Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 18, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Announcing Winners of the 2013 Diversity in Governance Awards (DiverseCity Toronto)
Join Maytree on Wednesday, June 19, as we honour the winners of the 2013 Diversity in Governance Awards for their commitment and innovation in creating diverse boards of governance.
The winners are:
Blue Hills Child and Family Centre (nonprofit category),
The City of Markham (local government category), and
William Osler Health System (public institution category).
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://diversecitytoronto.ca/news/announcing-winners-of-the-2013-diversity-in-governance-awards/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABA1u7_jQVIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=9IYZ-EmMTtU&usg=AFQjCNHSqPA8kb-V5O4GLi1InyKd3kpd-Q

An anti-democratic way to reform local democracy (Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star)
Democracy activists are trying to turn Toronto into a laboratory for electoral reform. Fair enough. As someone who is passionate about voter participation after reporting from abroad for a decade and watching people fight for the right to vote I strongly support their goals. Just not their unfair, unwise and anti-democratic means to achieve their democratic ends. Egged on by local reformists, city councillors are attempting a mischievous end-run around the people of Toronto in their misguided (albeit well-meaning) effort to increase election turnouts. Their ultimate goal is to use Toronto as a testing ground for province-wide and national electoral reforms that remain a hard sell.
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/06/18/an_antidemocratic_way_to_reform_local_democracy_cohn.html

News Release Montréal receives a new Citizenship Judge (CIC)
The appointment of a new Citizenship Judge for the Montréal area was announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Andrea Paine will serve as a full-time Citizenship Judge for Montréal.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-06-17.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic

More people failing revamped citizenship tests (CBC)
An increasing number of landed immigrants are struggling to complete the final stage before becoming citizens: passing the citizenship exam. The failure rates have increased significantly since Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced new and harder tests last year on March 28 and July 23.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHnZzK4zpwpTxS5FW6WFy-fOccugw&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/06/14/pol-citizenship-immigration-test-failure-rate.html?cmp%3Drss

Thorold citizenship ceremony welcomes 48 new Canadians (Jeff Blay, Thorold Niagara News)
Forty-eight people officially became Canadian citizens in a special ceremony held in Thorold last week. The city of Thorold and the Thorold Community Activities Group partnered to host a citizenship ceremony Friday at the Nick Basciano Centre on behalf of the Niagara Falls Citizenship and Immigration Canada office. Judge T.R. (Ted) Salci led the ceremony, where 48 candidates took an oath of citizenship and were officially sworn in as Canadian citizens. In taking the oath, the new citizens accepted their rights and responsibilities as Canadians and were each presented with a citizenship certificate.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/06/17/thorold-citizenship-ceremony-welcomes-48-new-canadians

World Sikh Organization of Canada works with fraser Health to prepare Sikh Faith resources (Hainder Singh, sikhsiyasat.net)
In a press statement by the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) has announced, in partnership with the Fraser Health Authority, the launch of a compendium on the Sikh faith and best practices for Sikh patients. The announcement came during WSOs annual inter-community dinner in Surrey. The FHA serves an area that is home to the largest population of Sikhs in Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.sikhsiyasat.net/2013/06/17/world-sikh-organization-of-canada-works-with-fraser-health-to-prepare-sikh-faith-resources/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAsL_-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=SjqyIVKASCI&usg=AFQjCNGp-mM-2cYyzZU8oS6pxPkrGiZjXg

World Day of Migrants Homily 2013 (B.C. Catholic)
This is a homily given by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Jan. 20. What a great pleasure it is for me to welcome all of you to your cathedral church, a church which belongs to everyone in the archdiocese, rich and poor, young and old, long-time Vancouverite, or recently arrived immigrant or refugee. Here, under the protective mantle of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who showed such tenderness to the young couple of Cana when they ran out of wine at their wedding reception, you are welcomed to her embrace. This is Mary’s gift to us as we come together to celebrate Holy Mass on this World Day of Migrants and Refugees: she remains present to us as her people, as our mother and our advocate.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEkDFEP71piLOzVE1yo1AfDxEzJsQ&url=http://bcc.rcav.org/special/2834-world-day-of-migrants-homily-2013

