Immigration & news headlines – January 28, 2014
IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
From Barcelona to Toronto: Myth-busting and migration (Ranjit Bhaskar, Maytree)
The City of Toronto plans to take a leaf from Barcelona’s anti-rumour public awareness campaign to tackle myths and misconceptions around newcomer settlement issues.
Webinar: Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look at What Other Countries Are Doing – February 20, 2013 | 2-3 pm Eastern Time (IMPRINT)
How are other countries integrating skilled immigrants into their economy? In this webinar, Peter Paul and Kim Turner of Maytree will discuss initiatives undertaken in Canada and other places around the world to help skilled immigrants reach their full economic potential. We’ll take a close look at programs like ALLIES and discuss how these initiatives can be replicated in the US.
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Experts raise concerns about citizenship rules (Tobi Cohen,
The notion that newcomers must be physically present in Canada for three of the previous four years to become citizens is an inaccuracy the government continues to perpetuate, say experts who are now raising concerns it may try again to entrench the idea in a sweeping new citizenship bill.
Citizenship should mean more (Andrew Cohen,
…The exception is citizenship and immigration, which was long the prerogative of Jason Kenney, the most effective minister in this government. His successor, Chris Alexander, is promising "the first comprehensive reform of the Citizenship Act in a generation." This is something to watch.
Border officials to share travellers’ info with federal government (Nicholas Keung,
Canadian border officials plan to share personal information obtained under a new Canada-U.S. border data exchange program with other federal departments, the Star has learned.
Canadians need more information on border data collection plan (By Editorials,
The public needs more information on Canada Border Services Agency plans to collect data on residents’ travel patterns and pass it to other government bureaucrats.
Canada-U.S. border program could identify EI cheats, terrorists (Evan Solomon,
Canada’s border agency is eyeing a new information-sharing program with the Americans to help catch Employment Insurance cheats.A border agency briefing note, obtained under the Access to Information Act, says the entry-exit tracking program could be used to police various benefit programs as well as identify people travelling abroad to engage in terrorism.
Immigrant couple loses appeal to regain medicare coverage revoked for spending too much time outside Canada (Tom Blackwell, news.nationalpost.com)
British Columbia’s top court has upheld a decision to revoke almost a decade of medicare coverage for an immigrant couple, confirming in a rare judgment that provinces have every right to deny health funding to people who spend too much time living abroad.
South Asian police officer alleges discrimination by Peel force (Jim Rankin,
Peel police sergeant B.J. Sandhu has launched a human-rights complaint alleging superiors have blocked him from promotion because of his background.
Immigration prison’ sentence for would-be Canadians is about to get longer (Ian Young, South China Morning Post)
There’s a common term in the Chinese immigrant community for the period of residency required before applying for Canadian citizenship."Yiminjian", or "immigration prison" conveys both sentiment and meaning that might surprise non-Chinese Canadians who tend to see residency here as a privilege coveted by those unlucky enough to have been born anywhere other than the Great White North.
Lost in the York U furor: Accommodation isn’t a trump card (Amira Elghawaby, The Globe and Mail)
The furor around York University’s recent decision to overrule a professor’s attempt at balancing competing human rights has largely missed a crucial point – accommodation isn’t a trump card. The Ontario Human Rights Commission actually anticipated this sort of clash years ago and started preparing for it back in 2005. In 2012, the commission introduced a groundbreaking policy on just how institutions, organizations and individuals should interpret the Human Rights Code to prevent a “hierarchy” of rights from developing.
Developing a Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion (Settlement AtWork)
"Locking in Your Leadership: Developing the Ironclad Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)" is a brief document that helps organizations easily articulate their unique strategic imperative for embracing and leveraging Diversity and Inclusion, and Human Rights and Equity (HR&E). It is recommended that the Business Case be aligned with the organization’s key strategic goals and articulate the "why" of diversity for that specific organization, rather than the "how".
Don’t Just Talk About Diversity, Implement It (Rachel Decoste, Huffington Post)
There’s a series of pieces published in one of Canada’s two national newspapers which endorse the ubiquitous whiteness in all spheres of society.Multiple National Post articles dismissed diversity and inclusion ideas and policies for the Supreme Court ("No need for forced diversity on the bench"), the Canadian Forces ("You can’t set diversity targets for patriotism") , City service jobs, corporate boards ("Ontario’s patronizing plan to push more women up the corporate ladder") and senior municipal staff, to name just those. In inexorable smug, self-satisfied fantasies constructed in defence of a white ruling class, lack of competence, patriotism or willingness among the under-represented groups are cited as excuses.
Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s New Racism Is Nothing New (Time.com)
A new book by ‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua claims to explain why some groups fail and others succeed. We’ve heard this all before.
Lata Pada the first speaker in new library series on immigrant success stories (Mississauga.com)
Choreographer, dancer and artistic director Lata Pada will be the first speaker in a new Mississauga Library System series highlighting the stories of immigrants who have come to Canada and thrived.
up with the continuous stream of federal government misinformation on refugee health policy and Minister Alexander’s repeated attacks on government critics, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is challenging Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to a public debate. The Minister can choose the time and location of such a debate.
Leave refugees out of politics (
The Canadian quality of compassion and fairness is limited neither by geography nor ideology.It is for that reason that, just more than a year ago, it took barely a heartbeat before the Saskatchewan Party government agreed to cover the cost of anti-nausea drugs denied to a Pakistani refugee by a hyper-partisan Conservative government in Ottawa.
