Maytree News Headlines – October 29, 2010


Training for Change: An Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework (Rainbow Health Network)
The Training for Change project is designed to help trainers work from an intersectional framework when training health and social service providers about sexual and gender diversity. Like everyone else, LGBT people’s identities are made up of intersections – sex, class, ability, race, and many more. This project encourages an approach that sees people as a whole, encompassing more than just their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Migratory Tales of Women from Afghanistan (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work blog)
This research is based on interviews with 15 Afghan women from a low-income housing area in Burnaby. Their length of time in Canada ranged from 2 to 12 years. The women were invited to tell the stories of their lives in Afghanistan and to talk about being a newcomer in Canada, including work and everyday life, social and health service providers, and health and illness. The research found that (i) research participants tell their stories in their own terms, using the language of everyday life as well as body language, and (ii) they suggest avenues for change by telling a story that has not been heard.

Toronto youth activist Jessica Yee to receive 2010 Harmony Award (Canada Newswire)
Ms. Yee founded the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, based in Toronto and on the Oneida reservation in Wisconsin, at the age of 20. She has become an internationally respected youth leader who organizes forums on indigenous youth and writes, edits and produces books, videos and theatre about youth sexuality, reproductive justice, and activism

Program helps newcomers (
Ontario’s specialized language training projects will help 650 newcomers in Halton, Mississauga and Brampton succeed in the workplace, [Ontario’s] citizenship and immigration minister told Mississauga workers on Wednesday afternoon. Queen’s Park is supporting 16 Ontario school boards in the delivery of 31 specialized language training projects to help 3,800 newcomers and their families.–program-helps-newcomers

Halton a good place for new Canadians (
The opportunities Halton Region provides to immigrants have earned the municipality a rating as one of the best employers for new Canadians by Medicacorp Canada Inc., a publishing firm that manages the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. It is the second year in a row the Region, which employs more than 1,500 people, has received the recognition. The award recognizes employers offering programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and life in the country.–halton-a-good-place-for-new-canadians

Ford wants feds, province to help with newcomers (Toronto Sun)
Mayor-elect Rob Ford wants more cash from Ottawa and the province to help pay for services for thousands of refugees and immigrants settling in Toronto. “I will be meeting with my federal and provincial counterparts on this issue,” Ford said. “I will be seeking more funds from the various governments.” The immigration funding issue will be examined after he takes office on Dec. 1, he said.

The multicultural milieu (Queen’s Journal)
The Globe and Mail has declared that Canada ought to “strike multiculturalism from its vocabulary,” suggesting that in order for Canada to move forward, the idea of the “mosaic” must be removed from our national vision. It may come as a surprise to some that one of Canada’s biggest newspapers might suggest such a move. After all, a national survey in 2002 found that for Canadians, multiculturalism was the second most pride-inducing characteristic of Canada. We seemed to place a fair bit of importance on the idea of an inclusive, welcoming Canada.

Metro Morning in Thorncliffe Park – Focus on Thorncliffe, Citizenship and Diversity (CBC Metromorning)
Friday’s Metro Morning broadcast from the Thorncliffe neighbourhood, listen to their varied coverage and interviews. Segments:
* Metro Morning in Thorncliffe Park
* Popular Judge
* New Citizen
* Mixed Feelings
* New Canadian Family
* Ethnic Enclaves
* Cultural Foods
* Policing Challenging
* Local MP
* Diverse Marketing
* English Through Running

How the Scots Invented Canada (Toronto Star)
Canada is often referred to as Scotland’s colony — by Scots and Scots Canadians, of course. Yet, because of the Scots’ largely class-less, egalitarian view of the world compared to their English cousins, the Scots who invented Canada welcomed diversity and multiculturalism.–how-the-scots-invented-canada

Let’s Talk About Canadian Citizenship (The Mark News)
It would be understandable if this remark agitated Canadians. Canadian society, arguably more than any other, has adopted "multiculturalism" not just as a policy framework but as a cornerstone of our national identity. When Canadians are asked to state, in their own words, sources of their pride in Canada, multiculturalism comes in fourth – tied with health care and in line behind our democracy, our quality of life, and a caring/humanitarian outlook… These high rates of citizenship acquisition have enabled immigrants’ political participation. It is not a mere coincidence that Canada has proportionally more foreign-born legislators than any other society and that Calgary recently became the first large Canadian city to elect a foreign-born, visible-minority,mayor. Broad citizenship uptake has ensured that immigrants have equal access to public life and social services, and it has produced an atmosphere of formal equality that is far from universal among countries with substantial immigrant populations. But Canada’s approach to citizenship, while broadly successful to date, remains a work in progress and is being threatened by current trends in immigration policy. In 2009, temporary workers living in Canada outnumbered permanent residents arriving in the country. Many of these temporary workers will have access to permanent residency, but a significant and growing proportion will not.


Opposition MPs rip into proposed human-smuggling law (Vancouver Sun)
Liberals and New Democrats withheld their verdict but not their venom Wednesday on the Conservative government’s proposals to significantly revamp refugee and human-smuggling laws. Liberal MP Mark Holland accused the Harper government of going "nuclear" on refugees in a campaign to divide Canadians, while New Democrat Olivia Chow slammed the package for "attacking the refugees." The harsh assessment of the proposed legislation, combined with the Bloc Quebecois’ flat rejection of the bill, suggests the minority Tory government faces an uphill climb to get the package approved and implemented.

