Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 11, 2013


Social media campaign shares stories of London newcomers (Sean Meyer, London Community News)
Newcomers to Canada, or London for that matter, often face the stereotype they have nothing to offer the community and are destined to be nothing more than a burden on society. To overcome that misconception, the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) launched on July 2, an initiative that uses social media to spread far more positive stories. I am London is focused on using Facebook and Twitter to help promote diversity and inclusion in the city by showcasing the personal stories of 10 individuals chosen to be representative of Londons newcomer population.

Video: Making Economic Immigration Work for Canada (CIC)
The Government of Canada is changing the immigration system. We are making it fast and flexible. These changes will attract talented individuals who can start the new businesses our economy needs.

Complaints pile up over rudeness from Ottawa airport border guards (Glen McGregor, Vancouver Sun)
One traveller who had immigrated to Canada was so upset by his treatment by Ottawa CBSA staff that he wrote to Stephen Harper and included a copy of the letter the prime minister had written to congratulate him on becoming a citizen. The CBSA “ransacked my belongings, tore apart my private letters, took my pictures and fingerprints. While all these were happening, these officers were laughing at me,” he wrote. “Your good self had written to me on the attainment of my Canadian citizenship that I should be proud of my achievement. But the actions of these officers negated the spirit and contents of your letter.”

New Canadians to lose support with government shuffle (Sylvie Paillard, Kamloops News)
Some new Canadians are out in the cold now that the federal government is doling out the funding for immigrant services, say non-profit agencies. For the past 15 years, the provincial government has determined priorities for the federal money, which goes to non-profits dedicated to helping immigrants with settlement. That responsibility is now in federal hands and of topmost concern is a partial loss in client base now that federal requirements render naturalized citizens ineligible for these services.

Americas funniest Muslim Azhar `Bin Laughin coming to MOSAIC in Mississauga (Lachman Balani, News East West)
MOSAIC, the Greater Toronto Areas biggest annual multi-disciplinary arts and culture South Asian Festival showcasing well known talent from around the world, will welcome you to its weeklong festival in Mississauga this year not with just a smile but with a whack load of laughter! Straight from the belly of Skokie in Illinois, US, the AYATOLLAH of Comedy, Azhar Bin Laughin Usman comes back to Mosaic to split your sides with non-stop laughter. Born into an Indian family, Azhar Usman took everything seriously despite his incredible funny bone!

Hamilton’s diverse communities excited about Pan Am opportunities (Sunnie Huang, CBC)
Wednesday marks the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Gamesexactly 750 days until the events kick off in Toronto, Hamilton and other communities across the GTA. As hosting cities across Ontario look forward to the Games with countdown celebrations ranging from softball clinics to table tennis demonstrations, representatives from Hamilton’s diverse communities say the Games can provide a great opportunity for integration.

New Canadian Media Professionals (NCMP) event with Global TV and Shaw Media (PINs)
A studio tour of Global News Toronto was the first event the New Canadian Media Professionals (NCMP) organized with Global TV and Shaw Media. The tour was guided by NCMPs guest speaker Ron Waksman, Senior Director, Online & Current affairs at Global News. Media professionals from around the globe had the chance to not only see the newest technologies, but also to hear about the directions the industry is moving towards. Participants asked discussed different issues like the consolidation in media, the ways technologies replace people in making television, the demand of international news in multicultural Canada, the difference between writing for the web and writing for television, some ethical issues like privacy of public figures and verifying information, and the benefits of diversity in the media industry.

Jeb Bush says Canada issues more than 150,000 high-skilled visas, compared to 65,000 by the U.S. (Politifact)
Bush and Bolick said that Canada issues more than 150,000 high-skilled visa a year compared to 65,000 by the U.S. That 150,000 refers not to people with visas but those granted permanent resident status, and it includes family members of skilled workers, as well as workers who are not high-skilled. The only figures we can know for sure show a level of high-skilled workers closer to 50,000, or about one-third as large as Bush and Bolick claimed. If they had meant to speak of Canadas temporary foreign workers, a reasonable fit with the H-1B program, the high water mark for such workers in Canada was about 70,000 in 2008. Thats still about half of the number they put on the table.

30 Days of Ramadan GOODness 2013 (Rabia Din)
Why do people perform good deeds? Well, there are actually many reasons; faith, kindness, compassion, concernbut whatever the initial reason may be, one thing is for sure, spreading GOODness around your family, friends and community just feels great! Last year my kids and I started a concept called the 30 Days of Ramadan GOODness, where we performed one good deed everyday for the 30 days of Ramadan, and the response was wonderful. Not only were we able to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of people, we felt absolutely incredible doing it!

