Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Oct 21, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Canada Immigration: 2 Nigerian students ordered deportation leave voluntarily (Jamie Anderson, www.livepunjab.com)
“They have voluntary given themselves over to CBSA,” Kay Adebogun, Senior Immigration Counsel, in Regina said. “We salute their courage, braveness and struggle,” he added. Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi, the students at the University of Regina, were under a deportation order. They took refuge in four different city churches and constantly got the help of friends. However, after nearly 500 days of seeking refuge and learning they would be forced to leave the country, the duo boarded a plane in Regina on Friday.
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Philippines quietly takes lead in immigrant pool (Matthew Fisher, www.leaderpost.com)
Two mannequins dressed in Tim Hortons outfits stand at the front of a classroom plastered with posters which explain to prospective Filipino immigrants how and why they must wear parkas, toques, gloves and boots to survive Canada’s diabolical winters. Classes are offered in French by a native Quebecer for those intending to emigrate to that province. There are crash courses in Canadian culture, customs and currency. The French and English words for O Canada are posted on a wall adorned with Canadian flags.
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China, India & Philippines: Biggest Source of Immigrants to Canada in 2012 (Sounak Mukhopadhyay, au.ibtimes.com)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada reports that Canadian immigration programmes reached a record high in 2012. The country welcomed immigrants to visitors and students to workers to keep up with its history of accepting permanent and temporary residents across the globe. The year 2012 was another record-breaking year on a succession for the last seven years. 257,000 is the number of new permanent residents who were welcome in 2012.
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Balance must be struck between cultural diversity and adopting Canadian values (Wally Oppal, www.theprovince.com)
Canada has had a long history of racism, from the Chinese Head Tax, to the Komagata Maru, to the Asian Exclusion Acts to the Japanese Internment during the Second World War and the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal People. These are clear and obvious examples of state-sanctioned racism. From the beginning of the 20th century the clear intent of the law was to keep Canada a white country.
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The Death Issue (Ethnicaisle, ethnicaisle.wordpress.com)
It’s the time of year to honour the dead, usually by wearing outrageous costumes and eating too much candy. While we at the Ethnic Aisle love a good party where you can’t tell who anyone is, this year we thought we’d take All Hallow’s Eve and Día de Muertos a little more literally. Here are some personal reflections by Torontonians of various cultures on death, dying and remembering both here, and abroad. They’re about ancestors, and decisions, and grief – and also about love, and how we choose to live.
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One of Canada’s “most wanted” granted new detention review (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
The Federal Court has ordered a new detention hearing for one of Canada’s “most wanted” men after finding government officials deliberately withheld information that could have led to his release. Arshad Muhammad was among 30 men on former immigration minister Jason Kenney’s highly publicized “Most Wanted” list released in the summer of 2011.
http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2013/10/20/one_of_canadas_most_wanted_granted_new_detention_review.html

