Immigration and Diversity news headlines – February 10, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
How ‘entrepreneur’ stopped being a European word (Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail – writes about IQ Congress in Berlin Ratna spoke at. Also, mentions one-stop-shop good idea from Lisbon a part of the Cities of Migration collection)
Germany is probably the only country that could produce a hip-hop hit about the buzz-killing nature of full employment. Yet Rostock-born rapper Marteria’s song Kids, which bitterly laments the boring, thrill-free world where everyone has a good job, says something important about the sub-zero unemployment rate.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/how-entrepreneur-stopped-being-a-european-word/article16751736/?cmpid=rss1

Speaking notes for Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (www.cic.gc.ca)
At a News Conference to Announce the Tabling of Bill C-24: The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/DEPARTMENT/media/speeches/2014/2014-02-06.asp

What people are saying about Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (cic.gc.ca)
Chantal Desloges, Immigration Lawyer:@Twimmigration – LOVING IT – New Citizenship bill stiffens the penalties for fraud and counselling fraud.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2014/2014-02-07.asp

Tories to speed citizenship stripping (Josh Wingrove, The Globe and Mail)
The Conservative government is giving Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unilateral power to strip Canadians of citizenship in certain cases – a provision that dovetails with the federal government’s tough-on-crime messaging, but that some lawyers warn is unconstitutional.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fnational%2Ftories-to-speed-citizenship-stripping%2Farticle16762064%2F%3Fcmpid%3Drss1

Lost Canadian provisions in citizenship bill fall short (Tobi Cohen, O.Canada.com)
Measures aimed at closing the citizenship loophole for so-called lost Canadians came up short, critics said Friday — a day after the government introduced a sweeping bill overhauling the Citizenship Act.
http://o.canada.com/news/national/lost-canadian-provisions-in-citizenship-bill-fall-short-critics/#.UvVdd4KWLg8.twitter

Canada’s new citizenship bill a Trojan horse (Thomas Walkom, www.thestar.com)
Bill C-24 would give the Conservative government unprecedented authority to strip Canadians of their citizenship. It’s not just Omar Khadr who’ll be hit.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/07/canadas_new_citizenship_bill_a_trojan_horse_walkom.html

How to read Ottawa’s latest immigration changes (Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star)
Latest reforms to Citizenship Act show once again that federal Conservatives never tire of demonizing immigrants.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/02/09/how_to_read_ottawas_latest_immigration_changes_siddiqui.html

Canada’s new Citizenship Act reeks of mistrust (Toronto Star Editiorial)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s crime-obsessed government intends to “protect the value of Canadian citizenship” by cracking down on problems that largely don’t exist.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fopinion%2Feditorials%2F2014%2F02%2F07%2Fcanadas_new_citizenship_act_reeks_of_mistrust_editorial.html

Saskatchewan reacts to proposed Citizenship Act changes (Joe Couture, www.leaderpost.com)
Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd says the provincial government is generally supportive of proposed changes to citizenship rules introduced by the federal government Thursday.
http://www.leaderpost.com/Saskatchewan+reacts+proposed+Citizenship+changes/9479347/story.html

Citizenship Act shift hits family (Robert Barron, www.nanaimodailynews.com)
Marina Filatova is concerned about what the changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act that are being proposed by the Conservative government will mean to her and her family.
http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/opinion/citizenship-act-shift-hits-family-1.826905

Changes to Canadian Citizenship (Carmel Kilkenny | english)
Canada’s Citizenhip Act is undergoing some major changes. For the first time in 35 years, the rules will be tightened, the cost is going up, and the Immigration Minister will have increased power.
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2014/02/06/changes-to-canadian-citizenship/

Canada floats new citizenship rules that could affect thousands of Chinese (www.scmp.com)
Canada has unveiled sweeping reforms that would require immigrants spend more time as permanent residents, file tax returns and sign an undertaking to continue living in the country if they want to become citizens.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1423485/canada-floats-new-citizenship-rules-could-affect-thousands-chinese?page=all

