Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 25, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Is Canada too full? (Alan Broadbent, Maytree)
An argument could be made to counter the smaller Canada view that says our economy is too small, and would be more resilient and resistant to conditions in foreign markets were it bigger. Or that too many parts of the country have too small populations which allows for little economic diversity and opportunity. Many have commented that Canada has too few large cities, the principal loci of modern economies, and both the Prairies and Maritimes would benefit from more, larger cities. Certainly a larger population would result in more customers for both private and public goods and services (soap, homes, transit fares, internet connections), which would allow Canadian companies to grow bigger and more prosperous before having to test foreign markets. That additional size and strength would make them more competitive when they do go offshore, and would create more jobs for Canadians. Are we full? Should we be fuller? Until our national approach to population size becomes public, who knows? Well have to settle for the periodic amusement of David Suzuki and Jason Kenney duking it out in cyberspace.
http://maytree.com/spotlight/too-full.html

Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project (Cities of Migration)
Not only does diversity lead to more vibrant neighbourhoods, it makes them economically stronger and more sustainable. New South Wales gets this. In Sydney, the regions largest city, 25 % of residents are born overseas. The committed community members and active entrepreneurs in this diverse population are recognized as an important economic asset in Sydneys small business ecosystem. A local sustainable living initiative is now looking at leveraging that diversity as an environmental asset as well, aiming to remove cultural and linguistic barriers to build consensus and cooperation around environment issues.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/good_idea/ethnic-communities-sustainable-living-project/

Memo to Chris Alexander, Canadas new immigration minister (Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star)
It is unusual to felicitate and commiserate at the same time. But your elevation to the Stephen Harper cabinet calls for both. You have earned the immigration and citizenship portfolio, having served since your 2011 election to Parliament as an articulate propagandist for the government. Earlier, you distinguished yourself as a diplomat, especially as our ambassador to Afghanistan between 2003 and 2005, a crucial period spanning Canadian troop deployment in Kabul and Kandahar. Equally valuable was your work as deputy special representative of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/07/25/memo_to_chris_alexander_canadas_new_immigration_minister.html

Region releases more household survey data (Peter Criscione, Brampton Guardian)
Peel Region today released the latest data from the 2011 National Household Survey, which offers a snap shot of the municipalitys ethnic diversity, immigration and citizenship trends, as well labour, education and mobility. The voluntary 2011 survey replaced the Government of Canadas mandatory long-form Census. According to the Region, this “change in methodology may affect the comparability to previous Census data.”
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/3905809-region-releases-more-household-survey-data/

Statistics Canada National Household Survey Facts Released (Region of Peel) – http://www.peelregion.ca/news/archiveitem.asp?year=2013&month=6&day=24&file=2013624.xml

Canadian official sport should accommodate religious diversity (B’nai Brith Canada)
Bnai Brith Canada looks forward to the excitement about to play out on the Oshawa field tonight as Canada meets Israel in the womens Lacrosse World Cup competitions. Both teams have shown amazing athletic ability and team spirit in reaching this point in the competition. Now that it is certain that the Israeli squad will qualify for the championship rounds, the team has stated that it will stand by its vow to respect the Jewish Sabbath despite the fact that they will likely be forced to forfeit the game in light of the refusal of the governing Federation of International Lacrosse to accommodate.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.bnaibrith.ca/canadian-official-sport-should-accommodate-religious-diversity/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABA2Ki_jwVIAVgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=jnmKhTD093g&usg=AFQjCNEc06NCVMTZufELPHP83ZlhMRyexQ

Jason Kenney’s Speech To Islamic Group ISNA Erased From Government Sites (Huffington Post)
A speech made by former immigration minister Jason Kenney to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has apparently been erased from government websites as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau faces criticism for his association with the same group. Michael Petrou of Macleans revealed on Thursday that text from the former immigration ministers 2008 speech is no longer available on Kenneys personal website or the online archives of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. “Im sure this is due to a simple computer glitch rather than any attempt to re-write the historical record, and that the text of Kenneys rather lengthy speech will soon be restored to both websites,” he wrote, sarcastically.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/18/jason-kenney-isna-trudeau_n_3618659.html

