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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 17, 2013


Are you a city-builder? (DiverseCity Toronto)
We are calling for applications for the 2013 DiverseCity Fellows program. Apply now if you want to work with others on a city-building project, connect with a wide range of civic leaders, and strengthen your teamwork and leadership skills. Want to learn more about CivicActions DiverseCity Fellows program and Emerging Leaders Network? Join us for an orientation webinar on Thursday, July 27 from 12:00-1:00PM. Register online. Fellows bring their own perspectives to the program, and each takes away something different! Hear from some of the 2012 DiverseCity Fellows about their experience.

Permanent Resident Voting Isnt Backwards, Its Back To The Future (Desmond Cole)
Dissenters of the idea of permanent residents voting in our local elections, an idea Toronto city council endorsed this week, love to bang the drum of the status quo. Many reference, in the most superficial terms, the traditions enshrined within our British parliamentary system. They take offense at the mere suggestion of reform, as if the human and financial costs of our ever-lengthening citizenship process are mere inconveniences we must all bear. But why dont critics like the Globe and Mails Marcus Gee, who unfortunately called the request to enfranchise permanent residents a thoroughly backwards idea, ever mention that permanent residents have historically always been allowed to vote locally? This back-to-the-future proposal is a well-documented fact, and a seemingly inconvenient one for those who expect todays newcomers to pipe down and get back in line.

OCASI 35th Anniversary (OCASI)
For the past 35 years, OCASI has been actively involved in the promotion of the rights of immigrants and refugees in Canada. As things continue to change rapidly in our sector and with the Council, we see it necessary to take time to reflect upon and celebrate the continued efforts of our members and allies, as well as an opportunity to look into the future.

Globe and Mail Series on the growth of the Ontario city of Brampton – (Dakshana Bascaramurty)

Articles in this series:

A window to Canada’s future: how Brampton became a city to watch

How Brampton demonstrates the new vision of Canada

Diversity services in Brampton: A new frontier in treating patients

Tips on avoiding a clash between religious practice and medical

Diversity services in Brampton: A new frontier in treating patients

Video: How Brampton provides a glimpse into Canada’s future

Video: What one Brampton hospital is doing to accommodate its diverse population

Meet Harpal Singh, an Indian immigrant in Brampton

Sikh gurdwara reflects a radical openness to everyone

Five Thoughts about the Quebec Turban Kerfuffle (Navneet Alang, Ethnic Aisle)
Though a sensitive cultural issue in Quebec is a bit outside the purview of our Toronto-focused blog, given how it articulates so much about Canadian multiculturalism in general, I couldnt stay away from the topic. So here, in no particular order, are five points on the matter.

Behind the mask of perfection hides the flawed truth (Mohammed Al-Sharhan, Arab News)
How many times have you heard people repeating this sentence before, you would not see this in the western world, or If he was a westerner you wouldnt have seen him act this way. But why do Human Rights defenders in the Arab world constantly base their criticism on comparing between two different societies? Why are they deliberately trying to spread the view that their own society is a less civilized society that is a million miles away from the western perfect society? Although Canada is a multicultural society, the statistics of census of population have shown that the total number of interracial couples in 2006 was only four percent from the total number of 7,482,800 couples there. Also, the Canadian security intelligence investigations had conducted a poll in 2009 that have shown that racial crimes are up by 42 percent than it was in 2008, while the most common crimes were racial crimes with more than a half of the total number of hate crimes; religion, and sexual orientation had their fair share of the total hate crimes as well, with numbers of 29 percent that was reported to be crimes because of religion and 13 percent were crimes because of sexual orientation.

A reason not to become a citizen (Readers’ Letters, Toronto Star)
I have been living in Toronto for 10 years and I decided a long time ago not to become a Canadian citizen. Why? My reason is quite simple. My home country does not allow for dual citizenship. If it did I would run to the immigration office and become a true Canadian. The Canadian Immigration Act is very liberal compared to most other countries. I come from Norway and it does not accept dual status. I could give up my Norwegian citizenship, but after serious consideration I have chosen not to do so. The only reason being that my children can have dual status as long as I stay Norwegian. If I give up my Norwegian status, my kids would lose their status as well. I want them to have the right to make their own choice when they are old enough.

Who is a good citizen? A good MP? Deserving of voting rights? This week in #cdnpoli identity crises (Leora Smith, Samara Canada)
Electoral reform alert! Toronto city council voted to support ranked ballots in municipal elections (read more here) and to let permanent residents vote. Now its up to the province to give them the O.K.

Survey shows immigration flows rising in OECD countries (
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has released its International Migration Outlook for 2013. The report shows that the level of immigration in OECD countries is rising but remains lower than it was before the economic crisis of 2007. Permanent immigration to OECD countries rose by 2% in 2011 and by a further 2% in 2012. It also finds that the number of international students continues to rise. There were over 2.6m such students in 2010. By far the greatest number of migrants, 1.06m, settled in the US in 2012. Next came Russia (413,000), Spain (349,000), the UK (321,000) and Italy (312,000). The US also has the highest total immigrant population. 40.38m people who reside in the US were born elsewhere. This compares with 7.43m in the UK, 6.93 in Canada and 6.03m in Australia.

CIC announces proposed changes to ‘dependent children’ definition – International Law Office (International Law Office)
On May 10 2013 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced proposed regulatory amendments that will narrow the definition of ‘dependent child’ by reducing the age limit to children under the age of 19 and removing the exception for full-time students. Once implemented, this proposed change will adversely affect the dependent children of all prospective immigrants to Canada.

Proposed reduction in age of dependent children (CCR)
The proposed changes will likely be published in the Canada Gazette on May 18, with a 30 day period for comments. This means that groups concerned about these proposals will need to give their comments to government by Monday June 17. For an update on where to send comments, check back here:

Are Canadians ready to be represented by their elected visible minorities? (South Asian Focus)
Even as the outcry against the decision in Quebec to ban kids from wearing patkas or keskis while playing on the soccer field rises to a crescendo, the issue of race continues to be a contentious one across Canada. The words themselves may variously address such terms as religious accommodation or human rights or diversity equity or visible minorities and these terms no doubt speak to different aspects of a central theme but make no mistake about it, for its the issue of race that stitches together all these words.

Revised Canadian citizen test results in more failures (Agora Cosmopolitan)
More people than ever are failing the citizenship exam since Immigration Canada increased the difficulty level of the test last year in March of 2012. The CBC reports that there is a correlation between education level and how much of a decrease can be seen in their pass rate. For example, those with a bachelors degree saw an 8 % decrease in their pass rate, whereas those with a high school education dropped as much as 15 %. It should also be noted that those with a bachelors education and above fall into the immigration category called economic class and are seen as most likely to stimulate the Canadian economy. Those who fall into a family class may have lower levels of education and are interested in coming to Canada to reconnect with family members who already live there.

Love or country? Immigration law means hard choices for gay couples (Moni Basu, CNN)
Canada is the top destination for same-sex binational couples in the United States because of proximity and its immigration system. Canada uses a point system to determine who will be allowed in to live and work. Applicants are awarded points for proficiency in education, job experience and language skills. If one partner qualifies for immigration status in Canada, he or she can sponsor the other.

Canada surfs Silicon Valley for immigrant startups, but can it keep them? (Danny Bradbury, Financial Post)
Who knew Canadians could be so cheeky? tweeted Paul Graham, one of the founders of San Francisco-based tech accelerator Ycombinator last month. The tweet accompanied a picture of a billboard, looming above the 101 highway. H-1B problems? It commiserated. Pivot to Canada. New Start-Up Visa. Low taxes. Canada is surfing Silicon Valleys neighbourhood, looking for immigrant talent. But if we get it, can we keep it?

Start-Up Visa is just the beginning for immigrant entrepreneurs (Chris Riddell, Financial Post)
For many, the governments Start-Up Visa launched in April is making Canada an even better place to start a business. The program, which awards permanent resident status to those who qualify, is a huge incentive. The 2,750 visas are intended to attract the best and brightest, which means applicants must meet a set of criteria to qualify, and even if a visa is awarded it doesnt guarantee success for the business. Naeem Noorani knows how difficult a new start can be. He came to Canada 15 years ago and unable to find a job in the world of advertising he took a job in publishing. A round of layoffs in 2003 again left him looking for a job. Unable to find a good paying position, he decided to start a business.

Terry Fox preps Chinese students for Canada (News1130)
Zhang has been accepted into the business management program at the University of B.C. (Okanagan campus), while Zhou who designed the T-shirts her peers are wearing will attend Torontos York University to take fine arts. The pair are among a graduating class of 27 students in the school of 124 who next year will also attend institutions including the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, the University of P.E.I. and St. Marys in Halifax. But while these soon-to-be international students from mostly affluent Chinese families have put in vast hours of not only academic study but preparatory efforts for a smoother transition to life in the West, statistically its expected most from this school will return home again with their highly-regarded Canadian degrees.

The new African Diaspora in Vancouver (Gillian Creese, rabble)
Editors Note: This article is the first in a Mainlander series that will bring the research of academics into the public sphere. The aim of the series is to further our understanding of Vancouvers many hidden corners while strengthening connections between local movements. In particular, we hope to disseminate research whose true importance lies beyond the university. Gillian Creese is a Professor of Sociology at UBC and the article is based on her 2011 book, The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging (University of Toronto Press).

Quebec soccer federation scraps controversial turban ban after FIFA ruling (Ryan Remiorz, Calgary Herald)
Quebec’s soccer federation is ending its much-criticized turban ban. The organization made the announcement one day after soccer’s world body said wearing turbans on the pitch was acceptable. The ban prompted the Canadian Soccer Association to suspend the Quebec Soccer Federation earlier this week.

Poll: Over 80% of Canadians support stripping citizenship from Canadian terrorists (Jason Kenney)
A poll conducted by NRG Research group in October of 2012 showed that Canadians overwhelmingly support stripping citizenship from convicted terrorists. Detailed results are below. Over 80% of Canadians support stripping citizenship from convicted terrorists, regardless of voting preference, country of birth, age, gender, or region.

Petition: NDP defends citizenship for convicted terrorists (Jason Kenney)
Convicted terrorists should be stripped of their Canadian citizenship. Anyone who commits terrorist acts in Canada or abroad has clearly renounced their Canadian citizenship by rejecting Canadian values and the loyalty to our country that citizenship requires. I believe it is absolutely shameful that Thomas Mulcairs NDP are fighting against stripping Canadian citizenship from convicted terrorists.


Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care spearheads national protests (Sun News Network)
Doctors, nurses and medical students across Canada will once again urge the government to “reverse the reckless cuts to refugee health care.” Organized by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, the second coast-to-coast National Day of Action will feature protests in 17 cities Monday. “It has been almost one year since the government made changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) which has left many patients including sick children and pregnant women fleeing sexual violence suffering,” the CDRC said in a statement. “These events are a demonstration of health care workers and allies unwavering support of refugee patients and ongoing opposition to the IFH cuts.”

Day of Action June 17, 2013 (Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care)
Join us for a National Day of Action on June 17th, 2013! Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is organizing a second National Day of Action on June 17th to take the facts directly to the streets and tell Canadians the consequences of the federal governments cuts to refugee health care. Despite widespread opposition from a broad group of health care workers across Canada, the federal government has implemented cuts to health insurance for refugees. As predicted, many are suffering as a result. There have been well documented cases of people being denied care including pregnant women and sick children. Health care workers join others in continuing to speak out for those who do not have the opportunity to do so. Join us on June 17th for the second National Day of Action. It is an opportunity to show the Federal Government that Canadians will stand up for the most vulnerable among us.

Support Refugees in Canada (St. Joseph’s)
What: National Day of Action to Stop Cuts to Refugee Health Care Where: Parliament Hill Facebook: The Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care are organizing their second National Day of Action to urge the federal government to rescind last years cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program. Join them on Parliament Hill to show your support.

Rally for newcomers’ health care (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Hundreds of health-care workers, newcomers and their friends are set to rally at noon today in Central Park to celebrate Manitoba’s “compassion” and to call for help for refugees in other provinces suffering without health benefits. The National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care is being held in Winnipeg and 18 other Canadian cities and is organized by doctors and health-care providers. It’s a response to the federal government cuts to supplemental health benefits for privately sponsored refugees approved and invited to Canada.

Join the June 17 day of action for refugee health (Jesse Mclaren,
These are some of the results of the Harper governments cuts to refugee health care over the past year. According to Dr. Meb Rashid, medical director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. The patients we see have fled unimaginable terror to seek a safer life in Canada, and our government is telling doctors that they cannot provide necessary treatment. On April 25 of last year, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced drastic cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, implemented on June 30. Kenney claimed the cuts would be fair, save money and protect public health — and all these claims were bogus. As the Canadian Council for Refugees immediately predicted, the cuts would create a two-tier system of refugee care, deny essential medical care, institutionalize gender discrimination and offload costs to the provinces. Thats exactly what has happened.

Refugee Care: We Are Standing Up To Say That This Is Wrong (Huffington Post)
Today, as we celebrate the National Day of Action against the Refugees Healthcare cuts on June 17th, I decided to interview Benjamin Langer, a third-year medical student, to enlighten Canadian readers regarding the budget cuts in Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Benjamin currently holds the position of National Officer for Human Rights and Peace for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, in this role coordinator the organization’s Global Health Advocacy Program. He has been involved with activism for over a decade, ranging across many ecological, human rights, and social justice issues. The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) is a program managed by the canadian government that provides access to health care for refugees and refugee claimants in the country. Last June, an important part of its funding was cut, restricting even more the limited provided coverage for “essential and urgent services.” Many groups of physicians and other health professionals advocate to cancel or amend those disastrous changes, without any major success so far.

Viktoria Mohácsi seeking asylum in Canada (Mirjam Donath, Scotsman)
From being a leading human rights activist and member of the European Parliament, she is now an asylum-seeker living in a one-room flat in Toronto, Canada. The 38-year-old mother of three fears if she returns to her native Hungary, her life will be in danger, because she is a Roma.

Threatened with torture abroad, faced with limited health coverage in Canada (Julia Wong, Global News)
Isaac Ochwo fled his native Uganda for Canada after he was threatened with torture for his human rights activism, but he is facing another battle in this country: limited healthcare coverage for refugee claimants. Ochwo, 35, arrived in Halifax in early April. He was forced to flee because the Uganda government was displeased with his work advocating for childrens rights, womens rights and gay rights. Ochwo says the decision was hard to make but he did not have a choice. I came to Canada because I had to come, in order to be alive, he said simply.

EU lawmaker to Canada asylum seeker: A Roma’s long trek (Mirjam Donath, Reuters)
Less than four years ago, Viktoria Mohácsi enjoyed the life of an international politician, eating at pricey restaurants in Brussels and winning awards as a human rights activist. Today, the 38-year old mother of three sleeps on the floor of a one-room basement apartment in Toronto and faces deportation. As a political asylum seeker, she hopes to convince Canada that the life of a former member of the European Parliament could be in danger in a democratic country like Hungary.

Hospitals paying for federal cuts to refugee care (Joanna Frketich, Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton’s hospitals are starting to bear the costs of federal cuts to refugee care. “I see the cuts beginning to bite,” said Dr. David Higgins, president of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “We’re going to see more of these patients present to hospital.” St. Joseph’s is caring for at least one refugee a week with no health coverage after the federal government made significant cuts a year ago, affecting, in particular, those from countries deemed to be safe by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Open doors to refugees: council (Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now)
Canada needs to better support refugees – that was the key message coming from the Canadian Council for Refugees, which held a national conference in Burnaby recently. “We need to continue and reopen the doors and be proud to protect refugees,” said Loly Rico, the council’s president. The three-day conference was held at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, from May 30 to June 1, to share best practices and advice on how to create secure and welcoming communities for refugees.

Opinion: Cuts depriving refugees of essential care (Camille Gérin, Montreal Gazette)
In June of last year, the federal government made drastic cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, the health-insurance plan for refugee claimants and refugees. These cuts to different types of coverage, depending on refugee category and country of origin, are discriminatory and arbitrary, and deprive many refugees of essential health care. Over the past year, along with other health-care providers across Canada, we have documented numerous cases in which refugee claimants have faced demands for fees or refusal of health care, compromising their well-being and undermining their dignity.

Reasonable Doubt: Tortured Nigerian barred from making refugee claim (Carmen Hamilton,
In her article last week, Laurel Dietz related the story of Ugochukwu Nwanebu (“Ugo”), a Nigerian national who was convicted of using his uncle’s passport to enter Canada. Due to his ethnic origin and his participation in a non-violent political group, Ugo had been subjected to interrogations and torture at the hands of the Nigerian police, and was fleeing Nigeria to escape persecution. Ugo saw Canada as a safe haven. Unfortunately, he did not understand how to make a refugee claim.

Take a stand for refugee health (Chronicle Journal)
I have just completed my first year at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. I am the global health advocate for my school and I am also involved in immigrant and refugee health. On Monday, several cities in Canada are participating in the National Day of Action to stand up for refugee health. In the past year, there have been drastic changes to policies on refugee health care. On June 30, 2012, changes to refugee health through the Interim Federal Health Care Program (IFHP) were implemented. The IFHP is the program that funds health care for refugees in Canada. Prior to the changes, all refugees received the same health care, which is similar to provincial health care coverage for people receiving social assistance.

Newer refugees struggle more over time (Jeff Outhit, The Record)
Drawing on a Statistics Canada database, The Record analyzed average incomes for refugees who landed in Waterloo Region between 1996 and 2010, who filed tax returns here and who declared an income.

Local services ease often painful transition for refugees (The Record)
When they look in the mirror, they see themselves as Somalians, Sudanese or Ethiopians. But when African youth arrive in Canada, they are often labelled as black. “In Africa, we were identified by our country, but here you lose your identity,” said Sadia Gassim, a Somalian who arrived in Canada with four sons in 1993. “Our children have the identity of black. The dominant culture saw them as black,” she said. “Accepting that label is very hard.”

Refugees still welcome but fewer are coming (Jeff Outhit, The Record)
Imagine that you have been threatened and must flee your home and country. It’s not safe for you to return. Waterloo Region could be your safe haven. In the last decade, 5,444 international refugees resettled in the region after fleeing violence or oppression abroad. Although this is a refuge, it’s a strange place with a new language, unfamiliar weather and different customs. You have to learn English, find an affordable place to live, find a family doctor and find work. “Settlement trauma can be even harder,” said Mira Malidzanovic, who directs programs at the Reception House in central Kitchener where many refugees spend their first weeks. Refugees bring trauma and pain with them and then face new hardships.

Refugee family now calls the region home after escaping Iraq (Luisa D’Amato, The Record)
She just had a feeling that something wasn’t right in her house. Something told her to get out. So Sajidah Ghadhban quickly gathered her three children and went next door to her sister’s place. A few minutes later, her home blew up. Nothing was left but rubble. Ghadhban and her children Mohammad, 16, Eman, 14, and Ali, 12 had been targeted by the terrorist group al-Qaida in their native Iraq. After their home was destroyed in 2005, they fled to Lebanon, but weren’t really safe there either.

Timeline of refugee settlement in Waterloo Region (Luisa D’Amato, The Record)
From the 1840s to today.

