Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 26, 2013


Four GTA organizations awarded for diversity in leadership (Yonge Street)
DiverseCity onBoard celebrated four GTA-based organizations for their commitment to “embracing diversity in board governance” at an awards ceremony last Wednesday night at King Street’s St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre. DiverseCity onBoard is part of the large DiverseCity project. Launched in 2008 by Maytree and CivicAction, DiverseCity aims to increase the presence of qualified candidates from Aboriginal, visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities in leadership positions across the city (a 2009 report by DiverseCity found that only 13 per cent of the city’s leadership roles were occupied by people of colour).

KVINFO with a large European development (KVINFO)
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KVINFO has been a partner in the transnational project, Miscellaneous City on Boards European Learning Exchange. The partners from seven EU countries, and together they must develop methods and tools that can equip men and women with immigrant backgrounds for leadership positions in both private and public companies, boards and organizations. Objectives are the way to increase diversity and bring new skills into play in top management. The EU finances the project through Grundtvig Learning Partnership, which in Denmark is coordinated by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. KVINFO is selected based on its extensive experience of working with developing and operating Mentor Network. Mentor Network has the past 11 years matched women and men with immigrant and refugee background with mentors who are active in the Danish society. Mentor Network has thus opened the doors to the labor market and led the way into the Danish society. The European project is inspired by Canadian MayTree Foundation.

#coveringmigration: improving the global media narrative about immigration (Maytree)
Interested in how the media is covering immigration? Do you think coverage needs improving? Then follow the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) just launched social media campaign, #coveringmigration.

Canada owes its existence to immigrants (Troy Media)
Immigration has been a deeply felt and controversial topic throughout Canadas history. First Nations have a Lousy Immigration Policy says a bumper sticker on the cars of some descendents of Canadas earliest inhabitants. Anti-immigration sentiments have persisted as waves of Europeans, Asians and others have arrived in Canada. When Canadas non-Aboriginal population was mainly British and French, other Europeans like Germans and Italians were considered foreigners who did not really belong. The eastern Europeans who were the only ones brave enough to settle our frigid prairies, spending their first winters in sod huts, were not thanked for their heroic efforts.

Fears false Iranian refugees with sinister motives may enter Canada as 19 are rejected on security grounds (Stewart Bell, National Post)
Immigration authorities are concerned that Iranians with sinister motives may enter Canada along with the flow of undocumented refugees, according to a declassified government report obtained by the National Post. The Canada Border Services Agency intelligence report said 19 Iranian nationals, most of whom had arrived in the country without legitimate travel documents, had been found inadmissible on security grounds since 2008.

Athlete, musicians, artists and community leaders among the winners of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards (RBC)
NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash, dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, physician and activist Izzeldin Abuelaish and other community leaders from across Canada are among the winners of the fifth annual 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, presented by . The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to Canada. “These 25 award winners are a diverse group, ranging from artists to philanthropists to entrepreneurs from a variety of ethnicities across the country,” says Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant Magazine. “Each of these winners has an inspiring story about overcoming challenges and making their country a better place to live. We are proud to present our top 25 award to these very deserving recipients.” a Citizenship Ceremony near you with new interactive map 6iSjdXoz3tdc2P9hQ

Find a Citizenship Ceremony near you with new interactive map (WSJ)
A new online interactive map will help Canadians and permanent residents more easily find citizenship and reaffirmation ceremonies being held on Canada Day in their area, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “At over 33 citizenship ceremonies on Canada Day, we will welcome new citizens and reflect on the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities that we share,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “This is also an ideal time for all Canadians to reaffirm their citizenship as a sign of how much this country means to us.”