Canada tops list for immigrant businesses (Chris Riddell, Star Phoenix)
Canada is the country of choice for many immigrants searching for a better life. It also happens to be a popular destination for would-be entrepreneurs. The World Bank labelled Canada the best place in the G-7 to start a business, and thanks to an open immigration policy, a comparatively easy one to enter. Add a strong banking system, growing job market, and high standard of living, and it’s no wonder it tops immigrant entrepreneurs’ list. For many, the government’s Start-Up Visa launched in April is making Canada an even more appealing place.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFJgNMg3g7NybkAf3VKAwCQZWMTCg&url=http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Canada%2Btops%2Blist%2Bimmigrant%2Bbusinesses/8539911/story.html

Quebec’s nationalism run amok (Allan Levine, Winnipeg Free Press)
Say what you want about Pierre Trudeau, but he understood the pettiness and dangers of nationalism. In a provocative essay, written in September 1992 during the contentious debates around the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, he suggested that entrenching Quebec’s demand to be recognized as a “distinct society” was “frankly racist.” Because as Trudeau argued, “there is a very good chance then that Quebecers of Irish, Jewish or Vietnamese origin — even if they speak perfect French — would have trouble claiming to belong to this ‘distinct society.’ ” Or, he might have added , young Sikhs who want to play soccer wearing their turbans.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNF-Kvq0tZ8LrGznFpbL1gMdas4pGA&url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/quebecs-nationalism–run-amok-211939211.html

Video: ‘Pivot To Canada’ Campaign (HuffPost Live)
Canada’s pivot campaign is underway to attract more entrepreneurs and startups. If the U.S. doesn’t reform its immigration policy and soon, we may lose a great deal of skilled immigrants to Canada and other more inclusive countries.
http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/will-skilled-immigrants-bypass-us-for-canada/51b7ca7878c90a03f2000730

Job Posting: CERIS Director
The CERIS Director will be responsible for the leadership and management of CERIS in fulfilling its goals and mandate, according to the research priorities and strategic direction set by the Management Board (the Board). The CERIS Director will lead all CERIS operations and activities, including: the development of networks of researchers, community-based organizations, government and other partners, the promotion of research collaboration among the Centres key stakeholders, knowledge exchange and mobilization activities, and staff and financial resources management.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/?p=6610

In China, students prep for Canada with a B.C. education (Tamsyn Burgmann, Globe and Mail)
Its a muggy afternoon in June and high school students wearing T-shirts stamped with the image of Terry Fox stride past towering high-rises and scooters with honking horns in this small Chinese city thats been coated in haze from the local fiberglass factory for several days. For most, its their first time making the fundraising trek thats annual tradition half-a-world away in a country where they yearn to attend university. Teachers at Grand Canadian Academy, a private school certified to award British Columbia diplomas, hope the early Terry Fox run will ease cultural integration for students who have perhaps only visited Canada once before.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHp_aNw9t867MmlV4is6v3Zy-UFSQ&url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/in-china-students-prep-for-canada-with-a-bc-education/article12588497/?cmpid%3Drss1

Diversity and equity in action: building faculty capacity through equity pedagogy (CAMH Education)
When the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto was looking for help building capacity on diversity and equity issues almost three years ago, they found expertise very close to home. CAMH made diversity and equity an organizational priority many years ago. Among the changes made at CAMH, mandatory training for staff and managers was been developed and has been constantly refined in an effort to establish practical applications for diversity and equity theory in every aspect of our work.
http://www.camheducation.ca/2012/10/04/diversityforfifsw/

