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Political Correctness Drowning the True Meaning of Christmas

Member of Parliament Nina Grewal (Fleetwood-Port Kells) has delivered a statement in the House of Commons decrying the forces of political correctness for their attack against Christmas and Canadian traditions. The statement was part of …

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Diversity Champions — December 2014

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has announced the winners of its national diversity short film competition. They are Dawn Bird (Saskatchewan), Fernando Dalayoan (Manitoba), Alan Wong (Manitoba) and Kristina Esposito (Toronto). The competition was conducted by ACTRA’s diversity committee and was the first of its kind within the union. ACTRA hopes the competition will promote and reflect the diversity in Canada with the stories that shared on screen. Films are expected to be completed by January. ACTRA has also announced that Spirit Synott is recipient of the Canadian Labour Congress’ 2014 Carol McGregor Award for Disability Rights Activism for her efforts to increase diversity and accessibility within the industry.

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries annually presents its Excellence in Governance Awards to recognize the important contribution that governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. Among the winners for 2014 was the Hamilton Community Foundation which received the award for Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) presented its national awards last month. Among the winners was Delbert Lou-Hing, from Burnaby, British Columbia, this year’s recipient of the Consumer Involvement Award for promoting the inclusion of people with mental health issues both inside and outside of the CMHA.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has announced its 2015 Corporate Equality Index, a  national benchmarking survey. 971 businesses were rated in the report, based on their LGBT-related policies, practices, and workplace equality.For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index and to read the complete report, www.hrc.org/cei.

The Diversity League Table, a list compiled by the Black Solicitors Network, has been released. The list ranks the top 100 law firms in the UK, according to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability. Firms participate on a voluntary basis. For the complete of winners, http://bit.ly/1AlZLjG.

While McDonald’s Restaurants was the overall winner of the 2014 Personnel Today Awards, GE Capital captured the Award for Diversity & Inclusion. For the complete list of winners, http://www.personneltoday.com/awards/.

At its annual Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference last month, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) presented a brand new award honouring outstanding work in the disability sector.  The Multicultural Excellence Award in the People with Disabilities category went to Duracell and the Creative Team at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Every year the Diversity Recruiters Network (DNR) presents a national award program recognizing corporations, individuals, community organizations and media for actively supporting diversity in the community and the workplace. This year’s winners of the Diversity Spirit Achievement Award™ are Ed Escobedo, vice president, Apollo Education Group, and H. Walker, education director, McDonald’s Restaurants.

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Gen Y at the workplace: Myths and facts

By Scott Ng
A lot has been made of Gen Y’s apparent recalcitrance at the workplace. Born between 1981 and 2001, branded as “trophy kids” by frustrated management figures, the members of this generation have been …

12 Ways to Practice Holiday Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

By Simma Lieberman
1. If you want employees to feel included and show up, make sure your holiday party isn’t a Christmas party in disguise. Decorations and food should  either be general, and non-specific to any …

Diversity & Inclusion Story Wall

Housed at Oregon State Bar (OSB) headquarters in Tigard, Oregon, this extensive collage chronicles the history of the legal system in that state. Organizers enlisted help on its content from a diverse group of organizations, …

Career Opportunity: Child Protection Supervisors–Ongoing/Intake

Child & Family Job Class/Future Temporary Positions/$85,895 – $103,073
The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is seeking experienced Child Protection Supervisors on a temporary basis for future opportunities. This skilled, knowledgeable, creative and flexible individual …

Enterprise Social Networks within Internal Communication: An Interview with Brian Moore

Brian Moore, Director of Internal Communications at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, recently spoke with marcus evans about key topics to be discussed at their upcoming 4th Annual Internal Communications & Situational Messaging Conference, January 28-29, 2015 …

Diversity Champions — November 2014

Diversity Canada magazine has released its list of 2014 Top 10 Diversity Change Leaders. These individuals have moved beyond quotas and do all they can to create cultures of equality and inclusion. For this years …

Diversity Matters

This statewide survey launched by the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) examines the total dollars spent with small and minority businesses and what percentage is spent …

Top 3 Ways to Make Your Hiring Accessible

Some 4.4 million Canadians report having a disability. Luz Iglesias suggests there are 3 simple, practical changes that can be made to any recruitment process to enable organizations to attract persons with disabilities as applicants.
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Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates gender diversity

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world’s fourth-largest automotive group, continues to make progress in its commitment to closing the gender gap, with both companies reporting a rise in the percentage of women in manager-level positions globally …


In a workplace as diverse as Navut, which boasts people of all backgrounds—from Brazil to France—and persuasions, the variety of people almost gets taken for granted.
Certainly, the Montreal-based startup which helps people relocating to Canada …