No One Is Illegal Vancouver - Coast Salish Territories, Justicia for Migrant Workers, and Philippine Women Centre flash mob for International Migrants Day. Forty people sung ‘The 12 Days of Xmas’ to our reworked lyrics in shopping malls and streets and public transit throughout the evening
Lui Network on Global and Transnational Ethnographies and the Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field School invites you to the screening of:
From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration. A community-based documentary that aims to raise awareness about contemporary social justice issues by reflecting on, and comparing, the experiences of migrants between Canada and China since the early 20th century.
A film by Jordan Paterson. Made in partnership between SFU’s and the SUCCESS Foundation, Awarded with the Leo Award for best one-hour documentary program
Thursday 5th of January at 4pm The Liu Institute of Global Issues - UBC 6476 NW Marine Drive Vancouver, BC
The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with:
"Filmed on location in BC and throughout China’s Guandong province, From C to C is a moving, and cinematic, tapestry of Chinese Canadian stories of migration. These stories outline the injustices faced by Chinese migrants during the last century, and the little known affects of migration on the families and communities of migrants. The film contrasts these histories with the views and experiences of contemporary Chinese Canadian youth, leading us to reflect on the meaning of exclusion for those who experienced it, as well as for those who did not. By calling attention to the diverse and transnational nature of contemporary Chinese Canadian identities, the film promotes an inclusive vision of Canada that values members of all communities as global—rather than solely national—citizens. It received a 2011 Leo award for best short documentary." (SFU Dean of Graduate Studies)
Ana Vivaldi PhD Candidate - Anthropology Liu Scholar - Liu Institute for Global Issues University of British Columbia firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver: Celebration of International Migrants Day
Community Supper and Discussion to Celebrate International Migrants Day
When: Monday Dec 19th Where: GVBC, 1803 East 1st Avenue Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm Organized by: Philippine Women’s Center, No One is Illegal, and Justicia for Migrant Workers
******************** December 18th has been designated as a Global Day of Action Against Racism, And for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People to commemorate and celebrate the struggles of migrant workers around the world (http://globalmigrantsaction.org/)
Join us in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories for a community supper and participatory discussion across communities to continue to organize, to resist and to build a strong and vibrant migrant justice movement to demand dignity, justice and status for all
From ‘Oh Kanada’ to Migrante Country?
Under Minister of Immigration/Deportation Kenney, Harper, and the Conservatives: - Family class immigration has dropped by 15%. - Quotas for spouses and children have been reduced by 4,000 per year. - There is currently a moratorium on sponsorships of parents and grandparents. - The number of refugees granted permanent residence has dropped by 25%. - Skilled worker visas have been decreased by 20%. - The quota for live-in caregivers to become permanent residents has been slashed by almost 50%.
So who are all the migrants coming into Canada? The number of temporary foreign workers is up 30%. Temporary workers have no rights of residency and are recruited primarily as temporary indentured labour for big business. Temporary migrant workers are deemed essential to the countries’ economy because of their indentured and cheap labour yet they are wanted as workers only and not full participating members of our communities.
Kenney’s model is one of Permanent Impermanence. We cannot allow divisive stereotypes of migrants ‘stealing our jobs and resources’ to let the Harper government off the hook for putting profit over the people and the planet. On International Migrants Day, stand with us for migrant dignity and human rights and justice for all.
No to imperialist globalization! No to permanent impermanence! Transnational people unite!
Come and support migrant farm workers’ rights to live and be part of our communities!
Come and support migrant farm workers’ rights to live and be part of our communities!
When: December 13, 2011 at 5:00pm
Where: Norfolk County Administration Building
50 Colborne St. South
On December 13, 2011, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is urging community members and allies to attend this important county council meeting and support the rights of migrant workers to live in our communities. Justicia for Migrant Workers are urging allies to provide deputations in support of the right of migrant workers. Recently in Norfolk county there has been strong opposition from local community members of Windham Centre to oppose the conversion of a former elementary school into a bunkhouse for migrant workers. Some community members have expressed concern that if migrant workers are to be permitted to live next to them the sheer number of migrants will lead to “a potential increase in crime, pressure on existing water and septic systems, and a decrease in local property values” according to the local newspaper. A resident was quoted in the same story arguing that the migrant workers should not permitted to live at the potential site because it is not adjoined to the employer’s property. The resident argues “A bunkhouse is supposed to be on the property where (the workers) are employed and where they are under supervision.”
The comments are unacceptable and offensive to the dignity of the men and women who grow our food. Furthermore, these disturbing comments expose a trend of racism that appears to be too common in farming areas where the presence of migrant workers is essential to their economy. Migrant workers are welcome to toil in our fields but they are not good enough to live as our neighbours.