Deaf Russian painter refused permanent residency in Canada because he failed verbal language tests (Adrian Humphreys, National Post)
A Russian painter, deaf since birth, has been refused permanent residency in Canada because he did not meet the language proficiency requirement when tested verbally, despite getting near perfect scores when tested using sign language. The decision to reject Dmitri Smirnovs bid to remain in Canada because he did not meet listening and speaking language requirements angered deaf advocates who blasted it as discriminatory and called for American Sign Language to be seen as equivalent to English and French for immigration purposes. Im shocked that the criteria of verbalizing and speaking is necessary to come to Canada, said Chris Kenopic, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Hearing Society. Rejecting people from our country because of that is very unfortunate.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/17/deaf-russian-painter-refused-permanent-residency-in-canada-because-he-failed-verbal-language-tests/

REFUGEES

Documentary: Your Money Or Your Life (iChannel)
Canadians take pride in this countrys system of universal health care. But is it really as universal as we assume? If youre a new immigrant or a refugee, the answer is no. Thats the troubling message of Your Money Or Your Life, a new ichannel documentary that investigates the suffering newcomers to Canada face when they try to access the countrys health system. Until now, new immigrants and refugees have typically been fearful to speak out publicly on this issue. But their voices will be heard clearly with the ichannel documentary Your Money Or Your Life.
http://ymoyl.ichannel.ca/

Refugee Health Care (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. Vincent Lam. He is an emergency room doctor at Toronto East General Hospital.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/06/17/refugee-health-care/

“Building Bridges” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the relationships between police and people in north Etobicoke, with Idil Burale. She is a community advocate who works with the police service’s Somali Liaison Unit.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/06/17/building-bridges/

Canada: Insist that refugees have a right to basic healthcare (Amnesty International Canada)
If you have a bad ear ache, chances are you will go to the doctor for medicine to treat an infection. But what if you are a newly arrived refugee in Canada? Will a doctor see you and, if you need them, send you for more tests? In June 2012, the government of Canada changed the way it provides basic healthcare to refugees in Canada under a program called the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Some refugees who have come to Canada in search of safety are now being denied basic, emergency, and life-saving medical care.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/canada-insist-that-refugees-have-a-right-to-basic-healthcare&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAuMb-jQVIAlgAYgVlbi1DQQ&cd=aoCKSss_Y88&usg=AFQjCNHQ6nOCErfFrPNarydWRnmFRpaAIQ

Toronto rally urges Ottawa to reverse refugee health cuts (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
On the one-year anniversary of Ottawas refugee health cuts, protesters urged Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to stop his bogus propaganda against asylum seekers. Mr. Kenney, come clean with the Canadian people. This policy is flawed. Its mean-spirited. Its cruel and you know it. Stop your attempt to score political points on the backs of some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Stop your bogus propaganda, Dr. Meb Rashid of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care told 350 protesters at a Toronto rally Monday.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/17/toronto_rally_urges_ottawa_to_reverse_refugee_health_cuts.html

Refugee advocates say health cuts having ‘brutal’ effects (Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC)
Health care providers and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney are accusing each other of misleading Canadians about cuts to refugee health care in an ongoing battle that began almost one year ago. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care and representatives of other medical groups held a rally and press conference on Parliament Hill on Monday and called on Kenney to reverse the cuts that were first announced June 30, 2012. The events were part of a national day of action with other rallies organized in more than a dozen cities.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHuefnDNAtdK6bCwMq9Jot9b3b-9g&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/story/2013/06/17/pol-refugee-health-cuts.html

Health workers march against refugee health care cuts (CBC)
Around 80 to 90 health care workers and concerned citizens met today in Kiwanis Park and marched across the University Bridge to the Royal University Hospital to protest refugee health care cuts. They joined health care professionals in 19 cities from over 20 health care organizations across Canada that held demonstrations today. Mahli Brindamour is a physician working for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Committee at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFuyvbc3_SLwL6LdnkfeJ3dxEFVQw&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/story/2013/06/17/saskatoon-refugee-health-care-march-june-2013.html