Muslims break their 1st long, summer Ramadan fasts (CBC)
As Ramadan begins, some Muslims at least in the Northern Hemisphere will abstain from food and water for nearly 30 days during the hottest and longest days of the year. Muslims mark the holy month by fasting during daylight hours, abstaining from eating and drinking, as well as from smoking and profanity. Ramadan celebrates the time when the Quran was said to have been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan Food Bank (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Ziyaad Mia. He is the man behind the GIVE 30 initiative.

David Suzuki: “Le réchauffement climatique rend le Canada vulnérable” (Lexpress)
(original in French, translation via Google translate) In Australia, environmentalists oppose population growth and immigration, arguing that natural resources do not stand. What do you think? Oh, I think that Canada is full too! Although it is the second largest country in the world, our floor space is reduced. Our immigration policy is disgusting, we plunder the South by depriving them of their future leaders and we want to increase our population to support the growth of our economy. This is crazy!

Canada Tells Geeks to Flee Silicon Valley, Head North (Hugo Miller, Bloomberg)
A billboard emblazoned with a giant red maple leaf looms over a stretch of Highway 101 linking San Francisco with Silicon Valley. The pitch: “H-1B Problems? Pivot to Canada.” The U.S. H-1B visa program, aimed at giving temporary residence to high-skill workers, is broken, according to tech companies that depend on it for recruiting overseas talent. The program is heavily oversubscribed, thanks in part to outsourcing companies and supermodels.


Career Mentorship with ERIEC! (ERIEC)
What kind of impacts do our mentoring programs have for newcomers who are trying to integrate into the Canadian labour market? In this brief yet engaging video produced by Shaw TV in Edmonton, you can watch a mentorship pair share their perspectives on mentoring and how having a mentor can help make a difference in how they look at their professional future.

Connections Lead to Bright Future in Halifax (Smart City blog)
Initially, Immigration Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS) linked him to The Partnerships Halifax Connector Program, a simple but effective referral process that helps immigrants, international students and young and emerging talent build a professional network, and connect with job opportunities to help them settle successfully in Halifax. At the time, Anthony was linked with other professionals in a few areas, but nothing emerged in his field. He took a string of jobs that would pay the bills but leave his career experience virtually untapped. Anthony decided to return to the Partnership for another boost of help in 2012. The timing couldnt have been better. The Partnership had found a new Connector who possessed a wealth of relationships in the logistics industry Randy Penney, Business Development Representative at Cole International, one of Canadas largest privately owned custom brokerage, freight forwarding and trade consulting companies.

Report Diversity Staffing Structures: Examining Current Practices in the Area of Diversity Staffing – PDF (CIDI)
For this report, we are examining a fairly fundamental topic: staffing structures for diversity and inclusion, and human rights and equity professionals within Canadian employers. The impetus for the report came when we were approached by a large Canadian employer seeking information on D&I staffing structures. While we have experience with a wide range of staffing structures, we were curious about what configurations might exist at other employers across Canada that we werent aware of. How many Canadian organizations have people working on D&I full or part time? Where do these employees fit in the organizational structure? Who do they report to? We wanted to know, and felt it would be valuable information for our Employer Partners Individual members and the community at large.

Where are the Good Jobs? Ten case stories of ‘working rough, living poor’ (Access Alliance)
This report contains ten powerful case stories of immigrant families from racialized backgrounds who are struggling to find stable employment in Canada. The case stories are based on results from the third phase of a community based researchi project conducted by the Income Security, Race and Health team in Toronto. Results from this phase build on our Working Rough, Living Poor report released in 2011.

The Canadian economys two great economic blessings (Alex Carrick, Daily Commerce News)
Canada is now tightening the rules to bring in temporary workers when jobs can be filled at home. But were also becoming smarter about who to let in based on other employment criteria. The emphasis in Canadian immigration has shifted away from family chains (i.e., adult children bringing over their parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) and towards individuals with certain in-demand skills or access to entrepreneurial money. That way, they can hit the ground running and immediately make a contribution to both the social scene and the business community.–the-canadian-economyrsquos-two-great-economic-blessings

Video: PM ‘concerned’ about temporary foreign worker growth (Windsor Star)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the temporary foreign worker program will be reformed amidst allegations it is costing Canadians jobs. Harper added that some industries facing labour shortages benefit from the program.


BC nonprofit professionals and volunteers invited to participate in sector survey (Charity Village)
Are you a member of a board of directors of a nonprofit located in BC? Are you an employee or volunteer within the sector? If so, SPARC BC, the Vancity Community Foundation and VOCBC invite you to take part in a new survey. This survey is designed to gather your ideas about the strengths, value and impact of BC nonprofits and to identify your priorities for sustaining the sector over the long term. It is one of the first steps in the New Directions for British Columbias Nonprofit Sector initiative led by these three organizations, with funding from the BC Centre for Non-Profit Management and Sustainability. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and all respondents will be eligible to be entered in an iPad draw.

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