Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Oct 15, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Longtime resident seeking citizenship hits bureaucratic wall (Kathy Tomlinson, www.cbc.ca)
A retired bank manager who has lived and worked in B.C. since 1965 is going public in frustration over red tape that blocked him from obtaining citizenship and a passport. Life is put on hold, said Gerd Nitzek, 70, who wants to travel during precious retirement years. Its a big disappointment. I feel like maybe I am not welcome after all.
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Canada Muslims Await ` Eid Carnivals (www.onislam.net)
As world Muslims gear up for `Eid Al-Adha celebrations, Canadian Muslim Ghada Al-Shurafa and her three children are highly excited about Tuesdays `Eid carnival in Waterloo. Celebrating `Eid without her husband, Rabih Alkhatib, who has travelled to Makkah to perform hajj, the mother of three was keen on sharing festivities with her larger Muslim family in Waterloo. The Waterloo-chapter of the Muslim Association of Canada is holding a free and open `Eid celebration at Bingemans.
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The changing face of Whistler (www.whistlerquestion.com)
Its a sign were growing up. What began as a mission to carve a ski resort out of a valley, the vision of Whistlers pioneers likely did not stretch so far as to foresee the town of today not its population, its infrastructure, its sophisticated level of governance nor its power-house economy. But thats what Whistler became. And as more immigrants than ever before decide to call Whistler their permanent home, its a sign this ski resort has matured into a municipality of stability, purpose and promise. Over the past few years newcomers have been steadily arriving from Eastern Europe, South and Central America and the Philippines. According to the most recent Census report, the number of non-speaking English residents currently stands at 12 per cent of the community. These new residents are not coming to Whistler for a ski holiday, but to earn a better income than they would in their home countries, and to provide a better future for their children.
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Share Thanksgiving (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Robyn Chatwin-Davies. She is the Canadian Director for Share Thanksgiving, and with Johnny Wu and his daughter Millie. They were guests last year, and this year they hosted a dinner.
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Multiculturalism Policies in Contemporary Democracies (multiculturalmeanderings.wordpress.com)
The comparative work by Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka of Queens University. A wealth of detailed and general information in this site. Expect that Australias score will change following the change in government.
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What happens when the minority becomes the majority? (Sam Cooper, www.theprovince.com)
When Gary Thandis parents settled in Campbell River in the 1970s, they had to integrate. There werent enclaves of South Asian settlers in B.C. at the time, so they quickly adopted B.C.s mainstream culture and language. Thandi a Surrey resident and social worker who has lived in a variety of Lower Mainland neighbourhoods believes increasingly concentrated ethnic enclaves in B.C. can lead to negative social outcomes. Thats why in his own familys case, and among other like-minded community members, theres an effort to interact with other races.
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Municipal election in Brooks brings out diversity and democracy (Jamie Komarnicki, www.calgaryherald.com)
Sandy Haberman-Melvill has lived in Brooks for almost 20 years, and brewed coffee at her Steaming Cup cafe for five of them. Over cappuccinos and lattes in Haberman-Melvills downtown coffee shop, customers can browse local art photographs, jewelry, mugs and platters. More recently, she added some weaving hand-crafted by Brooks residents born in Colombia. Its a small nod to the towns multicultural makeup, Haberman-Melvill says, and one shed like to build on.
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Thanksgiving family match-up introduces new Canadians to holiday traditions (Kelli Korducki, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Turkey. Stuffing. Cranberry sauce. For many Canadian families, these are cozy emblems of an annual Thanksgiving tradition. For a great number of recent immigrant families, though, that tradition represents a part of Canada still unfamiliar. Share Thanksgiving aims to bridge that gap, connecting new Canadians with established families to break bread and give thanks. Share Thanksgiving was launched in Toronto in 2012 by Engineers Without Borders Canada co-founder Parker Mitchell. The impetus was simple: Mr. Mitchell had spent much of the previous year travelling and wanted to replicate the generosity he’d experienced in homes abroad.
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Feeling unwelcome (www.theprovince.com)
Boy, did Thursday’s article on caste bias among immigrants hit the nail on the head. This discrimination is a perfect example of why I dislike immigration in general. The bringing of ignorant attitudes and traditions such as these to Canada is what gives me the fear of the disintegration of the values and practices that have made Canada the great country that it is.
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Canadian Muslims encounter increasing hostility (Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star)
Jews have historically been falsely accused of wielding too much power. Now Canadian Muslims are, especially in Quebec. A national poll has taken a measure of bigots who exaggerate the power of those they dislike. Nearly a third of Canadians believe Muslims have too much influence in their province. In Quebec, 43 per cent think so. This is ironic, given that Canadian Muslims report feeling under siege and helpless to stop the demonization directed at them because of Muslim mayhem elsewhere in the world. A second poll corroborates the increasing hostility toward Muslims again, more so in Quebec.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/10/13/canadian_muslims_encounter_increasing_hostility_siddiqui.html

