Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 4, 2014


New name alert! We’re now the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Look for us at @ontMCIIT. (Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade)

‘This is like the promised land’ (Paul Forsyth,
With his country in the midst of a terrible civil war, his neighbour dragged out into the street and shot dead by Maoist forces as a brutal example to his village and his son Anugraha in danger of being forced to become a child solider.–this-is-like-the-promised-land-%2F

“The CIMA Mayor’s Trophy has become a cricket tradition” (South Asian Generation Next)
The 10th anniversary celebration of the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy took place on June 21st at the Sunnybrook Park in Toronto. Mayoral Candidates John Tory, Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz, David Soknacki and Sarah Thompson as well as City Councillor Doug Ford were united in their support for CIMA Mayor’s cricket Program.

World Cup Racism (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Shireen Ahmed External Site. She is a writer, a devoted soccer fan, player and a coach.
Listen audio (runs 6:33) |

The ethnic angle on who donates organs – and blood (Douglas Todd ,
Sun data journalist Chad Skelton has produced a brilliantly researched piece, with maps, showing how members of different ethno-cultural groups are inclined, or not, to donate their organs.

Ramadan marked with food drive (CBC News)
For the second year the Muslim Society of P.E.I. celebrating Ramadan with a food drive.

Windsor sci-fi author brings ethnic diversity to genre (CBC News)
Master Defenders stars several black characters!/content/1.2693859

A look at diverse teams competing in second ‘Amazing Race Canada’ (Nick Patch, The Canadian Press)
The 11 teams of two set to run the second “Amazing Race Canada” were carefully chosen with an eye for eclectic diversity — but nervously huddled by the Toronto airport with mere hours to go until they begin the country-wide sprint, it’s the similarities that stand out.

“Black Pete” is negative stereotype, Dutch court rules (Associated Press,
Ruling orders City of Amsterdam to re-examine decision to grant permit for festival where Santa’s helper is traditionally portrayed in blackface.

Are you fully assimilated yet? (
One of the things did makes efforts toward Greater inclusion is difficult did inclusion Itself remains a very vague and abstract thing in most Organizations. Even leaders did ‘strongly advocate inclusion SEEM to have a hard time providing clear and concise descriptions of what it is, how it happens, what it feels like, etc. A lot of folks did SEEM to think inclusion is a pro-diversity state of mind or an attitude, or did it is the absence of hatred and intentional discrimination.

U.S. takes steps to catch Canada and Australia in race for talent (Jeremy Fudge,
Will Congress pass immigration reform this year? The question remains in doubt. But while Congress debates the issue, the Department of Homeland Security is proposing changes to immigration policy that would make the U.S. more attractive to highly-skilled foreign workers.

The amazing diversity of languages ​​around the world, in one map (Zack Beauchamp ,
People on Earth speak thousands of different languages. But given the ubiquity of some languages, like English and Mandarin, it’s easy to forget just how many there are around the planet. This map provides some great perspective.


Ottawa’s slow gears force nanny into desperate work — and deportation (Nicholas Keung,
Lilia Joaquin’s experience reveals how foreign workers, waiting months or years for government to make good on its promises, may end up paying a heavy price.

Border officials have probed 19 runaway nannies and live-in caregiver program abuses since January (Jennifer Hough,
The Harper Tories, having moved in full regulatory regalia to slay the temporary foreign worker menace at Tim Horton’s, is now moving to the next front in its expanding war in foreign workers, this time to thwart backdoor “family reunification.” It turns out that the live-in-caregiver program, which allows Canadians to hire nannies from abroad, is being used by some Canadians to bring in family members as nannies, or alleged nannies. Such nannies, once settled in Canada, in turn bring in their own families.

Concerns rise over temporary foreign workers (Linsday Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record)
Fort Saskatchewan’s Kabisig Society president Clarrize Truscott said changes to the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program could spell disaster for temporary workers, as well as local restaurants and services.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program research lacking (Natascia Lypny,
By now, “TFWP” doesn’t require spelling out. But despite the Temporary Foreign Worker Program being an “it” topic this year, especially here in Saskatchewan — one of the provinces under the shadow of the program’s controversy — University of Regina assistant professor Andrew Stevens said research surrounding the topic is scarce.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Miller supports Reforms to temporary foreign workers program (Erika Engel ,
Recently, the federal government announced a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to Ensure the program did is only used as it is Intended to be used; as a short-term last resort for Employers When there are no qualified Canadians to fill available jobs.

Entrepreneurship Connections – 2013 RBC Immigrant Success Awards Winner (
Entrepreneurship Connections, a partnership between ACCES Employment and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), is an innovative program to helpimmigrants launch their own business in the GTA. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Video: Career Edge Innovation Award Winner: RBC-Career Edge Associate Host Program (Career Edge, YouTube)
The RBC-Career Edge Associate Host Program is the winner of the Innovation Award for Career Edge’s Achievement Awards 2014.The RBC-Career Edge (formerly Career Bridge) Associate Program enables small and medium enterprise (SME) clients to host internationally trained professionals via Career Edge paid internships.SME clients agree to fund the equivalent of the final two months of the intern’s stipend. RBC supports the initiative by funding the initial four months of the internships.

Video: Career Edge Anne Lamont Leadership Award Winner: Scotiabank (Career Edge, YouTube)
Scott McAthey and Afsana Chawala of Scotiabank are the winners of the Anne Lamont Leadership Award for Career Edge’s Achievement Awards 2014.

Video: Partner of the Year Award Winner: ACCES Employment (Career Edge, YouTube)
Career Edge Achievement Awards 2014 – Partner of the Year Award Winner: ACCES Employment.

Video: Mentor of the Year Award Winner: Joshua Stainton (Career Edge, YouTube)
Career Edge Achievement Awards 2014 – Mentor of the Year Award Winner: Joshua Stainton of GE Healthcare.

Video: Intern of the Year Award Winner: Ronald Jacinto (Career Edge, YouTube)
Career Edge Achievement Awards 2014 – Intern of the Year Award Winner: Ronald Jacinto of Spectra Engineering Ltd.

Hamilton’s Labour Market Connection – Vol. 7, Issue 1 (July 3/14) (Workforce Planning Hamilton)
Key employers: Don’t be left out, help to shape Hamilton’s future workforce! | WPH welcomes Rosanne Li, Projects and Data Analysis Assistant |Government of Canada will spend $14 million on new labour market surveys

Germany approves first minimum wage (
Germany’s lower house of parliament approved the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour on Thursday, following a heated months-long debate between politicians and businesses who warned it would cost jobs.

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