Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 8, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Dinner table snapshots showcase city’s cultural diversity (Jacqueline Bigar, Hamilton Spectator)
Two photographers spent more than a year focusing their lenses on several of Hamilton’s cultural communities, documenting the challenges and expectations of moving to a new country. Mina Ao and Masoud Eskandari snapped photos of members of the Muslim, Asian, South Asian and Southeast Asian communities at the dinner table as part of Our Place — resulting in 19 images of individual families organized by Bryce Kanbara, owner of You Me Gallery.
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4021443-dinner-table-snapshots-showcase-city-s-cultural-diversity/

Summer 2013 E-bulletin (CCLA)
Table of contents
CCLA applauds Supreme Court of Canada decision in Ezokola
OpenMedia campaign: Say No to Secret Online Spying
What to ask in the context of a police shooting?
Our education program and TVO parents team up to present “Civics for Kids”
CCLA at Toronto Trans Pride March 2013
http://ccla.org/2013/08/07/summer-2013-e-bulletin/

The Race Conversation Vancouver Needs to Have (Tari Ajadi, The Tyee)
Race is rarely discussed in Metro Vancouver. For a multicultural area where white people are, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, projected to become a visible minority by as early as 2031, this is a troubling issue. Demographic shifts such as these have been known to provoke unrest and social discord if handled improperly or swept under the rug, arguably highlighted by the Paris banlieue riots of 2005 or the riots in Sweden earlier this year. But, as Pete McMartin observed in the Vancouver Sun in April, “it’s just not a conversation we’re willing to have yet, except under our breath.”
Ontario Securities Commission Launches Consultation On Gender Diversity (Tracey Kernahan, Mondaq)
At the request of the Ontario Minister of Finance and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, the Ontario Securities Commission (the OSC) is undertaking a public consultation on corporate governance disclosure requirements for TSX-listed issuers regarding gender diversity. The consultation paper, which was published on July 30, 2013, focuses on advancing the representation of women on boards of directors and in senior management of public issuers.
http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/256476/Corporate+Governance/Ontario+Securities+Commission+Launches+Consultation+On+Gender+Diversity

REFUGEES

Luis Mata: Settlement and Employment Counsellor, Mennonite New Life Centre (Kevin Ritchie, NOW Magazine)
We serve mostly Hispanic communities, but we have clients from everywhere. I come from Colombia, where I had experience working with internal refugees and in human rights issues, documenting cases, doing research and documenting human rights violations. I was a Spanish teacher, and I took five years of law and political science at the Universidad Libre in Cali, Colombia, but I couldn’t finish. I had to flee after I published a book that documented at least 600 cases of people who were killed or disappeared or victims of political violence. Ten years ago I came to Canada as a refugee.
http://www.nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/classaction.cfm?content=193849

Canada unfairly burdens the refugees it hand-picks to help (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
For the poorest and most desperate people in the world, coming to Canada is winning the lottery. They account for only 23 per cent of refugees allowed to come here each year. On arrival, they have access to public health care, income assistance and access to settlement services as well as permanent resident status, which puts them on track to become Canadians within three years. They are selected by Canadian officials from among the 15.2 million refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Daphne+Bramham+Canada+unfairly+burdens+refugees+hand+picks+help/8760262/story.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

“Canadian experience required”: prohibited discrimination or being discriminating about standards? (Lai-King Hum, McMillan)
It is the classic Catch-22 situation: you need Canadian experience to get a job in Canada, and you need a job in Canada to get Canadian experience. Whether job-hunting or applying for professional accreditation in Ontario, the “Canadian experience” conundrum gives rise to a seeming paradox. Employers and regulators have argued that discriminating against those without Canadian experience is not prohibited, and that such experience can be gained through supplementary training. Rather, the requirement is a means of being discriminating in selecting candidates with the best qualifications for the Canadian market, with high standards of competence and performance.
http://www.mcmillan.ca/Canadian-experience-required–prohibited-discrimination-or-being-discriminating-about-standards

Further improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Gov of Canada News)
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced reforms to strengthen and improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada has now implemented a user fee for employers applying for labour market opinions along with new language and advertising requirements for the TFWP.
http://t.co/q4luxzxo5C

New measures aim to toughen Canada’s foreign worker program (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
More details have emerged about new measures to improve Canada’s temporary foreign worker program. The federal government indicated Wednesday that employers are now required to advertise positions in Canada for at least four weeks, instead of two, before they can apply to hire foreigners. They will also have to complete a series of questions related to “impacts on the Canadian labour market,” and obtain a positive labour market opinion, showing there are no Canadian workers available to do the job, before the government will grant a temporary foreign worker permit.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNEqJ6ZRLEiEDJa1_SSYrE0rF-_M9g&url=http://www.canada.com/business/measures%2Btoughen%2BCanada%2Bforeign%2Bworker%2Bprogram/8759957/story.html

