Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 20, 2014
IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
New awards honour Hamilton’s diversity ‘champions’
Promoting diversity is hard work, whether you’re out in the community or on the job.That’s why the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) is handing out a new set of awards to individuals and institutions that champion diversity in the city. The awards ceremony will take place during the HCCI’s Turning Talk into Transformation conference. The event, for which CBC Hamilton is a sponsor, will include talks by Ontario Fair Commissioner Jean Augustine, Maytree Foundation president Ratna Omidvar and a keynote speech by Susan Marjetti, senior managing director of CBC Toronto.
Canada needs to do better in treating ‘imported’ trauma (Ranjit Bhaskar, maytree.com)
Canada does not “import” violent conflict despite some in its diasporic communities remaining invested in overseas conflicts, says a new study by the Mosaic Institute. But these conflicts still have a large and lingering effect on the lives of many Canadians.
The blog piece above is based on: "The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada" (The Mosaic Insitute)
A new study by the Mosaic Institute shows that while many Canadians maintain connections to overseas conflicts, Canada does not “import” violent conflict. The study, "The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada" found that communities of Canadians who come from conflict repudiate violence in Canada – without exception. However, global conflicts do still have a large and lingering effect on the lives of many Canadians. The study was funded as part of the Government of Canada’s Kanishka Project.
Q&A with Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration (South China Morning Post)
Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, speaks at the Canadian Consulate in Central
Saskatchewan’s population reaches all-time high (CBC.ca)
More than 13,000 of the new Saskatchewan residents were people who moved here from other countries. Almost 1,400 people moved here from other provinces. There was a natural increase of 5,580 people which is the total of births minus deaths in the province in 2013.
Crossing race lines: community vs TDSB (Desmond Cole, www.nowtoronto.com)
Outrage over a recent Toronto District School Board report on dropout rates among students of Somali descent, which was approved at the board’s March 5 meeting, suggests a troubling lack of good faith between the country’s largest school board and many Somali parents.
Plugging China’s talent pool (Zarina Banu, www.cnn.com)
"Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality." This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago.
Hey Montreal grocers: get ready for the new ethnic consumers (newcanadianmedia.ca)
Grocers in the Montreal area will have to make major changes in the coming years to gain business from the city’s fastest-growing markets–the Arab and Hispanic communities.
BC hospital adds ethnic diversity to new public cord blood bank (CMAJ)
It was that diversity that prompted Dr. Jan Christilaw, president of BC Women’s Hospital, to urge Ottawa to make her hospital a collection site. "The people who are hardest to find matches for are those of ethnic minorities, and given the ethnic diversity of the Vancouver population, I felt we were in the best position to add great value and complexity to the National Public Cord Blood Bank," she said.
Contradictions in Multiculturalism and Immigrant Integration: Where Do We Go from Here with Dr. Usha George, Dean, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University (toronto.interculturaldialog.com)
In this talk, Dr. George suggests that while the Multiculturalism Policy as enshrined in the Multiculturalism Act 1988 has contributed to increased acceptance of ethnic diversity in Canadian society, it has failed to address structural inequalities particularly in relation to the economic integration of racialized immigrants. It concludes by recommending the need to rethink Multiculturalism in its current form.
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Life without a passport ( Carolyn Grant – Kimberley Daily Bulletin)
The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers (CADS) is holding their annual family festival at the Kimberley Alpine Resort this week. The week includes adaptive ski improvement lessons, camaraderie, fun games, on snow activities, and a wind up Awards banquet.Taking part in this week’s festivities are two young men with ties to Kimberley. Both were brought here by the Friends of Burma group as refugees.She says it’s great to see both young men enjoying themselves this week, but says that both are missing out on other opportunities because they are ineligible for Canadian citizenship.It is especially heartbreaking for Anderson, Jimenez says, because he has successfully qualified for a spot to compete in the Canadian National Ski competition in Whistler. But he can’t go because he doesn’t have a Canadian passport.
Shockingly low number of Syrian refugees in Canada after government’s pledge (Jordan Chittley, Kevin Newman Live, CTV News)
Nine months ago the Canadian government announced plans to resettle up to 1,300 refugees from war-torn Syria by the end of this year, adding it would immediately take in 200 people who were deemed high risk by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Legal Aid Ontario to Streamline the Refugee Intake Process
Starting March 24, 2014, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is streamlining the refugee intake process by having all applicants call the Client Service Centre (CSC) to ensure consistency in financial and merit assessments.
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS
Ontario falling down on employment equity for visible minorities (Debbie Douglas, www.thestar.com)
The province needs to bring back mandatory employment equity to level the playing field for all.
Wynne taps business, university leaders to help fix skills training (James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail)
Faced with a shortage of cash to pay for new policies, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is pressing education and business leaders for help tackling the nagging concern that Canada has a problem matching the skills of its work force with available jobs.
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Stop blaming young people for being unemployed ( Rick Miner, www.thestar.com)
Young people who are unemployed or underemployed have good reason to feel that everyone is blaming the victims.
Work program generates interest (Devin wilger, The News Review)
With more businesses looking to hire temporary foreign workers, it’s important to learn the different rules involved with bringing in employees to Saskatchewan. A recent event held in Yorkton aimed to educate local employers on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the responsibilities.
Raising awareness about cultural competency (Orilliapacket.com)
The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership hosted the first Cultural Competency Learning Symposium, “Learning Together, Growing Together,” Tuesday.
Video: He arrived to Ottawa from India with twenty dollars in his pocket. (CBC Radio)
Twelve years later, Jeri Rodrigs is a self-made entrepreneur — with a product already on store shelves. We hear about the Rumidifier — and Jeri’s personal story of success.
SettlementAtWork Newsletter (www.settlementatwork.org)
Attracting Skilled Newcomers to Canada
Study to Assess Trade Qualifications Underway
CIC Video: Don’t Become a Victim of Immigration Fraud
Video: Hanging On (Chedly Belkhodka, NFB)
This short documentary shows the struggle that young immigrants have in a small community unaccustomed to cultural diversity, and their frustration at not having their skills recognized by the job market and their peers. Hanging On is part of the Work For All project 2006, an NFB and HRSDC-Labour initiative to combat racism in the workplace.
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