Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 20, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
2013 Diversity in Governance Awards (DiverseCity Toronto)
At an awards ceremony on June 19, 2013, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, the City of Markham, and William Osler Health System for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds. A corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized BMO Financial Group. “Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to lead,” explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of DiverseCity. “In a region as diverse as ours, this involves embracing the full spectrum of skills, experiences and connections available. Capitalizing on our immense talent pool is an imperative for today’s nonprofit, public and corporate boards.”
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/get-involved/find-board-members/governance-awards/2013-diversity-in-governance-awards-2/
Peterborough celebrates its diverse culture on Canada Day (My Kawartha)
On a day devoted to celebrating everything Canadian, a local group is highlighting the different nationalities that call Peterborough home. From a variety of food and craft vendors to live performances and sports demonstrations, the Multicultural Canada Day Festival is making Del Crary Park “The Place to Be” on July 1. In a country known for its multicultural makeup, Peterborough is no stranger to diversity. For staff at the New Canadians Centre, putting on the festival in collaboration with Canada Day only makes sense.
http://www.mykawartha.com/news/article/1627456–peterborough-celebrates-its-diverse-culture-on-canada-day
Media Advisory: Giant Tiger Celebrates EVERY Body (Marketwired)
Giant Tiger Stores Limited is thrilled to be celebrating the diversity of our communities this Canada Day with our Canada Day flyer. This flyer, distributed across Canada as of June 20(th) , features many diverse models including a few who are differently-abled. “Giant Tiger is a reflection of the communities we serve and the people in our communities,” offers Lauren Moir, Vice President Marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “It is important to us to develop material that celebrates the diversity of the Canadian population. For us, the Canada Day flyer was the perfect way to highlight this.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130619-910006.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
The (White) Face of Canadian TV and Film (Huffington Post)
I tend to write about Canadian film and TV. I champion it. I defend it. And part of that is tough love — hauling back your boot and giving it a kick in the pants. In an industry that is desperate just to achieve any sort of commercial success, social issues often get shoved onto the back burner. But a healthy entertainment industry should be brave enough to engage in difficult conversations. For a while I’ve been hesitatingly circling around the topic of race. When trying to delve into such a loaded issue — whether non-white actors are denied equal opportunities — part of the problem is framing the discussion. Counter-arguments range from: “it’s not happening — everything’s fine,” to “it is happening, and I’m glad ’cause I’m sick of political correctness.” However grudgingly, most people suspect it occurs. Louis Ferreira, one of the leads in TV’s Motive, spent part of his career under the name Justin Louis, worried about typecasting. And he’s white!
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dk-latta/diversity-in-canadian-media_b_3466706.html
MPs’ summer break kills bill that would strip terrorists of Canadian citizenship (National Post)
The Harper government has accused Thomas Mulcair of protecting the rights of terrorists after the last legislative fight of the spring session in the Commons was won by the New Democrats. The decision by the House to adjourn for the summer a few days early nixed Conservative efforts to amend a private member’s bill to strip Canadian citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorist acts. “We got the end of an odious bill in immigration that would have deprived Canadians of their citizenship illegally but it would have had to have been fought before the courts,” Mulcair said Wednesday in celebrating the amendment’s demise. “It was disgusting what (Immigration Minister) Jason Kenney was trying to do in that bill.”
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/19/mps-summer-break-kills-bill-that-would-strip-terrorists-of-canadian-citizenship/
Warning – CBSA Border Information Service does not make phone calls (CBSA)
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wants to warn citizens of possible phone-scam fraud. The CBSA has recently learned that persons purporting to be employed at the CBSA’s Border Information Service have been calling Canadians and requesting personal information and payment over the phone. The CBSA BIS call centre is a free information service for general enquiries regarding CBSA procedures, programs and services. This unit is not designed nor is it mandated to make phone calls requesting personal information or payment over the phone.
http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/release-communique/2013/2013-06-18a-eng.html
Q & A With Susan Marjetti (Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion)
Susan Marjetti is known around the world for transforming CBC Toronto into a station that looks and sounds like the community it serves. Her lifetime of work was honored last year by Innoversity when she was presented the Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award for diversity. Given our focus on media this month, we’re thrilled to share her perspective on everything from the role of the media in creating inclusive communities to the guest she’d most like to have Metro Morning.