Ottawa to close 15% wage gap for temporary foreign workers (Tobi Cohen, Calgary Herald)
The federal government says it will drop the 15-per-cent wage differential for foreign workers introduced in the last budget and temporarily suspend a controversial fast-track process in a bid to fix Canada’s ailing temporary foreign worker program. Effective immediately, employers will have to pay temporary foreign workers at the same level as Canadian workers doing comparable work.
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFU1NrnE8wnkU87pDOUMUiOjFjK5w&url=http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/canada/Budget%2Bbill%2BMonday%2Bwill%2Binclude%2Bchanges%2Btemporary%2Bforeign/8310547/story.html

Tories tighten rules for hiring foreign workers (Sun News Network)
Hiring foreigners will now come at a cost to employers because of reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, though critics say the changes will do nothing to curb abuse of the program.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/08/20130807-162459.html&ct=ga&cd=MTI5MDU4MDI0MTI5MTk1MjU5MQ&cad=CAEYBA&usg=AFQjCNEQMSBiQDDESRBHXeXMHVYVAcFFKQ

Ottawa to charge firms $275 fee on temporary foreign worker applications (Julian Beltrame, Montreal Gazette)
The Harper government says it has further tightened the rules governing its controversial temporary foreign worker program, confirming it will charge employers $275 for each application they make. The new rules, which build on measures announced in April, include additional restrictions on what language proficiency employers can request, broader requirements to advertise job openings and a new questionnaire that tries to ferret out whether a firm is seeking to replace existing Canadian workers. The changes took effect on July 31, but do not affect the seasonal agricultural worker program.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Ottawa%2Bcharge%2Bfirms%2Btemporary%2Bforeign%2Bworker%2Bapplications/8758432/story.html&ct=ga&cd=MTYzMDkyNDA0MzQ4Mjk1MjkyMA&cad=CAEYAQ&usg=AFQjCNHCTPTG5D8PYhNd94kFB3IAT162xQ

‘Canadians should have first crack at jobs’: Ottawa to charge $275 fee for temporary foreign worker applications (National Post)
The Harper government says it has further tightened the rules governing its controversial temporary foreign worker program, confirming it will charge employers $275 for each application they make. The new rules, which build on measures announced in April, include additional restrictions on what language proficiency employers can request, broader requirements to advertise job openings and a new questionnaire that tries to ferret out whether a firm is seeking to replace existing Canadian workers. “Qualified Canadians, including new Canadians, should have first crack at available jobs,” Immigration Minister Chris Alexander — who made the announcement jointly with Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney — said in a statement Wednesday.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/08/07/ottawa-to-charge-employers-275-fee-for-every-temporary-foreign-worker-application/&ct=ga&cd=MTYzMDkyNDA0MzQ4Mjk1MjkyMA&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNF5z8Mm-AD9oIVOmVslHkFF3nwsRg

Demanding real changes (Darren Taylor, Soo Today)
With banners in hand, local representatives from several labour unions representing steelworkers, carpenters and bricklayers gathered outside the Queen Street office of Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes early Wednesday afternoon. They were accompanied by CUPE and OPSEU officials in a show of solidarity. The group called for what it termed “real changes” to the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp%3Fc%3D60189&ct=ga&cd=MTA2OTg4NzEyNDA5MTk0MzUzNjQ&cad=CAEYAg&usg=AFQjCNEMK9m0BkRS-6Uan6o_QObPB94YgQ

Ottawa to charge new fees to employers who want temporary foreign workers (Steven Chase, Globe and Mail)
New measures to promote hiring of Canadians over temporary foreign workers have now taken effect, including a $275 user fee for each application to recruit overseas. Reforms introduced by the Harper government will also restrict the languages that can be listed as job requirements in hiring foreign workers to English and French. The new rules, including the need to more widely advertise jobs in Canada first, took effect July 31.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-to-charge-new-fees-to-employers-who-want-temporary-foreign-workers/article13630674/&ct=ga&cd=NjUwNTk0OTg1MjMyMjI4MTE0NQ&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNEncXR6P7DLSHznQgl_wPHR70tjuA

Victory for Migrant Farm Worker in Landmark Decision (Asaf Rashid, Halifax Media Coop)
On July 23, 2013, Adrian Monrose, a migrant farm worker from St. Lucia, won a landmark case at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). It is the first time a migrant farm worker has ever won a case at the Tribunal.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/audio/victory-migrant-farm-worker-landmark-decision/18527&ct=ga&cd=NzgxNzIxNTE5MjA0Nzk3MzAyMQ&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNF_Ka4_tATc02A5iJ93VUU5xmyabg

A new standard for fair wages (Yonge Street)
When the question of how to ensure workers are compensated reasonably for their work arises, one standard that is often invoked is the minimum wage: the notion that governments should protect workers from exploitation by ensuring they are paid a rate than covers their basic needs. (Whether or not current minimum wages accomplish that goal is a separate question.) More recently though, a new kind of question has emerged, namely one about equity within a company–not just establishing a minimum threshold for every worker, but assessing the difference between how much the lowest and highest earners within a company make. Especially in the wake of movements like Occupy, the idea that senior executives make twenty or thirty or a hundred times more than their junior employees strikes many as unfair, unhealthy for corporate cultures, and damaging to the well-being of the economy overall.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/innovationnews/wagemark20130724.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=A+new+standard+for+fair+wages&utm_content=%7bEmail_Address%7d&utm_campaign=How+the+arts+shape+the+narrative+of+cities

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