Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 10, 2014


The Maytree Newsletter : February 2014
• Citizenship: Carrots, not sticks, will bring home the gold
• Ontario charts its own course with proposed Ontario Immigration Act
• The 2014 Unbalanced Budget
• Five Good Ideas about how to tackle inequality
• Tapping into new networks is a two-way street
• Beyond pizza and kebab entrepreneurship: Immigrants as job creators
• Put our immigrant roots on display
• Accommodating religious diversity in the workplace
• Mowat NFP Sector Signal – Diversity and Inclusion: Valuing the Opportunity
• Paying tribute to Nathan Gilbert
• Considering self-publishing? A beginner’s Q&A
• News You Can Use

Developing Managerial Expertise (
It is important for employers to support new immigrant employees as they progress into managerial roles. With this new role comes a new cultural context that they must adapt to in order to succeed. Some useful tips on how to support new immigrants who are in a managerial role include

School4Civics-Samara Networking Event: An inside look at parties, policies and politics in Ontario (Maytree and Samara)
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Toronto, ON
After three years of minority government and several by-elections, the provincial political landscape is about to be shaken up with a new budget and a possible spring election.
Join us for an evening with Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail’s Queen’s Park columnist, for an inside look at Ontario’s parties, policies and politics and a discussion of how the media covers them. (Registration password: S4C2014)

Give permanent residents vote, city-commissioned report says (CBC News)
A City of Kitchener-commissioned report suggests council support a Toronto-led initiative to pressure the province into changing the Municipal Elections Act so that permanent residents can vote in municipal elections.!/content/1.2557100

Migration facts: B.C. hardly “stagnant” (Douglas Todd,
The Canada West foundation has put out a report making the claim that immigration to B.C. has been “stagnant”since 2000 (see page 8).This may seem confusing for Metro Vancouver residents, for good reason. The Canada West Foundation has been quite selective in highlighting certain statistical trends while downplaying others.
Canada West Foundation publication – page 8 –

Prairies lure immigrants as B.C. flounders (Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun)
Alberta has overtaken B.C. as Western Canada’s preeminent destination for immigrants.The Canada West Foundation, in its latest quarterly economic bulletin, reports that in the mid- to late-1990s, 70 per cent of immigrants to Western Canada — those in both family class and economic categories, plus refugees — were B.C.-bound.

How Many Immigrants Should Canada Allow In 2014? (Green And Spiegel LLP, Mondaq)
According to the official Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (CIC), the federal government would like to gauge the public’s opinion about how many new permanent residents should be allowed into the country in 2014.

Immigrant service hit by feds’ funding (
Changes to the way the federal government will fund job training in the provinces led to layoffs Wednesday at a Halifax organization that helps new immigrants.

Immigration, property prices and Vancouver (Ian Young,
No one in Vancouver better understands the impact that rich immigrants have had on the city’s property prices than Professor David Ley.

Muslim immigration is no threat to the West (Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail)
Some have argued that this debate should not be taking place – that its resolution is, by definition, racist or bigoted. And they have a point: a few decades ago, you would have heard exactly the same arguments about Jews and Catholics – that this group’s religion is actually an ideology of conquest, that extremism and violence are rooted in their community, that their population growth is out of control.

Most Anglos, allophones say secular ‘values’ charter targets Muslim women (CBC News)
Quebec secular charter infringes on rights, 84% of anglos, 74% of allophones repondents say

Immigration red tape leaves wife of six years raising her son alone in Canada ( Nicholas Keung,

Karla Piedrasanta applied in 2008 to have her Moroccan husband join her in Mississauga. She’s still waiting, while struggling with a full-time job and caring for the son conceived on a visit in 2011.

Canadian newcomers dread changes to citizenship rules (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Immigrants say a proposed revamp of the Citizenship Act will create a prolonged “underclass” experience that undermines loyalty to Canada.

My daughter’s second-class citizenship
Canadian expatriates know this all too well. Among the 2.8-million people thought to make up this group are many who maintain intense attachment to Canada. Chance and fate may have sent them abroad, but in their own way, they illustrate identity’s ability to transcend geography.

If Canadian citizenship becomes more ‘exclusive’ it must be more meaningful (Nicolas Rouleau,

For the Conservative government, it’s the standard strategy of waving a stick and a carrot. Only this time, there’s no carrot.Earlier this month, Minister of Citizenship Chris Alexander tabled Bill C-24, an overhaul to Canada’s citizenship policy. The bill would make it more difficult to obtain Canadian citizenship, by increasing the residency and language requirements, while also increasing penalties for individuals who cheat the system.

Chinese groups may sue over cancelled immigration program (Dennis Page,
Chinese community groups gathered in Richmond to protest the cancelation of the Investor Class Program in last month’s federal budget, and to consolidate their efforts to fight, and potentially sue, the government.

