Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 16, 2014


Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Gord Nixon,
Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC, was a featured speaker in the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s “Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian” series on March 27, 2014. In his speech, Mr. Nixon talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths. He gives practical advice for business leaders, governments, agencies that support immigrants, and immigrants themselves. “Those of us in leadership positions have an obligation and responsibility to get involved. The business case is clear – diversity and inclusion are both the smart thing, and the right thing, to do,” says Nixon, who chairs the diversity council at RBC.

Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (IRPP)
Jelena Atanackovic and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault find that major changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program are required in order to improve the economic and social integration of these migrant workers before and after their participation in the program, notably, ending the live-in requirement.

Innovative research project gives immigrant women a voice (Colleen Toms, Brant News)
When you go to work in the morning, how do you feel? Do you feel marginalized or excited? Do you feel scared? Are you happy or are you afraid of being bullied? Those were questions put forth by PhD candidate Bharati Sethi when she presented the findings of her community-based participatory research project to local dignitaries, media, teaching professionals and community organizations on April 4.

Newcomers get fused (Michelle Ruby,
Little could spare Tehreem and Anosh Jamal from a big dose of culture shock when they emigrated to Brantford from their native Pakistan in 2012.Lahore, where the teens grew up, has a semi-arid climate and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with about 10 million residents.

National 4-H conference held in P.E.I. (Saah Seeley, The Guardian)
Prince Edward Island is hosting a national 4-H conference on citizenship this week. Fifty-five members, aged 16 to 21, are spending the week learning more about the birthplace of Confederation. This is the first time the Canadian 4-H citizenship seminar has been held outside of Ottawa.

Last call for submissions for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award (Charity Village)
Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Ten organizations from around the world with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. A total of $100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which $40,000 USD goes to the winning project. The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. To be considered, organizations must apply online by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. New York City time


Refugee claim acceptance in Canada appears to be ‘luck of the draw’ despite reforms, analysis shows (Adrian Humphreys,
Despite sweeping changes to the Immigration & Refugee Board that shifted decisions from political appointees to civil servants, a new analysis of who became a refugee in Canada shows massive discrepancy between decision makers, with one adjudicator rejecting every claim coming before her and others accepting all of them.

Refugee set on life in Canada fights lingering suspicions from 9/11-era arrest (Jim Bronskill,
A Syrian refugee says his efforts to build a new life in Canada are being stymied by the federal government’s lingering — but long discredited — suspicions about his past.

A quiet and unnecessary deportation (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Roland is gay. There are no gay rights where he was born. He came here. We deported him.

Constructing the Bogus Refugee (Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement)
A Dialogue on Discourse and Refugees in Canada


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Low wages, not poor work ethic, behind surge of foreign labour (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Small business sector accuses Canadian job seekers of being unreliable and unmotivated to defend their hiring of foreign guest workers, ignoring their own addiction to low-wage foreign employees.

Minister mulls barring foreign worker program for some fast-food jobs (Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail)
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says it may be time to bar the use of the temporary foreign worker program in filling some fast-food job needs because there should be enough Canadians to handle the work.

Legal battle brewing over temporary foreign worker program (
Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up.

Complaints about temporary foreign worker program spread (Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun)
B.C. workers ranging from seasoned professionals to teenage fast-food employees are complaining about being dumped in favour of non-residents as Ottawa scrutinizes employers who abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Foreign workers filling gaps in N.S. kitchens, says group (
Nova Scotia’s food industry will need to rely on more temporary foreign workers if the system isn’t fixed soon, says the executive director of the province’s restaurant association, responding to criticism that some Canadian McDonald’s restaurants favour foreign workers on their staff.

Critics say Ottawa missing critical opportunity to bolster apprenticeships (
Stakeholders are disappointed that the Conservative government has declared its massive new federal-provincial infrastructure project open for business — with nary a mention of apprenticeships.

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