SettlementAtWork:Newsletter/2008-04-09

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SETTLEMENT ATWORK HIGHLIGHTS - April 9, 2008

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Much news has been written about the proposed changes to IRPA.  Read some useful news and backgrounders:

Federal Government Proposes Changes to IRPA
http://www.ocasi.org/index.php?qid=956

CIC Proposes Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2006962

CIC News Release: Ministerial instructions on prioritizing and processing immigration applications
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007021

Chinese Canadian National Council: Submission to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007028

Refugee Rights Day 2008 - Pictures and Video from the Toronto Event
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2007014

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FEATURED JOB POSTING: 

Settlement Worker - Windsor
The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) is looking for a Settlement Workers to provide settlement counselling services to ISAP eligible immigrants - Deadline: April 11, 2008.
http://www.theconstellation.ca/settlement.org/job_details.shtml?x=130024

Visit the main Settlement AtWork Jobs page for all listings
http://www.theconstellation.ca/settlement.org/jobs.shtml


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CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

CIC CFP - Provincial SWIS Coordinator 
CIC Ontario Region is accepting proposals to coordinate the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program in Ontario - Deadline: May 15, 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?passed_lang=EN&doc_id=1004555

CIC and MCI CFP: Local Immigration Partnerships - Toronto Neighbourhood Partnerships 
This Call for Proposals seeks to strengthen the role of local Toronto neighbourhoods in serving and integrating immigrants through Local Immigration Partnerships - Deadline: June 3, 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?passed_lang=EN&doc_id=1004549

For a complete listing of current RFPs, visit:
http://atwork.settlement.org/ATWORK/rfp.asp


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NEWS HEADLINES AND RESOURCES

Citation for Citizenship - Call for Nominations
This award honours Canadians for their outstanding contributions in assisting newcomers to Canada in successfully integrating into Canadian society or for their work to promote Canadian citizenship - Nomination Deadline: May 16, 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007002

Understanding a Family Class Sponsorship Breakdown
These 2 booklets have information for sponsors and for sponsored family members about what happens when a sponsorship agreement breaks down. These booklets are currently available in English and French. More languages will be available soon.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007004

OCASI Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
To mark its thirtieth anniversary OCASI has planned numerous activities throughout the year which will help document 30 years of immigrant settlement in Ontario and set us on the path to the future.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2007013

Refugee Rights Day 2008 - Pictures and Video from the Toronto Event
Community organizations and groups celebrate Refugee Rights Day each April 4th. The Toronto Refugee Rights Organizing Committee organized an art show and discussion. View pictures of the artists' work and video of the panel presentations.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2007014

Get all your news at:
http://atwork.settlement.org/ATWORK/news.asp

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FEATURED RESEARCH

Changing Settlement Patterns Impact Toronto Services
An ACTEW blog posting summarizes how newcomers are settling in the suburbs of Toronto, referencing the the latest Research Bulletin from the Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) at University of Toronto.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2006997

2006 Census: New Data on Ethnic Origin and Visible Minorities
16.2% of the total population in Canada belong to visible minority communities, of which the South Asian community is now the largest. More than 200 different ethnic origins were reported in the 2006 Census.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2006999

Discussion Paper: Urban and Suburban Schools in Ontario
People for Education has released this discussion paper on Ontario schools in urban and suburban areas. 63% of Ontario students go to these schools. The schools face significant challenges, including being underfunded compared to non-urban schools.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007007

Report: Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Toronto Roundtable
Employers need to strengthen their investment in the skills and knowledge of workers. Roundtable participants agreed that to move forward, greater collaboration is required among all workplace-learning stakeholders.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007008

The Economic Outcomes of Canadian Immigration: Summary
Do immigrants selected under a points system fare better in Canada's labour market? Research conducted by Daniel Hiebert, the co-director of Metropolis British Columbia, suggests that there is a link between selection and economic outcomes.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007016

City of Toronto - Toronto Social Atlas
The Social Policy Analysis & Research unit is in the process of developing an extensive atlas of social demographic data for the City of Toronto. Most of the maps are based on neighbourhoods. 2006 Census data is being added as it is released by StatsCan.�
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007022

New project targets violence against women in newcomer communities
Springtide Resources has announced a three-year project to build community capacity to implement a range of culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to violence against women.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007023


To search our full list of Trusted Research Sites, visit:
http://atwork.settlement.org/atwork/research/searchresults.asp