Bonjour, America! (Stephen R. Kelly, NY Times)
The trouble with this narrative, as I discovered when serving as the American consul general in Quebec City in the late 1990s, is that it flies in the face of our own history. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, nearly a million French Canadians poured across our northern border to take jobs in New England textile and shoe mills. This movement, part of an even larger mass of Anglo Canadians also moving south, surged after the Civil War and ended with the Great Depression, with peaks in the 1880s and 1920s. The majority of these job seekers French speaking, slow to assimilate, mainly Catholic entered without visas, work permits or passports, because during most of this period our land border with Canada was effectively wide open. The United States not only survived this unregulated onslaught, it prospered. Indeed, our history suggests that having an open border with our continental neighbors isnt such a bad thing.
http://p.nytimes.com/email/re?location=InCMR7g4BCKC2wiZPkcVUupdGV6W+ZCq&user_id=72035273d359c28ff2222efe3ccedf72&email_type=eta&task_id=1374686794533542&regi_id=0

SIAST sees boom in international students (Jonathan Charlton, Leader Post)
About five years ago, SIAST had just 30 international students across its four campuses. Last year, it had 194. Now, the college conservatively projects teaching about 300 international students next year, and double that number within two years. “That ‘s ridiculous growth,” said Jason Mazzei, manager of international education. Hosting international students is new for the college, he said.
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/SIAST+sees+boom+international+students/8699886/story.html

Mahtab Narsimhan: From corporate world to fantasy (Divya Kaeley, South Asian Generation Next)
Author Mahtab Narsimhan was born in Mumbai, her home for 25 years. After working in the Middle East (Bahrain, Dubai and Oman) for a couple of years, she immigrated to Canada in 1997. Mahtab dabbled in the corporate field for some time before she started writing in January 2004. Her debut and award-winning book The Third Eye was published after four years, twenty rewrites and numerous rejections. Her novel The Tiffin has been nominated for The Snow Willow Awards 2013. In conversation with Generation Next, the writer shares her ideas about life, churning fantasy stories and her constant pursuit for that undying spark.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/07/24/mahtab-narsimhan-from-corporate-world-to-fantasy/

Canadas foreign service strike hurting tourism, creating backlogs (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Foreign students withdrawing from programs. Tourists cancelling their trips. Foreigners not being able to visit their loved ones here even in times of family emergencies. As a strike by foreign service workers drags on, its impact is being felt from coast to coast by the tourism and education sectors , as well as by people worldwide who need visas to come to Canada. Despite an offer issued last week by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers for a binding arbitration, Treasury Board President Tony Clement has not budged to the unions demands.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/22/canadas_foreign_service_strike_hurting_tourism_creating_backlogs.html

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Traveller calls Dartmouth home (Chronicle Herald)
Kwan came to Dartmouth in 1992 from Calgary, where hed immigrated in 1981 to take a job as senior naval architect for Dome Petroleum. He lived there but travelled the globe for various projects, including to Japan, where he led the unique conversion of a tanker into a gravity-based Arctic offshore drilling rig that made the pages of A History of Canadian Marine Technology. In Nova Scotia, he worked on the Panuke offshore project for German Marine, and later for SNC-Lavalin, overseeing the construction of 12 coastal defence vessels for the Defence Department. He eventually became a marine inspector for Public Works and played a key role in the construction of aluminum boats for the Canadian Coast Guard and the RCMP. All while heading several volunteer organizations the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia and Chinese Benevolent Association of Nova Scotia close to his roots and close to his heart.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1143368-nova-scotia-a-z-traveller-calls-dartmouth-home

