Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 29, 2014

Cities of Migration Newsletter, No. 46, January 2014 (Cities of Migration)
• Khalid Koser Says Migration Is an Opportunity Awaiting Global Action
• Barcelona to Toronto: Myth-busting and Migration
• Ich bin ein Berliner
• Brains for Trains: Toronto Employer Taps into Diversity
• Charting a Path to Citizenship
• You’re Welcome
• Simon Woolley Is the Pride of Britain
• Good Ideas in the News

Canada’s visa system is drowning in red tape (John McCallum, Toronto Star)
Canada’s visa system is killing jobs in the tourist industry and hindering international business development, argues Liberal MP John McCallum.

To attract top foreign students, let’s focus on the product, not the pitch (Gilles G. Patry,
The response to the government’s announcement that it would aim to double the number of international students in Canada emphasizes the quantity: a goal of nearly half-a-million students from abroad on our post-secondary campuses by 2022. The higher tuition fees they pay, and the money they spend when they get here, creates jobs and fuels the economy. But to make the most of this policy goal, we need to consider not just how many, but what calibre of foreign students we are aiming for. Indeed, here is a chance to attract a tremendous influx of the world’s brightest, most energetic minds and all the advantages to the country that accompany their talent.

Canada, U.S. to share names from border crossings (Douglas Quan,
Records of Canadians’ trips across the border into the United States could soon be shared with a number of federal departments, including the RCMP and CSIS, documents show.

Cogeco CEO slams Quebec’s proposed charter (Luann Lasalle,
The head of cable and media company Cogeco Inc. has stepped into Quebec’s political debate about a charter to promote secular values, saying it’s scaring off immigrants.

Muslim group demands apology from Harper, chief spokesman over ‘terrorist’ (Steven Chase,
A national Muslim organization is demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper publish a retraction and apology on his government website for a chief spokesman’s comments that the group says linked them to terrorists.

Muslim group demands apology from Stephen Harper and spokesman (Toronto Star)
The prime minister’s spokesman Jason MacDonald is quoted as linking National Council of Canadian Muslims to terrorist groups.

Priest alleges Mexican victim’s family signed confidentiality agreement (David Ball, 24 Hours Vancouver)
The sister of a Lucia Vega Jimenez, a Mexican woman who died in Canada Border Services Agency custody Dec. 28, alleged she signed a confidentiality agreement with authorities, according to the priest who visited the unconscious woman before she was taken off life support.

Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion joins forces with Canadian Centre for Diversity (CNW)
The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity (CCD) are pleased to announce that they have entered into joint operating relationship that will see the CCD continue operations. The CCD announced in September that they were ceasing operations due to funding constraints.

The Story of Filipino Immigration to Canada (
In just a few short decades, Canada’s Filipino community has grown from less than a thousand residents to become one of the country’s largest immigrant demographics. At present, over 500,000 Filipinos call Canada home, and this number is increasing rapidly. In fact, in recent years the Philippines has been the greatest source of immigrants to Canada.

Growing diversity in Saskatoon fuels need for more interpreters (Shallima Maharaj,
The memory of first setting foot on Canadian soil with her two young children in 1987 has been etched into Karen Portillo-Malpass’s mind.“You don’t know where you are coming to. You hear everything about the weather – how cold it is,” she told Global News.Portillo-Malpass came to Canada as a refugee sponsored by the federal government. Language interpreters were vital to helping her acclimatize not only to the Canadian weather, but to the culture of her new home.

Humble hero makes life easier for Sault immigrants (
She was described by one Sault lady “as an unsung humble hero” and there is no doubt in my mind that is an apt description of Bianca Paradiso. When I first heard of her work in helping immigrants it seemed it was mostly helping Italian
immigrants, but no, it turns out that she has been helping all manner of immigrants from Europe – whether it be with visas, passport applications, income tax problems, pensions and more.


Medical journal calls refugee health cuts ‘medically irrational’ (Tobi Cohen,
As tensions heat up over federal cuts to refugee health coverage, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has weighed in with a scathing editorial that calls them “medically irrational” and “economically irresponsible.”

Letter to Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health, concerning IFH cuts (
Dear Minister, I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Council for Refugees to thank you for your decision to provide health care coverage for refugees and refugee claimants affected by the cuts to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program.


Minimum Wage Increase to $11 Would Lock Workers into Poverty (Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage)
A day after the recommendations of the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel were released, there is speculation that the Ontario government will increase the minimum wage to $11.

Open Letter from Ontario’s RNs to Premier Kathleen Wynne – Raise Minimum Wage to $14 per Hour (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario)
Ontario’s nurses urge you to increase the minimum wage in the next provincial budget, to $14.00 per hour.

A $14 minimum wage could put Ontario on the right side of history (
Six months ago, when Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne struck a panel to review the province’s minimum wage, the debate was still stuck in a 20-year-old business frame.

Mixed reaction on expected minimum wage hike (Madhavi Acharya-tom Yew,
Economists, business and labour groups applaud plan to tie minimum wage hikes to the inflation rate.

Life on minimum wage is not a decent living (Joe Fiorito,
A hike of 75¢ to Ontario’s minimum wage isn’t going to make a bit of difference to working people.

Minimum Wage Earner (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Pinky Paglingayen. She has spent the past six years making the minimum wage. Just last week, she got a new job, that’s now paying her more.
Listen (runs 7:53) |

Skilled immigrants to be matched with vacant jobs in 2015 (Susana Mas,
The federal government is looking to match skilled immigrants with unfilled jobs, in what it’s calling a new "fast and flexible system of economic immigration" it intends to have in place in January 2015.

Temporary foreign workers eyed for natural gas jobs (William Stodalka,
The provincial government is looking at putting temporary foreign workers into the natural gas industry to fulfil immediate labour needs."We are in ongoing discussions with the federal government to make sure we have an immigration system that matches labour market needs," said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

Mentorship (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Dave Wilkin. He is the founder of Ten Thousand Coffees.
Listen audio (runs 4:50) | months ago, when Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne struck a panel to review the province’s minimum wage, the debate was still stuck in a 20-year-old business frame.8/mentorship-1/#

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