Immigration & Diversity News headlines – Nov 18, 2013


Hundreds held in Canada’s immigration cells ( Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Sixty people held in detention by Canadian immigration enforcement officials have been waiting to be deported for more than a year, the Star has learned.They are among 585 individuals currently in immigration cells as of Nov. 8, rare up-to-date figures obtained from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Canada to fast-track hundreds of visa applications after Typhoon Haiyan (CTV News)
The federal government expects to fast-track hundreds of visa applications, and perhaps many more, from Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan.The Canadian government announced last week that consular officials are working around the clock to process visa applications submitted by Filipinos, as well as to assist Canadians in the country who may have lost travel documents or have other needs.

Filipinos in Alberta hope immigration results are swift (CBC News)
Filipinos in Alberta hope the Canadian government’s pledge to fast-track immigration for those affected by the typhoon in their homeland will be seen sooner rather than later. The majority of the 42,000 Filipinos currently working in the province are temporary foreign workers.

Jason Kenney’s fundraising power revealed (Kady O’malley, CBC)
Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney’s Calgary riding association has raked in almost $145,000 from Ontario since 2007, a CBC News analysis reveals.It’s no secret that Kenney has spent the last few years courting Toronto-area ethnic communities on behalf of the Conservative Party, first as the minister of multiculturalism and then as immigration minister.

Citizenship a lengthy process for those on Canada’s waiting list (CTV News)
For many immigrants, obtaining Canadian citizenship can be a tiring and frustrating ordeal following changes the former Immigration Minister made to the application process.Ruslan Abdullayev has lived in Calgary with his wife and their two children for the past four and a half years after leaving Azerbaijan.According to the latest Immigration Canada numbers, the Abdullayevs are four of the nearly 350,000 permanent residents on the waiting list for Canadian citizenship.

Nonprofits aim to increase board diversity (Boston Globe)
The goal of the game is to make the 28 men and women, strangers of different generations, feel comfortable enough to discuss issues often viewed as taboo — faith, culture, socioeconomic class — and explore how their personal experiences have shaped the way they view the world and one another.The recent gathering, on Northern Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus, is the result of a nonprofit venture that seeks to increase diversity on the boards of agencies serving this former mill city’s most vulnerable residents.

Cosmopolis Toronto: Photographer reflects city’s diversity in portraits (
Colin Boyd Shafer wants to photograph Toronto.Not its glistening waterfront, its often-captured skyline or the iconic CN Tower.But its people — with roots that stretch back near and far — who have set down in Toronto the Good.The brainchild of Shafer, Cosmopolis Toronto, wants to show the diversity of Toronto, one photograph at a time — some 200, to be exact.

Toronto Police sued by Black Action Defence Committee for $65M over racial profiling (Jim Rankin and Patty Winsa, Toronto Star)
A proposed class-action lawsuit seeks $65 million in damages and other remedies from Toronto police for alleged racial profiling practices and documenting of citizens.The suit, filed Friday by the Black Action Defence Committee, comes in advance of a special Toronto Police Services Board meeting to be held Monday on the controversial police practice of carding — encounters where police question citizens and document personal details in stops that typically involve no arrest or charge.


Bring Filipino refugees to Manitoba (R. Reis Pagtakhan,
The Canadian government on Wednesday announced special immigration measures to help people affected by typhoon Haiyan, the devastating storm that slammed into the Philippines last week. While details of these special measures have not yet been released, the government should be congratulated for stepping up to the plate in response to this unprecedented disaster.


Call for Nominations Now Open: 8th Annual Immigrant Success Awards (
Nominations are now open for the TRIEC IS Award: RBC Champions of Immigrant Success. Up to four winners will be selected for:
-their extraordinary leadership in immigrant employment;
-the positive impact of their work on both skilled immigrants in the GTA and their own or other businesses; and
-the sustainability of their initiative(s).

“Hidden” opportunity for organizations to build more diverse teams, according to a new EY and RBC report(
Savvy business leaders know that having diverse teams is a competitive advantage in today’s fast-evolving, increasingly global environment. But according to a new report by EY and RBC even leaders with the best intentions may be unconsciously stifling diversity in their organizations.