Montreal amusement park ends special privileges for halal and kosher food amid uproar (Graeme Hamilton, National Post)
For the boys at Camp Gan Israel in the Laurentians, the trip to the La Ronde amusement park in Montreal is one of the highlights of the summer. Because the camp is kosher, and La Ronde does not sell kosher food, the children have always been allowed to bring in their own snacks. But after a newspaper went undercover last week to reveal that Muslims and Jews with dietary restrictions were exempt from the ban on bringing food into the park, La Ronde announced an end to the religious accommodation Monday. After hearing feedback from our guests, La Ronde would like to clarify that only guests with special medical dietary needs will be considered to bring outside food with them as they enter the park, communications manager Catherine Tremblay said in a statement.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/07/22/la-ronde-amusement-park-ends-special-privileges-for-halal-and-kosher-food-amid-uproar/

Quality of Life Reporting System (FCM)
Canadian municipalities recognize the opportunities and challenges presented by a rapidly aging society. They are working to remove social and physical barriers and are adapting local economies accordingly. Canada’s Aging Population: The Municipal Role in Canada’s Demographic Shift will showcase emerging and innovative, age-friendly plans, strategies, programs and services being implemented in municipalities across the country. Still, municipal governments cannot do it alone. All orders of government benefit from communities where Canada’s five-million seniors can continue to lead healthy, engaged and productive lives. By understanding the scope of the demographic shift, governments can begin to plan for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/quality-of-life-reporting-system.htm

New Muslim convert finds meaning in first Ramadan (CBC)
This is Tracy Charles’s first Ramadan, a holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and good deeds, and it hasn’t been easy. She only converted to Islam last August, walking into the Hamilton Mountain Mosque with little experience with the religion. So she has no history of skipping multiple meals or pushing through sweltering temperatures without having a glass of water. I was so worried about going without food or water, she said during a multi-faith event at the mosque on Monday. But every time you get the hunger pain, you think about why you are doing this. It makes you very aware.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/07/22/hamilton-ramadan.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAuva5jwVIAVAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=9yCMwoUllFU&usg=AFQjCNHOvl5_Bx0VrScGkURgKMRel2ClUA

Toronto summer camp theatre explores the journey of young migrants (Nicholas Keung)
A teenage boy from Eritrea recalls the awkwardness of reuniting with his father, whom he had not seen for 13 years. A young woman from Antigua remembers the cold reception she got when she returned to Canada, the birthplace she was scooped away from as a toddler. A refugee girl from El Salvador is afraid of bonding with others because of the experience of losing friends when she moves again. All three are members of the Toronto Childrens Peace Theatre summer camp this year, and their stories, along with others, will be part of the groups performance, Passage: A Moving Experience, which debuts Thursday at the Dawes Rd. theatre.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2013/07/23/toronto_summer_camp_theatre_explores_the_journey_of_young_migrants.html

Star Investigation: Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror (Jesse McLean, Toronto Star)
Money raised by an Islamic charity created to help Canadas poor and needy instead went overseas, potentially into the hands of violent militants, a government audit has found. The federal charity watchdog is now threatening to revoke the charity status of Mississaugas ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Development Foundation. A Canada Revenue Agency audit revealed the foundation shipped more than $280,000 to a Pakistan-based agency, cash the government fears went to supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/25/star_investigation_federal_audit_raises_concern_that_canadian_charity_funded_terror.html

REFUGEES

Fleeing Danger, Refugee Shelter-Seekers Find Exploitation (Jackie Wong, The Tyee)
Amelia’s visitor’s visa and one-way ticket landed her at Vancouver International Airport on a cold November Saturday in 2012. Borrowing quarters for the payphone in the arrivals terminal, she called the only person she knew in Canada, her uncle in Victoria. He begrudgingly let her stay at his home. But he made it clear she wasn’t welcome. “From the first day I arrived in Canada, they were treating me badly,” she says. “I cried.” His family members repeatedly threatened to “teach her a lesson,” and told her she should feel sorry for leaving the happy life they were convinced she led back home, she recalls. After putting up with her extended family’s hostility and verbal abuse for three months, Amelia found a landlord’s name in a magazine, called her, threw her belongings in three garbage bags and left.
http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/07/24/Refugee-Shelter-Seekers-Find-Exploitation/