Racism within the South Asian enclaves (Gurpreet Singh, www.theprovince.com)
For the last 12 years Ive noticed the attitudes of many Punjabi immigrants have not changed towards the lesser privileged within Indian society even after experiencing racism in a foreign land. Often their hatred for others mimics the hatred of the white supremacists. Dalits or the so called Untouchables continue to endure caste-based prejudice in India and Canada. Indian society is divided into four distinct caste groups, with Brahmin (Priests) and Kshatriya (Rulers) being on the top. The system is clearly imposed by those on the top and they hate those who are lowest on this ladder.
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Quebec shows the world the challenges of pluralism (Meher Khatcherian, www.dailystar.com.lb)
In Quebec, a bill roughly drafted to manage the provinces religious diversity by restricting the visible display of religious symbols such as turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crucifixes by employees of public institutions has attracted worldwide attention. One has to understand the delicate situation of Quebecs identity before addressing this issue. Composed of a Francophone majority who are, in turn, a minority in majority Anglophone Canada, Quebec is constantly struggling to preserve its distinctive traits as is often the case of minority identities.
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Are minority-owned businesses exempt from diversity? (Pradip Rodrigues, www.canindia.com)
What Ive noticed is that businesses owned by visible minorities invariably have employees belonging to the same background as the owner. There is no diversity there unless it happens to be a car dealership where it is important to have a token Chinese to deal with Mandarin-speaking clients and a White to take care of his or her people, that too the number of employees from different backgrounds will depend on the demographics of the area, so if it is mostly South Asian, then the employees will likely be mostly South Asian. It would seem diversity isnt something expected of minorities. As more and more business are owned and operated by minorities, this is going to be a contentious issue. Should a Chinese or South Asian-owned business also be subject to producing diversity certification when competing for contracts now or in the near future when we are the new majority?
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Editorial: Its time to reform hiring practices at city hall (John Kenney, www.montrealgazette.com)
There is general agreement among the major mayoral candidates in Montreals civic election that there should be more place for anglophones and members of other minority groups in the citys workforce. Employment equity is a laudable goal, but it will require a concerted effort, particularly when it comes to increasing the anglo presence. As candidate Marcel Côté noted in a televised English-language debate this week on CTV Montreal, there has been systemic bias against minorities in hiring and promotion.
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Giving immigrant women a business start (Don Fraser, www.stcatharinesstandard.ca)
The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre program is in partnership with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre and funded by the local United Way. It’s designed to help immigrant women with the knowledge, understanding and skills to start a new business in Canada.
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Crossroads of diversity (Marian Scott, www.montrealgazette.com)
Western countries have developed a variety of approaches to religious diversity, influenced by their own cultural traditions and history. From Canadas openness to multiculturalism to Frances ban on religious garb in public schools, policies on religious accommodation are hotly debated in todays increasingly diverse societies. Should governments require minorities to abandon traditions deemed incompatible with western values?
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Tamil Culture Nite is about engaging youth (Martin Degroot, www.therecord.com)
Tamil Culture Nite has been part of our fall events calendar since 2001. Notices for the 2013 edition, which happens next Saturday, can be found in all the major listings. Seeing the announcements, I’m reminded of making connections with members of the Tamil Cultural Association and writing about the event the second or third time it was held.
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Canadians suspicious of non-Christian religions (Asian Pacific Post)
Nearly seventy per cent of Quebecers hold an unfavourable opinion of Islam, but a favourable opinion of Christianity. The results from the last of three comprehensive national surveys about religion, religious freedom and values by Angus Reid Global show 69 per cent of Quebecers hold an unfavourable view of the Muslim religion, while about as many (66%) view Christianity favourably. More than half of the rest of Canadians (54%) view Islam unfavourably, while almost three quarters (73%) hold a favourable opinion of Christianity. Outside Quebec, favourable opinions of other religions vary, with Buddhism (56%) and Judaism (51%) coming second and third to Christianity, followed by Hinduism (44%) and the Sikh faith (29%). Quebecers have generally lower favourable opinions of those religions: Buddhism (56%) Hinduism (39%) Judaism (35%) Sikhism (18%).
http://www.asianpacificpost.com/article/5804-canadians-suspicious-non-christian-religions.html

