopulation%2Bfastest%2Bgrowing%2BCanada/8354099/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA9dKrjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=3-6y5KNLMGo&usg=AFQjCNG8hXzYVlU6lIdMddHwJ9bmkekY2A

Big Three metro areas lose lustre as Canadian newcomers opt for smaller cities (Misty Harris, Calgary Herald)
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 Torontos share of newcomers fell to 32.8 per cent, down from 40.4 per cent in 2006, while Vancouvers 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.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Three%2Bmetro%2Bareas%2Blose%2Blustre%2BCanadian%2Bnewcomers%2Bsmaller/8355471/story.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAwOurjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=vss2iGFOzP4&usg=AFQjCNF0JrzcCCinqIDq8RUn1ugdxyVrsw

Visible minorities on the map in Brampton (Rachel Mendeleson, Toronto Star)
When Sumeet Sood emigrated from India with his young family a few years ago, the existence of Bramptons South Asian community factored heavily into their decision to settle here. Yet even he was surprised by the size of that community, and its visibility in this booming city, from the Indian shops that dominate the strip malls along Hurontario St. in the south, to the growing and largely Indian cul-de-sacs of Springdale in the north. I only heard about it, and now Ive actually seen it, he said. When I came here, I thought, Theres no need to speak English. You can survive here without speaking English.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/09/visible_minorities_on_the_map_in_brampton.html

Immigration shifts westward, raising concerns about settlement funding in Ontario (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
More and more newcomers are headed for the booming prairies, but it comes at the expense of Ontario which saw a sharp decline in the number of immigrants who settled there between 2011 and 2006, according to newly released figures. Experts say it raises serious concerns about the funding formula for settlement services as Ontario, and particularly Toronto, still remain home to the vast majority of foreign-born residents many of whom have higher needs.
http://o.canada.com/2013/05/08/0509-nhs-immigrants/

Influx of Christian and Muslim immigrants changing Canadas religious makeup (Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press)
An estimated 152,300 of newcomers who arrived in Canada between 2006 and 2011 about 13.1 per cent were born in the Philippines, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday as it released the first tranche of data from its 2011 National Household Survey. The survey showed the Philippines as the leading country of birth for Canadian immigrants during that five-year period but a note in the release Wednesday said the result was not in line with data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. A number of factors could explain this difference, such as the effects of sampling, response patterns, and under- or over-estimation of certain groups of recent immigrants in the NHS.
http://www.680news.com/2013/05/08/influx-of-christian-and-muslim-immigrants-changing-canadas-religious-makeup/

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Should immigration policy focus on more than labour market needs? (Ainsley Ashby-Snyder, 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

National News: Improving passport services for Canadians (Northumberland View)
Plans to expand passport services and make them more convenient and efficient were announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. Effective July 2, primary responsibility for Passport Canada will move from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This sensible move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship.
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=22197

News Release Improving passport services for Canadians (CIC)
Plans to expand passport services and make them more convenient and efficient were announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. Effective July 2, primary responsibility for Passport Canada will move from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This sensible move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-05-08.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

CitizenshipCounts.ca Educational Video Production RFP (Settlement AtWork)
OCASI Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is seeking quotes for the production of a series of educational videos with live actors (narration) and simple animation. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Formed in 1978, OCASI acts as a collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies and coordinates responses to shared needs and concerns. Its membership comprises more than 220 community-based organizations in Ontario.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_rfp_/98454

What is CIIP and How Does It Make a Difference For Internationally Trained Professionals Coming to Canada? (ERIEC)
If you dont know where you are going, youll end up someplace else Yogi Berra Community workers and settlement or employment counselors assisting newcomers with their integration journey to Canada has more than likely heard about the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) .
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/what-is-ciip-and-how-does-it-make-a-difference-for-internationally-trained-professionals-coming-to-canada/

Why Are Feminists Calling the Writer Of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ a Racist? (Danielle Paradis, Policymic.com)
Indigenous women in Canada and the United States are speaking out against Eve Ensler, the writer of The Vagina Monologues, for her part in the V-Day organization and the One Billion Rising event. Indigenous women are saying that the events like V-Day and One Billion Rising are taking away from events which already exist for these women rather than helping the community. In intersectional feminism, as in coalition politics, women need to learn to be allies to other women of different ethic backgrounds or religions as their own. A lot of what is considered narcissism of the small differences comes down to feminists being poor allies to one another.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.policymic.com/articles/40329/why-are-feminists-calling-the-writer-of-the-vagina-monologues-a-racist&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABAvvupjAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=BbR4WjpZmTs&usg=AFQjCNE-fFTp3lqiViJQXbY7iT1cWB9qUQ

