Maytree News Headlines – Novembe 26, 2010


Ratna Omidvar – Why you need diverse leadership (Maytree blog)
In this second video segment, Ratna Omidvar outlines why organizations need to think strategically about enhancing the diversity of their leadership.

Full report – Evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker program (CIC)
The evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), which addressed a series of evaluation issues and questions related to program relevance, design, implementation and impact, is focused on the period after introduction of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in 2002 and related regulations and before the implementation of the Ministerial Instructions (in 2008). More specifically, the objectives of this evaluation are to assess: Program design and implementation, including timeliness, consistency and transparency of selection; and the impact of the program to date at the immediate and intermediate outcome levels, including an assessment of the economic establishment of skilled workers.

Skilled worker immigrants faring well in Canada, new evaluation shows (Muchmor Magazine)
Immigrants selected by the federal government under the current skilled worker program are contributing to Canada’s economy, a new evaluation has found. The evaluation measured whether the current federal skilled worker program is selecting immigrants who are more likely to succeed economically in Canada. In 2009, federal skilled workers made up approximately 10 percent of Canada’s annual immigration intake—25 percent when one includes spouses and dependent children.

A lesson from rapper K’Naan (Edmonton Journal)
The note on the poster for Monday’s K’Naan show stresses: “This is not a concert.” With the beats stripped away, the Toronto rapper, born in Somalia, will instead talk at the Westin Hotel on his immigrant roots and troubled past. Organizers say K’Naan’s story, entitled Out of the Darkness, will illustrate the challenges faced by youth who sometimes find themselves falling into a life of crime after immigrating to Canada. The rapper has spent a long while guiding youth against gang influences.

Network of Executive Women launches NEW Canada (Exchange)
Addressing a crowd of more than 1,500 industry leaders, NEW Canada committee members Stacey Kravitz, customer vice president at Kraft Canada, and Arlene Minott, senior manager, employer of the community at Walmart Canada, said NEW Canada will further the Network’s mission to attract, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry. “NEW Canada will offer industry-specific best practices on diversity, recruitment and retention,” Kravitz said, “and foster networking and connections virtually and through conferences and regional events, as well as provide workshops, webinars and other tools to help companies develop future leaders, meet their diversity goals and implement business strategies.”

Canada popular with Irish expats in 2011 (TheMove)
Anecdotal evidence suggest that there will be a significant influx of Irish expats as more and more people search for jobs abroad due to the country’s financial crisis and Canada has always been popular with the Irish. Irishman Eamonn O’Loghlin has set up an online job seekers website with support from the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) to help Irish people find jobs and move to Canada. He also publishes a magazine for Irish expats in Canada.


Refugee loans will continue: Minister (Surrey Leader)
A plea for financial leniency regarding Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) has been declined by the federal minister in charge. Responding to a request from Canadian municipalities, immigration minister Jason Kenney said he has no plans to forgive transportation loans for GARs

Refugees can be extradited to face crime charges: Supreme Court (Vancouver Sun)
Canadian laws protecting refugees do not preclude the federal justice minister from ordering their extradition when they are wanted for alleged crimes in the countries they fled, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. While the court affirmed Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s discretion to extradite suspects who had previously secured refugee protection, he was nonetheless ordered to reconsider his “unreasonable” decision to surrender a Quebec Roma couple to their native Hungary, where they are wanted for fraud involving $2,700. In another case, the court also sent the minister back to the drawing board to rethink his decision to extradite another Quebec refugee, also of Roma origin, to his homeland of Romania, where he was sentenced to a prison term for forging visas for two people in exchange for $1,800.


Ont. farm accused of not paying migrant workers (CBC)
Migrant workers at a farm near Simcoe, Ont., say they are owed tens of thousands of dollars after their employer ran into financial trouble and left the country without paying them. The 136 workers came to Ghesquiere Plant Farm from Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. They are among the 20,000 migrant workers who come to Ontario every year to plant and harvest fruit, vegetables and other crops — work that, at $10.25 an hour, most Canadians don’t want.


Spacing Toronto Friday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Transportation, Housing, G20 After-math, Culture, Youth, Privacy and Other News.


Poverty in Canada: Mean streets (The Economist)
COMPARED with many other developed countries, Canada has had a good financial crisis. Its banks and public finances are sound, and the economy recovered quickly and strongly from recession, even if the pace is now slowing. But there is one sense in which Canada does less well. When it comes to child poverty, it ranks 22nd-worst out of the 31 countries in the OECD, a rich-country grouping. More than 3m Canadians (or one in ten) are poor; and 610,000 of them are children. The problem is a chronic one. Back in 1989 Parliament unanimously supported a resolution to eliminate child poverty by 2000. Having failed, the politicians last year approved a woolly resolution to do better. This week they were rebuked by Campaign 2000, an activist group, which reported that child poverty is now as bad as it was two decades ago. Earlier this month Food Banks Canada, an association of charities, reported that 900,000 Canadians rely on food handouts, up by 9% on last year. Many are among the country’s 300,000 or so homeless people.

Low-income seniors threatened by changes to federal income support (Globe and Mail)
Low-income Canadian seniors could be driven into poverty next summer when they find out Ottawa has cut their federal income support. Some are poised to lose a key part of their monthly income because of a new policy approved by the federal government without public notice, according to internal guidelines obtained by The Globe and Mail.

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