Immigrant Youth Want English Learning Courses To Count Toward High School Graduation (thelinkpaper.ca)
Immigrant and refugee youth are calling upon the B.C. Ministry ofEducation to allow English Language Learning (also knownas English as a Second Language [ES]) courses to count toward high school graduation credits by launching an online petition through www.make-itcount.ca The petition results will be presented to the Minister of Education later this year.The crediting of English Language Learning (ELL) in high school is just one of 16 recommendations contained inthe new report Fresh Voices from Long Journeys: Insights ofImmigrant and Refugee Youth sponsored by Vancouver Foundation and B.C.s Representative for Children and Youth.
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Trudeau Lauds Canadas Diversity In Marking 42nd Anniversary Of Multiculturalism (thelinkpaper.ca)
Federal Liberal partyleader Justin Trudeau marked the 42nd anniversary of Canadas policy of multiculturalism by saying how the policy put in place by his Prime Minister father Pierre Elliot Trudeau is so important to Canadas diversity.
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‘Traditional’ Canadians marginalized (Palawan Tewsmith, Brad Saltzberg, www.theprovince.com)
I have no problem accommodating other cultures so long as they accommodate mine as well. My husband is an immigrant from Europe, and when his family arrived here in the ’80s, integration was clear and essential. They never thought to try and eliminate Canadian traditions; rather they embraced them and celebrated them in their new country along with those from their homeland. They felt it was a privilege to be welcomed by Canada and be allowed to move here permanently.
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Chassem Freed (CBC Metro Morning)
He arrived in Toronto yesterday after spending five years in an Iranian prison, at times on death row. Matt Galloway spoke with Hamid Ghassemi.
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Significant growth in Canadian immigration presents agri-food opportunity (Better Farming)
http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/significant-growth-canadian-immigration-presents-agri-food-opportunity-52365

Charter of Quebec Values or a Change in Immigration Policy? (Justine Frangouli-Argyris, www.huffingtonpost.com)
The debate has turned bitter as today’s growing immigrant population of Quebec, once predominantly European in nature, is overwhelmingly derived from the French-speaking countries of Northwest Africa and from Asia. How can Ms. Marois believe that with two out of every three newcomers to the province arriving from the former French colonies of the Maghreb and from Asia, from lands, that is, with vastly different religious beliefs from her own, that she can outlaw the display of the symbols of their faith?
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Developing indicators to assess Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression practice (Centre for Research on Inner City Health)
Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression (AR/AO) principles offer a promising approach to serving the diverse needs of people from ethno-racial groups and strengthening the service systems designed to support them. As part of the At Home Chez Soi project, researchers at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health have developed an assessment tool to measure fidelity to AR/AO principles within the context of a Housing First Intensive Case Management service for racialized homeless individuals with mental health problems.
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In the Field Newsletter Volume 16 (OCASI)
Contents:
OCASI Introduces OCMS
Tell Us What You Think
OCASI 35th Anniversary Celebration!
A Community Dialogue on Reparations and Reconciliation
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CitizenshipCounts.ca – OCASI Launches New Website & App To Help Youth Study For The Citizenship Test (Canada Newswire)
CitizenshipCounts.ca is a new national website and Android/iPhone app that helps young people study for the citizenship test and learn about the benefits of Canadian citizenship. “Many immigrant and refugee youth are unsure of what it means to be a Canadian citizen, or are unaware of their citizenship status. Complications arise if they try to travel or get charged with a crime.” says Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI, “We are confident that CitizenshipCounts.ca will help change that trend.”
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Website, app launched to help young immigrants become citizens (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
A national website and mobile app will be launched Tuesday to help young immigrants learn about the importance of getting their Canadian citizenships in light of tightening government rules. The website and its accompanying Android/iPhone app explain the benefits of becoming a citizen and the application process as well as providing preparation materials for the citizenship test.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/10/15/website_app_launched_to_help_young_immigrants_become_citizens.html

