Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 27, 2013


Brazil, Canada and Australia best for positivity on immigration (Emigrate UK)
A new poll of nationals in favourite migrant destinations has revealed that Australia, Brazil and Canada have the most welcoming citizens. The UK/Irish research company Ipsos was responsible for the survey, which found that Brazil was the most welcoming country of all, with 47 per cent of respondents saying they had a positive attitude towards arrivals from overseas. Canada and Australia came second and third, with 43 and 36 percent of citizens welcoming immigrants and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Russia was at the bottom of the list. Other findings concluded that those nationals with higher educational qualifications were more likely to see immigration in a positive light than those whoseeducation was basic. Over 60 per cent of Canadians with higher education qualifications reported that immigration was sure to benefit Canadian society as a whole.

‘I am beginning not to recognize this country’: Bonnie Klein on receiving the Order of Canada (Bonnie Sherr Klein, rabble)
Would I make the same choice today? I am proud and invigorated by young and old people who are raising urgent concerns about our country’s basic values. I am inspired by the Idle No More movement, the Occupiers, those who have chosen to ally themselves with the 99-per-cent, and join with them in sometimes disorderly nonviolent activism. On the occasion of my investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada, I am a fierce Canadian, vigilant to preserve the best potential of the Canada we chose — twice. We all “desire a better country.”

Ottawa Citizen Reader Launches Campaign To Help Former Afghan Interpreter Who Worked For Canada (Laura Armstrong, Ottawa Citizen)
An online fundraising campaign to cover the cost of tuition and books for a former Afghan interpreter has raised more than $1,000 since its soft launch on Friday. Thirteen people have donated a combined $1,070 to help pay for Maryam Sahar Naquibullahin’s first year at Carleton University. David Brooks, a complete stranger to Sahar, launched the Indiegogo campaign on her behalf after reading her story in the Citizen. As a young girl living in Afghanistan, Sahar was the only female interpreter for Canadian and American reconstruction forces in Kandahar City. Before she was 18, the Taliban had murdered Sahar’s two best friends and kidnapped her 11-year-old brother in broad daylight. Growing security risks forced Sahar to immigrate to Ottawa in October 2011 under the Afghan Interpreter Immigration Program. She came alone, at only 17 years old.

Wanted in Canada, white supremacist from Vancouver seeks to turn North Dakota town into a neo-Nazi enclave (Jennifer Saltman, The Province)
A former Vancouver resident who is wanted in Canada for hate crimes has alarmed residents of a North Dakota community with his plans to turn the area into a haven for white supremacists. Craig Paul Cobb has purchased 12 lots in Leith, N.D., over the past two years and hopes to buy more there and in neighbouring towns as his finances allow. He’s encouraging like-minded “white nationalists” to move to the area and do the same. “I’ve always had the Little Europe concept in mind,” said Cobb during a telephone interview Monday.

This Is Why Quebec Must Remove Religion from the Public Sphere (Karim Akouche, Huffington Post)
Today, I want to stand with all my strength against the laxity of the Canadian authorities; I totally embrace the Charter of Quebec Values. We must get rid of religion in the political sphere. Islamism is like couch grass: It feeds on cultures.

“Values charter” a winning issue for PQ: polls (Don Macpherson, Montreal Gazette)
On Sunday, The Gazette obtained the first public poll results on the subject of the charter since details of it were leaked last week. The poll was conducted by interactive voice-response telephone across Canada on Friday by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc. Results for the whole sample of 1,189 are considered accurate, plus or minus up to 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. In it, 58 per cent of Quebec respondents approved of the reported proposal to prohibit public employees from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, to 33 per cent who disapproved. The results for the Quebec sample of 237 would have a margin of error of up to about 6 points, plus or minus. Quebec is the only region where the proposed ban received more approval than disapproval. Across the country, 42 per cent expressed approval, to 47 per cent expressing disapproval.

