SettlementAtWork:Newsletter/2009-03-25

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SETTLEMENT ATWORK HIGHLIGHTS - March 25, 2009

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CIC Deadline for March 2009 Payment Claims

The March 2009 "Service Provider Report and Advance or Payment Claim" must be received by the CIC office you normally deal with no later than 10 a.m. on April 7, 2009. Documents available in English and French.

http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2007995

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FEATURED JOB POSTING:

Information Counsellor, Newcomer Information Centre  - Peel & Halton Region
The Centre for Community Education &Training requires an Information Counsellor - March 30, 2009.

http://www.theconstellation.ca/settlement.org/job_details.shtml?x=171335


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CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

RFP: Skills for Change - Strategic Planning Process Consultant
Skills for Change (SfC) is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a 5-10 year strategic plan for the organization. The goal of the process is to identify key strategic priorities for the agency - Deadline: April 3, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004799

HRSDC RFP: 2009-2012 Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component (SDPP-D)
HRSDC is accepting proposals that respond to the social development needs and aspirations of people with disabilities by supporting innovative solutions to remove barriers through improved access to programs and services - Deadline: April 6, 2009. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004791

CIC and MCI CFP: Design an Orientation to Ontario Program for Immigrant Newcomers
This call is to solicit proposals from qualified consultants/service providers to develop an Ontario Orientation Program (the Program) for newcomers - Deadline: April 24, 2009. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004796

CIC RFP: Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) 2009 - 2010 
CIC is encouraging organizations representing Chinese, Italian, Jewish and Indian communities in Canada to submit proposals under the CHRP, which commemorates wartime measures and immigration restrictions in Canada's past - Deadline: May 22, 2009. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004800

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


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NEWS HEADLINES AND RESOURCES

Website for Newcomers to Waterloo Region
This website has information to help you your family settle in Waterloo Region. It includes information about employment, education, housing, health, education and more.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2007994

2009 CRA Charities Information Sessions
This year's Charities Information Sessions are primarily aimed at helping small and rural charities understand the changes brought to the filing requirements.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008005

Cultural Adaptation - Organizational Assessment Tools
These tools are useful to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses as a culturally competent provider or organization at the start of a cultural competence initiative and tracking your development in these areas over time.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008006

A Weekly Media Scan on Immigrant Issues: March 9 - 13, 2009
This weekly news update is brought to you by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - March 9 - 13, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008007

ARQ2: Asking the right questions 2 - Talking With Clients about Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity in Mental Health, Counselling and Addiction Settings
Asking the Right Questions 2 seeks to help service providers create an environment where all clients feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation and gender identity - 2007. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004805

Security in-a-box: Tools and Tactics for Your Digital Security
Includes a How-to Booklet, to address a number of important digital security issues, and a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool and instructions to enhance your digital security.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008012

Information and Referral Training Principles and Activities
After a brief discussion of the 4 critical elements of any training program (motivation, reinforcement, retention, and transference), the author presents 7 sample exercises designed to test the trainee’s knowledge while provoking interactive discussion.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008014

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Online Self-Assessment Tool
This is an online self-assessment for people who are learning English as a Second Language (ESL). The test is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008016

Launch of a New Virtual Community Service Centre
Community Outreach Canada will be launching the new Virtual Community Service Centre across Canada, after the 2009 March break.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008017

Safe and Effective Engagement with Social Networking Sites (SNS) for Youth Professionals
This document looks at personal and professional SNS profiles for workers; different levels of SNS engagement for youth professionals; principles and guidance on creating safe settings; and how to respond to safety concerns.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008019

Consultation: Understanding the issues, best practice and options for service development to meet the needs of ethno-cultural groups, immigrants, refugees, and racialized groups
The Mental Health Commission of Canada Service System Advisory Committee has produced recommendations for improving the mental health of Canadians from ethno-cultural, racialized, immigrant and refugee groups. Read it and complete their e-consultation.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008000

ISAP Conference 2008 - Final Conference Report
The conferences took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario, November 3-6 and November 25-28, 2008, with the theme: "Building Canada?s Future: The Role of the Settlement Sector in Ontario".
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008025

2009 Survey of Injured Workers in Ontario
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups is asking workers and advocates for help in gathering information about the financial situation of workers after a work-related injury or illness.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008026

New Website: Cultural and Diversity Resources for Health Care Professionals
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion has compiled resources to assist health practitioners learn and be able to provide language specific resources to their diverse patients in Hamilton.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008037

AMSSA - Cultures West - Fall 2008 - Our Invisible Workforce: Temporary Foreign Workers in BC
Following up on Maytree's recent opinion piece, this Summer/Fall 2008 Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) of BC Cultures West magazine edition delves into the topic in some more depth.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008042

Refugee Family Services School Liaison Program Manual
This manual provides a viable, proven solution to the challenges of educating a diverse student population; a blueprint for how to create a program that will meet this challenge; strategies for advocating for the resources you need in your community.�
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008044

The Tools of Cultural Proficiency
What do you do when you hear colleagues, parents or community members make derisive comments about members of cultural groups different from yours? This article outlines how to be culturally proficient - being effective in cross-cultural situations.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008049