REFUGEES

CCR expresses deep concerns over Canadian response to Sri Lankans fleeing human rights abuses (CCR)
CCR calls for more consistency in Canadas response to the serious human rights abuses that continue to occur in Sri Lanka. On the one hand, CCR welcomes the Prime Ministers recent strong statement about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In particular he noted that the absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable. On the other hand, CCR is shocked by Canadas treatment of Sri Lankans who fled to Canada to escape those human rights violations, most particularly those on the MV Sun Sea who arrived on the West Coast in August 2010.
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Giving thanks for a life of hope (David Paterson, www.mississauga.com)
In a modest first-floor apartment in Meadowvale, three of Mississaugas newest residents will today celebrate their first Thanksgiving on Canadian soil. Though the customs of the holiday may be unfamiliar to them, of all the reasons offered up for gratitude around the citys dinner tables, theirs will be among the most profound. For the first time in nearly nine years, Salim Hassan, Adam Ismael and Anwar Yakub have hope of a future. The three men, all in their early 30s, are refugees from a bitter conflict that erupted in their home region of Darfur in western Sudan a decade ago. Since fleeing their homes amid growing violence in 2005, they have lived in a state of poverty and limbo in Krisan, a refugee camp in western Ghana.
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Government withheld information at hearings, immigration lawyers say (Douglas Quan, www.vancouversun.com)
Immigration lawyers say failed refugee claimants who came to Canada aboard the MV Sun Sea three years ago ought to have their cases reopened following the revelation that government representatives did not disclose at some hearings evidence that the Tamil passengers could face persecution if returned to their native Sri Lanka. It’s just the latest in a string of legal battles that have played out since the arrival of nearly 500 Tamil asylum-seekers on the shores of B.C. in August 2010.
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What I have learned from the refugees I teach (Martin Kofsky, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Finally, perhaps 1992, another class presentation, this time by a young man in his early 20s who, through his voice and an overhead projector, takes us on a journey from Iran to Pakistan to Switzerland, and finally to Canada. Dressed as a woman and crammed into the back of a truck with Iranian women, he escaped a regime that oppresses the Bahai faith. I teach a senior high school English course to students whose education was interrupted because of war or persecution. They have been Tienanmen Square protesters, believers in unpopular religions or ideologies in the Middle East, young women denied education or victims of economic hardship. My school has become an ark, a temporary refuge until the storms abate and they can find dry ground.
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Your Voices Newsletter (FCJ Refugee Centre)
http://www.fcjrefugeecentre.org/2013/10/the-youth-voices-newsletter/

Reasonable Doubt: Seeking sanctuary? Better hope the public is on your side (Carmen Hamilton, www.straight.com)
The fate of these deportees rests in the hands of the media and the public. While sanctuary has no basis in law, it continues to be tenuously recognized as long as it garners public support. Once the publics view begins to sway otherwise, the government is likely to enforce warrants in churches in the same manner it does everywhere else. If youre an individual in sanctuary, you better hope the people like you.
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What should be done about climate change refugees? (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
Whatever the outcome, the legal battle brings attention to a question that academics, researchers, environmentalists, politicians and diplomats have been puzzling over: what, if anything, should be done to aid the projected 200 million to 1 billion people who may be displaced by climate change over the next 50 years?
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/10/11/what_should_be_done_about_climate_change_refugees.html

