Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 13, 2014

Maytree Get Out the Vote Conference – Tuesday, 1 April 2014 – Toronto (Maytree)
Are you interested in supporting community efforts to increase voter turnout in diverse, low-income communities?Join other community-based leaders and activists who are committed to participating in get-out-the-vote efforts for a day of learning and sharing ideas.

A fresh start in — and for — Nova Scotia (Anthony Davis, Michael Whalen,
We’re both Nova Scotians born and raised, although we have lived with our families in various parts of Canada and overseas and have travelled much of the rest of the world.We’ve been thinking about the Ivany report’s recommendation on increasing the annual recruitment and retention of immigrants as a substantial response to the demographic shift that is creating a smaller and aging population.

Ontario Aims To Attract More Skilled Immigrants (Neil Armstrong,
The recent introduction of new legislation by the government of Ontario will, if passed, strengthen its role in immigrant selection to help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth. The proposed Ontario Immigration Act would assist the province in working with the federal government to maximize the social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration in three major ways.

Federal government introduces new immigration demerit point system (
The demerit point system – inspired by former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney – is meant to deter reckless immigrant behavior such as using health and social services or failing to properly integrate into Canadian society.

Chinese Plead for Canada to Let Them Immigrate (Louise Watt Associated,
Chinese millionaires on Tuesday pleaded for the Canadian government not to throw away the immigration applications of thousands of Chinese nationals as part of its plans to end a backlogged investor program.

With changing demographics, the multigenerational house comes of age (Matthew Hague,
Ramona Omidvar is part of a growing cohort of young professionals who expects to eventually share a home with her parents, as well as her two children, currently 2 and 5.The reason for blending the households isn’t financial – both Omidvar and her husband, who asked not to be named, have good jobs (she’s a policy analyst with the Ontario government, he works in banking), as do her parents (Ratna, her mother, is an Order of Canada recipient and president of the Maytree Foundation; Mehran, her father, is an engineer).

Eat, walk, shop in Toronto’s multicultural (Francine Prose,
When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize.

Top 10 Places for New Immigrants (
Where in this vast country is the best place to settle?

I, Too, Am Harvard (
A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned– this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard. The #itooamharvard photo campaign is inspired by I, Too, Am Harvard, a play based on interviews with members of the black community exploring and affirming our diverse experiences as black students at Harvard College.

I, too, am Oxford. (
Our project was inspired by the recent ‘I, too, am Harvard’ initiative. The Harvard project resonated with a sense of communal disaffection that students of colour at Oxford have with the University. The sharing of the Buzzfeed article ‘I, too, am Harvard’ on the online Oxford based race forum, ‘Skin Deep’ led to students quickly self organising a photoshoot within the same week. A message that was consistently reaffirmed throughout the day was that students in their daily encounters at Oxford are made to feel different and Othered from the Oxford community.Hopefully this project will demonstrate that despite there being a greater number of students of colour studying at Oxford now than there has ever been before, there are still issues that need to be discussed. In participating in ‘I, Too, Am Oxford,’ students of colour are demanding that a discussion on race be taken seriously and that real institutional change occur.


Refuge and Resilience – Promoting Resilience and Mental Health among Resettled Refugees and Forced (Laura Simich and Lisa Andermann,
Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on the social and psychological resources that promote resilience among forced migrants, this book presents theory and evidence about what keeps refugees healthy during resettlement. The book draws on contributions from cultural psychiatry, anthropology, ethics, nursing, psychiatric epidemiology, sociology and social work.


Helping Employers Fill Low-Skill Positions (HR Reporter)
At this meeting, we will discuss the possibility of selecting “job-ready” refugees to fill low-skill positions for which Canadians are not readily available. Some of these refugees (e.g. from Syria) have until very recently been actively engaged in the labour market in their home countries.

Shirts protest TFW program (Vincent Mcdermott,
The shirts arrived in Wood Buffalo on Friday.But, the demand for the clothes, emblazoned with slogans against the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, have already drawn praise and scourn from workers and employers alike.Both Willy Harden and Rudy Barton, two bricklayers respectively from Red Deer and Gibbons, have been selling the t-shirts, hoodies and sweaters since Friday.

Connecting immigrants to success (
Dejan Ciric and his family arrived in Calgary in January 2013. They travelled over 8,000 km from their home in Belgrade, Serbia to build a new life for themselves and their three young children.The Cirics were looking for a safe city with a good education system. They knew they wanted to immigrate to Canada and heard from friends, and through their own research, that Calgary would be the best place for them.

11th Annual IEP Conference – April 11, 2014 – Toronto (CBC)
CBC Toronto is a proud sponsor of the 11th Annual IEP Conference, a unique forum for Internationally Educated Professional newcomers seeking practical, effective career advice.

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