Refugee health cuts protested in Canada (Maureen Mugerwa, CKOM)
The clouds were not going to stop healthcare workers protesting for refugee health in Saskatoon Monday. One of the organizers, Dr. Mahli Brindamour from the University of Saskatchewan, wants the government to to reverse the cuts to refugee health care. “These cuts have had dramatic consequences on our patients and on our health care system, but also on Canada’s international reputation, so we want Canada to reverse the cuts,” said Brindamour. In April 2012, the federal government made changes to the Interim Federal Health program (IFH) which is the health insurance program for refugees. The changes were effective June 30, 2012. According to the doctors for refugee care website, the IFH, before the cuts, gave refugees access to medical care and some other services.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://ckom.com/story/refugee-health-cuts-problem-canada/115434&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAnr__jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=GXZTuhZuNFc&usg=AFQjCNGigHiO27KJWtXdC3phylUBSyJjoA

Doctors: Refugee health funding cuts endanger public (Chroncile Herald)
Public health and the public purse are in danger because of cuts to refugee health funding, doctors and refugee advocates said Monday as they protested the cuts across the country. The federal government overhauled the health care coverage it provides to refugees and refugee claimants one year ago as part of a cost-cutting measure it also said was designed to make Canada less vulnerable to fake asylum claims by curbing access to free health care. But the changes have thrown the health care support system for refugees into chaos, creating uncertainty for health care providers and refugees alike, ad-vocates said.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHWUnoRBbX42_sKHHK4GBMKwvbI_g&url=http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1136144-doctors-refugee-health-funding-cuts-endanger-public

Hundreds Gather To Demand Equal Health Care for Refugees (Desmond Cole, Torontoist)
Approximately 300 protestors gathered near the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration office at St. Clair and Yonge Monday afternoon, to demand an end to recent refugee health care cutspart of a national day of action that saw nearly 20 rallies take place across the country. Scores of doctors, nurses, and health care practitioners attended in medical scrubs and lab coats. Refugee advocacy groups and other concerned residents joined them to decry the anniversary of government cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, a vital resource for resettled refugees and refugee claimants living in Canada. The IFH program provided basic, temporary health care services for refugees, including maternal care and coverage for medication. In explaining the rationale for the program, the Ontario Medical Association has warned that if a patient has a complex condition and doesnt receive care because they dont have health coverage or cant afford it, treatment will cost the province more in the long run.
http://torontoist.com/2013/06/hundreds-gather-to-demand-equal-health-care-for-refugees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hundreds-gather-to-demand-equal-health-care-for-refugees

A spoken word artist’s opposition to refugee health cuts: An interview with Ikenna Onyegbula (Samir Shaheen-Hussain, rabble)
On June 30, 2012, yet another draconian measure was implemented by the Conservative government: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney went ahead with his latest (at the time) salvo against migrants by drastically cutting refugee claimants access to healthcare services. Some coverage — for medications, basic dental and vision care, rehabilitation services — is no longer available to any refugee claimant in Canada. Meanwhile, the IFHP cuts also introduced the concept of varying degrees of (limited) healthcare services being offered to refugee claimants based on what category they are from: for example, refugee claimants from a “Designated Country of Origin” (ie., designated by the Immigration Minister based on specious criteria) can effectively only access healthcare if they have a communicable infectious disease or if they are homicidal!
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFZeDOOS_FzoloWlOvQLJzE-7xjpA&url=http://rabble.ca/news/2013/06/spoken-word-artists-opposition-to-refugee-health-cuts-interview-ikenna-onyegbula

Cuts to refugee health care make us all losers (Annalee Coakley, Calgary Herald)
It’s been a year since the federal government cut health care for refugees – those who are among the most vulnerable members of our society, having fled persecution and often horrific violence in search of safety. Even though Canada has made a commitment to assist them, we have been denying many refugees access to basic health care since July 2012, when the federal government made significant cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides health coverage to refugees residing in Canada.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNF9efFR6Rq7xzsz4lFpH8alazvsaA&url=http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/Coakley%2BCuts%2Brefugee%2Bhealth%2Bcare%2Bmake%2Blosers/8534582/story.html

