Posts Under ‘immigration’ Category

Internet and social media use among newcomers to Canada – are you ready?

In a previous post, I suggested that immigrant settlement organizations should be using technology to serve clients. Because your clients are ready. There is a lot below to reflect on. Of course, you should confirm any trends with your clients directly. Are you asking them how they’re using technology? What technology expectations they have of you? What channels,…Continue Reading…

It’s kind of about race

Conservative MP and former PMO director of communications John Williamson, M.P. New Brunswick Southwest, said something at the recent Manning Networking Conference (a gathering of conservative political types): Conservative MP and former PMO director of communications @JohnW_MP, folks http://t.co/m3TPezult2 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/K2ayeiD7v0 — Alheli Picazo (@a_picazo) March 7, 2015 Of course, a firestorm erupted (still going),…Continue Reading…

Immigrants destroying your country, they say? Show them this

Tell them to read this: Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers Arabic, Your alphabet…Continue Reading…

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You & your family have just 1 minute to flee…What would you take?

This is the idea behind a great new UNHCR campaign to mark World Refugee Day 2013. The theme of World Refugee Day 2013 is the impact of war on family, and the key message is ’1 family torn apart by war is too many’.

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Welcome to Canada, kinda…

When I watched the new CIC “Your First Two Weeks in Canada” video, I found myself imagining a new voice over early on. “Behold the non-smiling skeptical CBSA officer in paramilitary gear, who’s wondering why you’re here and how you plan to screw our country over.” Heck the actual voice over isn’t even that far…Continue Reading…

How do you solve a problem like Jason?

He’s been crowned “King of Multiculturalism” by one group: Has it gone to his head? He wanted Canadians to thank him, in a self indulgent petition… He sets the tone on the how immigrant and refugee inclusion is discussed/perceived. According to the Toronto Star: “Kenney included the new authority in a piece of legislation expected to…Continue Reading…

Refugees have to make heartbreaking choices. What choices will you make to help them?

Today is World Refugee Day. This presentation, by Tara Horn of the Burma Action Committee, from a Portland, OR Ignite event in 2009 is still one of the most powerful presentations I’ve seen about what it means to be a refugee. This year’s World Refugee Day theme, from the UNHCR focuses on choice: Refugees have no…Continue Reading…

BC Premier Christy Clark: looking to join Kenney on the multiculturalism throne?

So, this happened: In my heart, I am Filipina, says Christy Clark at Vancouvers Philippine Independence Day celebration which makes me wonder if she wants to join Kenney on the throne of multiculturalism: Of course, the Filipino community has been somewhat disillusioned by post-election treatment… So, there’s that. Political pandering for an “ethnic vote”? Or trying…Continue Reading…

UNHCR launches the “Refugee Dilemma” – what would you do?

Saw this, thought it was effective and worth sharing. The poster link and QR code to take you to the UNCHR Canada site. Visit the site to  find information about World Refugee Day (June 20), more posters and information about what you can do to take action/commemorate the day, etc. Worth a look. Original story:…Continue Reading…

Refugee Health – acknowledging & appreciating the advocacy work of Canada’s health care professionals

You’ve likely heard the news. Changes to the federal government’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) will take effect on June 30, 2012. IFHP provides health-care benefits to: protected persons, including resettled refugees; refugee claimants; and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. According to CIC, “the biggest change will be…Continue Reading…