Philippines was Canada’s greatest source of immigrants in 2012 (Matthew Fisher, o.canada.com)
Two mannequins dressed in Tim Hortons outfits stand at the front of a classroom plastered with posters which explain to prospective Filipino immigrants how and why they must wear parkas, toques, gloves and boots to survive Canada’s diabolical winters. Classes are offered in French by a native Quebecer for those intending to emigrate to that province. There are crash courses in Canadian culture, customs and currency. The French and English words for “O Canada” are posted on a wall adorned with Canadian flags.
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PQ pushing ahead with implementation of chauvinist Quebec Charter of Values (Richard Dufour, Louis Girard, www.wsws.org)
Despite widespread and mounting popular opposition to its chauvinist “Charter of Quebec Values,” Premier Pauline Marois and her Parti Québécois (PQ) government are determined to make it law. While the PQ claims the Charter is aimed at affirming the secular character of the Quebec state, it is a transparent attack on the rights of religious minorities—especially Muslim immigrants from the Maghreb and Middle East. By whipping up Quebec chauvinism, the PQ is seeking to divert attention from its big business austerity agenda and divide the working class.
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The Canadian slave trade (Gregory Wigmore, fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
The critical acclaim heaped on the Brad Pitt-produced 12 Years a Slave at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival ensures that millions of viewers will discover a little-known fact about American slavery: that its tentacles could ensnare even free-born individuals like Solomon Northup, on whose narrative the film is based. But this fall marks the bicentennial of an event that sheds light on what the author Afua Cooper has called “Canada’s best-kept secret”: this nation’s slaveholding past.
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Superiority complex over U.S. is unfounded (Bill Sundhu, www.theprovince.com)
No right to smugness There is a tendency to be self-righteous and morally superior to Americans on the questions of race in this country — given the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in the USA. We have no basis for such selfsatisfaction and comfort. In modern context, our racism may not always be as overt or brazen — but, it exists. It is hidden and insidious. The institutions and power structure of this country remain remarkably white, and, for the most part, male. They do not reflect the true and ever-changing face of Canada. This amounts to exclusion and inequality for many Canadians.
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How racist are we? The Province and Laurier Institution hold public forum hosted by Ujjal Dosanjh (www.theprovince.com)
Vancouver residents will get a chance to confront racism at a free public forum hosted by The Province and the Laurier Institution Monday. The panel was sparked by The Province’s ongoing series, Racism in Paradise, which plumbs the hidden face of discrimination in B.C. The series has run daily since Oct. 6 in the newspaper and online at theprovince. com/racism, and wraps up on Oct. 23. The topic is: “How racist are we? And how do we move past it?” The discussion will be moderated by former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh.
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2 Nigerian students leaving Canada after year in hiding (CBC)
Two Nigerian students living in Regina who have been in trouble with immigration authorities left Saskatchewan Friday. Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi, who were under a deportation order, took refuge in four different city churches after learning they would be forced to leave the country. The University of Regina students have been in hiding for more than a year, getting by with the help of friends.
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EDITORIAL: Unlocking rural potential (The Chronicle Herald, thechronicleherald.ca)
Some will say Wolfville, like other university towns, is a special case. And, of course, it is. A recent report on Wolfville by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia tells us Wolfville has been the fastest growing municipality in the province in recent years, with a 16.7 per cent rise in population since 2001. It attracted 41 immigrants last year and its percentage of foreign-born residents (11 per cent) is double the provincial average. More than half the population has post-secondary education and there is a high rate of self-employment. But 27 per cent of working-age population is low income, compared with a 16.3 per cent provincial average, so not everything is paradise.
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Canadian Government-sanctioned Racism (Yves Engler, dissidentvoice.org)
In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel. Into the 1950s restrictive land covenants in many exclusive neighbourhoods and communities across Canada made it impossible for Jews, Blacks, Chinese, Aboriginals and others deemed to be non-’white’ to buy property. It was not until after World War II that these policies began to be successfully challenged in court.
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Alberta Federation of Labour fears that temp workers are shutting out Canadians (www.journalofcommerce.com)
The Alberta Federation of Labour says it is worried that Canadians at one oilsands project are being replaced by temporary foreign workers. Federation president Gil McGowan said more than 270 workers at the Husky Sunrise project near Fort McMurray have been told they are off the job. McGowan said the staff were working for a Toronto-based firm under contract at the site.
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Time to ‘end the debate’ on gender diversity (Barbara Shecter, www.thestarphoenix.com)
If Canadian companies are left to their own devices, it will take until 2097 for women to have equal representation in the boardroom, a study by the Canadian Board Diversity Council suggests. “By 2097 we’re all dead, our children are all dead,” said Pamela Jeffery, founder of the board, which plans to release the study next month. Jeffery was among the participants in a discussion this week hosted by the Ontario Securities Commission, which is considering new rules to encourage or even force female representation on boards and in senior management. A call for input by the Ontario government lead the regulator to put out a discussion paper last summer. It asked for responses to a proposal that would force companies to either boost board diversity or explain why not.
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Rocco Galati: the lawyer who lives to take on the government (Alyshah Hasham, Toronto Star)
Tax, immigration and constitutional cases that make up the bulk of Galati’s work. But it’s the handful of terrorism-related cases that first made him known to the public. It began in 1999, with Mahmoud Jaballah, an Egyptian man who was detained indefinitely under a national security certificate over alleged links to Osama bin Laden. Galati was the first lawyer to ever get such an order terminated. Jaballah was arrested on a second certificate two years later — and, in a shocking move, Galati walked out of the hearing, declaring that he was unable in good conscience and as an officer of the court to participate in a “sham” proceeding. He echoed the same principles from that impassioned speech in his recent interview with the Star, crediting his Italian father, who brought his family from Calabria to Toronto in the mid-1960s.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/10/19/rocco_galati_the_lawyer_who_lives_to_take_on_the_government.html

