New Archbishop of Toronto
CITY (AP-CP) - Msgr. Thomas Collins, now
Archbishop of Edmonton, has been named by Pope Benedict to
lead the archdiocese of Toronto, the Vatican said
Collins, 59, replaces retiring Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic,
who is 76.
"I have no doubt that he will be a responsible steward of
the diocese, a faithful shepherd who will guide his flock
for many years to come," said Ambrozic." I thank God for
the privilege to serve as archbishop and offer gratitude
to the clergy and laity who have supported me during my
time in the archdiocese of Toronto. Be assured that you
will always remain close to my heart and in my prayers."
Collins did theological study in London and Rome,
including at the prestigious Gregorian Pontifical
"I am deeply honoured by the confidence the Holy Father
has placed in me, calling me to lead the archdiocese of
Toronto, one of the most diverse dioceses in the world,"
said Collins. "At the same time, I must thank those whom I
have served in the archdiocese of Edmonton. I will always
be grateful to them for their inspiring example of
Rhetoric on Diversity Does Not Match Reality in Canadian
Ottawa, December 8, 2006 -
Canadian organizations say that diversity is a priority,
but barely half of those surveyed by the Conference Board
have strategic plans for diversity and for creating and
sustaining inclusive work environments.
"There is a disconnect between rhetoric and reality in the
area of diversity in Canadian organizations. Many
organizations have failed to turn their stated commitments
into tangible action," said Prem Benimadhu,
Vice-President, Governance and Human Resource Management.
"With labour shortages looming, the importance of
developing diverse and inclusive workplaces cannot be
overstated. Organizations that welcome 'diverse groups'
into their workforces will have a competitive advantage
over those that merely talk about practising diversity."
The Conference Board's first Report on Diversity:
Priorities, Practices and Performance in Canadian
Organizations, is based on survey results from 120
respondents, mostly managers and executives with
responsibility for diversity within their organizations.
Although a majority of respondents say they consider
diversity to be a priority, 42 per cent do not have a
strategic plan for diversity. Fewer than half of
respondents provide diversity training to their manager
and employees, and 88 per cent of respondents rate their
organizations as average or below average in preparing
leaders to manage a diverse workforce.
The Conference Board survey data also indicates that only
a minority of Canadian organizations have either met or
exceeded the labour force availability rates for members
of visible minorities, women, aboriginal people and
persons with disabilities.
The report provides a portrait of more than just
organizational performance on representation rates; it
also presents information on more practical aspects of
diversity-policies, practices and programs used to support
The report, which will be published on a biennial basis to
measure the performance of Canadian organizations in
creating diverse and inclusive work environments, is
available to subscribers at
Certified General Accountants Applaud Ontario Government's
Efforts to Increase Access for Internationally Trained
Guiding principle of the CGA
program: "to provide an opportunity for anyone with the
desire and requisite talents to become a professional
accountant." Passage of Bill 124, Fair Access to Regulated
Professions Act, 2006, will enshrine a similar principle.
DECEMBER 11, 2006
The Certified General Accountants of Ontario offers high
praise and support for the Ontario Government's efforts
towards passage of Bill 124, Fair Access to Regulated
Professions Act, 2006. Recognizing our leading role in
admitting internationally trained professionals into the
province's accounting profession, CGA Ontario was invited
to address the standing committee on regulations and
private bills of the McGuinty Government, specifically the
ministry of the Honourable Michael Colle, responsible for
Citizenship and Immigration.
Joyce Evans, FCGA, chair of the board of governors of the
Association (and herself an immigrant to Canada)
indicates, "Bill 124 strikes an appropriate balance
between the paramount need for high professional standards
to protect the public interest and a fair and transparent
process to allow for access into the profession by
qualified applicants. CGA Ontario is also pleased that the
ministry proposes to establish an access centre for
internationally trained individuals, to provide
information and assistance on the requirements for
registration, procedures for applying for registration and
opportunities for internships."
At present, 25 per cent of certified general accountants
received their original post-secondary education in
another country; the same is true for 30 per cent of
current students in the CGA program of professional
studies. Our database indicates that CGAs and students in
the CGA program speak 58 languages, other than English or
French, as a first language. Earlier information gathered
by the government from all three Canadian accounting
bodies found that, on a percentage basis, CGA Ontario
admitted 409 and 329 per cent more internationally trained
professionals to membership than the other two accounting
designations in the 2004 year (270 new CGAs versus 53 and
63 for the other accounting bodies).
Detailed to the Ontario Government was CGA Ontario's
belief that recognition of qualifications of
internationally trained professionals (wishing to work in
any regulated profession in Ontario) should include the
following five priorities: public protection; consistency;
fairness and access; competencies and credentials; and
disclosure. Link to a description of each priority:
CGA Ontario's Position on Bill 124
CGA Ontario unreservedly supports the stated purpose of
Bill 124, "To help ensure that regulated professions and
individuals applying for registration by regulated
professions are governed by registration practices that
are transparent, objective, impartial and fair."
By example, the CGA program permits individuals to
transfer credits from courses completed at an
international accredited post-secondary institution,
allowing them to enter the CGA program at a level
consistent with their educational background. Our programs
are constructed around "open access" to accommodate
Ontarians from all walks of life, regardless of location,
economic circumstances or country of origin.
Link to necessary characteristics of "open access":
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