Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 14, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Jazz Meets Worldbeat 2014 (Jazz.FM91)
JAZZ.FM91 is excited to announce the return of one of our most successful festivals, the 2nd Annual Jazz Meets Worldbeat series, taking over Hugh’s Room, August 5th – 9th!!This five-part series will take place at Hugh’s Room – one of Canada’s premier live music venues! Jazz Meets Worldbeat will showcase incredible music from around the world with performances by an eclectic mix of international and local jazz artists. Thanks to the generous support of Maytree, we are able to offer a limited number of accessible tickets exclusively to the Maytree community. For each of the five concerts, we are offering 20 "Maytree Tickets," at a discount rate of $25.
http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/home-mainmenu-1/204-artist-space/10256-jazz-meets-worldbeat-2014

Ottawa gives itself new powers to share personal information (Globe and Mail)
The Conservative government has given itself broad new powers to share Canadian immigration files and other information with foreign governments – a practice that could have far-reaching implications for individuals who cross borders.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fottawa-eyes-new-powers-to-share-personal-information%2Farticle19582668%2F%3Fservice%3Dmobile

Video: The value of Canadian citizenship (Niagaraadvance.ca)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney joins Charles Adler to discuss Canada’s new citizenship guide and homegrown radicalization.
http://video.niagaraadvance.ca/search/all/source/london-free-press/the-value-of-canadian-citizenship/2278063086001

Dog park debate stirs anger in Halifax black community (CTV News)
Halifax’s refusal to immediately close an off-leash dog park in Africville has stirred up indignation among some members of the black community who say the decision reflects the city’s continuing struggles to make amends with African-Nova Scotians.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ctvnews.ca%2Fcanada%2Fdog-park-debate-stirs-anger-in-halifax-black-community-1.1911718

We must stand on guard for Canada (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Disturbing incidents: Are Canadians too lax about standing up for the freedoms we take for granted in a liberal democracy?
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Douglas+Todd+must+stand+guard+Canada/10021976/story.html#ixzz37ROnLAdE

REFUGEES

CCR Chronicle (Canadian Council for Refugees)
Federal Court ruling on refugee health cuts affirms Canadian values | Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis | Do 1 thing for refugees this summer: Ways to keeping Walking with refugees for a stronger Canada | Be there! CCR Summer Working Group meetings, 5-6 September 2014, Montreal | Honour your journey by supporting the CCR, like Arben
http://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=4f238ebcf6e94873afbff46d9&id=11be460cd6

Canada’s long tightening of refugee policy (Isabel Wallace, Ottawa Citizen)
On July 4, Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish ruled against the government’s “cruel and unusual” changes to refugee policy. In 2012, the government removed or reduced federal health care services for failed refugee claimants and claimants originating from one of 37 countries deemed “safe” from humanitarian conflict, whose residents can thus be deported faster and have no right of appeal.
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/canadas-long-tightening-of-refugee-policy

My country’s the best and you can’t have it (Shannon Gormley, Ottawa Citizen)
In liberal democracies, by trying to keep our countries all to ourselves and away from refugees, we’re destroying what we love most about them. Those nations that pride themselves on giving people the same basic rights under the law — Canada, the U.S., European nations, the whole bunch of us — are increasingly treating asylum-seekers with less fairness and compassion than the way they treat many criminals.
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/my-countrys-the-best-and-you-cant-have-it

Toronto business owner faces deportation to Congo after 16 years in Canada (Todd Coyne, Toronto Star)
Betoukoumessou’s wife and six children fear for his life if deported to Congo.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/07/13/toronto_business_owner_faces_deportation_to_congo_after_16_years_in_canada.html

Canadian refugee illegally obtains what she calls ‘insulin’ so she won’t ‘die’ (www.thebeaverton.com)
A refugee who fled a war zone has been caught illegally obtaining what she calls a ‘life-saving medication’ for a condition called ‘diabetes’ so she won’t ‘die’.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thebeaverton.com%2Fnational%2Fitem%2F1452-canadian-refugee-illegally-obtains-what-she-calls-insulin-so-she-wont-die

