Archive for May, 2010

A little bird told me III: Top 10 international tweeps

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Top 10 international twitter accounts. Inclusion on my lists does not imply endorsement or support for these organizations; it’s just that they are some of the tweeps I follow to keep me informed about what’s going on in immigration, multiculturalism, diversity and etc. And, as in previous editions of this series, I’ve included the bio provided by the tweep itself in quotations, with my comments following. This list is overly American, I know. Please send suggestions for more international flavours.

  1. http://twitter.com/CitiesMigration ~ “An international project showcasing innovative ideas on immigrant integration from major cities across the world”.
  2. http://twitter.com/migrationwatch ~ “(A)n independent think tank chaired by Sir Andrew Green. We have a distinguished Advisory Council from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds”. The UK. Interestingly, they don’t follow anyone.
  3. http://twitter.com/ImmPolicyCenter ~”PC is an immigration research and advocacy org that seeks to shape a rational national conversation on immigration through its research and analysis”.  USA.
  4. http://twitter.com/forcedmigration ~ “Forced Migration Online (FMO) provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide”.
  5. http://twitter.com/ImmigrationTwit ~”Reliable immigration news updates, in plain English. Expert-practitioners filter dozens of sources; you get all the facts: Your Immigration Insiders’ Digest!”.  US focus, with some international content.
  6. http://twitter.com/langology ~ “Fun with language, language and linguistic news, links, events, research and more”. Where do they find this stuff?
  7. http://twitter.com/statelessness ~ “(P)rogram coordinator @ OPEN SOCIETY JUSTICE INITIATIVE. tweeting & thinking about citizenship & statelessness”.
  8. http://twitter.com/DiversityExec ~ “awareness – impact – action” from the US-based Diversity Executive magazine.
  9. http://twitter.com/nprpolitics ~ “Political coverage and conversation from NPR News”.
  10. http://twitter.com/TheEconomist ~ “Official site for The Economist“.

Coming next . . . top ten tweeps on research sources and top ten tweeps on immigrant, refugee children and youth. Send me your picks!

A little bird told me II: My top 10 individual tweeps to follow

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This is my next installment of “A Little Bird Told Me”, a series of of the top ten twitter accounts that I follow to keep up with news, information and resources on immigration, multiculturalism, citizenship, diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The twitter URL will be listed, along with any official description provided by the tweeter(s), or my own synopsis, if there isn’t an official bio.

Let me know who I’m missing!

  1. http://twitter.com/marcopolis ~ Marco Campana. “I post about social media in social services/for social change, immigration, integration and diversity issues in Toronto, Ontario, Canada”. If you care about immigration/settlement issues, you need to follow @marcopolis.
  2. http://twitter.com/MinJK ~ the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. MinJK, nick-named Curry-in-a-Hurry, due to his many appearances at cultural events across the country, used to tweet a lot. Now, not so much? Maybe because @CitImmCanada, the official government department is tweeting? (NB: I also follow all of the members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration who are on twitter).
  3. http://twitter.com/nicknoorani ~ Nick Noorani, the man behind canadianimmigrant.
  4. http://twitter.com/gaystephenson ~ Gay Stephenson, the “Online communications manager at People for Education”
  5. http://twitter.com/DrEricHoskins ~ Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (and co-founder of War Child).
  6. http://twitter.com/timhudak ~ “Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party and MPP for Niagara West Glanbrook”. Mr. Hudak is also the PC critic for citizenship and immigration.
  7. http://twitter.com/IrshadManji ~ “Director, Moral Courage Project @ NYU”. Author of The Trouble with Islam. Although she currently lives and works in the US, she’s Canada’s answer to Camille Paglia (talks and thinks fast and is provocative and funny).
  8. http://twitter.com/SamanthaNutt ~ “Founder and Executive Director of War Child North America. Assistant Prof at UofT. Public speaker, writer, activist and squeeky wheel”. Good tweets with an international persepctive.
  9. http://twitter.com/georgefwill ~ “The unofficial George F Will. Conservative columnist, television personality and author”. Brilliant, articulate and insightful pundit, offering US perspectives.
  10. http://twitter.com/rickmercer ~ because who in Canada doesn’t follow Rick Mercer?

The first “A Little Bird Told Me”, was my top ten Canadian organization tweeps.