Sikhs march to keep the faith (South Asian Generation Next)
Thousands of members of the Sikh community from Mississauga and across the GTA paraded through Malton yesterday in celebration of the annual Khalsa Day festival. Members of Mississaugas Sikh community were dressed in traditional religious garb as they marched from the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Malton on Airport Rd. to the Sikh Spiritual Centre in Etobicoke. The Sikh community celebrates the Khalsa festival to educate other Canadians about their faith and ensure the culture is kept alive by new generations of Canadian-born Sikhs.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/05/08/sikhs-march-to-keep-the-faith/

Chak de phatte Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi (South Asian Generation Next)
If you are a hockey fan in the South Asian community, the name Harnarayan Singh is a household name for you. For the past four years, Harnarayan is a voice of CBCs Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi, officially called CBCs Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi presented by Chevrolet. While he has made his name as a hockey broadcaster, he is a die-hard fan of the game itself and has another passion in life, music. Harnarayan plays tabla and harmonium and sings.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/05/08/chak-de-phatte-hockey-night-in-canada-punjabi/

Staffer who quit amid ethnic vote scandal back with Liberals (CBC)
Liberal Leader Christy Clark’s former deputy chief of staff who was forced to resign because of controversy over the ethnic outreach strategy is back with the party. The party confirms Kim Haakstad is volunteering on Clark’s campaign in Vancouver-Point Grey. She has been volunteering as a private citizen, which she has the right to do, Clark said while on a campaign stop in Mission on Wednesday.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/05/08/bc-liberals-kim-haakstad.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAiYWrjAVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=vbgwjQUuTuI&usg=AFQjCNGMyHP58RZkxD_YnLqsTxih4biRFw

Newcomers to Canada enrolling children in French immersion (CBC)
A growing number of newcomers to Canada are enrolling their children in French immersion schools in Manitoba, contributing to an enrolment spike at the bilingual schools. In many cases, the children of immigrant families are learning English and French as their second and third languages at the French immersion schools. Anna Chepurna, who moved with her family from Russia to Winnipeg six years ago, said she enrolled her daughter, Arina Sherstyuk, in École St Avila in Fort Richmond. “The more languages the child will speak, the better, more brighter and prominent his future will be,” Chepurna said.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGvWtLM6Z0U7AgRz3V3363HN0Xirg&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/07/mb-french-immersion-immigrant-families-winnipeg.html

What Canada can teach GOP on immigration (Edward Alden, CNN)
The Republican Party is in the midst of a historic debate over what role it will play in immigration reform. Should the GOP change course and support a path to citizenship for some 11 million unauthorized immigrants, hoping this will reverse the party’s declining fortunes among Hispanics, the fast-growing group of voters? Or should it double down on its opposition to reform, kill the legislation and hope to hang on by strengthening loyalty among a declining share of white voters? While all the attention has been focused on what to do about the southern border with Mexico, Republicans would be well-advised to take a careful look north. In Canada, the Conservative Party, which lost two of every three elections to the Liberals during the 20th century, has turned the tables by embracing immigration and reaching out to Canada’s immigrant communities.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/08/opinion/alden-canada-conservatives-immigration/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

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/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

The Commons: We talk in maths (Aaron Wherry, Maclean’s)
And so it has been nearly three years since we, the previously vulnerable people of this vast land, were freed from the tyranny of the most-accurate data. Nearly three years since Tony Clement took a stand against all those interested in a particularly reliable basis for understanding the demographics of this country. Nearly three years since the Harper government vowed that Canadians should not be made to answer questions that no one seems to have been interested in asking. And yet, oddly, with the release today of the results of the National Household Survey, that tribute to personal freedom and individual rights, Thomas Mulcair seemed rather uncelebratory.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/08/the-commons-we-talk-in-maths/

