Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 5, 2013


Summary of Research on Classroom Settlement Orientations (Settlement AtWork)
In the summer of 2012, CIC’s Integration Branch engaged Goss Gilroy Consulting to conduct a survey of in-Canada, classroom settlement orientation sessions offered to newcomers. The survey looked at how orientation sessions are offered, how long they last, what content they use and a wide range of other items.

Safe place to call home for newcomers (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
A new apartment building for some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents will open downtown next summer. In July 2014, the six-storey, 40-unit Marie Rose Place will welcome refugee and immigrant single moms and their children. The $9-million project is being funded by the three levels of government, with a private developer chipping in $2 million. It will be run by Holy Names House of Peace, which is next door, and will offer support programs and services to residents regardless of their religious affiliation or cultural origin. “I feel like today is a new page in the book of my life,” Asel Diusheeva said at a sod-turning ceremony Thursday in front of the Edmonton Street construction site.

New apartment building to house refugee, immigrant women (CBC)
Refugee and immigrant women coming to Winnipeg will soon have access to safe, permanent and affordable housing in the form of an apartment building being built downtown. Marie Rose Place, a $9-million six-storey complex on Edmonton Street between St. Mary and Graham avenues, will offer 40 apartment suites. Marie Rose Place will be located next to Holy Names House of Peace, which provides support services and interim housing to women and children who are new to Canada and have limited or no family or community support in Manitoba.

2013 CIMA Toronto Mayor’s Cricket Team announce (City of Toronto)
The City of Toronto today congratulated the 12 Toronto youth selected for the sixth annual Cricket Across the Pond program. Dignitaries participating in today’s ceremonial event at R.V. Burgess Park included Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West); Jonathan Dart, United Kingdom Consul General; Martin Saxton, Chair of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Zanita DiSalle, RBC Regional Vice-President, Greater Toronto Area; and team supporter Tom Mihalik, owner of Tom’s Place. “All those selected today to represent the CIMA Toronto Mayor’s Cricket Team in England should be proud of their hard work, training and sportsmanship,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “It is an accomplishment and an honour to be part of the team that will represent Toronto in London.”

Editorial: Quebec must do more to retain allophones (Montreal Gazette)
At least as important, however, is the comparative lack of economic opportunity for allophone immigrants in Quebec. The census shows that new immigrants to Montreal, where most immigrants to the province settle, are far less likely to find jobs than those in other Canadian cities. The unemployment rate of immigrants ages 35-44 who arrived in Montreal between 2006 and 2011 was found to be 19.4 per cent, as opposed to 13.2 per cent in Toronto and 9.8 per cent in Vancouver. Although the unemployment rates drop over time, the data show it takes more time on average for immigrants in Montreal to secure employment.

Exhibit recalls Jewish refugees and Nazi prisoners held together in Canadian prisons (Arno Rosenfeld, Jewish Journal)
When Austrian and German Jews escaped Nazism by fleeing to Britain during the 1930s, the last thing they expected was to find themselves prisoners in Canada, interred in camps with some of the same Nazis they had tried to escape back home. But that’s what happened to some 7,000 European Jews and “Category A” prisoners — the most dangerous prisoners of war — who arrived on Canadian shores in 1940. Fearing a German invasion, Britain had asked its colonies to take some German prisoners and enemy spies. But the boats included many refugees, including religious Jews and university students. Though Britain alerted Canada to the mistake, it would take three years for all the refugees to be freed.

CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to End Random Street Checks and Reject Delays (CCLA)
CCLA has provided submissions to the Toronto Police Services Board, urging the Board to put a stop to the police practice of random “street checks” (also known as carding). In addition, CCLA objected to delays in the provision of data and reports on these topics to the Board, given that this information is needed for transparency and accountability with respect to police practices and concerns about racial profiling.

“Practice Is Excessive” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about “carding”, with Odion Fayalo. He is an outreach worker and the Youth Justice Community Research Lead with the “For Youth Initiative” in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood.

Tamil Business Ties (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with V.I. Lakshmanan. He is the CEO of Process Research Ortech, and the new chair of the Canada-India Foundation. He will be speaking as part of the 26th annual “Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America” conference.

Is Hamilton a city that welcomes its immigrants? (Matt Moir, CBC)
Is this city a welcoming place for newcomers? Mayor Bob Bratina says it is. “As the mayor, I’ve attended functions throughout the city with Cambodians, Roma, Chinese, Japanese…you name it. There’s no question in my mind that someone coming from another country to Hamilton — be it southeast Asia, be it Europe, be it South America — will find as welcoming an environment as you could find anywhere,” Bratina told the CBC. Newcomers can expect to find a fair shot at economic prosperity too, he said.

