Immigration and Diversity news headlines – May 20, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Getting minorities to vote (Toronto Star)
Re: Voter turnout hinges on minority, immigrant population, study says, May 15
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/05/20/getting_minorities_to_vote.html

Ottawa welcomes more new Canadians (news.gc.ca)
More than 700 new citizens from over 45 countries were welcomed to Canada at nine ceremonies held in Ottawa this week.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.gc.ca%2Fweb%2Farticle-en.do%3Fnid%3D848809

Immigration from Italy to Canada more than doubles since 2005 (news.gc.ca)
Today, on behalf of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, the Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino highlighted the high levels of immigration to Canada from Italy. The number of permanent residents and students welcomed to Canada from Italy in 2013 was more than twice the number admitted to Canada in 2005.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=848799

Ontario needs its own immigration program (Viresh Fernando , www.thestar.com)
Ontario needs to control its destiny with its own immigration program reflecting its values ??and Priorities.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fopinion%2Fcommentary%2F2014%2F05%2F19%2Fontario_needs_its_own_immigration_program.html

Nova Scotians’ immigration attitudes point in wrong direction (Don Mills, thechronicleherald.ca)
Nova Scotians like to think of themselves as a friendly people and, for the most part, we are friendly. But when it comes to welcoming immigrants — well, that is probably another story.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthechronicleherald.ca%2Fopinion%2F1207948-nova-scotians-immigration-attitudes-point-in-wrong-direction%23.U3aL4yYXesc.twitter

Immigration debate a world of grey (Kevin Hampson, www.mayerthorpefreelancer.com)
Anyone with doubts about it was said to be un-Canadian. It didn’t matter if you presented facts and raised legitimate concerns; liberals would see you as a throwback to the horse-and-buggy days when miserly whites with handlebar moustaches moaned about foreigners stealing their jobs.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mayerthorpefreelancer.com%2F2014%2F05%2F18%2Fimmigration-debate-a-world-of-grey

Apology to B.C.’s Chinese-Canadians accepted by Kelowna’s Chinese community (Alistair Waters, www.kelownacapnews.com)

The apology offered by the provincial government last week for how B.C. treated it’s Chinese residents in the past has been accepted by the group of local Chinese Canadians who made presentations to a hearing on the crafting of that apology held in Kelonwa earlier this year.
http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/259857311.html

Military retreating on diversity targets after failing to meet recruiting goals for minorities, women (Lee Berthiaume, news.nationalpost.com)
A quarter of a century after a landmark decision allowing women to serve on the front lines, the Canadian Forces are trying to slash the targets they are supposed to meet for the number of women, visible minorities and aboriginals in uniform.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.nationalpost.com%2F2014%2F05%2F19%2Fmilitary-retreating-on-diversity-targets-after-failing-to-meet-recruiting-goals-for-minorities-women%2F

I’m an immigrant who’s never been invited to the cottage (Charles Leech, Globe and Mail
I like to think I don’t waste too much time with feelings of pining or hope, but I have to confess that one thing always gets to me at this time of year.Spring is almost here, and everyone will soon be talking about The Cottage. This year, I hope I will finally be invited.Even though I immigrated to Canada over 20 years ago, my acceptance into the elite group of Cottage-goers still awaits me.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/summer-living/im-an-immigrant-whos-never-been-invited-to-the-cottage/article10448217/

Historicist: Fair Play for Sikh Pioneers? (Kevin Plummer, torontoist.com)
Over the winter of 1911-12, Dr. Sunder Singh visits Toronto to agitate for immigration reform.“We are subjects of the same Empire; we have fought, we have sacrificed. We have fought for the Empire, and we bear her medals; we have an interest in this country; we have bought about $2,006,000 of property in British Columbia; we have our church and pay our pastor, and we mean to stay in this country,” Dr. Sunder Singh said in a speech before Toronto’s Empire Club on January 25, 1912.
http://torontoist.com/2014/05/historicist-fair-play-for-sikh-pioneers/?utm_content=buffer74e22&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Settlement AtWork .Org Newsletter
New Program Speeds Up Visa Processing for Some Mexican Visitors | New Legal Aid Services Location | Legal Guide 2014: Starting a Small Business in Ontario for Immigrants
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f30ee1c3e02dc63a2cdeb537f&id=640bb358af

D&I: The Unconference (CIDI)
D&I: The UnConference will be like no other diversity conference Canada has seen before: incredible interactivity and delegate participation; valuable tools and takeaways; streams for people at different levels on their diversity journey; plus experiential events that delegates will be talking about for years.No talking heads, no “death-by-PowerPoint”, no sales pitches from consultants, and no ridiculously high price tag! Presenters will not simply admire the problem; they will engage the audience in a group Think Tank, present new insights, and real, practical solutions.
http://www.cidi-icdi.ca/whats-happening/events/unconference-main/about/

