Growth and Prosperity the Focus of Immigration
Montreal, April 20, 2012 —
Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney spoke at the
Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and outlined
how a transformed immigration system would benefit
the Canadian economy.
In his speech the Minister outlined a series of
changes planned for the immigration system to make
it faster, more flexible and focused on jobs to
promote national economic growth and prosperity that
can benefit all regions of Canada.
Proposed changes to the economic immigration system
include eliminating the backlog of old Federal
Skilled Worker applications, modernizing how
selection is done under that program to better
reflect the importance of younger immigrants with
Canadian work experience and better language skills,
creating a new Federal Skilled Trades program, and
modifying the Canadian Experience Class to better
facilitate the transition to permanent residence by
successful skilled temporary workers.
proposed change, prospective citizens would be
required to provide objective evidence of their
language ability with their citizenship
applications. Applicants would be able to
demonstrate language ability by submitting a variety
of evidence, including the results of approved third
party tests, evidence of completion of secondary or
post-secondary education in English or French, or
evidence of achieving the appropriate language level
in certain government funded language training
“The proposed change would encourage citizenship
applicants to ensure that they can speak English or
French when they apply,” Minister Kenney said.
“Language is an important component of the
successful integration of immigrants and new
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immigrants' 3rd child more likely to be a boy
By Annie Burns-Pieper,
CBC News | Posted:
Apr 16, 2012
Ratio of 136 boys to 100
girls raises issue of selective abortion
New research confirms that significantly more boys
than girls are born as third children to women from
India raising families in Ontario. The research was
inspired by a controversial editorial published
earlier this year about the prevalence of
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religious group 'stunned' by Vatican's latest move
Apr. 19, 2012 | By
Joshua J. McElwee
The largest leadership organization for U.S. women
religious says it was "stunned" by the announcement
Wednesday that the Vatican's Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith had ordered it to reform its
statutes and had appointed an archbishop to oversee
"The presidency of the Leadership Conference of
Women Religious was stunned by the conclusions of
the doctrinal assessment of LCWR by the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith," the group said in a
news release Thursday morning.
"Because the leadership of LCWR has the custom of
meeting annually with the staff of CDF in Rome and
because the conference follows canonically-approved
statutes, we were taken by surprise."
On Wednesday, the Vatican announced it had appointed
Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain to oversee LCWR,
which has been the subject of a doctrinal assessment
by the Vatican congregation since 2009.
The group sent an email Thursday to the heads of
each of the congregations it represents, explaining
how the group became aware of the news.
That email, obtained by NCR, says LCWR leadership
was in Rome to meet Wednesday with members of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding
the doctrinal assessment. When the leaders came to
the meeting, the congregation had already
communicated with the U.S. bishops' conference news
of Sartain's appointment, the email states.
Additionally, the email says LCWR membership was
told during the meeting that news of the appointment
would only be shared Wednesday at the bishops'
conference internally and not with the general
public in order to give the group time to
communicate with its leaders.
"When we met with Cardinal (William) Levada, prefect
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,
on April 18, where we received the assessment
results, CDF's communication had already been sent
to the USCCB for release at noon," the email states.
"We understood that the documents would be put on
USCCB's members-only web page," it continues.
"Consequently, we had hoped to communicate the
conclusions with you ourselves. That was not
First announcement of Sartain's appointment came in
a Wednesday press release from the U.S. bishops'
conference, which was accompanied by an
eight-page document of the doctrinal congregation
and a one-page statement from Levada.
According to the document
from the congregation, Sartain is to be given
authority over the group in five areas, including:
Revising LCWR statutes;
Reviewing LCWR plans and programs;
Creating new programs for the organization;
Reviewing and offering guidance on the
application of liturgical texts; and
Reviewing LCWR's affiliations with other
organizations, citing specifically NETWORK and
the Resource Center for Religious Institutes.
According to the letter, Sartain's mandate runs for
"up to five years, as deemed necessary." Sartain is
also expected to set up an advisory team that
includes clergy and women religious to "work
collaboratively" with LCWR officers and to "report
on the progress of this work to the Holy See."
"In this way, the Holy See hopes to offer an
important contribution to the future of religious
life in the Church in the United States," the letter
In an email to NCR on Thursday, Annmarie Sanders,
LCWR's associate director for communications, said
the group's officers have "decided not to do any
interviews until they have had time to do a much
wider consultation with our board and our members."
"We do not want to proceed with this until we have
given this whole matter careful thought and prayer,
and know the mind of our members," wrote Sanders,
who also serves on NCR's board of directors.
According to the U.S. bishops' release, Bishop
Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, and Bishop Thomas
John Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., will work with
The Vatican congregation's doctrinal assessment of
LCWR started shortly after the Vatican's
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and
Societies of Apostolic Life announced a separate
apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious orders.