Proposed PQ ban on religious symbols proving popular in Quebec (Allan Woods, Toronto Star)
Quebec’s proposed ban on the wearing of religious symbols has drawn criticism from across the country, but a new poll suggests it has strong support in the province. The measures designed by the minority Parti Québécois government to underscore Quebec’s secular nature may also now have the political support necessary to pass the legislation into law in the coming months. The so-called charter of Quebec values, to be unveiled in the coming weeks, proposes barring public servants from wearing veils, kippas, turbans and even crucifixes while at work. A leaked report last week said the measures would apply to anyone who draws their salary from the public purse: bureaucrats, lawyers, police officers, teachers, and even doctor and nurses.

Quebec religious symbols ban doubtful, Tom Mulcair says (CBC)
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he doubts Quebec Premier Pauline Marois will move ahead with a planned ban on religious headwear in public-sector workplaces because it would be contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The minority-government Parti Québécois will reportedly include the ban as part of the planned charter of Quebec values.

PQ Minister, Jewish group urge ban for ‘radical’ speakers (CJNews)
B’nai Brith Canada has joined a Quebec cabinet minister in asking Ottawa to bar certain speakers scheduled to appear at an Muslim youth conference because it objects to their views on women. In particular, Nader Abou Anas, president of l’Association D’clic, a youth organization in France, has been cited by Agnès Maltais, the provincial minister for the status of women, as spreading radical Islamic views that are completely contrary to the Quebec value of gender equality. Maltais wrote to her federal counterpart, Kellie Leitch, on Aug. 21 asking that Anas and Farid Mounir, also from France, not be admitted to Canada to attend the Sept. 7-8 conference at the Palais des congrès. The organizer, Collectif 1dépendance, describes itself as dedicated to educating young Montreal Muslims in their faith.

Muslim groups say Quebec unfairly targeting conference speaker (CBC)
Muslim organizations in Quebec are criticizing Agnès Maltais, the provincial minister responsible for the Status of Women, for asking the Canadian government to bar some invited guests from entering the country as speakers at a Muslim youth conference. Maltais wrote a letter to her federal counterpart, Kellie Leitch, calling the speakers “radical Islamists” who don’t respect equality between men and women. On its website, the conference organizers—a group calling itself Collectif 1ndépendance—says that it will invite international speakers to “share knowledge on religious affairs with young Quebec Muslims.”

Baird Announces Support for Religious Freedom (gov of Canada)
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, met in Toronto with Nigerian community leaders to discuss the issue of religious freedom and announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund, including one in Jos, Nigeria. “The promotion and protection of religious freedom continues to be a priority for our government,” said Baird. “Today’s announcement signals our continued commitment to promoting this fundamental Canadian value around the world. Canada is committed to working with Nigerian institutions, government and civil-society representatives to promote freedom of religion and human rights for all Nigerians.” These two projects, which will promote dialogue and conflict mediation, will involve training civil society and activities to raise awareness of religious freedom.

Weapons smuggler fighting possible deportation (Jason Van Rassel, Calgary Herald)
Kyle Gibbons’ legal troubles won’t be over when he’s freed from a provincial jail sometime next fall. Because of his convictions for weapons and drug offences, Gibbons – who was born in the United Kingdom and never became a Canadian citizen – faces deportation under the “serious criminality” provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Calgary immigration lawyer Raj Sharma is appealing the removal order on compassionate grounds, saying deporting Gibbons would tear apart his family and sending him to a country he left when he was four years old.

Islamic scholars experience diversity of Muslim practices at U of T summer program (Wendy Gillis, Toronto Star)
Three dozen men and women sit barefoot inside a makeshift prayer room inside a downtown Toronto office tower. It is shortly after 1 p.m. on a recent Friday, time for the Juma prayer. The voice of Laury Silvers, kneeling at the front of the group, breaks through the silence as she recites verses from the Qur’an. For some gathered here, this marks their first experience of seeing mixed-gender prayers led by a woman, a practice that remains highly unusual in Muslim communities.

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Olympic-size contribution (Chronicle Herald)
Immigrants who arrive on Nova Scotia’s shores come with varying goals; many just want to escape poverty or strife or discrimination. Csom Latorovski has been to the Olympics. Four times.

