Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 12, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Canada must see immigration as a competitive edge (Gordon Nixon, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Diversity and immigration are important parts of Canada’s past, present and future. Canadians have built a prosperous and civil society, one rich in opportunity, that people of many different cultures call home. Our economic strength is derived from the combination of what we all have in common and what makes each of us different.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/canada-must-see-immigration-as-a-competitive-edge/article18584128/?cmpid=rss1

‘Border Security’ TV series films third season despite CBSA concerns, complaints about B.C. raid (Douglas Quan, www.vancouversun.com)
Citing public criticism and a need to focus on “our key priorities,” Canada’s top border enforcement official last fall recommended that his agency end participation in a popular-but-controversial reality/documentary TV series that follows the day-to-day lives of officers, newly released records show. But Luc Portelance, president of the Canada Border Services Agency, either had a change of heart or was overruled by federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney because filming is now underway for a third season of Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, one of the most popular shows on the National Geographic Channel.
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Canada to deport Lankan woman (colombogazette.com)

A Sri Lankan woman who has practically grown up in Canada after being in the country for 14 years, then marrying a Canadian and having two kids, is being deported for a missing passport in one of the most cruel cases of aggressive deportation under the Stephen Harper Conservatives, a Canadian media report said.
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Sri Lankan Woman Who Grew Up In Canada, Married A Canadian And Has Two Children, Being Deported For Missing Passport (thelinkpaper.ca/)

A Sri Lankan woman who has practically grown up here after being in Canada for 14 years, then marrying a Canadian and having two kids, is being deported for a missing passport in one of the most cruel cases of aggressive deportation under the Stephen Harper Conservatives. Janina Ibarra, who was arrested by border officials in April, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 15, is married to a Canadian man. They have two boys together, ages 7 and 10, reported CTV News.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=37460

Immigration and Big Brother (immlawyer.blogs.com)

Remember, there is massive information that is being shared between countries. Canada is part of the ‘Five-Country Conference Information Exchange’.
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Microsoft’s Vancouver expansion is a sharp nudge on immigration reform (seattletimes.com)

MICROSOFT’S announcement last week that it will locate a big, new office complex in Vancouver, B.C., ought to give Congress a sharp nudge that it must finally deal with immigration reform. No one should begrudge Vancouver its new high-tech “centre,” or the fact that Microsoft will more than double its employment in that region. But the $90 million it will spend each year might have remained here, and the 400 new jobs would have added to the creativity that helps our local high-tech industry thrive.
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Sikh pioneer, businessman Jack Uppal remembered for fight against racism (Kim Bolan, www.vancouversun.com)

Sikh pioneer and successful B.C. businessman Jagat “Jack” Singh Uppal is being remembered as “an amazing guy” who was a leader in the fight again racism in this province. Uppal, who arrived in B.C. from Punjab as a baby in 1926, died May 4 at the age of 89.
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Southern Ontario Skinheads Outed (Jennifer O’brien, anti-racistcanada.blogspot.com)

Anti-racism activists are warning about the rise of a new neo-Nazi group in Southern Ontario and a celebration planned for the Victoria Day long weekend near London showcasing their strength. But the man hosting what’s billed online as a White Pride World Wide celebration, and who’s connected to the group, says there’s nothing to fear from either the gathering or white pride views.
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Toronto Police say ‘Racist’ Brampton flyer is ‘perfectly legal’ (Parmjit Singh, www.sikhsiyasat.net)

An anti-immigration flyer that sparked outrage for singling out the Sikh community when it was distributed in Brampton last month is “racist and offensive” Toronto police admit but does not warrant hate crimes charges, reported Toronto Star.
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What if race is more than a social construct? (Margaret Wente, www.theglobeandmail.com)

Contemporary thinkers have offered lots of provocative answers for such questions. It’s all about geography. Or institutions. Or rice culture. Or the devastating legacy of colonialism. Or Jewish mothers. Now comes another explanation, one that bravely explores the highly dangerous elephant in the room. Mr. Wade argues that human history has also been profoundly influenced by genetics.
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Police see spike in what they describe as ‘honour’ crimes (www.cbc.ca)

Ottawa police have seen an increase in what they are identifying as so-called “honour crimes.” In the past month alone, police said they have investigated three cases.
http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2636821

Romanian man calls Canada’s immigration policy outdated (www.cbc.ca)

A temporary foreign worker from Romania says immigration policies in Canada are out of date and discriminate against people with disabilities. Radu Bogdan has been working in Richibucto as a production line operator at Imperial Sheet Metal since 2011.
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Toronto woman accused of bilking immigration clients (www.cbc.ca)

