Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 4, 2014


Free Webinar: Retaining Global Talent – Making Connections with International Students (Committee for Auckland)
We invite you to join Cities of Migration to learn about initiatives in Auckland and Halifax that recognize the potential of international students to meet local labour needs and strengthen emerging talent pools. What can smart cities and local institutions do to recruit and retain these promising young people and global citizens?

Canadian citizenship bill to be tabled Thursday (Susana Mas, CBC News)
The federal government will introduce legislation to overhaul its Citizenship Act on Thursday, the prime minister announced in a post on Twitter Monday.

Video: 24 seven: Citizenship Act reforms coming February 6 with Craig Alexander (Government of Canada)

Travellers to benefit from Canada’s shift to multiple-entry visas (CIC)
Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.

Reuniting Families Faster (CIC)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today launched the next phase of the government’s plan to eliminate backlogs in the Parent and Grandparent program (PGP).As promised, earlier this year, the government reopened the PGP program to accept 5,000 new applications. As Citizenship and Immigration Canada has now received 5,000 complete applications, new intake into the PGP program will again pause until next year, as we devote our energy to reuniting more families. By the end of 2014, we expect to welcome an additional 20,000 parents and grandparents to Canada, marking a substantial reduction in wait times for all applicants.

Parent, grandparent immigration stream closed for 2014 season (Tobi Cohen,
Just 33 days after the federal government began accepting new applications through the popular parent and grandparent immigration stream following a two-year moratorium, officials say they’ve reached their annual quota.

Ousted minister says Manitoba Premier making her a scapecoat on immigration debate (Steve Lambert, The Globe and Mail)
An ousted cabinet minister says she was told she would have to protect Manitoba’s Premier by taking the blame for a controversial immigration debate.

Ousted Manitoba minister says she was told to protect Premier (
An ousted cabinet minister says she was told she would have to protect Manitoba’s premier by taking the blame for a controversial immigration debate.

Ontario denies dignity in death (Syed Hussan Harald Bauder, Macdonald Scott, Toronto Star)
As Ottawa denies status to more and more people, municipalities and provinces must assume new responsibilities.

Urban representatives discuss immigrant attraction and retention (Global News)
Representatives from cities, towns, and villages from across the province are exchanging ideas on how to best attract and retain immigrants at this year’s Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) conference in Regina.

Teen poet Mustafa Ahmed draws inspiration from Regent Park (Joseph Hall,
You could say that Mustafa Ahmed is a young man who is going places.But more properly, he’s already gone to several.At just 17, he’s already gone on stage with singer Nelly Furtado and author Margaret Atwood.He’s gone with his work to Manhattan and to major stages and media outlets across this city.Most importantly, however, through his thoughtful, confident and rolling verse, he’s gone into the soul of Regent Park as that inner city neighborhood transforms in ways both disturbing and spectacular.

Young Muslims hand out roses in plea for greater acceptance (CBC News)
Massouma Al-Bahely and a dozen young Muslims trying to spread message that Islam is peaceful religion!/content/1.2519943

More Islamophobia in Quebec ( Ethan Cox,
Last Thursday morning, a 48-year-old woman died tragically in Montreal, after the scarf she was wearing became caught in the escalator at a downtown metro station.Almost immediately, the Journal de Montréal printed the headline they would stand by: “Strangled by her hijab,” referring to a head covering worn by many Muslim women, which has become something of an obsession for proponents of the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Values.

Toronto activists move forward with human rights challenge to police carding (Patty Winsa, Toronto Star)
Community activists and lawyers set on Human Rights challenge to Toronto police practice of carding.

Black History Month (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Helen Mann spoke with Rosemary Sadlier. She is president of the Ontario Black History Society.
Listen (runs 6:37) |

Ethnic Diversity on the 2013 Sunday Morning Talk Shows (Rob Savillo, Nation of Change)
Throughout 2013, Media Matters has analyzed guest appearances on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory, CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki and Melissa Harris-Perry, political talk shows that often set the media and political agenda. Media Matters has previously released analyses of the first, second, and third quarters of the year and an overview analysis of the whole year.

Coke, “America the Beautiful,” and the language of diversity (Neha Sahgal,
Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” ad, that aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, sought to portray ethnic diversity in the U.S. by featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages. The many different kinds of people in the ad – Hispanics, cowboys, Muslims, Jews and Asians – were all implicitly united by their identity as “American."

Naan in the park ( Marites N. Sison,
Tired of the bitter cold? Torontonians, here’s something to look forward to this spring, summer and fall: fresh, piping hot, straight-from-the-tandoor oven naan at R.V. Burgess Park. Last fall, a hardworking group of women from Thorncliffe Park unveiled North America’s first tandoor oven in the park.

Learn about the direction of Canada’s citizenship and immigrant system (InsideToronto)
New Democrat MPs from Toronto’s west end will host a public meeting to discuss the direction of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration system Thursday, Feb. 13 at Bishop Marrcco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School at 6 p.m.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Newsletter
“Representing Canada at the Olympics is really a dream come true…”
-Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian ‘On the Road with Gord Nixon
-Discover Stories of Canadian Muslim Youth
-Honour African Heritage
-Travel Back in Time through Pictures


Accusations of partisanship fly as refugee health debate turns nasty (Tobi O’Cohen,
A war of words between government officials and critics of their decision to cut health-care funding for certain refugees and asylum claimants is turning nasty and political.