The grass appears greener to would-be Canadian immigrants (Murtaza Haider,
Canada should have gotten it right by now. A 146-year old country of immigrants should know how to integrate new immigrants. The recent census data however suggests that not to be the case. While Canadians celebrated the 146th birthday of their country, many recent immigrants, however, had little to celebrate in their adopted homeland where their unemployment rate was 75 per cent higher than that of the native-born Canadians. Last week, Statistics Canada released further details from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). The data focusing on labour outcomes paints a dismal picture for many immigrant groups, especially those who are considered a visible minority, a term referring to the people who visibly do not belong to the majority race at a place. For the would-be South Asian emigrants, the grass appears greener in Canada.

Do international students need better English skills? (Josh Dehaas Maclean’s)
Professors at the University of Regina, which has doubled its international student population from 730 in 2009 to 1,448 in 2013, say students are being admitted without good enough English. English professor Susan Johnston told CBC that some don’t have the listening skills to understand what’s going on in classes and they also appear to be crafting papers in one language and converting them to English, “through some kind of Google Translator or BabelFish program.” The discussion isn’t limited to Saskatchewan. The international student population grew by 60 per cent nationwide between 2004 and 2012.

Caring for Kids New to Canada (Settlement AtWork)
Although this site is a guide for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children and youth, it also contains useful information for settlement sector staff working with newcomer children and youth. The content includes the themes such as mental health and development, culture and health, providing care for newcomers, community resources and the social determinants of health.

July newsletter (Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership)
In this issue:
Enhancing social integration through community connectors
Engaging with immigrant entrepreneurs
Promoting rural employment
New Routes: New Roots
Multicultural Festival brings out art lovers!
GW-LIP Meetings
Other Events
News Round-up

Growing frustration over family separation (Dyan Ruiz, Philippine Reporter)
A huge number of caregivers, 45,000 across Canada, are waiting for their permanent residence applications to be processed. Most are suffering from the angst of family separation as they wait longer and longer to be reunited with their children and spouse. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney talked about the growing problem in Parliament on April 25, 2012, but also said “we have not taken any action yet.”

Scarborough lawyer produces dying art form of Tamil opera at convention in July (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
For Scarborough lawyer Manuel Jesudasan, opera and dance are longstanding passions passed on from his late father, who taught him the ancient Tamil art form known as Naadu Koothu in a small northern coastal village in Sri Lanka. Jesudasan, 65, will have an opportunity to exchange his legal robes for the elaborate finery of a king when he and his ad hoc opera and dance company perform this Saturday at the Sony Centre, along with other poets, musicians and artists, including the Indian dance guru and choreographer Madurai R. Muralidharan. It is all part of the North American convention of Tamil organizations (known as FeTNA) meeting in Toronto.

‘Bizarre’ terror plot mars Ramadan preparations for Metro Vancouver Muslims (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
It’s been a bizarre lead-up to Ramadan for Metro Vancouver’s roughly 80,000 Muslims. The Islamic holy month of fasting begins Tuesday in B.C. That’s the same day two suspected Surrey terrorists, drug users and punk-music devotees are to appear in court to face charges related to trying to set off pressure-cooker bombs in a crowd celebrating the July 1 Canada Day holiday at the Victoria legislature. “It’s all been a distraction” from preparing for Ramadan, says Luay Kawasme, a Vancouver computer programmer and father who serves as a lay leader among the city’s large Sunni Muslim community.

Marketing vets launch Ethnicity multicultural firm (Chris Powell, Marketing Mag)
Sensing a market need for insight-driven, multicultural marketing expertise, two of Canada’s leading multicultural marketing experts have partnered to launch their own company. Bobby Sahni, former head of multicultural marketing at Rogers Communications, and Howard Lichtman, former executive vice-president of marketing and communications for Cineplex, formally introduced their new Toronto-based company, Ethnicity, on Canada Day. The partners stress that the 15-person company is more than simply another multicultural agency, which they said often focus on a single ethnic group or put too much emphasis on execution without the backbone of insight and strategy.

