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Employers act on immigrant hiring • HR leaders meet to explore agenda • Nfld. HR pres honoured • Dietitians want their services on the corporate menu • The commute just gets longer

Employers act on immigrant hiring
— An alliance of Toronto-area businesses, labour and community groups has launched a new website to promote workplace practices shown to be effective in integrating the foreign-trained workforce. The website,, was launched last month as part of a number of initiatives by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. The website features best practices, as well as online self-assessments to encourage employers to review how they fare in terms of awareness and leadership, planning and sourcing, selection, development and inclusiveness. Other initiatives to follow include a challenge for employers to step forward and share their strategies for being a “best employer” for newcomers. The challenge, held in partnership with Canadian HR Reporter, will be launched in the fall.

HR leaders meet to explore agenda
— As part of its effort to establish itself as the national voice for the human resource profession, the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations held a one-day national forum to explore the most important business and HR concerns facing senior-level HR professionals across the country. Among the 40 people attending were HR executives who are not already involved with a provincial HR association, representatives of HR and specialist associations and service providers. A white paper summarizing top concerns and identifying issues requiring lobby action or further research will be available in August.

Nfld. HR pres honoured
St. John’s
— Joe Bouzanne, president of the year-old Human Resources Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been formally recognized for his commitment to the promotion and advancement of the human resources profession in Newfoundland and Labrador. Bouzanne was named winner of the Excellence in Human Resources Award at the Atlantic Canada Human Resources Awards, hosted by the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia.

Dietitians want their services on the corporate menu
— Company benefit plans rarely include nutrition counselling services, missing a cost-effective opportunity to improve employee health, says the Dietitians of Canada Consulting Dietitians Network. While healthy eating is known to prevent disease, many employees are confused by conflicting messages about what to eat, says the organization, which is urging employers to ensure nutrition is part of corporate wellness strategies.

The commute just gets longer
— The afternoon rush hour in Vancouver now lasts five hours, an hour longer than it did five years ago, a new study shows. Starting at 1 p.m. traffic congestion remains heavy until after 6 p.m. Local politicians say the study by TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority, underscores the need to increase the capacity of public transit.

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