Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 22, 2014


Read CARL’s Brief on Proposed Citizenship Changes in Bill C-24 (

CARL has prepared a brief for the upcoming study of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immgration on Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (short title: The Fair Elections Act). Read the brief here and stay tuned for further consitutional analysis.

Canada to issue stamp on Komagata Maru on May 6 (

Interestingly, Canada Post has finally decided to issue the official stamp to commemorate the Komagata Maru tragedy of 1914 that involved forced return of 376 passengers from the Vancouver Harbour to India. This $2.50 stamp will be formally released in Ottawa by federal Employment and Multicultural Minister Jason Kenney and Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra on May 6.

CERIS Call for Presentations: Workshop on Recent Doctoral Research Regarding Migration and Settlement (

CERIS invites applications from recent and prospective PhDs to present their dissertation findings about migration and settlement at a workshop to be held on June 11, 2014 at York University, Toronto. During the workshop, participants will also receive hands-on training on how to write plain language research summaries. Following the workshop, CERIS will publish two-page summaries of the presented dissertations in its Research Summaries series at:

Man fined $70,000 for immigration act violations (

A Jordanian national who previously lived in Halifax has been fined $70,000 for violating Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Sardar Hussein Hasan, 46, provided false information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada in an application for a permanent resident card in March 2013 and in a residency questionnaire in July 2013.

The Tongues Issue (Ethnicaisle,

Tongues are funny things. Most of what makes up the tongue is invisible—and much of what we use tongues for is similarly ineffable: to taste; to speak; to kiss; and.. other things we’ll tell you about when you’re older. But somewhere in that fuzzy mix of taste, language, and sensuality is culture itself. At the tip of the tongue is where both the impossibility of translation and the ecstasy of mutuality are found. So here in the Ethnic Aisle’s “Tongue Issue”, we’re all about that most sensitive of organs, and how it stands for how we communicate and connect. Follow along why dontcha’?


Canada should do the right thing for the Pusuma family (Stephen Scharper,
Roma family represented by a lawyer who failed to provide adequate refugee representation deserves to have their case reconsidered. So writes a young girl to Lulu Pusuma, the 6-year-old daughter of Jozsef and Timea, a Roma family attacked in Hungary for their human rights advocacy. They now live in a 20- by 20-foot room in a Toronto church, unable to step outside for fear of deportation. They have been in sanctuary for the last 29 months.


Foreign worker program fills a need, protects other jobs, business leader says (
Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, responded Monday to complaints against the federal temporary foreign worker program, saying foreigners are integral to helping small businesses survive and address labour shortages. Kelly, speaking in Vancouver, said “recent stories have unfairly cast all businesses that use the TFWP in a very negative light” when they are meant to address labour shortages across Canada. This is excerpted from an interview with The Vancouver Sun.

Pizza place faces federal grilling over temporary foreign workers (Bill Curry,

The owners of a pizza restaurant in Weyburn, Sask., are facing a deluge of online scorn and a federal investigation after two veteran employees said they lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers. Sandy Nelson and Shauna Jennison-Yung worked 28 and 14 years, respectively, at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza before learning last month that all staff were being laid off as part of a restructuring. When the dust settled, the temporary foreign workers at the restaurant were retained while the two women said they were not.

Media Release: Actyl Group Clarifies Inaccuracies in Recent CBC News Report on Temporary Foreign Workers (

Actyl Group, an international workforce solutions firm, would like to clarify some facts related to the services it provides its clients after a recent CBC News report that contained several inaccuracies. The report, published April 17 as part of the CBC News "Go Public" series, detailed claims made by some temporary foreign workers who alleged mistreatment on the part of an Edmonton employer. In addition to reporting these workers’ claims, the article and accompanying video made several statements that misrepresented Actyl’s work in finding and recruiting skilled workers for its clients, which include various Canadian businesses and organizations.

New Website For Internationally Trained Professionals (

Humber College has launched an updated website specifically for internationally trained professionals. Within the site, immigrants can find information on Humber’s programs and services including: free advising service for those seeking advice on educational options and other employment services and resources.

AWA human rights activist Raul Gatica awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal (

Raul Gatica, a long-time a human rights activist, staff member and past coordinator of the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) centre in Surrey, British Columbia, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding commitment and contribution to the rights of migrant agricultural workers in Canada.

Firm in tiny Sask. town flourishing with Filipino workers (

A farm equipment manufacturer in the tiny town of Frontier, Sask., says hiring immigrants from the Philippines has been a key to its success. In recent years, Honey Bee Manufacturing has filled 35 jobs at it Frontier combine header plant from the Philippines — just under 20 per cent of its workforce.

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