Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 4, 2013


Connect Legal Summer 2013 Newsletter (Connect Legal)
In this issue:
Connect Legal Honoured with Vital Ideas Award at Vital Toronto 2013
Connect Legal in the News
Karla’s Inspiring Story
Program Updates
Upcoming Public Workshops

News Release Somali-Canadian Wins the 2013 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism (CIC)
Bashir Ahmed of Edmonton, Alberta is the recipient of the 2013 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism, announced Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. For more than 20 years, Mr. Ahmed has worked tirelessly in both Ottawa and Edmonton to advocate the importance of multiculturalism and help integrate Somali newcomers, particularly youth, in Canada, said Minister Kenney. I am happy to announce him as the recipient of this years Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.

CivicAction CEO Mitzie Hunter to run for provincial office (CivicAction)
CivicAction Chair John Tory made the following statement: “Mitzie has made a tremendous contribution to CivicAction since becoming CEO in January 2012. Her obvious passion for this region and its people shines through in everything she does. She has also built a team at CivicAction that is ready, willing and capable of continuing to move the organizations strategic priorities forward during Mitzies absence. I’ve known Mitzie for a decade, and while I led a different political party I can say she is just the kind of person we need offering herself for election. I wish Mitzie all the best with her campaign.”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada asks Canadians for views on immigration (
The Canadian immigration minister, Jason Kenney, has asked the Canadian public and a number of ‘stakeholders’ to submit their opinions about immigration in an extensive online consultation. The consultation opened on 21st June 2013 and will continue until 31st August 2013. At the launch of the consultation, Mr Kenney told journalists ‘Since 2006, the government of Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history. Given the importance of immigration to our economic growth and long-term prosperity, we are especially keen to hear the views of Canadians as we prepare for the years ahead’.

Soccer league for newcomers launched (CBC)
A Charlottetown soccer coach has started a soccer league for young immigrants and refugees. Mike Redmond told CBC News newcomers to P.E.I. often have trouble with limited access to transportation and high costs. This has left many of them without a place to play.

Religious Freedom: The Diplomatic Dimension (Open Canada)
From Iran to Indonesia, too many people continue to face persecution on the basis of religious affiliation. But can Canadian diplomats promote religious freedom without compromising progress on other diplomatic goals? We asked Anne Leahy, Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, to evaluate Canadas historic engagement with religious freedom and explain how Canadas foreign policy practitioners could usefully approach this issue going forward.

Celebrating Canada’s food philosophy (Rita Demontis, Winnipeg Sun)
The reality is Canadian cuisine is a reflection of the multicultural fabric that envelops this great country, and exhibits the diversity of everyone who lives and cooks here. It’s a given that, depending on where you eat in Canada, the west is polar opposite to the east, and the same applies north to south. Yet, what truly is the unifying force behind the foods we eat are “the local farmers, butchers, food suppliers and chefs the very people who help create the food of our country,” notes award-winning food activist and writer Anita Stewart, currently working on the big Food Day Canada festivities coming up at the end of July.

Citizenship (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jill Dempsey spoke with Citizenship Judge Harry Dhaliwal. He is officiating at a citizenship ceremony today at Black Creek Pioneer Village, it is one of 33 being held across the country today.

“Important Tool” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about “carding”, with Peter Sloly. He is a Deputy Chief with the Toronto Police Service.

OHRC letter to the Toronto Police Services Board on the current practice of carding (OHRC)
While the current practice of carding significantly affects the African Canadian community, its impact is not limited to that community. Gathering intelligence and community engagement are laudable goals and necessary activities of police services, but the manner in which these goals are pursued must conform to the law. Thus, the TPSB, the TPS, and the public must be assured that the practice of carding conforms to the Human Rights Code and the Charter. In light of the significant human rights and Charter concerns associated with the current practice of carding, we recommend that the current practice be stopped until policies and procedures are fully developed and completely and transparently assessed against the Code and the Charter.