http://www.advantagediversity.ca/1-Newsletter/1-June-2013/QandA.htm
Found in translation: Learning the language of home and the future (Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail)
Katie Szeto’s tiny body is dwarfed by the high-school-sized desk she’s sitting at. At nine, she’s one of the youngest in her class, but also the one who most consistently raises her hand with the right answer when teacher Sharon Wang flips through a Mandarin picture book, asking the students to translate words into English. Katie can speak the language better than her mother. She’s already prepping to study chemistry at Harvard (Class of 2026) and believes having another language under her belt will get her there.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/how-do-you-say-school-in-sinhalese/article12623079/#dashboard/follows/
Embracing different ethnicities in Toronto leaves British writer confused (Yonge Street)
Toronto’s multiculturalism left one British writer slightly confused about the city’s curiosity for heritage. While visiting Toronto, Daniel Rouse met people from all over–Croatia, Ireland–and eventually began to wonder if Toronto lacked pride in its own Canadian identity. However, he reports that he soon realized much of this stems from an honest place and after speaking with local residents and shop owners, a great story of our city unfolded. He describes his experience in article that appeared in the Telegraph.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YongestreetMedia/~3/9jtlv3uXxOY/confusedinTo061913.aspx
Canada: Immigration Data now online and more accessible (Rewin Koul, livepunjab.com)
Open Data Portal, Canada’s much anticipated next generation online portal which was launched today, will provide unprecedented access to government data and information. Data on immigration in Canada is being made available on a new online portal as part of a governmental commitment to openness and transparency. In the country, Immigration data is already one of the most sought after and followed sets of information available. By bringing it online, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney believes that this next gen Portal will infuse innovation and promote economic growth as it provides unprecedented access to government data and information.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.livepunjab.com/content/20130620/canada-immigration-data-now-online-and-more-accessible-110943.html&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABA2YmLjgVIAlAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=ynCKKV8823w&usg=AFQjCNFFgCJseziI1ogIUc7QDhrTnN3-MA
Not just ‘immigrants’ (Jacqueline Bigar, Hamilton Spectator)
How many people from Hamilton can say they work with people from all over the world every day? I do exactly that. I am an English-as-a-second language instructor at St. Charles, and over the last 11 years, I have taught some wonderfully diverse groups of people. I have had the privilege of teaching people from: Afghanistan, Burundi, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam. They have ranged in age from 18 to 80, and each one has a different reason to learn English. Their goals vary from gaining employment to being able to communicate with their Canadian grandchildren. In most of these countries, students have a great respect for their teachers, and they are truly appreciative when they feel they are improving.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFY5PA8rsMPaKrguzB8yBAvCm_kag&url=http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/3845988-not-just-immigrants-/
Study Shows Immigrant Children at High Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency (PR Web)
The Vitamin D Society wants to make parents aware of a recent Canadian study which reports that new immigrant and refugee children to Canada are at a high risk of vitamin D deficiency which may have serious negative consequences for their future health(1). The study compared vitamin D levels for non-immigrant children, aged 6-11 years with 72 immigrant and refugee children aged 7-11 years who had been living in Saskatoon, SK, Canada for no more than five years. Dr. Vatanparast’s team found that 73% of the immigrant/refugee children from Saskatoon had vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L which would make them deficient. The mean vitamin D level for the new immigrant/refugee children was 41 nmol/L, just barely over half the level reported nationally for all Canadian children aged 6-11 which was 75 nmol/L. Data from a nationally representative sample showed alarmingly low 25(OH)D levels in immigrant children, particularly girls.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHWBACKjU3gjkSA48aZqdnNdo6QqA&url=http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10851751.htm
‘Something needs to be done’: Federal judge urges Ottawa to legislate ‘clearer’ citizenship rules (Adrian Humphreys, National Post)
Canada’s courts have long accepted three different ways of assessing how established people are in Canada before granting them the privilege of citizenship. Fotolia The Chief Justice of the Federal Court has made a highly unusual plea to the government, asking it to fix unclear citizenship requirements that kick some applicants out while welcoming others in, depending on which assessment is used. “This case is yet another example of why something needs to be done to address the unacceptable state of affairs concerning the test for citizenship in this country,” said Chief Justice Paul S. Crampton in a stern court judgment involving a woman from China.
