Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Nov 15, 2013


York Region’s 3 hospitals’ leaders represent diversity (By Chris Traber, York Region )
While new research indicates diversity within the leadership of major GTA health organizations tracks at both ends of the spectrum, York Regions three hospitals and Central Local Health Integration Network seem above the equitable grade.The eighth DiverseCity Counts report released Friday surveyed 28 hospitals and five local health integration networks in the GTA.

Ryerson University to launch RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project (Ryerson)
Ryerson University today announced it received a $1.75-million gift from RBC to support the RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project an action-oriented research study into the economic and social issues facing immigrants, and the creation of a series of targeted student internships.

Vision 2020: National Settlement Conference (CIC)
Conference presentation PowerPoints
This conference will bring together representatives from community stakeholders involved directly and indirectly in the support, management and delivery of settlement programs funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) across the country. This expert gathering will discuss the possible pathways the Settlement Program might take in the future in light of recent policy and governance changes, and how to best meet the current and expected needs of newcomer clients.

SettlementAtWork Newsletter
-Changes to the Canadian Experience Class
-Update on Family Reunification
-Federal Language Commissioner Releases Annual Report Launching New Mandate with Call for Action on Immigration, Courts and Language Training
-National Survey on the Financial Information Needs of Frontline Settlement Staff

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Announces Sweeping Changes for 2014 (
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that, in response to feedback from immigration stakeholders, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be overhauled and streamlined in the New Year.

Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Newsletter
Explore working and living in Wellington County on a bus tour in December
-LIP to issue call for proposals to complete employer toolkit
-Fill out our survey and tell us how our community can support immigrants in 2014-16
-New Routes: New Roots Story
-Upcoming LIP Meetings
-Immigration Portal Update

Union cant understand cuts to language instruction (By Roger Belgrave,
Peels public school board and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) remain at odds over cuts to English lessons for adult learners.The union, which represents English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors at the board recently blasted the Peel District School Board in a press release for making dramatic cuts to the classes offered to help many new Canadians learn and improve fluency in English.

Racism in academia : Addressing racial oppression in post-secondary education (By Mehdi Rizvi,
During the 2010 Metropolis conference held in Montreal, Dr. Luin Goldring, Director of CERIS asked me to suggest a topic for a university seminar. I immediately proposed the topic “Racism in Academia,” as I had written on the same issue a few years back.My observations and inferences were based on the real experiences of Dr. Shiva Sadeghi, Faculty Associate and senior researcher at the University of Toronto. She was very disappointed, discouraged and disgusted with her job experiences and the painful realities faced by some communities on campus.


Canada lifts Czech travel visa, smoothing wrinkle in EU trade deal (Globe and Mail)
Citizens of the Czech Republic can now travel to Canada for up to six months without a visa, after the federal government lifted a restriction brought in four years ago to curb the number of asylum claimants.The visa requirement was seen as a complication in free trade talks with the European Union that led to an agreement known as CETA, which the Conservative government announced last month. The Czech Republic had signalled it might not ratify CETA unless the visa requirement was lifted.

Backgrounder Canadas new asylum system (CIC)
In December 2012, Canada implemented a new asylum system to accelerate the processing of refugee claims and deter abuse of the system. Several new measures have been put into place to achieve these goals including the creation of a Designated Country of Origin (DCO) list and faster processing times. DCOs are countries that do not normally produce refugees, but do respect human rights and offer state protection. There are currently 37 countries on the DCO list including the Czech Republic and most countries in the European Union.


Minister Kenney urges employers to look to Canadians, including newcomers, to tackle skills shortages (Canada News Centre)
In his keynote speech today at the B.C. Business Summit, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, challenged employers to seek out Canadians and newcomers to address their skills shortages. New Canadians represent a valuable source of skilled labour from which employers in Canada can recruit.

Harper Government takes action to help nurses get credential recognition and jobs faster (CIC)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced $4 million in funding for credential recognition projects that are designed to attract, retain and help Canadian and internationally-trained nurses get jobs in their field fasteranywhere in Canada.

Ottawa to give foreign-trained nurses help getting credentials recognized (Globe and Mail)
The federal government is trying to make it easier for foreign-trained nurses to have their credentials recognized by governing bodies.Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Thursday the government is giving $4-million to projects to speed up credential recognition in Canada.