The results of that study were submitted to Rome in
In his letter Wednesday, Levada writes that
Sartain's appointment is "aimed at fostering a
patient and collaborative renewal of this conference
of major superiors in order to provide a stronger
doctrinal foundation for its many laudable
initiatives and activities."
The document from the congregation re-emphasizes the
reason for the doctrinal assessment, writing that
Levada told LCWR leadership in 2008 that the
congregation had three major areas of concern with
The content of speakers' addresses at the annual
"Corporate dissent" in the congregation
regarding the church's sexual teachings; and
"A prevalence of certain radical feminist themes
incompatible with the Catholic faith" present in
some of the organizations programs and
[Joshua J. McElwee is an
NCR staff writer.]
For the full copy of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith's letter,
For the full copy of Levada's letter,
Previous reporting from NCR
on the Vatican's investigation of LCWR:
Vatican investigates U.S. women religious
leadership, April, 2009
Women religious meet Vatican accusers in Rome,
LCWR seeks full disclosure of Vatican
visitation, August, 2009
LCWR leaders meet with Midwest bishops, May,
Vatican officials, US women religious meet,
Vatican orders LCWR to revise, appoints
archbishop to oversee group
drastic reforms of Women’s Religious
April 20, 2012 by
admin | Filed under
April 19, 2012: The Vatican has called
for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR),
appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to
lead renewal efforts.
The appointment was made as the Vatican’s
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed
the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment
of the women’s conference, which has more than 1,500
members throughout the country.
The assessment document explained, “It is clear that
greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the
relationship of the LCWR with the Conference of
Bishops, and on the need to provide a sound
doctrinal foundation in the faith of the Church.”
The assessment, initiated in 2008 by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was
carried out by Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio,
a member of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee.
Among the key findings were serious theological and
doctrinal errors in presentations at the
conference’s annual assemblies in recent years.
Several of the addresses depicted a vision of
religious life that is incompatible with the faith
of the Church, the assessment found. Some attempted
to justify dissent from Church doctrine and showed
“scant regard for the role of the magisterium.”
The document cited one address about religious
sisters “moving beyond the Church” and even beyond
Jesus. Such positions — which constitute “a
rejection of faith” and “serious source of scandal”
— often go unchallenged by the LCWR, it said.
Top employers recognize skilled immigrants key to
TRIEC and RBC announce
winners of 6th Annual Immigrant Success Awards
Toronto, April 26, 2012 /CNW/ -
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment
Council (TRIEC) and RBC are recognizing top employers
who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant
talent in the Greater Toronto Region labour market at
the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards today.
The four IS Awards winners represent different sectors
of the Greater Toronto Region economy - from
telecommunications to environmental testing - and share
the same view: Toronto needs skilled immigrants to
address skill shortages and give businesses and the
region as a whole a competitive edge.
"The IS Awards winners are part of the growing momentum
to embrace immigrant employment as an important part of
the solution to address demographic changes and support
innovation in the Toronto region," says Zabeen Hirji,
Chief Human Resources Officer at RBC. "RBC strongly
believes that the integration of skilled immigrants is
essential for the well-being of our economy and we are
proud to sponsor these awards for the sixth year."
Why integrating immigrant
talent matters to Toronto:
Skilled immigrants can help address skill shortages
and hard-to-find skill sets
International and diverse work experience can
trigger innovative products and solutions
Knowledge of additional languages can lead to new
and deeper business opportunities
Immigrants bring high levels of post-secondary
education and training
of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada
"Especially now when Ontario is facing more competition
for skilled immigrants from western provinces, we need
to step up our game in leveraging the talents of this
group," says Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director of
TRIEC. "Businesses across the region should be looking
to these leaders for their novel strategies to get
skilled immigrants working for them."
The four winners, three organizations and one individual
selected from a pool of applicants, will be honoured at
a ceremony tonight for their leadership in integrating
Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace
Maxxam Analytics: Toronto Star Award for
Excellence in Workplace Integration
This Mississauga testing laboratory systematically
recruits skilled immigrants through their co-op program.
Co-op placements gain elusive Canadian workplace
experience and significant training while the company is
ensured an ongoing pool of exceptionally well-prepared
professionals to address skill shortages in their field
and meet the demands of its fluctuating workloads.
Maxxam has taken 400 placements since 2005 and has hired
half of them full-time.