The Conservative Assault on Refugees (Larry Rousseau, Huffington Post)
If there is one aspect of the federal Conservatives’ program to reshape Canada that best encapsulates the values that inform their actions, it is the new, cold treatment refugees arriving at Canada’s doorsteps are now facing. Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which previously provided refugees with healthcare in line with programs available to Canadians on social assistance, were announced in Budget 2012 and came into effect last June. Under the revised IFHP, all refugees (including children) lose access to medication coverage and vision and dental care. Moreover, all refugees arriving in Canada from one of some 35 countries deemed “safe” by the Conservatives lose all health coverage, including urgent care.


Canada Job Grant program is deeply flawed, report says (Barrie Mckenna, Globe and Mail)
Ottawas $900-million job grant scheme is a windfall for companies that already train workers, opens few new opportunities for the unskilled and saps funds from existing government efforts, according to a new report. The program is deeply flawed public policy and should be scrapped, say the authors of a report to be released Monday by the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto and the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. A government incentive program to do something governments are already doing doesnt seem to make much sense, Mowat director Matthew Mendelsohn said in an interview.


Survey shows widespread ESA violations, including pay below minimum wage (Workers’ Action Centre)
A recent study released by the Chinese Canadian National Council-Toronto chapter documents widespread employment standards violations facing Chinese workers. The study One Step Forward, Two Steps Back found that 20% of workers surveyed were paid less than minimum wage. Many workers described problems getting paid on time or at all. 45% of workers reported working hours that they did not get paid for, and 19% said they had been paid late. Only half of the workers received public holiday pay and a shocking 77% of workers said they did not receive any overtime pay.

Migrant Workers Are Parents Too (UFCW)
Migrant workers are parents too. Each season, migrant agricultural workers leave their families for as long as three years to do hard and gruelling work to put food on the tables of Canadian families. Now, the Harper government has attacked some of the most vulnerable workers in Canada by disqualifying migrant workers from Employment Insurance (EI) parental and compassionate care benefits despite the fact that migrant workers must continue to pay over $25 million a year in EI premiums, and have paid hundreds of millions of dollars into the EI fund for decades.

Campaign Sends Harper a Message that “Migrant Workers Are Parents Too” (Marketwired)
As Father’s Day approaches, a national grassroots, multimedia, and postcard campaign has been launched by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) to tell the Harper government that “Migrant Workers Are Parents Too”, and to re-instate the right of migrant agriculture workers who contribute to Employment Insurance to have equal access to the Parental Benefits of the program. The activism kicks-off Friday, June 14, with the launch of national web-based “Migrant Workers Are Parents Too” campaign delivered to Stephen Harper (

Accused wasnt going to discard Filipino nanny like a piece of trash, defence lawyer tells jury (Keith Fraser, The Province)
A man accused of enslaving a Filipino nanny knew that she was in Canada illegally but didnt want to put her out on the street like a piece of trash, the accuseds lawyer said Tuesday. Franco Orr and his wife Nicole Huen have pleaded not guilty to human trafficking charges arising from an allegation they brought Leticia Sarmiento to Canada from Hong Kong under false pretences. Sarmiento has claimed that things went well in Hong Kong but that her life changed dramatically when she arrived in Vancouver and that she was kept in domestic servitude for nearly two years.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 14, 2013


#cdndiversity a new conversation on Twitter (Maytree)
You may have seen it already the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI-ICDI) started using a new hashtag on Twitter: #cdndiversity. We thought it was a great idea. We tweeted it out and suggested that Canadians tweeting about diversity start using it.

Immigration Cost to Countries Is Overstated, Study Finds (David Jolly, New York Times)
Public debate about immigration is being distorted by unfounded concerns over the financial burden that new arrivals put on governments, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report on Thursday. Across the developed world, the fiscal impact of immigration is close to zero, the organization said in the report, which compares the costs of immigration internationally. The current impact of the cumulative waves of migration that arrived over the past 50 years is just not that large, it added, whether on the positive or negative side.

Multiculturalism: More than Cultural Diversity (Isabelle Lafontaine-Émond, Library of Parliament)
In Canada, one in five people is foreign-born, and more than 200 ethnic origins have been reported. Given this situation, it is interesting to compare the way in which Canadas multiculturalism model manages growing pluralism with how integration models elsewhere in the world do so. Canadian multiculturalism Multiculturalism defines society as a mosaic of communities. It does not provide recognition to the culture of the majority, or founding peoples. Indeed, the Canadian Multiculturalism Act advocates the recognition and appreciation of the diverse cultures of Canadian society, as well as the promotion of the expressions of those cultures.

Diversity reigns among wealthy Canadians (
The study found that two-thirds (67%) are self-made millionaires, making their wealth on their own, while only one-in-five (20%) attribute at least part of their wealth to an inheritance. Additionally, almost half (48%) are either immigrants to Canada (24%), or describe themselves as first-generation Canadians with at least one parent born outside of Canada (24%). Within this group of new Canadians, more than two-thirds (68%) reported that their wealth was self-made. Interestingly, the study found that new Americans account for only one-third of the wealthy in the U.S.

Nearly half of our millionaires are immigrants, new Canadians (CTV)
A new survey finds close to half of the country’s millionaires are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians who made the bulk of their money after their arrival to the country. By comparison, only 20 per cent of respondents attributed at least part of their wealth to an inheritance. The BMO Harris Private Banking survey found that 48 per cent of Canadians with liquid assets of $1 million or more were either immigrants (24 per cent), or first-generation Canadians (24 per cent), meaning they had at least one parent born outside the country. In British Columbia, a full 68 per cent of the millionaires said they were new Canadians.

Video: The new profile of Canadas richest (Business News Network)
Close to half of Canada’s high-net-worth individuals are immigrants or first-generation Canadians, says a new study. The survey conducted for BMO Harris Private Banking found that 48 percent of the country’s affluent – those with investable assets of $1 million or more – are either immigrants (24 percent) or describe themselves as first-generation Canadians with at least one parent born outside the country (24 percent). In the United States, only one-third of the wealthy are either immigrants or first-generation Americans, according to the report. The poll also concluded that 67 percent – or two-thirds – of wealthy Canadians are self-made millionaires, with 20 percent attributing at least part of their wealth to an inheritance.

NDP filibuster would-be bill to strip terrorists of Canadian citizenship (Tobi Cohen,
Furious with the Conservative Party for its attempt to overhaul a private members bill to include provisions to strip Canadian citizenship from convicted terrorists, the NDP has launched a filibuster in whats shaping up to be a He Said, She Said procedural battle. Devinder Shory, the Conservative behind Bill C-425, said the NDP has reached a new low by standing in the way of efforts to protect the safety and security of Canadians and integrity of Canadian citizenship. NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims, meanwhile, said the Conservatives are abusing parliamentary process and usurping private members business to push forward the governments agenda.

Citizenship stripping bill sparks late-night clash at committee (Kady O’Malley, CBC)
As the House continues to meander its way through the government’s legislative priority list, a pitched battle is underway at Citizenship and Immigration over Conservative MP Devinder Shory’s bid to strip citizenship from dual nationals who commit acts of war against Canadian soldiers. At press time, the details of the ongoing dispute are somewhat sketchy, but reports suggest that the opposition parties are attempting to stop the Conservatives from using their majority to extend the existing deadline for sending the bill back to the House by an additional 30 days, which would, in theory, give them sufficient time to incorporate the substance of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s musings on the matter earlier this year by extending it to cover acts of terrorism as well.

Public Citizen: Red tape cut to help Haitian toddlers adoption (Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen)
It appears that Smith, the Haitian toddler being adopted by a Kanata couple, will be in Canada sometime in the coming months after all. As recounted in Thursdays Public Citizen, a sponsorship application for permanent residency from the mother-to-be, Sarah Currie, had still not made it to the processing stage by Wednesday even though the papers arrived at Citizenship and Immigration offices in Mississauga on June 4. But late Thursday morning, the department emailed Currie to tell her she meets the requirements to sponsor Smith as a permanent resident.

Let ethnic vote evolve in Canada (Joe Jeerakathil, Star Phoenix)
I sincerely wish that politicians such as Kenney leave the ethnic communities alone. Are these groups considered easier to brainwash and possible prey to the blandishments and promises of a golden era if they vote Conservative? Let minorities evolve. Given time, they will figure out Canada’s political contours. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with political parties seeking support in a whole range of communities. It is highly desirable for parties to appeal to voters simply as citizens, not as hyphenated Canadians. Politicians should refrain from influencing ethnic communities with hyperbolic nonsense. And ethnic communities shouldn’t swallow lock stock and barrel what politicians tell them. Strident political apparatchiks such as Kenney are just politicking when they try to woo their votes.

On the soccer pitch, we are all Sikhs now (John Ivison, National Post)
Soccer player Yiannis Amir, right, with teammates Thomas Plante St-Cyr, left, and Kairbek Mourtazov wear turbans during practice of FC Brossard U14AA on Monday June 10, 2013 at Poly-Arena park in Brossard, Quebec. Pierre Obendrauf / Postmedia News A YouTube video has been circulating among the members of my OldTimers soccer team, entitled: How to tie a turban. The team, based in Chelsea, Que., is planning to don the Sikh headgear to protest the idiocy of the Quebec Soccer Federations turban ban.

Its Team Multiculturalism vs. Team Integration in Quebec (Wayne K. Spear, National Post)
Its slippery on that field where we kick around notions of respect and tolerance. The teams in Quebecs match of the turbans, which Ill call Team Multiculturalism and Team Integration, each make valid points. They are also punting to the stands, not to the actual goal. One side hardly notices that pluralism may obtain within a larger, integrationist framework, an arrangement that would make principled objections to the dastar, rumal and patka superfluous. By principled objections I mean to include only those arguments that address the real issue: multicultural societies must foster social and cultural unity and cohesion, or face the consequences if they do not.

Permanent Residents (CBC Metro Morning)
What would the right to vote mean to permanent residents? This morning Matt Galloway spoke with Subra Balakrishnan, he came to Canada 10 years ago from India, and with Shadi Rezvan. She came here from Iran eight years ago.

Black lawyers win Ontario discrimination appeal (Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail)
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a lower-court ruling and sided with a pair of Toronto-area black lawyers who say they faced racial profiling when they were asked for identification by an employee at a courthouse library. The provinces top court also ordered the Peel Law Association and one of its librarians, Melissa Firth, to pay $30,000 in legal costs as it reinstated $2,000 awards ordered by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for lawyers Selwyn Pieters and Brian Noble.

The Growing Linkages Between Migration and Microfinance (Migration Policy Institute)
Yet increasingly, there are threads of discourse linking migration and microfinance. MFIs (sometimes with the support of development institutions) are targeting migrant households for a variety of microfinance services, including loan products. These organizations, as well as some policymakers and academics, view microfinance institutions as ideal actors through which to empower migrant households. Moreover, there is increasing recognition that migration and microfinance have already been interacting in unexpected and sometimes problematic ways. Some households use microcredit as an advance on expected remittances from family members abroad; others use loans to finance the costs of migration. There is also evidence that migration is used as a coping mechanism to manage debt when microenterprises fail, pushing loan recipients abroad in search of better economic opportunity. These connections highlight that linking migration and microfinance has the potential to expand opportunities for migrants and their families, as well as generate or exacerbate vulnerabilities.

Proud Politics (SOY H.E.A.T. (Human rights. Equity. Access. Team))
Proud Politics is working with the Maytree Foundation School4Civics to increase diversity in our political system by increasing the number of elected LGBT officials at all levels of government. We’re gonna be mixing up the tried and true Maytree School4Civics bootcamps with some queer-tastic LGBTQ elements via the Proud Politics team. Here are a few key dates and a general outline of what you could be taking part in! PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES and register where appropriate!


Veteran journalist Peter Goodspeed wins Atkinson Fellowship (Karissa Donkin, Toronto Star)
Veteran journalist Peter Goodspeed will use the year-long Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to produce an in-depth series of stories about Canadas refugee system. The fellowship, with a $75,000 stipend and $25,000 research budget, gives a reporter the resources to dig into and write about a public policy issue that matters to Canadians.

Refugee health cuts: 50 prominent Canadians sign declaration demanding an end to suffering (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
About 50 prominent Canadians including Giller Prize winning author Dr. Vincent Lam, Life of Pi author Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Kiefer Sutherland and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband John Ralston Saul have signed a declaration asking Ottawa to reverse its cuts to refugee claimants health care. A year ago, Ottawa announced cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program that critics say have left many patients suffering, including sick children and pregnant women fleeing sexual violence.

Refugee family wants to call Canada home (Dominik Kurek, Oakville Beaver)
While a local family failed to successfully tug the heartstrings of immigration officials, a group of students and staff at T.A. Blakelock High School is hoping the deportation of one of their own can be stopped. Im perplexed with how we do things sometimes, said Blakelock construction teacher Leonardo Petti. We have people who get away with murder and they can travel here … and do whatever they want, and here we have some good people and we cant keep them in our country. Its frustrating.

Video: Health Justice Collective (IChannel)
Activist who work in the healthcare field in Montreal form the Health Justice Collective in response to cuts to the Interim Federal Health plan. Dr. Nazila Bettache, Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain and nurse Anne-Marie Gallant tell Kevin OKeefe about the hardships they see because of cuts to refugee healthcare.


CBA great way to build our city and neighbourhoods through the Big Move (Evelyn Myrie, Hamilton Spectator)
The Big Move provides a great opportunity for cities to consider ways to create better communities and better social infrastructure, too. As Metrolinx rolls out its regional transportation plan, community leaders in Toronto are pushing for the creation of what is known as a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) a contract with Metrolinx that would spell out the community benefits of the project.


Practical Ways for an Employer to Maximize International Talent (
Even as were heading into summer vacation, keep HR needs in mind to maintain your companys productivity. Consider these useful tips on how you can maximize immigrant talent, courtesy of the Waterloo Immigration Partnership.

Whatever you call it, discrimination is alive and well in the work place (Grace-edward Galabuzi And Sheila Block, Globe and Mail)
Economist Frances Woolley raises important issues about the term visible minority in a recent Globe Op-ed. She questions its lack of precision and its usefulness as an indicator of labour market discrimination and, therefore, whether it is a legitimate policy objective to try to improve labour market outcomes for people described as visible minorities. Discomfort with the term visible minority is shared by the United Nations. This discomfort is shared even closer to home, by many Canadian scholars and advocates who are also concerned with the visible minority label and its connotations. The difficulties we have in describing or considering race are grounded in its conceptual limitations. As a result, a number of other terms have emerged to describe the set of social and economic experiences that are captured by the concept of race or racialization. We know that race is not a scientific term; there is no biological basis for our ideas about racial differences. We also know that our concepts of race change over time. In the last century, Jewish and Irish were considered to be separate races in North America, just as Black and South Asian are considered to be now.

Controversial Inspection Measures Proposed for Foreign Worker Program (CICS News)
Enhanced inspection regulations for Canadas Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) were announced on Saturday, June 8th. When the proposed regulations take effect, immigration officials will have the right to enter Canadian places of employment without first obtaining a search warrant. The inspection regulations have been proposed in the midst of a nation-wide controversy surrounding Canadas use of temporary foreign workers. Specifically, two highly publicized cases brought to light what may be widespread abuses of the TFWP. In response to public criticism, the government has announced a number of new measures to demonstrate its tough policy towards Canadian employers who refuse to comply with program standards.

Accused wasnt going to discard Filipino nanny like a piece of trash, defence lawyer tells jury (Keith Fraser, The Province)
A man accused of enslaving a Filipino nanny knew that she was in Canada illegally but didnt want to put her out on the street like a piece of trash, the accuseds lawyer said Tuesday. Franco Orr and his wife Nicole Huen have pleaded not guilty to human trafficking charges arising from an allegation they brought Leticia Sarmiento to Canada from Hong Kong under false pretences. Sarmiento has claimed that things went well in Hong Kong but that her life changed dramatically when she arrived in Vancouver and that she was kept in domestic servitude for nearly two years.

Nanny pleaded to come to Canada, trial told (Globe and Mail)
A Filipina nanny who claims she was tricked into coming to Canada on the promise of becoming a permanent resident was told explicitly by a customs agent she could remain in the country for only six months, a human trafficking trial has heard. Franco Orr and his wife, Nicole Huen, are charged with human trafficking for allegedly bringing Leticia Sarmiento to B.C. from Hong Kong and forcing her into domestic servitude. They have pleaded not guilty. The couple says the trip was intended to last only two or three months, after which they would return to Hong Kong and Ms. Sarmiento to the Philippines.


Capital for you to change the world! (Tonya Surman, CSI)
At CSI, we believe that new innovations are the key to turning the environmental, social, cultural and economic challenges we face into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet. We know that early stage social ventures often struggle to raise capital to test and scale their ideas. Well, were all about solutions, and we dont like excuses! Thats why I am so pleased that we were able to announce the launch of the $600K Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund. The first multi sector partnership of its kind, Catapult is a small but mighty fund that is dedicated to supporting early stage social enterprises with loans of $5-25K. Our first investments will be made in September and there will be a total of four investment rounds over the next year as part of this pilot.

Social enterprise – a threat to traditional charity? (Charity Village)
Social enterprise is gaining more and more traction in Australia, following its success in the US and UK but is it a threat to the traditional charity model, asks Daniel Flynn, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou Water.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 13, 2013


The new Canadian millionaires: Women and immigrants (Francine Kopun, Toronto Star)
Almost half of Canadas richest residents are new immigrants or first generation Canadians, according to research conducted for BMO. The survey found that two-thirds of Canadas millionaire respondents were self-made, with only 20 per cent attributing at least part of their wealth to an inheritance. And 48 per cent were either immigrants to Canada (24 per cent) or described themselves as first generation Canadians, with at least one parent born outside of Canada (24 per cent), according to the research.

An inside look at Canadas millionaires (Misty Harris,
Seeking the American dream? Come to Canada. In one of the most comprehensive studies of our nations affluent, analysts report that two-thirds of Canadas millionaires are self-made. Strikingly, almost half the nations high net-worth individuals are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians, compared to just one-third of millionaires in the U.S., and nearly seven in 10 of them generated their own riches. Canada has always been positioned as a place of opportunity; with this study, were able to validate that, said Yannick Archambault, vice-president and chief operating officer of BMO Harris Private Banking, which commissioned the study. (Immigrants) bring a strong work ethic, a lot of determination and entrepreneurship.

BMO Harris Private Banking Changing Face of Wealth Study: Diversity Reigns Among High-Net Worth Canadians (BMO)
The study found that two-thirds (67 per cent) are self-made millionaires, making their wealth on their own, while only one-in-five (20 per cent) attribute at least part of their wealth to an inheritance. Additionally, almost half (48 per cent) are either immigrants to Canada (24 per cent), or describe themselves as first generation Canadians with at least one parent born outside of Canada (24 per cent). Within this group of new Canadians, more than two-thirds (68 per cent) reported that their wealth was self-made. Interestingly, the study found that new Americans account for only one-third of the wealthy in the U.S.

Vancouver Sun: Immigration Costs Canada $20 Billion a Year (CICS)
In a special to the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday, a Simon Fraser University professor of economics, Herbert Grubel, argues that immigration costs Canadians up to $20 billion a year when all the costs and benefits are tallied. Grubel, who is also a senior research fellow at the Fraser Institute, goes through some of recent findings on the economic effects of immigration from studies in various countries to come to his estimate.