NOVA SCOTIA A-Z: Working for family reunion (thechronicleherald.ca)
Goldamier Alkasem made a difficult decision almost five years ago. She left her husband and four children behind in Saudi Arabia and moved to Canada to build a better life for them. At the time, the children — two boys and two girls — ranged in ages from seven to 11. Being apart from them during their important formative years was difficult for Alkasem.
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Kitchener-born photographer wants Canadians to see the world in our faces (Barbara Aggerholm, www.guelphmercury.com)
“They (people in other countries) said I look Canadian. I said, ‘You haven’t been to the area I’m from. We are a very diverse bunch.’ ” Just home from London, where he completed a master’s degree in violence, conflict and development, Shafer has launched a photography portrait project called “Cosmopolis Toronto.” For the next few months, he is photographing residents of Toronto — which he considers the globe’s most cosmopolitan city — who immigrated to Canada.
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Goodbye, hometown: Small-town Ontario struggles to stay alive (Maryanne Firth, www.theobserver.ca)
With declining birth rates and an aging population, most growth in Ontario, and in Canada, is through immigration. Most small towns seeing growth are those that make a concerted effort to welcome immigrants, Bourne says. Small towns in Manitoba, he notes, have done well by putting supports in place to help immigrants find jobs and homes. A lack of natural population increase is “really beginning to hit now and will become more of a challenge over the next 20-odd years,” he says.
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Yes, it’s time to right the wrongs inflicted on Lost Canadians by Citizenship Act (Darren Fleet, www.vancouverobserver.com)
It was encouraging to hear the governor general promise new legislation for Canada’s citizenship laws in the Throne Speech last Wednesday. The Vancouver Observer has published more than 50 articles since 2010 exposing grave injustices in the citizenship laws that leave thousands of legitimate Canadians stripped of nationality, often for reasons that seem blatantly discriminatory. As next week is the national Citizenship Week, and Canadians should know more about the ongoing struggle of “Lost Canadians”.
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Charter questioned (www.vernonmorningstar.com)
As a white, stereotypical female and a Montreal-born male Canadian living in B.C., we cannot begin to understand how the PQ’s Charter of Values has made it this far. It is mind blowing. Someone needs to stop this before it becomes a crisis. We believe that onus falls on the rest of Canadians. The world is watching. If the PQ wants to push through a such a government submissive, mono-cultural and downright prejudice Charter of Values, maybe the rest of English-speaking Canada should push to preserve our heritage that does not include Quebec’s French values.
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Anti-racism convoy honks support for former Leon’s employee (thechronicleherald.ca)
Garnetta Cromwell received horn-honking support Saturday for her human rights case involving allegations of racism while employed at a Leon’s outlet in Dartmouth. Drivers in a slow-moving convoy went around the furniture store, in the Burnside Park, as weekend shoppers and others went about their business. Convoy motorists honked their car horns. Some vehicles had homemade signs on their sides. One said: We Support You! Another said: Stop Racist Acts.
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Guest column: We need to create social pathways to connect different groups (Tung Chan, www.theprovince.com)
The phrase “ethnic enclave” refers to neighbourhoods where people of the same ethnic background live in high concentrations. Parts of Richmond and Surrey are said to be ethnic enclaves for Chinese and South Asians. Ethnic enclaves are thought to contribute negatively to the cohesiveness of our society. They are deemed to be places that need to be broken up.
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Working Filipino parents leaving kids behind and in limbo (Elaine O’Connor, www.theprovince.com)
For some newcomers, the biggest challenge in immigrating isn’t integration, it’s separation. Filipino children whose mothers are in the Live-In Caregiver program, in particular, can wait years to reunite, as such workers arrive alone and work 24 months before they can apply for permanent residency and later sponsor families. At least 5,000 workers came through the program last year, the majority Filipino. It can take five years to be reunited.
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Reddit co-founder lauds Canadian ingenuity (Terry Pender, www.therecord.com)
An international rock star among internet entrepreneurs praised Canada on Friday for expertly exploiting American restrictions on immigration by using billboards in Silicon Valley touting new Canadian visas for startup entrepreneurs. “I tip my hat to you, bravo Canada, please give yourselves a round of applause,” Alexis Ohanian said during a keynote speech at the Tannery in Kitchener.
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IMPACT U Series (Ryerson University)
Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services provides education and information through workshops that are scheduled throughout the year. These human rights and equity workshop are always being added or canceled so do make sure to stop by this page often to learn of cancellations and other important notifications such as room changes.
http://ryerson.ca/equity/workshops/index.html

