Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 25, 2014


Honouring newcomers’ valuable contributions to Canada (
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Tuesday congratulated winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, which recognize newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2014 are announced (Canadian Immigrant)
South African-born celebrity entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den has been named one of this year’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for not only her achievements, but her philanthropy as well. Other winners of the sixth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine, include Macedonian-born Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ugandan-born Farah Mohamed, president and CEO of the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto, Indian-born child prodigy Sarthak Sinha of Calgary, and Bangladesh-born Manwar Khan, an everyday hero who intervened in a violent attack in Edmonton. The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of these and other notable immigrants to Canada.

Halifax entrepreneur named one of Canada’s top immigrants (The Chronicle Herald)
A Halifax entrepreneur named one of Canada’s top immigrants plans to make a pitch to a well-known fellow winner at the award celebration in Toronto.

Canada’s live-in caregiver program ‘ran out of control’ and will be reformed (Jennifer Hough,
Canada’s live-in caregiver program that supplies cheap nannies from abroad “ran out of control” and will be reformed in the “fairly near future,” Employment Minister Jason Kenney said.

Departing principal a pillar of all her communities (Louise Brown,
Tammy Ross builds bridges — with clothes, food and personal help — to every ethnic group in Crescent Town.

From Jane and Finch to Crescent Town: “I never want any student to give up their heritage,” new principal says (Kristin Rushowy,
Harpreet Ghuman grew up near Jane and Finch, taught in at-risk neighbourhoods and has now been assigned principal of Crescent Town elementary school.

Audio: Dual Citizenship Rights? (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Gill Deacon spoke with immigration lawyer, Guidy Mamman. He is with Mamman, Sandaluk, Kingwell. | Listen audio (runs 6:03)

The government is weakening Canadian citizenship (Jonathan Mcleod, Ottawa Citizen)
Canadian citizenship is under attack and a native-born Canadian is at the epicentre. The government has stripped him of his citizenship, leaving a craterous void in his legal status. He has never lived anywhere else, and now he is not supposed to live here.

Peter MacKay’s mother’s and father’s day messages raise eyebrows (Jennifer Ditchburn,
Justice Minister Peter MacKay sent two very different tributes to female and male employees for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year.

Peter MacKay misses the point by a mile (Devon Black,
It’s not easy to be a woman in the workplace. It’s a perennial topic of argument — to the point where we’ve got snappy catchphrases to sum up complex social debates in just a few words. If you want to talk about chronic pay inequalities that start at the beginning of women’s careers and follow them until retirement, that’s summed up pithily by the “wage gap.” The ways women end up diverted out of high-paying careers in science and technology into lower-paying and less prestigious fields? That’s the “pink collar ghetto.”

Lack of women, minority judges not due to baby-making (Breese Davies,
Peter MacKay doesn’t get it. Women and minorities don’t apply to be federal court judges because they rightly see the appointment process as corrupt and overly secretive.

Individual Versus Group Rights: The Diversity Challenge (
Depending on where you work, speaking foreign languages on the job can open up a big can of worms. While it is an individual’s human right to do so, it can create huge issues of mistrust and cliques which can ultimately lead to racism. No where is this more pronounced than in the manufacturing sector which is often fuelled by immigrant labour.

Vancouver-produced film Punjab 1984 seeks to humanize history (Aparita Bhandari,
Growing up, whenever Diljit Dosanjh was asked his birthdate, the answer always brought about the same reaction. “I’d say 6 January, 1984, and each time the response would be, ‘Oh! You were born during the massacres.’ I never understood what they meant. What is this [massacre] they are talking about,” says Mr. Dosanjh, a popular Punjabi singer-actor and star of the movie Punjab 1984, which opens across 60 theatres in North America on Friday.

Swiss Pin World Cup Hopes on Immigrants After Stay Out Vote (Jan Schwalbe,
Switzerland’s prospects of advancing to the knockout stage of the soccer World Cup rests on an issue that has split the country: immigration.

Citizen of the State of New York (New York Times)
In what is being portrayed as the new front on the immigration debate, New York State lawmakers are considering a bill that would grant state citizenship to some noncitizen residents — including undocumented immigrants — allowing them to vote and run for office. Is this a good idea?


Educating refugees: a Canadian model of successful integration (Chris Eaton, The Hill Times)
June 20th was World Refugee Day and this year marked the 35th anniversary of a very effective model for rescuing talented, industrious, yet vulnerable, young refugee students from a harsh and stateless life where college or university is impossible. For 35 years, the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program has been helping young refugees achieve their educational goals in Canada. The SRP is the only program in the world that combines post-secondary education with resettlement and has proven to be a highly successful way to integrate young refugees into Canadian society.

