Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 18, 2014


Immigration to Ontario has declined 33% due to Federal government rule changes (Mowat Centre)
59 per cent of immigrants to Canada settled in Ontario as recently as 2001. Today it’s closer to 40 per cent.

Ottawa urged to remove citizenship by birth on Canadian soil (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Officials recommend Ottawa removing citizenship rights to babies born to non-citizens and non-residents even though costs outweigh benefits.

Undocumented migrants targeted in ‘vehicle safety blitz’(Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Canada’s border enforcement agency has arrested 21 people on immigration violations during a joint “commercial vehicle safety blitz” with other government authorities.

Integrating Immigrants: Outcomes Not Attitudes Matter (Nima Sanandaji,
Many modern economies struggle with integrating foreign-born into their labor markets. In particular, low-skilled immigrants from poor countries experience high unemployment and a range of related social problems. Much has been written about the extent of the problem. In many Western European cities, entire communities of migrants are living in social and economic exclusion. The state of poverty is often persists among their children.

OPP did not have ‘leading role’ in CBSA immigration arrests (CBC News)
The Ontario Provincial Police says it did not have "any leading role" when the Canada Border Services Agency arrested 21 people for immigration violations during a commercial vehicle safety blitz last week.

Anti-immigration flyers surface at York University (Jacques Gallant,
Group behind similar flyers distributed in Brampton in April deny they are behind latest incident.

New citizens should pledge loyalty to Canada (The Star)
Whatever the outcome of any court case, Canada should allow new citizens pledge their loyalty to the country, not to the Queen.

A distinctly Canadian oath – I’ll swear to that (Konrad Yakabuski,
Having been lucky enough to have been born in Canada, and never having held higher office than vice-president of my condo board, I’ve never had to swear allegiance to the Queen.

French immigrants find Canada the land of opportunity (
For many Canadians, France is a dream country. Just say the word, and one’s mind is flooded with the fantasy of rain-soaked Paris cobblestones, Monet-like fields of lavender and kisses in the moonlight. Legions of schoolgirls plaster posters of Paris, its most fabled city, on their dorm-room walls, and it has become something of a right-of-passage for young people fresh out of university to stop over as they backpack through Europe.

Permanent residents may soon get to vote in Halifax (Greater Halifax Partnership)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, may become the first city in Canada to allow permanent residents to vote if Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has anything to say about it, according to CBC News. While the idea isn’t necessarily anything new, the measure would be a significant step toward showing immigrants that the municipality cares about their opinions.

Dating Without Race on Your Mind? There’s No App for That (ERIN C.J. ROBERTSON, The Root)
Their generation is diverse and progressive, and they have modern love-seeking tools at their fingertips. But black millennials seeking romance online find that it’s impossible to swipe past age-old considerations about race-based preferences, stereotypes and minority status.

Walking the Fine Line of Religious Accommodation (Michael Bach,
Recently, our friends at the CBC uncovered a story that has been getting a lot of press. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) allowed a small group of Hindu priests coming through Toronto’s Pearson airport to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs.

Helping newcomers achieve success (
Government announces investment of $2 million for settlement services in Windsor

When Welcoming Communities Spark Change (Louisa Taylor, Migrationist)
In the news of the unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States this year, it would be easy to focus on how the arrival of thousands of children has sparked a backlash from overwhelmed border communities. The numbers are staggering, the needs extensive – how can people cope?

Playing Togeter (Sport Research Intelligence)
Sport Matters Group, in partnership with SIRC, is pleased to present a webinar highlighting the recent ‘Playing Together’ report by Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).


Would Canada let them in, now? (Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star)
“We have to run — now.” A mother sweeps her children into her arms and treks for days to a safe country. Anwar Arkani’s mother used those words as their family, Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority in Burma, fled to Bangladesh in 1978. He was 11 and one of five children. But the urgent command — “we have to run, now” — is familiar to many refugees. After months or years living in fear and oppression, the single thought becomes: escape. “When your life is in danger you do what you need to do. The need for self-preservation is huge,” says Ratna Omidvar, president of the Maytree Foundation, which focuses on immigrant and refugee integration. In 1980 she, her husband and baby daughter fled the upheaval of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran. With colleague Dana Wagner, she’s written a book on escapes to Canada. Flight and Freedom recounts 30 harrowing refugee stories — the earliest a freed slave in the war of 1812, the most recent a gay man from Guyana who was accepted in January. The book, which will published in the spring of 2015, comes at a time when the global number of people currently displaced is higher that at any time since World War II — more than 50 million, the UNHCR reported in June.

Refugee claimants struggling to find health care after cuts (The Globe and Mail)
Two years ago, the Conservative government made cuts to refugee health care, arguing it would deter “bogus” refugees from coming to Canada and save taxpayers $100-million over five years. The cuts drew outrage from many refugee advocates, doctors, lawyers, and some provinces that found themselves footing the bill. Last month, a Federal Court ruling called the measure “cruel and unusual treatment” and found “no persuasive evidence” the cuts reduced claims and costs.


Building labour market policy… or how to aim a catapult (Fred Morley, Daily Business Buzz)
People have been building and using catapults for about 2400 years. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and broader labour market policies seem to be taking a similar targeting approach.—Fred-Morley/1

Temporary foreign workers perform critical jobs (Gwyn Morgan, The Globe and Mail)
Complaints that three McDonald’s franchises in Victoria were favouring foreign workers over domestic aired by the CBC in early April quickly burgeoned into sweeping changes to the program, affecting every sector across the country.

Alberta labour group says the temporary foreign worker program should be scrapped (Bill Graveland,
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows Alberta companies were given the green light to underpay temporary foreign worker

Documents show feds allowed companies to underpay temporary foreign workers (
The federal government gave companies across Canada approval to hire temporary foreign workers for less than market wage in 2013, the Alberta Federation of Labour says.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program misuse sanctioned by Harper government, union says (Amanada Connolly)
Alberta labour group says government allowed firms to pay foreign workers less to help drive down wages

Can You Overcome Inbuilt Bias? (Sebastian Bailey,
With recent reports on diversity from Google and Yahoo and reports in the WSJ that diversity programs can do more harm than good, the right way to approach Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic. The thing is, almost nobody would admit to being prejudiced nowadays. In fact most of us honestly believe that we are not. But racial prejudice exists in the form of unconscious, inbuilt preferences towards those who are similar to us and away from those who are different. These innate biases influence our behavior and mean that we unwittingly exclude others: which, as I’ve explained previously, provokes a similar physiological response to physical pain, and damages engagement and productivity in an increasingly diverse workforce. So what can be done? Is it possible to reprogram our brains and remove these inbuilt, implicit biases?

Communications and Program Assistant (TRIEC)
We’re looking for a Communications and Program Assistant, to support the work of the TRIEC communications team. The role focuses on event coordination, online communications and program communication support and will involve providing particular support to TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks program.

Young interns are worth more than $0 (Lewis Krashinsky, www.thestar.comView Original)
It’s time for the use of unpaid internships in Canada to be acknowledged for what it is — a system that takes advantage of the young.

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