“You Don’t Have to be Big to be a Citizen”: political citizenship in Canada (Jennifer Phillips, Samara Canada)
In recent years much has been written about the rise of democratic disengagement in Canada. Voting turnout numbers are down, cynicism towards the political system is growing, and generally, citizens are tuning out from politics. While plenty of effort has been put into documenting these trends, the study of democratic disengagement often suffers from the assumption that the problem, and its associated solutions, lies exclusively with adults. This bias has to do with the way in which political citizenship is often conceivednamely, the idea that one becomes a political citizen only when they gain the right to vote at the age of eighteen. In this post I explore some of the reasons why this assumption is flawed, and the consequences associated with limiting political citizenship to adults.’t-have-to-be-big-to-be-a-citizen-political-citizenship-in-canada

PIE program changing lives through education (Wanda Chow, Burnaby Newsleader)
It wasn’t too long ago that when Cathy Ismail applied for a job and was asked what level of education she’d reached, she cried. After all, while growing up in Syria, Ismail had to quit school at age 10 to look after her siblings after her mother fell ill, she being the eldest daughter in a family of 11 children. And while she always wanted to continue her schooling, after immigrating to Canada and settling in Burnaby eight years ago, she had three children and it was too expensive to put them in daycare while she took classes. Until now.

Canada’s science, tech brain power counted by StatsCan (Misty Harris, Ottawa Citizen)
“We need this data for making decisions about immigration policy; we need the data for planning future educational changes or innovations or program renewals; and we need the data to get a sense of how, and under what circumstances, we’re competing in an increasingly globalized economy.” Hawes expects Wednesday’s report will prove especially useful in guiding education initiatives related to women in STEM occupations – for instance, addressing spatial reasoning early in girls’ schooling – and for highlighting the value of attracting skilled immigrants, many of whom come from countries biased toward STEM disciplines.

Survey to expose state of Canadas workforce (Heather Scoffield, Global News)
This weeks survey a voluntary endeavour, unlike its mandatory predecessor, making comparisons difficult will also shed light on whether aboriginal peoples are making progress in their struggle to improve graduation rates, and catch up to the rest of the population. Employment and education of immigrants will also get a thorough examination.

Ibrahim among top immigrants in Canada (Chronicle Herald)
A Halifax man is one of Canadas top newcomers, RBC says. Rany Ibrahim was among those honoured by 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. Ibrahim, 37, came to Canada from Egypt in 2002 and now works as marketing manager for the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. He is also a member of the board of governors for Cape Breton University and was director of the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority and a member of the Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration advisory council. Ibrahim works to promote Nova Scotia to those overseas.

City looking to attract more immigrants (Journal Pioneer)
The City of Summerside is looking to bring more immigrants into the community to improve its population numbers through a new website portal. Councillor Ron Dowling, chairman of the citys economic development committee, said the city needs to make a stronger effort to find newcomers. Given Summersides lack of attraction in regards to immigration, the city is launching a multi-pronged approach to ensuring our communitys position in supporting immigration attraction to maximize its potential, Dowling said. He said the new web-portal will post immigrant opportunities and will provide a one-window source of information for those wising to come to Summerside.

Toronto’s annual CIMA Mayor’s Trophy cricket tournament a success (City of Toronto)
The Toronto Police Services cricket team won the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy for 2013 in an exciting match against the CIBC cricket team this weekend. The employee cricket team from Rogers Communications won the CIMA Media Trophy and KPMG won the CIMA Accountants Trophy. Among the many enthusiastic spectators at the event, held in Sunnybrook Park, were Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Malcolm Furber, President of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Raza Hasan, Senior Vice President of CIBC, Mahes Wickramasinghe, Senior Vice President of Rogers, and NewsTalk 1010 host John Tory.

