Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 11, 2014
IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
Humanitarian, compassionate decisions in immigration cases no longer shielded from review (Carol Sanders, www.winnipegfreepress.com)
Visa officers’ humanitarian and compassionate decisions are no longer shielded from review, thanks to a Federal Court of Appeal decision on a Winnipeg case.
It’s time for Asian parents to change their view of trades jobs (Chuck Chiang, www.vancouversun.com)
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says recent figures show young Canadians graduating from trade schools and vocational training have significantly higher employment rates than those who graduated from university. That’s because vocational training targets specific fields where Canadian employers are experiencing a skilled-labour shortage, Kenney said.http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vancouversun.com%2Fbusiness%2FChuck%2BChiang%2Btime%2BAsian%2Bparents%2Bchange%2Btheir%2Bview%2Btrades%2Bjobs%2F10106089%2Fstory.html
Changing face of Surrey presents challenges (Gavin Fisher, www.vancouversun.com)
This story is part of a joint Vancouver Sun-Langara College project looking at the urban future of the rapidly growing Metro Vancouver region. Tsering Yangkyi stirs a pot of tea she is making on the stove in a basement suite in Surrey. For Yangkyi, her husband Lhakpa Tsering and their three children, the Fleetwood neighbourhood where they currently reside is a far cry from the rural Tibetan settlement in India where they used to live.
Cultural sensitivity doesn’t trump human rights (Toronto Star)
Female border guards should be able to screen all people entering Canada regardless of their religious beliefs.
How much government accommodation can you expect because of religion or a disability? (www.cbc.ca)
Some Canadian Border Services Agency officers were upset recently after their managers allowed a small group of Hindu priests to avoid being screened by female guards at Toronto’s Pearson airport. It was an incident that highlighted the challenges that can emerge around governments accommodating people based on religion, disability or other needs.
Hindu bride and Jewish groom? Someone will bring them together (Kelli Korducki, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Rabbi Eva Goldfinger has two basic criteria for the weddings she performs: no God, and no sexism. Ms. Goldfinger, Life Cycle director and adult educator for the Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Don Mills, is one of a growing body of religious leaders tweaking tradition to accommodate interfaith unions in multicultural Toronto. And though her brand of secular Judaism might be (quite literally) unorthodox, her attitude of inclusion is one increasingly shared.
Indian bond between brothers and sisters celebrated on Raksha Bandhan (CBC News)
Raj and Amar Bhatti will celebrate the traditional festival this weekend in New Westminster
Canadian Race Relations Foundation Denounces Anti-Immigrant Flyers as Racist (newswire.ca)
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation once again denounced anti-immigrant flyers singling out the Sikh community circulating in the Brampton, Ontario area. By crossing out the image of a Sikh individual while raising the fear of a "massive third world invasion of Canada" and claiming that "white Canadians" were being reduced to a "minority", the creators of the flyers have crossed the line from dialogue into outright racism.
Biracial woman fired because of her skin colour wins human rights case (Gemma Karstens-smith, www.thestar.com)
Nova Scotia woman was terminated partly because of her skin colour, commission finds.
We’re not a ‘post-racial’ society. We’re the ‘innocent until proven racist’ society (Danielle Henderson, www.theguardian.com)
Why are we so reluctant to refer to racist incidents as “racism” when we see them happening? It’s not even just the obvious right-wing political incidents, like rancher Cliven Bundy, who some people couldn’t identify as racist. Katy Perry’s history of racist costuming is supposedly just appreciating other cultures. Shock jock Anthony Cumia, who was fired by Sirius XM in July for a racist tirade, has fans who claim he’s not-racist, even when he says things like, “blacks aren’t people” in a since deleted tweet. There were even Donald Sterling apologists, like Gene Simmons of Kiss, who think the former Los Angeles Clippers owner’s racist rant about not wanting his girlfriend to bring black people to his games was nothing more than a joke unfairly caught on tape.
WWI racism: black, Asian and aboriginal volunteers faced discrimination (Keven Drews, www.thestar.com)
Japanese recruits, who lacked even the right to vote, were routinely turned away, while African-Canadians were allowed only menial jobs.
Speechless diversity: Talking about evolution (Philipp Gassner, www.businessmirror.com.ph)
He must have felt lonely. Very lonely, as he couldn’t talk to anybody. At least not in his native language. The New Guinean Lua had indeed only a single speaker in the whole world, as recorded in 2000. Also other residents of the island won’t have a big debate club.The language Bo is spoken by 85 people, Likum and Hoia Hoia by 80, Ak by 75, Karawa by 63, Abom by 15 and Guramalum has only three speakers. In contrast, New Guinea features around 1,000 languages, making it the world’s most linguistically diverse place, where it is not unlikely to be greeted with “Hello,” “Tabeaya, Aelak, Koyao, Selamt, Kawonak, Nayak, Brata” or “Nareh.” Being ennea-lingual certainly dwarfs growing up with two languages.
Sport4All Youth Fellowship (Sport4Ontario)
Interested in changing your community through sport? Apply now for our Sport4All Youth Fellowship!
