Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Sept 24, 2013


Immigration key to Kingston’s future: PanHpgel (Ian MacAlpine, The Whig)
Can Kingston survive without immigration? That question was posed on Monday at the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area’s latest speaker series luncheon at the Residence Inn Marriott. Nearly 100 people from the Community Foundation, business people, academics, community groups and interested citizens attended the luncheon and heard from four panellists involved with immigration in some way. Scott Clerk, of the Kingston Immigration Partnership, was the moderator.

New Western study shows media play role in dehumanizing immigrants and refugees (University of Western Ontario)
A new study from Western University suggests that the news media may take advantage of an existing uncertainty and unease around immigration policies and the treatment of immigrants and refugees to create a crisis mentality in which these groups are portrayed as “enemies at the gate” attempting to invade western nations. In “Uncertainty, Threat, and the Role of the Media in Promoting the Dehumanization of Immigrants and Refugees,” published in this month’s Journal of Social Issues, Victoria Esses from Western’s Department of Psychology and Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, and her team, including Stelian Medianu and Andrea Lawson, examine the effects of common media portrayals of immigrants and refugees on dehumanization and its consequences. These portrayals include suggestions that immigrants spread infectious diseases, that refugee claimants are often bogus, and that terrorists may gain entry to western nations disguised as refugees.

New: RCIS Working Papers (RCIS)

In case you missed it: RightsWatch 2013 (CCLA)
This weekend marked CCLA’s 2013 RightsWatch Conference. It was a great success! The conference, titled “Civil Liberties and Democracy in the Digital Age: Privacy, Media and Free Expression” was attended by hundreds of university students, lawyers, journalists, educators, civil libertarians, and members of the public, hoping to learn more about rights and freedoms in the age of the Internet.

A lesson in immigration and tax policy (Kent Gardner,
Remember the fast ferry connecting Rochester and Toronto? Although the idea failed in execution, connecting with the vibrant “Golden Horseshoe” economy made sense then-and still does today. When we compare Rochester to, say, Atlanta or Austin or Charlotte, we can always blame the snow. But that doesn’t work when we look across the lake. What’s their “secret sauce”? We may be separated by only a bit of water and a line on a map, but it is clear that Canada’s Golden Horseshoe region, powered by Toronto, has prospered while Upstate New York (defined here as Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse) has merely held its own. Although these neighboring regions share much-that climate, access to markets, transportation infrastructure-since 1996 the Golden Horseshoe has added more than a third to its employment base and a quarter to its population. Upstate has increased neither. Among the many explanatory variables, two policy differences stand out: immigration and business taxes.

Book: The price of rights: regulating international labor migration (Martin Ruhs)
Many low-income countries and development organizations are calling for greater liberalization of labor immigration policies in high-income countries. At the same time, human rights organizations and migrant rights advocates demand more equal rights for migrant workers. The Price of Rights shows why you cannot always have both.


Actually, diversity is a Quebec value (Bill Morneau, Globe and Mail)
As an employer with a considerable presence in Quebec, we at Morneau Shepell thought we should report on our experience with Quebec “values.” We have a particularly good news story for Quebeckers, and indeed for all Canadians. Our human-resources consulting company has grown significantly in Quebec over the past decade, from fewer than 500 employees in 2006 to about 1,200 in 2013. About a third of our work force is based in Quebec, and we believe it’s a terrific place to do business.


LAO supports licensed paralegal services for refugee claimants (LAO)
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has selected the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic to run a year-long pilot that provides refugee claimants with the full-time services of an in-house licensed paralegal. “LAO recognizes that licensed paralegals can provide a wide range of cost-effective, efficient, quality services to refugee claimants,” says Jawad Kassab, LAO’s Executive Lead, Refugee Transformation.


Opportunity: Director, Employment Engagement (TRIEC)
TRIEC seeks a highly motivated, strategic Director, Employment Engagement, who will work to change GTA employer culture to be more immigrant-inclusive. In this new leadership position the Director, Employer Engagement, will do this by: developing a plan that will move GTA employers along a continuum from awareness to policy change; working closely with service delivery agencies to build shared approaches and solutions to the issue of employer culture change; and, developing and supporting more employers in making change by growing and deepening TRIEC’s employer relationships.

Information Technology Workers Thrive in Canada (CICSNews)
Canada’s Information Technology (IT) sector is currently growing. In recent years, the Canadian Government has taken steps to attract the world’s best IT companies and most promising professionals. Some IT workers , such as computer engineers, may be eligible to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency without a job offer, through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) or Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) programs. Many IT workers can also come to Canada as temporary foreign workers if they obtain a Canadian job offer and work permit. Once in Canada, IT workers can enjoy high-paying jobs and one of the highest qualities of life in the world.