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Halifax man fled oppression in Ethiopia (Chronicle Herald)
Spending years in a refugee camp can be a demoralizing situation for many people. But not for Ejigu Haille. And definitely not after Haille, a member of the Oromo people, fled political oppression in his native Ethiopia by walking nearly 14 days, risking life and limb, from Addis Ababa to neighbouring Kenya. It was hard to simply escape because at that time there was a lot of border security, so thats why I just took an other direction to avoid that security, he recalled. Haille then spent the next 71/2 years in two Kenyan refugee camps. There he met his wife and his daughter, Solome, was born.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1159783-nova-scotia-a-z-halifax-man-fled-oppression-in-ethiopia

Refugees health at risk (thechronicleherald.ca)
Some refugees in this province arent getting the medical care they need because of cuts to the federal health insurance program for refugees, says the settlement co-ordinator with the Halifax Refugee Clinic. And some who are still eligible for coverage are having trouble accessing care because of confusion surrounding the cuts, Gillian Zubizarreta said Friday. Some think that the program was cut entirely, Zubizarreta said. This has created a lot of confusion because some recipients, who still have coverage, have been denied based on an erroneous notion that there is no coverage available at all.
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EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Migrant Ontario farm workers seek EI parental benefits (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
Sanchezs devotion to Divine is the reason he applied for Employment Insurance parental benefits in 2009, when he first learned about the program and Ottawas willingness to accept claims dating back as far as 1990 from migrant workers who didnt realize they were eligible. But despite the lack of a time limit in the legislation and Ottawas official willingness to consider claims for children born many years ago, the EI Commission turned him down, saying he waited too long to apply. Sanchez is among 102 Ontario migrant farm workers who have been denied EI parental benefits since 2008. Their appeals will be heard in federal court in Toronto Oct. 16.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/10/11/migrant_ontario_farm_workers_seek_ei_parental_benefits.html

Migrant Workers Win Right to Emergency Medical Coverage (Omar Ha-Redeye, www.slaw.ca)
The analysis of the Aug. 16 decision seems to suggest that if these agreements did not contain such clauses then they could potentially be excluded from receiving emergency medical coverage. These employment agreements are standard form and offered by Employment and Social Development Canada. The agreements do not appear to be the result of bargaining between the farms and the workers or their associations, and the ability to engage in collective bargaining under the Agricultural Employees Protection Act is limited by the holding in Fraser. If these employment agreements are modified, and HSARB subsequently finds the modified wording does affect residency status in emergency medical situations, this victory by Williams and Clarke may be short-lived for other migrant workers in the future.
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Foot in the door (Carmelle Wolfson, www.ohscanada.com)
Changes to Canadas Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced in June will give immigrations officials the authority to enter and inspect workplaces without first obtaining a warrant, unless the workplace is a private residence.
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Temporary foreign workers major target for criminal gangs: Public Safety (Alex Boutilier, iPolitics)
Temporary foreign workers are a major target for criminals engaging in human trafficking and forced labour, according to Public Safety Canada. The department reported Wednesday that some businesses in Canada have been found to have been manipulating the federal governments Temporary Foreign Worker Program for fraudulent purposes, and that regulations are lacking to ensure the legitimacy of third party companies that lease or recruit foreign workers on behalf of Canadian businesses.
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/10/11/temporary-foreign-workers-major-target-for-criminal-gangs-public-safety/