Doctors: Refugee health funding cuts endanger public (Chronicle Herald)
Public health and the public purse are in danger because of cuts to refugee health funding, doctors and refugee advocates said Monday as they protested the cuts across the country. The federal government overhauled the health care coverage it provides to refugees and refugee claimants one year ago as part of a cost-cutting measure it also said was designed to make Canada less vulnerable to fake asylum claims by curbing access to free health care. But the changes have thrown the health care support system for refugees into chaos, creating uncertainty for health care providers and refugees alike, ad-vocates said.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1136144-doctors-refugee-health-funding-cuts-endanger-public&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAyb7-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=gCeOGAoKC88&usg=AFQjCNFc8NgkMadQqr_sZut8uH0SLUzJrQ

Calgary doctors call for reversal of refugee health cuts (CBC)
Doctors in Calgary joined their counterparts across Canada today in protesting cuts to health care for refugees. Calgary doctors who treat refugees say the cuts have made refugees wary of seeking medical care. Pediatrician Neil Cooper told the story of a five-year-old girl with a broken nose. She and her parents, who are refugee claimants from Mexico, left the hospital without treatment because they could not afford the $300 fee. “As physicians we put patients first. We wish the federal government would as well,” said Cooper.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFcFPEqUbIAingsUUisWyPB5jpmUQ&url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/06/17/calgary-doctors-refugee-health.html

St. Joes paying for care of refugees cut off by Ottawa (Metro News)
Hamiltons hospitals are starting to bear the costs of federal cuts to refugee care. I see the cuts beginning to bite, said Dr. David Higgins, president of St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton. Were going to see more of these patients present to hospital. St. Josephs is caring for at least one refugee a week with no health coverage after the federal government made significant cuts a year ago, affecting, in particular, those from countries deemed to be safe by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGcEVUd796j8wAuY1-1XRncbt1KPQ&url=http://metronews.ca/news/hamilton/709314/st-joes-paying-for-care-of-refugees-cut-off-by-ottawa/

Doctors decry refugee health care cuts (Stephanie Levitz, Metro News)
Public health and the public purse are in danger because of cuts to refugee health funding, doctors and refugee advocates said Monday as they protested the cuts across the country. The federal government overhauled the health care coverage it provides to refugees and refugee claimants one year ago as part of a cost-cutting measure it also said was designed to make Canada less vulnerable to fake asylum claims by curbing access to free health care. But the changes have thrown the health care support system for refugees into chaos, creating uncertainty for health care providers and refugees alike, advocates said.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEPKm0xCypDe0cmprvRpeErpLBUAg&url=http://metronews.ca/news/canada/709355/doctors-decry-refugee-health-care-cuts/

$1 student levy uplifts refugees (The Record)
As one of three girls and 86 boys in a Grade 7 class in a refugee camp in Kenya, Saida Sheikh could never have imagined she would graduate from a university. Last week, the 24-year-old Somali woman did just that. She received a degree in international development and a minor in peace and conflict studies from the University of Waterloo. “I’m 100 per cent happy that I’m here. I get to change my life for the better and help myself,” Sheikh said. “This happened for a reason. It’s God’s plan for me to be here,” she added.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNF2-agLXLyk7EIGaewsymApYf4sPw&url=http://www.therecord.com/news-story/3843719–1-student-levy-uplifts-refugees/

Doctors plead for cuts to refugee health coverage to be reversed (Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail)
Doctors and other health-care providers are pleading with the federal Conservative government to reverse the cuts it made to refugee health coverage, saying vulnerable people are being denied care, taxpayers are paying more money, and other Canadians are being put at risk. Health workers staged protests in 19 cities on Monday to highlight the problems they say were created a year ago when the government eliminated all medical coverage for some asylum seekers and cut the supplemental benefits including payments for prescription drugs, eye care and vision care of many others. What we are seeing in the last year as a result of these cuts is that refugees, in effect, are not able to access primary care, said Dr. Doug Gruner, a member of the group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEAq9dlhWoajDgq_n4mZxyw5O2WzA&url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/doctors-plead-for-cuts-to-refugee-health-coverage-to-be-reversed/article12626378/