CIIP : Orientation to Canada Sessions (Poonam Kochhar, Prepare for Canada)
I am eager to share with you that Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) eases the integration process by providing orientation to Canada sessions and by connecting you to a credible immigrant serving agency. You are safe in the hands of CIIP and their focal partners. I was confident when we left our homeland that we had made an informed choice of our city of destination, Edmonton where I now call home. It all began when I received my Canadian immigration stamp of approval and with that I received an invitation letter to attend CIIP sessions before moving to Canada. I booked my appointment and went to CIIP for my group and counselling session. After going there I found it so useful, CIIP answered all our questions, which were troubling my husband and I. We were so comfortable and ready to move due to all the preparations which CIIP made us aware of.

MP held great meeting tomorrow UPDATE (North Bay Nipissing)
The North Bay Nipissing News had been informed by Jay Aspins office that they put the wrong date on the news release and that the meeting did happen on July 3, before the release was sent out. News release from Jay Aspins office North Bay, July 4th, 2013 Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming hosted Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, MP Rick Dykstra today at the North Bay Multicultural Centre for a roundtable with several local business and community leaders. The discussion focused on reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to ensure that it benefits the Canadian economy and that Canadians get the first chance at available jobs.

Halifax police warn immigrants about deportation scam (CTV)
Police are warning newcomers to Canada about a scam in which a caller threatens to deport them if they dont pay a fee. Someone has already fallen victim to the scam and police are concerned there could be more victims who are scared to come forward. The call comes in from a 1-800-number and the person on the other end of the line claims to be a Canada Border Services agent.


Fighting Anti-Refugee Tide in Canada (Michael Kaminer,
Progressive laws and generous benefits have long made Canada a haven for refugees. But the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been raising the drawbridge with laws that strip new immigrants of health-care benefits and restrict immigration from countries that are supposedly safe to stay in. Jewish leaders have formed an advocacy group to pressure Harper and his controversial Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, to scrap the restrictive legislation, known as Bill C-31. Founding members of the Toronto-based Jewish Refugee Action Network include a whos-who of Canadian Jewry in its ranks, including former Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber.

Jason Kenney to address Syrian refugee crisis (CBC)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will discuss will discuss Canada’s response to the dire situation facing nearly two million Syrian refugees when he speaks to reporters in Edmonton Wednesday. Kenney’s press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET). Aid organizations estimate the number of Syrians forced by violence to flee their homes will hit two million this summer. Most have gone to Lebanon and Jordan, with the majority settling in urban areas rather than in refugee camps.

Canada to accept 1,300 Syrian refugees (Steven Chase, Globe and Mail)
Canada is committing to accepting 1,300 refugees from the civil war in Syria by the end of 2014, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says. In response to an appeal from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ottawa has pledged to resettle 200 extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees over 2013 and 2014. Canada is pledging to accept up to 1,100 more Syrian asylum-seekers in 2014 through private sponsorship.


Metcalf Newsletter July 2013 (Metcalf Foundation)
In this issue:
Metcalf News
Grantee News
Upcoming deadlines

Toronto ditches National Household Survey (Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News)
Statistics Canadas National Household Survey is too unreliable to compare with previous long-form censuses, Toronto has decided. Canadas biggest city wont use the new survey to inform historic trendlines unless Statistics Canada provides better technical information that puts planners more at ease. Toronto, like other cities and a multitude of government and private organizations, relies on data from the long-form census to get a sense of where the communitys going. At least, it used to.

Lessons from Ontarios campaign to cut child poverty (Greg deGroot-Maggetti, Margaret Hancock and Heather McGregor, Toronto Star)
Child poverty in Ontario has dropped for a third consecutive year. According to the latest figures just released by Statistics Canada, Ontarios child poverty rate of 13.8 per cent in 2011 was down from 15.2 per cent three years earlier. While the reductions in child poverty in Ontario appear to be trending behind the governments five-year target for a 25-per-cent reduction by 2013, the fact that poverty has fallen at the same time as a major economic downturn speaks volumes about the return on investment so far of the provinces poverty reduction strategy. As Ontario sets out to consult regarding its next five-year anti-poverty strategy, the past strategy provides five important lessons. The first is that setting targets matters.