A Toronto woman whose clients claim she bilked them out of tens of thousands of dollars – on the promise she’d help their relatives immigrate to Canada – has been arrested. Angela Codina faces five charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, including representing clients and giving them advice without being a lawyer or certified immigration consultant.
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Skinheads group emerges in southern Ontario (Randy Richmond, www.calgarysun.com)

Anti-racism activists are warning about the rise of a new neo-Nazi group in southern Ontario and a celebration planned for the Victoria Day long weekend showcasing their strength. But the man hosting what’s billed online as a White Pride World Wide celebration, and who’s connected to the group, says there’s nothing to fear from either the gathering or white pride views.
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Nominations extended for Toronto’s access, equity and human rights awards (wx.toronto.ca)

The City of Toronto’s Equity, Diversity and Human Rights division has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2014 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards until Monday, May 26. “We are looking for people or programs that have had a significant impact on the lives of Torontonians by eliminating discrimination and barriers to equality,” said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “We want to celebrate the residents of Toronto, or services for residents, that are building a city where everyone can participate fully in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto.”
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A New Zone for the City (Jkeesmaat, ownyourcity.ca)

However, as residential enclaves disconnected from other neighborhoods, amenities, and streets, these buildings were quickly abandoned by the middle class and have subsequently become landing pads for new immigrants. Many of these communities have eked out a strong sense of community despite their planned context, which is often hostile to walking and community connectedness. Many more have been identified as “priority neighborhoods”, that is, areas identified as having special needs, and therefore requiring a higher level of reinvestment to improve quality of life.
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Immigration officials do have the discretionary power to reopen a spousal
sponsorship application that they had previously turned down amid a lost mail snafu. day after the Star reported the story of a Markham couple who were facing the prospect of a long appeal against the rejection, officials told them Thursday simply to submit the documents they had failed to send in because they never received the government’s request.
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Red tape leaves expectant B.C. mom with no medicare, $20K in bills (www.cbc.ca)

Bustes is from Peru. She has no B.C. health coverage because her application for permanent residency in Canada is stuck in a huge federal government backlog. “My friends there, my family there [in Peru], they can’t believe this is happening to me,” said Bustes, who earned a law degree before coming to Canada.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/red-tape-leaves-expectant-b-c-mom-with-no-medicare-20k-in-bills-1.2638068

Diversity & Inclusion: tear down the myths and discover your value proposition (marjoriemunroe.com)

I learned yesterday that I have been perpetuating some myths when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and I have a hunch you have too. On Monday, I was lucky to participate in the first Calgary Diversity and Inclusion Un-Conference, hosted by the CIDI (Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion). And I learned a few things.
http://marjoriemunroe.com/2014/05/07/diversity-inclusion-tear-down-the-myths-and-discover-your-value-proposition/

Editorial: McGill med-school policy fosters diversity (www.montrealgazette.com)

The new admissions policy adopted by McGill University’s faculty of medicine has understandably generated a lot of controversy, as it raises difficult questions about fairness, opportunity, equality, legacy and social responsibility. But the external review committee mandated last fall to take a second look at the policy has quite reasonably come back this spring with a report that says it is a “defensible” reform.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial%20McGill%20school%20policy%20defensible%20fostering/9824406/story.html

Advancing Equity in Ontario: Understanding Key Concepts May 2014 – PDF(http://ontario.cmha.ca)
The issues are wide – ranging, complex, touch diverse regions and populations across the entire province, and require action at the level of health system policy, planning and practice. Despite growing stakeholder interest in health equity, there remains no clear

underst anding of what equity means in the mental health context, and consequently, no clear plan of action to respond to the challenges faced by Ontario at the policy, planning and practice levels.
http://ontario.cmha.ca/files/2014/05/Advancing-Equity-In-Mental-Health-Final1.pdf

Video: CBA Canadians on Immigration (www.youtube.com)

Featured at the National Immigration Law Conference 2014
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City’s youth ‘want to contribute’ (Ben Leeson, www.thesudburystar.com)

“For Sudbury and for communities across Northern Ontario, it’s generally seen as a challenge in relation to other demographic trends that are occurring – aging population, slower rates of in-migration of new immigrants. When you see youth out-migration in relation to those trends, too, then it becomes more of a challenge. And I think any community gets concerned when any demographic in that community is leaving, for whatever reason.”
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White pride group expected to hold event in Ontario (cnews.canoe.ca)

Yes, they have the right to free speech. But the birth of a new “white pride” group in Southern Ontario is reason for concern and needs to be kept firmly on the public radar, a national human rights activist says. “I think it’s important we be cognizant of this always and police keep a close eye on this,” said Bernie Farber of Toronto, former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
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REFUGEES

