Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 21, 2014


A Toronto woman is facing 97 charges in relation to a passport fraud investigation (Kim Brown, Toronto Star)
A 50-year-old Toronto woman and former federal government employee is facing 97 charges in connection with a passport fraud investigation.

RCMP hits Immigration Canada employee with 97 charges for allegedly selling passports (Stewart Bell,
The RCMP is searching around the world for 18 suspects carrying passports they allegedly obtained through a Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee now facing dozens of criminal charges.

Former Immigration Canada employee charged in passport fraud (CTV News)
The Mounties say they have charged a former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

Opinions on Rob Ford divide Toronto’s black community (Betsy Powell,
Is he a "Robin Hood of the ’hood," or a privileged politician whose actions belie his words? One council candidate has penned an open letter questioning African Canadians’ support for the mayor.

Reports of Little Portugal’s death have been greatly exaggerated (Eric Andrew-gee,
Unlike many of Toronto’s old ethnic neighbourhoods, this one has kept its native flavour, and population, despite an influx of young professionals.

Don’t call it diversity, call it real life (Alex Strachan,
Not diversity. Authenticity. If there was a lesson to be learned from ABC president Paul Lee’s question-and-answer session this week at the summer meeting of the Television Critics Association, followed by a full day of press conferences for ABC’s new comedies and dramas – all of them featuring culturally diverse casts, and many of which will appear on CTV, Global and City this fall – it’s that racial diversity in TV programs is simply a reflection of life as it’s lived today.

Where diversity meets delicious (Amy Pataki, Toronto Star)
From mango kulfi to faluda, frozen South Asian summer treats tantalize taste buds in the heart of Rexdale

Safe Harbour Program Finds Welcome in Saanich Police (
Safe Harbour Program celebrates 2 year anniversary of working in Saanich. Saanich Police have made diversity and inclusiveness a big part of their community work thanks to support from AMSSA’s Safe Harbour Program.

Women on corporate boards: companies need ‘to open their minds’ (CBC News)
Liberal Senator introduced bill to require 40 per cent representation on boards

A Municipal ID Card That’s Worth the Wait (The Editorial Board,
New York City is creating its own official identification card, which is excellent news for immigrants without papers and other New Yorkers who hope to make their city a more secure and navigable place. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill on Thursday. The cards are supposed to be available early next year, at which point New York will surely leapfrog New Haven and San Francisco in having the largest municipal ID program in the country.

Child immigration is the humanitarian crisis at America’s doorstep (
Jimmy Sánchez is a slight, shy, 13-year-old boy who last saw his mother six years ago when she left him behind in San Salvador to find work as a waitress in Miami. She sent money back to Jimmy’s grandmother, who cared for him in a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world. Street gangs called maras regularly recruit schoolboys here; those who resist are often killed, sometimes dumped in mass graves. Earlier this year, a temporary truce unravelled between rival gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (or MS-13) and Calle 18, unleashing new rounds of killings, kidnappings and extortion. One day this spring, they came for Jimmy. “Armed people knocked on the door,” Jimmy recalled quietly. “They said, ‘Pay or we’ll kill you or a family member.’ ”

Video: Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts – Inaugural Lecture Hein de Haas (Maastricht University, YouTube)
“Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts” was the title of this afternoon’s inaugural lecture of Professor Hein de Haas, in which he debunked many of the common believes regarding migration.


Canada should take in more Syrian refugees as the crisis deepens. (Editorials,
Since Syria’s catastrophic civil war exploded three years ago, civilians have been under the gun from all sides. They’ve been bombed by prohibited weapons including deadly chemicals, blasted by rockets and mortars, executed, tortured, kidnapped, raped and driven from their homes. More than 150,000 have died. The United Nations reports that some 5,000 flee the country every day.

Federal health cuts hurt refugee claimants (Philip Berger and Meb Rashid, Toronto Sun)
Contrary to the position of the Conservative government and the July 7 Toronto Sun editorial "Refugee ruling bites taxpayers," Ottawa’s refugee health care cuts have had a devastating impact on many refugees and put the health of all Canadians at risk.

Top 5 refugee destinations (Affairs Today)
The broad issue of immigration is increasingly dominating the political debate in Western countries. While people migrate for many different reasons, some media and political forces have oversimplified the notion of a migrant as someone moving to a foreign country to exploit its benefits. A significant number of individuals who migrate are actually forced to do so. Violence, persecution and conflicts in several countries combined with improved global mobility have led to a significant increase in the number of those seeking protection in safer countries. Offering protection to migrants who are forced to leave their native countries is an international obligation according to UN rules. However, the extent to which this obligation is fulfilled varies greatly from country to country. The following five countries have proved to effectively tackle the issue of refugees and, in the long term, make them into a national resource rather than burden.


Government of Canada Helps More Skilled Newcomers Get Jobs in Their Fields Faster (
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, announced that the Government of Canada, in partnership with the provinces and territories, will improve foreign credential recognition for 10 additional priority occupations including the skilled trades and healthcare. They made the announcement today at separate events in Vancouver and Toronto.

Kenney to ease foreign credential requirements for more skilled trades (CBC News)
Employment Minister Jason Kenney is slated to announce an agreement with the provinces to recognize 10 new occupations, incuding welders, carpenters and electricians, to improve foreign-credential recognition.

Foreign credential requirements to be eased for 10 additional occupations (Daniel Dale and May Warren, Toronto Star)
Ten new occupations will be included in the list of occupations that qualify for the temporary foreign workers program, in the hope of easing labour shortages.

Foreign credentials to be fast tracked for 10 more occupations (Giuseppe Valiante,
Canada is going to make it a "priority" to recognize foreign credentials in 10 additional job fields to help employers choose domestic talent instead of resorting to temporary foreign workers, the government said.

ICTC Webinar: Hiring Immigrants Through Express Entry (ICTC)
In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will launch Express Entry, changing the way that people apply for economic immigration.For prospective immigrants, Express Entry will result in a more user-friendly experience. Those invited to apply for permanent residence will also benefit from faster processing.

Canada’s ‘Express entry’ immigration system to be a boon for skilled immigrants (Ishani Duttagupta,
Three years ago, Preeti Jain and Amit Khanna first applied for immigration to Canada, but they didn’t quite make it to the quota of 400 worldwide applicants. The husband-wife duo, who post-graduated in computer animation from Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada, in 2004, applied once again in 2013; this time there were only 300 openings. "But we were well prepared with our documents," says Jain. "Although we have got our permanent resident status in just about a year, it has been a long process for us."

Temporary Foreign Worker Program tops Agriculture talks in Winnipeg (
Provincial Agriculture Ministers are worried for food processing jobs across Canada, after recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Northumberland migrant workers gather for annual dinner (Karen Longwell,
For seven years, Marco Medina has travelled from Mexico to Hamilton Township to work on an area farm. Each summer since he started coming to work on Burnham Farm, Mr. Medina has come to the Welcome Dinner for Migrant Workers, organized by the Horizons of Friendship and the New Canadians Centre with help from volunteers and the United Way Northumberland.

Higher wages and aspirations as businesses strive to be better citizens (Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew, Toronto Star)
Advocates say there is a growing movement of companies like Coffee Pubs, which strives to pay employees more, even at the expense of profit.

A community helps cook up business incl video (Vanessa Lu,

At the East Scarborough Storefront, a small kitchen serves as a hub for classes, community meals and entrepreneurs.

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