Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 11, 2014
IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
Toronto launches cricket tournament with the support of CIBC and CIMA Canada (wx.toronto.ca)
Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Toronto, becoming the biggest rival of basketball in some schools. Played in more than 100 countries around the world, it is part of the cultural heritage of thousands of Torontonians and is increasingly popular with school-age children and youth across the city. Cricket is played at several local schools and more than 50 school teams take part annually in Toronto tournaments.
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan reacts to racist Kijiji ad (Aaron Stuckel, panow.com)
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has some concerns following news of a racist and homophobic Kijiji ad posted by a landlord in Swift Current. In the ad, the landlord said he or she would not allow people of African descent or homosexuals to rent out a room, but used derogatory terms to describe them.
Urban centres hold key to future (Gerry Klein, www.thestarphoenix.com)
his is the case even though, as the report points out, 60 per cent of Saskatchewan residents live in urban centres, and almost all newcomers, the vast majority of whom are immigrants, are moving into the two major cities. Even at this level, Saskatchewan is still more rural than most of Canada, where 80 per cent of the populations live in cities. But it hasn’t been the rural focus of elected members, or even the rural-centric myopia of provincial governments that have been forced to disproportionately cater to rural needs in order to win re-election, that has held back the province. Saskatchewan’s challenge comes from a couple of factors deeply rooted in our history.
Immigrants with degrees find it harder to find professional jobs in Canada (Ray Clancy, www.expatforum.com)
Highly educated immigrants to Canada are facing more difficulties in accessing professional and management occupations than in the middle of the 1990s, according to researchers. A team from the University of Toronto analysed trends in the success of immigrants with university degrees in census data from 1996, 2001, and 2006 and have identified a ‘brain waste’ trend.
Saskatchewan licenses immigration consultants, recruiters to protect newcomers (www.globalpost.com)
The Saskatchewan government says it’s trying to protect newcomers to Canada from scams by licensing immigration consultants and recruiters. The province has published a list of those who can provide services to employers, potential immigrants and foreign workers under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act.
Why the kids of Asian immigrants excel – and what it teaches us about stereotypes (Erin Anderssen, www.theglobeandmail.com)
In Canada, statistics show that second-generation children of immigrants outperform their native-born peers. But that’s not the full story. Some ethnic groups do very well when it comes to education attainment and professional occupations, while others struggle. Why do kids with parents from places such as China often top the achievement lists? The simple answer: because their parents expect them too. But that’s only the simple answer, according to a fascinating new paper published in the Journal of Race and Social Problems which takes a deep dive on these questions, and comes up with a much more nuanced answer than the cultural-superiority argument put forth by Yale professor and ‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua.
History, identity and values (Stéphane Lévesque, www.montrealgazette.com)
The election of the Liberal party has put a full stop to the Parti Québécois’s values charter — at least in its original form. But we should not dismiss the PQ’s Bill 60 so quickly, which, before the election, had garnered the support of a clear majority of francophone Québécois. For months, the PQ claimed publicly that its charter was meant to promote secularism and equality, and protect Québécois values in the face of potentially threatening cases of accommodating practices for immigrants or ethnocultural groups.
Chinese groups on opposite sides of immigration fence (www.richmond-news.com)
Chinese groups are at odds with each other over the federal government’s move to kill off the wealthy immigrant fast-track program. A group of around 50 ethnic Chinese community members — calling themselves the The Alliance of the Guard of Canadian Values — held a meeting last Saturday at the West Richmond Community Centre to back the government’s move to close the investor-class program, which would expedite wealthy, would-be immigrants through the residency process.
VCC continues to provide language services with new funding (Matt Kieltyka, metronews.ca)
Newcomers to Canada can continue to access free English training at Vancouver Community College now that funding has been secured. VCC and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the signing of a two-year $9.4 million agreement that will see the school continue to deliver settlement language training through Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).
Video: Liberal spin doctors (Brian Lilley, www.sunnewsnetwork.com)
At what point does ‘reasonable accomodation’ become unreasonable?
Meet one of Surrey’s ‘champion’ volunteers (Warren Jane, www.surreyleader.com)
Hemanshu Hora immigrated to Canada from India with the hope of pursuing a better life and education for his children – an 11-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son – but adjusting to life in a foreign country wasn’t easy. “It was totally different. People are much more friendly, much more polite,” says Hora with a smile. “But we had to learn a lot of new things. It was kind of tough for my kids, my wife and myself also.”
Northumberland immigrant women struggle with jobs, language (Karen Longwell, www.northumberlandnews.com)
As the stereo blasts pumping dance beats, fitness instructor and Filipino immigrant Thelma Dillon easily communicates the moves to her participants. However communication wasn’t always so easy. Ms. Dillon, who is one of many women Northumberland United Way and Northumberland County are seeking input from for a needs assessment study, found communicating in her new country was difficult at first.
Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010 (canadacouncil.ca)
The range of arts offerings in Canada – from art galleries, classical concerts, and theatre performances to pop concerts and cultural festivals – manages to attract most Canadians to at least one type of activity. Overall, 71% of Canadians attended at least one of the five key arts activities in 2010. This is one of the key findings of Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010, the 41st report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research.