Black Action Defence Committee celebrates 25th anniversary (Jim Coyle, Toronto Star)
Kingsley Gilliam has never been one to shy from an uphill battle. He arrived in Canada from Jamaica as a young man on March 28, 1969. The next morning he woke up a resident of the Northern Ontario town of Sudbury. “It was a shock to my psyche, my system, everything,” Gilliam laughs now. Within months of his arrival, Gilliam helped form the West Indian Society of Sudbury. In short order, he was making regular trips to Toronto, meeting with other young black people through the 1970s at the Universal Negro Improvement Association office on College St. — Canadian headquarters of the group founded by the legendary Jamaican-born organizer Marcus Garvey.
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/10/19/black_action_defence_committee_celebrates_25th_anniversary.html

U.S. loses to Canada when it comes to immigration (Diana Furchtgott-Roth, www.marketwatch.com)
Canada knows how to run its economy. Its corporate tax rate, at 15%, is less than half the U.S. rate. Its debt is 35% of GDP, instead of the U.S. rate of 73%. But where Canada really shines in comparison to the United States is in its immigration policy. Consider the simplicity of the Canadian immigration system. To enter Canada through its federal skilled worker program, applicants are ranked on a points system. One hundred points are possible, and 67 are required to get an entry visa. Included are English and French language skills (28 possible points), education (25 points), experience (15 points), adaptability (10 points), age (12 points), and job offers (10 points).
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Pan Am Games says diversity questionnaire optional (cnews.canoe.ca)
It seems white men can apply after all to do business with the 2015 Pan Am Games. That’s the word from Bill Zakarow, the director of procurement for TO2015. “We don’t have a goal to flood our supplier pool with diverse businesses,” he told QMI Agency on Thursday. Zakarow was responding to an Oct. 4 QMI Agency column revealing that would-be suppliers wishing to be considered for one of the many contracts available before and during the Pan Am Games are asked to declare whether or not theirs is a diverse business.
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Racism in Paradise: Language barriers, cultural differences can isolate new students in Canadian schools (Elaine O’Connor, www.theprovince.com)
Students at the Surrey School District English Language Learner Welcome Centre have two common goals: to learn English and survive Canadian high school. “Students feel isolated without English,” said teacher Jaime Courtade, a settlement worker from El Salvador. “This is a safe environment for six weeks. It can give them a pause to prepare for school.” The Welcome Centre has one of the biggest school caseloads of newcomers in B.C., conducting 2,000 English assessments in 2012-13, and serving 11,000 clients from 123 countries with 93 languages.
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Quebec language stipulation on LMOs confounds immigration bar (Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer)
The immigration bar in Canada is hoping the federal government will provide some clarity on new requirements from Quebec demanding documentation related to the Temporary Foreign Worker program be provided in French.
http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/4859/Quebec-language-stipulation-on-LMOs-confounds-immigration-bar.html