Audio: Citizenship Reform (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Helen Mann spoke with Guidy Mamann. He is an immigration lawyer and a senior partner at Mamann, Sandaluk abd Kingwell.
Listen (runs 7:34) http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fmetromorning%2Fepisodes%2F2014%2F02%2F07%2Fcitizenship-reform%2F

Audio: Changes to citizenship rules (CBC, The Homestretch)
The federal government is proposing several changes to the Citizenship Act. Doug Dirks asks immigration lawyer Raj Sharma for his take on what it means for current and prospective immigrants.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Calgary/Audio/ID/2435312266/

Video: Lost Canadian provisions in citizenship bill fall short: critics (Ottawa Citizen)
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/canada/Lost+Canadian+provisions+citizenship+bill+fall+short+critics/9483692/story.html

Video: Big Changes to Immigration Law (CTV, Power Play)
http://www.ctvnews.ca/ctv-news-channel/video?clipId=288381&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

‘Two-tier citizenship’ created by federal changes to Citizenship Act, immigration advocacy group says (Mike Adler, www.ourwindsor.ca)
Proposed changes to rules for Canadian citizenship and the power to revoke it send the wrong message to new Canadians in Toronto, local advocates for immigrants’ rights said this week.
http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/4357860–two-tier-citizenship-created-by-federal-changes-to-citizenship-act-immigration-advocacy-group-say/

Population of Newfoundland and Labrador projected to plunge (Sue Bailey, Canadian Press, Toronto Star)
Long-term forecast predicts population slide that will be the greatest in the country as residents age and workers migrate out of the province.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/09/population_of_newfoundland_and_labrador_projected_to_plunge.html

The Racist Truth About Canadian Immigration (Rachel DeCoste, Huffington Post)
Immigration can be a contentious file, and it is subject to fierce discussions because it perforates so many threads in the tapestry of Canada. PM Trudeau (re)shaped the country via his 1970s immigration reform. PM Harper recently mused that his legacy could be linked to the immigration file as well. “I think the most important legacy of this government is re-orienting our economic immigration […]” the PM said.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rachel-decoste/canada-immigration_b_4747612.html

Vancouver facing an influx of 45,000 more rich Chinese (South China Morning Post)
A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada’s immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in Vancouver.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.scmp.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Farticle%2F1423370%2Fexclusive-vancouver-facing-influx-45000-more-rich-chinese

Visa approvals for investor migrants to Canada’s British Columbia plunge (South China Morning Post)
Visa approvals for would-be investor migrants to British Columbia (BC) have plunged, an investigation into Canada’s millionaire migration scheme has found – but federal authorities deny trying to stem the influx of rich Chinese to the province.
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1424873/visa-approvals-investor-migrants-canadas-british-columbia-plunge

British immigration minister resigns for employing foreign cleaner illegally (Vancouver Sun)
The office of Britain’s prime minister says that the country’s immigration minister has resigned over the illegal employment of a foreign cleaner, a surprise announcement that is likely to badly embarrass David Cameron’s government.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/British+immigration+minister+resigns+employing+foreign+cleaner/9485902/story.html

Ex-justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé supports secular ‘values’ charter (CBC News)
Former top court justices Claire L’Heureux-Dubé and Louise Arbour disagree on Bill 60’s viability
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ex-justice-claire-l-heureux-dub%C3%A9-supports-secular-values-charter-1.2528132

Are we hunkering down in the face of ethnic diversity? (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Are you engaged with your community? Or are you hunkering down?vAre you connecting with friends, volunteering or involved in politics? Or are you drawing into yourself, “like a turtle?”
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Douglas+Todd+hunkering+down+face+ethnic+diversity/9482761/story.html

International student enrolment increase good for U of T and Canada (Francesca Morfini, The Varsity)
U of T is practically bursting with international students, adding to Toronto’s cultural diversity. The Canadian federal government wants to increase the number of international students coming to the university, aiming to double the current number of international students by 2022.
http://thevarsity.ca/2014/02/10/proposed-international-student-enrolment-increase-good-for-u-of-t-and-canada/