J4MW strongly condemns the xenophobic and racist response from the community to the tentative arrival of approximately 40 migrant workers to their community. Rather than attack the workers and deny their presence in Windham centre, J4MW is urging that:
• migrant worker rights to be respected by the community
• refocus efforts to ensure that migrant housing is protected through landlord tenant legislation which currently excludes agricultural operations
• bunkhouses and other migrant farmworker housing is open to inspection from migrant rights organization such as J4MW
• migrant workers’ rights at work are respected and that steps will be provided to ensure anti-reprisal measures against workers who want to complain relating to working and living conditions
Newspapers links for references:
Migrant bunkhouse plan for Windham Centre meets with resistance-Simcoe Reformer
In 2010, the WSIB hired private consultants from KPMG to conduct an audit of its claims processes. Instead of staying within its proper scope and assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Board’s work, KPMG told the WSIB to do a widespread review of its policies and legal framework in order to cut benefits to supposedly overcompensated workers. The WSIB has said it will accept KPMG’s recommendations.
WSIB Management’s endorsement of KPMG’S recommendations shows an utter disregard for the foundational principles of the workers’ compensation system and undermines the rights and dignity of injured workers in this Province. If KPMG’s recommendations are accepted, many injured workers will suffer. Their benefits will be cut shortly after injury, and they will be refused help when they are laid off or their injuries worsen.
Join us in asking the WSIB to protect injured workers in Ontario.
On the day of the event, all contacts can be reached at: (647) 627-9561
Te conference takes place Friday, December 2 from 8:30am until 12:30 pm
at Memorial Hall in the North York Civic Centre, at 5110 Yonge St.
MOVING BEYOND CANADIAN EXPERIENCE:
Tory says it’s time to bring Canada’s diverse talent into theworkplace
A broad group of business, corporate, and community leaders are joining forces with academics to ensure that diverse talents from immigrant communities are contributing to corporate success, and according to former Ontario PC leader John Tory, the meeting couldn’t come at a better time.
"We need immigrants," says Tory. "We need them in our workforce, we need them to sustain and expand not only the labour market, but our consumer market as well. And they want to be here. But there are still significant hurdles to overcome, and we need to come together to find a solution quickly."
Those solutions are precisely what are being sought by the Beyond “Canadian Experience” forum, at which Tory will present the keynote address. Academics from the University of Toronto will join community and corporate leaders, to share knowledge not only about the barriers facing immigrants as they attempt to enter the Canadian workforce, but also effective strategies used by major Canadian companies like CIBC to take advantage of the untapped and increasingly necessary labour resource offered by highly skilled immigrants.
"The more we can do to help newcomers get into roles that match their abilities and income potential - be it through credential recognition, language training, facilitating jobs and self-employment, or other means - the better the results will be for our economy," says Tory.
Tory cites compelling statistics: by 2015, a full 100% of Canada’s labour growth will come from new immigrants. But as of March of this year, GTA unemployment rates, at 5.4 per cent for Canadian-born workers, stood at 9.6 per cent for immigrants, and at 14.2 per cent for immigrants who arrived in the past five years. Immigrants also earn less. From 2001 to 2006, the average university-educated Canadian-born worker earned $61,904, more than three times as much as their newcomer peers ($20,143).
The panel discussion is the brainchild of the Beyond “Canadian Experience” Project, which combines the expertise of four leading organizations on this subject, the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. This project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), brings together findings from two research projects that have just been completed, focusing on the hidden barriers keeping immigrants from full participation in the Canadian labour market.
After bringing their findings together, researchers from the project agree that employers’ request for “Canadian experience” is one of the most significant barriers preventing immigrants from contributing their talents to corporate success. The combination of results, which include data from interviews and focus groups with immigrants, service providers, and employers, present some compelling answers to these questions:
· The meaning of “Canadian experience” is not well understood by both immigrants and employers. Employers admit that many immigrants have the hard skills (experience and expertise) required for the job. What they also need is the soft skills that will help them figure out who to know and how to be successful in the workplace more broadly.
· Many immigrants find it difficult to understand employers’ expectations during the hiring process, particularly the criteria from which they base their decision. At the same time, employers struggle to pin point exactly why or why not immigrants might not be suitable for the job.
· Employers require a better understanding of how internationally diverse skills and experience in the workplace will contribute to corporate success. Employers need clear incentives to facilitate the diversification of their work force and successful integration of international talents into their organizations.
· Employers can use a variety of workplace learning approaches, including internships, mentoring, and buddy system, to create the trusting environment needed for immigrant professionals to develop soft skills specific to Canadian workplace culture. These approaches have proven beneficial for both the recently hired skilled immigrant and the employer, as immigrants use the opportunity to contribute innovative ideas and practices to corporate success.
To complement the group’s findings, two business leaders and advocates of integrating international talents for corporate success will be speaking. Anne Lamont, President and CEO of Career Edge Organization and CIBC’s Director of Diversity Strategies, Matt Petersen, will share their strategies for not only recruiting, but retaining diverse talent.
The event, which is open to the public, will also incorporate theatre and video presentations based on research results, in an attempt to make their findings accessible and meaningful in more personal ways, opening the discussion up to as broad an audience as possible.
Although a recent study found Canada to be the second most sought after destination for global immigration (after the US), Tory warns that the competition is heating up for educated, qualified workers, making forums like this one, and the results it hopes to yield, increasingly important. “Make no mistake, the global and national war for top talent is heating up,” he says, “and we ignore it at our peril.”
The event takes place Friday, December 2 from 8:30am until 12:30 pm at Memorial Hall in the North York Civic Centre, at 5110 Yonge St.