A Home for Refugees ‘Caught In-Between’ (Jackie Wong, The Tyee)
Salilar fled Liberia by boat at 18 and arrived in Canada as an undocumented refugee in 1986. He died on July 12 at 45, unable to recover from injuries sustained after people beat him up at the Balmoral Hotel last month, leaving him bleeding from the head. As his friend Jean de Dieu Hakizimana describes it, he was “kicked like a dog.” Salilar was homeless for the decades he spent in Vancouver, staying with friends, sleeping on the streets, and spending considerable time in jail — he was well known to police, and incarcerated 57 times for shoplifting. But his minor crimes belied a generous nature. He routinely stole food, alcohol, and cigarettes to give to those he felt needed it most, primarily single mothers and low-income African immigrants. “He really [meant] a lot to people in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond. People who are low-income [and] don’t have food, drink,” Hakizimana says. “They called him Johnny the Supplier. Anything he had, he gave away.”
http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/07/25/Home-for-Refugees/

Refugee Update (FCJ)
Contents:
Sanctuary or private detention?
Seeking justice in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program
Addressing the side effects of the changes tot he immigration system
9-: instruments of human rights protection
Poverty in Canada: a refugee’s lot?
Doctors, community workers and refugees protested against health program cuts
Proud to protect refugees campaign
http://www.fcjrefugeecentre.org/2013/07/refugee-update-issue-no-77/

Temporary Resident Permits: Limits to protection for trafficked persons – PDF (CCR)
In May 2006, the Canadian government issued guidelines for temporary resident permits (TRPs) for trafficked non-citizens. This represented an important step towards recognition of the protection needs of trafficked persons, and TRPs remain the main avenue to protection offered under Canadas immigration legislation.1 However, experience has shown that, even with the TRPs, there are continuing gaps in access to protection and rights for trafficked persons.
http://ccrweb.ca/files/temporary-resident-permit-report.pdf

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Refugee from Bhutan finds peace (Chronicle Herald)
Google Bhutan and happy often appears. The happiest people on earth, some stories say. A tiny country with a Gross Happiness Index. Kul Prasad Humagain laughs bitterly at the irony. This is not his story. This is not true, he says, sitting in his small Halifax apartment, chronicling a history of horrors. Nearly starving in forests. Battling malaria through mountains. Burying bodies on the banks of rivers. And escaping a system of government a monarchy with iron hands that forced him into life as a refugee.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1141351-nova-scotia-a-z-refugee-from-bhutan-finds-peace

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Latest Media and Policy News: 23 July 2013 (ISAC)
Roundup of national news about poverty and policy.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=52ebed0217&e=17b62befd7

Theres been no extraordinary drop in poverty (Rick Goldman, Montreal Gazette)
Andrew Coyne resorts to a statistical sleight of hand in attempting to portray Canada as a champion in reducing poverty (Poverty drops; media ignore it, Opinion, July 23). To demonstrate a supposed trend, Coyne takes the lowest point of an economic downturn (1996), compares it to today and says: Voilà amazing progress has been made! The percentage of people below the low-income cutoff has been nearly halved, from 15.5 per cent to 8.8 per cent! A less selective use of statistics might have noted that the percentage of those below the low-income cutoff stood at 10.2 in 1989, revealing a much less impressive rate of progress than Coynes figures would lead us to believe. At this rate, it will take us another 150 years to eliminate poverty in Canada. In fairness, Coyne also acknowledges that the low-income cutoff measure is not a poverty line and is virtually incomprehensible.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHy2thZfqEgD13F7jSfLxdagYWDCw&url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Opinion%2BThere%2Bbeen%2Bextraordinary%2Bdrop%2Bpoverty/8702298/story.html

