Maytree News Headlines – November 16, 2010


The culture of Canadian money; Women, especially from developing countries find themselves thrust into roles they didn’t have before (Globe and Mail)
When she moved to Canada from Iran in 1990, Tina Tehranchian had much to learn about financial planning. She and her husband had immigrated here for a better life for their son. But like many newcomers, the family took a financial hit, from the cost of living and relocating in Canada to the fact that Ms. Tehranchian couldn’t find a job in her field of corporate communications and television production. Finding the right money advice, getting a sense of how Canadians save and spend, and learning about credit and debt as well as insurance, tax and retirement planning were all unknown elements. Today Ms. Tehranchian, 49, is a certified financial planner and the branch manager at Assante Capital Management Ltd. in Richmond Hill, Ont. Among her clients, she helps other immigrant women navigate this new financial world and steer the challenging path to retirement. **note TRIEC is listed as a resource in article

Jeet Heer: Maclean’s article on Asians familiar to anti-Semites of old (National Post)
Last week Maclean’s magazine published a disgracefully xenophobic article which updated all of Lowell’s arguments and assumptions, applying them not to the Harvard of the past but the Canada of today. The target of the article wasn’t Jews but Asian-Canadians. Written by Stephanie Findlay and Nicholas Kohler, the article was titled “’Too Asian’?” and opened with this startling sub-headline “A term used in the U.S. to talk about racial imbalance at Ivy League schools is now being whispered on Canadian campuses.” (All quotes are from the original posting of the article, which was later taken down by the magazine and reposted in an edited and slightly less offensive form). Just as Lowell worried that the WASP elite would avoid a Harvard that was too Jewish, Maclean’s raises the spectre that privileged white kids are staying away from universities that are “too Asian”. The article opens with the story of Alexandra and Rachel, two recent graduates of Havergal College, a hoity-toity all girls private school. When choosing upon their undergraduate education, both decided to avoid the University of Toronto because it had a “reputation of being Asian.”
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Settlement.Org celebrates 10 years of providing information newcomers can trust!
Be a part of the online celebrations from November 15 to December 10, 2010 by submitting your story. Settlement.Org provides information that helps thousands of people make decisions about living in Ontario. Online celebrations end Friday, December 10, 2010. Winners will be contacted by email and arrangements made to receive prizes, once eligibility requirements have been met and skill testing question answered.

Canada needs to fix its immigrant investment program (Metro Canada – Toronto)
Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program should be treated like the crown jewel of our annual immigration plan… but it’s not. You would think that Canadians would want at least ten, or perhaps fifteen, per cent of Canada’s newcomers to be chosen for their ability to transfer large amounts of money here for the specific purpose of providing working capital to Canadian businesses. Unfortunately, this is not the case.–canada-needs-to-fix-its-immigrant-investment-program–page0

Does LSUC target small-firm lawyers? (Law Times)
Besides issues related to small-firm practitioners, the string of disbarments and disciplinary proceedings in general also raises diversity concerns. Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, a partner with Torkin Manes LLP who’s also president of the South Asian Bar Association, says lawyers from ethnic minorities will often be involved in disciplinary cases against sole practitioners because so many of them end up working alone. In fact, she notes many foreign-trained lawyers come to her for help in finding a placement at a larger firm but run into roadblocks. “It’s very difficult for them to get placements when they get their qualifications here,” she says. “Often, their only recourse is to set up their own shop.” Her association has tried to help, however, by setting up a mentorship scheme to match sole practitioners with lawyers at larger firms who can help them out with advice and support.

Roy Green: If the government won’t return illegal immigrants, we should (National Post)
Henry Buhl began to pay illegal immigrants to leave the United States some months ago with his own funds and through his Coalition to Protect American Workers. Washington is not interfering… Henry Buhl began to pay illegal immigrants to leave the United States some months ago with his own funds and through his Coalition to Protect American Workers. Washington is not interfering… Former Canadian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Syria and Lebanon, Martin Collacott, spokesman for the recently created Centre for Immigration Policy Reform in Canada, supports Buhl’s approach, but allows Canada doesn’t deal with numbers of illegal immigrants even beginning to approach those of the United States. Here our maximum of illegals may be pegged at half a million according to Collacott.