Health workers march against refugee health care cuts (CBC)
Around 80 to 90 health care workers and concerned citizens met today in Kiwanis Park and marched across the University Bridge to the Royal University Hospital to protest refugee health care cuts. They joined health care professionals in 19 cities from over 20 health care organizations across Canada that held demonstrations today. Mahli Brindamour is a physician working for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Committee at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/06/17/saskatoon-refugee-health-care-march-june-2013.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAyb7-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=gCeOGAoKC88&usg=AFQjCNEaKPfgHfd8kD7p8lgEUGmQIVqZSw

School program helps young refugees get up to speed (Liz Monteiro, The Record)
Teacher Carolyn Burjoski brings out two stalks of sugar cane. “This is from my country,” belts out 10-year-old Daniel Boukel, who was born in Congo but fled with his family from war to Uganda before settling in Kitchener. Another student, who came to Canada from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, tells his classmates that sugar cane grows in his country and he’s eaten it many times because it’s a sweet snack. Mission accomplished. The connection has been made. Burjoski can now explain that Canada doesn’t grow sugar cane but imports this commodity something these refugee children know all about.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHTBLF75F8o5okNxG2HM2a50ZWvtA&url=http://www.therecord.com/news-story/3842364-school-program-helps-young-refugees-get-up-to-speed/

Identifying with refugees’ plight (Lethbridge Herald)
What would we do if we had to start over? The story on page A4 of today’s Herald asks a very good question: “If you had only one minute to flee, what would you take?” The question is being posed by Lethbridge Family Services – Immigrant Services in connection with World Refugee Day, which will be observed Thursday. It’s intended to encourage Canadians to try to put themselves into the shoes of refugees for a moment by imagining what they would do in a situation where they had to suddenly vacate their homeland.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHyhaTTbjWHw4wpXZs4oqDsIrO2zQ&url=http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/opinions/identifying-with-refugees-plight-61813.html

O Superman (Leonard Doyle, IOM)
TO everything there is a season. Just as immigration reform is back on the agenda in the US, along comes the new Superman blockbuster Man of Steel, where the underlying theme is that of the immigrant experience. Not to put too fine a point on it, this movie frames the experience of migration in the most positive way possible and serves to remind how much migrants contribute, both to their adopted societies and countries of origin.
http://weblog.iom.int/blog/2013/06/17/o-superman

Canadian Red Cross highlights family reunification program during World Refugee Week (WSJ)
The Canadian Red Cross plays an integral role in the safety, protection and well-being of refugees around the world who have been affected by situations of conflict or disaster. One of the most important services the Society provides is Restoring Family Links, a program that helps reconnect families separated by conflict and disaster. “The Restoring Family Links program alleviates suffering and provides comfort to refugees around the world every year,” says John L. Byrne, Director General, Disaster Management at the Canadian Red Cross. “The confusion that accompanies humanitarian crises often separates families when they need each other the most. Long before most survivors seek out the necessities of life – food, water or shelter – they desperately try to find their family.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130617-902321.html%3Fmod%3Dgooglenews_wsj&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA_5_8jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=sQ0WcJ6Fx-k&usg=AFQjCNGOjTx4PNHYJJLgJ7TaXnYiNczmEA

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Living Wage Canada
A Canadian Living Wage Framework: A National Methodology for Calculating a Living Wage in your Community. Resources for calculating the living wage, becoming a living wage employer, and participating in a national living wage campaign in Canada.
https://www.facebook.com/LivingWageCanada

