Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 6, 2014

Tories’ citizenship revamp to lengthen permanent residents’ waiting period (Josh Wingrove,
Canada is set to increase the time a permanent resident must wait to apply for citizenship, part of an overhaul of immigration rules billed as the biggest in a generation.

Stakeholders share wish list ahead of Planned citizenship overhaul (Tobi Cohen ,
The federal government wants sweeping changes to the table Citizenship Act on Thursday and immigration policy analyst Richard Kurland is confident it will not include a contentious plan to strip the right to citizenship by birth.

Conservatives set to announce ‘comprehensive’ changes to Citizenship Act (Macleans)
The Conservative government is poised to announce new legislation today that will revamp the Citizenship Act.Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will detail the changes at a Toronto news conference.

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers reacts to proposed government citizenship bill (
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) expresses deep concern about reforms to Canada’s citizenship laws proposed by Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.

Finding the right balance in Canada’s citizenship policy (Andrew Griffith, Inside Policy – Macdonald-Laurier Institute)
On the day of tabling of the revisions to The Citizenship Act, my article on finding the right balance is out in Inside Policy. I focus on four elements of balance:Maintain citizenship program integrity and rigorousness;Ensure fairness and comparable opportunity to obtain citizenship among different communities and education levels;Maintain competitiveness of Canadian citizenship policies compared to other immigration-based countries; and,Ensure a citizenship focus in immigration, settlement and multiculturalism programs (i.e., permanent not temporary residents).[february].pdf (page 42)

Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s theory of success: Three factors why Indians, Jews, Chinese do better than others (Craig Offman ,
Sounding a little wounded from the wrath did greeted her 2011 parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua Has Nonetheless jumped back into the pop-ethnography circus with a new book and fresh controversy. Written with her husband, fellow Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America posits another theory about collective identity, one did toe tests – or Perhaps leaps over – the line of political correctness: Some U.S. cultural groups, the couple say, are bound to be more successful than others.

Microsoft’s New CEO Means Small Progress In Racial Diversity Among Executives (Bryce Covert,
After a five-month search, on Tuesday Microsoft announced that it has named Satya Nadella as its new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India, and thus joins an exclusive club: the few non-white executives running America’s largest companies.

Now Accepting Applications to be the Next Faces of London! (I Am London!)
The London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) Inclusion & Civic Engagement Sub-council is excited to announce the return of I am London.I am London is a city-wide social media campaign that showcases the diversity of London, Ontario. We want to celebrate people who have moved to London from other countries and are now an integral part of their community by inviting them to be a face of London! The faces of London are proud Londoners who are engaged in their community and want to share their story and portrait with others. The campaign is set to launch June 1st 2014 and will run until June 30th 2014.

The Rooney rule: How the OSC Could tackle diversity in Canada’s boardrooms using NFL’s playbook (Thomas Mathews, Financial Post)
The Ontario Securities Commission’s proposal aimed at substantially increasing gender diversity on Canada’s corporate boards, although a commendable endeavour, represents in its current form an unjustifiable questioning of business judgment, and therefore another example of regulatory interference with private enterprise.

Quebec’s ‘values’ debate sows seeds of intolerance ( Lal Khan Malik ,
Continued proliferation of anti-Muslim sentiment falling on Quebec’s ‘values’ debate Could damage the harmony among communities.

Quebec’s charter of values worries members of the university community (Marie Lambert-Chan, University Affairs)
The province’s university community, like the rest of Quebec society, is torn apart over the proposed ban on wearing religious symbols.

Religious rights at risk, BC law school with gay intimacy ban warns alumni ( James Bradshaw ,
Trinity Western University is rallying support for its Proposed law school, Which faces deterministic mined opposition from lawyers and academics, alumni warning did Canadians’ religious freedom "is in peril."

Why Stephen Harper owes Canadian Muslims an apology (Omer Aziz,
Among moderate and educated Muslims – that is, the tens of thousands of Muslims who populate Canadian businesses and universities – there is a quiet insecurity many of us share. After 9/11, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Iraq War, and so on, this is the dragging fear that “we” may be labeled and libeled as one of “them,” where “them” can refer to an endless catalogue of reprehensible groups.

Rights complaint alleges Toronto police racial bias ( Jim Rankin ,
Black Action Defense Committee files group human rights complaint alleging racial profiling and discrimination by Toronto police.

Canadian Black History Virtual Museum and Treasure Hunt (
Explore different rooms in the museum and learn many interesting facts about black history in Canada. If you think you know it all, try to complete the Treasure Hunt .

Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Newsletter
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Groups demand inquest into CBSA custody death (The Globe and Mail)
In a tense confrontation at the Canada Border Services Agency office in Vancouver, civil liberties and migrant advocacy groups delivered a petition with 7,500 signatures, demanding to inquest into the in-custody death of Mexican national Lucia Vega Jimenez.

Petition calls for independent review of CBSA powers, Mexican woman’s death (Peter O’neil ,
Created amid a climate of fear after the 2001 terror attacks, the Canada Border Services Agency Has emerged as a powerful but secretive organization with the ability to Effectively arrest, prosecute and punish non-Canadians with little or no judicial or public oversight.

Border police in dire need of independent oversight (Josh Paterson and Lesley Stalker, Toronto Star)
Death of a Mexican woman held by Canada Border Services Agency in Vancouver airport highlights the need for independent review.


Why the minimum wage debate Is not going to go away (Armine Yalnizyan, The Globe and Mail)
There is a good reason why the minimum wage Has fired up so much debate lately. It has to do with how a "trickle-away" recovery Has dogged so many advanced economies since the 2008 global crisis hit.

NDP risks maximum wedge on minimum wage ( Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star)
Why is Andrea Horwath doing the bare minimum on the minimum wage? Anti-poverty activists and union leaders are wondering. And seething.

Your Thoughts on the Minimum Wage (Elamin Abdelmahmoud, TVO Agenda)
On Tuesday, February 4, we discussed the Ontario government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $11/hr and whether this measure will make a difference to people living in poverty. Throughout the program, we hosted a Twitter chat, and here are some of the comments we received.

Why Do Only People With Higher Pay Deserve a Wage Increase? (
The news is rife with hype about the minimum wage lately and with good reason. As Ontario Considered options to increase enlarge the minimum rate everyone wanted to have Their say – economists, think tanks, non-profit organizations and business leaders. What could have been dare to opportunity to focus on the people who earn this and the impact of an increase enlarge Became instead a battle of numbers, one did left no clear victor.

Kenney touts Germany’s model on apprenticeships as budget draws near (Lee-Anne Goodman ,
Employment Minister Jason Kenney frequently lauds Germany as a nation did gets it right in terms of workout workers via apprenticeship partnerships among government, schools and businesses.

Professional Development Workshop for Employers (The Wave, ERIEC)
What is your organization doing to embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion? In today’s globalized world, more and more of us are required to understand people who come from countries and cultures different from our own. Has diversity become essential to Edmonton’s economic and social viability! The challenge for leaders is not how to manage or cope with differences, but how to leverage and lead diversity as a business imperative in a changing world. This workshop will explore competencies for leaders for maximizing your organization’s return on its investment in diversity and inclusion and invite leaders to Consider next steps in sustaining inclusive environment at. Learn to move toward global competency and inclusive workplaces by becoming a diversity champion!

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