A little bird told me: My top 10 tweeps on immigration, multiculturalism, citizenship, diversity, & inclusion

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Starting today, immigrantchildren.ca is running a series of top ten twitter accounts – those that I follow to keep up with news, information and resources on immigration, multiculturalism, citizenship, diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The twitter URL will be listed, along with any official description provided by the tweeter(s), or my own synopsis, if there isn’t an official bio. Let me know who I’m missing!

This week:

Top 10 Canadian organizations

  1. http://twitter.com/maytree_canada ~ Maytree Canada. “Promoting equity and prosperity with a focus on immigration, integration and diversity”.
  2. http://twitter.com/ICCICC ~ The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Putting the culture in multiculturalism.
  3. http://twitter.com/canimmigrant ~ Canadian Immigrant magazine. Lots of info.
  4. http://twitter.com/cdnexperience ~ “News & info for unique civic literacy project – 52-week Canadian series for all Canadians. Launching May 2010″. Fun, interesting and useful.
  5. http://twitter.com/ccrweb ~ Canadian Council for Refugees. “The Canadian Council for Refugees is committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world”. Not just refugees, the CCR also tweets on immigration generally.
  6. http://twitter.com/imminewscda ~ “Offering a wide range of current news articles about immigration issues in Canada”. Not a lot of followers yet, but promising.
  7. http://twitter.com/issbc ~ Immigrant Services Society of BC. “Helping immigrants build a future in Canada with ESL, settlement and career services”. Good info for newcomers, and those who work with them.
  8. http://twitter.com/LoonLounge ~ The Loon Lounge: “LoonLounge is a place to meet people and learn about life in Canada and the Canadian immigration experience”. Good tweets for newcomers.
  9. http://twitter.com/rdrpeel ~ Regional Diversity Roundtable, Region of Peel. “A network of organizations and institutions committed to building inclusion and diversity competence that results in the institutionalization of equity in their core values, structures, workforce, policies and services”.
  10. http://twitter.com/MosaicInstitute ~ The Mosaic Institute: “Harnessing Diverse Resources for International Peace and Development”. New-ish, not a lot of tweets, but potentially very interesting.

Next in this series, the top ten individuals I follow. Could you be one of them?

Conference call: Migration and the global city, Toronto

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It looks like Ryerson University is working to launch a research institute devoted to immigration and settlement issues. Good luck to them. As part of this initiative, they are calling for proposals for a conference entitled “Migration and the Global City”. The conference, a launch to the proposed research centre, tentatively called the Ryerson Institute on Immigration and Settlement (RISS), will be held on the Ryerson campus from October 29-31, 2010.

A call for papers has been released here. Of particular interest to immigrantchildren.ca, conference themes include; Children and Youth; Citizenship, Migration and Identity; Precarious and Temporary Status; and Settlement Services.

The conference will feature a range of activities, including day-trips to local immigrant/settlement locations, a film-documentary screening and art-show, and a possible “CIHR-funded pre-conference on immigrant and refugee children and youth” (Source: Ryerson website). Ryerson – do let us know at immigrantchildren.ca how we can support this important inclusion!

Deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2010.

Call for proposals: “Ethnicity, governance and social justice: Linking Canada to the world”

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) announces a call for papers for their joint annual conference to be held Nov 5-6, 2010  in Toronto (Airport Holiday Inn). The theme of the 2010 conference is “Ethnicity, Governance and Social Justice: Linking Canada to the World”.

From the call: “Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations that address the topics of ethnicity, immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Canada, particularly in relation to social justice and governance. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study, including the humanities and the social sciences”.

Selected papers from the 2010 conference will be published in a special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal.

Abstracts should be 250 words or less. Deadline for submissions is Sept 15, 2010. For more information, contact James Ondrick, ACS at: james.ondrick@acs-aec.ca and visit both the ACS and CESA websites.

Who are the newcomer children in BC? An NCIE Bulletin

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC (AMSSA) in February (see immigrantchildren.ca post) launched The Newcomer Children Information Exchange (NCIE) to share information, resources and announce events related to newcomer children in British Columbia.

One of the proposed activities of NCIE was to regularly put out an information bulletin. From the March 2010 Bulletin:

The Bulletin will explore different topics related to newcomer children. There are a number of service providers, educators and researchers currently working with newcomer children to help them succeed, but their work is rarely documented. The ANCIE Bulletins will provide an opportunity to feature some of their work, strategies, service models, success stories and/or research. Each issue will also include a relevant case study“.

The March 2010 Bulletin is now available. It highlights some demographic facts about newcomer children in BC. The next bulletin will focus on English as a Second Language. Future bulletins will focus on:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Refugee Children.