Hamilton reaps benefits from immigrants (Sarah Wayland, Hamilton Spectator)
Immigrants to Canada are diverse in many ways. They come from different countries, enter Canada under different immigration categories (skilled workers, family class immigrants, refugees and more), and bring a wide variety of life experiences. Despite this diversity, immigrants share their desire for a better life — for themselves and for their families. And, on the whole, including immigrants across all categories, they benefit our economy and community in a variety of ways, including

Ryerson researcher finds drawings open a window to an immigrant child’s world (Nicholas Keung,
Kids are presumed to be quick to adapt to a new life, but the pictures they make reveal the emotional toll of moving to a new land — and what they care about most.

Immigrant group raps feds’ plans (
As more countries compete for the world’s top talent, some worry that planned changes to the Citizenship Act could hamper Canada’s efforts to woo international students, a group that contributes billions of dollars to the Canadian economy.

Why Italian Montrealers speak the languages they do (James Gifuni,
Sabino Grassi’s account of being rejected from French-language school in the early 1960s because he was Italian was informative and interesting ("Echoes of rejection," Opinion, Feb. 21). While I cannot deny that Italian-immigrant children were kept out of French schools for the reasons he writes about, I cannot claim that my family experienced the same thing.

Canada is Now a Diaspora Nation (Matthew Mendelsohn, New Canadian Media)
Canadians rightly take pride in our country’s diversity. Our collective understanding and definition of the country have been shaped by waves of immigration and most Canadians cannot imagine a Canadian identity that doesn’t include diversity. We happily think of ourselves as a nation of immigrants.

How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place ( Lorne Waldman Audrey Macklin, Toronto Star)
Canada’s immigration laws keep immigrant women in abusive relationships and deny them the security of citizenship, say two leading lawyers.

Audio: Women Around The World (CBC Metro Morning)

Guest host Jill Dempsey spoke with Gina Valle. She is the curator of Legacies External Site. It is a photo exhibit that portrays Canadian women from twenty four different countries of origin, as they
reflect on their heritage through the eyes of their grandmothers.

Video: The Bluma Lecture: Irshad Manji
Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?

Controversial Muslim writer says multiculturalism isn’t what it once was (Dakshana Bascaramurty,
Pierre Trudeau wouldn’t be happy with how his vision of multiculturalism had been corrupted – at least that’s what Irshad Manji believes. The controversial Muslim writer and speaker, who penned The Trouble with Islam Today, says present-day multiculturalism promotes segregation, hyper-political correctness and the punishment of those who hold unorthodox views. It’s been a decade since Ms. Manji, who now teaches at New York University, released her bestselling book. While she’s moved on to issues broader than the need for radical reform in Islam, she’s still not afraid to offend. In fact, she told the Globe and Mail’s Dakshana Bascaramurty, offending people may be the only way to achieving a pluralistic society.

Q&A: Irshad Manji on multiculturalism (Leslie Ferenc,
The controversial Canadian author, professor and “Muslim refusenik” discussed multiculturalism’s impact on women at this week’s 2014 Bluma Lecture.

Audio: Multiculturalism And Women (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Helen Mann spoke with Irshad Manji. She is a professor of moral courage at New York University, and the author of "Allah, Love and Liberty". She will give the Bluma Lecture at 7 p.m. tonight at the Toronto Reference Library External Site. The event is sold out, but you can watch it online.

Audio: Life in a New Country (CBC News)
Saskatoon is the second fastest growing city in Canada, largely due to the number of immigrants who are making the city their home. Tehereh Ali-Askar-Afjei and Sunil Sohani join Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski to discuss their transitions to the city.

To avoid stereotyping, forget being ‘colour blind’(Douglas Todd,
I’ve finally figured out why so many Canadians are confused about racism.My clarity emerged during a conversation about multiculturalism with Ara Norenzayan, a social psychologist at the University of B.C., who was raised in Lebanon.

Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) Opens Nominations for Diversity 50 (
Be part of the solution and help change the face of Canada’s boardrooms. That is the message from the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) as it accepts applications for Diversity 50, the country’s premier database of diverse, qualified candidates for board of director positions in Canada’s largest 500 organizations.

CBC’s Susan Marjetti selected for national BBPA Diversity Award (CBC Toronto)
CBC is pleased to congratulate Susan Marjetti, Senior Managing Director of CBC Toronto and Ontario Regions, who has been selected to receive a prestigious national honour – the 2014 BBPA Diversity Award.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Celebrates Inspirational Leaders (Link Paper)
Recipients of the Community Champion Special Awards were AzizKhaki – presented posthumously and received by his wife, GulKhaki; Alan Lau, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk and the Inter-Faith forWorld Peace Society. A special Award was presented to theMulticulturalism Policy Directorate of Citizenship andImmigration Canada, for “commitment, integrity and compassionin serving all Canadians”.

Old boundaries no longer hold in marketing (Robin Brown,
Royal Bank of Canada advertisements in the early 20th century told newcomers, “When you arrive in Canada … it will be in your best interests to visit the nearest branch of this Bank as early as possible and deposit your spare cash.” For as long as there has been mass migration to Canada, there has been marketing aimed at newcomers.

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