Anti-poverty group wants action plan (Kathryn Burnham, Standard Freeholder)
The social development council is hoping to move beyond lip service on the topic of poverty with an upcoming meeting. It will be a foundation for future outreach efforts to give people the tools to move beyond their financial limitations, said Mark de Wit, the councils executive director. Community Voices SDG are hoping those living in poverty and those concerned about poverty will share their stories at their event Wednesday, which runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Army, Navy Air Force Club. It is the third session, which were begun so the group could collect information for a poverty reduction strategy for Cornwall and area.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFqRR3E7o7MGRYXj9DOJEuEQw8-MA&url=http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2013/07/19/anti-poverty-group-wants-action-plan

Anti-poverty group needs storytellers (Hamilton Spectator)
Sometimes the first step toward positive change starts with telling stories. And a Hamilton group is recruiting more storytellers to help fight poverty. The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR) is hiring a project co-ordinator who will launch a speakers’ bureau that will go into the community and educate the public on the realities of poverty. The ideal candidate is someone who has experienced poverty and has a community development background, said HRPR director Tom Cooper.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNE2ubraWQnsNlyYnP_BGiSBvQ6xrg&url=http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3902006-anti-poverty-group-needs-storytellers/

Why wealth must be included in the inequality debate (South Asian Generation Next)
Is inequality rising between the people in the top income group and the rest of society? It will strike most readers as silly to ask this question. After all, it has become an article of faith in our society that the distribution of incomes has become more unequal, although it is often accurately noted that it is more pronounced in the U.S. than in Canada.
http://www.sagennext.com/2013/07/24/why-wealth-must-be-included-in-the-inequality-debate/

Five Priorities for Ontarios Next Poverty Reduction Strategy (25in5)
Ontarios first five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy is quickly coming to an end. The 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy marked a bold and historic move in our province. It opened the door for action and showcased a commitment to begin making progress towards the elimination of poverty. Its now time to take bolder steps that can make a real difference toward eradicating poverty for all Ontarians.
http://25in5.ca/five-priorities-for-ontarios-next-poverty-reduction-strategy/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

PINs 2013 mini-conference: Leveraging our Relationships for Impact (PINs)
On March 6, 2013, TRIEC hosted the Professional Immigrant Network (PINs) initiative mini-conference: Leveraging our Relationships for Impact at the Toronto Board of Trade. Find out how PIN associations work together to strengthen their associations so they may better connect their members to meaningful employment.
http://www.networksforimmigrants.ca/success-stories/all-success-stories/pins-2013-mini-conference-leveraging-our-relationships-impact-pi

Employers are sharing their stories of collaboration with professional immigrant associations (TRIEC)
Watch the video and learn how Scotiabank and the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games (PANAM 2015) engaged with the PINs community and what they gained from the experience.
http://triec.ca/2013/employers-are-sharing-their-stories-of-collaboration-with-professional-immigrant-associations-and-groups/?utm_source=feedly

Webinar Aug 28: CCR Migrant Workers Report Cards Project: What is this tool and how can we use it? (CCR)
In May 2013, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) published a series of report cards, summarizing the approaches of provincial and the federal governments on protecting the rights of migrant workers in the low-skilled streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The objective of the project is to raise awareness and provide a tool to advocate for the protection of migrant workers rights federally and in each province.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/webinar/migrant-workers-report-cards

Temporary Foreign Workers: Filling a Void? (Conference Board of Canada)
There has been a lot of controversy in the media in recent months over Canadas TFW program. As the previous chart The Young and the Jobless illustrated, Canadian youth are struggling to secure employment. This, justifiably, raises the question: if the unemployment rate remains relatively high and so many young and able Canadians are unable to find work, why are we still bringing in so many people under the TFW program? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. Possible reasons include a skills mismatch, labour market rigidities (such as higher unemployment benefits in certain geographic areas that have a distortionary affect on relocation decisions), or the perception that foreign workers can be hired for less than their Canadian counterparts.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.conferenceboard.ca/economics/hot_eco_topics/default/13-07-22/temporary_foreign_workers_filling_a_void.aspx&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABAo5K-jwVIAVgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=YRySRN_9Gjs&usg=AFQjCNH-PC75Nng5uqZl4UWhsmYcBCVmxg