REFUGEES

Changes in refugee policy shrink caseload (Tara Carman, www.montrealgazette.com)
The number of people seeking asylum in Canada is dropping significantly despite a global surge in refugees, says a report to be published Friday.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Changes+refugee+policy+shrink+caseload/9844862/story.html

The Cost and Impact of the Interim Federal Health Program Cuts on Child Refugees in Canada (Andrea Evans, Alexander Caudarella,Savithiri Ratnapalan,Kevin Chan, )
On June 30, 2012, Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) funding was cut for refugee claimant healthcare. The potential financial and healthcare impacts of these cuts on refugee claimants are unknown.
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0096902

Canada should ‘significantly increase’ number of Syrian refugees here, opposition says (Daniel Proussalidis, www.torontosun.com)
The New Democrats and Liberals are pushing the federal government to swing open the doors and let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.torontosun.com%2F2014%2F05%2F17%2Fcanada-should-significantly-increase-number-of-syrian-refugees-here-opposition-says

Resistance grows to the ‘ugly upheaval’ (Dr. Paul Caulford, Toronto Star)
Distinguished scholar and physician Morton Beiser and Ryerson professor Harald Baudar eloquently added their voices to the unstoppable and growing chorus of rebuke for the decline and fall for Canada’s “once great immigration system.” Denying healthcare access to ill refugees, abusing temporary foreign workers to ensure cheap labour, and intimidating new arrivals and others with citizenship denial, are some examples.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/05/18/resistance_grows_to_the_ugly_upheaval.html

90‚000 refugees from Bhutan resettled
In what according to the International Organisation for Migration (IoM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a major landmark in third country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees, the number of refugees being resettled in the third countries has today reached 90,000. Among those who were taken for resettlement in Toronto of Canada today are Suman Tamang (11), accompanied by his parents and younger brother. http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=90%E2%80%9A000+refugees+from+Bhutan+resettled%3A+IOM&NewsID=415459#sthash.qsuZySeQ.dpuf

EMPLOYMENT/WORKERS

Adapt to survive: How better alignment between talent and opportunity can drive economic growth (PWC New Zealand)
In our global study commissioned by LinkedIn, we reveal that poor talent adaptability – the inability for people to retrain for new skills or switch industries – is costing the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and leads to businesses wasting huge sums on avoidable recruitment costs.
http://www.pwc.co.nz/consulting-services/publications/adapt-to-survive-how-better-alignment-between-talent-and-opportunity-can-drive-economic-growth/

Switzerland votes against world’s highest minimum wage (CBC News)
Initial results suggest that the Swiss have rejected a referendum proposal to create the world’s highest minimum wage, an idea that government and business leaders criticized as likely to drive Switzerland’s high costs even higher.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fswitzerland-votes-against-world-s-highest-minimum-wage-1.2646741%3Fcmp%3Drss

Homecoming program lures expats back (Sahar Fatima, www.theglobeandmail.com)
After spending 15 years working abroad, Susie Hendrie could finally return home to Toronto thanks to the help of a local business initiative that pairs employers with Canadians living abroad.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/homecoming-program-lures-expats-back/article18737434/?cmpid=rss1#dashboard/follows/

Immigrant Success Celebrated in Toronto (www.cnmag.ca)
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most culturally diverse regions in North America, a significant advantage in today’s global marketplace. GTA employers need to tap into the diverse talent pool here to build the economy and remain competitive on a worldwide scale. On May 8th, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC recognized the winners of the 8th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards; organizations and individuals who are helping employers do just that to the advantage of employers, immigrants and the region as a whole.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnmag.ca%2F63-issues%2Fexclusive-stories%2F1755-immigrant-success-celebrated-in-toronto

Temporary foreign workers: Canada needs fewer guests – and more citizens (Globe and Mail)
The Temporary Foreign Workers program is about to get an overhaul, with Employment Minister Jason Kenney expected to bring in new rules in the coming weeks. The question is whether the minister will go in for window dressing, or whether he’ll deliver a deep and fundamental reform. The program needs the latter. It needs to be completely rethought.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/temporary-foreign-workers-canada-needs-fewer-guests-and-more-citizens/article18732350/#dashboard/follows/

Film company accused of foreign worker fraud, extortion (Kathy Tomlinson, CBC News)
Couple paid $15K for non-existent jobs, and say company asked them to pay more or be deported
http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2645557

Foreign workers’ program needed in Alberta (Lorne Gunter, www.edmontonsun.com)
On Saturday, provincial Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk gave an impassioned speech at the University of Alberta during a conference organized by Migrante Alberta, an organization dedicated to “mobilizing Filipinos in Alberta.”
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.edmontonsun.com%2F2014%2F05%2F19%2Fforeign-workers-program-needed-in-alberta

