Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Oct 16, 2013


Montreal has the power to attract and retain people, mayoral hopeful Côté says (Rene Bruemmer,
Montreal has such a power of attraction that mayoral candidate Marcel Côté likens it to a sink once people fall in, they find it difficult to leave. The cosmopolitan vibrancy that keeps anglophones and francophones here despite high taxes and numerous other warts lies at the heart of the citys future in terms of retaining families and generating wealth, Côté said in a meeting with The Gazettes editorial board Tuesday.

Discrimination disguised as tradition (
The smell of freshly steamed buns wafted through the air at a Richmond Chinese bakery. An impatient lineup stretched out to the pavement. Suddenly, an elderly Mandarin speaking woman elbowed in to the front of the line. “These mainlanders,” sniffed a woman to her companion in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect usually spoken by people from China’s Fujian province and other southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.

British Columbia man sentenced to 18 months in nanny trafficking case (Dene Moore,
A British Columbia man who lied to immigration officials in order to bring the family nanny to Canada from Hong Kong, luring her with empty promises so she would care for his three children, should spend 18 months in prison, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Tuesday. Franco Orr has been a productive member of society with no criminal record but he must spend time behind bars in order to deter others who would violate Canada’s immigration laws, Justice Richard Goepel told the 50-year-old businessman before he was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by a sheriff. “Individuals cannot be allowed to disregard the immigration laws of this country with impunity,” Goepel said.

Prairies are the new hot spot for newcomers to Canada (William Wolfe-Wylie,
The traditional hotbeds of immigration across Canada are losing their lustre as jobs in the prairies look better than ever. Immigration to Saskatchewan nearly doubled between 2008 and 2012, according to new data from the federal government about where new permanent residents to Canada declare their place of settlement. In the same time, immigration to Alberta has risen nearly 65 per cent. Topping the growth charts is Yukon, which has seen immigration soar by nearly 150 per cent.

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Ambition to succeed (
Their first meeting was not what you would call auspicious. Mary, a recent immigrant from Lebanon, was working as a clerk in a grocery store on Gottingen Street in Halifax. Halim, an ambitious entrepreneur, had heard of the young womans arrival from his home country and decided to make her acquaintance. He came bearing gifts: bread from his bakery, the Fancy Pastry. He didnt exactly get the reception he was hoping for.

Canada allocates $800,000 for Holocaust survivor testimony (Books And Authors,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced grants totalling $800,000 that will go to four Jewish organizations to gather video testimony from survivors of the Holocaust. Canada has been profoundly shaped by approximately 40,000 Holocaust survivors who resettled across our country after World War II, said Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. As Canadians, it is our responsibility to learn from these brave individuals and ensure that the horrible events of the Holocaust are not forgotten and ensure that such atrocities never happen again. The grants will be allocated through Inter-Action, Canadas multiculturalism grants and contributions program.

Immigrants! Walk the Canadian Citizenship Turf with the Aid of Mobile App and a Website (Neha Dutt, )
A new website and a mobile app funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada are expected to help the immigrants in the path of acquiring Canadian citizenship. Considering the fact that the citizenship applications has grown from 242,000 in 2008 to 317,440 in 2012, such an app has been touted as a significant step. As per the facts provided by the authorities concerned, it has been noticed that because of certain reasons some immigrants-African, Caribbean, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, English, Irish and Scottish communities, have not applied for permanent citizenship. Its an enigmatic fabric that is speculated to have been tackled through the endeavour. Working on the issue, a mobile app and a national website were launched on Tuesday. This launch has been done with a purpose of helping the young immigrants in the wake of stringent security levels and unfamiliar application procedures.

Malala Yousafzai to get honorary Canadian citizenship (CBC)
Wednesday’s throne speech will include a special detail: the government of Canada plans to give honorary citizenship to Malala Yousafzai. “Our government will bestow honorary citizenship on Malala Yousafzai who courageously advocates for human rights and freedom against the backdrop of Taliban extremism and oppression,” a government source tells CBC News.