Non Citizen Vote (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Desmond Cole. He is an urban activist and a writer with Torontoist.

Giving non-citizens the right to vote in city elections: Your questions answered. (Rachel Mendleson, Toronto Star)
Toronto City Council is asking the province to allow permanent residents who aren’t yet citizens to vote in local elections. Heres what you need to know.

Council votes in favour of electoral reform measures (CBC)
Toronto city councillors voted on Monday in favour of extended voting rights, different balloting, and online voting that could be a groundbreaking step towards electoral reform in Canada’s biggest municipality. If adopted, a key part of the proposed new measures would mean voting would no longer be restricted to only Canadian citizens, but also the hundreds of thousands of permanent residents living in the city, said Coun. Joe Mihevc.

Council votes to allow permanent residents to cast ballots (Don Peat, Toronto Sun)
City council wants to give non-Canadian citizens the right to vote in Toronto municipal elections. After a heated debate Tuesday, councillors voted 21 to 20 to ask the province to amend legislation to allow permanent residents the right to vote in local races. While Mayor Rob Ford voted against the idea, Councillor Anthony Perruzza the newest member of Fords executive committee cast what turned out to be the deciding vote in favour of giving permanent residents a vote at the municipal level.

City council backs electoral reform (Sunny Dhillon, Globe and Mail)
Toronto city council has voted in favour of electoral reform and will ask the province to amend legislation so it can use ranked choice balloting in municipal elections and allow permanent residents to vote. Council debated the issue for several hours Tuesday before voting in favour of the changes. Councillors also voted to form a working group to implement Internet voting for people with disabilities in time for the 2014 municipal election, and to monitor developments in Internet voting to determine if it should be adopted city-wide in 2018.

Giving non-citizens a vote is simply wrong-headed (Marcus Gee, Globe and Mail)
Should people who are not citizens of Canada be given the right to vote in City of Toronto elections? City council thinks so. Councillors voted 21-20 on Tuesday to ask the provincial government to change the rules, drop the citizenship requirement and allow permanent residents to cast ballots. Those who support this thoroughly backward idea argue that it would encourage newcomers to take part in the civic life of their new home, fostering a sense of belonging. It is more likely do just the opposite. The best path to full belonging is to become a citizen, and letting non-citizens vote removes an important incentive to take out citizenship. In the words of Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, it devalues, degrades and erodes what Canadian citizenship means.

Torontos plea to let non-citizens vote is wrong-headed (Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star)
Either Canadian citizenship means something or it does not. If it does not if it means nothing then Ontarios government should change the law to let non-citizen permanent residents vote in municipal elections, as Toronto city council requested Tuesday. But if citizenship means something . . . At first blush, the argument for extending the franchise to non-citizens might seem compelling.

Does Settling in Ethnic Enclaves within Major Cities Help Immigrant Integration? (Settlement AtWork)
This research addresses whether the tendency of immigrants to settle in big Canadian cities and in enclaves within these cities help their integration into Canadian society. The researcher found that many new immigrants to Canada, especially in Toronto and Vancouver, prefer to settle in the suburbs. They do so because their ethnic groups already have established communities there. For example, in Toronto the existing Chinese community in suburban Markham has drawn many Chinese immigrants. He also found that immigrants are willing to sacrifice the job opportunities and economic benefits of smaller Canadian cities for a sense of belonging and cultural identity that is found in the ethnic enclaves of bigger city suburbs.

Alberta A Preferred Destination for Newcomers (ERIEC)
The shifting geographic flow of immigrants has an impact on the quality of settlement services provided. The workload of settlement workers increases and the overall settlement funding decreases because of the federal and provincial budget cuts. It raises some serious concerns about the funding for settlement services in Edmonton as our city becomes a home to the vast majority of foreign-born residents and many of them have higher needs. There is a need for dialogue and a visionary approach to services provided to newcomers, so that there are better connections between the available opportunities and the labour market reality in our province.

Multiculturalism – Reality or Illusion (Huffington Post UK)
By contrast, multiculturalism has not come under the same level of criticism in Canada. In 2010, Naheed Nenshi, a Harvard-educated Muslim of Indian descent, was elected as the mayor of Calgary, Canada’s conservative bastion. His victory is one of many examples of Canada’s commitment to multiculturalism that has encouraged immigrants to preserve their ethnic roots while embracing their Canadian identity. The last two Governors General of Canada were born in Hong Kong and Haiti respectively. In Canada, well-integrated immigrants at the pinnacle of success in public and private life are increasingly and refreshingly commonplace.

Whats Fueling Growth In The Fragmented World Of Messaging Apps? Immigrants. (Kim-Mail Cutler, Techcrunch)
Even though it might seem intuitive that one messaging app will rule them all, WeChat, Line, WhatsApp and others are proving that messaging remains a stubbornly fragmented category with many geographic regions of the world seeing different leaders. KakaoTalk rules in South Korea, while WeChat dominates in China, while Line rules in Japan and the U.S. has no overwhelming leader. One thing thats interesting to note is how these apps are growing outside of their home markets. They are, in fact, spreading through immigrants, according to app tracking company Onavo. So immigrants arent just bringing their languages and cultures to new countries; theyre bringing apps too.

Governments wage war against their own human rights laws (John Swaigen, Toronto Star)
When award-winning writer Varda Burstyn complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission about her treatment by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the last thing she expected was to be caught in the crossfire of a war between these government agencies.

Canada (and Vancouver) tops the world for travelling Brazilian students (Marcel Chaves,
You have probably already met, seen, or will meet a Brazilian here in Vancouver. Thats because Canada is once again Brazilians first choice in where to go to study English, followed by the U.S. and the United Kingdom (this is according to the Brazilian Educational and Language Travel Association, after surveying 89 Brazilian travel agencies). In addition, Brazils consul general to Vancouver, Sergio Florencio, confirmed in an interview in his office that Vancouver, among all Canadian cities, is Brazilians first choice as a place to study English abroad for both short or long periods. This is the fifth year in a row that Canada has led the world in this category, as far as Brazilians are concerned. According to UBC political-science PhD candidate and Liu Institute scholar Deborah Barros Leal Farias, the reasons include: relatively easy access to Canadian visas; cheap program prices; and fewer culture clashes when compared to the U.S., among other reasons.;jsessionid=A095F77485E0FE89CA9F5E897E13EEBB?s=60&fid=22&a=389711&f=latest&sp=true

June 2013 E-bulletin (CCLA)
In this issue:
CCLA Celebrates its 3rd Annual Gala
Surveillance Methods Cannot Compromise Fundamental Rights
The Ashley Smith Inquest: Segregation on trial
Ending Discrimination against international students
CCLA Welcomes Ontario Anti-SLAPP Bill
RightsWatch 2013

Diversity key in boardroom (Irene A. Seiferling, Star Phoenix)
Diversity refers to the different, valuable talents that individuals contribute to a team. Just as a hockey team needs a diversity of talent ranging from forwards and defencemen to goalies and coaches, a board needs the talents contributed by individual directors as well. Well-designed, richly diverse boards consist of high-quality directors who represent a range of skills and experience relevant to the particular company or organization, along with a variety of personal characteristics such as mixed gender. Other variables, such as ethnicity, age, geography and socio-economic status, may also be valuable in specific situations.

Pauline Marois disgraces herself by supporting Quebec Soccer Federation ban on turbans (Charlie Smith,
Quebec premier Pauline Marois backed an organization that banned kids with turbans from playing soccer. There’s always been an undercurrent of xenophobia within the Quebec separatist movement. Not every sovereignist is racist, of course. Far from it. But several people I respect who’ve lived in Quebec have told me that they’ve felt the vibe of racism on occasion. Racism isn’t exclusive to Quebec. It’s on display in every part of Canada. But it’s less frequently espoused by political leaders elsewhere, because they know there’s a high political price to pay in an increasingly diverse country.

I was a Sikh kid and I loved the game. Rescind the ban (Japreet Lahal, Globe and Mail)
The decision by the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) to ban players from playing the game of soccer is not only discriminatory, but an affront to all Canadians across this country who believe in the beauty of Canadas multicultural spirit and its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian Soccer Associations recent suspension of the QSF may certainly help in pressuring the provincial soccer federation to remove its turban ban. The form of discriminatory bullying carried out by QSF both segregates and ostracizes turbaned children who simply want to play the game of soccer.

Pettiness, hypocrisy and vacillation of Quebec soccer ban a microcosm of Canadian federalism (Andrew Coyne, National Post)
The thing we can all agree on is that nobody should impose their values on anyone else. The Quebec Soccer Federation should not impose its values on Sikh children and others whose religion commands them to wear a turban while playing. The Canadian Soccer Association should not impose its values on the QSF. And FIFA should not impose its values, whatever these might happen to be, on the CSA. Have I left anyone out? I dont know about you, but it seems to me that the one group that is least in danger of imposing its values on anyone else are the couple of hundred Sikh kids in the middle of all this, who would just like to get in a little soccer in the five minutes or so we have left before winter returns. Yet we are asked to take seriously the arguments of those who would prevent them from doing so, though they have resolutely refused to provide any serious arguments themselves.

Could Our Immigration System Be Even More Irrational? Sadly, Yes (John Hinderaker, Powerlineblog)
The U.S. has a terrible immigration system, which was designed largely by Ted Kennedy for the purpose of increasing diversity, without giving any thought to American interests. If we would simply adopt the Canadian system, it would be a vast improvement. Unfortunately, the Gang of Eights bill does not move in the right direction, i.e., an immigration policy that is designed to serve the best interests of the United States. Rather, it would make our immigration system even more irrational and destructive than it is currently.

Public Citizen: Letter 10 months in the making delays Kanata couples adoption of Haitian boy further (Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen)
Sarah Currie could not believe her ears the other day when Citizenship and Immigration called to tell her why the department could not get back to her sooner. It apparently took Citizenship and Immigration more than 10 months to draft a letter to Currie and her husband Michael, explaining why a little Haitian boy they are adopting would have to be sponsored to be allowed into the country. The couple had hoped Smith, a 21-month-old toddler, could have been brought in as a Canadian citizen after the department told Currie on two occasions last summer to go ahead with a citizenship application.

Feminisms double standard: Me and Beyoncé are out of the club (Denise Balkissoon, Globe and Mail)
To truly be meaningful to all 3.5 billion women on earth, feminism must, by definition, consider how sex and gender interplay with ability, class, race and the rest of it. The clunky but well-meaning term intersectionality has been coined to express that complex tangle. Ideally, whats supposed to happen is any woman worrying how her gender might be working against her is also supposed to think about how her education, good health, or infusions of parental cash might be working for her, too. Instead, when high-profile feminists are accused of framing womens issues through a limited, narcissistic lens, the response is either a meek apology (but no change in behaviour) or a full-out attack.

The Diversity Diary: 2.02 Visible Minority (Michael Bach, CIDI)
Welcome to The Diversity Diary, a vlog by Michael Bach, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. Today Michael comments on the term visible minority and the need for change in the dialogue.

Swiss Seminar Outcomes and #CoveringMigration Campaign Seek Improved Migration Coverage (UNAOC)
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has just launched a social media campaign, #coveringmigration, to continue discussions on how to best cover migration in the media following the release of the outcomes [ EN, FR, DE] of a Swiss seminar in May 2013 in Berne. The campaign will run through mid-July and cover the following themes:
What are best practices for covering migration?
What helps journalists establish context?
What resources are available for journalists?
What work is still needed to improve coverage?


Webinar: Legal Training on Temporary Resident Permits for Trafficked Persons (CCR)
In this webinar, Cathy Kolar and Loly Rico will provide a legal training on Temporary Resident Permits (TRPs) for trafficked non-citizens. It includes an overview of the permit, the interview process, strengths and shortcomings of the permit and other avenues to regularization for internationally trafficked persons. This webinar is intended for lawyers, services providers and other working on or interested in trafficking issues. Wednesday, June 26th, 1-2 pm (Eastern time)

Journey from refugee camp ends at University of Toronto graduation (Valerie Hauch, Toronto Star)
Its a long way from the dusty Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to the University of Torontos Convocation Hall where degrees have been handed out to students in the traditional cap and gown for more than a century. But Sudan-born Yak Deng is proof that such long journeys are possible as he ascends the stage Wednesday afternoon to get his bachelor of science in applied microbiology, after four years of full-scholarship education at the Scarborough campus. The 24-year-old is the eldest of four sisters and three brothers, and the only one to graduate from university . . . and also from high school, he says with a soft laugh.


First Prince George Online Job Fair for New Canadians a Success (IECBC)
Almost 2,000 people visited the web portal created for the first Prince George Online Job Fair held on June 4, 2013 and viewed the pages of participating employers about 12,800 times, making the event a success. Of the participants, 40 per cent were from Vancouver, 32 per cent were from other communities in Metro Vancouver and 28 per cent were from Prince George.

When Hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker Can Lead to Human Trafficking Charges (James Plett,
Temporary Foreign Workers fill a valuable and essential gap in the Canadian economy. They serve your food and they pump your gas. But they also run your IT department and patch you up in the Emergency Room. While the TFW program may need to be revised somewhat, we also need to rethink the way we educate our youth and how we hire and train them. When jobs go wanting across Canada while the unemployment rate remains high, its not hard to see that we have a serious labour problem in Canada.

The TFWP and Harper’s smokescreen (Espe Currie, THIS Magazine)
In their report on the change, the Globe and Mail interviewed Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer practicing in Vancouver. This is a civil liberties grab, Kurland said to the paper. Its a tough call: both the wage change and the new policing policies are arguably beneficial for temporary foreign workers, and will prevent at least some of the worst aspects of the previous policysystemic (and often encouraged) exploitation that benefits business at the expense of poorly paid imported labour with very few rights in this country.

Towards a new model for worker organizing: The Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal (Scott Neigh, rabble)
On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, organizer Mostafa Henaway talks about his years of work with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. Though it is not yet as intense as in the United States, and there have been important victories as well, in the last few decades the membership and strength of trade unions in Canada has been gradually declining. As well, the ways in which work and employment are organized have shifted drastically towards things like greater precarity for more and more workers, and an increasing role for forms of work mediated by things like placement agencies and programs for temporary foreign workers. One of the ways that organizers have been responding to these changes is through increasing use of organizational forms outside of mainstream unions, including workers centres. Heneway talks about what the IWC does, the strengths and challenges of the worker centre model, and the importance of centering the experiences of precarious workers and workers who are immigrants to Canada.

Video: Corneliu Chisu on Foreign Credential Recognition for Immigrants (FAQMP)

Warrantless workplace searches raise concerns from businesses (Steven Chase, Richard Blackwell And Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail)
Canadas largest business group says its disturbed by new warrantless search and seizure powers the Harper government has given federal officials to inspect thousands of workplaces as part of a tightening of the controversial foreign temporary worker program. Changes to immigration and refugee protection regulations, published just days ago, give Human Resources and Skills Development Canada officials or Citizenship and Immigration Canada officers the right to walk in on businesses as part of a random audit or because they suspect fraud.


Spur Vancouver: Global Power Shift (Vancouver Observer)
Spur is Canadas first national festival of politics, art and ideas. Spur is produced by Diaspora Dialogues and the Literary Review of Canada. Designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, nation-wide search for ways forward on the most current of issues, Spur is multi-partisan, forward-looking and solutions-orientedspurring ideas into action. With editions in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver in 2013, and an eventual roll-out from coast-to-coast-to-coast, Spur is a modern-day railroad, linking communities across Canada in conversation that is both national in scope and local in nuance. Much like the CP historically connected Canadians to one another, and provided the means of transporting people, goods and ideas across our country, Spur lays tracks between Canadians of all backgrounds, building a broad public forum accessible to all.

Can we please stop getting creamed on messaging? (Jason Mogus, Communicopia)
While many progressive ideas tend to succeed in the long run, (I’m talking a 30 year time horizon) as a movement we’re not half as effective as our opposition at creating messaging that wins hearts and minds today. There’s a lot of suffering that takes place in those 30 years. Whether it’s the failure of the climate movement to maintain traction, US Republicans turning “energy independence” into a rallying cry for “drill baby drill”, or more locally to me the completely unexpected progressive party’s (NDP) loss in the British Columbia election last month, the social change movement has a lot to be humbled by in our communications work. Here’s why I think right wing parties and monied interests resisting social change tend to run circles around us in messaging.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 12, 2013


NYCH civic literacy is important for our residents survival (DiverseCity Toronto)
North York Community House (NYCH) focuses on resident engagement, acting as a moderator, connector and broker for residents and service providers. As a Building Blocks partner, NYCH staff Beatriz Alas and Tara Bootan have trained 94 residents on civic literacy. Its very important for residents to know about civic literacy, explains Tara. They need to know who they can go to. They need to know why they can go to them. And they need to know how they can do it.

Councillors vote to seek end of first past the post system in city elections (Natalie Alcoba, National Post)
Toronto city council took a significant step on Tuesday towards dramatically changing how the city elects its leaders and who gets to cast a ballot. By a vote of 26 to 15, the governing body asked the provincial government to allow it to use the ranked choice voting system, which demands that the winning candidate accumulate at least 50% of votes cast. It also asked, by a margin of 21 to 20, the minister of municipal affairs and housing to grant permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections. Both initiatives require Queens Park to amend legislation.

Council votes to explore ranked balloting, voting for permanent residents (James Armstrong, Global News)
Torontos city council voted to explore ranked balloting and let permanent residents vote during a council debate Tuesday. The votes were part of a larger motion on electoral reform that included suggestions to establish weekend elections and internet voting. Changes to municipal elections would require legislative changes by the Ontario government.

Toronto city council backs radical change to ranked ballots and letting non-citizens participate (Paul Moloney, Toronto Star)
Champions of democracy and inclusion are applauding Toronto City Council for supporting a pair of pioneering motions that could fundamentally rewrite the citys election rules and change the face of local politics. On Tuesday, council voted to ask the province to give permanent residents the right to participate in municipal elections, and to allow the city to adopt ranked choice balloting, which would give voters the option to rank candidates in order of preference. If the province agrees to make the necessary legislative amendments, experts say it could open the door to similar changes in jurisdictions across Canada.

DiverseCity Fellowship program now accepting applications from emerging city-builders (Yonge Street)
Civic Action is now accepting applications for its 2013 DiverseCity Fellows program, a one-year leadership program in “advanced city-building” that helps GTA city-builders develop their leadership skills and learn more about the issues facing the region. Now in its fifth-year, DiverseCity has cemented itself as a go-to incubator for “emerging Toronto leaders.” “A recent survey shows that about 95 per cent of past fellows would recommend the program,” says Cindy Tan, senior project manager with Civic Action. “I think that really speaks to the success of the program.” Yonge Street has also previously featured a number of DiverseCity fellows. Among them, Gabrielle Scrimshaw, who used her time in the program to expand the organization she founded, the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.

Health for All – June 2013
Welcome to the Health For All June digest. In this edition you can take a moment to learn about Solidarity City, state your opposition to the TV show “Border Security”, mark the date for the June 17 day of action to stop refugee health care cuts, read about our recent workshop for front line workers and community members, and get the latest news on migrant health justice. Enjoy and please share with friends.

