Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 27, 2014


Re-Imagining the City: Setting an Agenda for Shared Prosperity – Cities of Migration Conference – livestream (

Does city leadership matter? As the level of government closest to the people, local governments are most directly and immediately impacted by the lives, successes and challenges of immigrants. Cities have a range of levers to deploy to create a foundation for future prosperity for all residents. Mayoral voice can be a particularly powerful tool to accelerate the path to inclusion. So, what are progressive city leaders doing to close the gap between the city we have and the city we want?

Thorncliffe Park may hold the keys to better voter turnout (Rachel Mendleson,

Strong voting rates in the low-income, high-immigrant neighbourhood prove that efforts to build community ties can boost voting participation.

Immigration keeping secret how many Typhoon Haiyan victims rejected (Ann Dempsey, Toronto Star)

The Harper government won’t say how many Filipinos applying for promised “fast track” visas after Typhoon Haiyan were turned down — or how long the processing took.

Muslim group to proceed with libel suit against Stephen Harper and spokesman over ‘terrorist’ comment (

A national Muslim organization is proceeding with a lawsuit against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief spokesman for a comment it says linked the organization to a terrorist group.

How to make corporate boards more diverse (Jennifer Berdahl, Globe and Mail)

A colleague in finance once told me that when driving through Muskoka Cottage Country north of Toronto, she decided to note the family names on the cottages along a prestigious lake. When she got home she looked up the names on her computer. They were clustered together on boards of directors. Despite the strong business case for diversity on corporate boards of directors, informal social networks remain an important source of board membership, and informal social networks tend to be pretty homogeneous.

How diversity has changed the way we handle our dead (Isabel Teotonio,

Funeral services, hospitals and government are adapting to needs of many cultures in a region among the most ethnically diverse in the world.

The face of the service (Shaamini Yogaretnam,

The average Ottawa police officer is a straight, white man approaching middle age with a wife and kids. The profile of the typical officer comes in newly released data from the Ottawa Police Service’s 2012 Workforce Census, the only attempt of its kind to quantify the demographics of a Canadian police service.

Global Hamilton: Naim Zeqiri (Hamilton Spectator)

This is the third profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants.

Charlotte Chamber to help city immigrant effort (Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer)

A city initiative to improve relations with the community’s fast-growing immigrant population is having its first high-profile event Thursday, with the staging of a "listening session" co-hosted by the Charlotte Chamber at its uptown headquarters.

Citizenship bill flies under the radar, it shouldn’t ( – Muliticultual Meanderings)

One month ago, Parliamentary hearings started on Bill C-24, the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act. Witnesses ranged from those who support the bill unreservedly, to those who oppose without qualification.

Examining the Progress of Ontario Fairness Commission: Advances, Challenges and Outlook for the Future (Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA)

Hon. Jean Augustine – Fairness Commissioner for Ontario-June 5th, 2014 – 11:45am – 1:30pm – 481 University ave, suite 711, Toronto, ON M5G 2E9


Join the Walk with refugees for a stronger Canada – 16-22 June 2014 (CCR)

When you hear about refugees, what image comes to mind? Is it a picture of people in a far-off place? An image of someone or of a landmark in your own community? Or do you see yourself or a family member? From 16-22 June 2014, communities from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland will be walking to put refugee voices up front and to change the conversation about refugees in Canada.

Canada faces new calls to accept Syrian refugees (Lee Berthiaume,

On the eve of a visit by the United Nations’ refugee chief, the federal Conservative government is facing pressure to have Canada take in thousands more Syrians who have been driven from their homes by war.

Salvadoran refugee hears his deportation court case from Langley sanctuary (Susan Lazaruk,

The case of a Salvadoran refugee who has taken sanctuary in a Langley church for fear of being kicked out of Canada was back in Federal Court on Monday.


Few provinces track complaints by temporary foreign workers(Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News)

Only three provinces record how often vulnerable employees file complaints

Temporary foreign worker program ‘completely out of hand'(Angela Walker, CBC News)

Temporary foreign worker program pits worker against worker, says federation president!/content/1.2654420

Tory policy at root of guest worker scandal (Sean Kilpatrick,

The Conservative government has mismanaged the Temporary Foreign Worker Program so badly they have more than doubled its intake of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), admitting almost as many temporary workers to Canada as new permanent residents in 2012.

Minimum-Wage TFW Jobs OK’d By Ottawa; Restaurant Ban To Be Lifted? (Huffington Post)

The federal government approved more than 15,000 temporary foreign worker (TFW) positions at minimum wage over the past four years, a fact labour leaders say undermines the argument that the TFW program is needed in a supposedly overheating labour market.

Moratorium on Temporary Foreign Worker Program to be lifted (Mike Pickford,

A collection of local business and political leaders gathered in St. Paul for a special roundtable discussion on the temporary foreign worker program last week, as the effects of the federally issued moratorium continue to be felt.

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