Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 19, 2014


Strengthening Immigration in Ontario (
New Legislation to Help Attract More Skilled Immigrants, Boost Economic Growth
Ontario needs a talented, educated and entrepreneurial workforce to secure its future. The announcement of proposed legislation shows that Ontario is committed to developing the right tools to help meet future labour shortages, and to bringing immigrants here who can hit the ground running and reach their full potential.”Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree Foundation

Tapping into new networks is a two-way street (DiverseCity)
You may want to call it serendipity. Just when the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences was looking for a board member with a background in business and accounting, Nidhi Nijhawan, a successful chartered accountant and hobbyist photographer, wanted to stretch her wings further.

DIVERSITY MATTERS – February 2014 (Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion)
In Your Words…Alejandra Bravo – The Maytree Foundation’s School4Civics program is helping to change the face of politics in Canada’s urban centres. Learn about the difference the program is making— and what still needs to be done—in this piece written by Maytree’s Manager of Leadership and Training, Alejandra Bravo. Read More

Ontario seeks Quebec-style control over immigration (Rob Ferguson,
A Liberal government bill would give Ontario greater say over immigration.

Ontario introducing legislation to help attract more skilled immigrants (HR Reporter)
Ontario is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation today that would, if passed, help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth.

Hamilton a haven for newcomers (Blake McCall,
Sanctuary policy a ‘giant step in the right direction’

Stephen McNeil backs immigration increase (CBC News)
Premier’s talk at Halifax Chamber of Commerce lunch attracts large crowd!/content/1.2542264

Ottawa’s new citizenship rules are perverse (Don Devoretz,
The effect of the government’s citizenship shift will be to discourage the very immigrants Canada wants from coming here.

Questionable motives drive changes to Citizenship Act (Patti Tamara Lenard,
The long list of changes in the Conservative’s newly introduced “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” seem like a solution in search of a problem.

Chinese business community criticizes decision to end investor program (Iain Marlow, The Globe and Mail)
A group of Chinese-community leaders and businessmen in Vancouver has strongly criticized the government’s move to end the federal investor immigrant program, saying they were not consulted, that the move tars the entire Chinese business community, and that it is likely to scare off Chinese investors considering Canada.

Closing the door (Chen Tian, Global Times)
Running an immigration consultancy helping Chinese millionaires to obtain residency in Canada used to be a promising business. The North American country relaxed immigration requirements in 1986, granting permanent residency to wealthy foreigners who provided five-year interest-free loans to provincial governments.

David Suzuki’s anti-immigration views; an ode to the gifts of Filipino immigrants (Pamela Fayerman, Medicine Matters)
Thinking about all of this in the aftermath of my dad’s death makes me recall a rather troubling interview I had late last fall with the environmentalist/media celebrity David Suzuki. His views on immigration pain me when I think about the contributions of citizens from other lands, not to mention my own family’s immigration experience (two sets of grandparents from Russia).

Understanding Intergenerational Social Mobility: Filipino Youth in Canada (Philip Kelly, IRPP)
Canadian research on intergenerational social mobility has shown that there is considerable upward mobility among the children of immigrants. However, there are some groups that are exceptions to the overall pattern. This study examines the situation of one such group — the children of immigrants from the Philippines. In aggregate, Filipino youth present a double anomaly: they are less likely to hold a degree than either their parents or their peers in other racialized groups. The reasons for this need to be understood, particularly given that the Philippines is currently one of Canada’s leading source countries for new immigrants.

Marriage of convenience charges a first for Alberta (Cailynn Klingbeil,
An Edmonton man is facing criminal charges after a lengthy investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency into an alleged marriage of convenience.

Vees important part of immigrant experience (Emanuel Sequeira,
Aleksandr Kolmogorov experienced North American hockey for the first time thanks to an initiative by South Okanagan Immigrants and Community Services to help integrate immigrants into the community.

The mosque must evolve (Sheema Khan, The Globe and Mail)
Our family emigrated from India to Montreal in 1965. Soon thereafter, my mother entered a mosque for the first time in her adult life. Where she grew up in India, women were forbidden from participating in worship at mosques. It’s a cultural practice that unfortunately remains prevalent in many parts of South Asia.

Diversity is No Guarantee of Success (Hamlin Grange,
Just because a team is diverse — having people with different perspectives, race and cultural backgrounds — is no guarantee the team will be effective.

Audio: Fair Skinned (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay spoke with Anita Majumdar. She is the playwright behind "Same Same But Different". It opens at Theatre Passe Muraille tonight.
Listen (runs 7:42) |


Myths of the bogus refugee claimant (Claire Ellis and Gabrielle Inglis,
During the past two years, the federal government has made sweeping changes to the immigration system and significant cuts to health coverage for refugee claimants and refugees. Since these changes were announced, the government has maintained the changes were made to defend the Canadian public against the threat of bogus refugee claimants — those who allegedly arrive on our shores with fabricated stories of suffering, determined to abuse our generosity. The logic and ideology that underpins this line of thinking is exclusionary and inaccurate.s

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Change to Canada Job Grant ‘makes no sense,’ Nova Scotia Premier (
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has added his name to the list of premiers criticizing the federal government over proposed changes to the Canada Job Grant.

Ottawa should drop bully tactics on job training (The Toronto Star)
The Harper government says it wants a dialogue on job training but continues to threaten and browbeat the provinces.

Newcomers needed to fill jobs (Bill Fredkop, Winnipeg Free Press)
The first immigrants started to arrive here in 1997 under a pilot project that would eventually be called the Provincial Nominee Program.Manitoba’s population was stagnant at the time and on the verge of slipping back. A defeatist attitude was setting in. Some people said Manitoba would never grow because no one wanted to live in this climate.

Rights tribunal says immigrant who failed engineering exam three times was discriminated against (Chris Selley,
It sounds like an all-too-common Canadian tale. In 1999, Czech immigrant Ladislav Mihaly sought accreditation from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). On account of where he got his two master’s degrees — the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, and the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague — APEGGA explained he needed to pass four exams in addition to the standard National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). To date he has failed the NPPE three times.

Understand the Criteria by Which You are Being Measured (The Wave,
In this session, Internationally Trained Professionals will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of Human Resource specialists from Stantec, Deloitte, Grant Thornton and City of Edmonton. The panel will focus on giving you insight into the recruitment and screening process. You will learn what qualifications and experience organizations look for when screening résumés and how to prepare for a Canadian job interview. Panel members will also discuss the importance of networking and onboarding.

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