Immigration has put a burden on our economy (Herbert Grubel, Vancouver Sun)
The results of a recently published study of the economic effects of immigration in the United States are very relevant to Canada. The study found that immigrants living in the U.S. have increased the countrys annual national income by $1.6 trillion, of which $1.565 trillion goes to the immigrants in the form of wages and benefits and the remaining $35 billion goes to the native population. This $35 billion is equal to 0.2 per cent of national income and is known as the immigration effect.

Soccer, Sikhs and multiculturalism in Quebec (Canadian Political Theatre)
Quebecs Soccer Federation is going into hiding. The names and contact information of its board of directors have been pulled from the federations website. Theyre refusing to talk to the media. Are they being accused of embezzlement? Did they steal childrens money? No, theyre refusing to allow Sikh kids to wear turbans during competitive matches. The peculiar thing about the QSFs decision is theyre the only soccer federation in Canada to ban turbans. Ontario and British Columbiawhere there are much larger Sikh populationsdont have a problem with kids wearing religious head garb.

Mulcair very optimistic Quebec soccer turban ban will be resolved (Tobi Cohen,
In a lunchtime speech to the Canadian Club, Mulcair said he spoke to both the Quebec federation and the Canadian association earlier Tuesday and that he was very optimistic the situation would be resolved. Parents have to get together and make sure of one result, that kids are allowed to play soccer no matter what their background, he said.

Canadian Soccer Association suspends Quebec group over turban ban (CBC)
The Canadian Soccer Association has red carded a provincial association over its refusal to let turban-wearing children play, announcing the Quebec organization will be suspended until the ban is overturned. The national organization took a more aggressive stance Monday in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Quebec Soccer Federation’s decision to restrict turban-wearing Sikhs from the pitch, saying its earlier efforts had failed to resolve the matter. “The Quebec Soccer Federation’s inaction has forced us to take measures in order to ensure soccer remains accessible to the largest number of Canadians,” it said in a statement Monday night.

Quebecers show solidarity with Sikh soccer players on turban ban (CBC)
When Philippa Settels first learned the Quebec Soccer Federation had banned turbans on the pitch, she called up the league her two boys play for in Greenfield Park, Que. She expressed her concerns to the former president of the Greenfield Park Soccer Association, who retired last spring. He replied by saying the association had to abide by the QSFs rule, like it or not, she told Daybreak Tuesday morning.

Somali parents worry about downtown school closure (CBC Hamilton)
Shamso Elmi says Somali-Canadian parents felt left out of the decision to close Sir John A. Macdonald high school downtown. They were more worried by plans to offer English as a Second Language programs at Westdale and not the new north high school, which the school board committee changed on Monday.

Hamilton takes first step toward ‘sanctuary city’ concept (CBC)
The city of Hamilton is looking into how it treats new Canadians without official status, the first step in potentially becoming a sanctuary city where undocumented immigrants can access public services without question. The emergency and community services committee voted Monday to investigate how undocumented individuals access city services. Coun. Brian McHattie of Ward 1, would like to investigate Hamilton following in the steps of Toronto, New York and Chicago in declaring a no-questions-asked policy for non-status immigrants.

Military couple to take adopted childs citizenship battle to Min. Kenney (Stefan Keyes, CTV)
A military couple living in Ottawa was told the child they are adopting from Haiti will not be granted Canadian citizenship and plan to take their case directly to the Citizenship and Immigration Minister. It is unwelcomed news they call discriminatory and unfair. To be told that were at a disadvantage because our parents were serving their country is a slap in the face, said Sarah Currie. Currie and her husband, Mike, were both born in Germany while their parents worked abroad for the Canadian military.

Event June 18: We Ask Because We Care: The Tri-Hospital + TPH Research Report (Tri-Hospital and TPH)
You are invited to attend the launch of the report of the Tri-Hospital + TPH research study. The report provides an overview of a four year process among four organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Toronto Public Health, that aimed:
To collect data from patients on key demographic characteristics
To develop an effective data collection methodology to address the issues surrounding personal data collection
To ensure knowledge exchange of successful piloted methodologies to other institutions in the Toronto LHIN
The product of this process serves as a innovative benchmark: the collection of standardized socio-demographic variables to enable health care measurement for equity.

Italian Montrealers remember WWII internment (CBC)
The daughter of an Italian Montrealer who was interned during the Second World War will be attending today’s special ceremony at City Hall commemorating that dark moment in history. Giulietta Doganieri was just a child of five years of age when her father Nicola was taken away, like so many other Canadians of Italian origin, because of his roots.

Fill in the blank: As Canadian as ______ (CBC)
For three years in the early 1970s, Peter Gzowski hosted a loose and “crunchy granola” radio show on the CBC called This Country in the Morning, a blend of stories, interviews, recipes and letters from listeners. In 1972, Gzowski decided that Canada needed a national simile, an answer to “As American as apple pie.” So the show ran its first contest: Complete the phrase “As Canadian as….” Hundreds of suggestions poured in. Some of them were obvious: “As Canadian as maple syrup.” “As Canadian as hockey.” Now, we aren’t necessarily looking for something like “As American as apple pie.” You can’t sum up a country as huge and diverse as Canada in any single object, let alone any single pastry. (What’s more Canadian, a dutchie or a butter tart? See?)

Fast-Track Pilot Project (Immigration) – PDF (Federal Court)
The Court is launching a pilot project in Toronto to expedite the hearing of applications for judicial review of decisions made in respect of applications made under sections 6, 7, 8 or 9, of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR\2002- 227 [Regulations]. This pilot project will be optional. It will require consent to participate by both the applicant and the respondent. If either party prefers the application to be heard in the regular manner, it will not be dealt with under the pilot project.


Day of action against cuts to health care for refugees June 17 (Brent Patterson, rabble)
A National Day of Action is planned for Monday June 17 to protest the Harper government’s cuts to health care for refugees. The Council of Canadians fully supports this action led by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care “to take the facts directly to the streets and tell Canadians the consequences of the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care.” Council of Canadians health care campaigner Adrienne Silnicki has commented, “The Harper government’s cuts to health care for refugees include access to vision care, dental care, prescription drugs and mobility devices for all refugees. For many refugees it also includes restrictions on primary and basic health care. This includes medical assistance during emergencies like heart attacks and even during child birth.” Chairperson Maude Barlow adds, “The cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program have deprived claimants of basic and emergency health care, a move that front-line health care workers call cruel and inhumane.”

The QP Clip: Jason Kenney denies refugee healthcare cuts (Maclean’s)
For his part, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told Simms that the government never cut healthcare funding for refugees, but simply ended “gold-plated benefits to false rejected asylum claimants who have no legal right” to universal healthcarevirtually the same defence a spokesman provided the Star. Kenney spoke without notes, and with confidencein both official languages, after the NDP’s Sadia Groguhe followed up in French. His benches applaud heartily.


The Case for a Canada Social Report – PDF (Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute)
The 2012 federal Budget abolished the National Council of Welfare, an advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. This cut placed in jeopardy the future of two of the Councils most important products Welfare Incomes and Poverty Profile. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy stepped in to rescue these two series, by taking on the task of gathering and analyzing the welfare and low income data. Caledon will seek continued input and advice from the provinces and territories in the preparation of welfare income statistics. Over the years, the provinces and territories have vetted and contributed to Welfare Incomes data and program information on social assistance and related income benefits. Their continued participation in and commitment to this vital work are imperative. Together, the welfare and low income information will figure among the first elements of a new Caledon product, the Canada Social Report.

SmartSAVER Toronto pilot demonstrates real results (May Wong, Omega Foundation)
Since SmartSAVERs launch in September 2010, CLB enrolment in Toronto has grown by 85% and over 27,000 more Toronto kids have begun to receive their Canada Learning Bond. Over a three-year period, the CLB take-up rate in Toronto has grown from 27% to almost 40%. With complementary promotion efforts now underway in Peel and Halton regions, the federal government tells us that the Greater Toronto Area is driving improvement in CLB take-up nation-wide.

Linda Chamberlain: a life of healing and helping (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
Toronto mental health activist Linda Chamberlain, who has survived childhood abuse, schizophrenia, homelessness and Ontarios mind-numbing welfare system, is celebrating many extraordinary achievements at the launch of a book about her life Tuesday. But Chamberlain, 63, who was diagnosed with liver and bone cancer a year and a half ago, would really like to celebrate the end of the so-called Linda Chamberlain rule. The provincial regulation, which makes it financially impossible for disabled people on welfare to remain in social housing once their part-time income exceeds $440, is still on the books.

Its not Fords fault! (Joy Connelly, Opening the Window)
Its not David Millers fault either. Its not the fault of Toronto Community Housings present Board of Director, the previous Board, or the Board before them. Im talking about the scathing Toronto Ombudsmans Housing at Risk: An Investigation into the Toronto Community Housing Corporations Eviction of Seniors on the Basis of Rent Arrears. The report examined the files of 79 seniors evicted from TCHC in 2011 and 2012 and found, a pattern of callous and unfair treatment of many seniors, including at least one case in which a tenant died shortly after eviction. Why am I so quick to let City Council and the TCHC Board off the hook? Because their purview is policy.


Recent immigrants paid below minimum wage: Scarborough event told (Mike Adler, InsideToronto)
Its common for Mandarin-speaking recent immigrants in Toronto to be paid less than Ontarios minimum wage or to be denied overtime pay and paid vacations employers owe them, a community groups survey has found. Released Saturday, June 8, the survey of 300 workers this year says 20 per cent – one in five – said they were being paid less than $10.25 an hour, the legal minimum. Only about half (53 per cent) said they receive paid public holidays, which indicates that many employers within Torontos boundaries are blatantly breaking the law, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter said in a report, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

Reforming the temporary foreign worker program (Leon Benoit)
At a recent Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce luncheon I attended, one of the main topics discussed concerned changes being made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). I believe there is some confusion about what the changes are, and why they are being implemented. I understand that this is a very sensitive topic for business owners in our riding, and so I wanted to take the opportunity to provide clarification on some of the key issues. I want to first point out that the TFWP has not been cancelled. The Accelerated Labour Market Opinion has been temporarily suspended to determine whether it is meeting its original objectives.

Feds assure Temporary Foreign Worker program is being updated (News Talk 980)
Now that the operators of a new coal mine in Northern BC have been given the go-ahead to hire more than 200 temporary foreign workers, the federal government is offering assurances Canadians will be considered first for any future project facing similar employment needs. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has not been available for comment, but members of her staff say the Temporary Foreign Worker program is being updated to ensure all employees are paid the same wages, no Canadian jobs are outsourced and the only languages identifed as requirements are English and French.

City of Montreal guilty of racial discrimination against employee: ruling (Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette)
Olthène Tanismas eyes well up when he thinks about his 11-year legal battle with the city of Montreal. The Haitian-born urban planner says hes relieved he can finally move forward with his life now that a Superior Court judge has ruled that his employers at the city used racial discrimination to justify withholding a promotion from him. In a landmark ruling issued on June 4, Judge Mark Peacock went beyond the inpidual case and ruled the city created systematic discrimination for visible minorities in its managerial hiring practices. Peacock also ordered the city to pay Tanisma $30,000 in damages after he was repeatedly passed over for promotions during his 25-year career.

Employers of foreign workers face workplace inspections (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Canadian employers who hire foreign workers will face surprise on-site inspections by authorities to ensure that the need for them is genuine and that Canadian workers are not passed over for the job. Under proposed regulatory changes unveiled Friday, federal officials would monitor employer compliance not only at the time of the applications to bring in migrant workers but throughout the employment period. (Officials) would have the authority, for the purpose of verifying compliance with the imposed conditions, to require an employer to provide documents and to report at any specified time and place in order to answer questions and provide documents, said the plan.

Diversity Within the Workplace (Career Engagement blog)
Its always interesting to me how work clusters within Life Strategies we seem to go through seasons of topical presentations, typically driven by external requests not intentional marketing. The theme of our current season is diversity within the workplace. Earlier this year we conducted research for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its government funders on challenges associated with foreign credential recognition for immigrant professionals. One of the key challenges was securing Canadian experience perhaps a sign that workplaces may not be walking their talk in terms of embracing diversity? In March, I presented at the Career Development Conference in BC on a related theme I called it Where in the World? Helping Employers Understand the World Immigrants Come From. Ive facilitated workshops for employers associated with the MAPLES program at ISS and, within the next couple of weeks have five more workshops on similar themes.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 11, 2013


Making the legal and constitutional case for permanent resident voting (Alejandra Bravo, Maytree)
As Toronto’s city council gets ready to examine the idea of allowing permanent residents who are not yet Canadian citizens to vote in municipal elections , one of the questions that they will need to consider is what Canada’s constitution has to say on the matter. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), a national organization that promotes respect for human rights and civil liberties, has long argued that the right to vote is so fundamental in a democratic society that there must be an extraordinary reason to deny people of that right. In the article, “Non-Citizen Voting Rights: A Constitutional Perspective,” CCLA’s Cara Faith Zwibel examines the legal and constitutional argument for voting rights for permanent residents.

Video: Episode 9: Jason Kenney (FAQMP)

New home: New residents describe their experiences (Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today)
Policy and communications officer Bonnie Mah of the Maytree Foundation shared some of the innovative ways other communities are encouraging inclusiveness for their immigrants, such as the MINGO (Move In and Go) project in Vienna that provides entrepreneurial assistance. She also pointed out that about 13% of Cobourg’s population and 10% of Port Hope’s is the result of immigration — “a fairly significant portion,” Mah said. “Immigration used to be something that just happened. Now there’s a recognition that we are competing for these high-skill immigrants, and we need to create welcoming communities.”

Immigration backlog leaves Stoney Creek parents in debt after birth (Joanna Ward, CBC)
Carey McGregor has been fighting with Hamilton Health Sciences since the birth of his second child, earlier this year, over the cost of his wife’s cesarean section. Normally cost would not be an issue but McGregor’s wife Sylvia is not a Canadian citizen. She and McGregor married in Canada in 2007 and lived in Taiwan for several years before moving back to Canada.

Philippine Fashion (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Jeff Rustia. He is the founder of the first ever Canada-Philippine Fashion Week which kicks off today.

Being Indian in a distant land (Times of India)
“If you don’t like it here, you can always go back where you came from!” I first heard this sentence in the first month of my arrival in Canada, when I was talking about the initial incidences of racism being faced by me, from a lady who worked in a government agency supposed to help new immigrants settle down. I hear and read the same sentence time and again whenever my horror stories of discrimination add up and I mention them to others. This may not happen to me only. Or just in Canada! Whenever people talk about discrimination in most places in the world, similar voices can be heard. “Take it or leave it”, “Our way or highway”, “Go away, if you cannot tolerate”, “Vanish”, “Shoo” – Magic words coming from ‘superior’ people to others they consider ‘inferior’. Or of people in majority.

A public letter to minister of Citizen & Immigration Canada (
As a Canadian citizen, I think it is necessary for me to reflect unfair treatment that my wife and I experienced in Canadian consulate in Hong Kong when receiving an interview about couple reunion immigrant visa, so as to improve service levels of CIC and enhance credibility of federal government.

Filipinos find a home in Winnipeg as family ties drive immigration in Manitoba (Sarah Petz, National Post)
Cecile Beltran still runs in to some of her old students in the streets of Winnipeg years after she stopped teaching. But Ms. Beltran didn’t teach at the University of Winnipeg or Manitoba — it was at a campus in the Philippines. Ms. Beltran, a software developer, immigrated to Winnipeg from the Philippines with her family in October, 2012. Since settling in Manitoba, she’s joined community groups of Filipinos from her hometown, and even found alumni associations from her university in the Philippines.

If We Do Not Fix Immigration, Canada May Solve the Problem for Us (Robert D. Atkinson, Huffington Post)
The debate over immigration reform in the United States continues to rage, with groups on both the left and right attempting to derail the compromise package now working its way through the Senate. Advocates across the political spectrum need to recognize that while we argue about immigration our global competitors are taking action, and if we are not careful other nations will benefit from the high skilled workers and entrepreneurs we refuse to welcome. One nation that wants to take full advantage of our gridlock is our neighbor to the north. Canada not only has cut its corporate tax rate, expanded funding for R&D, and reoriented its national labs toward tech commercialization, it also recently inaugurated its Start-up Visa, which provides a path to permanent residency and business development assistance for immigrant entrepreneurs. The visa is part of a broader immigration reform package that will improve the flexibility of the overall system and link it more directly with Canada’s economic needs. This includes the introduction of an online “expression of interest” database in 2014 which will match foreign workers with potential company sponsors looking for specialized skills.

Facing racial ‘discomfort’ (Sonya Nigam, Canadian Lawyer)
From a legal perspective racial discrimination is prohibited under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and provincial and territorial legislation. These laws, public education campaigns, and institutional policies have been very effective at creating a stigma against engaging in racial discrimination and limiting the number of incidents. Nevertheless, tensions and conflict continue to exist around how we think about race, what we take offence to, and how we conduct ourselves.

Canadians are losing their identity (Isaac Munnalall, Surrey Leader)
My name is Isaac Munnalall and I am a high school student in Surrey. I have a great interest in current events that are affecting Canada – particularly issues concerning immigration, multiculturalism and integration. Canada is proud of its diversity, but in some places in the Lower Mainland, it is anything but diverse. I am concerned about a trend that I call “ethnic pooling.” This is when a single ethnic group “floods” into and dominates a particular geographical area. My mom is half Indian and my dad full, so I guess that makes me three-fourths. However, I was born in this country and I am feeling that young people are losing their sense of what it means to be “Canadian.”

A long way from home (Chris Harbord, The Coast)
Tucked in behind the sprawling Wal-Mart and Sears stores of the West End Mall, a little office complex is often one of the first sights greeting new immigrants to Nova Scotia. It’s also the unexpected front lines in the battle to keep them here. Today, in a classroom at the Metro Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA), about 15 new immigrants take part in a pre-employment workshop. Many take furious notes while an instructor explains how to apply for jobs in Canada. She explains the basics: cover letters, resumes and what to wear to an interview. Near the end of the session, the class stops and everyone is given a chance to introduce themselves. As they tell their stories, most in careful, heavily accented English, it is hard not to be amazed at the rich lives and careers many have given up just for the chance to start from zero in Halifax.

Reflections on Multiculturalism Day from an engaged employee (Maria Belen , Ottawa Business Journal)
From an early age, I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and serve the public good. In his life, he served as a politician at the municipal level, advocating for the land rights of the poor people in the Philippines. The decisions that I made in high school and into university were all based on working towards this goal. As a young professional in my twenties, I am proud to say that I have joined the ranks of the Canadian federal public service, an organization which I deem to be prestigious in every sense as I see and am immersed in the hard work, drive and passion that many of my peers bring into their day to day.


Doctors rallying to protest refugee health care cuts June 17 (Winnipeg Free Press)
Doctors in 17 cities across Canada including Winnipeg are rallying next week to reverse what they say are “reckless” cuts to refugee health care. It has been almost one year since the government made changes to the Interim Federal Health Program. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care said a news release the changes have left many patients suffering, including sick children and pregnant women fleeing sexual violence.

Convocation 2013: from refugee to U of T grad (UToronto News)
Having fought incredible odds to achieve an education, two remarkable young men will be graduating from the University of Toronto this spring. Yak Deng (University of Toronto Scarborough) and Abdi Hassan Ahmed (University of Toronto Mississauga) both came to U of T on World University Service of Canada (WUSC) scholarships, which help refugee students achieve their dreams of higher education.