Culture Shock (Dana Wray, Hannah Besseau, Hannah Reardon, Olivia Larson, Cem Ertekin, Anqi Zhang, Ralph Haddad and Joelle Dahm, www.mcgilldaily.com)
Since 2006, Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) McGill and SSMU have teamed up to offer Culture Shock – eight days of panels, workshops, art, and film screenings, dedicated to breaking down myths about communities of colour, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and refugees. The annual event series openly addresses issues such as race, white supremacy, colonialism, xenophobia, and anti-migrant sentiments. Series like Culture Shock, said Kira Page, External Coordinator at QPIRG, are important in a “broader context of neoliberalism that is telling people that racism is not an issue – that colonialism is not an issue.” “At McGill specifically, I think there’s a comforting discourse [about] multiculturalism – that this is a diverse school, it’s all good, there’s a lot of diversity,” Page said. “Representation is certainly a barometer we can use […] but just the fact that it isn’t just white people who go to this school doesn’t mean that people don’t experience institutionalized racism in a McGill context.”
http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2013/10/culture-shock-2/

REFUGEES

Special report: Sri Lankan migrants from MV Sun Sea face an uncertain fate (Katie Derosa, www.timescolonist.com)
One man is facing a deportation order to Sri Lanka, which his lawyer is fighting amid revelations two other asylum seekers from the MV Sun Sea were imprisoned, one brutally tortured, after they were sent back to that country. Another man is in jail facing human smuggling charges that have been found by one trial judge to be unconstitutional. That decision is being reviewed by the B.C. Court of Appeal. They’re examples of the myriad legal challenges facing the federal government’s aggressive stance on 492 Tamil asylum seekers who came to Victoria on the MV Sun Sea on Aug. 13, 2010.
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Nurse gives orphan refugee a Canadian home (www.cbc.ca)
Sometimes, it really does take a village. A pediatrician, a lawyer, a friend, a sister, a mother and most of all a remarkable Toronto nurse have come together to give an orphan refugee girl a home in Canada.
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Strange new worlds still tough for resilient and resourceful refugees (Elaine O’Connor, www.theprovince.com)
More than 23,000 refugees arrived in Canada last year, some 9,600 as government-sponsored refugees. Of those, 711 settled in B.C. and 217 found new homes in Surrey. Many refugee youth come with war trauma, poor health and illiteracy due to refugee camp conditions, grief over the death of loved ones, or fear for those left behind.
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EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Connecting talent to opportunity (Fred Morley, Greater Halifax Partnership)
Business needs talent and talent needs opportunity. Both need the Connector Program. As part of a mantra for connecting immigrant professionals to local industry professionals, the Halifax Connector Program has been running since 2010 and has already been replicated in over a dozen communities across Canada. This spring we were fortunate to receive funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to lead a National Connector Program Secretariat. This project recruits, engages and supports new potential connector communities as well as build a Community of Interest among existing connector programs across Canada.
http://maytree.com/blog/2013/10/connecting-talent-to-opportunity/

Attracting New Canadians to Prince George from Metro Vancouver (www.iecbc.ca)
Employers in Prince George could experience increased interest in career opportunities from new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver over the next several months as a result of two community based initaitives. The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is launching an outreach campaign in Metro Vancouver on October 22, 2013 called “Consider Prince George.” Television and print ads featuring the stories of new Canadians and their families who have built successful lives in Prince George will be central to the campaign, which is being supported by “Consider PG” Twitter (@ConsiderPG) and Facebook pages.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iecbc.ca%2Fabout-us%2Fin-the-news%2Fnews%2Fattracting-new-canadians-to-prince-george-metro-vancouver