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/canada/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/19/something-needs-to-be-done-federal-judge-urges-ottawa-to-legislate-clearer-citizenship-rules
Global Hamilton office will seek skilled immigrants (Matthew Van Dongen, Hamilton Spectator)
The city will create a special office dedicated to attracting skilled immigrants to work in Hamilton. The virtual Global Hamilton office will promote the city abroad and through local ethnic networks in an effort to bring more “economic class” newcomers, “immigrant entrepreneurs” and international students, said Sarah Wayland, the city’s project leader. She said labour force growth in many cities is primarily due to immigration — and other cities are recruiting out-of-town talent. “If we don’t, we won’t keep pace … we risk losing a competitive edge,” she said. The city attracts more than 3,000 immigrants a year right now.
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3846788-global-hamilton-office-will-seek-skilled-immigrants/
Ontario Immigrants (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Coteau. And with Pradeep Sood. He is former Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/06/19/ontario-immigrants/
Manitoba Premier: Western Provinces Asked for Increase in Immigration Limit (CICS News)
Canada’s western provinces called on the federal government to remove the caps on their provincial immigration programs on Monday, according to a recent Bloomberg News interview with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. Selinger said the limits the federal government places on the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are making it difficult for them to fill their labour shortages: “We’ve seen some changes that have potentially put a crimp in our ability to grow our economies and have people living in our communities.”
http://www.cicsnews.com/?p=3977
Breaking Down Stereotypes: Somali Women Always Agents of History (Patheos.com)
Hawa Jibrilwas a poet who stemmed from a family that placed high importance on expressing themselves through the art of poetry. In 1993, Jibril migrated to Canada during the civil war without documents that supported her identity and date of birth; she thus had to wait years to achieve Canadian landed immigrant status. Jibril utilized both forms of popular Somali poetry of gabay and buraambur (mainly used by women) and spoke about issues relating to the war and Somali society. She managed to use her own lived experiences to communicate and express her opinions about violence against women, the civil war, and Somali independence, highlighting the issues of female genital mutilation, the experiences of refugees in Canada and other themes that relate to the Somali diaspora. Her daughter Faduma Ahmed Alim compiled Jibril’s poetry and translated the Somali written poems into English, so as to allow Somali people who may not speak fluent Somali to be able to appreciate and read her work.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/2013/06/breaking-down-stereotypes-somali-women-always-agents-of-history/
NDP rubs blocked citizenship bill in Tories’ faces (Daniel Proussalidis, Chatham Daily News)
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair began Parliament’s summer break by boasting about blocking a Conservative effort to strip Canadian citizenship from convicted terrorists. “We got the end of an odious bill in immigration that would’ve deprived Canadians of their citizenship illegally that would’ve had to be have been fought before the courts,” Mulcair said Wednesday. “It was disgusting what (Immigration Minister) Jason Kenney was trying to do in that bill.” New Democrats on the immigration committee managed to talk out the clock for more than a week until Parliament rose late Tuesday, preventing the government from amending the private member’s bill.
http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2013/06/19/ndp-rubs-blocked-citizenship-bill-in-tories-faces
Improve Immigrant Outcomes Before Increasing Inflows: C.D. Howe Institute (Canada Newswire)
Before increasing new immigrant intake targets, Canada should focus on improving immigrants’ labour market outcomes through reforms to the selection process, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Improving Immigrant Selection: Further Changes Are Required Before Increasing Inflows,” author Christopher Worswick cites recent evidence of poor outcomes for recent immigrants that raise a caution flag for higher annual targets. As Canada’s population ages, notes the author, growth in the country’s workforce will eventually be driven almost entirely by immigration. This has led to calls that Canada should increase its immigration targets from around 250,000 immigrants to around 400,000 immigrants per year. “Whether and how to do so is conditioned by the observation that recent immigrant cohorts have had limited economic success in Canada,” says Worswick. “The wage differential of recently arrived immigrants versus Canadian-born workers has grown over time, and it is no longer obvious that recent immigrants can close this gap within their working careers. Hence, there is reason to be cautious about expanding immigration levels.”
