Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 22, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Bogus passports sold for profit, say RCMP in charging former federal employee (Peter Edwards, www.thestar.com)
RCMP hunt for 18 people after former federal worker charged with selling Canadian passports for profit.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fgta%2F2014%2F07%2F21%2Fbogus_passports_sold_for_profit_say_rcmp_in_charging_former_federal_employee.html

Sun, sand, adoptions: Florida’s surprising growth industry (ottawacitizen.com)
At a time when international adoption is on the wane in many countries, it is becoming a surprising — and controversial — growth industry in Florida, where some birth mothers are seemingly looking to Canada as a kind of promised land.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fottawacitizen.com%2Fnews%2Fnational%2Fsun-sand-adoptions-floridas-surprising-growth-industry

Florida moms putting kids up for adoption see Canada as promised land with ‘less racism’ than U.S. (Elizabeth Payne, news.nationalpost.com)
At a time when international adoption is on the wane in many countries, it is becoming a surprising — and controversial — growth industry in Florida, where some birth mothers are seemingly looking to Canada as a kind of promised land.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.google.com%2F~r%2FNPCanada%2F~3%2FWLXHQNVFt8A%2F

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Tasneem Jamal: Uganda’s Asian Exiles (TVO)
In 1972, Dictator Idi Amin expelled tens of thousands of South Asians from Uganda, many of whom had lived in the country for generations. Author Tasneem Jamal’s family was among those expelled. Her family fled to Canada along with thousands of others, an experience she chronicles in her novel "Where the Air is Sweet." This fictionalized story looks at a multi-generational South Asian family caught up in an ugly chapter of post-colonial Uganda. She sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay for a feature interview.
http://tvo.org/video/205345/tasneem-jamal-ugandas-asian-exiles

A Conversation with Diaspora Dialogues
Mon Jul 28, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 120 mins | Maria A. Shchuka Auditorium
Join us for a talk led by authors Cynthia Holz and Sheila Murray. Sheila Murray, of Jamaican origin, will discuss her experience working with Cynthia Holz on writing a novel about an immigrant’s arrival in Toronto. Holz, author of "Benevolence," was described by The Globe and Mail as a "master at mining the terrain of coupledom – its sorrows as well as its absurdities, which she delves into with sensitivity and humour."
http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT172586&R=EVT172586

Introducing Toronto (Rogers TV)
Rogers TV presents Introducing Toronto, a rich and informative weekly series portraying the journey of recent immigrants who call our city home. The show presents the settlement and employment resources available to newcomers to Toronto to help them better integrate into Canadian society and its workforce.
http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=12&rid=16&sid=4799&ref=introducingtoronto&utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite

Library helps with immigration ( Daniele Alcinii, Sherwood Park News)
To cope with the province’s expected population of five million in the next 10 years, Strathcona County Library has launched a new service designed to acclimate newcomers to Canada.
http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2014/07/21/library-helps-with-immigration

Nurse finds a new home in Hamilton (Hamilton Spectator)
I work as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) at Shalom Village Nursing Home. I began working as a private caregiver but I was hired by Shalom Village once I got my RPN licence. I am also a teaching assistant at McMaster University School of Nursing.
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4642022-nurse-finds-a-new-home-in-hamilton/

Ramadan Friends (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Zak Mohamed and Kevin Dill.
Listen audio (runs 7:19) | http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2014/07/21/ramadan-friends/

White House Discusses Strengthening Communities by Welcoming Immigrants (Paul McDaniel, immigrationimpact.com)
This week nearly 200 leaders from communities across the U.S. gathered at the White House for a National Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. Attendees included practitioners, policymakers, elected officials, researchers, business representatives, and faith leaders. The participants discussed successful initiatives, as well as challenges and opportunities for immigrant integration. “This inaugural event gave peer practitioners a platform where they could learn from one another, leverage collective resources, and forge innovative strategies for successful integration,” Felicia Escobar of the Domestic Policy Council said.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimmigrationimpact.com%2F2014%2F07%2F17%2Fwhite-house-discusses-strengthening-communities-by-welcoming-immigrants%2F


REFUGEES

How the Refugee Heath Care Decision Could Hurt the Poor (Canada Without Poverty)
Recently, the Federal Court decision Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al v. AG (Canada) was released. In the decision, Justice Mactavish found that the government has violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by restricting access to health care for refugees. On the surface this may seem like a very positive decision for the rights of those living within Canada. But upon close inspection, we at CWP are very concerned that this decision could have harmful consequences for people living in poverty.
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2014/07/how-the-refugee-heath-care-decision-could-hurt-the-poor/

Conservatives fretting about the supremacy of Parliament (Aaron Wherry, Macleans)
But how supremely is Parliament behaving?
http://www.macleans.ca/politics/conservatives-fretting-about-parliamentary-supremacy/

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

Filipino Canadians fear end of immigrant dreams for nannies (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Rhetoric from Employment Minister Jason Kenny suggests Ottawa is thinking about major changes to the live-in caregiver program — a move that has the Filipino community bristling.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2014/07/22/filipino_canadians_fear_end_of_immigrant_dreams_for_nannies.html

Family separation, lost skills the biggest challenges for immigrant nannies (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Although 86 per cent of participants in Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program had a university degree, many have continued to work as nannies after earning permanent status.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/07/22/family_separation_lost_skills_the_biggest_challenges_for_immigrant_nannies.html

Town faces challenges with overhauled FWP (Innisfailprovince.ca)
Businesses says changes to foreign worker program could impact local economy
http://www.innisfailprovince.ca/article/20140722/INN0801/307229971/-1/inn0801/town-faces-challenges-with-overhauled-fwp

Minimum Wage (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Armine Yalnizyan. She is Metro Morning’s business commentator every Tuesday and Thursday.
Listen audio (runs 5:33) | http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/columnists/business-yalnizyan/2014/07/17/minimum-wage-2/

Dalhousie program helps international students into N.S. workplaces (The Chronicle Herald)
Pilot project helps international students gain work experience here
http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1224308-dalhousie-program-helps-international-students-into-ns-workplaces

Diversity doesn’t mean what you think it does (Liane Davey, The Globe and Mail)
Excerpted from You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along and Get Stuff Done by Liane Davey. Copyright 2014 by Liane Davey. Reprinted with permission of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, a Wiley imprint. Over the past few years, the need to reduce systemic barriers to women, people of different races or cultural groups, and people with disabilities has brought tremendous attention to the topic of diversity.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/management/diversity-doesnt-mean-what-you-think-it-does/article18472656/?cmpid=rss1

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