Alberta needs permanent foreign workers,provinces labour minister says (www.sunnewsnetwork.ca)
Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk says the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program is inhumane and economically unsound.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sunnewsnetwork.ca%2Fsunnews%2Fpolitics%2Farchives%2F2014%2F05%2F20140518-080055.html

Unemployment in B.C. and Alberta made hiring temporary foreign workers easier (Richard Gilbert, Daily Commercial News)
The unemployment rate in Alberta and British Columbia was accelerated over the last decade by changes to federal government policy, which made it easier for employers to hire temporary foreign workers (TFWs), says a recent C.D. Howe study.
http://dcnonl.com/article/id60343/–unemployment-in-bc-and-alberta-made-hiring-temporary-foreign-workers-easier

Businesses nervous about Tory ‘wage floor’ idea for foreign workers (Lee-anne Goodman, www.theglobeandmail.com)

The business community is reacting with apprehension to the federal government’s consideration of a so-called wage floor as it ponders new fixes to its troubled temporary foreign worker program.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/businesses-nervous-about-tory-wage-floor-idea-for-foreign-workers/article18724945/?cmpid=rss1

What’s next for the temporary foreign worker program? (The Canadian Press, www.macleans.ca)
Ottawa is considering a further crackdown on its embattled temporary foreign worker program that could result in higher fees for companies hoping to hire foreign help and an elimination of the practice altogether in areas of high unemployment, The Canadian Press has learned.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macleans.ca%2Fpolitics%2Fottawa%2Ftemporary-foreign-worker-program-vexes-mr-fix-it%2F

Foreign workers issue delays trade deals (Bill Curry, Globe and Mail)
The Conservative government’s overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program is on a collision course with its ambitious plans to sign trade deals that would allow more foreign workers to enter Canada hassle-free.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fforeign-workers-issue-delays-trade-deals%2Farticle18735568%2F%3Fcmpid%3Drss1

Tories eye ‘wage floor’ hike in fees for foreign-worker program (Bill Curry, www.theglobeandmail.com)
The Conservative government is putting employers on notice that it could force them to pay more for temporary foreign workers, a move that would likely make the program too costly for low-wage sectors like restaurants that have been accused of abusing it.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-consider-forcing-employers-to-pay-more-for-temporary-foreign-workers/article18711070/?cmpid=rss1#dashboard/follows/

Tories talk further crackdowns on temporary foreign worker program (The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun)
Ottawa is considering a further crackdown on its embattled temporary foreign worker program that could result in higher fees for companies hoping to hire foreign help and an elimination of the practice altogether in areas of high unemployment, The Canadian Press has learned.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Tories+talk+further+crackdowns+temporary+foreign+worker/9846030/story.html

Jobs minister and labour leader find common ground on foreign workers issue (www.ctvnews.ca)
Alberta’s jobs minister and a provincial labour leader found themselves in the unusual position of partly agreeing with each other at a forum in Edmonton on temporary foreign workers.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ctvnews.ca%2Fmobile%2Fbusiness%2Fjobs-minister-and-labour-leader-find-common-ground-on-foreign-workers-issue-1.1826986

Temporary foreign workers told there are Canadians that want you here (Chris Zdeb, www.vancouversun.com)
A roomful of frustrated and worried temporary foreign workers burst into loud applause and wide smiles Saturday after an Edmonton mom stepped up to a microphone and told them, “I want you to know there are Canadians here that love you, care for you, that want you here.”
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vancouversun.com%2Fnews%2Fnational%2FTemporary%2Bforeign%2Bworkers%2Blauded%2Bforum%2F9851376%2Fstory.html

Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to move here, labour leader says (Chris Zdeb, www.vancouversun.com)
Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to immigrate to Canada work hard and apply for citizenship the way generations of immigrants did before them, labour leader Gil McGowan says.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vancouversun.com%2Fbusiness%2FTemporary%2Bforeign%2Bworkers%2Bshould%2Ballowed%2Bmove%2Bhere%2Blabour%2Bleader%2F9855855%2Fstory.html

Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to move here, labour leader says ( Chris Zdeb, www.edmontonjournal.com)
Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to immigrate to Canada work hard and apply for citizenship the way generations of immigrants did before them, labour leader Gil McGowan says.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Temporary+foreign+workers+should+allowed+move+here+labour+leader+says/9855855/story.html

Building better communities (Shari Decter Hirst, National Post)
The Mayor of Brandon, Man., explains why the Temporary Foreign Workers Program is essential to the long-term viability of her town, and many other like it.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/05/17/shari-decter-hirst-building-better-communities/