Good news on the poverty front in Kathleen Wynnes first budget (Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star)
Welfare reform is never a vote winner in Ontario. Perhaps thats why the NDP raised it only in passing during pre-budget negotiations. Nor is the Liberal government trumpeting its latest social service reforms. But, buried within the budget are several surprisingly robust improvements to Ontarios current welfare mess. And behind the scenes, the Liberals are looking at an even more ambitious second phase of reforms that could be rolled out within the next year: indexing the minimum wage, hiking welfare payments by an additional $100, and indexing those payments.
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/05/09/good_news_on_the_poverty_front_in_kathleen_wynnes_first_budget_cohn.html

Does poverty cause homelessness or vice-versa? (Aurora Banner)
Scenarios involving embattled York Region residents on the brink of homelessness are played out with disturbing frequency. When the curtain falls on victims of circumstance or bad decisions, there are few options. When the largess of friends or family dwindles, there are shelters or the street. Subsidized and rent-geared-to-income housing inventory is low and the wait lists long. Poverty is the common denominator of homelessness. In York Region, long considered one of Canadas most affluent municipalities, one in eight people, almost 13 per cent of the population, live in poverty according to a 2010 study by the Interfaith Social Action Reform Coalition and Social Planning Council of York Region.
http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/2556534-does-poverty-cause-homelessness-or-vice-versa-/

The maze of poverty (Your Ottawa Region)
On Wednesday, April 24, the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit held a special maze an intentionally baffling one at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion, to give health care providers and social workers a true taste of what it is like to navigate the maze, and the many obstacles, faced by the poor, the hungry, and those with special needs.
http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/article/1614001–the-maze-of-poverty

B.C.s poverty rate has declined since 2003 (Ralph Sultan, Special To The Vancouver Sun)
Silly season is upon us, and the NDP is playing fast, loose, and increasingly negative. Surprise. On Monday night, I participated in a forum on child poverty generously hosted by SFU and The Vancouver Sun. The conversation was constructive. We can always do more, but we cannot legislate away poverty. The best way to keep children out of poverty is to ensure their parents have jobs, which requires a strong economy.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/bc2035/poverty+rate+declined+since+2003/8351475/story.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Unlocking your Employees Performance Potential (hireimmigrants.ca)
Providing development and promotion opportunities can maximize the skills and experience of immigrant talent and ultimately increase your companys growth and innovation. In this video, the third in a series , find out how both large and small employers, such as Pitney Bowes and Questrade, manage and promote immigrant employees.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/etips/etip-unlocking-your-employees-performance-potential/

Maximizing the potential of Canadas newcomers (Rebecca Walberg, Financial Post)
With national unemployment levels at a four-year low, a number of Canadian industries and regions are experiencing labour shortages, and they expect the problem to worsen in the years to come. A recent Canadian Chamber of Commerce report judged a lack of skilled workers in some sectors including construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and nursing as the single biggest barrier threatening Canadian competitiveness in the near future. In December, CIBC released a study claiming 30% of all Canadian businesses have trouble finding the employees they need.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFiDvLQA6Uu8oaASlw3JlRRgUFn2Q&url=http://business.financialpost.com/2013/05/07/maximizing-the-potential-of-canadas-newcomers/

Evaluation of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) (CIC)
This report presents the findings from the evaluation of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) that was carried out from February 2012 to September 2012. The evaluation was conducted in fulfillment of requirements under the Financial Administration Act and the TBS Policy on Evaluation.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/evaluation/fcro.asp

Operational Bulletin 229-B – May 8, 2013 – Pilot Project for Foreign Spouses and Dependent Children of High-Skilled Canadians or Permanent Residents Returning to Work in Ontario (CIC)
This pilot program has been extended until May 23rd, 2014. This replaces Operational Bulletin 229-A published April 23rd, 2012. Background This is a pilot project that was implemented to fulfill Citizenship and Immigration Canadas (CIC) commitment under section 4.3 of the Temporary foreign Worker (TFW) Annex of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement signed in August 2008.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2013/ob229b.asp

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Torontos Urbanism Headlines: Wednesday (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Transit, Island Airport and Other News.
http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/05/08/torontos-urbanism-headlines-wednesday-7/

Newsstand: May 8, 2013 (Casey Irvin, Torontoist)
It is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, so get out there and perform a large-scale humanitarian effort. In the news: Moving the gas plants was McGuintys idea, teacher out of classroom for posting adult sex-ed brochures, council decides to debate against the will of Ford, and the Scarborough Hospital is playing deep cuts on their recent tour.
http://feeds.gothamistllc.com/click.phdo?i=3e7aceb4a8ec626934266ab344630977

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