Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 25, 2014


Swede visits Toronto for Canadian ideas in integration (Ranjit Bhaskar, Maytree)
He was a like child in a candy shop. For Maroun Aoun, CEO of IFS or the Swedish Association of Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Canada’s largest city presented a sensory overload of things to take back home.“Toronto is a beautiful picture of diversity. And it is not just confined to the subway. I see it everywhere; in offices, in businesses and in homes with mixed-race families,” said Maroun, not too worried that his quest for diversity and integration ideas was gnawing into holiday time with family while on a private visit. He was busy checking out the various initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area that aim to put the region’s diversity to work.

DiverseCity aims to help London, non-profits hear different voices (Metro News – London)
Some of the most influential groups in London could become more diverse in their makeup, thanks to a program being introduced by Pillar Nonprofit Network. DiverseCity started in Toronto and is spreading across the province and beyond. In London, Pillar is leading it by reaching out to organizations and helping them find ways to represent minorities better. That doesn’t just mean different ethnicities, explained Michelle Baldwin, executive director of Pillar. The phrase that’s being used is “visible minorities and under-represented immigrant communities,” to make sure everyone has a chance to be heard. It began with the Maytree Foundation in Toronto, which is making a wide range of tools and online resources available, Baldwin said.

Welcoming the 150,000th New Citizen of 2014 (
oday, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times.

Immigration law needs overhaul to deal with minor violations (R. Reis Pagtakhan,
Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander issued a statement setting out the federal government’s opposition to Canadian municipalities becoming "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants.

Mayor Designates Vancouver a “Sanctuary City” for Undocumented Migrants (CicNews)
The “Sanctuary City” movement, which promotes the idea that all people living in a city should be able to avail of public services without fear of their participation leading to deportation, has been endorsed by the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson.

Jane-Finch Residents Rally Against Immigrant Detentions (Desmond Cole,
On Tuesday, August 19, immigration consultant Alberto Mestanza stood on the southwest corner of Jane Street and Finch Avenue and delivered a strong message to Canada’s federal government: “We are here to say that enough is enough!” Mestanza, who has worked with the Spanish-speaking community for 20 years, was one of about 40 protesters who gathered to condemn the recent arrests of 21 undocumented people who live in the area.

Nanny spared deportation with reprieve from immigration minister (Nicholas Keung,
Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, a live-in caregiver facing deportation for “working without authorization,” is granted exemption to proceed with immigration application.

Mexican woman in Montreal fights deportation order (CBC News)
Unsettled custody, divorce with estranged husband means children must stay in Canada

Over Educated but Underpaid – The Plight of Filipinos in Canada (Asia Pacific Post)
While there is considerable upward mobility among children of immigrants in Canada some groups, including Filipino youth, are less likely to be among them, a study reported.
The study, “Understanding Intergenerational Social Mobility: Filipino Youth in Canada,” was published in February this year by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), an independent, bilingual Canadian non-profit organization, said a report on York University Geography Professor and Center for Asian Research Director Philip Kelly wrote: “Canadian research on intergenerational social mobility has shown that there is considerable upward mobility among children of immigrants. However, there are some groups that are exceptions to this overall pattern. Filipino youth present a double anomaly: they are less likely to hold a degree than either their parents or their peers in other racialized groups.”

The reassertion of whiteness in Canada: Deepan Budlakoti and Bill C-24 (Toby Moorsom, AlJazeera)
Is Bill C-24 strengthening Canadian citizenship?

Toronto councillor wants ‘thy sons’ taken out of O Canada (CBC)
A Toronto city councillor wants the words of Canada’s national anthem changed to include more gender-neutral language. Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, who was appointed to fill Adam Vaughan’s council seat after he won a federal byelection in June, will put forward a motion at Monday’s council meeting.

Small towns hope to replace exodus to cities with new immigrants (Ashley Csanady,
Canada’s cities are booming, but it’s killing the rural parts of the country. The 2011 census found that 35 per cent of us now live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and a big chunk of that is from immigration. Now a growing number of small towns are banking on new Canadians filling their greener pastures, too.