Shocking ruling means visitors can get OHIP (Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun)
They also applied for an extension so that they could continue to receive “WSIB-sponsored treatment” for their injuries. They didn’t provide further information on the status of their visitor permit application — so we have no way of knowing if they are visitors to this country or here illegally. In his letter denying their eligibility, OHIP manager Brad Murphy had this to say: “Although he is receiving medical treatment funded by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the ministry can only insure individuals who hold a valid OHIP-eligible immigration status outlined in Regulation 552 of the Health Insurance Act. A visitor permit is not an OHIP-eligible immigration document.” Shockingly, HSARB allowed their claim — and the two are still here, still presumably receiving WSIB services and still eligible for OHIP. This is the same agency that denied a claim for out-of-province care for Oshawa tot Liam Reid, who needed eye surgery in the U.S. Apparently HSARB now believes we should fund OHIP for visitors to Canada.

Becoming a Canadian citizen long, worthwhile road (Smokey Seidel, Cochrane Eagle)
Even given the diversity of Canada’s population, being in a group of 100 people from 25 countries is an unusual experience for Canadians. For “new Canadians” it’s confirmation that they now belong to a truly great country, as they participate together in a Canadian citizenship ceremony.


‘Unconscious racism’ is not really racism (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
I’m come to realize that a lot of what Canadians label racism could be categorized as “unconscious racism.” It has led to a great deal of dangerous confusion about the definition of racism, a topic I recently explored in “What is racism? Most Canadians in a muddle.” I received many supportive letters in response to the column, but a few did not appreciate what I wrote. Some appeared to accuse me of being racist. Of course I disagree, but the letters reaffirmed for me that the definition of racism is important to clarify.

40 maps that explain the world (Max Fisher, Washington Post)
Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled “40 maps they didn’t teach you in school,” one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they’re no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog (see our full maps coverage here), with others from a variety of sources. I’ve included a link for further reading on close to every one.

Is Canada Serious About Immigration? (Christopher Smillie, Huffington Post)
Bold leadership required on immigration for the future Recently, Minister of Employment Jason Kenney rightly highlighted the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) as an important plank in Canada’s complicated immigration system. This new initiative (2013) seeks to attract the kinds of immigrants Canada’s economy needs — people with a skilled trade who are highly employable and who are moving here on a permanent basis. The announcement itself was highlighting the first two immigrants accepted to Canada under this program. According to Citizenship and Immigration in 2011, immigration accounted for 46 per cent of net labour force growth. In 2013, 62 per cent of permanent immigration was classified as “economic” 27 per cent “family” and 11 per cent “refugee/humanitarian”.

Undocumented immigrants: Toronto may be a ‘sanctuary city,’ but agencies still ask about status (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Almost half of Toronto’s community agencies ask for clients’ immigration status, and 30 per cent say they would share the information with police and immigration officials. Those statistics are from a new city-funded report, the first ever to survey community service agencies about their policies on serving “non-status residents” — a growing population of migrants who are in Canada without immigration status.

Chris Alexander (Can India)
Earlier this week, newly appointed Minister for Immigration Chris Alexander gave Can-India an exclusive interview. He came across as candid, articulate and up to speed on global issues given his background in the Canadian Foreign Service. He has spent a total of six years in Russia as Third Secretary and Vice-Consul. In 2003, he became the first resident ambassador in Afghanistan until 2009 and he’s also served as one of two deputy special representatives of the United nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Herzing College Immigration Consultant Diploma Program Receives Accreditation (WirePR News)
Herzing College Immigration Consultant diploma program received accreditation from the Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which enables graduates to take the ICCRC exam and become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. “The Immigration Consultant program is designed to help students become qualified to work in the growing immigration management field and help immigrants or refugees to successfully transition into their new Canadian homeland,” said Dr. Michael McAllister, campus president of Herzing College – Ottawa. “Immigration consulting is a rewarding career that allows individuals who have some post-secondary education or experience in the legal field to begin working in law firms and corporate legal departments after six months of training and education.”

