Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 6, 2013


Permanent Residents Should Vote in Toronto’s Elections (Desmond Cole)
At its June meeting, Toronto City Council will consider asking the province to allow Toronto’s permanent residents the right to vote for their school board trustee, city councillor, and mayor. Across Toronto, a quarter-million people live, work, play and send their children to school; yet they have no vote in how the city is run because they are not Canadian citizens. Tell Toronto City Council you support extending the municipal vote to Toronto’s permanent residents. Add your name, or your organization’s name, to this letter by signing the form below the open letter.

Critics say the temporary foreign worker program is replacing immigration (Adrian Macnair, South Delta Leader)
A local man who volunteers his time to work alongside temporary foreign workers in Delta’s agricultural sector says the workers deserve a chance to become Canadians. Workers from Mexico and Guatemala work on farms and greenhouses in Delta up to 10 months out of the year, but pay taxes for services they will never access, says Jeremy Bryant. “They are lonely and isolated being separated from their families and from the community due to language and cultural barriers,” he says. “Yet what they consistently say is that they love Canada and desire to bring their families here to be Canadian citizens.”

Canada: An Entrepreneur’s Utopia? (Brandon Smith, Huffington Post)
With immigration reform in a constant state of flux, many highly-skilled highly skilled workers are being turned away at America’s doorstep. Research shows that since 2005, the number of immigrant-founded tech companies in the U.S. has declined as much as 8.5 percent in some areas, including Silicon Valley. Canada, looking to take advantage of the dysfunction, passed the “startup visa” in order to attract spurned immigrant entrepreneurs, create new jobs and drive economic growth.

Welcome with caution: Let’s be smart about who we?re allowing into this country (Sun News Network)
Jason Kenney, the federal immigration minister, has promised to end the practice of letting foreign nationals apply for pardons in Canada if they are neither permanent residents nor naturalized citizens. That’s a good move. Why should people who are essentially guests in this country be permitted to have their criminal records – records they acquired for committing crimes here – expunged? But as the cases of Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser point out, closing this pardon loophole is far from enough.

If Canada used American racial categories… (Frances Woolley)
The US Census Bureau counts people by race: white, black, Asian, and so on. Statistics Canada counts people by “visible minority status” – we don’t like to mention words like “race” or “white” up here. The other day I found myself wondering – if Canada used American racial categories, how would the demographics of the two countries compare?

Check out our new interactive maps of ethnicity in Metro Vancouver (Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun)
On May 8, Statistics Canada released the first wave of data from its 2011 National Household Survey. That data, on immigration, religion and visible minority status, painted a picture of an increasingly diverse Metro Vancouver. We wrote about the survey results on the day they came out. But there was one key piece of information that wasn’t available on May 8: neighbourhood data. StatsCan divides major metropolitan areas like Metro Vancouver into hundreds of “census tracts”: small areas of just a few thousand people each. Looking at survey data by census tract makes it possible to see which parts of the region have the highest concentration of different ethnic groups. Recently, StatsCan provided The Sun with Census Tract-level data for visible minority status. That made it possible to create the following interactive maps of visible minorities in Metro Vancouver. The first map shows which visible minority group (so, basically, any group other than white) is most common in each Metro Vancouver neighbourhood.

NDP makes pitch to fix ‘Lost Canadian’ citizenship quagmire (Tobi Cohen,
So-called “Lost Canadians” are taking to Parliament Hill this week, fighting for the citizenship they say is rightly theirs — and it appears they have the opposition on their side. They are men and women who have been denied citizenship because their fathers were technically British subjects when they got their would-be war brides pregnant while serving during the Second World War.

#CdnImm Event #16 – City of Toronto Services for Newcomers (OCASI)
To inform settlement and community stakeholders about City of Toronto services for newcomers.

Chinese Cinema (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Noah Cowan. He is the Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the curator for “A Century of Chinese Cinema” .

Vancouver coaches disappointed with turban ban (Larissa Chute, Vancouver Desi)
Soccer is one of the best tools for teaching the values of cultural diversity — especially at the grassroots levels. “That’s why they call it the ‘global game’ — it is one sport that is played everywhere in the world,” said Marpole Soccer Club’s technical director, Dino Anastopulos. “It’s probably the most inclusive — it’s a sport that will bind and bring different races, ethnicities, religions all together. And the youth level is one of the best — if not the best — teachers.”

The ban on turban-wearing soccer players in Quebec (CBC)
Ms. Frot wasn’t aware of any injuries caused from turbans … but insists the Federation is following rules set out by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. FIFA rules do not explicitly state a position — meaning it’s neither banned, nor allowed. In April, The Canadian Soccer Association called for provincial Associations to allow religious head wear. Quebec is the only province to resist. The ban was brought up yesterday during Question Period in Ottawa.

Local News: Port Hope CHC Awarded “Partner Of The Year” By The New Canadians Centre (Northumberland View)
The Port Hope Community Health Centre is entering its third year of partnership with the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg in which the Port Hope CHC provides much needed primary health care outreach services to migrant farm workers in the area as part of the “Migrant Farm Workers Project”. At the New Canadians Centre Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 30th the Port Hope CHC was awarded “Partner of the Year – Cobourg” for its ongoing commitment to this project.