The Changing Landscape of the New RPD (immlawyer.blogs.com)

There’s significant change to the landscape at the RPD. Ross Pattee, the man in charge, is providing the overview. Notably, the average time to a hearing from 22 months has been reduced to 4 months. (The new timelines are 3045/60 days after referral). The reduction in time frames is an impressive feat. The RPD remains ‘in transition’. A new tribunal has been set up, the Refugee Appeal Division.
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Post-Conference Report (ndochinese.apps01.yorku.ca)

http://indochinese.apps01.yorku.ca/conference/2014/05/09/post-conference-report/

Refugees a concern for countries like Canada (sharenews.com/)

Thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are causing concern and strain for the UN and countries like Canada that will next month recognize those who are displaced. Some of those fleeing war-torn countries manage to make it to Canada, or the U.S., where they can seek asylum. Canada accepts about 15,000 refugees each year and will resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year who are fleeing the crisis in their homeland.
http://sharenews.com/refugees-a-concern-for-countries-like-canada/

Immigration relents in rejected wife-sponsorship case ( Nicholas Keung, www.thestar.com)

Immigration officials do have the discretionary power to reopen a spousal sponsorship application that they had previously turned down amid a lost mail snafu. day after the Star reported the story of a Markham couple who were facing the prospect of a long appeal against the rejection, officials told them Thursday simply to submit the documents they had failed to send in because they never received the government’s request.
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EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

Why Canada has a serious data deficit (Barrie Mckenna, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Canada has a serious data deficit. And the dearth of facts threatens to cause a host of policy mistakes, affecting everything from who gets unemployment benefits, to where governments spend their limited training dollars and whether employers can import foreign workers. Last week, federal Auditor-General Michael Ferguson warned the government that Statistics Canada has huge gaps in its data on job vacancies across the country. It knows when a province is experiencing labour shortages, but not precisely where labour is needed within regions, or what specific skills are in demand.
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Moratorium on TFW program has local impact (Jocelyn Turner, www.dailyheraldtribune.com)

To address some of those concerns, Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, held a Q and A session at Centre 2000 on Friday. Lukaszuk made it clear during his presentation that he was not for the moratorium. “…We agree that it’s bullshit,” he said “… I’m working very closely with Restaurant Canada and I have to tell you those organizations are going to bat for you. They’re not mincing their words… they’re being very objective. You have my undivided commitment on this particular (issue) as well… my speaking to you is like preaching to the choir. We understand. I will be forcing my messages further east of here and as I said earlier, I will be having this conversation with (Immigration) Minister Kenney in a couple of days.”
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Building a better foreign workers program (Jayson Myers, fullcomment.nationalpost.com)

The current debate over the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) highlights the challenges that our governments face in trying to ensure that employers are able to hire adequately skilled workers, and that Canadians have the resources they need to prepare themselves for a job market that demands new skills and higher levels of competencies. Business as usual is not an option; it’s time to create a new foreign skilled worker program that addresses the faults of the TFWP.
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McMurray needs TFWs : Fort McMurray Today (Dex Dunford, www.fortmcmurraytoday.com)

Over the last few weeks, debate about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has hit a boiling point in Canada. The result has been a suspension of the program for the nation’s food services industry. Not only do I think this is a major overreaction, I also believe Fort McMurray, and much of the entire country, will suffer economically.
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Kenney delivers pre-election speech in Cobden (Sean Chase, www.thedailyobserver.ca)

During a whirlwind visit to the riding Saturday, Jason Kenney questioned Justin Trudeau’s fitness to be prime minister saying the Liberal leader’s views do not align with average Canadians. Speaking to a gathering of party faithful, the minister of employment and social development described Trudeau as someone who went backpacking around the world thanks to a trust fund, a privilege most Canadians could never afford.
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Quebec wants exemption from temporary foreign worker moratorium on restaurants (Benjamin Shingler, www.theglobeandmail.com)

The Quebec government is calling on Ottawa to lift the ban on restaurants hiring temporary foreign workers – at least when it comes to its own province. The province’s immigration minister Kathleen Weil was to meet with her federal counterpart Chris Alexander on Monday, according to her spokesman. Dave McMahon said Weil will ask that Quebec be granted an exemption to the moratorium.
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Why Canada needs a temporary foreign worker program (Herman Van Reekum, www.calgaryherald.com)

Regardless of what we think of the program – are we letting in too many TFWs? Are they being treated fairly? – Canadians should be proud of the fact that we have an organized guest worker system. Although our governments continuously make adjustments to the program, in general, Canadian policy-makers have successfully created an orderly system that strikes a balance between the polar opposites of a continuum that ranges from complete freedom of movement across borders on one end, and a complete ban on TFWs on the other.
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Ontario Catholic Bishops speak out for agriculture workers (www.ufcw.ca)

