Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 12, 2014


Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women (Dana Wagner, Huffington Post)
The new minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women’s Day. Some views were bland but the kind you still want your immigration minister to say: Violence against women will not be tolerated; immigrant women are building the country. The rest of his views were expected. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium, and finally managed his last few sentences in a wobbly voice. He was crying.

‘Canada’s multicultural — we enjoy living with difference: David Johnston (Times of India)
David Johnston is governor general of Canada. Visiting India recently, Johnston spoke with Indrani Bagchi about investing in women’s education as a foundation to social good, how Canada plans to help India improve its educational capacity — and why Indian students fit well in Canada

Video: Great Debate — Mansur versus Saunders on Muslim immigration (Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen)
About 200 people – off various ethnic persuasions, including Muslim, as far as I could tell – turned out at the Canadian War Museum for the debate between Doug Saunders, a Globe & Mail columnist and author, and Salim Mansur, an associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario. Their exchange dealt with the resolution of “Muslim immigration is no threat to Canada or the West.” Saunders, a British-born Canadian, argued in favour of the resolution, while Mansur, a Calcutta-born Muslim, argued against.

Canadian court victory for group of Chinese migration applicants (
Would-be migrants who were dumped from Canada’s visa queue when Ottawa axed its millionaire migration scheme have won the right to challenge the decision in the courts, in a key legal victory for the mostly Chinese applicants.

Under New Proposed Law, Citizenship is Harder to Get and Easier to lose (CARL)
The federal government is trying to pass a law that will increase barriers to obtaining citizenship and take away rights from countless Canadians holding dual citizenship. On February 6, 2014 the federal government introduced Bill C-24, which is aimed at dismantling key aspects of Canadian citizenship as we know it. The law will make citizenship more difficult to get for everyone, and will potentially make it impossible for some of our most vulnerable permanent residents, grandparents, and low-income immigrants, to become Canadians.

New citizens share their journeys (Jonathan Charlton,
A record number of immigrants are gaining their Canadian citizenship this week in Saskatoon.

Photographer showing entire world in Toronto (CTV News)
Toronto is often referred to as one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet and one photographer is showing the entire world in Toronto, one immigrant at a time.

Fair links community groups with newcomers (Troy Fleece,
Connecting newcomers with local organizations is key to their integration in the community, says an immigrant and refugee organization.

Honourable mention for The Province (
The Province has been honoured by the Canada Hillman Prize for our series Racism in Paradise.The Racism in Paradise series examined a growing undercurrent of racism in the Lower Mainland, where between 2001 and 2011, nearly 300,000 new immigrants had settled, and where foreign-born immigrants make up 40 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s population.


Audio: Refugee Guide (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Destin Bujang. He is a Research and Resource Development Assistant with the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto and a Youth Ambassador with the Canadian Council for Refugees External Site. | Listen audio (runs 6:22)

Letter: Canada’s deportation of Roma refugees is immoral (Peter Mccabe,
Kudos to The Gazette for carrying feature stories on the plight of Roma refugees in Montreal, the Quebec election notwithstanding.The Harper government has reorganized our immigration system to make it harder for Roma to get into Canada or to gain refugee status if they do get in. This is why Hungary, where Roma face extreme persecution, has been defined as a country, among others, from which there is no reason to leave as a refugee.


Global competitiveness will suffer if immigrants aren’t better integrated (Romina Maurino, HR Reporter)
Canada’s global competitiveness will suffer unless companies deal with biases that are keeping professional immigrants underemployed, experts say.

Spread of temporary foreign workers in B.C. spurs controversy over hiring practices (Tara Carman,
The number of temporary foreign workers entering B.C. has taken off in recent years, nowhere more so than outside the province’s biggest cities.

Governments of Canada and British Columbia sign agreement in principle on Canada Job Grant (IEC-BC)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, today signed an
agreement in principle on the Canada Job Grant.

British Columbia signs on to Canada Job Grant (Macleans)
British Columbia is the latest province to sign a framework agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant.Shirley Bond, the province’s minister of jobs, tourism and skills, says the deal will help connect British Columbians with the skills they need to be first in line for the job openings looming in B.C. over the coming decade.

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