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TORONTO: One-quarter of Canada’s homeless youths are immigrants

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“We need a coordinated system that works together instead of working in silos,” Cheyanne Ratnam, a peer researcher of the report, Hidden in Our Midst: Homeless Newcomer Youth in Toronto, told a panel discussion Tuesday.

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“We need a coordinated system that works together instead of working in silos,” Cheyanne Ratnam, a peer researcher of the report, Hidden in Our Midst: Homeless Newcomer Youth in Toronto, told a panel discussion Tuesday.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Nov 25 2014

Advocates and experts are calling on the province and city for a more co-ordinated approach in addressing homelessness among immigrant youths in light of a new report that identifies existing service gaps for this vulnerable group.

“We need a coordinated system that works together instead of working in silos,” Cheyanne Ratnam, a peer researcher of the report, Hidden in Our Midst: Homeless Newcomer Youth in Toronto, told a panel discussion Tuesday. An immigrant from Sri Lanka, the 27-year-old has had first-hand experience of homelessness.

One-third, or 65,000, of Canada’s homeless population are youths, and of those, nearly one-quarter were born outside Canada, said the study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Continue reading

Canadian citizenship for sale: $2 million

Canada seeks 50 millionaire immigrant investors under pilot program

Immigration officials also set to launch pilot program to help Canadians sponsor their spouses

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:21 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 10:01 PM ET

The Canadian government will give permanent residency to approximately 50 millionaire immigrant investors and their families under a pilot program set to begin in the new year.

Under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program announced Tuesday, each investor will be required to make a non-guaranteed investment of $2 million over 15 years and have a net worth of $10 million. Continue reading

BRADFORD, ON: Simcoe Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios created to serve more than 4,000 migrant farm workers

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic's primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic’s primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Dec 14 2014

Migrant farm workers have been lining up at Simcoe Town Centre every Thursday or Friday evening since May for a free shuttle bus to the Real Canadian Superstore three kilometres away.

Their focus isn’t groceries so much as a unique health office, Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios, or Agricultural Seasonal Worker Clinic, housed in the food chain’s extra space. The clinic was created to serve the more than 4,000 migrant farm workers toiling at farms and greenhouses in the region south of Brantford.

Designed to eliminate some of the systemic barriers migrant workers face in getting basic health care, the pilot project has been a resounding success — reducing visits by such workers to the Norfolk General Hospital by 80 per cent. Continue reading

Ratna Omidvar: “The people who sit in boardrooms and hold corporate power look like Old Canada; they don’t look like New Canada.”

Ratna Omidvar on growth through diversity: ‘The people who … hold corporate power look like Old Canada’

ELIZABETH PINNINGTON

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with increasing the innovativeness of our economy.

Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, was interviewed on Oct. 16 by Elizabeth Pinnington, a consultant with Reos Partners. Continue reading

Quebec’s immigrants mainly from China, France and Algeria

Quebec population growth slows due to fewer immigrants

3,000 fewer immigrants moved to Quebec between 2012 and 2013

CBC News Posted: Dec 09, 2014 1:55 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 09, 2014 1:55 PM ET

Quebec’s population growth has dropped significantly over the past few years, according to Quebec’s statistics bureau.

In 2013, the province’s population increased by about 63,000, which is 10,000 fewer people than the year before.

This is the fourth consecutive year of slowed growth.

The Institut de la statistique Québec said that’s likely because of fewer people immigrating to Quebec.

Between 2012-2013, the number of births and deaths remained stable.

But that year, Quebec welcomed 3,000 fewer immigrants to the province.

In 2012, around 55,000 people moved to Quebec. But in 2013, the number was 52,000.

The bulk of Quebec’s immigrants are coming from China, France and Algeria.

Suburbs more popular than the city

The latest provincial statistics reveal Laval, the Laurentians and the Lanaudière region were the fastest-growing areas in Quebec in 2013.

Laval is growing the fastest, with a growth rate of 13 per cent. The Laurentians and Lanaudière region trail Laval slightly.

Quebec’s statistics bureau said the increase in those regions is likely because people are moving there from other parts of Quebec.

Montreal’s population has also increased, at a rate of 11.4 per cent.

However, the report revealed more people left Montreal for the suburbs in 2012-2013, than the other way around.

Keeping families in the City of Montreal was a hot topic in the last municipal election.

Yuen Pau Woo: Within 10 years, Vancouver will be a majority “Asian” city

Yuen Pau Woo.

Yuen Pau Woo on Canada’s connection to Asia: ‘We have to figure out our energy relationship’

MONICA POHLMANN

Special to The Globe and Mail

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with taking our place in the world.

Yuen Pau Woo, former president and chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, was interviewed Sept. 4 by Monica Pohlmann, a consultant with Reos Partners.

POSSIBLE CANADAS ON TAKING OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Pohlmann: What keeps you up at night about what’s going on in Canada?