Video: CIC Video on Language Training for Canada (settlementatwork.org)
The video, entitled Language Training for Canada, is intended to raise newcomer awareness on the importance of official language skills for settlement in Canada. The video is aligned with the content in the settlement guide,Welcome to Canada, and the intended audience for the video includes those who are still overseas, as well as those who have already arrived in Canada.
Video: RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards 2014 (Canadian Immigrant)
Presenting the 2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards winners in Vancouver, B.C.This year featured many inspiring immigrants ranging from 17 years of age to 92 across Canada
Crossroads of Migration (www.crossroadsofmigration.com)
Part of the forth coming Crossroads of Migration research agenda, this map visualizes the movement of migrants from origin to destination countries. It is based on standardized 2013 United Nations data*, a compilation of demographic reports from 232 countries. To view a destination country’s profile, single-click anywhere inside the country’s borders or select the country from the drop-down menu in the ‘Destination’ tab. Hover the mouse over any stream to view origin-specific stock data. Streams turn white when touched and are otherwise colored according to the absolute number or proportion of migrant stock, as indicated in the ‘Legend’ tab. To zoom, double-click the map or use the arrows in the top right corner.
A Maple Syrup Mecca For Iran’s Gays (Daily Beast)
With generous social benefits, a welcoming attitude and a thriving support community, Toronto has emerged as the unofficial capital for gay Iranian refugees.
Environmental refugees inch closer to legal recognition (Stephen Bede Schraper, www.thestar.com)
World’s first ‘climate change refugees’ could revolutionize the global environmental debate.
A “Cruel and Unusual” Judgement of Canada’s Refugee Health Reforms (Raj Sharma, www.c2cjournal.ca)
The reductions in health care coverage for refugee claimants under then-Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in 2012 as part of a larger package of refugee policy reforms have often been cited as evidence of the callous parsimony of the Harper Conservative government. Apparently they’re even more miserly than imagined. In a judgment handed down last month, Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish ruled that the reductions in coverage are actually “cruel and unusual”, and a violation of refugees’ rights under sections 12 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Their impact on the children of refugee claimants is particularly heinous, Justice Mactavish wrote, because they “jeopardize the health, and indeed the very lives, of these innocent and vulnerable children in a manner that shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS
It’s time for Asian parents to change their view of trades jobs (Chuck Chiang, www.vancouversun.com)
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says recent figures show young Canadians graduating from trade schools and vocational training have significantly higher employment rates than those who graduated from university. That’s because vocational training targets specific fields where Canadian employers are experiencing a skilled-labour shortage, Kenney said.
Silicon Valley North: Vancouver tech surges as U.S. immigration reform idles (Tamysn Burgmann, Times Colonist)
Software engineer Pablo Guana nearly refused a job with Facebook when the company redirected him to Vancouver from Silicon Valley because his United States visa application was rejected."I will not go to Canada," said the 25-year-old from Argentina of his initial reaction. "Twenty degrees below zero, are you crazy?"Also stymied by the American immigration system — which meets only a fraction of the demand for economic green cards each year — was South African Jonathan Hitchcock, 34, who was at first disheartened that his "dream job" would be shunted to Canada.
Does the U.S. Need an “Express Entry” Immigration Policy? (Motley Fool, Nasdq)
Like its neighbor to the north, the United States has been looking toward immigration reform in order to supply employers with highly skilled workers that, ostensibly, cannot be found in the domestic labor pool. Recently, the U.S. has upped the ante by proposing to allow the spouses of foreign workers here on temporary H-1B visas to obtain employment in the U.S., as long as the employees have petitioned for permanent U.S. residency.
Caregiver fighting back against allegedly fraudulent immigration consultant (Jessica Smith Cross, metronews.ca)
A caregiver is warning her community about a Toronto woman she accuses of being a fraudulent immigration consultant — a crime experts say is extremely common, yet rarely reported.
Hiring foreign: A local perspective (Viola Pruss, St. Albert Gazette)
McDonald’s franchisee speaks out about changes to temporary foreign worker program
TFWP reforms may improve worker safety in Fort McMurray (Erika Beauchesne, ecolog.com)
Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) may improve worker safety in Fort McMurray’s oil sands.The reforms, announced in June 2014, include limiting the number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in some workplaces, raising fees employers must pay to use the program, and heftier fines – up to $100,000 – for companies caught abusing the program.
Video on Advancing Foreign Credential Recognition (www.settlementatwork.org)
The video, Advancing Foreign Credential Recognition, is a promotional video to showcase the International Qualifications Network, or IQN. In Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) collective efforts to strengthen immigrant labour market participation and integration, including faster and more efficient foreign credential recognition (FCR) and assessment, CIC, in collaboration with our FCR partners, developed an online Community of Practice called the International Qualifications Network (IQN) in 2011.
Industry coaxes Canadian women to don hard hats (Carol Goar, www.thestar.com)
Electricity sector in Canada launches marketing blitz to normalize women in hard hats and work boots.
Bell appears to shutter unpaid internship program after backlash (www.cbc.ca)
Canadian companies large and small are nervously eyeing their unpaid intern programs because of increasing scrutiny about the practice, says a New Democrat MP who’s tabled a private member’s bill that would regulate unpaid interns.
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