Community involved in new group supporting Roma (CJNews)
Canada’s Jewish community is taking steps to do more to help Roma and other immigrants fleeing persecution. The memory of Canada’s “none is too many” doctrine was invoked on June 5, when members of Toronto’s Jewish and Roma communities gathered at Holy Blossom Temple to discuss modern-day racism and xenophobia. “Why the Roma?” was the topic of a panel discussion about the root causes of the increase in the number of Roma refugees coming to Canada from eastern and central Europe. About 150 participants gathered to hear a keynote speech by Toronto Roma Community Centre executive director Gina Csanyi-Robah.

Take Action: Proud to Protect Refugees (Citizens for Public Justice)
The Proud to Protect Refugees Campaign was launched on April 4, Refugee Rights Day, by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). People across Canada have been getting together to change the way we talk about and welcome refugees. CPJ believes that promoting a positive vision of refugees in Canada is a way to honour God’s call to welcome the stranger. There’s a lot happening on the campaign. Below, you’ll find a list of ways to get involved by taking action or discussing refugee issues within your own community.


Latest Media and Policy News: 7 June 2013 (ISAC)
Latest policy and poverty news from around the country.


An Immigrant’s Country of Origin has a Small Effect on What He or She Earns in Canada (Settlement AtWork)
The researchers found that an immigrant‟s country of origin has a small impact on what he or she earns in Canada. Other factors, like education and language use, continue to have an impact, as well. Immigrants who are citizens and eligible to vote do better in the job market than those who cannot vote. Encouragingly, the findings suggest that discrimination may not be having much of an impact on the economic success of an immigrant in Canada. With its long history of immigration, its large and diverse populations, and its generous rights and social safety nets, Canada seems to be a „warm‟ and receptive destination country for newcomers. More specifically, Canada seems to offset whatever negative effects an immigrant‟s source country may have on his or her earning potential.

Steelworkers rally against Harper’s low wage, anti-worker agenda (John Bonnar, rabble)
On a rainy Monday morning outside Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s constituency office in Toronto, the United Steelworkers and their allies held a rally to protest the Conservative government’s low-wage, anti-worker agenda and corporate abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. “We’re very concerned about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and what it’s doing to workers they’re brining in from around the world,” said Carolyn Egan, president USW Local 8300. “Exploiting at lower wages, bad conditions, trying to take advantage of their need for work.” Part of a strategy, said Egan, put forward by the Conservatives to create a low-wage Canada.

Crackdown on temporary foreign workers lets officials search without warrants (Steven Chase, Globe and Mail)
Federal officials will have the right to walk into Canadian workplaces without a warrant as part of a tightening of the controversial foreign temporary workers program. Changes to immigration and refugee protection regulations, published just days ago, give Human Resources and Skills Development Canada officials or Citizenship and Immigration Canada officers the right to walk in on businesses as part of a random audit or because they suspect fraud.

Community and Labour and Activists Demand Real Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Canada Newswire)
Dozens of community and labour activists converged on Conservative MP Joe Oliver’s office today to demand an end to the Harper government’s low-wage economic strategy and abuse of temporary foreign workers. “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is not a legitimate immigration policy,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan.

This Industry Is a Labour Trap (Adam Kingsmith, Huffington Post)
And while to some extent all genders and ethnicities are engaged in marginalised work, according to a recent study titled Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Market out of York University, women, racial minorities, new immigrants, Aboriginal populations, persons with disabilities, single parents, youth, and older adults account for a disproportional amount of the precarious labour force. But why is this sort of work a “labour trap” you ask? Why can’t those vulnerable workers employed in low paying and insecure jobs during an economy of stagnation just make the time to find employment that is more personally and fiscally fulfilling?


Registration open for CRA webinar on political activity (Charity Village)
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that registration is now open for an upcoming Charities Directorate webinar. The webinar, held June 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, will explore the CRA’s policy statement around political activities. Registration for the one-hour event is free and the webinar will also be recorded and made available to the public.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 10, 2013


Visible minority: A misleading concept that ought to be retired (Frances Woolley, Globe and Mail)
In Canada, anyone who considers themself neither white nor aboriginal is classified by the government, for a number of purposes, as a visible minority. It is an artificial concept that has become unnecessary and counterproductive. Ultimately, the dividing line is arbitrary. For example, Arabic people from North Africa and the Middle East are counted as white in the U.S. Census. Yet anyone who ticks the Arab box on Canadas National Household Survey is counted as a visible minority unless they tick both the white box and the Arab box. Then theyre white. The same applies if you identify as both Hispanic and white; in the United States, that makes you a visible minority.

Time for action on corporate diversity, Status of Women Minister Ambrose says (Janet McFarland, Globe and Mail)
A federal committee developing proposals to get more women on boards of directors must draft action-oriented recommendations and not produce a lengthy report on an issue that has already been studied for years, says Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose. Ms. Ambrose, chairwoman of a new committee of business executives studying women on boards, said she has given her committee a broad mandate to consider legislative or other reforms that would help boost the number of women on corporate boards in Canada. The only caveat I gave to them is that I didnt want a study or necessarily a report, Ms. Ambrose said in an interview.

New Canadians help introduce sport to North (Benjamin Aubé, Timmins Press)
It was basically Timmins version of the Cricket World Cup. A ragtag, yet clearly talented team of local cricketers took on a slightly more experienced team visiting from North Bay at Fred Salvador Field. Though the scale of Saturday afternoons matchup was considerably smaller than the World Cup, there was an undeniable sense of excitement in the air, both on the field and in the stands. Fans cheered as a North Bay bowler tried to whip a small yellow ball past a Timmins batsman. The bowlers goal: Strike down the wickets being protected by said batsman. The game was jointly organized by the Timmins and North Bay District Multicultural Centres, as well as the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership, to celebrate Diversity Day in the city.

Q&A with Shawn MacKenzie on consumer racial profiling (Chronicle Herald)
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission recently released the first report in Canada on consumer racial profiling. It found that 77 per cent of the 1,219 Nova Scotians who participated reported differential treatment while shopping due to race or ethnicity. Shawn MacKenzie was doing a work term at the commission as part of his bachelor of social work degree when his supervisor Anne Divine approached him to research and write the report for the commission.

Video: Canada closing door to immigrants (Daniel Lak, Al Jazeera)
Canada is known to be one of the world’s most welcoming destinations for migrants and refugees, but there’s concern that’s all about to change. The government is modifying its immigration policy to make the country less open than it used to be.

How changing demographics change policing (Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail)
So … whats 9-1-1? It wasnt a question cops in Brampton had to answer much 20 years ago, when Bramptons population was 256,000 and much of its northern region was still farmers fields. How times change. Following an immigration boom thats made Brampton more than twice as big as it was in the early nineties, that question is one of the new realities of policing in a city of more than half a million people, many of them newcomers.

Fil-Canadian to launch bamboo beer (Odette Montelibano, Global Nation)
His drive for innovation has led to the notable achievement of being the first Filipino-Canadian licensed brewer in North America and the inventor of the all-natural Bamboo Beer, classified as a premium lager by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Vincent Cruz Villanis, 29, is a Filipino migrant who aspires to more than reaping profits from his unique brew. He has a passion for innovation.

City of Toronto accepts Ontario Chinese Artists Association artworks (City of Toronto)
The donated artworks include a painting entitled, A Brilliant Landmark, CN Tower on Toronto Skyline by Jordon Wu and two calligraphy poems by Ken Kai-Ming Chui entitled, Life in the Mountains on an Autumn Evening and Ode to the Moon. They will be displayed in the Scarborough Civic Centre rotunda until July 31 and will later be installed in the Scarborough Civic Centre Council Chambers. These donated artworks are now part of the Citys official art collection.

Indo Canadian Award (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Raj Kothari. He is a Managing Partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Tomorrow night he is receiving an award as Male Professional of the Year from the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce to honour 11 outstanding achievers (Globe and Mail)
On its 36 th annual Gala and Award night this weekend, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce members will honour the talents of Indo-Canadians in business, varied professions and philanthropy. As in previous years, they will recognize 11 outstanding people entrepreneurs, professionals, achievers in technology and young achievers at the June 8 event, that is expected to attract 1,200 attendees, including guest of honour Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; a business delegation from the Indian state of Karnataka; and a veritable whos who from Bay Street.

Settlement.Org User Survey Results Now Available (Settlement.Org)
The 2013 Settlement.Org User survey is now complete and prize winners have been contacted. In total, 300 people filled out the survey and several lucky people won a prize. Your answers and comments were thoughtful and very valuable. They will help us to continue doing the things you like and try to improve the things you don’t like.

Focus on diversitys richness (Markham Economist & Sun)
In recent letters to the editor, articles and editorials, Ive noticed a disturbing trend that is leading me to question what it means to be Canadian. I grew up in a time where Canadians took pride in being the cultural mosaic in counterpart to the United States cultural melting pot. If you look up Canadian in the dictionary, it is defined as a person born, raised or living in Canada. To me, that means you are Canadian regardless of the colour of your skin, language you speak, holidays you celebrate or religious venue you attend. However, as more census statistics indicate the continued growth of visible minorities there appears to be a backlash against cultural groups that have not fully assimilated into Canada and retain their cultural identity, language and religion.

Funding changes underway (Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now)
Burnaby service providers who help immigrants and refugees are in the midst of a government-funding sea change. On Monday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada put a call out for settlement work funding proposals for April 2014 – that’s when the federal government takes back control of the millions that are normally transferred to the province. That money, more than $100 million this year, pays for language and settlement services, anti-racism initiatives and the provincial government’s Welcome B.C. program. Jody Johnson, project coordinator for the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, wasn’t sure what shape the new model would take.

Breaking barriers: Canadian-Muslim women and fitness (Lindsay Borthwick, Best Health Mag)
For the first time since she left the University of Torontos varsity squad and a regional league more than 10 years ago, Shireen Ahmed is playing competitive soccer again. Shes still a fierce player and just as swift, but her kit has changed ever so slightly: These days, she wears a headscarf, or hijab. She adopted it as a student, while attending a conference where wearing it was required. It was a very unprompted act, recalls Ahmed, an observant Muslim. It was always presented to me as a choice. After the conference, I was very hesitant to take it off. So I didnt. Her decision meant she had to hang up her cleats, at least until local soccer officials warmed to the idea that a footballer (as Ahmed calls herself) could wear a hijab.

Racist Quebec Soccer Federation Needs To Wake Up From Its Slumber Of Intolerance! (R. Paul Dhillon , The Link)
While the whole world, even the usually quiet-on-racism federal Conservatives, is saying that there is nothing wrong with turbaned kids playing soccer, the racist Quebec soccer federation continues to deny a fundamental right in society for all kids to play sport regardless of their religion or head covering. The Quebec federation, which actually has no right to ban turban-wearing children from playing, according to the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), needs to wake up from its slumber of intolerance and change it mean spirited ways or there will be hell to pay.

Quebec Soccer Federation Defying The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms (Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, The Link)
Multiculturalism in Canada has a long history of vibrant diversity. The policy was officially adopted by the Canadian government during the 1970s and 1980s. In fact it was to celebrate the multitude of racial, religious and cultural backgrounds of people living in Canada. Before examination of the real problem, we must identify the centuries old history of Canada and its people. All of us know that Canada is a picturesque and peaceful country in the world. It is mostly inhabited by immigrants whether they are late migrants or early settlers from Europe, African countries, Asia, south Asia or other regions. Most of its citizens are either Aboriginals, immigrants or descendents from earlier immigrants.

Sikhs play soccer wearing turbans in protest of ban (CBC)
A group of young men assembled at the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple in LaSalle to play a pick-up game of soccer. It was in protest of a recent ruling by the Quebec Soccer Federation to maintain a ban on turbans on the field.

Diversity Diary 2.01 Play Ball (CIDI)
Welcome to the season two premier of The Diversity Diary, a vlog by Michael Bach, CCDP/AP Founder and CEO, Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. Today Michael comments on the recent decision by the Quebec Soccer Federation to uphold a ban on Sikh players wearing their turban on the soccer pitch.

Canadian Soccer Association steps in on Quebec turban ban (Ryan Remiorz, Calgary Herald)
The Canadian Soccer Association says a provincial association has no right to ban turban-wearing children from playing. The organization is wading into a controversy over the Quebec Soccer Federations decision to restrict turban-wearing Sikhs from the pitch. The Ottawa-based organization says it is currently discussing the matter with the provincial body, as a top priority, and it expects the position to be revised. (This) is the governing body for the sport in the country, a Canadian association official, requesting anonymity, said Friday. The Quebec Soccer Federation falls under our supervision. So they would apply the regulations the way we mandate them to.

The blatant racism and homophobia on this Canadian MMA reality show is ridiculous (MiddleEasy)
Oh Canada, what happened to that polished social veneer you guys put on whenever a foreigner visits your country? Oh, so you’re telling me that all of that overabundant kindness is just fake? My God, you guys are turning more American by the day. Airing on Canada’s ‘Super Channel’ is an MMA reality show that pits Brazilians against Canadians called ‘Fight Xchange.’ That’s right folks, the show is so cool that it doesn’t even need the ‘e.’ It just doesn’t have time to properly be spelled. It’s too busy skipping class and smoking underneath the bleachers.

My husband has abused me and threatens to have me deported if I report him (Your Legal Rights)
No. Your spouse or partner might threaten to have you deported from Canada if you report his abusive behaviour. He might say he has this right because he sponsored you. He does not have this right. Only federal immigration authorities make the decision to deport someone. But there are new rules about sponsorship of a spouse or common-law partner. In most cases, if you have permanent resident status, you cannot lose that status or be removed from Canada only because you have left an abusive relationship. This is true even if your abusive partner is your sponsor. However, if your partner reports to immigration that your relationship was not genuine or that it was fraudulent, immigration officials may conduct an investigation which could result in your permanent residence status being taken away.

What Canada Teaches Us About Immigration and Politics (Reihan Salam, National Review)
Shikha Dalmia observes that the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has fared well among foreign-born voters. She draws on this experience to make the following argument: Republicans will be able to win national elections not by brandishing their limited government ideals but promising free goodies to minorities. But Republicans need simply look north to realize that such defeatist thinking represents a failure of imagination.

Local women feted for years of service to Cornwall area newcomers (Cornwall Seaway News)
The recipe for success in any new country includes one part fortune and two parts determination – and both Chris Francis and Sarala Gill embody that sentiment in spades. The pair were both honoured at the Eastern Ontario Training Board’s annual general meeting, where they were presented with awards that will bear their names in the years to come for others who make a significant contribution to the lives of local newcomers, or who have beaten long odds in making a life for themselves after moving here from another country.

Religious patterns mold Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods (maps) (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Birds of a feather flock together and so do humans of the same religious and philosophical world views. The Vancouver Suns Chad Skelton has created a geographic mapping tool that reveals many Metro residents are choosing to live among people who share their religious beliefs or secular outlook. This region of 2.3 million is peppered with neighbourhoods in which Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, evangelicals, United Church members and the non-religious live in clusters.

Is there a technological fix for racism? These scientists say yes. (
Playing videogame or virtual reality avatars whose race is different from yours could reduce your racial biases, according to a new study. Now, scientists are using this insight to explore how technology could help build empathy and reduce tension between different groups of people. In recent years, numerous studies have shown just how easy it is to trick your brain into taking ownership of a physical or virtual body not your own. For example, a couple years ago researchers found they could make people believe they had a third arm by doing little more than placing a rubber, human-looking arm right next to their real arms. And in 2008, scientists demonstrated the body-swapping illusion, where study participants felt as though they were in the body of a mannequin or another person.


Ontario hospitals absorb health costs to treat refugees (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
A year after Ottawa cut health funding for refugees, Ontario hospitals are absorbing the costs or pursuing those patients for unpaid medical bills. Hospitals in Greater Toronto are hardest hit by the changes, made effective by the federal government last June, since the majority of refugees are destined for this province. The University Health Network which includes Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret hospitals, along with the Toronto Rehab Institute expects to foot a total $800,000 bill this year for services delivered to the uninsured in its emergency rooms alone.

FCJ Refugee Centre received Pioners for Change Award (FCJ Centre)
During the ceremony they highlighted that access to information means access to justice; access to knowledge and the tools necessary to mobilize that knowledge and lead to integration; in only one kind of integration and is called successful integration. It means access to equity; access to civil society, wherever is defined by them; access to social services and diverse arenas of support; access to fair and sustainable housing; access to healthcare. And despite the progress that has been made in the past, avenues to access have become increasingly narrowed, particularly with the disturbing changes that have taken place over the past year.

This immigrants tale should be seen by all (Joe Belanger, London Free Press)
When Anatolia Speaks, Canadians should listen. The new play by fringe regular Kenneth Brown, staring Candice Fiorentino, explains why this country has always needed, and should always welcome, the refugees who arrive here to build new lives. The one-woman show is brilliant, Fiorentinos performance at the Grand Theatres McManus Studio is surely one of the best in this years London Fringe festival.

Petition started to fight Chatham couple’s deportation (Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News)
A couple facing deportation is hoping the court of public opinion can help bolster their case for staying in Canada. Muhamet Bajraktari, 36, and his wife Ganimete Berisha, 29, were ordered back to their homeland of Kosovo, along with their four-year-old daughter, Eliza Bajraktari, who was born in Chatham. Their work visas expired and they have been turned down as refugee claimants. The couple, along with Berisha’s uncle Naser Berisha, owner of Pizza Tonite, where they have worked since arriving in Canada in 2007, have launched a petition to gather support.


Canadian Social Research Newsletter : June 9, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Accidentally Green & Inadvertently Poor? The strange case of the District of Scarborough Ontario (John Stapleton, Open Policy) – June 7
2. I Stand Alone : Why I resigned from the Conservative caucus (Brent Rathgeber, M.P. for Edmonton-St. Albert) – June 6
3. Launch of the Canadian Observatory On Homelessness (Wellesley Institute) – June 6
4. Canadas First National Conference on Ending Homelessness, (Ottawa) October 28-30, 2013 (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)
5. Brigit’s Notes — Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (Canadian Women’s Health Network) – June 2013 issue
6. Media and Policy News for June 7, 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. My two cents’ worth regarding the $90K cheque from the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff to shamed Senator Duffy
8. Hey, Stephen Harper : What have you got against Aboriginal people??
— Aboriginal groups shocked by federal fund cuts – June 6
— An obsessively partisan Stephen Harper slips into his Richard Nixon mode – June 6
— Government went too far in surveillance of First Nations advocate: report – May 28
— Harper government withheld documents in indigenous human-rights case – May 17
9. SPARmonitor – Monitoring Toronto’s Social Change [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto] – May 22 and June 5
10. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Labour Force Survey, May 2013 – June 7
— Summary elementary and secondary school indicators for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2001 to 2011 (final) – June 7
11. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Get back to evidence-based policy: let government scientists off the leash (WSIC)
Citizens need to know the rationale for government policy. For example, if our government says that more jails will reduce crime, and says the science supports that, we ought to know whether scientists employed by the government are advising against such a policy. Under the current rules, the media would need to request access, and the scientist would need to submit all questions and answers to the Ministry for pre-approval. If the Ministry does not want information to be released, the media request may not be approved.

