Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 21, 2014


Parenting skills put to the test in multicultural society (Leah McLaren,
Parenting in a multicultural environment tests our moral relativism. It reveals the wildly different ways most of us struggle to make sure our children end up as good people. The question is, good according to whose rules? Despite the rise of Tiger Mother-type parenting books, which presume the goal of most parents is to ensure our kids get ahead, most parents I know are far more concerned with ensuring their kids are simply decent.

Canada to allow Sikh kirpans in its embassies and missions abroad (Jeff Lacroix-wilson,
Eight years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that kirpans – the ceremonial daggers worn by those of the Sikh faith – could be safely brought into schools under certain conditions, they will now be allowed into all Canadian embassies and missions abroad.

Filipino Canadian paper celebrates 25th anniversary (Nicholas Keung,
For the past 25 years, Hermie and Mila Garcia have followed the same routine every other week: up till the wee hours proof-reading and fact-checking on Thursday and then rising early Friday to check on the bundles coming off the press at a Yorkdale Mall area print shop, the ink still fresh on the pages of their family newspaper. As their Philippine Reporter reaches its quarter-century milestone this spring, the couple has seen it grow from a 12-page, 2,000-copy black-and-white publication to a 56-page, 12,000-copy full-colour biweekly.

After 40 years, Immigrant Settlement Program needs an overhaul (Robert Vineberg,
Last November, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with more than 400 people in Ottawa, mostly representatives of non-governmental organizations. These Service Provider Organizations contract with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to deliver settlement services to immigrants. He told them, “You tell us what we need to get it right.” In this spirit, there are several significant weaknesses in the system that need to be addressed.

Atlantic Region Struggling to Retain Immigrants (
A new study by the Association of Atlantic Universities shows that despite efforts by east coast provinces to attract and retain immigrants, the region is struggling to do so. VOCM’s Danielle Barron reports.

Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Marks Ottawa Over Passover Shabbat (Joshua Levitt,

Racist graffiti scarred a pedestrian underpass along the pathway of the Chamberlain Bridge, in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, over the Chol Hamoed Passover Shabbat weekend, Canada’s Sun News reported.

Who will tell the story? (Books And Authors,

For a recent exhibit called Enemy Aliens about Jewish refugees interned in Canada during the war, a curator recorded internees’ experiences, and those voices were the first ones visitors heard upon entering the exhibit. Three of those interviewed died before the exhibition opened, Goldberg says. The centre, like others across the country, is consulting with survivors on the best ways to use videotaped testimony. “We don’t want to exploit the voices [of survivors]. We want to make sure there is some pedagogical value in what we do.”

Anti-black, anti-Jew graffiti to be investigated as hate crime (

Jaws were literally dropping Saturday morning as runners, walkers and cyclists were forced to pass by a display of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti. The concrete underpass along the pathway at the foot of the Champlain Bridge in Ottawa featured two hate-fuelled, nonsensical statements. One, using a racial slur, read: "Deport N

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