Local Co-operative Works to Smooth Transition for New Immigrants ()
SaskCentral has supported several young co-operatives over the years through its corporate social responsibility program. The latest, with the intriguing name Ubuntu* assists prospective and recent immigrants from Uganda integrate into Saskatchewan. “Through financial, in-kind and volunteer support to other co-operatives and local non-profits, Saskatchewan credit unions and SaskCentral are able to multiply the positive impact we have on the lives of individuals,” said Keith Nixon. “Ubuntu is a good example of how a small, local co-operative can have a large positive impact. The work that they do puts it in alignment with the value and principles of SaskCentral and the credit union system.”


Operational Bulletin 552 October 15, 2013 (CIC)
This Operational Bulletin (OB) provides the procedure to follow to rectify the loss of an application for permanent residence under humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. The following procedure consists primarily of contacting the client in order to replace the initial application and the supporting documents.


B.C. construction firms seek workers in Ireland (CBC)
B.C. construction companies are coming under fire after it emerged they are going to Ireland to find 700 plumbers, carpenters, pipefitters, welders and millrights. Manley McLachlan, president of the B.C. Construction Association, says there are not enough skilled, experienced workers in western Canada and they have to make up for the shortfall. He also said a burgeoning oil and gas industry, including LNG projects in B.C., are going to put even more pressure on the industry.

Migrant Agriculture Workers Take EI Challenge to Federal Court in Toronto (
This Wednesday, October 16, in Toronto, the case of 102 seasonal migrant agriculture workers (Cruz De Jesus v. Canada) will be heard by the Federal Court of Appeal regarding more than $600,000 in EI Parental Benefits that were denied to the workers after a change in policy by the EI Commission and the federal government. The workers, who come to Canada under the federal government’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) are appealing an EI tribunal hearing that dismissed all of their claims for Parental Benefits. The workers were eligible to apply but an EI umpire ruled they applied too late, in spite of the fact that in the past the federal government had allowed such claims.

Underground Citizenship (
The economy is not the whole economy. The economy is made up of things like GDP, unemployment rates, and direct deposit paycheques, whereas the economy includes things like barter, illegal work, and cash under the table. In Sudhir Venkateshs new book, Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New Yorks Underground Economy, he writes, according to some economists, the underground economy likely represents somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of an urban economy.

Jason Kenney delivers a keynote speech at the Social Enterprise World Forum (
Because really what this is about, you know, I know that in the discussions about social enterprise, we throw around a lot of buzz words and its a field that still hasnt really caught on in terms of public currency or understanding, but really in many ways, its nothing new. Its the idea of neighbours helping neighbours. Its the idea of harnessing the creative power of markets to solve social problems in a way that they raise living standards and in the economy and its the its based on the idea that that in civil society, there are tremendous resources going untapped that can help us to improve our standard of living and help those in most need of it to give people a hand up rather than a hand out, to move people from dependence to independence. You know, again, its not a new idea. Edmund Burke in his brilliant reflections on the revolution in France said in the 1790s that To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoons we belong to in society is the first principle, the germ as it were of public affections. Its the first link in the series by which we proceed towards the love of our country and of mankind. The little platoon we belong to in society, its from that that we develop our love of our country and of mankind, a word in Greek, philanthropy and so what you are, what you represent are those little platoons in civil society that dont seek permission to do good things. You just go out and do them, but you need government sometimes to support you and certainly to get out of the way, to create the right policy framework and that is what we want to do.


Local, provincial anti-poverty groups rally in Waterloo, call on government to “Raise the Rates” (
Fed up with rising poverty and government inaction, the Raise the Rates campaign today marched to the Ontario Works and Regional Health building on Regina Street in Waterloo. “Poverty is getting worse in Ontario, and government policy is making it worse,” said Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario’s social service workers coordinating committee. “Social assistance rates need to go up by 55 percent just to catch up to where they were before the Harris government cuts. The Liberals are not just leaving people in poverty; they’re making it harder to get out by cutting programs like the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB).”

Food Banks Don’t Want to Be in Business, But Hunger in Canada Is Growing (Erin Fotheringham,
Food banks started in Canada many years ago as what is often described as a “band-aid solution” to the growing issue of hunger. Food banks were supposed to be temporary, local groups that fed the poor, while the government developed the official resolution to this societal problem. Unfortunately, this resolution was never found, and food banks are now a staple in each corner of Canada.

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