SISO no longer haunts immigration services: report (Matt Moir, CBC)
Two years after the ignominious collapse of the city’s controversial Settlement and Integration Services Organization, Hamilton’s immigrant community is being served by a more cohesive network of providers, according to a new report. The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council’s (HIPC) Settlement Service Providers Working Group — a partnership between a collection of Hamilton’s largest immigrant services providers — surveyed 378 front-line providers from the settlement, health, education, housing, language training and government sectors and found that there have been significant improvements in co-ordination and collaboration since SISO’s 2011 fall from grace. A report based on the HIPC’s Work Group’s survey shows that 97 per cent of the respondents state that they ‘occasionally’ or ‘usually’ refer newcomer clients to different service providers, and 67 per cent- a 30 per cent increase since 2011- feel they can easily find the required information to refer clients to other providers.


CCR Chronicle – Vol. 8 no. 4, 4 July 2013 (CCR)
In this issue:
The CCR urges federal government to drop plans to break up families
How are you showing that you are Proud to Protect Refugees?
Bill C-43 (Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act) receives Royal Assent
Save these dates! Participate in CCR meetings in September and November

Top court to hear case of Cuban refugee claimant (Sun News Network)
Canada’s top court will tackle the case of a Cuban man whose refugee application was denied over his criminal record in the US. The Supreme Court announced Thursday it would hear the appeal sought by Luis Alberto Hernandez Febles, a Cuban citizen first granted refugee status in the United States as a political dissident.

Ottawa opens door to 1,300 Syrian refugees (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Ottawa will resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees to Canada over two years; 1,100 of them will be supported by local community and faith groups.


Webinar July 24th – Right in your Back Yard: Sourcing Immigrant Talent Faster (
While organizations may understand the benefits of a diverse workforce, finding immigrant talent often can be a challenge. In this webinar you will learn about the Ottawa Job Match Network and Hire Immigrants Ottawa on how they support employers sourcing skilled immigrants. You will hear first-hand from an employer that has used the Job Match Network successfully and how you can find similar resources in your city.

Toronto Fire Services – A Path to Diversity (City of Toronto)
At its meeting of January 15, 2013, City Council directed the Fire Chief/General Manager, Toronto Fire Services consult with the Chief of Police regarding the framework, structure and successes of the Toronto Police Diversity hiring program; to prepare an update to the Toronto Fire Diversity hiring program; and to report to the Executive Committee by the end of the second quarter of 2013 with a plan on how to increase the diversity within Toronto Fire Services to better reflect the population of Toronto. This report outlines Toronto Fire Services’ (TFS) plan to increase workforce diversity, which includes an increase in the number of women and racially diverse personnel in TFS, by ten per cent by the end of 2014. This report also addresses steps taken by TFS to increase diversity in recruitment, employment and to assist employees in overcoming identified barriers.

Mistake to have quotas at Toronto Fire (Mike Strobel, Toronto Sun)
In case you live in Rosedale and your notion of diversity is your Filipina nanny and takeout Pad Thai, come visit me at City Hall. I’ll set you straight. Starting a few steps from the press gallery, I will walk you by all the posters and plaques celebrating the multiplicity of our munificent megacity. Front and centre is the Equal Opportunity Policy which waxes poetic about a “successful, cosmopolitan centre where a diversity of people can live together in harmony.”

Men Outnumber Women 2-1 Among Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada (CICS News)
The gender makeup of Canada’s foreign worker population is like that of foreign workers around the world, with men outnumbering women by a large margin. The data, collected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), shows that over 143,000 men entered the country in 2012 as temporary foreign workers (TFWs), over double the approximately 70,000 TFWs who were women. Men, who are the primary breadwinner in most households around the world, are often driven to work abroad by pressure to provide for their families, when wages in their own country are inadequate.

‘Unskilled’ temporary foreign workers still having to fend for themselves, despite provincial changes (April Hudson, Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter)
Changes to federal and provincial guidelines for the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) carry both good and bad news for those affected by the program. Although officially a federal program, new immigration options for foreign workers were announced by the Alberta government on June 20, 2013. Under the expanded Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), which now includes an Alberta Work Experience category, temporary foreign workers can now nominate themselves for permanent residency, rather than having to wait for their employers to nominate them. According to a release from the provincial government, these workers will need to have worked in a key in-demand occupation for at least two years, along

Internationally-Trained Educators Hold Hiring Consultation Session with Toronto Catholic District School Board (Tony A. San Juan, Munting Nation)
In purposeful pursuit of placement and assignment as a Catholic teacher within a school board, 45 internationally-trained teachers have had a productive consultation meeting with senior officers of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on June 25, 2013. The 2 and 1/2 hour event, conducted at the Board’s Catholic Education Centre on Sheppard Avenue, North York, was conveniently arranged by Mr.Garry Tanuan , TCDSB Trustee, Ward 8 of Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario as part of his proactive community outreach initiative.

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