Temporary foreign worker ban for Windsor on the table (Claire Brownell, Windsor Star)
The federal government may be considering eliminating the temporary foreign worker program entirely in Windsor, but people with a stake in the issue say that would be a mistake.
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/05/16/temporary-foreign-worker-ban-for-windsor-on-the-table-report/

Temporary foreign worker plans won’t help, says Alberta minister (CBC News)
Alberta’s jobs minister says Ottawa’s proposed changes to the temporary foreign workers program aren’t going to make things better.Among the measures is a proposal to force companies to pay low-skilled temporary foreign workers higher wages in order to make them a less affordable option for employers.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/temporary-foreign-worker-plans-won-t-help-says-alberta-minister-1.2645478

Temporary foreign workers lauded at U of A forum (Chris Zdeb, www.edmontonjournal.com)
A roomful of frustrated and worried temporary foreign workers burst into loud applause and wide smiles Saturday after an Edmonton mom stepped up to a microphone and told them, “I want you to know there are Canadians here that love you, care for you, that want you here.”
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=9851321&utm_content=bufferc218d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

‘Let them stay,’ foreign workers forum hears (www.baytoday.ca)
Alberta’s jobs minister and a provincial labour leader found themselves in the unusual position of partly agreeing with each other at a forum in Edmonton on temporary foreign workers.
http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/national/details.asp?c=62121

Temporary foreign worker changes concern N.S. employers (www.cbc.ca)
Some restaurant employers in Nova Scotia are concerned by Ottawa’s plans to make it tougher to hire temporary foreign workers, fearing it could result in Nova Scotians losing jobs.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/temporary-foreign-worker-changes-concern-n-s-employers-1.2646065

Foreign worker loss would impact Labrador economy: Sterling Peyton (www.cbc.ca)
Sterling Peyton, president of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce, is concerned about speculation that the federal government will make it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers.Peyton says temporary foreign workers are essential to the operation of many businesses in Labrador, and are actually some of the most long-term employees in the local economy.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/foreign-worker-loss-would-impact-labrador-economy-sterling-peyton-1.2645703

Video: How the foreign worker program loss will slam Lab West (CBC News)
The suspension of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program could have a calamitous effect on small businesses in the mining towns of Labrador City and Wabush, warns Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O’Brien.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/on-point-how-the-foreign-worker-program-loss-will-slam-lab-west-1.2647204

Video: From temporary foreign worker to permanent resident (CBC News)
A man who came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker offers his insight about why people from his home country come to Canada for work.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/from-temporary-foreign-worker-to-permanent-resident-1.2645641

Temporary foreign workers ask what’s next for them (www.inews880.com)
Temporary foreign workers, advocates, and ethnic organizations will be attending a meeting to discuss the worker freeze, as well as looking for solutions towards migrant worker rights and freedoms.
http://www.inews880.com/2014/05/16/temporary-foreign-workers-ask-whats-next-for-them/

Canada restaurants buck foreign worker program changes ( Randall Palmer and Louise Egan, Reuters Canada)
Possible changes to make it harder to bring temporary foreign workers into Canada may force some restaurants to curb their hours or even shut down, and could hamper important exports if not properly structured, employers groups warned on Friday.
http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCABREA4F0AN20140516?sp=true

Explaining the screams for easy-to-exploit Temporary Foreign Workers: Canadians are just too uppity for many low-wage employers (David Climenhaga, Alberta Diary.ca)
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark rose in that province’s Legislative Building in Victoria yesterday and apologized for a stream of racist laws and policies that began to be introduced almost a century and a half ago to control and exploit Chinese immigration.
http://albertadiary.ca/2014/05/explaining-the-screams-for-easy-to-exploit-temporary-foreign-workers-canadians-are-just-too-uppity-for-many-low-wage-employers.html?tm_content=buffer29f60&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

CFIB urges feds to end moratorium, enforce rules, protect TFWs’ rights (www.dailybusinessbuzz.ca)
The federal government needs to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program and other programs to address persistent labour shortages, particularly in entry-level positions. This was the message from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney in a letter this week. CFIB is attending a round table with the Minister in Ottawa today.
http://www.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/National-Scene/2014-05-15/article-3725896/CFIB-urges-feds-to-end-moratorium,-enforce-rules,-protect-TFWs%26rsquo%3B-rights/1

Canada expands list of professional occupations open to migrant workers (ph.news.yahoo.com)
Insurance and real estate brokers, accountants, and nurses have been added in a new list of 50 professional occupations the Canadian government has now opened up for migrant workers, including Filipinos, under its Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced yesterday.
https://ph.news.yahoo.com/canada-expands-list-professional-occupations-open-migrant-workers-220021683.html

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