The Training Wheels Are Off: A Closer Look at the Canada Job Grant (Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon, Caledon)
In its March 2013 Budget, the federal government proposed a new skills training program called the Canada Job Grant. The program would provide up to $15,000 per trainee for employer-sponsored training, of which the federal government would pay one third if each of the sponsoring employer and the province or territory contribute matching funds. This report assesses the Canada Job Grant proposal and finds it to be deeply flawed. The proposal imposes an additional cost of up to $600 million plus administrative expenses on the provinces and territories while intervening with a unilateral federal initiative in a field recognized as within provincial jurisdiction. But aside from cost and jurisdictional issues, the Canada Job Grant is likely to deliver inferior results at higher costs, while remaining out of reach to many of the unemployed and underemployed Canadians it is intended to serve.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1013

Canadian Social Research Newsletter : June 16, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Canada at a Glance, 2013 (Statistics Canada) – April 30
2. Report of Findings from Angels of the Road : 16 Months of Living with Canadas Homeless (Bonny L. Cameron) – June 2013
3. BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Newsletter : June 2013
4. Abbotsford (B.C) city staff caught spreading manure over a homeless camp (12 links, mostly to Abbotsford Today articles) – June 5
5. Canada Without Poverty News – April/May 2013
6. Who Spends More: Left or Right? (Montreal Economic Institute) – March 27, 2013
7. Network Tools : PDF Mergy and Google Scholar (Found in The Scout Report)
8. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics
Canada]:
— Saving and Wealth: The Adequacy of Household Saving in Canada – June 14
— Youth court statistics, 2011/2012 – June 13
— Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2011/2012 – June 13
— Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2012 – June 12
— Study: Unemployment dynamics among Canada’s youth, 1977 to 2012 – June 11
9. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news160613.htm

EI and Ontario Workers (CCPA)
Want to know more about how changes to Employment Insurance (EI) is affecting Ontarians? Join us for a special EI teach in at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto on June 20, 2013. This free public event includes the following roster of speakers: CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan among others at the Ryerson Student Centre, Tecumseh Auditorium, 55 Gould Street, Toronto. Co-sponsored by: the CCPA-Ontario, Good Jobs for All, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, CFS Ontario, and Ryerson Students’ Union.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ccpa-updates/~3/VMPvaoEoHCw/ei-and-ontario-workers

Latest Media and Policy News: 17 June 2013 (ISAC)
A national roundup of policy and poverty news.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=26fd9fc710&e=17b62befd7

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

SMTCS Diverse Workforce Builds an Award Winning Company (hireimmigrants)
SMTC, a global Electronics Manufacturing Services provider, requires a workforce with strong engineering expertise and a specific skill set. It is not always easy to find, but for SMTC skilled immigrants are part of the answer. With over 95% of employees on the production floor in Markham, Ontario and 50% of the head office immigrants, SMTC values a diverse workforce.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/videos/4006-2/

Migrant Dreams documentary delves into temporary foreign worker issue (June Chua, rabble)
Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams documentary project has a deep connection to her past — her Korean parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and her father did menial labour, including picking worms, in order to provide for the family. “I appreciate the struggle,” says Lee. “There was a lot of anxiety because we were poor and new to the country, so I’m very sensitized to issues of migration, acculturation and diaspora.” Fast-track to 2013 and Lee (whose 2003 NFB film about Mexican farm labourers in Ontario, El Contrato, nabbed a Gemini nomination) is chronicling the hardships of Thai women who pick worms as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Her film also includes workers from other countries. The Toronto-based director is well aware of the differences between her father’s position and those of migrant workers today.
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/06/migrant-dreams-documentary-delves-temporary-foreign-worker-issue#.Ub89fgj1BIs.twitter

Canada Job Grant deeply flawed, report says (Dana Flavelle, Brampton Guardian)
Ottawa’s proposed Canada Job Grant is deeply flawed and should be abandoned, says a joint report to be released today by two policy think-tanks. Despite the upbeat TV ads Ottawa is running in support of its new $15,000-a-person training program, it’s far from clear the program will deliver the promised results or even get off the ground, says the report co-authored by the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and the Caledon Institute for Social Policy.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFpMWAqM3QEJpvGlEL5QpbrR5XxuA&url=http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/3842834-canada-job-grant-deeply-flawed-report-says/