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/19/5508450/improve-immigrant-outcomes-before.html
Toronto Somalis say they were victimized by police in Dixon Road raids (Jennifer Pagliaro, Toronto Star)
Hers was one of several stories shared on Tuesday at the conference held by the African Canadian Legal Clinic to condemn last weeks raids as part of Project Traveller and allege police officers used excessive force and were culturally insensitive. “After the raid, many Somali community members felt victimized, traumatized, as a result of reckless manner in which the officers forcibly entered their homes,” said Mahad Yusuf, executive director of Midaynta Community Services. “The Somali community has further been stigmatized by the actions of some officers involved in the raid.” Police spokesperson Mark Pugash said he has doubts about parts of the woman’s story told Tuesday. He added many people in the community have come forward to thank police for their efforts.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/18/toronto_somalis_say_they_were_victimized_by_police_in_dixon_road_raids.html
Community vilified, Toronto Somalis say (Chris Doucette, Sun News Network)
Days after dismantling a dangerous Etobicoke gang without firing a shot, police officers have come under fire from some Toronto Somalis who claim their community has been “vilified.” But Toronto Police say community leaders speaking out in the wake of last week’s raids at Kingsview Village, also known as Dixon City, do not represent the majority of residents in the neighbourhood. “The feedback we’ve been getting has been overwhelmingly supportive,” spokesman Mark Pugash said Tuesday, responding to harsh criticism of police made earlier at a news conference organized by the African Canadian Legal Clinic.
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/06/20130619-065644.html
Muslim Activism Done Right (Michael Volpe, Frontpage Mag)
The news pages, both in print and online, are routinely splashed with a plethora of stories about groups that claim to represent Muslims (think: CAIR) and that contribute to the demonization of the Global War on Terror (GWT). Rarely are readers exposed to a Muslim group that fights this demonization. But in Canada, a new group called the Progressive Muslims Institute Canada (PMIC) has been vocal in its opposition to Islamic jihadists, and they’ve been able to build bridges with the Jewish community.
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/volpe/muslim-activism-done-right/
New director/curator ‘delighted to be moving to the prairies’ (Irene Seiberling, Leader-Post)
“I’m really inspired by the idea of looking at all of Regina, in terms of engaging different communities. There are so many newcomers,” she said. The popularity of the RPL’s ESL programs will be reflected in offerings targeted at the city’s growing newcomer population, Matotek envisioned. A video artist, whose work has been screened internationally, Matotek also honed her administration skills. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, specializing in organizational studies, as well as arts and cultural management.
http://www.leaderpost.com/travel/director+curator+delighted+moving+prairies/8526364/story.html
City OK’s plan to attract more immigrants (Samantha Craggs, CBC)
Hamilton needs to do a better job at attracting skilled immigrants, a local researcher says. In fact, our livelihood depends on it. Sarah Wayland is working with the city to establish an immigrant attraction plan, an effort that could result in a number of new services to draw newcomers. Immigrants account for about a quarter of Hamilton’s population, Wayland says. But they’re getting older, and we need to attract new faces with fresh skills. “Immigration should be seen not only through a community service lens, but also an economic development lens,” Wayland told the city’s general issues committee Wednesday.
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/06/19/hamilton-immigration-attraction.html
REFUGEES
Good ideas from around the world on creating opportunities for refugees (Dana Wagner, Maytree)
As Canada observes World Refugee Day on June 20, we reflect on our contribution and responsibility as a safe haven country. It is a day for Canadians to reflect on the refugees living in their communities. With any luck, you will know one of these exceptional people, whose courage and resilience seem impossible when held up to their experience. The stories of refugees in Canada are as unique as the individuals, but they share a common path: empty-handed arrival, often with one suitcase or less, to a lifetime of big and small successes in rebuilding careers, family and community.
http://maytree.com/blog/2013/06/good-ideas-from-around-the-world-on-creating-opportunities-for-refugees/
World Refugee Day 2013 (UNHCR)
The focus of World Refugee Day 2013 is on the impact of war on families. The core message is “1 family torn apart by war is too many.”