Canadian Work Experience Is Important And This Is Why (By Diversityatworkinlondon)
The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHC) paper “Policy on removing the ‘Canadian experience’ barrier” speaks to the challenges many New Canadians face when they are seeking employment. Citing careers in teaching, counselling, project management, medicine, customer service among others as those requiring Canadian experience.Opponents of the requirements will argue that it is discriminatory. However, this is too simple of an explanation.

Western Canadian construction firms look to Ireland for skilled workers (Globe and Mail)
Western Canadian construction companies struggling to hire highly skilled workers will offer jobs to almost 500 Irish trades people after a recruitment drive in Dublin and Belfast.The job fairs drew about 800 people in Belfast Oct. 31 and about 2,000 others in Dublin Nov. 2, said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the B.C. Construction Association, which organized the events.

Provinces plead for temporary foreign workers (HR Reporter)
The temporary foreign workers controversy could be on the agenda Friday as provincial and territorial leaders gather in Toronto, months after Ottawa tightened the rules to quell fears of foreigners swiping jobs from Canadians.Provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta have been quietly urging the government to ease up on the restrictions, with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall even making a recent face-to-face appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the issue.

Premiers to put together alternative to contentious Canada Job Grant (Globe and Mail)
Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz has thrown down the gauntlet, demanding Ottawa do more to help the provinces on everything from health care to skills training. And if Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t work more closely with them, he warned, the provinces will make his party pay in the next federal election.


Village Vibes (Charity Village)

• Participate now in the 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey
• Vancouver Foundation releases Youth Vital Signs report
• New study finds administrative professionals report expanded job duties
• Fast Fact: Donors appreciate exceptional thank you letters
• British Columbia pledges to match up to $300,000 for disaster relief in the Philippines
• New report explores how nonprofits use content marketing and social media
• Government of Canada creates Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund and will match donations
• New study reopens the debate on social media slacktivism More


The Wealth Paradox (Globe and Mail)
Canada is at a crossroads. A gap has grown between the middle class and the wealthy. Now, that divide is threatening to erode a cherished Canadian value: equality of opportunity for all. This article is part of The Globe’s Wealth Paradox series, a two-week examination into how the wealth divide is shaping Canada’s cities, schools, social programs – and even its national sport.

Income inequality is hurting social inclusion in Canada (Art Eggleton)
Recently, I tabled a study in the Senate from the social affairs committee about social inclusion. We wanted to know how significant poverty, homelessness, a lack of affordable housing and income inequality in Canada have affected our cohesion as a society.

Globe and Mail columnist Konrad Yakabuski led a discussion with five of Canada’s leading experts about this country’s income gap and what can be done about it.
Kevin Lynch is vice-chair of BMO Financial Group.
-Anne Golden is distinguished visiting scholar at Ryerson University.
-Jim Stanford is an economist with the trade union Unifor.
-William Robson is president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute.
-Miles Corak is a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa.

U.S. income inequality: A tale of two cities
Near the northern end of the highway sits Bridgeport, the gritty post-industrial city where Ms. Davis ended up. There her two children attend an elementary school that is ranked No. 502 out of 510 in the state based on test scores. Seven months ago, she lost her job, and the bank is about to foreclose on her apartment. She just started a new position as a paralegal, but it doesn’t include benefits and pays a third less than she was earning before.“The gap is just really huge between the rich and the working class,” said Ms. Davis, 38, standing outside her children’s school. “I don’t even know if there’s a middle class any more. We’re just working to make ends meet.”

How should governments spend $20 billion a year to boost the economy? (By Sunil Johal and Noah Zon –
magine if the federal government, the province and local municipality each decided that a new highway was needed in one community. Now imagine that rather than coordinating the planning, design and construction of one highway, each jurisdiction just went ahead and built its own separate highway. Citizens would rightly be outraged at such an absurd lack of coordination. Yet this is essentially what is happening in Canada when it comes to economic development spending. Roughly $20 billion per year is being spent with little coordination by our governments.

Canadian Social Research Newsletter : November 17, 2013 (
1. Canada’s Premiers Focused on Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs (Council of the Federation) – November 15
2. Poverty: Where do we draw the line? (Chris Sarlo, Fraser Institute) – November 14
3. Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections (Finance Canada) – November 12
4. Media and Policy News for November 11 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics

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