Why refugee advocates say universal health care in Canada is a myth (Clare Clancy, CTV News)
Every second Saturday, a small clinic in Toronto offers free medical care to anyone who needs it — no health card, insurance or paperwork is required.The clinic launched in response to the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care two years ago, said Francisco Rico-Martinez, a co-director for the FCJ Refugee Centre.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/why-refugee-advocates-say-universal-health-care-in-canada-is-a-myth-1.1910869#ixzz37Regb4EX

Social workers applaud court ruling (Hamilton Spectator)
The Ontario Association of Social Workers applauds the recent ruling by the Federal Court of Canada to strike down the Harper government’s policy, instituted in 2012, to deny health care coverage to rejected refugee claimants, and those deemed to be from "safe" countries.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4629590-social-workers-applaud-court-ruling/

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

Ottawa to consider local exemptions to overhaul of foreign-worker program (Globe and Mail)
Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he’s willing to consider regional exemptions to his recent overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-to-consider-local-exemptions-to-overhaul-of-foreign-worker-program/article19575553/?cmpid=rss1

Jason Kenney to get an earful from provinces who need low-skilled workers (Susana Mas, CBC News)
When Employment Minister Jason Kenney meets with provincial and territorial labour ministers in Charlottetown today he will want to discuss the need for greater harmonization of apprenticeship systems, but his counterparts will try to convince him to scale back recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jason-kenney-to-get-an-earful-from-provinces-who-need-low-skilled-workers-1.2703017

Kenney to consider TFW program exemptions in areas of low unemployment (The Canadian Press, www.thestar)
In response to provincial criticism, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Friday he may consider “local exemptions” to recent overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2F2014%2F07%2F11%2Fkenney_to_consider_tfw_program_exemptions_in_areas_of_low_unemployment.html

‘There’s always resistance to change’: TFW program still a contentious issue for feds, provinces (andy Radia, Yahoo News)
The federal and provincial governments remain at odds over Labour Minister Jason Kenney’s changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Kenney met with his provincial counterparts in Charlottetown on Friday and while he may have wanted to talk about apprenticeship programs, the central theme of the post-summit press conference was the TFW.
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/feds-provinces-disagree-changes-temporary-foreign-worker-program-211951597.html

Audio: Jason Kenney dismisses further Temporary Foreign Worker changes (The House with Evan Solomon, CBC Radio)
This week on The House, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney meets with his provincial counterparts and gets an earful on the reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker program. Guest-host Terry Milewski asks the Minister if he’s prepared to compromise on any of the changes. Plus Jody Carr, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, joins us with his take on the meeting.
http://www.cbc.ca/thehouse/2014/07/12/jason-kenney/

Irish construction workers in demand in Western Canada (Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce)
Unskilled foreign workers in Western Canada have been a staple in the news lately. But many skilled foreign workers have also relocated to the four western provinces, especially B.C. and Alberta. Many work in the construction industry, and many originate in such not-so-foreign countries as Ireland.
http://joconl.com/article/id61069/profenvironmental

Federal government cracking down on abuse of domestic workers by foreign embassies (www.ottawacitizen.com)
Foreign diplomats posted to Canada who want to hire domestic helpers from outside the country must first explain in writing what steps they took to hire someone locally, according to new guidelines issued by the federal government this month.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ottawacitizen.com%2Fnews%2FFederal%2Bgovernment%2Bcracking%2Bdown%2Babuse%2Bdomestic%2Bworkers%2Bforeign%2Bembassies%2F10026648%2Fstory.html

Ottawa cracking down on foreign diplomats who force domestic workers into ‘involuntary servitude’ (Douglas Quan, news.nationalpost.com)
Foreign diplomats posted to Canada who want to hire domestic helpers from outside the country must first explain in writing what steps they took to hire someone locally, according to new guidelines issued by the federal government this month.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.google.com%2F~r%2FNPCanada%2F~3%2FlbkzH26b9TQ%2F

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