Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 20, 2014

Young immigrant children need to be heard (Sandhya Ranjit, Maytree Blog)
“I lost them [grandparents]” “I feel kind of sad leaving the friends I left behind” “I wonder where my new home will be”.These expressions from children’s narratives, along with the drawing of a little girl who found herself in a basketball court and did not know how to play the game, are some of the findings of a qualitative study about immigrant children’s feelings and experiences of moving to Canada.

Celebrating Canada’s best diversity employers (Stephanie Saunders, Maytree Blog)
On February 10, 2014, the winners of the annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition were announced, recognizing employers from across the country for creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. Employers were selected by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition.

CIC E Newsletter (
Strengthening Canadian Citizenship | Canada announces measures in response to Typhoon Haiyan | Startup Visa adds Business Incubators | Streamlining the Passport Services for Canadians Abroad

Cracking Down on Citizenship Fraud: the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (
Today Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander reinforced the government’s commitment to tackling citizenship fraud through measures proposed in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian
Citizenship Act.

Welcoming more new citizens (
Montreal to host six citizenship ceremonies today alone

Citizenship is a privilege that comes with responsibilities (Blake Richards, Airdrie City View)
This is the first comprehensive Reform of the Citizenship Act since 1977, the year the Bee Gees released the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, Smallpox was officially eradicated, and Pat Quinn played his final NHL game for the Atlanta Flames.

Discussing Reforms to Canadian Citizenship Laws (
Calgary Immigration Lawyer Raj Sharma, partner at Stewart Sharma Harsanyi, Calgary’s largest dedicated immigration law firm, discusses the proposed reforms to Canadian citizenship laws on Alberta Primetime.

Investor-class immigrant program won’t be missed in Vancouver (Pete Mcmartin,
Was driving down Oak Street Tuesday night. Going to dinner downtown. My wife warns me, watch out for car ahead of us, it’s drifting into our lane. The car, creeping down Oak, has an “N” in back window. A new driver. The car is a Bentley Continental, list price well over $200,000. The driver is young Asian guy.

Jobs minister praises city (
People thinking of immigrating to Canada should think about coming to Prince George, the federal multiculturalism minister said Tuesday.

Video: Quebec survey points to rise in attacks on Muslim women (Globe and Mail)
A new survey points to a worrisome rise in attacks on Muslim women in Sherbrooke

Immigrants Welcome Here (By David Bornstein,
Earlier this month, John Boehner declared that it was unlikely that the House of Representatives would pass major immigration reform legislation this year. Given the desperate need for an overhaul of the system, the political gridlock is dismaying. But thankfully it’s not the whole immigration story.To date, St. Louis has recruited 300 “mosaic ambassadors” and has created a network of local professionals who commit to share contacts and make introductions with foreign-born residents, modeled after a successful programfrom Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How many Sochi athletes are competing for a country that is not their birth nation? (Pew Research Center)
When the best athletes around the globe gather for the Olympic Games, national pride is often tied to which country wins the most medals. Yet patriotic victories can become confusing when some countries grant citizenship to elite foreign-born athletes.

The Immigration Connection: Creating Collective Impact (Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership)
Featuring special guests NUZHAT JAFRI, Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commissioner and former director of diversity for two national banks | UZMA SHAKIR, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, & Human Rights at the City of Toronto and PAUL BORN, President and co-founder of Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EST) Newsletter
-Proposed Changes to the Citizenship Act | Investor and Entrepreneur Immigration Programs to be Terminated | Public Consultation on Prostitution-Related Offences in Canada


Human rights vs. engineering (National Post Editorial Board)
For years now, Canadians have been made aware of the outrageous overreaching committed by Canadian human rights commissions. Human rights commissars have attempted to shut down forthright condemnation of militant Islam, silence Christian pastors preaching traditional views on homosexuality, and generally bind the whole of Canadian society up in the yoke of political correctness.

TFW program ‘total nonsense'(Vincent Mcdermott,
Arguments favouring the Temporary Foreign Worker program are “total nonsense” and the program should be scrapped immediately, argues Unifor president Jerry Dias.

Virtual Career Fair – Connect with global talent from the comfort of your own office (Stephanie Wilson,
With the known skills and labour shortage in Canada, ICTC is pleased to share this opportunity with you to support your ability to connect with experienced internationally educated professionals.


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