E-newsletter – Spring 2012 (CIC)
Canadas Economic Action Plan 2012 Proposed changes to Canadas Economic Immigration System
CICs Media Centre Now Available by Email
Consultations on a Redesigned Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program
Evaluation Shows Ministerial Instructions are Relevant and Necessary
Cracking Down On Marriages Of Convenience New and Proposed Measures
Permanent Resident (PR) Cards Mailed Directly Under New Pilot Project
Pre-publication of Language Assessment Changes
Reform of the Interim Federal Health Program
Online Resources for Asian Heritage Month

Ginni Sethi is the recipient of 2013 RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award (Oye Times)
Ginni Sethi, President of Grand Victorian Convention Centre & Radisson Plaza Mississauga (one-of-a-kind hotel in Mississauga), and Chairperson at Black Diamond Entertainments was honored with the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award on Thurs, June 20, 2013 at 1 King West, Toronto ON. Over 600 nominations were received in just two months, from which 75 finalists were shortlisted by a panel of judges comprised of past winners and dignitaries. More than 30,000 votes were cast online, the highest number received in the awards history.

Ottawa on Track to Become Canada’s Most Welcoming City for Immigrants (Marketwatch)
On June 26, at 8 a.m., at a breakfast reception with business executives, civic leaders and representatives of faith communities in the region, the Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will proclaim June 25 to 30, 2013 as the first-ever “Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW).” The Mayoral proclamation reception is one of several activities planned during WOW to bolster the capital’s reputation as a welcoming city for newcomers. The calendar for the inaugural Welcoming Ottawa Week is marked by a series of engaging dialogues and celebratory activities, including community sports events, public lectures and seminars, a movie screening in a neighbourhood park, music, artists’ gatherings, and the 2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum.


Webinar July 3: Criminality and Access to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) (CCR)
This webinar will explore recent legislation and their impact on access to refugee determination and deportation appeals at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). The webinar may interest anyone who works with refugees and immigrants and who wants to understand the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction.

New Web Sites (Forced Migration Awareness)
150 Years of Humanitarian Action
Missing Asylum Seekers
New Scholars Network
Open Doors: Europe for Citizens
Refugee Council UK Blog

Trafficking in Persons Report 2013 (Forced Migration Awareness)
The 2013 edition of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report has been published.

Ministry not following its own rules: Berisha (Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News)
The uncle of a couple facing a deportation order back to Kosovo, claims the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) isn’t following its own rules. Naser Berisha is not only worried about the welfare of his niece Ganimete Berisha and her husband Muhamet Bajraktari, but also their four-year-old daughter Eliza, who was born in Chatham, if they have to leave the country. Canada is violating this child’s rights, Naser Berisha told The Chatham Daily News, of the decision to deport the couple. He noted under CICs own rules for granting refugee status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, the best interests of a child must be given considerable weight.


Social housing advocacy campaign launches in Toronto (Yonge Street)
At a City Hall press conference this past Monday, the City of Toronto, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) announced the launch of a new social housing advocacy campaign: Close the Housing Gap. The aim of new campaign, explained Councilor Ana Bailão–Ward 18, Davenport, and Close the Housing Gap co-chair–is to press the federal and provincial governments to continue to support social housing in Toronto.

Faced With a $750 Million Social-Housing Repair Backlog, the City Pleads for Help (Desmond Cole, Torontoist)
The City is launching an advocacy campaign aimed at convincing its provincial and federal counterparts to ante up on funding for a staggering $750 million repair backlog at Torontos social-housing provider, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Monday afternoon, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) held a press conference to launch the program, called Closing the Housing Gap.

Remembering Tony Coombes (cBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with former mayor of Toronto, David Crombie. This evening, he will host a public memorial in celebration of Tony’s life at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.


New webinar: Myth Busting: Misconceptions and Realities of International Degrees and the Canadian Workplace (TRIEC)
Are you a culturally savvy leader? Do you want to motivate and lead culturally diverse teams? Culture affects how we perceive leadership and what we consider desirable attributes for employees and managers. When we dont see eye to eye on what makes a good employee or manager, it can be frustrating and can lead to misunderstandings at work. Understanding these differences will make you a more effective leader in diverse workplaces.

