Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 30, 2014

The Maytree Newsletter : January 2014
• New candidates for new times: Questions for candidates
• Willkommen in Berlin
• Paying for Canada
• Bringing Weapons of Myth Destruction from Barcelona to Toronto
• Five Good Ideas for nonprofits to build communications capacity
• Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel tables report
• 8,900 mentoring matches and growing
• Finding their muse as they made Canada home
• Collective Impact: Innovation in collaboration
• Plug into changes in immigration and employment rules
• News You Can Use

Providing More Options for Citizenship Applicants from Ontario (CIC)
As of January 30, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept certificates from individuals who complete Ontario’s provincial language training program as proof of language ability for the purpose of applying for citizenship, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. The acceptance of this language training program will facilitate access to citizenship for Ontario applicants.

Turning Talk Into Transformation Conference and Diversity Awards (
This one day conference will bring together experts in the field to share best practices, examine challenges and barriers and inspire increased action for embedding diversity into workplaces, institutions and organizations across the community.

Bridging the Gap: Newcomer Access to City Services (CERIS Blog)
Among the many issues facing newcomers today, the lack of child care, inaccessible quality and affordable housing, and barriers to education and training were discussed at an Open Dialogue Event on Newcomer Access to City services. At this third session of Open Dialogue Events, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and a range of community members including City Council, City staff and community agencies identified ongoing initiatives and gaps in connecting newcomers to City of Toronto services.

CERIS Seminar: Panel Discussion on Immigrant Children and Families (CERIS)
This panel discussion highlights two unique research projects and one local initiative on immigrant children and families. Monica Valencia will present the findings of her participatory research with a group of Latin American immigrant children in Toronto. Focusing on the growing phenomenon of education migration, Eunjung Lee and Marjorie Johnstone will take up the case of South Korean transnational families mobilizing for their children’s education in Canada. Aamna Ashraf will discuss some of the ways Peel Newcomer Strategy Group is working with the settlement sector, local government, and community stakeholders in order for newcomer families to succeed once they arrive in Peel.

Fifth Estate – Voyage of the Black Dragon NEXT EPISODE – JANUARY 31, 2014 (CBC)
Linden MacIntyre tells the surprising story of what happened to some survivors of the perilous voyage of the Black Dragon – a ship packed with Chinese migrants who risked death for a better life, only to face deportation after washing ashore off the coast of BC in 1999.


IKEA Shines a Light for Families in Refugee Camps (
KEA Canada announced today the launch of a new good cause campaign, ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’, that will run in IKEA stores globally from February 3 to March 29, 2014. For every LEDARE (LED light bulb) sold during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation will donate Є1 (approximately $1.50 CAD) to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Funds raised by the campaign will help to provide much needed solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns, other renewable energy technologies and fuel efficient cooking stoves in UNHCR refugee camps in various countries including Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan.

More than ‘bogus refugees’ being hurt by health care cuts, doctor argues (Elizabeth Payne,
Dr. Meb Rashid says the Afghan woman he works with is exactly the kind of refugee Canada welcomes.She fled to this country after receiving death threats for her work with women there, he explains.

Ontario vs Ottawa on refugees (Toronto Star)
Re: Former admirers lose faith in Chris Alexander, Opinion Jan. 27

Welcoming real refugees (
There’s a world of difference between a target and a quota.The latter evokes images of a speed trap up at the spot where the posted limit drops from 70 to 50 km/h, or of a parking official standing patiently by while the meter ticks down to time expired.But it isn’t fair to call the Canada Border Services Agency’s goal of sending the cases of at least 875 refugees for adjudication annually a quota. The number of cases submitted to the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2013 was only 192, and it’s essential those who misrepresent the facts on their applications, or those who return to a country they claimed was persecuting them, are stripped of their refugee status.

Refugees death sparks call for accountability (By Vivian Luk,
Many questions remain surrounding the death of a Mexican woman who had been held by Canada Border Services Agency at Vancouver’s airport, and the agency is revealing few answers.

Mexican woman who died after CBSA arrest hung herself rather than be deported (Kim Pemberton,
A Mexican woman desperate to remain in Canada hanged herself in the Canada Border Services Agency holding cells of Vancouver International Airport rather than face deportation.