O Canada! (ERIEC)
How long does it take to uproot an exotic tree from South America and replant it in North America? How long does it take for its roots to strengthen so that one could consider it adapted to the new and colder environment? I read in a magazine that in some cases it takes 19 years!!! And how long would it take for a newcomer to completely integrate into their new country and start calling Canada home? In addition to possible roots issues of a tree, we could add feelings of displacement and nostalgia, unrequited dreams, self doubt or did I make a mistake?, and lets not forget where would I be today if I stayed behind? Many career development and immigrant integration specialists believe that successful immigrants are those who have been able to fully embrace Canada. They immerse themselves into the experience.

HIO Communiqué : Summer Issue 2013 (hireimmigrants Ottawa)
In this issue:
NEW! HIO Case Study Series
Internship Checklist
2014 Immigration Levels Planning: Public and Stakeholder Consultation
Cross-Cultural Competency Training

Indian IT outsourcers face backlash in Canada (
The backlash against outsourcing jobs comes at a time when the unemployment rate in Canada stands at 7.2% and remains above the levels that were seen before the 2008 recession. The rate is slightly lower than the US unemployment rate of 7.6%. A large chunk of the outsourcing happens from the five-six large banks (in Canada), said Rajat Juneja, practice director at outsourcing advisory firm Everest Group. And there is a strong sentiment against offshoring (in Canada)the banks are not currently commissioning any new business as of now. While companies will continue to get revenue from existing outsourcing projects, new Canadian business will be tough to come by in the near term.

Pay attractive wage and workers will come (Gord Henderson, Windsor Star)
There are two points here. Firstly, these migrant workers are paid less than minimum wage. Why would the farm owners want to hire Canadians and pay them more when they can bring in people to work for less? Secondly, this reflects just what a failure NAFTA has been. It was supposed to lift up the standard of living of Mexicans but it has not. Combine these two issues and you have Mexicans who will work for less than Canadian minimum wages because that is still twice what they will get at home, even for working in a Detroit 3 car plant, and Canadians, who will not do back breaking work for minimum wage, which they should not be expected to.

Kwentong Bayan: Community comics with, about and for migrant domestic workers (Scott Neigh, rabble)
On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo — artists, writers, community organizers — talk about their work on Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, a community comic book made in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program.

Bridging the job experience gap for newcomers (Jacqueline Bigar, Hamilton Spectator)
They were doctors or engineers in their homelands, but in Canada, some are driving taxis and delivering pizzas. That’s why the Bridging to Employment program was created, to equip immigrants with the tools neededto find work in their professional fields. YWCA Hamilton held the first graduation ceremony for participants Wednesday night at Mohawk College. There were 20 who completed environmental sector stream and 20 from the information and communications technology (ICT) stream.


Kickstarter in Canada : friend or foe? : Blog : Social Finance (Polina Minkovski,
Whether or not you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an enthusiastic cheerleader for the newest knitting club yet to weave its way into a local craft store, you likely make more than an occasional visit to Kickstartera household name for crowdfunding aficionados in North America and, since October 2012, the UK. In its latest move to expand the platforms international presence, the New York City-based Kickstarter announced on Thursday, June 27, that the site will soon enable Canadian projects to connect directly with Canadian fundersa turning point for Canadians, who have had to rely on partnerships with networks south of the border to receive or grant financing through the website. But does this mean good news or bad for the budding impact investment sector in Canada?

Toronto nonprofit leaders encouraged to apply for Vital People grants (Charity Village)
The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at nonprofit organizations in Toronto. Funded through the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital Toronto Fund, Vital People grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable nonprofit leaders to build their skills and knowledge or apply their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership contributions. The Vital People program will accept nominations from any registered charitable organization in the City of Toronto on behalf of a leadership candidate serving in a staff capacity in the organization. For organizations that do not have charitable status, please see the Who Can Apply? information sheet for information on how to establish a partnership with a charity and what elements must be included in a signed agreement. The deadline for applications is September 25, 2013.

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