Immigrant students new challenge for P.E.I. schools (www.cbc.ca)
With almost one in 20 students in P.E.I. schools now coming from other countries, the Island’s education system is continuing to adjust. Many Island school populations have been transformed in the past decade. Of the approximately 20,000 enrolled in elementary and secondary schools on P.E.I., nearly 1,000 are international students. More than a third of those are from China. The Department of Education only began to recognize the need to adjust to that influx in 2006.
Metropolis Professional Development (www.carleton.ca)
Metropolis has mobilized the best Canadian and international expertise on migration and integration to offer a first class training programme intended to provide information, analysis and tools on the management of migration and the integration of migrants and refugees. It will assist participants in gaining an enhanced understanding of how policy and programmes can influence these effects to the advantage of the receiving societies, the migrants themselves, and their homelands.
RBC Conference April 28 – The Immigrant Experience in Canada: New Policies, New Economy, New Realities (www.artsci.utoronto.ca)
Citizenship Reform and the Unsettling of Canada
Immigrant Settlement and Integration in a Context of Increasing Inequality and Austerity
Socio-spatial Polarization, Neighbourhood Change, and the Changing Context of Immigrant Settlement in Canadian Cities
Shaping the Future: Canada’s Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies
Maternal health care for newcomers exceeds expectations (Kate Toogood, www.healthcanal.com)
Defying all expectations, new research from the University of Alberta shows that newcomer women are very satisfied with the maternal care they receive in Canada’s Prairie provinces. A study led by Zubia Mumtaz, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, revealed that newcomer women were just as able to navigate the health-care system and received the same information regarding what to expect during pregnancy and childbirth as Canadian-born women. In addition, they were equally likely to have timely prenatal visits and contact with public health nurses following birth. The research was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
Immigrants: Canada’s 150th anniversary and beyond (Scott Taylor, metronews.ca)
What will Canada look like in 2017 as it becomes 150-years old? What will it look like beyond that? Surely, the tide of immigration will continue, but some think the flow will become more of a trickle as the years pass. “I think it’s a fair assumption to think that there will be a lower level of immigration than the current level,” said Western University sociology professor Dr. Roderic Beaujot. “All the political parties have to posture themselves in favour of immigration, especially at election time, but people say we need immigration from a demographic and economic point of view.
National News: Canada must honour commitment to help Syrian refugees (www.northumberlandview.ca)
With the situation in Syria worsening daily, the NDP is calling for the Conservative government to honour its promise to accept more Syrian refugees, and respond generously to the UN’s recent appeals.
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS
Making Paid Internships Work For You (www.hireimmigrants.ca)
Learn more about effectively using internships by joining us on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon EST for a free webinar. You will hear from Nagiub Gouda, who heads Career Edge, Mark Appleton of RBC, and Maryam Rezaie of C&T Reinforcing Steel Co on how to successfully use internships to benefit your business. The session will be moderated Peter Paul of Maytree.
Recruitment or Human Trafficking? (Community, ugatclothing.com)
On Sunday, April 13th, Radyo Migrante will discuss the recent migrants’ report written by Fay Faraday, and released by the Metcalf Foundation. “Over the past decade, Canadian employers have increasingly demanded access to a “flexible” workforce of transnational migrant workers. Canadian laws and policies have responded, speeding the flow of workers to Canada with precarious temporary immigration status. Since 2000, the population of temporary migrant workers in Canada has more than tripled to 338,213 in 2012. Their population has more than doubled since 2006 alone.
Former Burnaby MLA Harry Bloy’s business recruiting temporary Asian workers for Canadian jobs (www.vancouverdesi.com)
Former Liberal Burnaby MLA Harry Bloy is running a third-party recruiting business that brings in Asian temporary foreign workers to fill Canadian jobs. Bloy is listed as the president and CEO of Global Business Canada, according to his new website, but it’s unclear how he’s earning money, as the services he offers are free.
A better work ethic? CBC readers weigh in on debate over temporary foreign workers (Devon Goodsell, www.cbc.ca)
Judging by the thousands of comments on our website and on social media, CBC’s audience is divided on the issue. Some readers say there might be some truth to the idea that foreign workers have a better work ethic than Canadians. But others point the finger at the employers.
Slaw: Ontario’s Ministry of Labour targets employers using unpaid internships (Yosie Saint-cyr, blog.firstreference.com)
From April to June 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Labour is conducting an employment standards inspection blitz targeting organizations that employ unpaid interns. The goal is to ensure worker rights are protected and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities.
Les Leyne: Foreign-worker fuss means trouble for B.C. (Les Leyne, www.timescolonist.com)
“There’s no doubt we’ve seen some abuses that really tick me off,” federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney said a few weeks ago. He was referring to the temporary foreign workers program and his irritation about the perceived abuses by that point had been growing for some time. So when the situation at three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants was made public by the CBC, he was more than ready to respond.
There are enough employees in the workforce: training them is key (Chad Gaffield And Brent Herbert-copley, www.theglobeandmail.com)
When it comes to the current debate on skills and employment in Canada, however, it may be the “unknown knowns” that are most important. We have oceans of reports and statistics but if their findings are not synthesized, research can’t guide policy and won’t tell new graduates much about the labour market of today, or how to prepare for the future. So what happened when 16 teams of researchers working across the country took a look at the existing research on skills and labour markets? Here is some of what they discovered.
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