The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) has released a report supporting the call for equitable access for agriculture workers to the same labour rights and workplace benefits as other workers in Ontario. The report, Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human Hands, raises 10 key issues regarding agriculture including environmental stewardship, ethical consumer choices, as well as the protection and promotion of the human and labour rights of agriculture workers, including the right to organize.
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UPDATED: Berwick trucking firm co-operating with audit of temporary foreign workers request (www.novanewsnow.com, Jennifer Hoegg)

In an email May 10, Paul Easson said his Kings County trucking firm is co-operating with a federal government investigation of the company’s application to hire temporary foreign workers. “We are working with the government to complete their audit and do not know how long that will take,” the company president wrote. Easson said there was no other new information to report.
http://www.novanewsnow.com/News/2014-05-09/article-3718319/Penalty-for-Eassons-under-federal-temporary-foreign-workers-program/1

Website reveals Delta companies using temporary foreign workers (Adrian Macnair, www.southdeltaleader.com)

A new website that tracks the location of temporary foreign workers being used in Canada has been widely shared over social media during the past week. Residents can go online to ntfw.ca and look at a Google Map that shows companies that have used the program up until the end of 2012.
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More than half of British Columbians oppose foreign workers program: poll (Denise Ryan, www.vancouversun.com)

A recent poll by Insights West suggests that a majority of British Columbians hold negative views toward the temporary foreign workers program, but only a minority want to see it end. Overall, 53 per cent of those surveyed oppose the program, but only one in five (22 per cent) want to see it abolished, and three in five, or 60 per cent would like to see the program continue, but with greater scrutiny.
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Lobby continues to lift foreign labour ban (Bonnie Belec, www.thetelegram.com)

Businesses which rely on foreign workers to keep their doors open shouldn’t be punished because of allegations that other companies are abusing the program, says the province’s minister of Advanced Education and Skills.
http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2014-05-12/article-3721244/Lobby-continues-to-lift-foreign-labour-ban-/1

Getting the right kind of temporary foreign worker (Stephen Cryne, fullcomment.nationalpost.com)

The criticism the federal government is facing over its management of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is not entirely justified. Without a doubt it is wrong, and illegal, for individual companies to use the program to replace Canadian workers or to pay foreign workers less than Canadians. Companies that are found to have abused the program should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is much work required to restore public confidence in the program, but the level of negative public discourse about it is overshadowing some of the real benefits the program delivers. Placing more restrictions on the program for recruiting foreign skilled workers would be a huge mistake and missed opportunity for Canada.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/05/12/stephen-cryne-getting-the-right-kind-of-temporary-foreign-worker/

Berwick trucking firm suspended from temporary foreign worker program (thechronicleherald.ca)

There has been a driver shortage in Canada’s trucking industry for the last 10 years, and hiring temporary foreign workers has helped his company with staffing, Easson told CBC News. He said the company hired about a dozen Jamaican drivers through the federal program and needs more to cover summer vacations.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fq%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fthechronicleherald.ca%2Fbusiness%2F1206421-berwick-trucking-firm-suspended-from-temporary-foreign-worker-program%26ct%3Dga%26cd%3DCAIyAA%26usg%3DAFQjCNG4S75HI-515eArVX7QBIul0i88tw

New CLC president warns Harper that labour movement will be more aggressive (www.timescolonist.com)

Yussuff also attacked the Conservative government’s temporary foreign workers program which he said took up a “huge amount time” at the CLC convention. New CLC president warns Harper that labour movement will be more aggressive www.timescolonist.com Under the controversial program, thousands of companies have been allowed to hire temporary foreign workers after failing to find suitable Canadian alternatives.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.timescolonist.com%2Fnews%2Fnational%2Fnew-clc-president-warns-harper-that-labour-movement-will-be-more-aggressive-1.1054458

Kenney fighting on at least four fronts to fix Tories’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program (www.hilltimes.com – registration required)
Employment Minister Jason Kenney tells us human trafficking under the Conservatives’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program is extremely rare, but it is just one tentacle of a complicated program that Kenney is working overtime trying to fix.
http://www.hilltimes.com/inside-politics/politics/2014/05/12/kenney-fighting-on-at-least-four-fronts-to-fix-tories-temporary/38439

Foreign workers benefit from worker shortage (www.advisor.ca)

Businesses are hiring temporary foreign workers because the Canadian labour market is shrinking, say Canadian businesses in a survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
http://www.advisor.ca/news/economic/foreign-workers-benefit-from-labour-shortage-152303

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