Immigration and Diversity News headlines – Nov 28, 2013


Target the poor, not the rich, for real solutions to income inequality (Alan Broadbent, The Globe and Mail)
The problem with poor people is they don’t have enough money, someone once said. With the recent attention on income inequality in The Globe and Mail and The Economist, it is important to shift the conversation from problems to solutions.

Diverse Leadership can help charities make a difference (Ratna Omidvar, Your Guide to Charitable Giving and Estate Planning in the Globe and Mail)
Five practical steps that can help organizations move towards greater diversity and inclusion in our communities and in our leadership
Ratna’s piece –
Full guide –

The Maytree Newsletter – November 2013
• Caring for Canada’s caregivers
• Living your language
• A snapshot of leadership diversity in the health care sector
• Report from Rabat: Building better cities
• Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan: Take it to the public
• Connect Legal’s Founder, Marion Annau, receives Ontario’s Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment
• One award – many winners: Nominations open for TRIEC’s 8th annual Immigrant Success Awards
• Five Good Ideas about Not-for-Profit Corporate Law Reform
• Caring for one another in the digital age
• News You Can Use


Canada fails in its promise to end child poverty (Toronto Star)
Campaign 2000 reports that, almost 25 years after MPs voted to end child poverty, there are even more poor kids in Canada.

Treating Poverty Like An Illness (By Vanessa Abban,
Our health is much more than visits to the doctor and filling prescriptions. Multiple socio-economic factors affect our health even before we step foot into a doctor’s office. In the podcast, Drs. Gary Bloch and Julia Morinis, identify poverty as the biggest determinant of health.

BC remains the province with the worst child poverty record (povnet)
BC remains the province with the worst child poverty record, the highest rate of poverty in two parent families and the highest rate in female lead lone-parent families.

What do we want? Housing! Why do we want it? Read on…(Emily Paradis, Research Matters)
Today is National Housing Day, marking the beginning of a week of action for housing. In communities across Canada, people will take to the streets to demand that the federal government renew subsidies for social housing, increase funding for new affordable housing and homelessness services, and create a national housing strategy grounded in human rights principles.!-Why-do-we-want-it-Read-on-e280a6.aspx

Reversing the growing inequality among provinces (Bruce Campbell,
The decade long petro-boom has caused major distortions in the Canadian economy, and has driven growing interpersonal and interprovincial inequality.

TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund awards $1.1 million in grants to 15 organizations (
Today Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund has awarded $1.1 million in grants to 15 community organizations in support of financial literacy projects. The Fund supports
organizations that deliver financial literacy programming to people living in low income and economically disadvantaged circumstances across the country.

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Hijab for police shouldn’t be an issue
The issue of religious headwear is in the news again. In an effort to recruit women from Edmonton’s Islamic communities, the police service there recently announced Muslim policewomen will be allowed to wear a hijab on duty.

Court backs firing of Muslim woman for wearing head scarf at private nursery in France (Elaine Ganley The Associated Press,Toronto Star)
The Paris Appeals Court ruled that a private nursery school was justified in firing an assistant director who refused to remove her Islamic head scarf while on the job.

How Diversity Can Drive Innovation (by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall, and Laura Sherbin – Harvard Business Review)
Most managers accept that employers benefit from a diverse workforce, but the notion can be hard to prove or quantify, especially when it comes to measuring how diversity affects a firm’s ability to innovate.

B.C. Chinese Head Tax Apology: Government To Try Again (Huffington Post British Columbia)
British Columbia’s government is once again trying to correct some historical wrongs committed against the province’s Chinese community.

Forum confronts need for inclusion in Canadian art (Jason Spencer, Brampton Guardian)
On an international level, the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven is considered to be quintessential Canadian art. Yet, Canada is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. So how can the artwork of so few be a honest reflection of the entire population?

Refugee claimants arriving in Nova Scotia sent to jail (
The executive director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic says it’s time Nova Scotia stopped sending refugee claimants to the largest provincial prison while their paperwork is being processed.

Ottawa uses refugee programs for political goals, critics say (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Critics worry the federal government was intent on accepting refugees from countries it wants to improve relations with and with less medical.


BC Construction Association launches The Hire Guide to help employers tap into skills and experience of New Canadians (IEC-BC)
The Hire Guide was made possible by the IEC-BC through the Employer Innovation Fund, and funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC. The guide describes the emerging labour market, underscores why new Canadians should be a key part of any HR strategy, and shows employers how to tap into the skills and experience immigrants bring to BC. |

2014 RISE Awards: Nominations Opened!(ERIEC, Wave Blog)
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers’ RISE Awards, presented in partnership with the Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council, have been operating as one of Edmonton’s signature events for many years.

Jane Doe to get the job in Germany (Deutsche Welle)
A picture as well as personal details like age, gender and marital status are common on German job applications. But an anti-discrimination office wants to change the practice and says anonymous applications are fairer.

Workers rally for increase to minimum wage in Ontario (John Bonnar
On Wednesday, afternoon labour unions, vulnerable worker groups and community partners marched from the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to Dundas Square for a rally demanding an immediate increase to the Ontario minimum wage.
Listen to speakers from the rally.

Ontario employers call for clarity on unpaid internships ( Marco Chown Oved , Toronto Star)
The Ontario Workforce Shortage Coalition says misunderstood rules are bad for both interns and employers.

The Tory Jobs Program Isn’t Enough (Cliff Halliwell, Huffington Post)
Earlier this month, Canada’s provincial and federal ministers responsible for labour market policy met for the first time in several years. That it has been this long is symptomatic of the many challenges facing labour market policy in Canada. Policy directions are too often ad hoc, made up as discrete problems arise and with inadequate coordination.

Finding the Right People Remains the Number One Priority for Canadian Businesses (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
One year after the Prime Minister of Canada said skills shortages are the biggest challenge facing the country, the business community continues to identify the skills gap as the most pressing issue.

Alberta skilled jobs go unfilled (Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)
Alberta’s rate of unfilled private sector jobs during the third quarter exceeded the national average, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The temporary workforce (ffwd weekly)
The Alberta Federation of Labour says temporary foreign workers (TFW) filled a quarter of new jobs in Alberta in the first six months of 2013, and nearly 65 per cent of jobs created in the province in 2012, based on statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Statistics Canada.

Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of US Firms (Sari Pekkala Kerr, William R. Kerr, and William F. Lincoln, Harvard Business School)
The immigration of skilled workers is of deep importance to the United States, particularly in occupations closely linked to innovation and technology commercialization. Appropriate policies and admissions levels for skilled workers remain bitterly debated in the popular press. The authors analyze how the hiring of skilled immigrants affects the employment structures of US firms.

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