Refugee Update issue #79 is ready (FCJ Refugee Centre)
From: Strengthening citizenship or weakening democracy? | From Kismayo to Canada: supporting older adults to age with dignity in their own homes. | Building Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking: Summary report on the Roundtables | 2014 Youth Action Gathering | The tradition and the contradiction: fighting to stay with his Canadian family

National refugee health conference focuses on dealing with trauma, empowering communities (Michelle Faust,
Health care providers from across the United States and Canada and overseas came together in western New York to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations, many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.


B.C. lags behind Ontario and Quebec in immigrant-driven exports (Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun)
Entrepreneurial immigrants in other provinces play a big role in driving the growth of Canadian exports to destinations other than the U.S., yet B.C.’s newcomers tend to punch below their weight.

Overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Putting Canadians First (Government of Canada)
To offer greater clarity and transparency, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is being re-organized into two distinct programs . This will reduce confusion and better reflect the major differences between the various streams.

Why Canada’s labour market needs to be overhauled (Jack M. Mintz, Financial Post)
The government has numerous options to counter restrictions in using temporary foreign workers. Faced with the heat that the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) is filling Canadian jobs with cheap foreign labour, Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced reforms that will reduce the supply of foreign workers to the Canadian labour market.

Scrapping TFW program for low-wage jobs will be on the table in 2016, Kenney says (Billy Curry, The Globe and Mail)
The elimination of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for low-wage jobs will be on the table in 2016, says Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who is not backing down in the face of business criticism that the Conservative government is already going too far.

Video: Jason Kenney defends changes to temporary foreign worker program (The Globe and Mail)
Employment Minister Jason Kenney responds to questions about changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program

How Canada lets employers avoid temporary foreign worker reforms (Thomas Walkom, The Toronto Star)
Ottawa is still letting companies bring in temporary foreign workers. It just calls them something else.

Kenney pitches virtues of skilled trades, but don’t ask him to fix a leaky pipe (Lee-ann Goodman, Vancouver Sun)
Even though he hopes to encourage young Canadians to learn trades, Employment Minister Jason Kenney admits he probably would have made a lousy plumber.

Kenney’s clampdown on temporary worker program a deft, savvy move (Michael Den Tandt, Vancouver Sun)
Jason Kenney’s overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program was a deft, decisive, politically savvy move in a government not known, any longer, for such responsiveness. At one stroke the employment minister has lanced a boil that could have done the Conservatives much harm in the 2015 election. He has also further burnished his reputation as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s go-to minister, and by extension his hopes of one day succeeding his boss as Conservative leader.

Workers optimistic, but still in limbo (
The moratorium on restaurant workers has now been lifted from the TFW program, along with numerous other changes that have been instituted to help better structure the program and ensure that workers both from within Canada and from abroad get better treatment and are safe from potential abuses.

TFW changes called ‘gross over-reaction’ and ‘a disappointment’ in Saskatchewan (
Business and political leaders in Saskatchewan are not happy with new rules for the federal government’s controversial Temporary Foreign Worker program, announced Friday.

P.E.I. needs temporary foreign workers, says innovation minister (CBC News)
P.E.I. Innovation Minister Allen Roach is trying to set up a meeting with the federal government to discuss changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

BC construction companies expecting challenges due to changes to the TFW program (
Construction companies in this province are bracing for higher costs and delays on some projects, due to changes in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Competing for Talent in Every Geography (Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Harvard Business Review)
In the late 1990s, Steven Hankin of McKinsey provoked a lot of discussion when he coined the phrase “the war for talent.” As the phrase became more popular (and was elaborated in a book), others used it to warn corporations of impending talent shortfalls, advocating that it be considered a strategic business challenge that required attention at the highest levels. With the dot-com burst, the recession, and other upheavals, the imperative took a backseat, but the challenge still remains.The original thesis of the war for talent was predicated on significant demographic shifts, like aging populations in the West. While still relevant, those shifts are now just part of the equation. Consider several new realities

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Hire Immigrants Ottawa)
Here are 10 ideas that you can use to celebrate diversity in your workplace throughout the year and to create a more inclusive workplace. Honouring other faiths and beliefs can help to bridge the gap between us and those who are different from us. Trust is built when respect is felt.

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