Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 12, 2013


News Release – Super Visa keeps getting more popular-20,000 and counting! (CIC)
More than 20,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since the program’s launch in December 2011, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The government is committed to family reunification and the Super Visa provides families with the flexibility to spend longer periods of time with loved ones,” said Minister Kenney. “It’s an innovative way of giving parents and grandparents the freedom to travel back and forth between Canada and their home country, helping them stay connected with families and friends both in Canada and at home, without the hassle of having to reapply every time.”

Police-reported hate crimes, 2011 (Statistics Canada)
Police-reported hate crimes declined for a second consecutive year in 2011. Canadian police services reported 1,332 hate crimes in 2011 or 3.9 hate crimes per 100,000 population. The rate was 5% lower than in 2010. In 2011, three primary motivations accounted for over 95% of hate crimes, with race or ethnicity representing over half (52%) of the total, followed by religious hate crimes at 25% and crimes motivated by sexual orientation at 18%.

Hate crimes down for second straight year: StatsCan (Cambrian Nissan, Sault Star)
Hate crimes reported to police declined for the second straight year in 2011, newly released data from Statistics Canada show, with mischief the most common type of hate offence. Police forces across the country dealt with a total of 1,332 reported hate crimes in 2011 – 3.9 hate crimes per 100,000 people, a rate 5% lower than in 2010, StatsCan said Thursday. The report says 95% of the hate crimes reported to police in 2011 were motivated by three factors: race or ethnicity (52%), religion (25%) and sexual orientation (18%).

The Inaugural Canadian International Television Festival launches on November 16, 2013 (Canada Newswire)
The Canadian International Television Festival (CITF) will open on November 16, 2013 with Bell Media, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) as key supporters. The not-for-profit CITF will be the first television showcase festival in Canada and will provide a familiar platform for the public, journalists, broadcasting students, advertisers, and the industry to discover and enjoy new and returning English and French-language Canadian programs. The CITF will also salute the diversity of the global television community, in acknowledgement of Canada’s expanding presence internationally. On the big screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Canada’s top cinema complex, the CITF will exhibit full episodes and retrospectives, as well as previews and other short-form content; while on-stage and on the red-carpet, fans will see cast reunions, Q&As, script readings, and other live events.

Journalists for Human Rights launches new program in northern Ontario (Tamara Baluja, J Source)
Journalists for Human Rights is turning its attention to Canada for the first time in its 11-year history. While the Toronto-based NGO has trained journalists mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, it launched a new program in northern Ontario that seeks to increase Aboriginal-Canadian participation in local and national media.

David Suzuki stirs the pot (Chris Selley, National Post)
That no doubt stuck in a few craws. But it was nothing compared to what he told French newsmagazine L’Express about immigration, in a Q&A published on Canada Day. After Suzuki spat Harper’s environmental shortcomings and sang multiculturalism’s praises, interviewer Jean-Michel Demetz noted some Australian environmentalists’ opposition to population growth, including immigration, on grounds of insufficient natural resources.

More coverage:

Jason Kenney calls David Suzuki ‘xenophobic’ over magazine quotes

Immigration minister slams David Suzuki for saying Canada’s “full” Kenney slams Suzuki’s ‘anti-immigrant sentiment’

David Suzuki says Canada is ‘full’ and calls immigration policy crazy

Open letter to David Suzuki: Canada’s immigration policy is ‘disgusting’ but not because Canada is ‘full’

New council on Immigration Integration formed in Peterborough, Canada (Migration Expert)
The city of Peterborough, Canada, recently formed a new council on immigration integration, realizing that without attracting new Canadians, the area will not be able to flourish. The partnership includes more than 25 representatives from Peterborough city, economic development agencies, law enforcement, education, and the industry. Mike Ma, co-ordinator of the Community and Race Relations Committee, said: “Economic prosperity is tied to population growth and we can’t have population growth without immigration”.,_canada

Changes to Quebec Immigration Policy Start in August (FW Canada)
As of August 1, 2013 new Quebec immigration rules will come into force and remain in effect until March 31, 2014. These changes will affect quotas for certain immigration programs, accreditation for language proficiency in French, and Quebec’s list of accepted skilled occupations (areas of training). Affected parties to these changes include immigrant permanent workers, investors, businesspeople and self-employed workers.

Muslim Films Promote Marriage in Canada (Muneeb Nasir, OnIslam)
A landmark documentary series on marriage was released in North America this week at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. “Divorce is on the rise in many communities and the traditional support structures that once sustained relationships are far fewer than before,” Jawad Jafry, the Producer-Director-Writer of the series, told “Our objective was to create high quality content that could engage people effectively and help them easily access some essential strategies for a happy and successful marriage.” The series titled ‘Marriage Success’ consists of ten documentary films about getting married and staying married.

End-of-life battles expose the culture clash in Canada’s intensive care units (Tom Blackwell, National Post)
When an Edmonton family went to court to fight a hospital’s plan to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from their deathly ill patriarch, the relatives cited Islamic law, as well as judicial precedent, to bolster their case. In Winnipeg, siblings locked in a similar battle over their father’s care pointed to orthodox Jewish beliefs. A Halifax wife, meanwhile, pleaded that her husband should be prevented from dying long enough for a traditional Chinese healer to try to cure his cancer. A string of legal disputes related to the treatment of horribly sick patients has drawn increasing interest, but one compelling aspect of the quarrels has been largely overlooked. Most of the battles involve patients from ethnic and religious minorities – frequently first-generation immigrants – and point to a cultural clash in Canada’s intensive-care units.

Canadian citizenship oath to Queen will be challenged in court (Colin Perkel, Toronto Star)
Forcing would-be Canadians to pledge allegiance to the Queen before they can become citizens is discriminatory and a violation of their constitutional rights, three permanent residents are set to argue in court on Friday. All three maintain they oppose the oath on religious or conscientious grounds, saying pledging allegiance to Canada should be sufficient. The Citizenship Act requires applicants for citizenship to swear or affirm they will be “faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors.”


Researchers’ Notebook (Jennifer Phillips, Samara Canada)
Samara’s Researchers’ Notebook will give you a behind-the-scenes update on research at Samara, including how our Democracy Reports and Samara Index are developed. This series is brought to you by Samara’s Research Manager, Jane Hilderman, and Research Analyst, Laura Anthony. It has been a few weeks since we invited you into the Samara “lab.” Here’s what we have been up to the past month.

Research on the Cost of Violence Against Women in Canada (Settlement AtWork)
This study finds that progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence. The study estimates the combined cost of adult sexual assault and intimate partner violence in Canada, and also makes several recommendations on how to improve the situation.


Canada Helps Young Immigrants in Calgary Prepare for the Job Market (Migration Expert)
According to the announcement, young Canadian migrants in Calgary who have difficulties in finding employment will receive job preparation training and work experience through the government support. Coordinated with the Federal Skills Link Program, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society will provide eighty-five local youth with skills and experiences required to find a job or the confidence to back to school.

Crackdowns on undocumented migrant workers spreading in more countries (Janess Ann J. Ellao,
Migrante International said the widespread crackdown of undocumented migrant workers in the Middle East, Japan and South Korea, Europe, Canada and the United States, along with the continuous repatriation of Filipinos in Egypt, Syria and Libya will definitely bring about the ‘reverse migration’ of Filipinos that the Aquino government is claiming. “If the government is attributing the so-called ‘reverse migration’ due to these factors, then it is right on spot. Since 2010, thousands upon thousands of OFWs in distress have been deported or forcibly repatriated back to the country due to civil unrests, calamities, economic instabilities and other similar factors in migrant-receiving countries,” Martinez said.

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