Bill C-49 (Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity)
Josie Di Zio, President of The Ontario Council of Agencies Supporting Immigrants (OCASI) has asked its supporters and those interested in the plight of refugees in Canada to act in response to Bill C-49. On October 21, 2010 the federal government introduced Bill C-49 in Parliament. The Bill is introduced as an anti-human smuggling measure. However, the majority of provisions are focused on the treatment of refugees based on their mode of arrival to Canada. They violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Canada’s international human rights obligations. There are very few provisions that are focused on preventing or dealing with human smuggling.


Immigrants vital to innovation: RBC chief (Globe and Mail)
New immigrants will play a vital role in creating a culture of innovation in Canada, the head of the country’s biggest bank says. Speaking at a conference on innovation Thursday, Royal Bank of Canada president Gordon Nixon said newcomers are “one of Canada’s great competitive advantages,” along with our resource base and the country’s location next to the largest market in the world… Other speakers at the conference, held at the MaRS centre in Toronto agreed that welcoming more immigrants is key to making Canada more competitive.

Managed Migration and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work blog)
This paper argues that by responding to needs and conditions at both the supply and demand ends, managed migration programs such as the SAWP help allocate labour and skills, reduce the risks associated with illegal immigration, and enhance the confidence in government policies.

Waterloo Region Interim Local Immigration Partnership Council seeking community proposals (Cambridge Times)
The Waterloo Region Interim Local Immigration Partnership Council is inviting members of the community to submit an expression of interest to join the new Local Immigration Partnership Council and its various work groups. The deadline is Nov. 1 at noon. Local Immigration Partnership Councils, being implemented in various communities across Ontario, are a collaborative community initiative designed to strengthen the role of local and regional communities in serving and integrating immigrants, and refugees.–council-seeks-proposals


How to diversify Toronto city council (Maytree blog)
While the motto of the City of Toronto is “Diversity Our Strength,” you wouldn’t know it by looking at our newly elected city council. Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, spoke with Alejandra Bravo, manager of leadership programs at Maytree (including the DiverseCity School4Civics program), and John Campey, executive director of the not-for-profit organisation Social Planning Toronto, to find out why we should care about diversity in who represents us, and how to go about changing this underrepresentation.

2010 Toronto elections maps (
A final set of maps breaks down the three front-runners by ward.

Downtown vs. ’burbs divide dismissed (National Post)
Still, experts say the voting patterns suggest that, 12 years after amalgamation, Toronto still doesn’t think of itself as one. Local politicians who bicker over “the perception that everything goes downtown” have perpetuated the divisions, argues Ryerson politics professor Duncan MacLellan. He called the voting breakdown “a bit worrisome” and said it’s now up to the mayor-elect to “forge good relationships” with the councillors who represent wards that he lost. Prof. MacLellan points out that Toronto voted along socio-economic lines, too.


Media Release: National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking Required (End Modern-Day Slavery)
On October 28, 2010, Member of Parliament Joy Smith and UBC Law Professor Benjamin Perrin are calling for the development of a comprehensive national action plan to combat human trafficking in Canada. Recently, evidence provided by Professor Perrin’s book Invisible Chains and a national threat assessment released by the RCMP in September 2010 called Project SECLUSION have pointed to an extensive and highly profitable system of human trafficking networks across Canada. Men, women, and youth face forms of modern day slavery in Canada including sex trafficking and forced labour.


Community Bonds: A Social Finance Innovation (CSI blog)
Working in partnership with members of the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and the Ontario Nonprofit Network, CSI is pleased to present our briefing to the Provincial Partnership Project. In this paper, we are inviting the province to clarify and assist in scaling up Community Bonds. Most of you know that CSI is hard at work promoting our Community Bond offering – 4% return for a 5 year year – held inside your RRSP – but once you buy a CSI bond, wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to have your whole portfolio holding local social enterprise investments? Equally tantalizing, wouldn’t it be amazing if nonprofits and social enterprise could leverage their greatest assets – their communities – to build community infrastructure?

A Social Innovation Strategy for Ontario (CSI blog)
What could we achieve together, if our communities had funded social innovation labs, the OPS had a social innovation unit and the 2 groups then talked together, with others, to begin to actually start exploring how social innovation could address some of the most challenging issues of our time? Any one for some systems change?


Toronto schools break new ground in studying black culture in Canada (Sway Magazine)
“The centre is the first of its kind,” says its director, Professor ATO QUAYSON. “There are many centres that focus on a single diaspora, but we are the first to be foundationally multi-focused. Our students are required to have studied at least two diasporas by the time they finish their degree.”

MANIFESTO 2010 (CHRY 105.5fm)

Ward 19’s new rep Layton says he’s ready to work (The Toronto Observer)
KAREN SUN, runner-up in Ward 19 with nearly 21 per cent of the vote, echoed Layton’s concern. “I think we’ll all need to have good, hard conversations on the left about what happened tonight,” Sun said, in regard to mayor-elect Rob Ford’s win. Sun wished Layton well and congratulated him on his successful campaign. Though both Sun and Layton were considered left-wing candidates, Sun differentiated herself from Layton by painting herself as the grassroots activist and community leader to Layton’s party-backed politics. “I was running against the federal NDP party,” Sun said.

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