It is a wise business decision to consider paying your interns, and paying them fairly (CareerEdge Blog)
In the October 7, 2013 issue of Canadian HR Reporter, News Editor, Liz Bernier, spoke with Career Edge President, Naguib Gouda, about the unpaid internship debate that has once again heated up in the Canadian business community. As a follow-up to this story, HR Reporter produced a video that investigates the issues related to unpaid internships. In the video, Naguib outlines four key reasons why paying your interns is good for business

Hands-on experience through internships can be the best of teacher (CareerEdge Blog)
For Bangladeshi-born Farhana Naznin, it was a bit of a shock to be asked if she had Canadian experience, especially since she had worked in Australia as a software developer. Everywhere I applied, I was asked for Canadian experience. Just about when it was getting to the point that it was getting frustrated, I heard of the internship program at Career Edge Organization, says Naznin, who, along with her husband, had studied in Japan and worked in Australia for three years before immigrating to Canada.Having heard of numerous successful placements through Career Edges Career Bridge program, which places immigrant job seekers into paid internships, Naznin applied for a six-month long internship program sponsored by RBC.

Rights-based approach a step towards protecting migrant workers? (CERIS)
Over the last decade, Canadas labour market increasingly relied on migrant workers who hold precarious temporary immigration status in Canada. In fact, in 2008, the number of temporary migrant workers who entered Canada surpassed the number of economic immigrants who were granted permanent resident status; and it seems this trend will continue in the years to come.

-Call for Proposals: the 16th National Metropolis Conference
The 16th National Metropolis Conference (March 12-15, 2014) will continue to accept proposals for workshop, roundtable and poster presentation sessions till November 25, 2013. For details, please visit here.

TRIEC Request for Proposals: Integrated Communications Strategy
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) invites proposals for the development of an integrated marketing communications strategy. Deadline for proposals: 12:00 pm (ET) on November 25, 2013. See here for more details.

DiverseCity Counts 8: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the Health Care Sector By DiversCity, November 2013
This report examines diversity on boards and in senior management of health care institutions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Specifically, it looks at local health integration networks (LHINs), hospitals, and community care access centres (CCACs).


Five Good Ideas – Building non-profit communications capacity (Maytree)
with Marlene Oliveira, Copywriter and Communications Consultant | moflow

Trust in Charities. We need to talk (By Marcel Lauzière,
Many of you will have seen by now the results of the recent Muttart Foundation survey: Talking About Charities. This is the 5th iteration of the survey that was first done in 2000. This time around The Muttart Foundation contracted Imagine Canada to do the analysis of the responses.There is some very good news coming through this major phone survey of close to 4,000 Canadians, but there are also some very real messages that Canadians are sending us and that we need to take very seriously. As a charitable sector, we need to be listening very closely to what is being said.


Most poverty measurements used in Canada focus on inequality, not real deprivation (Chris, Sarlo Fraser Institute)
High, relative definitions of poverty currently used by governments, media and social activists do nothing to help Canadians suffering real deprivation, concludes a new study published today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.In the study, Poverty: Where do we draw the line? author Christopher Sarlo argues that Canadians still do not have a reliable measure of real deprivation, of poverty

A Canada Without Compassion: A Modest Proposal from the Fraser Institute (CCLA)
The Fraser Institute would like to remove compassion from the policy debate about poverty in Canada. Why? Because, according to the reports author, Christopher Sarlo, compassion is causing us to confuse those who have lower income with those who do not have enough income to sustain life. For Sarlo, those who use relative measures of poverty, which set a poverty line relative to, for example, the median income in Canada, are being misled by emotions.

No matter how you slice it, Ontarios Minimum Wage Doesnt Measure Up (CCPA)
It seems everywhere I turn people are talking income inequality. Whether its on the pages of the current Globe and Mail series, The Wealth Paradox, or in the Toronto-Centre by-election where both front-runners claim to be experts on the subject, the issue finally seems to be taking up space in the public consciousness.But conversations dont necessarily translate into the kind of political interventions needed to meaningfully reduce income inequality. What is actually being done to correct the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us right here in Ontario?

New Releases – No Shortage of Opportunity: Policy Ideas to Strengthen Canada’s Labour Market in the Coming Decade
Events – Symposium: Age-Friendly Communities in Ontario: Multi-Level Governance, Coordination Challenges and Policy Implications

Government of Canada Invests in Research Excellence at Canadian Universities (Digital Journal)
Top researchers at Canadian universities will receive funding from the Government of Canada to pursue world-class research across all disciplines. Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an investment of $30.1 million to support 30 Canada Research Chairs in Quebec as part of the national announcement made by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).

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