Being Greater Halifax (Greater Halifax Partnership)
Ive always been a believer in the power of connections, says Anthony Khisa, Import Freight Coordinator at DB Schenker in Canada. This sole belief fueled his optimism he would find a job in his field of expertise supply chain management and logistics after moving from Nairobi, Kenya to Halifax. Anthony knew firsthand how important building relationships were through his work with humanitarian organizations such as Vétèrinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and Merlin (an international health charity) in places like Somalia, the Sudan and Ethiopia and he hoped he would find supportive connections here in Halifax. He did. First, Immigration Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS) linked him to the Partnership, which placed him in its Connector Program. Here Anthony met Randy Penney, a Partnership Connector and a Business Development Representative at Cole International Inc., one of Canadas largest privately owned custom brokerage, freight forwarding and trade consulting companies.

Study of immigrant workers plight leads researchers to press for reform (Kaleigh Rogers, Globe and Mail)
A troubling look at the struggles of older immigrant workers has spurred researchers at Ryerson University and labour advocates to push for some big changes from Queens Park. The Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson released a case study Tuesday investigating the aftershock of a large manufacturing plant closing in Toronto. The study included several recommendations for legislative changes the researchers believe would protect similar workers in the future. These include raising the minimum wage to $14 an hour from $10.25, lowering employment insurance eligibility criteria, and creating a bridging program to help older workers connect with employers after receiving new training.

New study examines long-term fate of immigrant workers (Yonge Street)
Though Toronto prides itself on being a welcoming place for immigrants–half of us come from elsewhere, after all–a new study shows that the long-term employment prospects for immigrants are often bleaker than for those born here. The study, An Immigrant All Over Again? Recession, Plant Closures and (Older) Racialized Immigrant Workers, comes out of the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University, and examined what happened when more than 2,000 Toronto-area workers–a large majority of whom were racialized immigrants–suddenly lost their jobs when auto-parts manufacturer Progressive Moulded Products shut down a local factory in 2008.

Additional coverage:

Unsettled immigrant workers face precarious work 5 years after mass layoffs: Study (Canadian HR Reporter)

Unsettled Immigrant Workers Find Themselves in Precarious Work Five Years After Mass Layoffs: Ryerson Study (CAW)

Domicile for senators and migrants (Harald Bauder, Montreal Gazette)
The recent Senate scandal, when considered in light of the ongoing dilemma over temporary foreign workers, brings into sharp contrast the different standards applied to some of the most privileged Canadian politicians, the rest of Canadians, and foreign migrants. On the one extreme, senators dont seem to be required to be physically present in the province that they represent. The Canadian Constitution is rather vague in its definition of residency for senators. As a result, senators have been able to live more or less permanently in Ottawa (or elsewhere), representing a province in which they rarely set foot. On the other extreme, foreign migrants are often present in Canada year-round. They shop locally, pay taxes, send their children to local schools, and participate in local communities of faith, but are denied permanent residency. When their visas expire, they are told to leave.

Migrant Workers Death Deserves a Coroners Inquest (Workers’ Action Centre)
On Friday June 28, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal will hold the last hearing on Mr. Ned Livingston Pearts case. Mr. Peart, a migrant worker who came to Canada through the Commonwealth Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), was crushed to death in 2002 while working on a tobacco farm near Brantford. When the Peart family requested a coroners inquest into his death their request was denied.

Port Hope Community Health Centre lauded for migrant farm worker help (Northumberland News)
Port Hope Community Health Centre’s clinical manager, Lydia Rybenko, and John Hassan show off the centre’s Partner of the Year Award, received from the New Canadian Centre in Cobourg in recognition of its work providing health care to seasonal migrant farm workers. June 21, 2013. Submitted Photo PORT HOPE — Migrant farm workers in west Northumberland looking for health-care services need look no further than the Port Hope Community Health Centre. After three years as a partner with the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg, the Toronto Road health centre in Port Hope has been recognized as Partner of the Year by the NCC for the health centre’s ongoing support of the NCC’s Migrant Farm Workers Project.–port-hope-community-health-centre-lauded-for-migrant-farm-worker-help&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAAoATAAOABA08OljgVIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=JAHQjdPF7uA&usg=AFQjCNFjLH4_VKYeR5hPuTbdcwy1AU1CTQ