Lucia Vega Jimenez Death In Vancouver Airport Custody Probed (Andree Lau,
Civil liberties activists in British Columbia are demanding answers after the in-custody death of a 42-year-old woman being held by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Activists demand answers after death of woman detained at airport (Andrea Woo,
Civil liberties activists are demanding answers in the in-custody death of a Mexican woman who was held by the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) in Vancouver.


Premier to announce minimum wage indexed to inflation (Rob Ferguson,
Premier Kathleen Wynne to make announcement Thursday morning at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst St., but needs to pass a law in the minority legislature tying annual increases to the consumer price index.

Ontario minimum wage increase details coming today (CBC News)
Nearly 500,000 of the lowest paid workers in Ontario will find out today how much of a raise they’ll get this year when the Liberal government unveils the province’s new minimum wage for 2014.

Wynne expected to announce Ont. minimum wage hike to $10.25 (
Nearly 500,000 of the lowest paid workers in Ontario find out today how much of a raise they’ll get this year when the Liberal government unveils the new minimum wage for 2014.

Premier Wynne to announce new minimum wage Thursday (
Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to officially unveil the province’s new minimum wage at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday.Late last week, the Ontario Liberals said they would hike the existing $10.25/hour minimum wage, which has been frozen since 2010, but would not say to what.

Ontario raising minimum wage ( Antonella Artuso,
Ontario will announce an increase in the minimum wage Thursday to about $11 an hour.Premier Kathleen Wynne and Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi have scheduled a morning media conference in Toronto.“We’ll be announcing our next steps shortly,” Naqvi said Wednesday.

Who pays for minimum-wage hikes? The poor (Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail)
Raising the minimum wage will reduce poverty. This must be true because the country’s biggest private sector union and the Toronto Star say so. Even Ontario’s registered nurses call a higher minimum wage a “pathway out of poverty.” And nurses wouldn’t lie, would they?

Does raising the minimum wage = job losses? (Todd Ferguson,
Recently Ontario has decided to raise its minimum wage from $10.25 to $10.94, a full 16 per cent below the poverty line. While the hundreds of thousands of Ontarians who try to subsist on minimum wage are no doubt lining up to thank the benevolent Premier Wynne for inching them that much closer to actually being able to arise from abject poverty through full-time employment, the praise has not been unanimous.

A $14 minimum wage could put Ontario on the right side of history (Trish Hennessy,
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.The business frame is predicated on fear. It projects a worst-case scenario response to even the slightest of minimum wage increases: job displacement, higher costs for consumers.It ignores evidence that a higher minimum wage reduces staff turnover, improves productivity and saves businesses money in the long run.

Provinces want say on which transfers are cut under Canada Job Grant (Bill Curry,
Provincial labour ministers will send a counter-proposal to the federal government in the coming days aimed at supporting a new Canada Job Grant while preserving training programs for vulnerable Canadians.After a Tuesday meeting by phone, labour ministers agreed on the details of a counter-proposal that is expected to be sent to federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney.

Provinces ready with counterproposal to Ottawa’s Canada Job Grant (Robert Benzie,
Plan fixes weaknesses of federal training program, Training Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid says Wednesday.

Canada Job Grant counter-offer to be sent by provinces (Susana Mas,
Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for overseeing the Canada Job Grant have reached an agreement on a counter-proposal they are sending to federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney ahead of an expected meeting with him next week, CBC News has learned.

Provinces offer counter proposal for Canada Job Grant (Job Board,
The provinces and territories are seeking more compromise from the federal government over a much-touted skills training proposal from last year’s budget.

You are invited to Tech Connect! Calling all tech professionals! (
Mentoring internationally trained professionals is a great way to strengthen your coaching skills, improve inter-cultural awareness, gain a new perspective on your field and spot talent ahead of the competition. We are always in need
of more mentors from London’s technology sectors. Please join us on February 5th to learn more and meet our community’s amazing global talent.

2014 Edmonton Global Talent Conference – February 27, 2014 (
Do you recruit, hire or manage Internationally Trained Professionals? Join us and learn about how you can help build a more immigrant inclusive workplace.Find out:
• How to enhance your leadership skills through mentoring
• How to lead diversity and inclusiveness in your workplace
• How to integrate skilled immigrants into the Canadian workforce

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