Amy Chua’s dangerous ideas (Margaret Wente, www.theglobeandmail.com)
She’s back. The Tiger Mom has struck again, and people are furious. You remember Amy Chua – she’s the dragon lady who wrote a book about her parenting style. It is probably not like yours. Her motto is: All work, no play, no coddling, and hold the praise. A lot of people thought her approach amounted to child abuse. Her new book, The Triple Package, is making people even madder. (Actually, she wrote it with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, but she makes a better target.)
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fglobe-debate%2Famy-chuas-dangerous-ideas%2Farticle16750252%2F%3Fcmpid%3Drss1

Harvard prof coming to HRM for talks on racism’s effect on health (Clare Mellor, The Chronicle Herald)
Discrimination poses risk to health, expert says
http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1185522-harvard-prof-coming-to-hrm-for-talks-on-racisms-effect-on-health

Somali group to use Gawker funds for mentoring
Abdulrahman Elmi has called a group of young Somali-Canadian men to a community centre in the north Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale. They have a lot of work ahead.The group owes its existence to the now-infamous – yet never publicly seen – video, the one in which Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly smokes crack cocaine from a glass pipe, slurring as he comments on the high school football team he once coached and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.The Somali-Canadian Association of Etobicoke was one of four Ontario organizations that got a share of the $202,000 that U.S. website Gawker raised in a bid to buy the video. The donation, about $47,000, has started to crystallize into a new mentoring program aimed at steering elementary and high school students toward college and university and away from drugs and gangs.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/somali-group-to-use-gawker-funds-for-mentoring/article16761493/

“Culture Fest” celebrates youth immigration and transition in Canada (Stephanie Froese, 660News)
Calgary sees one of the highest intakes of newcomers in Canada, and Saturday some of the country’s newest youth shared their stories.
http://www.660news.com/2014/02/08/culture-fest-celebrates-youth-immigration-and-transition-in-canada/

Settlement as a Second Profession ( Adnan Türegün, newcanadianmedia.ca)
At first glance, most would assume there’s nothing attractive about the insecure, low-paying jobs in the settlement sector—but for many immigrants, it’s a chance to pay it forward.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnewcanadianmedia.ca%2Fitem%2F12144-settlement-as-a-second-profession

Swiss voters back anti-immigration plan in referendum (Associated Press, www.thestar.com)
Voters in Switzerland on Sunday narrowly backed a plan to limit immigration.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2F2014%2F02%2F09%2Fswiss_voters_back_antiimmigration_plan_in_referendum.html

Swiss immigration: 50.3% back quotas, final results show (Imogen Foulkes, m.bbc.co.uk)
Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.bbc.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld-europe-26108597

REFUGEES

Deportation of mothers fails to consider best interests of children (Harini Sivalingam, Toronto Star)
When mothers are deported they have to make the agonizing choice of whether to take their children or leave them in Canada.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/02/07/deportation_of_mothers_fails_to_consider_best_interests_of_children.html

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

The Year’s Most Inspiring Workplace Inclusiveness Stories: Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014 Announced Today (Mediacorp)
This year’s winners of the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition will be announced at a special luncheon today at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The 55 winning employers from across Canada are being recognized for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and retain employees from diverse communities.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1302795/the-year-s-most-inspiring-workplace-inclusiveness-stories-canada-s-best-diversity-employers-for-2014-announced-today | http://www.CanadasTop100.com/diversity

Urban workers need more pay (Richard Florida, The Globe and Mail)
The Ontario government announced last week that it would lift a four-year freeze on the province’s minimum wage, raising the hourly rate from $10.25 to $11.00. The news came in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama’s move to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fglobe-debate%2Furban-workers-need-more-pay%2Farticle16745742%2F%3Fcmpid%3Drss1