Temporary Foreign Workers’ Spiking Numbers Have No Definite Explanation: Conference Board (Huffington Post)
More temporary foreign workers are gravitating towards Canada while many citizens still struggle to secure a job, and the Conference Board of Canada doesn’t really know why. In the last installment of a three-part study on unemployment in the country, titled The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Looking at Canadas Post-Recession Job Market,” the Board reveals that the number of temporary foreign workers in the country reached 360,000 in December 2012, more than double the 150,000 figure of 2006. But since 2006, the Canadian labour market has changed, the unemployment rate has increased 6.3 per cent in 2006, currently at 7.1 per cent and the country, along with the rest of the world, went through the 2008 recession. So, the Board asks, why are more temporary foreign workers coming in when “Canadian youth are struggling to secure employment”?
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/23/temporary-workers-canada-unemployment_n_3639288.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABArfy6jwVIAVAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=SkECN3KCaiE&usg=AFQjCNEJgIv7Gwj2s6HFDx0LOlCCyDFUaQ

Skip to Foreign workers doubled as joblessness peaked: report (CBC)
Despite an unemployment rate that spiked in 2009 and remains high, the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has more than doubled over the last six years, according to the Conference Board of Canada. In 2006, there were 150,000 temporary foreign workers employed in Canada. By December 2012, that number had more than doubled to 340,000.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/07/23/business-foreign-workers-report.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAEoATAAOABA-uu6jwVIAVgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=ivYDgaRM22k&usg=AFQjCNG9RbrrZZ9yU6RaxOQemv8SAi51oA

Temporary foreign workers flood into Canada as youth cant find work: Conference Board asks why (Michael Babad, Globe and Mail)
The Conference Board of Canada cant fully answer the question, but it does wonder why Canada is importing so many temporary foreign workers when its own young people cant find jobs. In the final piece of a three-part look at the post-crisis labour market, the group cites the fact that the number of temps from outside the country reached almost 340,000 by December of last year, up from 150,000 in 2006. This, as Canadas unemployment rate continued to climb, particularly among young people.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/temporary-foreign-workers-flood-into-canada-as-youth-cant-find-work-conference-board-asks-why/article13359605/#dashboard/follows/

Ottawa issues more work permits to foreign cooks than any other occupation (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
As Canadians struggle to secure employment, new government data show Ottawa has issued more permits to temporary foreign cooks than any other occupation. Of the 17,554 applications approved in 2011, most were awarded to jobs that require limited training: from cooks, painters and roofers to drywall installers and labourers. The figures, obtained by the Star from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada data, raise new questions about the countrys controversial temporary foreign worker program as Ottawa tries to adopt a hire-Canadian-first approach.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/24/ottawa_issues_more_work_permits_to_foreign_cooks_than_any_other_occupation.html

Retraining is key for newcomers (Brantford Expositor)
Moving can be stressful. Packing up, saying goodbye to friends and family and finding yourself in a new area. For immigrants, these stresses are even stronger, as they must deal with cultural differences and, perhaps most important, learn a new language and find a new job in a new country, with skills that may not be recognized. Immigrants to Brant are generally well educated. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 52% of the immigrant population, aged 15 and older, have completed post-secondary education, compared to 47% of the general population. Immigrants are also more often trained in the important STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fields. While immigrants make up 12% of the total labour force population in Brantford, they represent 20% of workers in the STEM fields.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/07/24/retraining-is-key-for-newcomers

Manitoba Government to help skilled newcomers work in their chosen fields sooner (Government of Manitoba)
Manitoba is investing $1.4 million over two years to improve the recognition of foreign credentials and get people working more quickly, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby and Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick announced today. The Manitoba government has been working to improve the recognition of foreign credentials, allowing new Manitobans the ability to put their education and experience to use sooner and establish successful careers in our province, said Selby. Today, were announcing new supports for our universities and colleges to work with trained and talented newcomers to put their skills to work. Its good for our economy and it means newcomers can more quickly put down roots in Manitoba.
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2013-07-01&item=18210

Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (Government of Ontario)
Nominees must be an Ontario-registered company and could be an individual employee or the entire organization. Nominations must be made in one of the following 3 categories:
Champion recognizes an individual or organization whose drive and passion have created a positive and sustained systemic change that has improved the overall labour market success of skilled immigrants in Ontario.
Employer recognizes an individual or organization that has implemented exemplary human resource practices designed to integrate Ontarios skilled immigrants into the workplace effectively.
Entrepreneur recognizes an individual who is an immigrant entrepreneur who has contributed to Ontarios globally connected economy and prosperity by creating jobs and valuing workforce diversity and inclusion.
http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/employment.shtml?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=bgky

Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda (Marketwatch)
At a meeting with Canada’s premiers, labour leaders from across the country called for unity among the provinces in rejecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s low-wage agenda. While the premiers gather for their Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake this week, the presidents of Canada’s provincial and territorial federations of labour are hosting parallel meetings where jobs, pensions and healthcare are the big-ticket items. The labour federation presidents called on the premiers to put pressure on the federal government to double the Canada Pension Plan and renew the 2004 Health Accord, but the main focus of their talks was on jobs, training, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Employment Insurance and Canada’s labour market.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.marketwatch.com/story/canadas-top-labour-leaders-call-on-premiers-to-oppose-harpers-low-wage-agenda-2013-07-24&ct=ga&cd=MTE4NjQ1MTU0OTY4ODM0ODI4MTE&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNH1QAoR89lfc_Bg5of51Rpt9iBaeA

Calls renewed to disband Canadas temporary foreign worker program (Katie May, Lethbridge Herald)
The Alberta Federation of Labour is renewing its call to disband Canadas temporary foreign worker program, saying federal and provincial governments need to do more to protect workers from fraud. Temporary foreign workers are more likely than their Canadian counterparts to fall victim to fraud at the hands of their employers, according to AFLs recent report, which gathered statistics on employee complaints from the provincial department of Human Services.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://lethbridgeherald.com/2013/07/news/local-news/calls-renewed-to-disband-canadas-temporary-foreign-worker-program/&ct=ga&cd=MTI3NTc5MDEzNTI0NDQyNDM3NjI&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNGkR_pJ4PNAW20SExXItAzx_XIgXg

Despite wide criticism, Ottawa appears unprepared to alter job-training approach (Julian Beltrame, Globe and Mail)
An internal document suggests Ottawa is preparing to push ahead with key features of its controversial skills-training initiative, despite provincial opposition and calls for flexibility. The nine-page federal document entitled An Offer to Provinces and Territories to Transform and Renew the Labour Market Agreements, and Implement the Canada Job Grant was sent to at least one province recently. It appears to retain all the elements of the proposal set out in the March budget. The document claims it builds on consultations with stakeholder groups in May and June, and says Ottawa is looking to discuss the detailed design with the provinces.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/despite-wide-criticism-ottawa-appears-unprepared-to-alter-job-training-approach/article13395542/

Canada Jobs Grant (CBC Metro Morning)
Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of The Mowat Centre says the Canada Jobs Grant, which should be a major topic of conversation at the premiers’ meeting, is not gaining favour with some of the provinces.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/07/24/canada-jobs-grant/

Yukon Temporary Foreign Worker Program to be launched as a one year pilot (Government of Yukon)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has approved the Government of Yukon to launch a one year pilot of the Yukon Temporary Foreign Worker Program on August 1. The program has been designed to help meet Yukons short-term labour market needs in the tourism and hospitality, oil and gas, mineral exploration and mining industries. When employers in specific industries advertise locally but are unable to find employees, this program is an excellent option to fill those positions on a short-term basis, Education Minister Scott Kent said. Yukon Education and our partners at the Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board have worked hard to create a strong program that benefits the labour market while protecting the rights of both employees and employers.
http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/13-189.html#.UfEavI21GkI