B.C. construction industry goes on recruiting trip to Ireland to avoid a crisis (Steve Mertl, ca.news.yahoo.com)
Depending on who you talk to, Canada the West especially is either suffering from a crisis-level shortage of skilled workers or businesses are gaming the system to import lower-paid labour while leaving unemployed Canadians in the cold. The B.C. Construction Association thinks it’s that first thing. It’s heading to Ireland this month to recruit 600 people to help fill vacancies in the province’s building boom, The Canadian Press reports.
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Bring in the Irish – 600 workers needed (www.castanet.net)
The current shortage of skilled tradespeople in Western Canada is so dire that the BC Construction Association is returning to Ireland this month to hire 600 people, said the group’s vice-president. In fact, even if one-in-five students graduating from high school in BC during the next three years were to pursue a trade, there still wouldn’t be enough workers to fill shortages in the province’s construction industry, said Abigail Fulton.
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Emerging Market Firms Need a Diaspora Strategy (Bryan Mezue, blogs.hbr.org)
Emerging market diaspora populations have been on the rise, thanks to the continued march of globalization, and todays diaspora communities are better connected with their homelands than ever before. Thats due both due to increasing information flows (e.g. democratized communication technologies like Skype) and more physical touch points (e.g. more global travel and larger immigrant communities). Emerging markets and their indigenous companies should see this as an opportunity to boost their competitiveness. But first they require a better understanding of the jobs diaspora members are trying to do when they re-engage with their home country or culture, and need to align their strategies to fulfill them.
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New Saskatchewan foreign worker legislation introduced (Thomas Piller, globalnews.ca)
The provincial government introduced new legislation to ensure Saskatchewan continues to be a prime employment destination for foreign nationals. The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act was proclaimed on Friday. The new legislation helps protect foreign workers from exploitation and mistreatment while coming to work in Saskatchewan. It will protect newcomers to the province who may be vulnerable to exploitation because of their language ability or lack of knowledge about law or culture, said Bill Boyd, the provinces minister responsible for immigration.
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Alberta Federation of Labour fears temporary workers shutting out Canadians (www.timescolonist.com)
The Alberta Federation of Labour says it is worried that Canadians at one oilsands project are being replaced by temporary foreign workers. But others say that’s a mischaracterization and it’s just a case of one subcontractor finishing one job before another subcontractor was hired for another. AFL president Gil McGowan said Thursday that more than 270 workers at the Husky Sunrise project near Fort McMurray have been told they are off the job.
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Debating the Canada Job Grant debate (macleans.ca)
John Geddes (Ottawa bureau chief) and Econowatch bloggers Erica Alini and Stephen Gordon discuss the debate around the Canada Jobs Grant.
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When a Lower Unemployment Rate is Bad News (behindthenumbers.ca)
Today, Statistics Canada reported an unemployment rate of 6.9% for September. One might have expected Canadas unemployment rate falling below 7% for the first time since 2008 to be cause for celebration. But as Statistics Canada noted, the decline in official unemployment reflected youth dropping out of the job market rather than any notable increase in employment. Of course, one would expect many young people to leave the job market as they return to school in September.
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Canada: Workplace Racism Allegations Should Be Taken Seriously But Dont Presume Guilt (Howard A. Levitt, mondaq)
Most employers recoil from allegations of racism. And in all too many instances, it doesn’t even matter whether the allegations are true to make the company want to settle. That isn’t surprising. As the Ontario Court of Appeal commented in a May 2013 case by Johann Johnson against General Motors, “an allegation of racism can reverberate for many years after the incident with potentially long-term consequences for all concerned.” However, faced with such an allegation, GM refused to capitulate and won. Johnson, a black man and production supervisor at GM’s Oshawa body shop was tasked with training group leaders. The mandatory training was unpopular among union members, many of whom simply did not show up.
http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/268696/Discrimination+Disability+Sexual+Harassment/Workplace+Racism+Allegations+Should+Be+Taken+Seriously+But+Dont+Presume+Guilt

Unions at odds over Temporary Foreign Worker program (Markham Hislop, beaconnews.ca)
The Alberta Federation of Labour is criticizing use of the Temporary Foreign Worker program at Husky Energy Sunrise project but critics say the AFL has its facts wrong.
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Law protecting workers proclaimed (www2.canada.com)
New legislation intended to protect immigrants and foreign workers from exploitation and mistreatment has been proclaimed in Saskatchewan. “It’s the right thing to do, I think, if we are going to rely on training at home, bringing people from across the country and asking people from around the world to find opportunity in our province,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said after the legislation was proclaimed Friday. “It’s prudent for our government to have an environment where there’s certainty for those people.”
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SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