Immigration doesn’t need a fix (Readers’ Letters,
Re: Citizenship by birthright in crosshairs, Aug. 18 – When I came to Canada 48 years ago I worked in an office with people from 27 countries. I thought it was fantastic to meet all those people with different cultures and values, I still do.

Audio: Reasonable Accommodation? (CBC Metro Morning)
How do you determine "reasonable" accommodation for people with different beliefs or needs from the majority? Matt Galloway spoke with Michael Bach, he is the CEO of the Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, and with Raj Anand. He is a lawyer with Weir Foulds LLP, and former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Helmet Exemption? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Manohar Singh Bal. He is the Secretary of the Canadian Sikh Association.
Listen (runs 6:50) |

‘It’s mindboggling’: Sikh group furious that Kathleen Wynne won’t exempt turbans from motorcycle helmet law (Maria Babbage,
Ontario won’t allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, a decision the Canadian Sikh Association called “deeply” disappointing.

Halifax man alleges discrimination at Air Canada’s hands (Jacques Gallant, Toronto Star)
Mohamed Yaffa, who specializes in diversity and inclusion, testified in ongoing case he faced “enhanced security screening” due to his skin colour and religion.

New Aga Khan Museum will showcase Islamic art (CBC News)
The first museum in North America that will display only Islamic art will open to the public next month in Toronto.

World Humanitarian Day – 2014 Theme: The World Needs More…(United Nations)
World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

Does multiculturalism make a city more "liveable"? (Sacha Payne,
Australian cities consistently outrank other places in global liveability ratings.
Melbourne recently got the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, out of 150 capitals. It’s the fourth time the city’s been named number one in that survey, and it was joined by Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in the top 10.


Refugee appeal tribunal must independently confirm facts, judge rules (Nicholas Keung,
A new tribunal created to hear refugee appeals must conduct its own independent assessment of facts when reviewing decisions by lower tribunals, says the Federal Court of Canada.

Canada deports people to wars, repressive regimes ( Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star)
After rejecting their refugee claims, Canada sends people to places like Iraq and Afghanistan in spite of a formal ban on deportations to these countries.

‘I trust the Canadian justice system’: Drama and raw emotion evident in refugee hearing under publication ban (Adrian Humphreys,
There was drama and raw emotion at a refugee hearing Wednesday as a foreign citizen argued he was in need of Canada’s protection from his own government — but a sweeping publication ban prevents the National Post from revealing details of the person or his unusual case.

Refugee claimants struggling to find health care after cuts (
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.

Job posting: Director of Operations (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The CCR is seeking candidates for a newly created position of Director of Operations.The Director of Operations contributes to the overall success of the organization by effectively managing the organization’s finances and programs. This involves responsibilities for financial and administrative systems, resource development and human resource management.


Liberal MPs tour Maple Leaf, talk with foreign workers (Brandon Sun)
Liberal MPs Kevin Lamoureux and Rodger Cuzner were in Brandon Thursday to take a tour of Maple Leaf Foods, hold a roundtable with union officials and host a meeting with temporary foreign workers.

Manitoba Start provides a successful model for immigrant employment services (
The Manitoba government has renewed its ongoing support for an innovative program helping newcomers integrate into the labour market and achieve success. This announcement was made by Labour and Immigration Minister Erna Braun.

Maximum Wage (CBC Metro Morning)

Guest host Jill Dempsey spoke with Armine Yalnizyan. She is one of Metro Morning’s business commentators.
Listen audio (runs 5:59) |

Announcing LinkedIn Nonprofit Innovation Grant Recipients 2014 (LinkedIn)
LinkedIn for Good’s vision is to connect our members, employees, and communities to opportunities that make a positive impact on the world. In alignment with two of LinkedIn’s cultural tenets, transformation and taking intelligent risks, our grants program empowers employees with resources to support and take action on causes they care most strongly about.
GTCA will be creating the world’s most transparent youth jobs market in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to feed into a larger initiaive called "Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers" – an action that breaks down barriers so all young people can thrive and contribute their talents.

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