Jamaican fraud artist accused of playing ‘the gay card’ after she outed herself as a lesbian to avoid deportation (Robert Osborne, National Post)
Sandra Marcia Gordon is a career criminal, a master con woman with dozens of convictions on her rap sheet, including theft, art fraud, counterfeiting and possession of stolen property, fraud and obstruction of justice. She is also a habitual liar: claiming fictional children, changing identities hourly on occasions and at one point even gave a storage locker as her current address to an immigration hearing. One thing she is not is a Canadian citizen. She came to Canada from Jamaica in 1972 as a young girl. So in 2001, citing her criminal history, the government ordered Gordon deported. Twelve years later, she is still in the country, appealing and re-appealing every step of the deportation process.

Language is Key-Opening Doors to the Future Symposium October 17-18, 2013 — Toronto, Ontario (CESBA)
The Language is Key-Opening Doors to the Future 2013 Symposium, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration will bring together school board, college, university and community agency partners who deliver specialized language and higher level language training programs to adult learners in the province of Ontario. Building professional learning connections and networks, the symposium will focus on successful programs/initiatives, best practices in design and delivery and opportunities to share resources and tools. Workshops, panel discussions and round table discussions will address topics related to Specialized Language Training (SLT), Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT), Bridging programs and other employment-related language training programs during this two day event. This symposium will capture the diversity of practices, resources and experiences within the province of Ontario.

Tribunal rules school board’s practice of distributing Gideon Bibles discriminatory (OHRC)
On August 13th, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released its decision on a human rights application, R.C. v. District School Board of Niagara. The applicants, who describe themselves as atheists, alleged that the Board’s original and amended policies were discriminatory because of creed, contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. The original policy allowed only the Gideons to distribute religious literature to grade five students with parental consent. The amended policy granted discretion to approve only the distribution of “religious publications” with parental consent. The Ontario Human Rights Commission was an intervenor in the application.

Toronto’s top apartment building for complaints: 79 Thorncliffe Park (Marc Ellison, Toronto Star)
“There’s water leaking through the ceilings, and there are cockroaches and mice everywhere,” says Abbas Kolia, the president of the tenants association. Kolia, 60, says many tenants don’t have the choice to move. “It’s hard for these people, who are mostly immigrants from India and Pakistan, to find another affordable place to live,” he says.


Health Care Demanded for Child Refugees (Darryl Greer, Courthouse News Service)
Denying universal health insurance coverage to refugee children violates Canada’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an advocacy group claims in court.      Justice for Children and Youth, a Toronto-based nonprofit, sued the Canadian Attorney General and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, in Toronto Federal Court.      Justice for Children claims Canada’s decision to make “drastic cuts” in a program for refugees and refuge-seekers violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international law.      Cuts to the “Interim Federal Health Program” were made without warning or consultation, Justice for Children says in its complaint, or application.

Canada takes steps to deport Tunisian refugee claimant accused of being ‘member of al-Qaeda network’ (Stewart Bell, National Post)
Immigration authorities have been taking steps to deport a failed Tunisian refugee claimant whom they allege was a member of the al-Qaeda network, according to a document released Monday by the Federal Court of Canada. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada report says Zouhair El Maghraoui, who used a false Dutch passport purchased in Italy to fly to Montreal in 1995, was linked to al-Qaeda members involved in recruiting for Osama bin Laden’s training camps.

1st ‘urgent’ Syrian refugees to arrive in ‘coming months’ (CBC)
Two-hundred Syrian refugees to be accepted by the federal government as “urgent” cases have yet to arrive in Canada. Former immigration minister Jason Kenney said last month Canada would accept as many as 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of next year, including 200 “extremely vulnerable, urgent cases.” But Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said in Ottawa on Friday none of those initial 200 refugees have yet arrived in Canada.

The Plight of the Female Refugee — Breaking Barriers (Huffington Post)
In March 1993, Canada became the first country in the world to introduce a comprehensive set of guidelines on the inclusion of gender as a “social group” under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Guidelines, which became effective November 1996, allow for an interpretation of the refugee definition in a way that incorporates gender-related claims of refugee women and stand today as an example for other countries addressing this issue. While this is an immense accomplishment for our nation, it is not the end of the story for female refugees like Bebe who continue to struggle in many areas of the world. Many barriers persist which make it difficult for female refugees to resettle in safe countries – countries like Canada. Restricted access to the funds needed to complete the refugee application process, limited mobility especially where female refugees are also mothers accounting for their children, minimal education and language skills, as well as an inability to recount traumatic experiences for religious, cultural, or personal reasons in an interview setting are all factors which make it difficult for female refugees to become involved in the refugee determination process.

