Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 8, 2014


How diversity actually makes us smarter (Gregory Rodriguez,
An Irishman, a Jew, and a Mexican walk into a bar: It’s a classic set-up line for a classic American joke. But it’s also a means of coping with our diversity.We need such jokes. Despite all our slogans to the contrary, diversity such as ours isn’t always easy to negotiate. Humor is just one of the ways Americans navigate, narrate, expose and otherwise unburden ourselves of the absurdities and pitfalls of living in such a complicated place.

Learning to Speak Up When You’re from a Culture of Deference (Andy Molinsky, Harvard Business Review)
Many of us are uncomfortable speaking with people of higher status. We can feel self-conscious, unsure of what to say, and afraid what we’re going to say — or what we’re saying — is the wrong thing. After these conversations, we often replay in our heads what we said, analyze what we shouldn’t have said, or realize what we should have said but didn’t.

Global Hamilton: Huzaifa Saeed (Hamilton Spectator)
Chamber of commerce policy and research analyst embraces Hamilton — the way it embraced him

In the Field Newsletter Volume 25 (OCASI)
Message from the Executive Director | OCASI Member Feature – FCJ Refugee Centre | OCASI Happenings | Sector Happenings


Federal Court ruling on refugee health cuts affirms Canadian values of fairness and humanity (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees welcomes the recent decision of the Federal Court on refugee health care. The ruling recognizes refugees and other non-citizens as our fellow human beings, and concludes that the government’s 2012 cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program jeopardizes their health and even their lives in a manner that shocks the conscience of Canadians.

Canada got it right on immigration. Now it’s time to lead on refugees (Colin Robertson, The Globe and Mail)
The international refugee system needs a hand.“Humanitarians can help as a palliative but political solutions are vitally needed,” remarked Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in recently releasing the UNCHR annual report.It is a challenge that fits “no longer just to go along and get along,” the Harper government’s bumptious mantra for multilateral affairs. Useful lessons can be drawn from our experience and recent reforms to the Canadian migration and refugee system.
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Health ruling good news for New Brunswick, refugee groups say (Julianne Hazlewood CBC News)
Federal court found government’s cuts put health of refugees at risk

Refugee health cuts — ‘common sense,’ or abomination? (Chris Selley, National Post)
The Conservatives have all sorts of common-sense ideas for Canada — if only the damn courts would get out of the way.

The refugee health-care decision lays bare Harper’s creed — punitive moral absolutism (Jonathan Kay,
Last week, the Federal Court ruled that the Conservative government’s 2012 effort to deny critical healthcare funding to thousands of migrants was unconstitutional. In one case highlighted by the court’s judgment, a man from Afghanistan who makes his living in Canada washing dishes has remained alive only thanks to the free insulin samples provided by a pharmaceutical company. In another case, a man from Colombia almost went blind after suffering a retinal detachment that the government wouldn’t pay to have treated. Manavi Handa, an Ontario midwife, testified that many pregnant refugee applicants now have difficulty finding obstetricians because hospitals have no idea if the government will pay their bills.

Video: ‘Cruel and unusual’: What does the refugee health ruling mean? (Global News)
On Friday, a federal court found that Ottawa’s cuts to refugee health care violate the Charter and constitute “cruel and unusual” treatment.Ottawa plans to appeal.

Audio: Judge rules cut to refugee health care ‘cruel’ (Lynn Desjardins,
Refugee advocates are applauding a Federal Court ruling that cuts to health care for refugee claimants are unconstitutional. And they are calling on the government to reinstate free health care for those who come to Canada seeking refugee status. The government however says it is going to appeal the decision.

Audio: Refugee Healthcare (CBC Metro Morning)
The federal government has been given four months to change cuts it made to health care coverage for refugees. Matt Galloway spoke with Dr. Ritika Goel about those cuts. | Listen audio (runs 7:43)

Refugee ruling bites taxpayers (
It’s got to be some sort of a joke. Average Canadians work hard their whole lives, pay their taxes, never bilk the system – and then learn they’ve got to pay for something like this!

Minister Alexander suddenly finds answers on Syrian refugees (
Now that the House is on break and he is no longer facing daily questions about the management of his files, Minister Chris Alexander has suddenly discovered that he does know how many Syrian refugees are in Canada.

Audio: If We Were Syrian (CBC Metro Morning)
A new website External Site created by a pair of Torontonians asks us to imagine what would happen if the Syrian crisis were much closer to home. Matt Galloway spoke with one of the co-creators, journalist Shannon Gormley. | Listen audio (runs 5:51) |

Bogus refugee claimant accused of murder (Michael Friscolanti, Macleans)
Maclean’s investigates how a repeat felon, ordered deported 10 years ago, managed to stay in Canada


Foreign workers flock to Sask. service industries (Andrea Hill,
A new report from a Canadian think tank reveals Saskatchewan is the fastest-growing destination for temporary foreign workers.

Temporary foreign workers aren’t the problem. Employment Insurance is (Kevin Lacey, National Post)
When Employment Minister Jason Kenney recently announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), he said migrant workers should be the last resort for businesses when hiring. Not the first, second or even third option, but the last. Mr. Kenney further said employers that face a shortage of workers should do more to hire unemployed Canadians.

Why Ottawa’s temporary foreign worker policy isn’t all that bad (Finn Poschmann,
Ottawa’s Temporary Foreign Worker program attracted mountains of public press in the past few years, and not of the good kind.

Feds end Yukon’s stand-alone temporary foreign worker program (CBC News)
Larger federally-run program will continue under new rules

Storseth calls for TFW exemption (
Westlock-St. Paul MP Brian Storseth wants the province to be exempt from one particular change to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program.

Business leaders call on Ottawa to reverse ‘alarming slide’ in skills training (CBC News)
A new report is urging Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to put a stop to what it calls an "alarming slide" in the quality of Canada’s education and skills training.

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