Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 24, 2014

News Release — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Hosts Chat on Weibo (
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, will chat with social media users about Canada’s successful immigration programs through Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, on Saturday March 22 at 5:00pm CST (2:00am PST, 5:00am EST).

News Release — Preparing Newcomers for Life in Canada (
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander spoke yesterday to graduates of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) – an initiative with a strong record of helping newcomers achieve success in Canada.

Regina woman asks for mercy on husband found in country illegally twice (Aaron Stuckel.
A woman in Regina is hoping that Immigration Canada will show her husband some mercy after he was found to be in the country illegally for the second time.

Hong Kong audience hears of plans for a new Canadian immigrant investor program (Matthew Robinson,
Canada’s immigration minister was in Hong Kong Wednesday, where he gave Chinese media a sneak peek of a federal pilot program to attract wealthy immigrants to the country, just weeks after the government scrapped its immigrant investor program.

Immigrants hit citizenship roadblocks with language forms (CBC News)
Iranian immigrant says she exceeds language requirements, but her citizenship application

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
2014 Theme: "The Role of Leaders in Combatting Racism and Racial Discrimination"

Uzma Shakir, on Building a More Equitable Toronto (Desmond Cole,
On the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, we talk to the City’s access and equity champion about social justice, race, and difficult conversations.

First diversity champion award winners recognized (Stacy Escot, Hamilton Spectator)
The first recipient of the Lifetime Diversity Champion Award has made tremendous efforts toward inclusion and diversity, but at 75 Dr. Harish Jain has no plans to take a break.

Not enough women, visible minorities in leadership roles: Hamilton conference (Rachel Williams, Hamilton Spectator)
The percentage of women and visible minorities working in senior leadership roles in the GTA remains unacceptably low, a Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion-organized conference heard Friday.

Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University (
In partnership with the RBC Foundation, the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute are supporting: Action-oriented research projects focused on issues facing individuals who immigrate to Canada; and A series of internships and seed funding for new ventures focusing on individuals from designated groups who immigrated to Canada from other countries and their children. The first round of calls for proposals for the research stream is available now, to be followed by annual grant competitions. Grants will be adjudicated by a cross-disciplinary group of Ryerson RFA faculty members.

RBC Foundation donates 550K to ‘Welcome to the Library’ program (Katlin Lee, 660 News)
It’s money that will help new Canadians feel comfortable here in Cowtown.The RBC Foundation is investing $550,000 in the Welcome to Library program at the Calgary Public Library.The program provides support to immigrants to help to build skills, information and contacts, while easing the transition to life in Canada.

New Canadian immigration law prefers English, French speakers (Anna Giaritelli,
Canada has seen a dramatic uptick of American and British immigrants over the past decade. A May 4 implementation of a new Canadian law will make the legalization process even easier for English and French-speaking individuals to relocate to the great white northern country.

We Need To Ask the Right Questions About Racism in the Armed Forces (Jeff Ross-Martland, Huffington Post Canada)
Last week, while everyone was getting separation-burnout and Crimea-river syndrome from the relentless coverage of little else, a very important press conference was held in Halifax. A group of veterans gathered to rally around two of their own and make a call for action. Too bad we missed it.

The issue? Racism in the Canadian Forces. Not ‘does it exist’; instead, ‘What impact does it have on the health of those who serve?’

Where are the writers of colour? (CBC Books)
Between 2011 and 2012, just over 10 per cent of books reviewed by the New York Times were written by people of colour. Author and teacher Aimee Phan believes this needs to change and that mainstream media, publishers and reviewers are failing writers of colour.

On Having A Difficult Name (Tasnim Ahmed,
I have been thinking a lot about my name lately, and what it means. For two weeks after I was born, I had no name. From all the kicking, my parents had deduced that they would soon have a little boy, a soccer player. They were surprised to see a little girl instead, a fighter. When I was finally given my name, after much consulting with friends, family and baby name dictionaries, it was decided that I would be Tasnim.

How do we address language barriers between patients and primary care physicians? (Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital)
Quality of care can be seriously compromised when primary care physicians and patients can’t communicate in the same language.

Black Youth Engagement
Matt Galloway spoke with Kimberley Tavares. She just finished her PHD in Education. | Listen audio (runs 7:11)

The Black Experience Project in the GTA (CBC Metro Morning)
The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, the United Way of Greater Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, is launching a groundbreaking research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Black Experience Project in the GTA (BEP) will create the first-ever comprehensive understanding of the diverse communities that make up the region’s Black population through exploring the lived experiences and views that speak to individual and collective strengths, contributions, challenges, opportunities, capacity and resiliency.

Brampton youth discover the meaning of one world (Radhika Panjwani,
Dozens of high-school students in Brampton explored different cultures in an up-close and personal way at a diversity conference Saturday (March 22).

Conference gives participants tools to make community inclusive (Caroline Zetner, Lethbridge Herald)
Participants at the third annual Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism & Discrimination came away with some tools to take action on making Lethbridge a welcoming and inclusive community.


The Bogus Rhetoric About Bogus Refugees (Alex Neve,
It is time to take a stand against all the bogus rhetoric about bogus refugees.Our current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has unfortunately taken a shine to making frequent use of the pejorative, inflammatory and meaningless term. That was certainly the case last month when he decided to take Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews to task for her decision to step in and provide essential health care coverage for large numbers of refugee claimants who had been cut out of the federal government’s longstanding refugee health care program.

Exiled Tibetans arrive in Calgary under resettlement plan (
Calgary is home to a growing number of Tibetan exiles due to the work of a non-profit organization.At the Dalai Lama’s urging in 2007, the Canadian government agreed to facilitate the immigration of 1,000 exiled Tibetans over a five-year period starting in 2013 — but it isn’t providing funding for the program. Instead, a Canadian non-profit called Project Tibet Society is covering all the costs, including language and job training.

A home for those fleeing their own (Adam Kveton, Ottawa Community News)
Fleeing your home and arriving in a foreign country can’t be easy, but arriving on Matthew House’s doorstep makes a big difference.


Top 3 ways to show employee recognition across a diverse workforce (Kimberley Abel, Diversitiy in the Workplace)
Like so much that happens between management and staff – common sense is the key when it comes to a creating and implementing a successful employee recognition programs for a diverse workforce. Here’s what we know. The science of human behavior tells us that people are both rational and emotional.

Prairie prosperity: oil and gas economy is a great foundation for life in Alberta (
Abdeleghani (Ghani) Hemad is an oil and gas professional from Algeria, so moving to Alberta was a perfect fit. He first came to Canada in 2003, lived in Montreal for 15 months before deciding to head west for the job opportunities in his field. But he could not speak a word of English, and it took some time — English lessons, a few survival jobs and some retraining — before he got a break in the industry, working with Ensign Energy in Calgary.
Alson mentions Bruce Randall, CRIEC and Doug Piquette, ERIEC |

Local Immigration Partnership Holds Annual Event (Emily Blake, The Fountain Pen)
The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) held their annual event; the Immigration Connection 2014: Creative Collective Impact on March 4, 2014. The day included presentations on achievements made over the past year, guest speakers, and group discussion focused on priority setting for the next year. The event was open to all community members and attendees included service providers, business owners, advocates, and volunteers.

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