Salon owner offers cuts to kids at shelter (Keaton Robbins, Toronto Sun)
Thirty-two lucky kids from the Red Door Family Shelter are going back to school in style. Kozeta Salon partnered up with several local businesses and treated the children to new haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies and gift cards on Monday afternoon. Kozeta Izeti is the owner of the award-winning hair salon and spa, and lived at the Red Door Shelter when she and her family first arrived to Canada from Albania, 13 years ago.


Register Now: Bias-free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (
When reviewing job candidate profiles, it is important to assess all qualifications and prior experience regardless of where it is obtained. This gives you the opportunity to select from a wider pool of diverse talent. As of July 15, 2013 requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code, according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy. In this webinar, you will hear from Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission on the new policy. Immigration expert, Ratna Omidvar will moderate a discussion with two employers – the international law firm Denton’s and the Ottawa based IT company Pythian on how they assess the qualifications and competencies of new employees. We will provide practical examples on how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience”.

Cultural Competence & Diversity Management (Adecco)
According to Rose De Veyra, Manager of Learning Initiatives at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder council that brings leaders together to create and champion solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region labour market, there are concrete steps Canadian employers can take to transform their organization’s culture and talent management practices in ways that work across cultural differences. Ultimately, this would enable them to make the most of what true diversity in the workplace has to offer.

Is Canada’s great skill shortage a mirage? (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Does the skill shortage that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared an urgent national priority actually exist? Don Drummond, one of the smartest economists in the country, is dubious. He hasn’t found a shred of credible evidence that Canada has a serious mismatch between skills and jobs. In fact, most economic indicators point in the opposite direction.

Nanny was a virtual slave, Crown says at human trafficking sentencing (Dene Moore, Ottawa Citizen)
Leticia Sarmiento was a modern-day slave, working 16 hours a day, seven days a week as a nanny for a wealthy family in British Columbia, says the Crown, urging a judge to hand down a sentence for her former employer that will deter others from trafficking vulnerable women. Franco Yiu Kwan Orr was found guilty in June of human trafficking for bringing Sarmiento with his family to Canada, where she earned $500 a month to care for his three children. “He kept her as a virtual slave in his home,” Crown lawyer Peter La Prairie told the B.C. Supreme Court Judge Richard Goepel on Wednesday. “It was a crime of greed and it was a crime of control.”

B.C. mines to welcome foreign workers for first time since labour dispute (Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail)
As many as 30 mine workers from China are expected to arrive at Tumbler Ridge within the next few weeks to work on HD Mining’s Murray River coal project. The group will be the first foreign workers to arrive at Murray River since a Federal Court judge in May dismissed a case brought by two labour unions. The unions challenged federal government decisions that cleared the way for up to 201 foreign workers to be employed at the project. The workers are expected to arrive before or near the end of the month, HD Mining spokeswoman Jody Shimkus said in a recent interview.

TFWP a work in progress (Andrew Brethauer, Lloydminster Source)
When it comes to temporary foreign workers (TFW), about the only thing everyone can agree on is that Lloydminster is in need of them. The latest changes to the TFW program include adding a $275 processing fee, as well as requiring employers to make greater efforts to hire Canadians before they will be eligible to apply to hire TFWs. Business owners are not happy with the increased costs to hire the needed workers, but to the government, it is needed to ensure that Canadians are first on the list when hiring begins. “What we want to do is make sure Canadians are given a shot first,” said Vegreville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit. “Lloydminster probably is one of the areas that needs the temporary foreign workers the most in the whole country. We need to make these changes so it is really obvious that Canadians are given the first chance. ”

CFIB calls for more foreign workers in Twitter chat with minister (CBC)
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the number of job vacancies dropped slightly during the second quarter of this year but stressed that there are still 289,800 full- and part-time private sector jobs that remain unfilled. The association representing small and mid-size business also spoke out Thursday in favour of the controversial temporary workers program in a Twitter chat with Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney. “Many CFIB members would like to see lower-skilled TFWs (temporary foreign workers) qualify for permanent residence,” tweeted CFIB president Dan Kelly during the chat.