Jamaicans branded ‘serial sexual harassers’ – Government mum as farm workers are dissed in Canada (Tyrone Reid, jamaica-gleaner.com)
There has been a deafening silence from the Government more than one month after a Canadian mayor and several of his councillors disrespected Jamaican farm workers by labelling them serial sexual harassers. Instead of the Portia Simpson Miller administration defending the reputation of the Jamaicans, their fight has been taken up by the Canadian group, Justicia for Migrant Workers. Attempts by The Sunday Gleaner to get a comment from the Ministry of Labour about the vexing statements concerning the Jamaican workers have so far been unsuccessful.
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News Release — Federal Government Helps Newcomers to Calgary Get Job-Ready Language Skills (CIC)
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced federal support for newcomers to Calgary as they acquire language skills, find work and integrate into the community. “By giving immigrants the tools they need to succeed, we are helping to build a stronger community and a stronger economy,” said Alexander. “Study after study confirms that being able to speak English or French is key to ensuring newcomers to Canada can contribute more fully and provide for their families more quickly.”
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cic.gc.ca%2Fenglish%2Fdepartment%2Fmedia%2Freleases%2F2013%2F2013-10-18.asp%3Futm_source%3Dfeedly

FNA Launches Temporary Foreign Worker Program (www.menafn.com/)
Farmers of North America (FNA) announced today it has partnered with ILC Canada to provide FNA members with a full service solution to access Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) under federal programs to fill gaps in the farm labour market. Shortages in domestic farm labour are widely documented in Canada and have been the subject of numerous news stories, particularly in the farm press. The Western Producer, Grainews, Manitoba Cooperator, Ontario Farmer and many others have provided strong reporting on the subject over the past few years. There have also been at least two private studies demonstrating the need for temporary foreign workers on Canadian farms.* FNA conducted its own consultations with its members including a direct “Expression of Interest” exercise where members detailed their needs. The response was rapid and clear: a program is needed that reduces the burden on individual farms to meet the regulatory and recruitment requirements.
http://www.menafn.com/819a2c68-381e-470a-a93e-bfe1b50faff9/FNA-Launches-Temporary-Foreign-Worker-Program?src=main

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

Lessons from the Data Rescue Crowdfunding Campaign (Sherri Torjman, Caledon)
Donor psychology also presents a real challenge in any public campaign. If the race gets off to a slow start and appears to have few supporters, then the proverbial self-fulfilling prophecy kicks in. Few people will bet on a horse that can’t make the finish line. If, by contrast, contributions come in on a regular basis, then prospective donors are encouraged to get on board and support the project. After all, so many donors can’t be wrong if they are willing to bank on − and bankroll − a given cause. There are many lessons that we learned from this recent effort. Here are just a few highlights.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmaytree.com%2Fblog%2F2013%2F10%2Flessons-from-the-data-rescue-crowdfunding-campaign%2F

Canadian Social Research Newsletter : October 20, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Homelessness Policy : A Presentation (Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Blog) – October 18
2. Harper Government™ tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Remaining Tax Measures From Economic Action Plan 2013 and Other Previously Announced Tax Measures – October 18
3. [Ontario] Income Security Advocacy Centre Submission on the Minimum Wage – October 18
4. [Ontario] Income Security Advocacy Centre Submission on Ontario’s Next Five-Year Poverty Reduction Strategy – October 4
5. Better daycare for $7/day: One province’s solution for Canada (Globe and Mail) – October 18
6. Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update: October 20 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
7. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations) – October 17
8. World Food Day (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) – October 16
9. Speech from the Throne : October 16
— Full text of the Speech (National Post)
— Seven of the Dumbest Things Said During the Throne Speech (ShitHarperDid.com)
— Hard on Families, Light on Crime: Some Thoughts on the Throne Speech (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
— Six themes highlighted in the 2013 federal throne speech
10. National Conference on Ending Homelessness, October 28 to October 30, 2013 (Ottawa) – (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)
11. Canada faces a ‘crisis’ on aboriginal reserves: UN investigator (CTV News) – October 15
12. Vital Signs reports for 2013 (Community Foundations of Canada) – October 2013
13. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Consumer Price Index, September 2013 – October 18
— The General Social Survey: An Overview – October 18
— Health Reports – October 2013 issue – October 16
— Study: Research and development of Canadian non-profit organizations, 2013 – October 15
14. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news201013.htm