Live-In-Caregiver program questioned as jury prepares to decide on accusations of enslavement (Carlito Pablo,
The 2008 play Nanay highlighted the hardships experienced by Filipino live-in caregivers. The executive director of the Philippine Women Centre is renewing the call to abolish Canadas Live-in Caregiver Program. Cecilia Diocson made the demand as B.C. Supreme Court judge Richard Goepel is expected to charge the jury today (June 24) in a human-trafficking case in which a couple has been accused of enslaving Filipino caregiver Leticia Sarmiento. We continue to call for the scrapping of the Live-in Caregiver Program, Diocson told the Straight in a phone interview. That has always been our position. Now it [LCP] became a model for the Temporary Foreign Worker program in Canada.

Exemplary Practices (Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC))
The Exemplary Practices Database is a collection of excellent licensing (registration/certification) practices used by Ontario regulators. As part of its continuous improvement strategy, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) identifies the commendable practices of regulated professions. From these, the OFC selects practices that are both highly commendable and transferable to other regulated professions. These selected practices are being entered into the Exemplary Practices Database. The database was developed because the OFC wished to provide relevant, useful information to regulators. They, in turn, wanted to learn about different approaches to improving registration practices and to share their own successes.


The Social Enterprise Opportunity for Ontario (Carrie Moody & Elizabeth McIsaac, Mowat Centre)
Social enterprise is widely recognized as making a strong contribution to community benefit and economic growth in Ontario, Canada and globally. Governments, not-for-profit leaders and the private sector are all looking to social enterprise for innovative and cost effective ways to solve social and economic problems faced by Ontario communities. This Sector Signal explores what this means for supporting the growth and viability of social enterprises to deliver on the promise of inclusive economies and resilient communities in Ontario.

All about mentoring: Nonprofit mentoring programs are taking off all across the country (Charity Village)
Want to enhance your HR departments status, save on budget and simultaneously create happy staff? The answer may lie in one concept: Mentoring. With the advent of new software technologies as well as a philosophical shift in how employees can be valued for their long-term contributions, the idea of mentoring is gaining traction in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

“Towards an Integrated Innovation Strategy: New Models for Public Sector Engagement” (PPForum)
“We are very pleased to continue this important Ottawa tradition with an important lecture by one of Canada’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of innovation, Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District, Toronto” said David Mitchell, President & CEO of Canada’s Public Policy Forum. “This eighth annual Osbaldeston Lecture will focus on the application of innovation and particularly social innovation, to models of public service.” The Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Public Policy Forum. This lecture honours Mr. Osbaldeston’s distinguished 35-year career as a public servant including 3 years as Clerk of the Privy Council (1982-1985). The lecture raises awareness about the challenges, issues and opportunities facing Canada’s public service.

Minister of State (Finance) Menzies Launches Nationwide Search for First-Ever Financial Literacy Leader of Canada (Finance)
Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today announced the formal launch of the selection process for Canadas first-ever Financial Literacy Leader, to be housed within the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). Canadians are consumers of financial products like credit cards, mortgages and day-to-day banking services. In todays increasingly complex financial marketplace, it is becoming more challenging for Canadians to make financial decisions without clear and plain language information, said Minister Menzies. Establishing a Financial Literacy Leader demonstrates our Governments commitment to helping everyday Canadians when it comes to their financial well-being.

2012-2013 Report to the Community (United Waty Toronto)
Our impact in the community
Building strong communities
All that kids can be
From poverty to possibility

Congratulations to our 2012/2013 CLiC Graduates! (Peel Leadership Centre)
On Thursday, June 20th, more than 50 people were on hand in Mississauga as the Peel Leadership Centre (PLC) celebrated its second graduating class of the Collaborative Leadership in Community (CLiC) Program. At the event, 17 not-for-profit leaders were honoured for their ten-month long journey.

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