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Promoting equity and prosperity with a focus on immigration, integration and diversity.
Promoting equity and prosperity with a focus on immigration, integration and diversity.

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In this issue:
• Toronto: Sultans of Science
• Berlin: Mayoral Voices in the Immigration Debate
• Including Migrant Votes Is Good for Democracy
• Canberra: Courting Justice
• The Mathematics of Immigration
• Wicked Failures? Cities Offer Local Solutions
• David Lubell: U.S. Cities in Race to Attract Immigrants
• Saint-Denis: Professional Mentoring for Youth
• Willkommen in Berlin
• Good Ideas in the News

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How do we ensure that our public policy solutions have a chance of moving forward and getting on the legislative agenda? How can we use public policy ideas to increase public awareness and debate, as well as inspire others to join us in our work? This session addressed these and other questions as Deena Ladd shared her experience and ideas on building the base for effective public policy work.

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Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should pay for it. As the money Alma paid to the recruiter was more than three years’ earnings in the Philippines, Alma borrowed it at an exorbitant rate of interest. Given the minimum wage she earns here in Toronto, it would take at least three years to pay back the debt.

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In this issue:
• Gottingen: Gardens of Intercultural Delights
• Immigrant = The New Mainstream
• Berlin: Cities and the Case for Migration
• Fair Game: Sporting Ideas for Integration
• Cities in the Forefront of Fight against Racism
• Sydney: Orchestrating New Audiences
• Willkommen in Berlin
• Good Ideas in the News

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Canada does not “import” violent conflict despite some in its diasporic communities remaining invested in overseas conflicts, says the new study, "The Perception & Reality of 'Imported Conflict' in Canada," by the Mosaic Institute. But these conflicts still have a large and lingering effect on the lives of many Canadians.

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Cities have long been the primary entry point for immigrants. That is where opportunities exist at scale. Like others before them, immigrants flock to cities for success – economic and personal. In the process, they contribute to the vitality of local neighbourhoods and the growth and development of urban regions that drive a nation’s prosperity. It is in the interest of cities to manage this process well and help newcomers settle and integrate.

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The latest musical craze has hit the streets of Toronto, and just in time!  We could all use a little more "happy" until spring finally arrives.

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Read more about overcoming the risks of linking workplace challenges to culture from Athina Schloo, Director of Employee Programs and HR Initiatives at RBC.

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Citizenship should not be taken lightly. As Maytree's president Ratna Omidvar writes, we should do everything in our power to strengthen our bonds, our obligations and engagement with Canada. But extending the residency requirement by one year is lazy policy. If we want to strengthen Canadian citizenship, we need to work harder, not simply longer.

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In this post, we highlight employers who have developed and implemented programs and HR strategies –  many in partnership with immigrant employment organizations – to create a more inclusive working environment for visible minorities and skilled immigrants.
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