Engage! to create Vibrant Communities May 2013 – PDF (Tamarack)
In this Issue…
Navigating Collective Impact
The Way of Innovation
Changing the Equation: Measuring Financial Vulnerability
Sacred Fundraising: Reframing Philanthropy

Study of Income Inequality in CanadaWhat Can Be Done (East York Housing Help)
CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan testified in House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, on the study of Income Inequality in Canada. This resource is a transcript of that hearing. Along with the written transcript they have also made the video of the hearing available as well.


Are foreign workers the problem or employment insurance? (William Watson, Financial Post)
Dont say academic economists never work on topical subjects. The winner of this years John Vanderkamp prize for best paper in the flagship policy journal Canadian Public Policy, awarded last weekend in Montreal at the annual meetings of the Canadian Economics Association, was for work on the effects of Ottawas Temporary Foreign Worker program. Ripped from the headlines, as they used to say in the Law and Order promos. You may recall that before we all became obsessed with where Senator Mike Duffy lives, there was a minor kerfuffle about the Royal Bank having hired temporary workers to help move back-office work to India, something it has since solemnly sworn as part of a new Bank Local movement never to do again.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program works for Canada (Garth Whyte, Financial Post)
Much in the news recently, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFW) has been recipient of a wide range of accusations, ranging from the assertion certain organizations are using it to replace employed Canadians, the presence of overseas staff is depressing salaries and wages in this country particularly in lower-skilled occupations and that unscrupulous employers are abusing program participants. The initiative is currently under review by the federal government and our organization, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, fully supports the thorough investigation of all claimed abuses. Our association also completely supports the primary objective of the TFW program: permit the use of foreign workers only when Canadians are not available to fill the job. We want the program to emerge from the government review with a strengthened sense of purpose and integrity, and an enhanced reputation.

Foreign worker recruitment programs need streamlining (
Lets face it, its not easy work. As the Canadian Cattlemens Association said in a recent note on the CCA Action News website, there is widespread recognition that traditional Canadian sources for agriculture labour are proving inadequate. Simply put, few Canadian-born workers aspire to work in livestock production and meat processing jobs, particularly due to the tendency of such positions being in remote or rural locations, said the note. This is one of many reasons behind the need for an additional 50,900 non-seasonal and 38,800 seasonal workers, according to a Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council (CAHRC) Labour Market Information on Recruitment and Retention Report (2009).

Activists Demand Real Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Program (USW)
Labour, community and immigrants’ rights activists will converge on Conservative MP Joe Oliver’s office Monday to demand an end to the Harper government’s low-wage economic strategy and abuse of temporary foreign workers. “The Conservatives say they’re reforming their wage-suppressing Temporary Foreign Worker Program, but with the public sector being gutted, there will be no real oversight,” said Ken Neumann, Canadian director of the United Steelworkers (USW).

Dialogue on Diversity… People Experiencing Poverty and Precarious Employment (Immigration Waterloo Region)
Waterloo Region will be a better place to live, work and play if we foster a community where individuals feel a sense of belonging and are able to achieve their full potential a community where no one is left behind. The Region of Waterloo in partnership with several community organizations have partnered to host a Dialogue on Diversity that will focus on issues faced by People experiencing poverty and precarious employment.

Nanny denies defence’s suggestions (Keith Fraser, The Province)
A lawyer for a Vancouver couple accused of enslaving a Filipino nanny has suggested that the nanny was motivated by financial gain by filing a civil lawsuit against his clients. Nicholas Preovolos, who is representing Oi Ling Nicole Huen and Franco Yiu Kwan Orr, noted in criminal court Friday that in October 2011, Leticia Sarmiento had filed suit against the couple seeking damages. The suit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court, contains many of the allegations of domestic servitude now being heard in the criminal trial.

Come together right now: Organizing for good jobs, resisting attacks on workers rights (Social Planning Toronto)
Join us! Tuesday, June 25 at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 2 from 6 8:30 PM. Refreshments 6 PM. Panel 6:30-8:30 PM. Panel: Regi David, West Scarborough Community Legal Services, John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, speaker from the Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign and Cammie Peirce, CAW Canada

Vancouver nanny motivated by money, not human rights, couples lawyer argues (Jonathan Hayward, The Province)
A lawyer for a Vancouver couple accused of enslaving a Filipino nanny has suggested that the nanny was motivated by financial gain by filing a civil lawsuit against his clients. Nicholas Preovolos, who is representing Oi Ling Nicole Huen and Franco Yiu Kwan Orr, noted in criminal court Friday that October 2011, Leticia Sarmiento had filed suit against the couple seeking damages. The suit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court, contains many of the allegations of domestic servitude now being heard in the criminal trial.


Innoweave Workshops, Coaching and Grants (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
The Foundations Innoweave program is pleased to announce a new round of Innoweave Implementation Grants, which support organizations in obtaining the coaching required to implement new management tools. Applications open this month and close on July 2nd. In related news, Innoweave recently announced the formation of a Coaching Pool. To learn more about becoming an Innoweave coach, click here.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 7, 2013


Re-doubling our Efforts on Leadership Diversity (Ratna Omidvar, Maytree)
Does the diversity gap in leadership matter to people on the street? What do they see as the benefits of leadership that reflects the population? And what can we do about it? On May 22, pollster Nik Nanos and DiverseCity released a report that set out to answer those questions. What we found should hearten and encourage us all. Yes! Residents in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) do care about diversity in leadership. What’s more, they think we should take action to make it happen.

Webinar Recording: Oslo Extra Large: Measuring Up, Making Diversity Count (Cities of Migration)
Join Toralv Moe, Senior Advisor, Business Development and Diversity with the City of Oslo, for an update on the city’s ambitious plan to be ‘A City for All’. Learn how Oslo is putting intercultural policy to the test and raising its diversity and integration index by measuring the city’s progress on equality, opportunity and inclusion since the 2001 launch of its Oslo Extra Large campaign. In conversation with: Irena Guidikova, Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe.

Canada attempts to lure foreigners away from Silicon Valley with start-up visa (Globe and Mail)
A bold new billboard looms over U.S. 101, the highway that runs through the heart of the global technology industry. “H-1b problem?” it reads. “Pivot to Canada.” That sassy invitation is directed at the thousands of foreigners having trouble getting temporary visas, known as H-1b’s, to work in the United States. Canada’s new so-called startup visa offers them the prospect of permanent residency and with it, the country’s relatively low business taxes and public health insurance.

Countries Seek Entrepreneurs From Silicon Valley (Somini Sengupta, New York Times)
A bold new billboard looms over U.S. 101, the highway that runs through the heart of the global technology industry. “H-1b problems?” it reads. “Pivot to Canada.” That sassy invitation is directed at the thousands of foreigners having trouble getting temporary visas, known as H-1b’s, to work in the United States. Canada’s new so-called start-up visa offers them the prospect of permanent residency and with it, the country’s relatively low business taxes and public health insurance.

Canada’s Tories show GOP how to win immigrant votes (Shikha Dalmia, Washington Examiner)
Canadian Conservatives were in the exact same boat as the GOP in the 1990s. Rapid immigration from Asia and elsewhere had allowed Liberals to cobble together a seemingly invincible block of French-speaking Quebecers plus immigrants in Toronto and Vancouver for three consecutive electoral wins. Conservatives were viewed as a scary “anti-immigrant, rural white man’s party.” In 2000, 70 percent of all identifiable minorities voted for the Liberal Party. That was then.

Survey reveals the world’s most racist countries (The Sun UK)
The World Values Survey asked people in more than 80 countries what type of people they did NOT want as neighbours. More than 40 per cent of those quizzed in India, Jordan and Hong Kong said they didn’t want a neighbour of a different race. Brits were among the most tolerant, along with the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. People in Latin American countries also said they would not mind neighbours of another race.

Think racism is old? Think again. (Verna Murphy, Forc McMurray Today)
I had a few conversations over the last month or so that have really got me thinking about racism. From an early age I have always been fascinated with different cultures, and the more I learned about people from other countries, the more I realized I know so very little. But growing up, I thought through my high school years, especially that I knew quite a bit about other races, and different cultures, including our own Canadian Aboriginal culture. And I will readily say it was not until four years ago I finally realized I did not know anything. And I will tell you why. Four years ago our little girl entered our life, and our family grew, and we became a “mixed” family. As a foster family we always say that our family grows and contracts on any given week, and we never know what we will learn about next. Well, four years ago we started to learn that racism is alive and well, and the places that I notice it the most will make your hair curl.

Diversity in Canada: an overview (Lisa Evans, Canadian Immigrant)
Diversity has played an important role in Canada’s formative history. Today, Canada boasts the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens than any other G8 country. In 2012, Canada welcomed a record number of immigrants for its seventh consecutive year, with 257,515 newcomers entering the country. In opening its doors to immigration, Canada has created a society of mixed languages, cultures and religions.

Richmond Hill approves policy to avoid number 4 (Kim Zarzour, York Region)
If you don’t like the number 4, you don’t have to live with it. That’s the decision of Richmond Hill councillors, who this week agreed that no new number 4s will be used in street addressing and those with a current 4 can apply to change it with a letter suffix such as 4B, with costs borne by the resident or business owner. The Chinese word for death sounds similar to the number 4. This has led to superstitions surrounding that digit (known as tetraphobia). In China, for example, floor numbers often skip the number 4.

Migrants’ global ties challenge Canada to make big-picture policy (Natalie Brender, Toronto Star)
The American writer Maya Angelou was referring to deep matters of the heart when she said, “You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” The claim may resonate emotionally – but in the realm of global affairs, each of its assertions raises deeply fraught issues. The potential for immigrants to go home again, and the ways in which they maintain ties with their home countries, are often seen by Canadian politicians and media as not “all right” in the least. And in turn, those views are deeply at odds with current thinking among global experts in the field of migration.

Entrepreneur focus groups, new stats, Opening Doors reflections, and more… (Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership)
In this issue:
Calling all self-employed immigrants!
Building community through better meetings
Statistics Canada releases 2011 census data
Personal reflections on Opening Doors Series
GW-LIP Meetings
Other Events
News Round-up

Immigration leading to greater differences between Canadian cities (Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail)
(Note: Subscribers only) A new report from TD Economics underscores the extent to which Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver each depend on different sources of immigration. In Toronto, the main source of new immigrants is India; in Montreal, it’s Algeria; and in Vancouver, Chinese immigrants outnumbered those from India two to one between 2006 and 2011. This is changing not only the faces of these cities. It also changing their characters, too, as immigrants from different parts of the world tend to have different religions, politics and cultures. That, in turn, influences the Canadian-born populations in those cities, who are sensitized in different ways, depending on the countries that supply their immigrants.

Monitoring The Metros: A Much-Awaited 2011 Update – PDF (TD Economics)
The 2011 National Household Survey release on May 8 th provides a demographic and diversity update across Canada. This is the third of a three-part overview series by TD Economics, followingAboriginal and immigration in-depth articles. The focus in this publication is to survey developments at the metro level.


Engage! : April 2013 (Tamarack)
In this issue:
Re-Doubling Our Efforts On Leadership Diversity
Shifting From Scale To Reach
Evaluating Policy Advocacy
Sharing The Red People’s Teachings
Mobilizing For Youth Opportunities


Mentoring Improves Employment Outcomes for Skilled Immigrants (Peer Bulletin No. 225)
Mentoring has proven to be one of the most successful strategies to assist newcomers find suitable employment. The idea behind mentoring is a simple one—connecting an internationally-trained professional with his or her counterpart. It is effective in helping many newcomers overcome some of the most significant barriers that they may face as they try to enter the labour market. Specifically, mentors can help a newcomer connect with other professionals in their field, provide critical information about the profession in Canada, and enhance the mentoring partner’s knowledge of the Canadian workplace culture and norms. Recognizing the importance of mentoring as an effective program, ALLIES launched the National Mentoring Initiative in 2009 with the support of TD Bank. ALLIES provided funding, coaching and technical support, connections to national employers, and other program supports to twelve mentoring programs in seven Canadian provinces.

Filipina nanny tells B.C. human trafficking trial she was forced to work 16-hour days (Vivian Luk, Edmonton Journal)
A Filipina nanny’s voice tensed up with emotion Wednesday as she described the day she called police after one of her employers pushed her and doused her with a jug of water. Leticia Sarmiento, who is testifying at a human trafficking trial, said the physical altercation in June 2010 involved Oi Ling Nicole Huen. Sarmiento said she called police and finally escaped from the home where she had been working as a live-in nanny since 2008.

Defence lawyer picks apart nanny’s story at human trafficking trial (James Keller, Ottawa Citizen)
A nanny who claims she was forced into servitude in a Vancouver-area household was in reality treated as “member of the family,” often invited along for nice meals and even feted with birthday celebrations, a lawyer for the couple told their human trafficking trial Thursday — a stark contrast to the oppressive, prison-like existence the caregiver has described. Defence lawyer Nicholas Preovolos picked apart much of Leticia Sarmiento’s story as he cross-examined her Thursday, rejecting her claims that she was forbidden from making phone calls to her family back in the Philippines and suggesting it was actually her idea to move with the family to Canada from Hong Kong in the first place.

Op-ed column devalues role of foreign domestic workers (Cenen Bagon, Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights, The Province)
Martin Collacott started his op-ed as if he understands the plight of foreign domestic workers and foreign live-in caregivers in Canada. But, in fact, his article is an attack on valued, caregiving work and the women who do it. First and foremost, foreign live-in caregivers come to Canada because Canadians need them to do the work Canadians do not want to do – to care for our young, our elderly and our disabled family members – because the pay is low and almost always without benefits. The Canadian government needs them because it’s not a priority to provide its citizens with universal, affordable and quality childcare, or affordable home care for elders and persons with disabilities.

Temporary foreign worker reforms raise concerns with CCA (Richard Gilbert, Daily Commerce News)
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is concerned about changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, especially in Alberta where the new policy is being implemented without consideration of its unique labour market conditions. “I think the most serious and offensive change was the temporary suspension of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (ALMO),” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA.–temporary-foreign-worker-reforms-raise-concerns-with-cca&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAxPvFjQVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=SFDBoi2AGAg&usg=AFQjCNEF31PaOzBkWT6bT__ZvbjXhTsRuQ

The visible (minority) face of Canada’s labour movement (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
I was struck by how many visible minorities were profiled in an excellent feature on the emerging labour movement by former Vancouver Sun editorial writer Richard Littlemore. The Report on Business feature, headlined Do unions have a future?,” offered one of the best summaries I’ve seen in a while of Canada’s changing labour movement. A century ago it was mostly British, Italian and French immigrants who were pushing for greater labour rights in Canada. Now the new activists seem to come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. That includes the young Haitian-born man who opens the piece.


Aga Khan Foundation Seminar on Community Philanthropy in Action (Bronwyn Oatley,
On Tuesday evening, was pleased to cover the fourth event in the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s series of Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development. The seminar, Local Assets for Local Needs: Community Philanthropy in Action, was held in Ottawa, but was also available by webinar.

The Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises now accepting applications (CharityVillage)
The application process for the $600k Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund is now open. The four-in-one application allows you to apply to the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund as well as three other acceleration opportunities. The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, TD Bank, Microsoft Canada, Alterna Savings, KPMG and Social Capital Partners, is proud to announce a new social finance initiative for social entrepreneurs. The Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund will make between 15 and 25 investments in early stage social enterprises (nonprofit and for-profit) that are tenants or Community Members of CSI; will provide low interest loans of $5,000 – $25,000 to eligible social enterprises; and will provide a range of support to enable the social enterprises to succeed. Applications are due by Friday, July 12, 2013.

Ontario is One Step Closer to Proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (Settlement AtWork)
Ontario is one step closer to proclaiming the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) – legislation that will increase accountability and transparency for not-for-profit corporations and that will make it easier for them to operate and do business in today’s marketplace.

Federal Government Releases Report on Social Finance (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
The federal government recently issued a report entitled Harnessing the Power of Social Finance: Canadians Respond to the National Call for Concepts in Social Finance. The Foundation was pleased to see that a proposal it submitted with Aboriginal Savings Corporation — for financing new home construction on Aboriginal reserves — was among 15 highlighted in the report, along with those of several partners and grantees, including Pathways to Education, YMCA Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs Canada, Maytree Foundation, the Omega Foundation and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Foundation grantees The Centre for Impact Investing and the Chantier de l’economie sociale have played an important role in developing the field of social finance in Canada and Quebec respectively.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 6, 2013


Permanent Residents Should Vote in Toronto’s Elections (Desmond Cole)
At its June meeting, Toronto City Council will consider asking the province to allow Toronto’s permanent residents the right to vote for their school board trustee, city councillor, and mayor. Across Toronto, a quarter-million people live, work, play and send their children to school; yet they have no vote in how the city is run because they are not Canadian citizens. Tell Toronto City Council you support extending the municipal vote to Toronto’s permanent residents. Add your name, or your organization’s name, to this letter by signing the form below the open letter.

Critics say the temporary foreign worker program is replacing immigration (Adrian Macnair, South Delta Leader)
A local man who volunteers his time to work alongside temporary foreign workers in Delta’s agricultural sector says the workers deserve a chance to become Canadians. Workers from Mexico and Guatemala work on farms and greenhouses in Delta up to 10 months out of the year, but pay taxes for services they will never access, says Jeremy Bryant. “They are lonely and isolated being separated from their families and from the community due to language and cultural barriers,” he says. “Yet what they consistently say is that they love Canada and desire to bring their families here to be Canadian citizens.”

Canada: An Entrepreneur’s Utopia? (Brandon Smith, Huffington Post)
With immigration reform in a constant state of flux, many highly-skilled highly skilled workers are being turned away at America’s doorstep. Research shows that since 2005, the number of immigrant-founded tech companies in the U.S. has declined as much as 8.5 percent in some areas, including Silicon Valley. Canada, looking to take advantage of the dysfunction, passed the “startup visa” in order to attract spurned immigrant entrepreneurs, create new jobs and drive economic growth.

Welcome with caution: Let’s be smart about who we?re allowing into this country (Sun News Network)
Jason Kenney, the federal immigration minister, has promised to end the practice of letting foreign nationals apply for pardons in Canada if they are neither permanent residents nor naturalized citizens. That’s a good move. Why should people who are essentially guests in this country be permitted to have their criminal records – records they acquired for committing crimes here – expunged? But as the cases of Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser point out, closing this pardon loophole is far from enough.

If Canada used American racial categories… (Frances Woolley)
The US Census Bureau counts people by race: white, black, Asian, and so on. Statistics Canada counts people by “visible minority status” – we don’t like to mention words like “race” or “white” up here. The other day I found myself wondering – if Canada used American racial categories, how would the demographics of the two countries compare?

Check out our new interactive maps of ethnicity in Metro Vancouver (Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun)
On May 8, Statistics Canada released the first wave of data from its 2011 National Household Survey. That data, on immigration, religion and visible minority status, painted a picture of an increasingly diverse Metro Vancouver. We wrote about the survey results on the day they came out. But there was one key piece of information that wasn’t available on May 8: neighbourhood data. StatsCan divides major metropolitan areas like Metro Vancouver into hundreds of “census tracts”: small areas of just a few thousand people each. Looking at survey data by census tract makes it possible to see which parts of the region have the highest concentration of different ethnic groups. Recently, StatsCan provided The Sun with Census Tract-level data for visible minority status. That made it possible to create the following interactive maps of visible minorities in Metro Vancouver. The first map shows which visible minority group (so, basically, any group other than white) is most common in each Metro Vancouver neighbourhood.