Quebec wants right to opt out of job skills training program (By Rhéal Séguin And Bill Curry)
With a federal budget just days away, the Quebec government is pressing Ottawa to affirm the province’s right to opt out of the controversial new skills training program with full financial compensation.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebec-wants-right-to-opt-out-of-job-skills-training-program/article16761273/?cmpid=rss1

Ask for that raise, and ye shall receive (Macleans)
Sara Laschever is the co-author of two books on why women are such lousy negotiators. It’s a problem that she says translates into lower wages and fewer career opportunities. She is touring Canada as part of a series of negotiating workshops organized by women’s mentoring program Lillith Professional. She offers her tips on how women can get up the nerve to ask for more.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.macleans.ca%2F2014%2F02%2F08%2Fask-and-ye-shall-receive%2F

Government of Canada helps newcomers find jobs faster (newswire.ca)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced close to $800,000 in funding to the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) to help internationally trained workers who are unable to find work in their fields explore other occupations within or related to their areas of expertise.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1302283/government-of-canada-helps-newcomers-find-jobs-faster

Government of Canada helps newcomers find jobs faster (news.gc.ca)
Improving foreign credential recognition: Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada works with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to improve foreign credential recognition. This partnership led to the development of a national framework that is streamlining foreign credential recognition for priority occupations, including architects, nurses and engineers.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do;jsessionid=ac1b105430d7fe3bc8a6a4a74bc1a6c3c4530d2b96d4.e34Rc3iMbx8Oai0Tbx0SaxqMchz0?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=814399

Video: Minister Kenney: helping newcomers find jobs faster (YouTube – Employment and Social Development Canada)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced close to $800,000 in funding to the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) to help internationally trained workers who are unable to find work in their fields explore other occupations within or related to their areas of expertise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjtx3seSoD4

Video: Minister Kenney highlights the work of NACC in the education sector (YouTube-Employment and Social Development Canada)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced close to $800,000 in funding to the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) to help internationally trained workers who are unable to find work in their fields explore other occupations within or related to their areas of expertise.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2Fbt4kVCiD7o

Canadian firms compete with Silicon Valley for software engineers(Luann Lasalle, www.montrealgazette.com)
Tech startup Hootsuite wants to hire 100 software engineers this year and it says it will be all but impossible to find them in Canada.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Canadian+firms+compete+with+Silicon+Valley+software+engineers/9486946/story.html

Foreign workers a hot-button issue from Canada to Switzerland (Michael Babad, The Globe and Mail)
Developments in Canada and Switzerland over the past few days highlight how concerns over foreign workers are growing louder.The issues in the two countries are different but nonetheless underscore a backlash in this post-crisis era of still-high unemployment.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/foreign-workers-a-hot-button-issue-from-canada-to-switzerland/article16773541/?cmpid=rss1#dashboard/follows/

Allegations foreign labour replaced laid off workers sparks investigation (Carrie Tait, Josh Wingrove, Joe Friesen, www.theglobeandmail.com)
The dozens of iron workers who were laid off and subsequently alleged they were replaced by temporary foreign workers at an oil sands project in Alberta this week will be rehired, according to the company involved in the controversy.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/allegations-foreign-labour-replaced-laid-off-workers-sparks-investigation/article16745731/?cmpid=rss1

Union group: Canadians losing jobs to foreign workers shows system broken (www.ctvnews.ca)
The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta’s oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that’s not the case and it points to a broken temporary foreign worker system.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/union-group-canadians-losing-jobs-to-foreign-workers-shows-system-broken-1.1676638

Temporary foreign workers program being abused – union (Beacon News)
Ottawa says company caught gaming temporary foreign workers program will be blacklisted.
http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2014/02/temporary-foreign-workers-union/

Temporary foreign worker ‘broken system’ (Metro News.ca)
The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta’s oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that’s not the case and it points to a broken temporary foreign worker system.
http://metronews.ca/news/canada/935076/temporary-foreign-worker-broken-system/

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