Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 14, 2014


Negendra Selliah says immigration minister damaged his reputation (Julianne Hazlewood,
Negendra Selliah, an immigration consultant, says federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has damaged his reputation after wrongfully accusing him of fraud.On Tuesday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada retracted a statement from Alexander that said the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) had banned Selliah for unethical behaviour.

Disbarred lawyer accused of unauthorized immigration consulting – again (Sam Pazzano,
Disbarred lawyer and immigration consultant Angie Codina was ordered released Tuesday on $100,000 bail for allegedly engaging in unauthorized immigration consulting.–again

Video educates non-status migrants on their rights when dealing with authorities (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Advocates say undocumented immigrants should know they can assert their right to silence, ask for warrants, and create a safety plan.

Lethbridge home to the largest Bhutanese community in Canada (Global Toronto)
Lethbridge is one of the most sought after cities for Bhutanese refugees who want to call Canada home.At the end of May, 50 additional refugees will be moving to the Lethbridge which means Lethbridge will have the largest population of Bhutanese in the country.

Starting Points: Researching Canadian Immigration and Ethnic History (Jan Raska, Pier 21)
So you’re interested in researching a topic that deals with Canadian immigration and ethnic history? This short post will give you an overview of the field and suggest some starting points to help get your research underway.

Laundromats proposed as immigrant welcome centers (Mark Price,
The Charlotte City Council’s new effort to make the community more welcoming to immigrants could get a boost from a Latin American Coalition proposal to open a string of neighborhood laundromats that double as immigrant welcome centers.

Program brings families together (Carol Sanders,
In a province renowned for welcoming and helping immigrants settle, one small but friendly group of volunteers is making a huge difference in the lives of newcomers and established Canadians.It’s the Family-to-Family program in Winnipeg, and it brings them together.

Audio: Multicultural Hospital (CBC Metro Morning)
There’s a push at City Hall to celebrate two Hungarian immigrants who opened Toronto’s first multi-cultural hospital. Matt Galloway spoke with family member Peter Rekai about their legacy. | Listen audio (runs 5:42)

Audio: University of Waterloo forms partnership to aid international students (CBC Radio)
A new program at Tsinghua University in China hopes to smooth the transition for Chinese students who come to University of Waterloo to get bachelors degrees. Anchen Wang came to the University in 2011 to study computer science.

Police Academy Halifax: force to develop own curriculum to recruit more women, minorities (Ruth Davenport,
Halifax’s municipal police force is developing its own version of a police academy in an effort to boost the number of women and visible minorities among its ranks.,-minorities/1

Racial bias in television ads (Elaine Smith, University of Toronto, Mississauga)
The first systematic study of Canadian television commercials, conducted by sociologists Shyon Baumann and Loretta Ho from the University of Toronto Mississauga, shows that despite the country’s multicultural make-up, visible minorities are underrepresented and misrepresented in TV advertising.


Tri-Cities top refugee destination (
Refugees continue to flock to the Tri-Cities, settling in neighbourhoods where there is affordable housing and transit, according to the latest provincial statistics.In the first three months of 2014, the Tri-Cities were the top destination in the Lower Mainland for government assisted refugees, according to Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC), taking 30% of the province’s allotment of 97 people.


How the myth of a Canadian skill shortage was shattered (Carol Goar)
Thanks to a handful of tenacious sleuths, the great Canadian skill shortage has been exposed as a myth

Employers must start investing in skills training or risk having public policy nudge them along (Daniel Munro, Special to Financial Post)
For too long, Canadian employers have neglected the essential role and responsibility they have in training the skilled workforce necessary to enhance business performance and economic competitiveness. Canada boasts world-leading rates of college and university graduates, but for too many workers, learning and skills development end at the office or factory door. Not surprisingly, Canada continues to experience chronically weak performance in innovation and productivity. We need employers to step up training investments to help produce the smart, skilled, and well-trained people Canada needs to enhance innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.

Infographic: Where the jobs are in Ontario (Macleans)
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak is staking his electoral changes on a promise to create one million new jobs if elected, even while cutting 100,000 public sector positions. That may be a challenge since the provincial economy has created just 667,000 new jobs since the Liberals came into power in 2003. Nearly half of those jobs have been in the public sector.Here’s a look at employment in Ontario and how it has changed in the decade since the Liberals came to power.

Olivia Chow wants youth hiring linked to big city contracts (
If Olivia Chow becomes the next mayor of Toronto, she intends to make the training and hiring of young workers a key requirement for companies bidding on big city contracts.

Olivia Chow promises 5,000 jobs for young people from local hiring requirement (Daniel Dale,
Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow says she would combat youth unemployment by requiring companies involved in major government projects to hire residents.

Olivia Chow vows to create 5,000 jobs for youths with new program (Natalie Alcoba,
Olivia Chow says she will create 5,000 jobs for youths by demanding that companies bidding on big city projects employ people who are under 24 years old.

TFW moratorium is concerning (Thomas A. Lukaszuk, Sundre Roundup)
The federal government has stopped foreign workers coming to Canada to work in the food service sector while it conducts a review. I believe that this decision, particularly if the review stretches into months, will have a negative impact on our communities and our province.The Government of Alberta agrees with the Government of Canada on a number of important points. Canadians and Albertans must have first access to all jobs here, and those who work must be given every opportunity to do so. The federal Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program has rules and it is important that they be followed. There have been some recent incidents in the food services sector, and those situations should be dealt with.

Pinoys feel impact of TFW moratorium in Canada (Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN Canada)
Filipino workers and support groups are now calling on the federal government to reconsider its position on the moratorium on the temporary foreign worker program.

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