http://www.unhcr.ca/wrd/
World Refugee Day in Hamilton (Raise the Hammer)
Behind every attempt to seek refuge, there is a story. Hear from refugees and their experiences as they build their lives in Canada.
http://www.raisethehammer.org/wots/1691/world_refugee_day_in_hamilton
Celebrate World Refugee Day June 20th! (George Brown Law)
Join us on World Refugee Day (20 June, tomorrow) and show you are Proud to protect refugees How are you observing World Refugee Day tomorrow (20 June)? Join us in sharing why you are ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ and help transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Many CCR members and allies will be wearing and distributing Proud to Protect Refugees buttons, and there are more ways to get involved. Show your pride at work, at school, at city hall, at your place of worship and online. Raise refugee voices. Encourage groups and individuals near you to get involved. Need some ideas? Check out the ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ webpage for a new pamphlet about the campaign, resources and more.
http://georgebrownlaw.com/celebrate-world-refugee-day-june-20th/
Two Hamilton refugees share their stories: World Refugee Day, June 20 (Hamilton Spectator)
In Iraq, Taymaa Mustafa had it all — a beautiful home, cars, a good teaching job, three loving children and a husband who was a medical doctor. But none of it comes close to the comforts of living in a safe country like Canada, she says. She wouldn’t trade her struggling Hamilton existence today for what she had in Iraq because here, she has what matters most: safety.
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3847664-two-hamilton-refugees-share-their-stories-world-refugee-day-june-20/
World Refugee Day 2013 (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
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/2013/06/world-refugee-day-2013.html
Comment: Changing the way we talk about refugees (Brad Wassink Times Colonist)
With terms like “bogus refugees” and “queue jumpers,” our national conversation about refugees has become noticeably negative. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the issue of refugee health care, where last year the federal government made drastic cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program. This program had provided critical access to medication, diagnostic services and vision and dental care for refugee claimants awaiting approval to settle in Canada. There has been significant public pressure on the government to rescind these cuts, and rallies were held on Monday in 19 cities across Canada, including here in Victoria. The event brought together local doctors, nurses, midwives, lawyers and human-rights groups. Gagan Leekha, who co-ordinated the Victoria Day of Action, says: “It is unprecedented for this group of people to come together on an issue publicly like this.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.timescolonist.com/comment-changing-the-way-we-talk-about-refugees-1.326337&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAlPWKjgVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=5sx60Nw5Hr0&usg=AFQjCNGz6tHP7uTE8OREWokHCQ89vxGSFg
Health care cuts to refugees hurt everyone (Adrienne Silnicki, rabble)
On June 17, the Council of Canadians joined with hundreds of health-care professionals, lawyers, and refugee rights activists to protest the government’s discriminatory cuts to health care for refugees. Last year the government announced that it was making changes to the Interim Federal Health program which would take away all refugees’ rights to access even basic health-care services unless they posed a public health risk.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2013/06/health-care-cuts-to-refugees-hurt-everyone
Time to raise the bar on refugee education (Chris Eaton, Vancouver Sun)
The numbers highlight the magnitude of the challenge: more than 15 million people in the world are living as refugees. They fled violent conflict in their home countries of Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia or Sudan years ago and cannot safely return home yet. In the first five months of this year, more than one million Syrians have left home for fear of their lives, the majority of them seeking refuge in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon. As the world’s refugee population grows, many are also affected by ongoing, protracted conflicts that last years and sometimes decades. Some families in the Dadaab camps in northern Kenya include three generations of refugees who have been there since the early 1990s. Youth and young adults in their prime learning years make up more than half these and other refugee populations worldwide.
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/Time+raise+refugee+education/8549529/story.html
Veteran Canadian journalist criticizes Harper’s policy on refugees (Tamilnet)
Karl Nerenberg, a veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience, came down sharply on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policy towards refugees. In an article published on alternative news site Rabble.ca on Tuesday, Nerenberg, giving examples of refugees from Syria, Sri Lanka and Hungary, criticized the Harper government’s approach to refugees for being ‘inconsistent’ and ‘stigmatizing’. Giving the examples of the Tamils from the island, he opined Harper’s position on holding the CHOGM in Sri Lanka was in contrast to his government’s policy towards Tamil refugees. He further alleges that the new refugee law in Canada gives the Ministry of Immigration “untrammeled power” to pursue a discriminatory policy.