United Way chief Susan McIsaac doing more than just talking (Sahar Fatima, Globe and Mail)
Thousands of participants will hike up the 1,776 steps of Torontos CN Tower this weekend for United Ways 2013 Enbridge CN Tower Climb to raise money for community and social services across the city. Joining the climbers this year will be Susan McIsaac, president and chief executive officer of United Way since 2010. Although she climbed the tower once before in 2004, this time she felt she needed to show the hundreds of others who are making the ascent that shes walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Ms. McIsaac has more than 20 years experience in non-profits, and 15 years with United Way, after leaving her job at a bank and a possibly more lucrative career in the private sector. She says she hasnt looked back.
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The Next Generation of Canadian Giving (www.hjcnewmedia.com)
Discover the latest information about how four generations of Canadians give, how they prefer to communicate, what types of charities they support, and the implications for nonprofits trying to engage with them.
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Data breach: Is your nonprofit at risk (The ONN)
Any nonprofit organization that has a computer network, handles confidential information, or collects and processes personal info is at risk of a data breach. A data breach is an incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data has potentially been viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so. Data breaches may involve personal health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), trade secrets or intellectual property.
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POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Inequality, the byproduct of progress (Konrad Yakabuski, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Like most developed countries, Canada is immersed in a potentially explosive political debate about the widening gap between the very rich and everyone else. While the discussion is warranted, much gets overlooked in the narrow focus on domestic income statistics. For starters, incomes are hardly the only measure of our quality of life. First-rate public education and health care mean that Canadians, regardless of income, are relatively more equal than almost any people in the world. Most of the goods and services we buy are relatively cheaper and more reliable than ever. In general, our lives are richer, even when our pay stubs seem smaller.
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Inequality Is a Choice (Joseph E. Stiglitz, opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
Inequality and poverty among children are a special moral disgrace. They flout right-wing suggestions that poverty is a result of laziness and poor choices; children cant choose their parents. In America, nearly one in four children lives in poverty; in Spain and Greece, about one in six; in Australia, Britain and Canada, more than one in 10. None of this is inevitable. Some countries have made the choice to create more equitable economies: South Korea, where a half-century ago just one in 10 people attained a college degree, today has one of the worlds highest university completion rates.
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Canadian Social Research Newsletter : October 13, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1.Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update : October 13 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
2. SPARmonitor – Monitoring Toronto’s Social Change – October 9 issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
3. Whats wrong with income-splitting? Nothing if youre wealthy (Andrew Jackson in iPolitics) – October 9
4. Nova Scotia Provincial Election – October 8
5. A Closer Look At Who Is Making Minimum Wage In Ontario (Wellesley Institute) – October 8
6. [Edmonton] Tracking the Trends 2013: 12th Edition (Edmonton Social Planning Council) – October 2013
7. Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canadas food system (Community Foundations of Canada) – October 2013
8. Measuring the food security environment in Canada (Health Canada) – October 2013 [URL error corrected October 14]
9. 2013 Edmonton Vital Signs (Edmonton Social Planning Council) – October 2013
10. Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness (The Homeless Hub) – October 2013
11. Baird makes “inappropriate” remarks about the Maldives; UN rapporteur on Indigenous peoples arrives in Canada – October 7, 8
12. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Labour Force Survey, September 2013 – October 11
— Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 – October 8
13. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/new131013.htm

MPP meets with residents about poverty (Chris Clay, www.mississauga.com)
Mississauga East-Cooksville MPP Dipika Damerla and local residents met today to discuss how the government can reduce poverty. The results will be included as part of province-wide consultations for the Ontario government’s poverty reduction strategy. The Poverty Reduction Act requires the Province to develop a new poverty reduction strategy at least every five years.
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