Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 10, 2014

Join us for an online reading of Arrival City (
This Fall, join readers around the world for an online reading of Canadian journalist Doug Saunders’ Arrival City, a progressive and optimistic narrative about our urban future that maps a world of “arrival cities”, the destination for new migrants. The Centre for City Ecology and Cities of Migration are joining forces to bring you an engaging online discussion of Arrival City. Facilitated by a cast of global contributors who will respond to each chapter, we hope to stimulate an energetic dialogue with input from people who are working locally on issues of urban migration–from innovative planning, policy and design solutions to entrepreneurship and impromptu social organizations that are responding to the phenomenon of this massive shift. |

Cities Of Migration – Mayors Panel: Re-Imagining the City: Setting an Agenda for Shared Prosperity (Heinrich Böll Foundation, YouTube)
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?

Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed (
Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

Hit Restart Series (Part I) – Speakers’ Panel Registration Open Now (
Part One of “Hit Restart” series is a Panel Discussion event on Thursday June 26th. CultureLink invites you to meet with five distinguished guest panelists who represent professionalism, diversity, and incredible success as internationally trained immigrant MarComm professionals. Including *Ranjit Bhaskar* Presently, Ranjit is a Content Manager and in-house content expert at Maytree Foundation while working as an Editor at New Canadian media. With previous experience as a news editor at Al Jazeera, he played a pivotal role in launching its award-winning English language website. He also helped launch two English-language newspapers, The Peninsula in Qatar and The TechMail in India.

Rocco Galati plans legal challenge to Citizenship Act changes (Tonda Maccharles,
Toronto lawyer says Conservative government should seek Supreme Court opinion on constitutionality of Bill C-24 — or he’ll head to court himself.

Marc Nadon challenger Rocco Galati to test citizenship bill in court (Susana Mas,
As the federal government’s controversial citizenship bill is poised to pass into law without any amendments, a group of lawyers is warning parliamentarians and the governor general it will challenge the bill as unconstitutional.

Citizenship Exclusion: Canada and the British Example (PolicyBristol Hub)
Earlier I posted on this blog how British citizenship is being increasingly shaped by foreign nationality laws. Foreign nationality laws become relevant in cases where a person is a dual citizen and is about to lose British citizenship. The common scenario is of national security cases where the government may decide to strip terrorism suspects of their British citizenship. Until recently, the government had to ensure the person affected had a remaining citizenship. This was to prevent creating statelessness.

Report alleges ‘political interference’ in migrant detentions (Nicholas Keung,
Foreign nationals are more likely to remain in detention in Canada for immigration violations as their release rates continue to fall since 2008.

Boycotting Injustice: New report reveals truth of immigration detention in Canada (Daniel Tseghay, The Mainlander)
Lynval Daley has been in immigration hold for three years while Canada attempts to deport him to Jamaica. As a refugee claimant who came from Nigeria more than nine years ago, Azuka Abagbodi was detained upon attending his monthly visit with immigration enforcement in August 2012. He’s since been deported.

Disappointed Immigration Applicants Sue Canada (Amy Qin, Sinosphere)
Lili Feng and her husband first drew up the plan for their family’s future in March 2010. Their goal, like that of thousands of other wealthy Chinese, was to move via the investor immigration program to Canada, which they believed offered the best combination of public safety and education for their three daughters.

Beyond Compare – The Triumph of Toronto (David Brunnen,
The declaration this week that Toronto has gained the accolade of being named the world’s foremost Intelligent Community and, in doing so, has dashed the hopes and aspirations of six other contenders, may have raised a few eyebrows.

New video brings the world to you (
The GWLIP was pleased to collaborate this past winter with Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington (ISGW) on the World Next Door, a special event held for the first time on March 29 at Sir Isaac Brock Public School in Guelph’s south end. The turnout was spectacular and brought neighbours young and old together to celebrate diversity.Committee members helped to organize a video activity that would raise awareness of immigration issues and encourage conversations about cultural differences and similarities.


Walking with refugees for a stronger Canada (CCR)
From 16 to 22 June 2014 Walk with refugees for a stronger Canada – From Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, join others in your community in changing the conversation about refugees and others seeking protection close to home.Find out more about significant places for refugees and others seeking protection near you. Learn more about their contributions close to home, how you can make a stronger community together and how you can put the conversation about refugees in Canada on the right path.

June 20, 2014 – World Refugee Day – Join UNHCR and share your refugee story (University of Ottawa)
Guest speakers: Senator Mobina Jaffer | Senator Thanh Hai Ngo | Lilian Asiimwe | Winners of the “Refugees and Human Rights” Poetry Contest will be announced. The celebration is organized in collaboration with Matthew House Ottawa, Carty House, Catholic Centre for Immigrants and Care Canada


Skilled immigrants under ‘express entry’ to fill labour market needs (Susana Mas,
The federal government is addressing one of the main criticisms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program through a new immigration system it plans to launch in 2015.

RISE 2014- Welcoming Workplace (YEG Newcomers, YouTube)
Jill Chesley of Enbridge Pipelines Inc. explains why Enbridge was the recipient of the 2014 Welcoming Workplace Award at the RISE Awards

RISE Awards 2014- Workplace Innovation (YEG Newcomers, YouTube)
Gord Wiebe, CEO of All Weather Windows sends his congratulations to All Weather Windows for their award in the Workplace Innovation Category

A paycheck is not a lifestyle choice (Kate McInturff,
What is the wage gap? When two people have the same job, work the same hours and make different amounts of money that is a wage gap. In Canada, women working full-time earn between 20-23% less than their male colleagues.[i] Pay equity refers to situations where two people perform different tasks that are of comparable value and receive different levels of pay.

Recorded Webinar: The Contributions of Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Canada (
This recorded webinar explores the contributions immigrants make to the Canadian economy as entrepreneurs and as innovators. The webinar also examines the influence of immigrants on global trade, at the provincial and national level, and how immigrants are a key resource for tapping into new markets and increasing the import/export activities of Canadian businesses.

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