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36418
2 comments on “Canada should be more welcoming to immigrants” (Medicine Hat News)
It is often been said a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. If that is so, then Canada might just be failing the test. It is easy to extend welcome to those who come to this country with money in their pockets, or bring with them a trade or profession which we as a society can profit by. It’s a lot more difficult to take a gamble on someone who comes to our nation with nothing but a desire to build a better life for themselves and their families. Successive governments in Canada have now been actively exempting refugees, except under more and more exclusive circumstances, from applying for citizenship in this country. Sweeping changes last year to the Refugee Act allowed the federal government to cut back health coverage to refugee claimants, limiting claimants to emergency care only.
http://medicinehatnews.com/2013/06/commentary/opinions/canada-should-be-more-welcoming-to-immigrants/
Cuts to health care for refugee claimants ‘un-Canadian,’ doctor says (Luisa D’Amato, The Record)
Dr. Mike Stephenson brings his medical supplies with him in a plastic laundry basket — blood pressure cuffs, stethoscope, laptop computer. Stephenson started the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in April, operating two days a week in the library at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener. An examination table stands against the wall. He brings everything else with him so that the church can still use the room. The clinic looks temporary. But Stephenson’s commitment is solid. Here, among the shelves of children’s Bibles and inspirational books, ref
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEABj7akToliYU7i1CDC3W8lWWvcA&url=http://www.therecord.com/news-story/3847788-cuts-to-health-care-for-refugee-claimants-un-canadian-doctor-says/
Iraqi refugees — leading an uncertain life (Dawn.com)
Yahya Javed said the UNHCR had already sent his wife to Canada whereas he had been living in Pakistan for the last one year. Mohammad Salam, another refugee from Iraq, has a unique case. He said: “The UNHCR has sent my wife and daughter to Sweden and my son to Canada. I have been living in Pakistan for the last two years. I should also be sent to either country. At least I would be with someone from my family.”
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://dawn.com/news/1019431/iraqi-refugees-leading-an-uncertain-life&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAlPWKjgVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=5sx60Nw5Hr0&usg=AFQjCNH0fLubxFuWmcR0HvCAqbCn3Mv4TA
Refugee health (CBC Calgary)
Doctors and concerned citizens gathered in Calgary today to protest the cuts to refugee health coverage. Doug Dirks talks to Calgary immigration lawyer Ram Sankaran.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/The+Homestretch/ID/2392080043/
Every 4.1 seconds someone becomes a refugee (The Week)
The number of people around the world who have been forced to flee home due to war or some other life-threatening crisis hit a 19-year high in 2012, according to a new report by the United Nations’ refugee office. In all, 45.2 million people have been displaced by conflict and crisis. “This means one in each 4.1 seconds,” says Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees. “So each time you blink, another person is forced to flee.” Here, a look at the extent of the global refugee epidemic, by the number.
http://m.theweek.com/article.php?id=245861
Statement — Minister Kenney issues statement on the passing of Brian Goodman, Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (CIC)
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on the passing of Brian Goodman.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/statements/2013/2013-06-19.asp?utm_source=rss-media&utm_medium=rss-eng&utm_campaign=generic
POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY
Latest Media and Policy News: 19 June 2013 (ISAC)
Latest policy and poverty news mainstream media roundup.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=a6e1f4be54&e=17b62befd7
EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS
Province Helping Newcomers Succeed (Gov of Ontario news)
Ontario is bringing together job creators from across the province to ensure that the skills of newcomers better match the needs of employers. As part of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy, the Minister’s Employers Table will partner with business leaders to help the province identify labour market needs.
http://t.co/N0muSIO6Xp
Ontario Collaborating with Employers to Improve Opportunities for Immigrants (hireimmigrants.ca)
New award for employers showcases leadership in integration, recruitment & retention of immigrants in Ontario.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/news/ontario-collaborating-with-employers-to-improve-opportunities-for-immigrants/
Conference: Skills Development and At-Risk Populations in the 21st Century (Queen’s U School of Policy Studies)
The social role of a skills agenda is also critical. As the OECD has emphasized, without adequate education and skills, people languish on the margins of society. The ability of vulnerable populations (including Aboriginal communities, youth, persons with disabilities, displaced older workers, new immigrants, and others) to acquire and use relevant education and skills is central to their progress. In addition, ensuring equality of opportunity depends more than ever on equality of access to education and training for all Canadians, and the removal of barriers to their economic engagement. QIISP 2013 seeks to develop an integrated understanding of the role of a skills agenda in achieving both our economic and social goals in the decades to come.
