brings 26 years of writing and newsroom management experience to New Canadian Media. He began his journalism career with The Times of India in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), followed by stints at the Khaleej Times in Dubai and as managing editor of The Peninsula in Qatar. A journalist with high ethical standards, George won the prestigious Nieman scholarship at Harvard University (1994-95), and more recently, pursued a Master’s in Journalism at Carleton University (2004).
In Canada, he has been a commentator on immigration and foreign policy for several publications, including the Diplomat and International Canada, the Canadian Immigrant, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen and iPolitics.ca. Internationally, he has written for The Hindu, AlJazeera.net, Khaleej Times, Arab News, rediff.com and New America Media.
Andrew Griffith is the author of Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism. He is the former Director General for Citizenship and Multiculturalism at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). He has worked at Canadian Heritage, Service Canada, Industry Canada and Privy Council Office, in addition to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, where he had a number of domestic and international assignments.
Meyer Burstein is a consultant with extensive experience in research, knowledge transfer, strategic planning, policy and operational analysis, and evaluation. He is a former Director-General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada responsible for strategic planning and research, as well as the design and management of the immigrant selection system. Meyer was also a co-founder and co-chair of the International Metropolis Project, a large international policy-research initiative on migration that received Canada’s Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in policy development. More recently, Meyer played a seminal role in the creation and subsequent governance of the Welcoming Communities Initiative and the Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) project, two university-community research partnerships focusing on immigration and diversity. Meyer has provided advice to numerous federal and provincial ministries, foreign governments, and international organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the International Organization for Migration. He has also worked extensively with Canada’s voluntary sector, notably organizations that seek to address the needs of newcomers and to develop a more receptive and welcoming environment.
Ombudsperson Terms of Reference
Monitor NCM's content for balance, non-partisan views and inclusiveness, that is reflective of Canada's diversity as contained in NCM's mission statement: "providing non-partisan news and views representing all Canadian immigrant communities"
Approve draft NCM guidelines for the aggregation of content from other publications
Provide arm's-length advice to NCM newsroom and editorial advisory board
Recommend best practices in representing and reflecting cultural diversity in the media
Publish annual Ombudsperson report (on NCM site)
Advise on NCM's publication of its complaints policy
Review public complaints not resolved by the editor/publisher (via independent e-mail address) and advise on further response needed from NCM
The honest truth is there is still reluctance around immigration policy... When we want to talk about immigration and we say we want to bring more immigrants in because it's good for the economy, we still get pushback.