Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 3, 2014


Why is Canada the most tolerant country in the world? Luck (John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail)
Is Canada the most tolerant place in the world because Canadians are more enlightened than others? The answer is no. Accidents of geography and history account for our blessings.

I have two countries and two hats (David Shribman,
Pardon me (this is my Canadian side talking) if I make a big fuss (that’s my American side) about this being a big week. But we’re in that odd annual period between Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, and I’m in the mood to sing a love song.

Best option for Alberta would be a tailored immigration strategy (Edmonton Journal)
After the fireworks of Canada Day marking the birthday of this vast, diverse nation, it seems a good moment to reflect on a critical policy matter that has sparked fireworks on the political stage: Just who should decide which international newcomers move to Canada and how long they can stay?

Bilingualism boosts the brain at all ages (CBC news)
Learning a 2nd language pays off for more than communication

How Canada’s Immigration Policy Can Help Make the United States Great Again (Marguerite Ward, World.Mic)
In Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke, the protagonist’s mother, an Italian immigrant to the United States, does not fulfill the garlic-scented stereotype of American pasta commercials. Instead, she lives in a house crammed with old furniture in Iowa, the state she moved to as a young medical student, to take advantage of the elusive "American Dream."

Little Mosque creator Zarqa Nawaz on finding the funny in Islam (Q with Jian Ghomeshi)
Journalist and documentarian Zarqa Nawaz has spent her career trying to bridge cultural gaps — a passion born of personal experience. Her silliness and irreverence haven’t always gone over well in Muslim communities, and her religious beliefs haven’t always been well-received in secular circles.

Audio: Queer Muslims (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Samra Habib. She is a Toronto based writer and photographer, and her exhibition, "Just Me and Allah – photographs of Queer Muslims" External Site, is on until July 9th at the Parliament Street Library. This evening, she will be taking part in a panel discussion tied to the show at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, starting at 6:30 pm.
Listen audio (runs 5:42) |

Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue? (Stephen Evans,
Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.

These 30 Countries Contribute The Most Good To The World ( Skye Gould, Amanda Marie Macias,
The Good Country Index ranks 125 nations based on how much they do for others globally in seven areas: science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and health and well being.


Roma family gets reprieve (Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette)
A Roma family that has lived in Quebec for three years got a last-minute reprieve Wednesday, just a day before they were set to be deported to Hungary.


Manitoba’s foreign worker strategy called a model for other provinces (Joe Frisen, The Globe and Mail)
Jay Short is a mild-mannered investigator who favours the corrective power of a phone call to peering around bushes or breaking down doors. He is also at the sharp end of the best system this country has so far devised to target abuse in the temporary foreign worker program. Since 2009, Mr. Short and his fellow sleuths have investigated more than 600 employers in Manitoba that hire temporary foreign workers. They found nearly half were breaking the law.

Ottawa’s overhaul ignores abuse of migrant workers (Humera Jabir, Toronto Star)
Reforms announced by federal government do little to address the reality of exploitation that underpins the temporary foreign worker program.

Businesses in Estevan will have to adjust to new Temporary Foreign Worker Program regulations (Alex Coop, Estevan Mercury)
Don’t be surprised if over the next few years certain businesses no longer operate under a 24-hour service mandate and increase their product prices.These are some of the ways the overhauled Temporary Foreign Worker Program could affect Estevan, according to Conservative MP for Souris-Moose Mountain, Ed Komarnicki.

Labour Federation Calls For Temporary Workers Program To Be Scrapped (CHSJ Country)
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is calling for the temporary foreign workers programme to be eliminated altogether and not just changed.

Government Submission Regarding the Labour Market Development Agreements (Ontario Chamber of Commerce)
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its membership of 60,000 businesses welcome the opportunity to present our recommendations to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, Social development and the Status of People with Disabilities, with regards to the upcoming renegotiation of the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA).Getting national and provincial labour market policy ‘right’ is a core priority for the OCC and a key component of our five-year economic agenda for Ontario, Emerging Stronger.

Ishpreet Lamba, a Mentor’s Story (Tetyana Khramova,
This is the last of the series of publications about 2014 Global Talent Conference which ERIEC hosted earlier this year. There were numerous of great speeches and workshops delivered to the group of over 150 internationally trained professionals and employer leaders from Edmonton region. The exceptional speech was made by Ishpreet Lamba, the former mentor of the ERIEC Career Mentorship Program.

Got an eye for talent? Better check that bias blind spot. (
Some of the folks that I get the most resistance from when talking about bias are recruiters and hiring managers. They love to say things like “bigotry is stupid and bad business,” and “I just want to hire the best person for the job,” and “I don’t care about race.”

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