NDP makes pitch to fix ‘Lost Canadian’ citizenship quagmire (Tobi Cohen,
So-called “Lost Canadians” are taking to Parliament Hill this week, fighting for the citizenship they say is rightly theirs — and it appears they have the opposition on their side. They are men and women who have been denied citizenship because their fathers were technically British subjects when they got their would-be war brides pregnant while serving during the Second World War.

#CdnImm Event #16 – City of Toronto Services for Newcomers (OCASI)
To inform settlement and community stakeholders about City of Toronto services for newcomers.

Chinese Cinema (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Noah Cowan. He is the Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the curator for “A Century of Chinese Cinema” .

Vancouver coaches disappointed with turban ban (Larissa Chute, Vancouver Desi)
Soccer is one of the best tools for teaching the values of cultural diversity — especially at the grassroots levels. “That’s why they call it the ‘global game’ — it is one sport that is played everywhere in the world,” said Marpole Soccer Club’s technical director, Dino Anastopulos. “It’s probably the most inclusive — it’s a sport that will bind and bring different races, ethnicities, religions all together. And the youth level is one of the best — if not the best — teachers.”

The ban on turban-wearing soccer players in Quebec (CBC)
Ms. Frot wasn’t aware of any injuries caused from turbans … but insists the Federation is following rules set out by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. FIFA rules do not explicitly state a position — meaning it’s neither banned, nor allowed. In April, The Canadian Soccer Association called for provincial Associations to allow religious head wear. Quebec is the only province to resist. The ban was brought up yesterday during Question Period in Ottawa.

Local News: Port Hope CHC Awarded “Partner Of The Year” By The New Canadians Centre (Northumberland View)
The Port Hope Community Health Centre is entering its third year of partnership with the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg in which the Port Hope CHC provides much needed primary health care outreach services to migrant farm workers in the area as part of the “Migrant Farm Workers Project”. At the New Canadians Centre Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 30th the Port Hope CHC was awarded “Partner of the Year – Cobourg” for its ongoing commitment to this project.

Ford Nation, Challenging Duffy, scratching the term “visible minority.” (CBC Radio – Calgary)
Rob Ford’s supporters stand by their man, we’ll find out why. Also, why the Senate should have kept Duffy out in the first place. And the case against the term “visible minority.”

Edmonton restaurants to fight Alberta hookah-pipe ban (CBC)
Edmonton restaurants that allow smoking of herbal material in hookah pipes are hoping to convince the province not to ban the practice. “We have a strategy that we’re going to be following by actually talking to govenment, giving them some ideas, said Mohamad El-Turk owner the Sultan Palace downtown. “Having proper ventilation in your place will reduce the risk of being exposed to second hand smoking,” he said. El-Turk fears if hookah smoking is banned, his restaurant will fail.

Ontario Legislators Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with Professionals (South Asian Generation Next)
In celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, for the first time several organizations came together with Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Toronto to organize a special networking reception with members of the Ontario legislature. Presenting partners of this event included organizations such as Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Council of Advancement of Muslim Professionals, Young Ismaili Professionals, and the Downtown Muslim Professional Network.

Why Get involved in Politics (Kanwal Rafiq, South Asian Generation Next)
Have you ever wanted to join politics, but had no clue where to begin your professional journey? Members of the provincial parliament had some helpful advice to give to the youth in a networking event, hosted by the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Toronto in celebration of South Asian Heritage Month.

Changes to immigration system hurting many Canadian families (South Asian Generation Next)
The Harper Conservative government’s changes to Canada’s immigration system have resulted in extremely long delays in family reunification; the virtual elimination of parental sponsorships; and, the stranding of young people as a result of the inability to sponsor children between the ages of 18 and 21, a Town Hall Forum, organized by GTA Liberals, was told.

Important stuff we sometimes forget (CJ News)
I’ve carefully followed reporting on the 2011 census with a sense of pride. Although I have concerns about the generalizability of the findings from the National Household Survey and its utility for Jewish communal planning, the data indicating increasing multiculturalism and racial and ethnic diversity appeals to deep values that I hold as a Canadian and as a Jew. I’m proud of the diversity of our country, the tolerance among these diverse groups, and the valuing of different religions, ethnicities and cultures. Canadian multiculturalism has fertilized the growth of Jewish living.

News Release — More than four million visitors helped by new CIC online Help Centre (CIC)
More than four million people have been helped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) new online Help Centre since it was launched just six months ago, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The End of Multiculturalism? Immigration and Integration in Germany and the United Kingdom (Laura Muchowiecka, Student Pulse)
Within a short span of time, immigration has become one of the major issues in the field of European politics and social discourse questioning the status quo of such conceptions as citizenship, nationhood and community cohesion. Migration within the borders of the European Union and above all external immigration has led to a phenomenon described as multiculturalism. As Elliot and Lemert suggest, the idea of multiculturalism, which has been recently proclaimed as a new model of not only modern neoliberal states such as Canada, Australia or the United States but also of countries in the Old Continent like France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom or Germany, acquires increasingly less public support. The support, if it existed at all, has turned into official and widespread sentiments of antipathy towards both some immigration groups and ethnic minorities as such and towards multiculturalism as an ideology of a political strategy in particular. It seems even that the idea has become a scapegoat of several social problems like segregation, poverty, increase in crime rate and unemployment, extremism, terrorist attacks, to mention but a few accusations.

Interested in moving to Canada? Read this (Maria Aleta Nieva Nishimori,
The Philippines is one of the main source countries for immigrants to Canada, according to Kent Francis, the Deputy Program Manager for Visa and Immigration of the Embassy of Canada. Kent said 34,626 Filipinos received immigrant visas for Canada in 2012.


Employees keen on volunteering opportunities (Canadian Hr Reporter)
Ninety per cent of Canadians feel it is important that their place of work encourages a culture of “community giveback” among employees, yet only 35 per cent of those in a workplace report their employer has a program motivating them to volunteer. Almost one-quarter (23 per cent) of respondents to a BMO Financial Group survey said they would be more likely to volunteer if their company did more to encourage it.


Human Capital Renewal in the Nonprofit Sector: Framing the Strategy (Mowat Centre)
The importance of human capital cuts across all sectors, and is a strategic priority for the nonprofit sector. The ability of the sector to attract and retain the right talent, develop effective leadership, provide relevant training and skills development, and offer competitive benefits and compensation will be critical in determining the future vibrancy and sustainability of the nonprofit sector in Ontario.

Nurturing a business approach for social good (Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen)
On a brisk June morning, you have to use your imagination to see promise in the neatly planted farm plot that is one of Ottawa’s newest social enterprises. Carrots, onion, tomatoes, herbs and lettuce will sprout in coming weeks on the acreage in the city’s east end. The vegetables will be tended and harvested by homeless teens — most of whom had never set foot on a farm before — and delivered to Ottawa customers as part of an innovative business aimed at “preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults,” in the words of Operation Come Home executive director Elspeth McKay. FarmWorks, as it is called, is not a social program or a charity, but a business. It is one of five social enterprises run by Operation Come Home that use business models as a vehicle for social good.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 5, 2013


Webinar July 23: Dialogue Circles: Building Intercultural Understanding between Immigrant and Indigenous Communities (Cities of Migration)
Join us to learn about groundbreaking initiatives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vancouver, Canada, that are bringing new immigrant and indigenous communities together for intercultural learning and meaningful exchange as an essential part of newcomer settlement and welcome in these multicultural societies.

Star overdid ‘Somali’ references in first report of drug dealers peddling Rob Ford crack video: Public Editor (Kathy English, Toronto Star)
Members of Toronto’s Somali community were understandably distressed by the many mentions of “Somali” drug dealers in the Star’s first report of Rob Ford crack video allegations.

When You Commit a Crime, Your Race Matters (Rachel Decoste, Huffington Post)
The curious case of Canucks who suddenly morph from Canadian to foreigner when their behaviour causes discomfort. The “Ben Johnson syndrome” was first documented when the famous athlete ran the 100m dash in a record 9.79 seconds at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Until that point, Ben Johnson was a Canadian darling, draped in the maple leaf. The next day, news broke that he got caught cheating. He suddenly became “a Jamaican sprinter.” The cycle has repeated itself in various forms.

Feds to Quebec soccer officials: Let the children with turbans play (Sidhartha Banerjee, Winnipeg Free Press)
A decision to ban turban-wearing Sikh kids from Quebec soccer fields was loudly condemned Tuesday by the federal government. Conservative ministers weighed in on a provincial sports-association decision that has attracted coverage from some major international media. They criticized the Quebec Soccer Federation’s decision to uphold its ban and demanded that the association let turban-wearing kids play. The federation has stood pat on its decision, and dismissed criticism that the move was racist and intolerant. It said the policy was based on concern for player safety. But the country’s actual public safety minister wasn’t buying it.

Community Outraged by Cuts to South Asian Edition – OMNI News (SALCO, CASSA, ASAAP, SAWC)
South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) and the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) expressed their shock and outrage to the Rogers Communications’ recent announcement about the cuts to multicultural and local news programming on OMNI, particularly to the cuts to South Asian Edition of OMNI News.

A Century of Chinese Cinema Exhibition (TIFF)
80 Films. Major Exhibitions. Special Guests.

“Brownlisted” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with comedian Sabrina Jalees. She starts her Canada wide tour on Friday June 14, at Innis Town Hall (related -

Should the government allow do-overs for people who fail the citizenship test? (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Immigrants who fail their citizenship tests will now be afforded a do-over. Postmedia News is reporting that Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will announce the new citizenship guidelines on Monday. “Applicants who fail will be told so immediately and be given the opportunity to schedule a rewrite within four to eight weeks,” notes the article.

Sydney LeRoux Took Racial Abuse on Twitter for Months, Prompting Goal-Scoring Celebration vs Canada (Mike Cardillo, The Big Lead)
Athletes getting abused by anonymous “fans” is one of the downsides to Twitter. Some of the racist, sexist, homophobic and offensive things people are willing to type behind the curtain of the Internet is baffling. Usually it goes unchecked. Sunday, in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 3-0 win over Canada in Toronto, American forward Sydney LeRoux paid back her online ‘haters’ by celebrating her stoppage time goal with a shush, while ‘popping’ the U.S. crest on her jersey. It didn’t sit well with the Canadian broadcast, or the 22,000+ at BMO Field.

Chadwick helps daughter Sydney Leroux through racial abuse (Marty Hastings, Kamloops This Week)
Ray Chadwick is being forced to watch from the sidelines in pain as his daughter deals with racial persecution and personal attacks. “She called me in tears that night, she called me in tears yesterday and I just talked to her this morning and she’s better,” Chadwick, head coach of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team, said on Tuesday, June 4.

Blog: In Canada, Racism in Sport is Nothing New (Kolby Solinsk, BC Local News)
Canadians are often viewed as the country without the kind of violent, earth-shattering racial conflict that ripped apart the American South or the rest of that country below the 49th for hundreds of years. We don’t have historical sports figures like Jackie Robinson or Muhammad Ali, and we certainly haven’t had a Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, or even a Maya Angelou. We’ve had individual crusaders who have fought for many societal shifts and stood their ground in important cultural conversations, but we’ve never truly confronted racism the way the United States has – or even as England, Germany, Europe, or the rest of the world we live around and collide with has.

Filipino students adjust to new parents — their own (: Louise Brown, Toronto Star)
Toronto’s Forest Hill Collegiate trying to help students who struggle after being separated for years from their parents.

Let them call P.E.I. home (Jonathan Charlton, Chronicle Herald)
On March 28, the Guardian newspaper reported on the largest-ever swearing-in in Prince Edward Island’s history. One hundred immigrants from 34 countries became citizens that snowy day. Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach told the paper better immigrant retention rates were key to having the labour necessary to expand the economy. Aside from a stubbornly high unemployment rate suggesting there aren’t enough jobs for the people who already live on the Island, Roach glossed over another group of labourers that slip through the cracks.

Men seen as impediments to shaking up boardrooms (Theresa Tedesco, The Province)
Efforts to increase board diversity and improve corporate performance at public companies are complicated by lengthy directorship tenures held by men, says a report from U.S.-based research firm GMI Ratings. According to findings released Tuesday, over one-quarter of boards seats in the U.S. are held by men with at least ten years’ tenure. And that represents a formidable impediment to increased diversity because “it is difficult to add more women (or members of other under-represented groups) to boards if there are few open seats to begin with,” GMI noted. To wit, since 2001, the proportion of directorships on the boards of 1,500 companies listed on the S&P 500 has risen fewer than five percentage points.

Halal Festival Shows Canada Diversity (OnIslam)
The first-ever halal food festival in Canada has drawn record-breaking crowds, showing the diversity of the marketplace in a major North American city. “Halal Food Fest TO is dedicated to the halal food scene, and hopes to showcase the variety and diversity that makes Toronto what it is,” Salima Jivraj, Marketing Director of the Halal Food Fest, told “We’re hoping that the food festival inspires and encourages more businesses to look into halal alternatives – it’s also a way for us to educate the general public about halal food.”

New Edition of A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario (Settlement AtWork)
The government has released a new edition of the “Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario,” which features up-to-date information on provincial and federal services available to seniors, in a smaller, easier to handle format. The guide is now available in 16 languages – nine more than before – in recognition of Ontario’s diverse communities.

Visa system tripping up foreigners looking to visit Canadian family, MPs say (Michelle Zilio, iPolitics)
(Note: registration required for full article) MPs with ridings home to large populations of ethnic minorities say constituents with family members hoping to visit Canada for important family events are having troubles navigating the system. The concerns were raised at the Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Tuesday morning, where the committee began a study on temporary resident visas (TRVs) for visitors.

Join us for the launch of our new policy on Removing the “Canadian experience” barrier (Ontario Human Rights Commission)
The Ontario Human Rights Commission and KPMG Invite you to the launch of the OHRC’s policy on Removing the “Canadian experience” barrier.

Applications for our Pluralism Grants for community projects are now open! (Inspirit Foundation)
The Inspirit Foundation today announced its call for applications for the Pluralism Grants – Community Impact program. Formerly known as the Inspirit Bridge Building Grants, this pilot program supports projects that bring together young adults (aged 18-30) of different spiritual, religious and secular beliefs to work toward common goals that make our communities better places to live. “Issues related to the intersection of culture, beliefs and youth engagement have recently been at the forefront of public debate,” said Andrea Nemtin, President and CEO, Inspirit Foundation. “We believe that by collaborating with others of different backgrounds and beliefs to create positive change, young people will build relationships and feel more connected to our communities.”

Scarborough Film Fest brings films beyond downtown core (Yonge Street)
Over the course of the next five days, the inaugural Scarborough Film Festival will screen 17 films from more than 10 countries. The festival boasts a diverse array of programming, featuring a mix of shorts and features, Canadian content and international. The only overarching theme, says Petrov is “great film.” “Right from the beginning we knew Toronto, and Scarborough in particular, is really diverse — one of the most diverse areas in the globe. So we wanted to bring something that was interesting to residents of Toronto and Scarborough…people can come out and watch not just their culture but also some other countries and learn about other countries and cultures.”

One in five people identifies as a visible minority: National Household Survey (Times of India)
In 2011, 19.1 per cent of Canada’s population identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group, when filling out a questionnaire for the National Household Survey. The results of the NHS, which were released earlier this May, show those 6,264,800 individuals represent about one out of every five people in Canada’s total population. This is an increase from the 2006 Census which recorded 16.2 per cent of the total population as identifying with a visible minority group.

Micro-loan program helps immigrants upgrade their foreign credentials (Times of India)
The New Brunswick Multicultural Council has developed a new micro-loan program to assist immigrants financially in upgrading their educational credentials. The program is designed to help pay for tuition, textbooks, certification fees and the like. “Many highly skilled immigrants are working in a low-profile position, getting minimum wage,” said Aaron Cao, project co-ordinator of the program.

Vivienne Poy launches book on Chinese immigration to Canada (Times of India)
The Hon. Vivienne Poy launched her latest book, Passage to Promise Land: Voices of Chinese Immigrant Women to Canada, at York University as part of this year’s Asian Heritage Month Festival celebration. Spanning six decades, Passage to Promise Land is a revealing study of Chinese immigration to Canada from the end of the Second World War to present day. By tracing the evolution of immigration policy through the stories of Chinese immigrant women of all ages and educational backgrounds, Poy captures the social, political and ethnic tensions these women faced, along with their spirited resilience against patriarchy and discrimination.

Ottawa to change immigration age limit of dependant children to under 19 (Times of India)
Older children of immigrants will be prevented from joining their parents and siblings in Canada under a new federal government plan to restrict the definition of “dependent child.” The change, which takes effect Jan. 1, will narrow the definition of a dependent child to someone younger than 19, rather than the current 22, and remove an exception for older children who study full time. The new rules could make roughly 7,000 immigrants a year ineligible to come to Canada. According to an outline of the plan obtained by the Star, the changes reflect the government’s immigration goals: to fuel economic prosperity, transition to a fast and flexible economic immigration system and target those with the skills to meet labour needs.

Settling in Canada (Times of India)
Special section in Times of India with articles related to immigrant settlement in Canada.

The Truth about Pierre Trudeau and Immigration (Maclean’s)
In his new book The Truth About Trudeau, Bob Plamondon, a policy consultant and historian in Ottawa, takes an unvarnished look at Pierre Trudeau’s time in office, from his cozy ties to Communists and gutting of the military to his dubious environmental record and the damage done to national unity. In this excerpt, Plamondon tackles the myths surrounding Trudeau’s immigration policies, and argues the former prime minister politicized immigration and multiculturalism and raised ethnic vote targeting to an art form.

Minority suppliers making headway in industry (Dave Hall, Windsor Star)
Dorrington said that while diversity in Canada’s supply chain is improving, there needs to be an added impetus from three levels of government which are among the largest customers of supply chain products in the nation. “The emphasis used to be on automotive, but now we’re growing in ICT, telecommunications, food processing and many other industries,” said Dorrington. Steve Rodgers, president of the APMA, said that the Detroit Three have always recognized the importance of employing minority suppliers.

PNP intermediary transferred millions offshore, owes millions in taxes (Teresa Wright, Guardian PEI)
A firm that brokered immigrant investments in P.E.I.’s Provincial Nominee Program transferred $10 million to an offshore account and now owes over $3.2 million in unpaid taxes, according to documents filed in federal court by the Canada Revenue Agency. The CRA was granted a jeopardy order last Friday by a federal judge, authorizing it to take action to collect the only remaining assets of P.E.I. Equity Alliance Ltd.

Racist and intolerant (Barry Morgan, CJAD)
When asked if the turban ban was racist, the group said it disagreed with the question. Why not say it was a ridiculous question, that they have the best interests of the kids, and others, who wear a turban at heart? When asked if it was intolerant, the only response was ‘no comment.’ I spoke tonight with Mukhbir Singh, the World Sikh Organization of Canada’s vice-president for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. He didn’t buy the safety excuse, either. And neither did most callers to the show.

DiverseCity winners honoured (Surrey Now)
DiverseCity Community Resources Society recently honoured the winners of its annual Cultural DiverseCity Awards at an event in Coquitlam. There were five categories: Keywest Asphalt Ltd. won the Business award; Canada Safeway Ltd. won Corporate; Vancouver International Film Festival won in Not-for-Profit; Surrey RCMP won in Public Institutional and Sangha’s Learning Centre won the Youth Entrepreneur award.