Woo: Complacency. Canada has been blessed with numerous natural endowments and political and institutional assets. But we are slipping on many indices and our position in the world could deteriorate sharply. The usual story for why Canada didn’t fall into a more severe recession in 2008 is that we have strong banks and a good financial regulatory system – for example, that we didn’t have a subprime mortgage problem like the U.S. That’s all true. But we overlook the fact that China saved Canada from a more severe recession. If you look at what kept growth from falling even further between 2008 and 2011, the answer is Chinese demand. Exports from Canada to China doubled between 2008 and 2013. Exports from Canada to the rest of the world, including to the U.S., still have not caught up to the levels they were in 2007. Continue reading

TORONTO: Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), wants to “saturate Canada’s powerful industry networks with diaspora leaders”

Diaspora Leadership

November 2nd, 2014

Ratna OmidvarAt a recent academic panel discussion in Toronto on “The Power of the Diaspora Networks in Canada” at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) chose to focus her remarks on diaspora leadership.

Focus on diaspora leadership

Ratna Omidvar: I want to focus my remarks on diaspora leadership, because I think a discussion on the rise and influence of immigrants in the areas of trade and investment must be about the rise and influence of political and business leaders who are immigrants.

In other words, it’s not the size of the diaspora communities in Canada that makes them influential, it’s the success of individuals within those communities. For example, how does a Canadian bank expand in Latin America? A successful business model aside, they will be better able to attract those markets by employing people who understand Latin America, and just as important, who have business connections in Peru, Columbia, Mexico, and Chile.

The good news is that diverse talent is a Canadian strength. We boast some of the world’s most diverse cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Toronto is Canada’s most diverse city, with more than half its residents not born in Canada. Close to half (47%) are visible minorities. Together, we comprise more than 200 distinct ethnicities and there are over 140 languages and dialects spoken. Continue reading

TORONTO: Zahra Abdille and her two sons victims of apparent “honour” killing on Canadian soil

Slain nurse moved family to women’s shelter, says its boss

Zahra Abdille, found dead with her two sons on Saturday, had fled a violent relationship and stayed in a safe house with her two young children last year, according to the executive director of Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

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Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.
By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Dec 02 2014

A slain Toronto nurse fled a violent relationship to stay with her two young sons in a safe house while she tried to gain custody of her children last year, according to abused women’s centre Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

On Saturday afternoon, Zahra Abdille, 43, and her sons, Faris, 13, and Zain, 8, were found dead in the same East York apartment they ran from last July, the centre’s executive director Roz Roach told the Star Tuesday.

Roach said the family stayed in the centre’s shelter for three weeks while Abdille battled for the custody of her children.

During her stay at the centre, the Toronto Public Health nurse went to court twice to fight for custody, but Abdille did not qualify for legal aid and could not afford a lawyer, Roach said.

When Abdille and her sons arrived at the centre on July 10, she told staff she was running away from a long-term violent relationship, Roach, who has a PhD in health and human sciences, said.

Abdille had escaped war-torn Somalia and arrived into Toronto in the late 1990s. She had no family in Canada, Roach said.

Roach says Abdille’s file Dr. Roz’s Healing Place states that she met her partner in 1997 and the couple married a year later in Toronto. Continue reading

Immigration Watch Canada: MP Don Davies A Disgrace To Parliament

MP Don Davies A Disgrace To Parliament

Immigration Watch Canada

http://www.immigrationwatchcanada.org/

Posted on November 30, 2014

A recent brief speech by MP Don Davies in Canada’s House of Commons is a good example of a politician robotically and desperately playing the race card. It is also one more example of Canada’s political class continuing to attack Canada’s unemployed, Canada’s European Canadian majority population, Canada’s immigration history and Canada’s environment..

Davies’ speech demonstrates that even after several years as the NDP’s immigration critic, his awareness of the immigration issue is disgracefully low. In fact, it is hard to believe that he actually spent a long time with that responsibility for his party. He could rightfully claim that immigration critics from the other parties are just as uninformed as he is. And, unbelieveable as it sounds, he could rightfully say that Canada’s current immigration minister is as poorly informed—as were almost all previous immigration ministers. Continue reading

Temporary suspension of removals lifted for Haiti and Zimbabwe

News ReleaseArticle from Government of Canada

An additional six months to apply for permanent residence will be given to affected individuals

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, and Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced that the temporary suspension of removals for Haiti and Zimbabwe has been lifted, effective immediately. With the suspension now lifted, affected individuals will be provided with an additional six months to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The Government of Canada is implementing measures for individuals affected by the lifting of the temporary suspension of removals. All affected individuals will be given an additional six months to stay in Canada, with access to work permits. This will allow them enough time to either apply for permanent residence in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds or return home. In support of this measure, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will defer their removal pending a final decision on their H&C application. Continue reading

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