A Collective Impact Case Study: Vibrant Communities (Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack)
The work of Vibrant Communities has just been profiled as a case study of successful collective impact initiatives by FSG Social Impact Consultants. The release of FSG’s ground-breaking articles, Collective Impact (PDF), Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (PDF), and Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact (PDF), demonstrated that powerful impact is possible on a range of complex issues when multiple organizations commit to work collaboratively with a focus on achieving measurable results. The Vibrant Communities Case Study (PDF) – one of eight in this series spanning a wide range of issue areas – was developed to respond to one of the most common questions asked about Collective Impact: What works?
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmaytree.com%2Fblog%2F2013%2F10%2Fa-collective-impact-case-study-vibrant-communities%2F

On inequality, our politics matter (John Myles, Keith Banting, www.broadbentinstitute.ca)
To mark the launch of ‘Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics’, a seminal new edited volume on inequality in Canada, the Broadbent Institute presents a series of posts from the book’s contributors. Today, we feature the book’s editors: Keith Banting and Broadbent Fellow John Myles. The core message of Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics is that democratic politics and income inequality in Canada are deeply linked. The surge in inequality, which occurred primarily in the 1990s but whose effects persist, was only partly the result of globalization and technological change. Politics also mattered.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.broadbentinstitute.ca%2Fen%2Fblog%2Finequality-our-politics-matter

Making the Minimum Wage an Effective Tool to Eliminate Poverty and Reduce Inequality in Ontario (25in5.ca)
The minimum wage is an integral element of Ontario’s efforts to eliminate poverty and can be an important tool in reducing inequality. As such, we believe that the minimum wage should be set at a level which assures that paid work is truly a pathway out of poverty. From 2005 to 2010, the minimum wage was raised from $7.15 to $10.25/hour, which had a significant effect on the ability of low income workers to meet their most basic needs. But the minimum wage has been frozen since 2010. Unfortunately for Ontarians, working full-time, full-year for minimum wage still means working for below-poverty wages and a constant struggle to put food on the table and pay the rent.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2F25in5.ca%2Fmaking-the-minimum-wage-an-effective-tool-to-eliminate-poverty-and-reduce-inequality-in-ontario%2F

Peel exhibition puts spotlight on hidden poverty (Peter Criscione, www.bramptonguardian.com)
They were once treasure troves strictly reserved for the wealthy and powerful. Today, museums have evolved into public gathering places that are as much about encouraging dialogue on important social issues as they are about displaying cultural artifacts. Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA) recently launched a unique exhibition examining unstable employment in Ontario and its impact on people’s health, where and how they live, and the community.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnews%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26fd%3DR%26usg%3DAFQjCNGLGFZc7I8vA-cGAbna3fA5hKj5ZQ%26url%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.bramptonguardian.com%2Fnews-story%2F4166113-peel-exhibition-puts-spotlight-on-hidden-poverty%2F

ISAC’s Submission on the Minimum Wage (ISAC)
The Ontario government appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in June 2013 to give advice on how to set the minimum wage. Although ISAC mainly works on social assistance issues, the minimum wage is an important part of ensuring income security for Ontarians and their families. So we wanted to give the Panel our perspective on this issue.
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Furniture thrift store just a front to help poor (Murray Mcneill, www.winnipegfreepress.com)
They should consider painting a picture of a white knight on the outside of the MCC Furniture Thrift Store on Keewatin Street. On at least two occasions this year, the independently owned store, affiliated with the Mennonite Central Committee but owned by about 50 members from the local community, rode to the rescue of the head of Calvary Temple’s ethnic ministry. Ministry head James Okot said in an interview a newly arrived refugee family and a single woman in need had sought the ministry’s help last summer in finding a place to live on short notice.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.winnipegfreepress.com%2Fbreakingnews%2Ffurniture-thrift-store-just-a-front-to-help-poor-228295081.html

Edmonton plan calls for end to poverty in a generation (www.cbc.ca)
With just days left in the municipal election campaign, a City of Edmonton-led committee is trying to get poverty on the agenda. Committee co-chair Allan Undheim said poverty costs Albertans $7 billion a year in health-care and crime expenses. (CBC) The Edmonton Poverty Elimination Steering Committee, which includes 26 governmental, non-profit and private entities, has set a goal to eliminate poverty in the city by 2024.
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