CCR Chronicle Vol. 8 no. 3, 4 June 2013 (CCR)
In this issue:
New report cards evaluate protections for migrant workers across Canada
Wear and share buttons to show you are Proud to Protect Refugees on World Refugee Day (20 June)
Temporary Residence Permits (TRPs) for Trafficked Persons: New report and webinar
Alert: Changes to definition of family and rules for family sponsorship
Conclusions from CCR Spring Consultation Promoting Security and a Warm Welcome

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Testify Before Commons Committee on Bill C-43 (CARL)
In their appearance before the Citizenship and Immigration Committee of the House of Commons today, two expert witnesses for the Canadian Association for Refugee Lawyers (CARL) Lorne Waldman and Angus Grant offered clear, trenchant criticisms of Bill C-43, The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act. Their testimony focused on a two significant failings of Bill C-43:
Permanent residents of Canada, upon being convicted of relatively minor crimes, can now be deported without any right of appeal or consideration of their personal circumstances.
Innocent people, found to be inadmissible to Canada because of ludicrously broad security laws, will no longer be able to remain in Canada for exceptional or humanitarian reasons.

New Issues of FMR and JRS (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason.

Thematic Focus: Urban Refugees (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason.


Fixing Income Inequality in Canada (David Miller, Huffington Post)
The economic collapse of 2008 changed much in our world, and it had a devastating impact on many people at home and abroad. But one of the few silver linings is the spotlight that it put on an economic trend that was poised to create lasting damage in Canada: income inequality. The impact of the recession hit just about everyone, but those on the lower end of the income scale were hit the hardest, with job losses in the trades and services sectors as people stopped spending. In addition, many lower-income individuals borrowed against inflated assets to keep up, or dipped into their savings only to find half of it disappear when markets tanked. As we all know, the recession shattered the lives of many.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy: Federal Policy Monitor May 2013 – PDF (Caledon)
The Caledon Institute ( regularly scans for the release of federal government policies that impact areas of interest, including income security, disabilities, health, housing, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy: Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor May 2013 - PDF (Caledon)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy ( regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. A partial list includes: disability, education, health, housing, income security, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.


Government of Manitoba, Canada, launches initiative for Greek job seekers (
Representatives of the Manitoba government’s immigration program are visiting Greece from June 8-12 to interview Greek nationals, qualified skilled workers interested in temporary and long-term employment, for prearranged jobs in industry, business, service, trades and other skilled occupations in Manitoba, Canada. To participate in the Job Fair being held from June 8-12 in Athens, apply for a scheduled interview.

Foreign worker reforms raise concern (Richard Gilbert, Journal of Commerce)
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is concerned about changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, especially in Alberta where the new policy is being implemented without consideration of its unique labour market conditions. “I think the most serious and offensive change was the temporary suspension of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (ALMO),” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA.–foreign-worker-reforms-raise-concern

Alberta documentary Oil Calling focuses on immigrant experience in oilpatch (Jamie Hall, Edmonton Journal)
Edmonton filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk took the money she had put aside for a down payment on a house and instead invested it into finding a broadcaster for her documentary about new immigrants trying to find work in Alberta’s oilpatch. It paid off. Oil Calling will make its debut Friday on CBC’s Documentary Channel, which will run it again the following Monday and Tuesday.

Winning with newcomers (Times of India)
At the recent 10th Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference, hosted by the Progress and Career Planning Institute (PCPI) in Toronto on April 5, the issue of workplace integration of new Canadians was a hot topic. With recent reports indicating that Canada is facing a growing deficit of workers, there is an increased urgency for innovative inclusion strategies when it come to hiring newcomers.

Fear mutes some caregivers’ tales of abuse (Elaine O’Connor, The Province)
What would you do if your boss monitored your every move with hidden cameras all over the office – even in the bathroom? Many of B.C.’s foreign nannies brought in through Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program would do nothing. Vancouver labour lawyer Ai Li Lim has dealt with cases of workers who allege they have been spied on, hit, verbally abused, denied pay and breaks, even physically or sexually assaulted. But they are often too scared to speak out.

Foreign nannies, caregivers shouldn’t necessarily get permanent residency in Canada (Martin Collacott, The Province)
Your recent reports on the abuse suffered by live-in caregivers from overseas, and in particular the case of Leticia Sarmiento, underlines the need to protect the rights and ensure decent working conditions for such workers. The live-in caregiver program itself, however, also requires a thorough review and overhaul in view of the questionable premises on which it is based. Live-in caregivers are, in fact, the only temporary foreign workers who are virtually guaranteed permanent residence in Canada if they can stick it out for two years here in the jobs for which they are hired. In effect, the program ensures that the caregiver will be able to stay here permanently and bring in their family members without having to meet the usual requirements for those coming here as members of the economic class.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 4, 2013


Call for Proposals for Settlement Services in British Columbia (Canada News Centre)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued a Call for Proposals for the delivery of settlement services in British Columbia (B.C.), which assist newcomers to succeed in their new lives in the province. The Call for Proposals will be open for a period of five weeks, beginning today and ending July 8, 2013. Following a review of all received proposals, CIC will determine which organizations or individuals will receive funding to provide settlement services in B.C, starting in April 2014, when the Government of Canada resumes management of federally-funded settlement programs in the province.

21,000 Jamaicans migrated to Canada in last decade (Stabroek)
Redwood left for Canada with his family, five years after applying for permanent residency in that country. He had resigned from the Senate after serving just over 16 months as president — a move that has earned him much criticism and labels of unpatriotism, particularly from the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party. But statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) show that a total of 21,265 Jamaicans have traded the black, green and gold for the red-and-white maple-leaf flag between 2002 and 2011. This number averages about 2,126 Jamaicans annually, and represents only a fraction of the number of locales who send applications to the CIC yearly for permanent residency in underpopulated Canada, which shares border with the United States and regarded year after year as one of Earth’s best places to live.

Leroux takes aim at prior racist abuse (Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN)
U.S. forward Sydney Leroux, whose dual citizenship has made her a lightning rod for Canadian soccer fans’ abuse, has released a statement saying that she has been the target of racial taunts in the past but not at Sunday’s match against Canada in Toronto.

Canadian-born U.S. soccer player Sydney Leroux said she was victim of racial slurs in Vancouver (Neil Davidson, The Province)
Sydney Leroux showed some love for Toronto after an emotional 24 hours that saw the Canadian-born U.S. soccer international inflame passions with a cheeky goal celebration and a tweet about racial slurs. But while calling the atmosphere at Sunday’s Canada-U.S. game in Toronto a “positive step forward for women’s soccer,” Leroux revealed she had been racially abused in her birthplace of Vancouver during last year’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

USWNT’ Sydney Leroux Tweets Racist Chants Accusations Against Canadian Soccer Supporters (Phil Naegely,
Racism has been a serious issue in the sports world, especially in international soccer action for many decades, and it is still an issue we are unfortunately facing. Many are calling for stricter consequences to help combat racist and sexist comments, chants and actions, but for now it is still a pressing issue. On Sunday, Alex Morgan scored twice and led the U.S. Women’s National Team over Canada, but the focus of the game has now turned to racism today. Forward Sydney Leroux took to twitter this morning and accused Canadian supporters of chanting distasteful words about her family and herself.

‘Market failure’ in Canada’s gender board diversity (Beata Caranci, Financial Post)
Canadian business leaders recognize the value of a diverse workforce and senior management team. Indeed, for many, the ability to attract, retain and champion those with wide-ranging perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds is a strategic imperative. These efforts extend to women, who represent almost half of the country’s total labour force. However, almost three-quarter of the firms traded on the S&P/TSX Composite Index have no female directors, or just one representative. This startling fact suggests that the importance of gender diversity is not recognized widely enough in Canada’s boardrooms.

LAST CHANCE – with special guests (Elizabeth Mclachlan, blogTO)
An intimate look into the turbulent journeys of five people who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. This screening is in celebration of Pride Week in Toronto and will feature special guests.

A family remains apart, waiting on Immigration to reunite them (Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen)
A really stupid thing happened on Jan. 11, the day after The Public Citizen recounted the story of Mohammed Abdalmajid, a husband and father who was deported last October to the West Bank. Citizenship and Immigration Canada sent Abdalmajid a letter, through his Ottawa immigration lawyer, requesting he appear for an interview on Jan. 25 regarding his wife’s application to sponsor him as a permanent resident. Saly Rasheed submitted the application early last summer after Immigration rejected her husband’s claim for refugee status.

Chambers of Commerce clarify views on temporary foreign worker legislation (Tim Kalinowski, Medicine Hat News)
Provincial delegates to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce AGM clarified their position over the weekend on the proposed federal changes to the Temporary Foreign worker (TFW) program. Members reiterated their strong opposition to three main points of the proposed changes to TFW legislation.

Product Profile – vol. 2, issue 1: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Permanent Residents Rounded Count Research Data Cube (Community Data)
The Permanent Residents Rounded Count Research Data Cube (referred to here as the CIC Data Cube, or simply “Cube”) is a Citizenship and Immigration Canada dataset that counts the number of permanent resident landings at any given Census geography down to the Census Subdivision. The “cube” means that you can drill down to more specific characteristics of permanent residents, like age, years of education, mother tongue, immigrant class, and occupation. But before we muddle you more, let’s start with some basics about the dataset itself.

News Release — Improving the Citizenship Application Process (CIC)
Citizenship applicants who fail their first citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining Canada’s tradition of high numbers of permanent residents taking up full citizenship, and this is one of many recent improvements that have been made to the citizenship process to ensure the timely welcoming of new citizens,” said Minister Kenney. “Since 2006, Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent, with Canada averaging approximately 200,000 new citizens each year.”

Visible minorities feel mistreated by retailers: Nova Scotia study (Marketingmag)
When visible minorities in Nova Scotia go shopping, they are more often the targets of offensive language or treated as potential thieves compared with the experiences of white people, a new report says. The report by the province’s Human Rights Commission is touted as the first survey of its kind in Canada and will be used by the commission’s director, David Shannon, to broaden the discussion on racial profiling with the business community and the public.

Language classes link newcomers with confidence (Fannie Sunshine, North York Mirror)
Chandra Kafle was taught English while growing up in Nepal, but found communicating challenging when she moved to Toronto one year ago. “The slang, the idioms,” she said, “I felt uncomfortable communicating.” The 29-year-old, who worked as a nurse in Nepal, began taking Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) courses in Scarborough in September, and it has helped to improve her language skills and understanding of Canadian culture, she said.

Indian newspaper Daily Ajit finds a Canadian home base in Brampton (San Grewal, Toronto Star)
Over lunch, Brampton-based newspaper journalist Satpaul Singh Johal asks if Rob Ford will retire. He’s already written one news story about the Toronto mayor’s video scandal and has just penned an analysis piece for his readers — in Punjab, India. Every day Johal and two colleagues, who are also based in Brampton, file stories to their editors 12,000 kilometres away in the city of Jalandhar. That’s where Daily Ajit, the world’s largest Punjabi-language newspaper, is based.

A country in flux (Hinton Parklander)
Canada is an immigrant nation. When we look at numbers from Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey released last month, we see that 95.7 per cent of the population is not aboriginal. For the vast majority of us, if we ourselves didn’t travel to this new land in search of a new life, somebody in our family tree did. NHS analysts report that Canada is becoming increasingly reliant on immigration. If current trends continue, by 2031 immigration will account for 80 per cent of population growth, compared to 67 per cent in 2011. This is despite a drop in the number of new immigrants since the 20th century.

What exactly is a Sanctuary City? (Solidarity City Network)
Provincial and Federal services are not yet fully available to you. Depending on your immigration status, these include employment insurance, some workers’ compensation, full health care, public housing, Ontario works, welfare and more. We are organizing to change that. If you want be part of this work get in touch with us!

Immigrant Says She Was Duped Into Servitude (Courthouse News Service)
Owners of a furniture store duped lured an Indonesian woman to Canada for a housekeeping job, then held her in servitude for three years and paid her less than $200 a month, she claims in court. Masnurrita sued Orbit Trade Center dba House of Chippendale and three people, in British Columbia Supreme Court. Masnurrita, who apparently uses just one name, claims defendants Sandra Linny Lie and Hee Jeaw Chang offered her a live-in nanny and housekeeping job in 2006 at their home in the sprawling Vancouver suburb of Surrey. Lie and Chang told her the job involved light housekeeping and offered her a monthly salary of 1.5 million Indonesian rupiah, about 158 Canadian dollars at the time, according to the complaint.


MDs planning nationwide protests against cuts in refugee care (Patrick Sullivan, CMA)
It is almost a year since the federal government cut the health care coverage Canada provided to refugees under the Interim Federal Health Program, but a physicians’ group is determined to remind Canadians – and the government – of the impact that decision has had. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), a group that was vocal in opposing the cuts a year ago, is organizing a National Day of Action on June 17 that will include demonstrations across the country. By May 13, protests had been planned for Vancouver, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

Family of pastor faces deportation, putting church in jeopardy (CBC)
The family of a pastor who leads an east Hamilton church is set to be deported on June 15 — leaving the minister little choice but to leave his flock and follow his loved ones back to the Czech Republic. Jaroslav Mitac is the minister at the Hamilton Gypsy Church, an evangelical Christian congregation that consists of Czech Roma who have sought refuge in Canada, citing violence and discrimination in their home country. Mitac came to Canada in 2009. The Canadian government granted him protected person status, allowing him to stay in the country.

Health care for refugees is good public policy (Immigrant Lawyer blog)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s reforms to Canada’s refugee system include eliminating ‘incentives’ to those that come to Canada and make a false refugee claim. Late last year we were approached by a woman in a truly difficult situation. Having made a refugee claim, she was deemed to have abandoned it when she advised Citizenship and Immigration of her address change, but not the Immigration and Refugee Board. A simple error, but one with significant consequences. After her refugee claim in Calgary was deemed abandoned, she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer; unfortunately diagnosed late because the cancer went undetected by Canadian doctors on a prior exam. Adding insult to injury, she learned that she was not eligible for health care to deal with the missed cancer.


Bold Calgary plan aims to cut poverty in half (Andre Picard, Globe and Mail)
Ottawa and the provinces have all the money and all the power, but it is cash-strapped municipalities and their partners in the non-profit sector that are tackling the tough issues in health care. Case in point: the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. Earlier this week, Calgary city council, at the urging of dynamic mayor Naheed Nenshi, adopted a resolution that commits it to cut poverty in the city by 50 per cent over the next decade.

Sharing the dream of a Calgary without poverty (Cathy Williams and Steve Allan, co-chairs of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative Stewardship Group)
For a year, we have been talking to people in Calgary about poverty. Many think we dealt with the issue when the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness was launched five years ago. While that is a great initiative, homelessness is the tip of an iceberg. Poverty is its underpinning, and costs Calgarians greatly in terms of human and financial capital. Now that the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative’s strategy has been unanimously passed by city council and the United Way board, we want to share the dream of a more connected and supportive city, which we will all realize through working together over the next several years. The strategy is based on a principle of challenging the way we view people living in poverty. We’re good at charitable giving, and this is to be lauded. But if charity worked, we would see the number of people needing assistance going down.

Can Toronto Cut Poverty By 50% In Ten Years Too? (Wellesley Institute)
Calgary City Council adopted a resolution on May 27 that commits it to cutting poverty in the city by 50 percent over the next decade. While social policy is generally considered the primary responsibility of the provincial, territorial and federal governments under Canada’s Constitution, municipalities across the country have increasingly been forced to deal with community-level effects of growing poverty and inequality, including the impact on population health.


Solving Canada’s Skills Gap Challenges: What Businesses Can Do Now—Graphic (Accenture)
Canada is moving to address a national problem—inadequate supplies of the talent needed to secure Canadian businesses’ competitiveness as well as the
country’s overall prosperity.

There are enough jobs so both Canadians and immigrants can be employed (Windsor Star)
Immigration to Canada is very common and is the main reason why Canada is so distinct in terms of multiculturalism. Every year, at least 200,000 people immigrate to Canada. After all, why wouldn’t they? Canada provides several new opportunities such as excellent working conditions, a high standard of living, and a health care system that is ranked one of the best in the world. Nevertheless, not all immigrants are allowed into Canada and their foreign qualifications are not all recognized. To prevent immigrants from immigrating to Canada, the government in the past has made a few immigration policies which have changed the way the government conceives against immigrants.

New report gives voice to migrant workers in Manitoba (CCPA)
A new report from CCPA-Manitoba draws on a research project undertaken by The Migrant Worker’s Solidarity Network (MWSN), a group that interacts with and advocates for these workers. Migrant Voices: Stories of Agricultural Migrant Workers in Manitoba combines the voices of the men with whom the MWSN interacts with background information about the SAWP—and explains how globalization and free trade agreements end up producing a two-tiered labour force in Canada.

Canadian court allows Chinese miners with temporary work visas to stay (
The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that a company that employed 200 Chinese miners under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in 2012 was acting lawfully. Two Canadian unions had challenged the decision by the Canadian government to allow HD Mining, a 55% Chinese-owned company, to employ Chinese workers in its operations in British Columbia when there were unemployed Canadian miners who could have done the job.

Job scams on the rise (Workers’ Action Centre)
Have you been asked to pay a fee to get a job? Over the last few months, we have heard a number of complaints about job scams targeting job seekers. Recruiters make cold calls to people seeking work based on their online profiles on LinkedIn and other sites. The recruiter promises employment opportunities and sets up an appointment.

Skilled Immigrant Labour (Gil Mcgowan, Alberta Prime Time)
The matter of educating and training new immigrants for available jobs is on the minds of many; while Alberta is seeing a rise in immigration and a need for skilled labourers, are we doing enough to ensure that those most qualified for the jobs are getting them?

Announcement of new project: Mentoring program for internationally trained professionals (Workforce Planning Hamilton)
Workforce Planning Hamilton is please to announce that we have received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop and deliver a two year mentoring program for internationally trained professionals (ITPs) in Hamilton. The program will match mentors from local Hamilton businesses with mentees who are ITPs in a related field. WPH is in the process of hiring an ITP Mentoring Coordinator who will engage employment services and other stakeholders to develop and implement the program. Employment services organizations will help to identify ITPs who will benefit from this opportunity.–Mentoring-program-for-internationally-trained-professionals-.html?soid=1103731747523&aid=aEv0-kmfYz0&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mentoring-program-for-skilled-immigrants-launches-in-hamilton

People Without Jobs — Jobs Without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘Skills Crisis’ (hireimmigrants)
Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in low-skilled jobs.


Community heros lifting above their weight: The story of a community hub in Hamilton (Diane Dyson, Belonging Community)
Heroic as these efforts were, the visit to this re-purposed school highlighted two key lessons, at the micro-level and the macro-levels. At the micro-level is the importance of taking action. Asked how he had accomplished this, MacVicar softly explained “If I join a committee, and they’re not doing anything within three months, I quietly move on.” The second lesson, though, is broader. This good work needs to move beyond the efforts of small groups. Community hubs, such as these, should be supported at the system level because relying on local heroes to make this happen shouldn’t be a record-breaking event.