CIC Launches Video on Immigration Consultant Fraud
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched a video called, "Becoming Canadian: Combatting Immigration Fraud".
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2007986

TRIEC Launches the Hireimmigrants.ca Roadmap - A Comprehensive Human Resources Planning Tool for Employers
This online roadmap is designed to equip anyone with human resources (HR) responsibilities with strategies and tools to engage skilled immigrants more effectively at every stage of the HR lifecycle, from recruitment to integration and retention.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008057

Using RSS Tools to Feed Your Information Needs
With RSS you subscribe to web sites, and when they're updated, the content is delivered to you - much like a daily newspaper, except you choose the content. Effective use of RSS means determining how you want your information served to you.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008062

Creation of an Equity Council in York Region
The long-term goal of the Equity Council is to bring the barriers faced by immigrants and newcomers to the attention of York Region Municipalities and School Boards to ensure the accessibility of municipal resources, programs and rights for the community.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008050

Speaking notes: CIC Minister Presentation "Good Citizenship: The Duty to Integrate"
Of note: diversity brings challenges to a British liberal imperial, tradition of pluralism; thickening of ethnic enclaves; lack of Canadian identity; we must increasingly focus on successful and rapid integration; language competency and more.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008067

Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award
This annual award provides a one-time gift of $50,000 to an Ontario based charitable organization - Deadline: April 6, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008069

Project Management in the Public Sector: The Human Dimension
The human dimension of project management is indeed often overlooked. Project managers tend to focus more on the deliverables, the end result and getting things done versus the people that are involved and how things get done.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008068


Find more news here - http://atwork.settlement.org/ATWORK/news.asp


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FEATURED RESEARCH

Social Finance: Enabling Social Enterprise for Public Benefit
This brief is an introduction to social finance and social enterprise for policy makers. It defines key terms, highlights success stories, frames the opportunity for Canada, and sets out next steps - December 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004794

Investing in People: Building the Capacity of Community Development, Training and Social Enterprise Practitioners
This report focuses on on building human capital in the community work field, outlining the opportunity for funding agencies to play a more active role in stimulating strategic thinking and bold innovation in the field of capacity building - 2004. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004793

Ontario's South Asian Transnationals: Unlocking the Potential of an Untapped Resource 
The economic progress of Ontario’s South Asians, or more broadly new immigrants, does not paint a rosy picture. What can be done to maximize the potential of Ontario's South Asian Transnationals? February 2009 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004804

The Geography of Immigration in Canada: Settlement, Education, Labour Activity and Occupation Profiles 
This study reviews shifting settlement patterns and labour market outcomes of immigrants based on their settlement geography and level of educational achievement - March 2009. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004803

Community Policing - a Shared Responsibility: Final Project Report And Evaluation
This report describes the outcomes of a multi-year project race relations project in Ottawa and presents its analysis - December 2008. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004802

The State of Nonprofit Management Education in Canada
In Canada, the field of nonprofit education is a somewhat scattered landscape. This report seeks to outline what is available today, provide camparisons with the U.S. landscape, and to develop thoughts for future direction - December 2008. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004795

Pan-Canadian Quality Standards in International Credential Evaluation
This report researches the development of pan-Canadian quality standards in international credential assessment that would ultimately help to harmonize the practice of credential recognition in Canada - December 2008. 
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004801

Study: Self-reported delinquency of immigrant youth, Toronto 2006
There has been little research on delinquency outcomes for immigrant youth. Most focuses on education. This article explores the prevalence of, and factors related to, delinquency as reported by a sample of youth in grades 7, 8 and 9 living in Toronto.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008004

Discussion Paper: Immigrant Serving Agencies’ Perspective on the Issues and Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Children in Canada
This paper explores the unique needs of immigrant and refugee children and youth (IRCY) from the perspective of immigrant serving agencies. These agencies run short-term projects and programs for IRCY that are becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008010

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)of Canada: An Overview of a Select Number of Canadian NGO Concerns and Recommendations
This document provides a summary of key human rights concerns raised by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Indigenous Peoples and representative organizations from across Canada in the lead up to the first UPR of Canada.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008020

The Invisible Public Benefit Economy – Implications for the Nonprofit Sector
This report outlines how the non-profit sector is part of a "public benefit economy" that operates on principles fundamentally different from those of commerce and that is central to our ability to tackle current global challenges.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008024

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Report - Immigration and Diversity in Canadian Cities and Communities
This FCM report outlines how most recent immigrants are struggling to catch up with other Canadians, while under-funded municipalities are struggling to meet the day-to-day needs of newcomers and changing immigrant settlement patterns.�
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008034

The Effectiveness of Profiling from a National Security Perspective
This Canadian Human Rights Commission report examines whether profiling constitutes a valid and effective means for the State to maintain national security.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008036

Immigrants and Homelessness - A Risk in Canada's Outer Suburb: A Pilot Study in York Region
This research project explores the social backgrounds and housing experiences of immigrant households that are vulnerable to and at risk of homelessness in outer suburbs - 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008061


To search our full list of Trusted Research Sites, visit:
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2006735