Ford Nation, Challenging Duffy, scratching the term “visible minority.” (CBC Radio – Calgary)
Rob Ford’s supporters stand by their man, we’ll find out why. Also, why the Senate should have kept Duffy out in the first place. And the case against the term “visible minority.”

Edmonton restaurants to fight Alberta hookah-pipe ban (CBC)
Edmonton restaurants that allow smoking of herbal material in hookah pipes are hoping to convince the province not to ban the practice. “We have a strategy that we’re going to be following by actually talking to govenment, giving them some ideas, said Mohamad El-Turk owner the Sultan Palace downtown. “Having proper ventilation in your place will reduce the risk of being exposed to second hand smoking,” he said. El-Turk fears if hookah smoking is banned, his restaurant will fail.

Ontario Legislators Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with Professionals (South Asian Generation Next)
In celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, for the first time several organizations came together with Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Toronto to organize a special networking reception with members of the Ontario legislature. Presenting partners of this event included organizations such as Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Council of Advancement of Muslim Professionals, Young Ismaili Professionals, and the Downtown Muslim Professional Network.

Why Get involved in Politics (Kanwal Rafiq, South Asian Generation Next)
Have you ever wanted to join politics, but had no clue where to begin your professional journey? Members of the provincial parliament had some helpful advice to give to the youth in a networking event, hosted by the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Toronto in celebration of South Asian Heritage Month.

Changes to immigration system hurting many Canadian families (South Asian Generation Next)
The Harper Conservative government’s changes to Canada’s immigration system have resulted in extremely long delays in family reunification; the virtual elimination of parental sponsorships; and, the stranding of young people as a result of the inability to sponsor children between the ages of 18 and 21, a Town Hall Forum, organized by GTA Liberals, was told.

Important stuff we sometimes forget (CJ News)
I’ve carefully followed reporting on the 2011 census with a sense of pride. Although I have concerns about the generalizability of the findings from the National Household Survey and its utility for Jewish communal planning, the data indicating increasing multiculturalism and racial and ethnic diversity appeals to deep values that I hold as a Canadian and as a Jew. I’m proud of the diversity of our country, the tolerance among these diverse groups, and the valuing of different religions, ethnicities and cultures. Canadian multiculturalism has fertilized the growth of Jewish living.

News Release — More than four million visitors helped by new CIC online Help Centre (CIC)
More than four million people have been helped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) new online Help Centre since it was launched just six months ago, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The End of Multiculturalism? Immigration and Integration in Germany and the United Kingdom (Laura Muchowiecka, Student Pulse)
Within a short span of time, immigration has become one of the major issues in the field of European politics and social discourse questioning the status quo of such conceptions as citizenship, nationhood and community cohesion. Migration within the borders of the European Union and above all external immigration has led to a phenomenon described as multiculturalism. As Elliot and Lemert suggest, the idea of multiculturalism, which has been recently proclaimed as a new model of not only modern neoliberal states such as Canada, Australia or the United States but also of countries in the Old Continent like France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom or Germany, acquires increasingly less public support. The support, if it existed at all, has turned into official and widespread sentiments of antipathy towards both some immigration groups and ethnic minorities as such and towards multiculturalism as an ideology of a political strategy in particular. It seems even that the idea has become a scapegoat of several social problems like segregation, poverty, increase in crime rate and unemployment, extremism, terrorist attacks, to mention but a few accusations.

Interested in moving to Canada? Read this (Maria Aleta Nieva Nishimori,
The Philippines is one of the main source countries for immigrants to Canada, according to Kent Francis, the Deputy Program Manager for Visa and Immigration of the Embassy of Canada. Kent said 34,626 Filipinos received immigrant visas for Canada in 2012.


Employees keen on volunteering opportunities (Canadian Hr Reporter)
Ninety per cent of Canadians feel it is important that their place of work encourages a culture of “community giveback” among employees, yet only 35 per cent of those in a workplace report their employer has a program motivating them to volunteer. Almost one-quarter (23 per cent) of respondents to a BMO Financial Group survey said they would be more likely to volunteer if their company did more to encourage it.


Human Capital Renewal in the Nonprofit Sector: Framing the Strategy (Mowat Centre)
The importance of human capital cuts across all sectors, and is a strategic priority for the nonprofit sector. The ability of the sector to attract and retain the right talent, develop effective leadership, provide relevant training and skills development, and offer competitive benefits and compensation will be critical in determining the future vibrancy and sustainability of the nonprofit sector in Ontario.

Nurturing a business approach for social good (Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen)
On a brisk June morning, you have to use your imagination to see promise in the neatly planted farm plot that is one of Ottawa’s newest social enterprises. Carrots, onion, tomatoes, herbs and lettuce will sprout in coming weeks on the acreage in the city’s east end. The vegetables will be tended and harvested by homeless teens — most of whom had never set foot on a farm before — and delivered to Ottawa customers as part of an innovative business aimed at “preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults,” in the words of Operation Come Home executive director Elspeth McKay. FarmWorks, as it is called, is not a social program or a charity, but a business. It is one of five social enterprises run by Operation Come Home that use business models as a vehicle for social good.

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