SettlementAtWork:Newsletter/2009-10-07

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SETTLEMENT ATWORK HIGHLIGHTS - October 7, 2009

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CIC Toronto Operations Slippage Report

CIC Toronto Region has created a new slippage and variance report that was presented at a recent Toronto SPO community meeting. The forms, associated instructions and further details will be posted on Settlement AtWork on October 14th, 2009.

http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008845

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FEATURED JOB POSTING:

Group Activities Coordinator  - Toronto (East York)
WoodGreen Community Services requires a Group Activities Coordinator - Deadline: October 9, 2009.
http://www.theconstellation.ca/settlement.org/job_details.shtml?x=198081

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:

Echoing Green Fellowship
If you have a bold idea to solve a major problem in the world, please apply. Selected fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding, leadership development training, and organizational technical assistance - Deadline: December 2, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004921

Upcoming Deadlines:

Progress Career Planning Institute Research RFP: Bridging the gap between Internationally Educated Professionals' Canadian labour market experiences and the needs of employers in the Toronto region
PCPI is commissioning an experienced Research Consultant to review 2 studies to produce additional and new data that outline IEPs' experiences in settlement and integration into the labour market - Deadline: October 9, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004914

Knight News Challenge Competition Offers Up to $5 million for Community News Innovation
The U.S.-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is accepting applications for the Knight News Challenge, which awards up to $5 million for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news - Deadline: October 15, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004910

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for Schools
School councils may apply for grants to support initiatives focused on engaging parents who may experience challenges in becoming involved in the school due to language barriers, recent immigration, poverty, and more - Deadline: October 16, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004835

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


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NEWS HEADLINES AND RESOURCES

Special Immigration Measures for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
CIC has announced special measures for residents in the Philippines who are significantly affected by Typhoon Ketsana to facilitate their immigration to Canada.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008827

OHRC Policy on Human Rights and Rental Housing
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released a look at how barriers to housing can be indentified and eliminated.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008844

A Family Law Handbook for Pilipina Domestic Workers and Caregivers 
This booklet has information on Ontario family law and how it can affect immigrant women, their partners or spouses, and their children. It also deals with issues such as family violence and immigration status - 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004915

CLEO English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has created legal materials at a range of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels for instructors who teach newcomers to Ontario in Adult ESL and LINC classes.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008850

New CharityVillage Podcast: Canada's New Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
This podcast outlines how to find out whether your organization is affected, what you need to do if you are impacted by the Act, and changes to audit rules and corporate governance regulations.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008825

Call for Focus Group Participants: Recovery through the Lens of Cultural Diversity
This is a call for mental health service users and family members from Caribbean, Somali, Tamil and youth communities.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008841

Call for Advisors: Translation Project for Best Start Resource Centre
Health Nexus has recently received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, to translate eight of their existing resources for the general public into other languages. They are looking for language advisors.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008840

Advancing Your Cause Through the People You Manage - A Guidebook for Busy Leaders
This publication, created specifically for busy nonprofit leaders, highlights common pitfalls that managers fall into, provides a management self-assessment tool, identifies root causes of poor employee performance, and offers other tips.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008839

Website: Risk Management and Governance
Published by the Chartered Accountants of Canada, the Risk Management and Governance Board (RMGB) offers concise, informative guidance materials for boards of directors and senior managers.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008838

Sustainability Network's Environment and Diversity Project
This four-year collaborative initiative is designed to help the Ontario environmental NGO community consider, develop and implement strategies to better reflect and engage under-represented communities.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008837

New Website: Lifelong Learning for Literacy Practitioners (LLLP)
The LLLP website offers valuable information, resources and links to support literacy practitioners in their ongoing training and learning needs.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008824

Facts and Figures 2008: Immigration Overview - Permanent and Temporary Residents
This Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) publication presents the annual intake of permanent residents by category of immigration and of temporary residents by yearly status from 1984 to 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008823

Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Funding Announcements
LIPs are being funded by MCI and CIC in communities across Ontario to develop local/regional settlement strategies to identify delivery models, initiatives and projects tailored to assist newcomers.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008816

Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) Day Launches on Friday October 23, 2009
The Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) program is organizing LSP Day in each of the 11 Ontario communities where LSP service is delivered.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008822

United Way of Peel Region Recruiting for Black Community Advisory Council
The United Way of Peel Region is looking for interested individuals from Peel’s diverse Black community to assist in developing and executing strategies that address key challenges affecting Peel’s Black community.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008817

Call for Applications: DiverseCity Fellows
DiverseCity Fellows, a one-year fellowship for rising "city builders", is looking for applicants for the 2010 program - Deadline: October 9, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008815

311 Service Launches in Toronto
The goal of 311 is to improve accessibility to non-emergency City services and information, and to increase the City's effectiveness in responding to public inquiries.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008812

Webinar Recording: Really Simple Strategies: Keeping Track of your Organization and Issues Online
This webinar explored the ways to keep on top of online information and provided tips on how to track topics and issues important to you. We looked at what RSS and other social media feeds are and how you can and should use them.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008847

CLEONet Webinar Recording: Introduction to Social Media
This September 29, 2009 webinar, facilitated by Fiona MacCool, CLEONet Project Manager, provides a useful and clear language introduction to social media.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008848

Find Errors in your English Writing with the ESL Assistant
Microsoft Research has created a useful online proofing tool to help people who use English as a foreign language.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008849

HostOntario Newsletter - Words of Welcome, Fall 2009
Words of Welcome is the newsletter of the Host Program Network of Ontario.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008836

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

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FEATURED RESEARCH

Lessons in Learning: Effective literacy strategies for immigrant students
This Lessons in Learning article from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) looks at literacy programs that have been shown to be effective for English-as-a-second-language and French-as-a-second-language students.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008811

How to Improve Canada’s Immigration System 
This study suggests how Canada's immigration policy can be improved to ensure that it more successfully identifies and selects potential immigrants who will fare well in the labour market - September 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004917

Second Language Tutoring Programs: An Inquiry Into Best Practices  
This paper, funded by CIC, sought to uncover the best practices of running a language tutoring program for immigrants settling in Canada - February 2008.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004592

Literacy Matters: Helping Newcomers Unlock Their Potential 
This report adds to the pile of documents that report how newcomer skills are underutilized, but focuses on newcomer language and literacy skills and adds an additional call to action for business - September 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004919

Fast, Fair and Final: Reforming Canada’s Refugee System  
The proposal presented in this paper suggests a different approach to making refugee decisions in Canada - September 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004916

Social Innovation in Canada - How the non-profit sector serves Canadians ... and how it can serve them better
This report from Canadian Policy Research Networks calls for a new framework for support to this vital secto and examines the role of the non-profit sector in social innovation and what needs to be done to make the most of it.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004920

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