Employment Equity and Access to Social Welfare for Illegalized Immigrants: An Inclusive Approach that Also Makes Economic Sense – PDF (Charity-Ann Hannan, RCIS)
The global English-language literature on the effects of illegalized migrants on the labour market is heavily influenced by American studies. While many studies have examined the lived experiences of illegalized immigrants in general, comparatively few have examined the effect of illegalized immigrants on labour markets in a Canadian and European context. T

Career Edge celebrates 2,000 internships for IQPs (Career Edge)
Last week marked another milestone in Career Edge’s history, as the Toronto-based social enterprise celebrated the placement of its 2,000th internationally qualified professional (IQP) through its Career Bridge paid internship program. Career Bridge was launched as a pilot project led by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) in 2003, and has since grown into an effective, low risk hiring and retention solution for leading Canadian employers.


Video: Five Good Ideas on Why You Should Welcome Complaints (Fiona Crean, Office of the Ombudsman, City of Toronto)
Complaints can transform service, but few of us know how to handle them well. Too often they are a source of irritation and create defensiveness. But engaging with and valuing the knowledge of service users can generate improvements and better performance. As drivers for cultural change, complaints are a great source of innovation. Turning complaints into compliments and making the most of them are value-adds and ensure the organization remains relevant. Making the most out of complaints is just common sense and a cost-effective way to be cutting edge in service delivery.

Aviva Community Fund back this fall with $1 million charity competition (CharityVillage)
The $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund competition is back for a fifth year to inspire local or national ideas to create positive changes within communities across Canada. Individual Canadians or charitable organizations can submit an idea for a cause they feel passionate about and then become actively involved in promoting the cause to start making change happen. The top ideas, as chosen by Canadians, have a chance to share in $1,000,000 of funding. There is a special prize of up to $150,000 for ideas that support at-risk youth. Ideas must be submitted by September 23, 2013 and voting begins October 1, 2013.


The War on Poverty or the weapon of choice? (Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute)
The data and evidence in Welfare Incomes that point to the huge gaps in adequacy comprise the weapon of choice. This information helps us make the case for why we need not only to bolster the incomes of welfare recipients but also to fundamentally reform that program, which entails gradually dismantling welfare and replacing it with more effective income security programs. This crucial information was slated to be lost forever with the federal dismantling of the National Council of Welfare and all its work. No government department would be taking up the slack. So should we ask viewers to pool money to fight the war on poverty? Or should we ask them to help rescue the words (and figures, tables, charts and graphs) that comprise its foremost weapon?

Canadian Social Research Newsletter : September 22, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Caledon Institute of Social Policy : Data Rescue Campaign (Saving the Welfare Incomes report) – September 12
2. [Manitoba] Rent Aid changes in 2013 : Province increases aid to low-income families (Josh Brandon, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba) – September 19
3. Media and Policy News for September 19 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal (Globe and Mail) – September 19
5. Canada Gives Human Rights the Cold Shoulder: Disgraceful Response to UN Human Rights Review Contains No New Commitments (Globe and Mail) – September 19
6. Canada rejects UN rights review of violence against aboriginal women (Toronto Star) – September 19
7. Unemployment is higher than you think. (Progressive Economics Forum) – September 18
8. [Ontario] Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1 (Income Security Advocacy Centre) – September 2013
9. Most Highly Unionized Countries Top “Happiest Countries” List, Again. Why? (By Dr. David Doorey in his Law of Work Blog) – September 9
10. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Consumer Price Index, August 2013 – September 20
— Employment Insurance, July 2013 – September 19
— Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health, 2012 – September 18
— Health Reports, September 2013 – September 18
— Sharing expertise – September 18
— Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2013 – September 17
11. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Why inequality rises unequally (Kevin Lynch And Karen Miske, Globe and Mail)
For a growing number of citizens in many Western countries, rising income inequality and declining personal expectations appear to be part and parcel of the new global reality. Yet while income inequality has been on the rise for three decades, its ascent to political prominence is much more recent. The global financial crisis and recession have brought the issue of income inequality out of the realm of research institutes and into public discourse and voting booths. That income inequality has been rising, for some time, and across most of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, is not news. But neither is it well understood. As conventionally measured (by the Gini coefficient), income inequality has increased since the 1980s in 18 of the 21 OECD countries for which trend data are available. In Canada, income inequality so measured rose in line with the average deterioration among OECD countries of almost 10 per cent, but most of the Canadian increase occurred in the 1990s – not in the 2000s, as is commonly supposed.

Are Stats Glossing over Vancouver’s Housing Crisis? (David P. Ball, The Tyee)
The long-awaited release of 2011 National Household Survey data garnered headlines earlier this month by hinting Vancouver is not actually doing all that terribly on homeownership and affordable living. To the bafflement of some observers, the city seemed scarcely behind the rest of the country in the number of us owning our own homes. It also apparently came close in affordability to Montreal and Toronto (our sibling cities in the planner-nicknamed “MTV” trio).

CLEO To Research Health Information Practices in Ontario (Settlement AtWork)
CLEO’s Centre for Research and Innovation is in the early planning stages of new research that will provide an overview of health information practices in Ontario, along with an identification of parallels and promising practices that can be adapted to public legal education and information.

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