Huawei Technologies Canada
RBC Immigrant Advantage Award
RBC Immigrant Advantage Award -
This global telecommunications company headquartered in
Shenzhen, China attributes 100% of its success in Canada
to its mostly immigrant employee base. In establishing
itself in Canada, Huawei embraced a strategy of hiring
skilled immigrants who often had the advantage of
experience with Huawei technology in other countries. In
addition, brand awareness and loyalty were strong among
those from abroad unlike local professionals for whom
they had to compete with other big names like Google.
With employees from 30 different countries, the strategy
paid off. Huawei is now a major player in Canada's
telecommunication industry, attracting clients like
Telus and Bell among others and has established itself
as a solid Canadian company with eastern cultural roots.
Career Edge Organization's
Career Bridge Program
CBC Toronto Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion
Career Bridge: CBC Toronto
Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion -
This not-for-profit organization's internship program is
unparalleled. Skilled immigrants looking for their first
job here in Canada get elusive access to employers and
on-the-job training. Employers get highly qualified
pre-screened talent sourced to fit prescribed roles.
What's more, interns are paid throughout the process so
that their focus is squarely on the job and their
contributions respected. The best part? Eighty percent
of interns find full-time employment within six months
Zuleika Sgro, Manager, Talent
Management Services, Questrade
Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award
Zuleika Sgro: Canadian HR Reporter Individual
When Zuleika Sgro had to oversee a mass hiring at the
rapidly expanding online brokerage Questrade, she set
her sights on skilled immigrants. She quickly connected
with community agencies and immersed herself in the
field, building her own library and networks. One year
and 100 hires later, Sgro has emerged as an expert and
advocate in the field. Today, her company is seen as an
employer of choice and recognized internally and
externally for the value placed on diversity among its
The winners, all profiled at
www.isawards.ca, will be celebrated tonight at an
invitation-only reception hosted by RBC. Matt Galloway,
Host, Metro Morning, CBC Radio One 99.1 will serve as MC
and Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC and
Co-Chair, TRIEC, will deliver the keynote address.
The IS Awards are presented by TRIEC and sponsored by
RBC, with media partners Canadian HR Reporter, CBC
Toronto and the Toronto Star. For complete details about
the IS Awards and to view profiles of the winners visit
TRIEC creates and champions solutions to better
integrate skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto
Region labour market. For more information visit
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US President Barack Obama sounds alarm bell on jobs
Washington Sounding an alarm bell over the challenge
from "hungry" Indian and Chinese students, US President
Barack Obama has asked Americans to focus more on
science, mathematics and technology to ensure that "jobs
of future" stay within the shores.
Acknowledging that American firms are having a tough
time finding the right candidates for jobs in science
and technology, Obama, travelling to Durham in North
Carolina, said it is not a good sign for the future of
"So these are the jobs of the future. These are the jobs
that China and India are cranking out. Those students
are hungry because they understand if they get those
skills they can find a good job, they can create
companies, they can create businesses, create wealth.
And we're falling behind in the very fields we know are
going to be our future," Obama said.
"So we can do better than that. We must do better than
that. If we're going to make sure the good jobs of
tomorrow stay here in America, stay here in North
Carolina, we've got to make sure all our companies have
a steady stream of skilled workers to draw from," he
Obama said at present there are more than four
job-seekers for every job opening in America.
"But when it comes to science and high-tech fields, the
opposite is true. The businesses represented here tell
me they're having a hard time finding high-skilled
workers to fill their job openings," he said.
Obama said only four per cent of all undergraduate
students enrol in the STEM subjects - science,
technology, engineering, and maths.
Of those students, one-third will switch out of those
fields, and only about two in five will graduate with a
STEM degree or certification within six years, he added.
Asian Development Bank warns of rising inequality
Last Updated: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:42:00 +1000
Sen Lam, Asia Pacific
The Asian Development Bank has warned the region about
rising financial inequality.
The bank says growth is benefiting the elite much faster
than it's helping the poor.
ADB Principal Economist Dr Dong Hyun Park has told Radio
Asia Pacific that now poverty has been dramatically
reduced, inequality should be the region's new focus.
"Never in human history has there been such a massive
and widespread reduction of poverty," he said. "But now
Asia is confronted with a new problem, that of growing
inequality, which is a problem that's distinct and
different from poverty."
Dr Park says the topic will be discussed at the bank's
annual meeting next week.
He says the gap between the rich and poor has increased,
especially in Asia's most populous countries China,
India and Indonesia. "We're not just talking about
income, but we're also talking perhaps more importantly,
about inequality of opportunity, in particular, access
to education and healthcare, access to productive
He says if rising inequality is left unchecked, it will
compromise the region's economies.
"Most fundamentally, it poses a serious threat to
economic growth, by undermining social stability and by
undermining political stability.
Dr Park says the bank hopes to catalyse policy-makers in
the region to begin addressing the issue.
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