Welcoming real refugees (Calgary Herald)
There’s a world of difference between a target and a quota. The latter evokes images of a speed trap set 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 clocks 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.
Human-trafficking crackdown seen by some sex workers as bullying tactic (Gloria Galloway,
Police across the country have been searching the workplaces and homes of prostitutes to find victims of human trafficking.But some sex workers say the initiative, which comes a month after the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s major prostitution laws, is simply an intimidation tactic meant to harass members of their profession in the absence of the ability to lay charges.
Standing up for refugee rights: Refugee health care in Federal Court (Adrienne Silnicki, Rabble.ca)
Audrey Macklin, a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a lawyer with the Canadian Refugee Lawyers Association, presented in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the case before the federal court on health care for refugees. The presentation took place at the Weldon School of Law, Dalhousie University earlier this month and the room filled quickly with law students and community members. Ms. Macklin’s presentation was eye opening and shocking for anyone not closely following the changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).
EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS
Minimum wage climbs to $11 in Ontario (Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star)
The Liberal government wants to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour for the 535,000 people who depend on it, up from $10.25 today.
Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11 (Laurie Monsebraaten,
The provincial Liberal government is moving to raise the minimum, frozen at $10.25 for four years, and tie future increases to inflation, sources said Monday.
Kathleen Wynne objects to $14 minimum wage (Robert Benzie,
Premier Kathleen Wynne is downplaying the notion the $10.25 minimum wage should be boosted dramatically.
Ontario Premier says no to immediate minimum wage hike to $14 an hour (Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail)
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is rejecting calls to immediately hike the minimum wage to $14 an hour, saying her government will "move carefully" with any increase.
Ontario eyes raising minimum wage, tying it to inflation (Antonella Artuso,
Ontario appears poised to raise the $10.25 minimum wage after a panel recommended tying it to inflation.
Panel calls for annual minimum wage hikes to combat poverty (metronews.ca)
A provincial advisory panel says Ontario’s minimum wage should be increased annually by inflation, Torstar News Service has learned.
Ont. advisory panel expected to recommend raising minimum wage (toronto.ctvnews.ca)
When the advisory panel that has been examining minimum wage in Ontario releases its report Monday, it’s expected to call for an increase, but not recommend how much.
Ontario looks to hike minimum wage (David Shum, Global News)
Those who earn minimum wage in Ontario can look forward to a raise in pay – the first in four years. A special advisory panel on Monday called for changes to be linked to the inflation rate and to give businesses four months warning of any increases.
Ontario’s new minimum wage: A 75-cent raise? (Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News)
Ontario could tie its minimum wage retroactively to four years of inflation and still leave the province’s lowest-paid workers well below the poverty line.An expert panel report released Monday afternoon recommended tying the province’s minimum wage to inflation and raising it annually (the Retail Council of Canada agreed). But it didn’t recommend a floor, leaving it up to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government to decide just how much to hike the rate, which hasn’t changed since 2010.
Indexing The Minimum Wage To Inflation Is Important First Step (Sheila Block, www.wellesleyinstitute.com)
Ontario’s Advisory Panel on the Minimum Wage has released its report today. The report limited its recommendations to mechanisms to increase the minimum wage, and did not make any recommendations on whether the current minimum wage is the right starting point for those inflationary increases. It made the following substantive recommendations: the minimum wage should be increased annually by the CPI inflation rate, and, minimum wage level and revision process should be reviewed every 5 years.
Predictable, Transparent, Fair: The Business Perspective on How to Set Ontario’s Minimum Wage (
Ontario is in a period of economic transition. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its 60,000 members firmly believe that the policy choices made today will impact our province’s competitiveness for generations to come. The Government of Ontario is currently consulting on how to set the minimum wage. This issue is important. There is broad consensus that the current process—or lack thereof—governing the minimum wage does not work for employers and workers.
Minimum Wage Report (
Today the province will release the recommendations from an advisory panel that looked at how to set the minimum wage . Matt Galloway spoke with Sheila Block. She is the director of Economic Analysis at the Wellesley Institute.
Listen (runs 7:59) | http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2014/01/27/minimum-wage-report/
Hudak’s ‘right-to-work’ policy may be hurting Tories’ popularity, poll suggests (Robert Benzie,
The Progressive Conservatives’ lead over the governing Liberals has narrowed and PC Leader Tim Hudak’s personal approval rating dropped sharply in the latest poll…new survey found Ontarians remain divided over the Conservatives’ controversial "right-to-work" labour policy.
Website to help employers hire immigrants (Simcoe.com)
Employers in Simcoe County will soon have an online resource to help them through the process of hiring new immigrants.
Canada Wants More Pinoy Skilled Workers (Asian Pacific Post)
British Columbia is on the hunt for Filipino welders and pipe-fitters as it anticipates a shortage of such skilled workers to build 10 new non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard.
PINs Annual Event: Collaborating for Immigrant Employment (TRIEC)
This February, we’re bringing together the entire PINs community—immigrant association leaders, employers, employment services agencies, and other stakeholders—to network and brainstorm how we can help each other better connect skilled immigrants to meaningful employment.Join us on February 25, 2014 to map out how we all contribute to a skilled immigrant’s path to employment. Participants will come away with a better understanding of available services and where we can collaborate to make positive change in 2014. And let’s not forget the networking!
2014 Employer Excellence Awards : Call for Entries Last Week (Hire Immigrants Ottawa)
Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2014 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region. The awards recognize local employers for their innovative and /or exemplary human resource policies and practices in the recruitment, inclusion and engagement of skilled immigrants into their organizations.
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