Challenging the Myths: the Truth About Canadian Refugee Law (
The Federal government’s refugee laws and policies are shrouded by myths and misinformation. The circulation of these myths is one of the biggest barriers to understanding the issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Canada. This page highlights some common myths about refugees to correct the record and provide accurate information.

Woman seeks postponement in deportation to fight for custody of baby (
A Montreal woman will ask a federal judge Tuesday to postpone her deportation to Mexico so she can attend a custody hearing concerning her one-year-old son.

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 8 #9, 3 February 2014 (ccR)
-What Future for Canadian citizenship?: Harder to get, easier to lose
-Demanding Accountability for Border Services Death in Custody
-Focus on refugee and newcomer families
-Status: revoked – cessation of refugee status
-2013 in Review: Refugees and immigrants in Canada
-Participate in the CCR’s Working Group meetings, Toronto, 28 February and 1 March 2014
-Help make the 2014 Youth Action Gathering a success


Latest Advancements Offer Solutions for BC’s Oil & Gas and Mining Worker Shortages (IEC-BC)
Northern Lights College and Northwest Community College are addressing the skills shortage in BC’s oil & gas and mining sectors by introducing new advancements in worker assessments and virtual reality technologies to support the hiring and training of workers, including new Canadians.

2014 Employer Excellence Awards : Call for Entries Deadline extended to February 8, 2014 (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.

London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council Winter Update (LMIEC)
International Students officially welcomed to City of London Internationally trained pharmacists focus of local seminar
-CCLC Breaking Down the Walls of Cultural Ignorance
-Canadian Experience Class changes announced
-Mentorship Update: London District Construction Association

Breakfast with RBC’s Gordon Nixon hosted by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (
Mr. Nixon will share his perspectives on the value of a diverse workforce and the role immigration plays in developing an innovative economy.

CIDI Webinar -Tapping Into Your Talent Pool: From Underperformer to Frontrunner (
Do you recognize untapped potential in your New Canadian employees? Internationally Educated Professionals can find integration into a new business culture a challenge, but with the right soft skills and leadership training they can become star employees. This is where Business Edge, Rotman School of Management, comes in. We are a bridging program that enables and empowers New Canadians to move back into roles where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

CIDI Webinar – CIDI Webinar: Diversify Your Workforce: Attracting & Integrating Skilled Immigrants Into Your Workplace (
More information about the CIDI Webinar: Diversify Your Workforce: Attracting And Integrating Skilled Immigrants Into Your Workplace, presented by TRIEC, coming soon!

CIDI Webinar: Understanding Hidden Bias (
There are many forces that shape our opinion, beliefs and inform our behaviour particularly as it relates to Valuing Diversity.This program will examine how our perceptions of others are formulated, the entrenchment of bias that may be unconscious and its impact, and finally, how to enhance awareness and reduce the potential for disrespect that bias can engender.

Provinces to make Ottawa a counter-offer on job grant (Globe and Mail)
The provinces are poised to make Jason Kenney a counter-offer on the Canada Job Grant that they hope will result in a deal on the proposed national job training program.Officials from emissary provinces New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia will sit down Tuesday with Kenney, the federal employment and social development minister.

Provinces to make jobs grant counter-offer to Jason Kenney on Tuesday (Toronto Star)
Officials from various provinces will sit down Tuesday with Jason Kenney to talk about changing the Canada Job Grant.

The Canada Job Grant involves employers, too (Nick Taylor-vaisey, Macleans)
Jason Kenney and his provincial counterparts are in the middle of a protracted dispute about job training. Kenney, the Employment Minister, is pushing hard to implement a federal job grant that would reshape training across the country. The provinces want to retain more control on the file. This is a well-known dispute that’s played out in newspapers.

What’s at stake with the Canada Job Grants program? (CBC, The Current)
Last spring the Canadian government spent millions advertising a program that doesn’t yet exist. Our national unemployment rate stands at just over 7-percent. Today we look at the political fight over funding for skills training.

Businesses feeling pain of temporary foreign workers crackdown (Lee-anne Goodman,
Some businesses have been forced to move projects out of Canada because of the federal government’s ongoing crackdown on temporary foreign workers, according to a new survey.

Webinar: A Review of Changes to the Canadian Foreign Worker Program (HR Reporter)
Canadian employers are facing greater compliance requirements and new enforcement methods of regulations on foreign workers. Make sure your organization is ready when these changes come into force.February 10, 2014 Webinar speakers: Howard Greenberg, Gabriela Ramo and Naumaan Hameed, KPMG Law

Calculating the consequences of wage inequality (HR Reporter, Claudine Kapel)
U.S. research suggests equal pay would reduce poverty and help economy

Labour challenges highlighted during Kenney visit to Swift Current (The Southwest Booster)
MP Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism makes a point to Rem Enterprises General Manager Richelle Titemore and Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson during a tour of Rem Enterprises on Saturday.

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