Statement by Minister on Protecting the Province’s Vulnerable Worker Programs (Gov of Ontario News)
Today, Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, released the following statement on potential changes to employment and training services in Ontario: “The Ontario government currently provides the training and support needed to build and strengthen the skills of vulnerable workers, and to help them find and keep work. Last year, Ontario invested $194 million in federal funding to help about 250,000 vulnerable workers, including Aboriginal people, youth, immigrants, those who have been out of work long-term, people with disabilities and social assistance recipients.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGsJ5ZLBxN9FIx5i_Qky_cVkKkkJQ&url=http://news.ontario.ca/tcu/en/2013/06/statement-by-minister-on-protecting-the-provinces-vulnerable-worker-programs.html

Ontario Government Objects to New Federal Job Grant Program (CICS News)
The provincial government of Ontario says the diversion of federal funds from existing employment and training programs to the new Canada Job Grant program would threaten vulnerable workers including youth and new immigrants. The Canada Job Grant program will spend $300 million in federal funds per year and will require matching funds from provinces and territories.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHJnBqN4qLKWwtbFAh7wViqhHKxEg&url=http://www.cicsnews.com/?p%3D3973

Businessman accused of exploiting foreign employees (CBC)
A 56-year-old Dartmouth businessman faces a slew of immigration fraud charges for allegedly exploiting foreign workers after an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency. The agency alleges Hector Mantolino, owner of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., created false businesses and fraudulently submitted documents to Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/06/17/ns-foreign-workers-exploiting-cbsa.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAz6P-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=JZ88-vwzLbU&usg=AFQjCNGPToTtD2RmrY4HdZz3-FoLB_UYxw

Dartmouth businessman accused of counselling Filipino workers to lie about wages (CTV)
New details are emerging in the case of a Dartmouth businessman charged with 56 counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Its a case that one Halifax immigration lawyer describes as modern-day slavery. Hector Mantolino is accused of counselling 28 Filipino workers to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/dartmouth-businessman-accused-of-counselling-filipino-workers-to-lie-about-wages-1.1329665&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAxdX-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=TtqZjKWu-pY&usg=AFQjCNHDBspWC_rqZ5bhaIZm517mh9AFtA

Dartmouth business owner charged with 56 counts of immigration fraud (Ruth Davenport, Metro News)
The owner of a Dartmouth business that was raided in early April, putting the status of several foreign workers in doubt, is facing dozens of counts of immigration fraud. The Canadian Border Services Agency announced Monday that Hector Mantolino, owner of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., has been charged with 56 counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The CBSA alleges Mantolino was making false statements to government agencies about the wages he paid foreign workers, and of telling the workers to lie about the wages if they wanted to stay in Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://metronews.ca/news/halifax/709132/dartmouth-business-owner-charged-with-56-counts-of-immigration-fraud/&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAxdX-jQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=TtqZjKWu-pY&usg=AFQjCNEKb6AMvR-1aIuOeAmKJtq9Guc1cA

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

The Timebank @CSI (CSI)
The Timebank is a complementary currency that allows members of the CSI community to make exchanges of services without the need for money. Need someone to help you garden this weekend? How about some bookkeeping advice or a massage? The Timebank has a database of services offered by CSI members and all available for CSI Hours, instead of money.
http://socialinnovation.ca/timebank

The Talent Agenda: Why funders should support nonprofit networking (Talent Philanthropy Project)
While we often talk about how networking is key to career development and job seeking, we tend to gloss over the importance of networking in the development of a strong social sector. Networks are central to cultivating a talented, healthy, and diverse workforce for nonprofit organizations and social movements. But how do we create and support these networks? This post makes the case for why and how funders should support you and your organization in developing high-impact networks.
http://www.talentphilanthropy.org/2013/02/the-talent-agenda-why-funders-should-support-nonprofit-networking/#.Ub8FOD-UaxA.twitter

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