Sears Canada outsources IT jobs (Dana Flavelle, Toronto Star)
Sears Canada is cutting 245 mainly head office jobs with some of the work being outsourced to firms with operations outside the country, a senior spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. The biggest group, comprising 138 jobs, is in Sears’ information technology department, said Vince Power, the national retailer’s vice-president of communications. Nearly 100 affected jobs are in finance and 8 are in payroll, he added.

Operational Bulletin 434-A – August 23, 2013 Clarifying the responsibilities of Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency in regard to assessing a Temporary Foreign Worker’s eligibility to work in Alberta in a compulsory certification trade position (CIC)
The purpose of the original OB was to provide information on the operational practices used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Service Canada (SC) in assessing a TFW’s eligibility to work in the province of Alberta in a designated compulsory certification trade for the purpose of issuing a work permit (WP) and to reaffirm CIC’s sole responsibility in this matter, effective August 1, 2012.



Canadian Social Research Newsletter : August 25, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. The Cost of Raising Children (Fraser Institute) – August 22
2. Consultation on Ontario’s Minimum Wage System : Submit your views before October 18, 2013! (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
3. Media and Policy News for August 19 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012 (Employment and Social Development Canada)
5. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Consumer Price Index, July 2013 – August 23
— Employment Insurance, June 2013 – August 22
— Health Reports – August 21
— Classify this – August 21
— Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2013 – August 20
6. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

The Costs of Raising a Child: Bargain, Regular or Luxury (Diane Dyson)
Like the debates over the poverty line, the current debate over the cost of raising a child has caused a stir. (How can you not factor in housing and childcare in these latest calculations? Bargain-shopping, seems to be the reply.) In a previous job, I was once asked to update the Manitoba Department of Agriculture’s 2004 study on the cost of raising a child. Which child, I asked? The one that went to the local library in the summer because it was free, the one that went to day-camp, or the one that went to overnight-camp? I couldn’t do it. Kids, it seems, come in bargain, retail and luxury versions. So, following on the concrete examples offered by academics like Peggy MacIntosh for how race affects privilege, here are some contrasts for children. Assign the costs yourself.

Cost of Raising Children (CBC Metro Morning)
A new report claims the cost of raising children is lower than you might think. Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with two parents to get their reaction to the Fraser Institute’s finding that you can spend $4000 or less per year on a child.

Twitter responds to Fraser Institute childrearing cost claims (Matt Meuse, The Tyee)
The Fraser Institute claims that it’s never been easier to raise a child, but the internet would like to not-so-respectfully disagree. The think tank released a report on Thursday claiming that the cost of raising a child is between $3,000 and $4,500 a year, considerably less than the $10,000-$15,000 suggested by other studies. Many who read the report took exception to its claims and took to Twitter to voice them. While there were many reasoned, sincere tweets that raised problems with the study’s methodology — notably, it does not take housing or daycare costs into account — a more satirical take on the issue soon arose, in the form of the #FraserInstitueKidTips hashtag.

Food Banks Are No Longer Just a Temporary Solution (Huffington Post)
Food banks were originally intended to be a temporary measure, when the first Canadian food bank opened its doors in Edmonton in 1981. Instead, the need for food banks has continued over the years and, in fact, grown. Today, there are approximately 800 food banks in Canada and over 3,000 food programs. In their 2012 Report, Food Banks Canada stated that in March 2012 alone, almost 900,000 Canadians turned to food banks. This is an increase of 2.4 per cent over 2011, and is 31 per cent higher than in 2008, before the recession began.

Ontario’s Next Poverty Reduction Strategy: Public Consultation Update (25in5)
Ontario’s government has committed to consulting with Ontarians to develop the next Poverty Reduction Strategy for our Province. Public consultation dates have not been made available.

Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada (Jessica Edge, Alison Howard, Conference Board of Canada)
This report analyzes food security in Canada; explores risk factors associated with food insecurity; highlights efforts to address food insecurity in Canada; and recommends strategies to alleviate Canada’s household food security challenges.

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