SettlementAtWork:Newsletter/2009-10-21

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SETTLEMENT ATWORK HIGHLIGHTS - October 21, 2009

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Big Changes to Settlement.Org for Newcomers

Launching tomorrow (October 22, 2009) you'll see a new design and enhanced functionality on the Settlement.Org for newcomers site.  You'll also notice that links to the Settlement AtWork site will move from the top of Settlement.Org to the bottom of the page.  Don't worry!  You can still get to Settlement AtWork on every page of Settlement.Org.  But, just in case, be sure to bookmark our site, get your colleagues to subscribe to the Settlement AtWork eNewsletter, to ensure that you don't miss any of our great content.

In the coming weeks, we'll provide more details and an overview of how you can use the redesigned Settlement.Org site in your work with newcomers.

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FEATURED JOB POSTING:

Outreach Co-ordinator - Peel Region
United Way of Peel Region requires a Community Outreach Co-ordinator to engage and cultivate a relationship with members of the Black community and United Way of Peel Region - Deadline: October 23, 2009.
http://www.theconstellation.ca/settlement.org/job_details.shtml?x=200888

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:

Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) RFP: Connecting Region Invitation
This RFP seeks regional groups of legal and non-legal organizations to develop a coherent system for the delivery of legal information, referrals and services to linguistic minorities and/or residents of rural or remote areas - January 22, 2010.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004923

Upcoming Deadlines:

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

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


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NEWS HEADLINES AND RESOURCES

CIC Toronto Operations Slippage Report
These forms will become part of the regular monthly process, and they must be submitted each month along with the claim, statistical and narrative reports. The purpose of these forms is to provide a more effective way to manage slippage on a month to month basis. Managing slippage is an important part of sound financial management in every organization and an important part of being accountable.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004925

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

Call for Participation: Charter Challenge to the Minimum Necessary Income Requirement
A group of lawyers and community legal clinics are working together to bring a challenge to the Minimum Necessary Income requirement imposed on family class sponsors.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008859

Locally Grown Cultural Food Guides
Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) wants to make it easier for Torontonians who are looking for fresh cultural foods 'from back home' to find retailers selling locally grown cultural food.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008858

2009–2010 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition
The competition is open to youth aged 12 to 20, who can participate in teams of up to five people - Deadline: January 15, 2010
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008857

Website: Refugee Sponsorship Training Program
This website provides potential, new and existing sponsors with information and updates on sponsorship in an accessible and interactive way.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008856

Toronto Rent Bank - Emergency Rental Deposit Loan Program
Do you have clients who need help coming up with your last month's rent? They may be eligible for an interest-free repayable loan.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008855

Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) Call for Input: Best Practices at Family Justice System Entry Points: Users’ Needs and Workers’ Responses in the Justice System
LCO is conducting public consultations about family justice to identify where people go to try to solve family challenges or problems and what services help them navigate through the complicated Ontario family justice system.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008880

Black Health Alliance (BHA)
BHA is a non-profit, community-based corporation consisting of community organizations, health and social service professionals, and community members working in partnership to advance the health and well-being of the Black community.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008853

A Vision Statement for Digital Settlement Services?
This vision statement is very relevant for how settlement agencies should approach, adopt and implement digital strategies in their organizations.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008854

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

CIC Introduces Language Training Vouchers Pilot Project
This pilot project seeks to encourage newcomers to participate in settlement programs in Canada.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008871

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

Social Finance and Islamic Finance - Two Sides of the Same Coin?
This article discusses how, if one looks carefully at the principles underlying Islamic Finance, one will uncover a great deal of similarities between it and the objectives of Social Finance.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008879

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
CIC recently announced proposed regulatory amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008881

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Resources on Temporary Foreign Workers
CCR has published a pamphlet and has created a useful page of articles to raise awareness about Canada's shift to increasing temporary migration flows. In 2008, this shift resulted in more temporary workers coming to Canada than permanent residents.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008882

CLEONet Webinar Recording - Collection Agencies	
This is the first webinar in a planned series of legal education sessions: Hot Topics in Consumer Protection.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008883

Peel Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR): Call for Newsletter Submissions - October 2009
This issue will focus on 3 main themes: Gender Equity, Governance through a diversity and equity lens and, Social Justice Education. Submission deadline: October 28, 2009.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008885

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

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FEATURED RESEARCH

New Program: Certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Issues
This certificate offers a professional development program to support workers in the newcomer settlement and healthcare sector, and the shelter system who are working with refugees and forced migrants.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008685

Immigrants and Public Health - Three CERIS Policy Briefs
These policy briefs come from CERIS research. Each link will take you to a page where you can select a PDF of the research, along within presentation slides.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008863

Study: Family violence and shelters for abused women
Of the nearly 75,800 incidents of police-reported family violence in 2007, about 40,200, or 53%, were violent incidents perpetrated by a current or former spouse or common-law partner.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_offsite_frame.asp?anno_id=2008874

2009 Vital Signs Report Cards Released
Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in at least ten areas critical to quality of life.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008877

Building Partnerships for Service Provision to Migrant Sex Workers 
The study findings pointed to a dramatic increase in the number of migrants in all sectors of the local sex industry, and in the number of health and social service organizations that either deal with this population or are interested in getting involved.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004941

Social Innovation in Canada: An Update
This report highlights the urgency of the social challenges before us, such as climate change, sustainability, poverty and globalization, particularly in the midst of a global economic downturn, and points to the importance of fostering SI as a solution.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004935

New Research Think Tank - The Mowat Centre : Immigration on the Agenda
The Mowat Centre (at the University of Toronto) will focus their research on those federal policy frameworks and strategies that will most strongly affect Ontario's prosperity and quality of life in the next century.
http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2008896

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