http://www.queensu.ca/sps/events/conferencesandworkshops/qiisp/qiisp2013.html
e-Lert June 2013 (TRIEC)
In this issue:
Leadership Message TRIEC’s strategic planning process
What’s Working Learning from the best: winning diversity and inclusion practices from the 7th Annual IS Awards winners
The results are in: Mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrants Tools and Tips
New e-course on TRIEC Campus: Cultural Influences on Leadership Diversity and inclusion doesn’t need to be complicated
Council Member Corner Deloitte looked into HR trends on global and Canadian levels
http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=458144&q=604423665&qz=ec8213
Northwest employers eye skilled immigrants for hire (CBC)
A northern Ontario non-profit group is ramping up efforts to bring more skilled workers to the northwest. Laurentian University’s Professions North/Nord wants to make employers in northwestern Ontario aware of the pool of skilled immigrants in Canada looking for work.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/06/19/tby-immigrant-workers-recruiting-thunder-bay.html
Best Practices in Mentorship – EQUAL – A Distinctly European Experience (ERIEC)
ERIEC has always had an interest in exploring different mentorship programs that exist in other parts of the world. What are they doing in India or in Africa that might be different from the mentorship experiences here in Canada? What types of innovations might we incorporate into our models to provide a more effective mentoring outcome or experience? One that caught our attention recently is a project called EQUAL. This mentorship initiative is based on a transnational partnership model that was developed to help overcome gender segregation in the labour market by implementing strategies for cultural and practical change, specifically in the engineering, construction and ICT sectors.
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/best-practices-in-mentorship-equal-a-distinctly-european-experience/
Video: Meeting the Demand for Skilled Talent: BC Employer Solutions (IECBC)
BC is facing a looming skills shortage—and skilled immigrants will be crucial to filling the gap. Learn more about the issue and meet two BC employers who have already successfully (and profitably) incorporated skilled immigrant talent into their workforce.
http://www.iecbc.ca/node/616
Video: Closing the Skills Gap, Immigrant Employment Council of BC at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting (IECBC)
Kelly Pollack, Executive Director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC speaks to delegates at the 65th annual BC Chamber of Commerce AGM about the skills crisis in BC and the role immigrant employment can play.
http://www.iecbc.ca/node/617
Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposes regulatory changes to the temporary foreign worker program (Henry J. Chang, First Reference Works)
In early April 2013, it was reported that 45 Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employees in Toronto would be losing their jobs because the company had outsourced some technology services to iGate, a California-based firm that specializes in sending jobs offshore. RBC faced a severe public backlash over the incident. Questions were also raised regarding how iGate had brought its own employees into Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), so that they could be trained at RBC offices. As a result of the RBC incident, the government of Canada announced several changes to the TFWP. On April 29, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) and the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that they were introducing changes.
http://blog.firstreference.com/2013/06/19/citizenship-and-immigration-canada-proposes-regulatory-changes-to-the-temporary-foreign-worker-program/
SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS
How Crackstarter Reflects a Growing Trend of Failure in Crowdfunding (Joseph Czikk, Techvibes)
But the sobering fact about people giving their money to a person or group’s campaign is that more than one out of every two projects fail to meet their funding objectives, and funders don’t always get their money back. In fact, just 44 percent of all Kickstarter projects succeed in hitting their targets. What’s likely more alarming is the percentage of those campaigns that hit their funding target but fail to deliver the product that they promised (like Crackstarter). Indiegogo’s percentage is thought to be within ten points of Kickstarter’s 44 percent by various bloggers. In an email Ringelmann offered this response: “Indiegogo doesn’t quantify this percentage because even if a campaign doesn’t reach its goal, it can still be considered a success.”
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/crackstarter-failure-2013-06-19
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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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