Vale may hire foreign workers to solve Long Harbour crunch (CBC)
Mining giant Vale admits it may have to look outside the country to hire specialized workers to finish its massive nickel processing facility in Newfoundland’s Placentia Bay. However, Vale says it wants to explore other options first to find such skilled workers as welders and pipefitters for its site at Long Harbour, where the company ultimately intends to process nickel mined at Voisey’s Bay in northern Labrador.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/07/23/nl-vale-foreign-workers-long-harbour-723.html

WebinarAug 6: Building an Inclusive Organizational Culture (Joe Gerstandt)
Register today for this free 60 minute webinar on Building an Inclusive Organizational Culture.
Introduction, background and foundational definitions
2 models of Inclusion
4 levers for changing culture
15-20 mins of Q and A.
http://inclusive.eventbrite.com/

Discrimination not always a bad thing (Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Reporter)
At the HR Law for HR Professionals course I was co-director of recently, one of our instructions commented that people tend to recoil in horror when they are referred to as being discriminatory. In recent times, we have come to equate “discrimination” with unfair and unlawful conduct relating to factors such as the colour of a person’s skin, their religion or gender. However, in HR, people discriminate all the time, and they would not be doing their jobs if they didn’t.
http://www.hrreporter.com/blog/Canadian-HR-Law/archive/2013/07/23/discrimination-not-always-a-bad-thing

PICS Entrepreneurs Club (Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services)
PICS Entrepreneurs Club is a low-cost community based program created to encourage and promote self-employment success among newcomers in the GTA through a series of nine professional-knowledge workshops and nine success-story mentorship sessions on the key aspects of successful self employment. Workshops are organized to support Self Employed Immigrant Entrepreneurs succeed in a stable and supportive environment. Its focus is on applied business knowledge instead of business theory with each workshop designed to connect entrepreneurs directly to knowledgeable and local professionals.
http://picsentrepreneurs.wordpress.com/?goback=%252Egde_4209371_member_260195524

Hiring foreign workers becomes more difficult (Steven Meurrens, Canadian Immigrant)
Under the Conservative federal government, Canadas immigration system has gone from being one that admits skilled workers immediately as permanent residents to one that admits them as temporary foreign workers first, and then flips them into immigrants. Given this shift, the use of the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) has increased dramatically in recent years. But, as the program grew, so, too, did the number of employers abusing it. The Government of Canada has recently responded by announcing several changes to the program.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/immigrate/hiring-foreign-workers-becomes-more-difficult

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Research charities before you give? Of course, but do it right. (Marcel Lauzière, Imagine Canada)
The author is right in reminding Canadians that they should do their research before supporting the work of a particular charity. However, she is wrong when she suggests (as does MoneySense) that Canadians should be primarily concerned about overhead costs when choosing to give or not to give. Numbers are important and they should be accessible to all, but they will tell you very little about the impact of an organization (which is what really should matter). Just looking at overhead costs is a simplistic approach to an often complex situation. Imagine Canadas position statement underscores the fact that charity ranking systems are not only unhelpful, but can also be misleading.
http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/2013/07/23/research-charities-before-you-give-of-course-but-do-it-right

Crowdfunding Part 4: A paradigm shift in investor protection (Carlos Pinto Lobo, socialfinance.ca)
There is a misperception as to how investor protection will work with respect to crowdfunding, if the securities regulator changes the rules as proposed. In an earlier blog, I discussed the differences between current private placement rules designed to exclude anyone who is not an accredited investor versus crowdfunding private placements for any investor. These differences are more significant when compared to the established brokerage model. Traditionally, the securities industry has a basic unit structure, which has essentially not changed in the last 70+ years.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/crowdfunding-part-4-a-paradigm-shift-in-investor-protection

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2013 – Oct 15 (Blumberg Segal LLP)
The 2nd Annual Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute will be a one day conference on October 15, 2013 in Toronto covering important information on compliance for Canadian registered charities.
http://charitylawinstitute.eventbrite.ca/

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