Cut immigration to help immigrants: Group (Toronto Sun)
An Ottawa lobby group says the federal government is off the mark when they say the country needs to keep immigration levels high in order to keep paying for social programs. The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform questions the wisdom of Canada maintaining its current target of 240,000 to 265,000 permanent residents for 2011. That figure does not include a similar number of temporary foreign workers and foreign students that come to Canada each year. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told QMI Agency when he released the targets that Canadians need to accept high levels of immigration or have more children. “You cannot pay for our pensions, our health care and all the services Canadians want with a shrinking tax base,” Kenney said. Martin Collacott with CIPR disagrees.

A world away from home (Vancouver Sun)
It is important for Canada to make international students feel at home because the government wants high-calibre students to stay on after their studies. Demand for workers will outgrow supply in a decade, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The figures for international students in the country were high in 2009, according to a report by C.I.C. Last year 85,140 foreign students entered Canada, 43 per cent of which were here for university. More international students came to Vancouver than any other Canadian city last year, making up approximately 24 per cent of the total number, according to the C.I.C.

New Canadians know the language of money (Metro Canada – Ottawa)
If you need help with your money, talk to a new Canadian. New Canadians are tackling financial literacy with gusto and effectiveness. According to a survey commissioned by Credit Canada (a not-for-profit, charitable credit counselling organization) and Capital One Canada, recent immigrants are more savvy about their credit ratings and scores than the general population. And new Canadians are also more financially optimistic. Sixty-five per cent of those who have been in Canada five years or less and 74 per cent of those living here six to ten years feel they understand enough to make good decisions with their money.–new-canadians-know-the-language-of-money

JOIN THE CELEBRATION – Toronto’s Champion Of Community Services and Cultural Diversity In The Community Turns 100 (Canada Newswire)
After serving Torontonians for one century, University Settlement is celebrating with an evening of culture – musical performances, multi-cultural activities, guest speakers and an art exhibit on November 16th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. University Settlement is Toronto’s first community-based social service centre. Today, University Settlement helps individuals and families to learn and grow by engaging them in social, cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. Founded in 1910, University Settlement is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the people in the diverse communities we serve.

Thorncliffe Citizenship Ceremony Slideshow (CBC Metromorning)
Children at Thorncliffe Park Public School gave us some advice for new arrivals who were about to become Canadian citizens.

Should We? (CBC Metromorning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the foreign scholarship program with Tory MPP Jim Wilson, and with John Milloy. He is Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.



Elizabeth McIssac of TRIEC interviewed – audio recording (CBC Here and Now)
Referencing yesterday’s Toronto Sun article how newcomers are choosing other Canadian cities over Canada as their settlement destination.
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Spacing Toronto Tuesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Election After-math, Transit, City Building, Culture, G-20 After-math and Police.

Community Building 101 (Varsity)
While many recognize the value and unique character that Kensington Market adds to Toronto, few appreciate that the neighbourhood — surely one of the quirkiest in the city — is also home to a large number of new immigrants to Canada, many of whom face significant economic hardships in their new homes. Students who walk through the Market may not pay much attention to St. Stephen’s Community House, the large building that sits between Supermarket and Urban Herbivore on Augusta. But it doesn’t sell vintage clothing or cheap pints of Mill St. Organic. What St. Stephen’s provides to the community is something intangible, yet absolutely essential to thousands of people, building and strengthening the community itself.

New doc looks at life from Parkdale to Sao Paulo (blogTO)
When Torontonians discuss their city, there is often a tendency to focus on urban space from the ground up – with an emphasis placed on historic tree-lined communities like the Annex, Cabbagetown or Riverdale at the expense of the concrete apartment blocks that came to dominate many areas in the city from the late-1950s onward. And yet shifts in the socio-economic fabric of the city have not only allowed these high-rise structures to evolve into affordable (if not always ideal) housing for new Canadians, but have also created diverse vertical communities where citizens engage in various forms of cultural exchange and fashion a new form of urban experience. These communities are the focus of Katerina Cizek’s Out My Window, the newest chapter in the NFB’s increasingly ambitious and ongoing HIGHRISE multimedia project about human experience in the global vertical suburbs.

The future of Tower Renewal (Spacing Toronto)
The Tower Neighbourhood Renewal plan (aka Mayor’s Tower Renewal) is an ambitious initiative with great potential to increase the quality of life of residents across the city through the combination of best practices in building retrofitting and neighbourhood revitalization. Despite recent overtures by the mayor-elect’s transition team hinting at its perilous future, the program’s momentum continues to slowly gather… The Cities Centre’s symposium was the first of what will hopefully be many to continue the conversation and act as a catalyst to move the plan forward. Tower Neighbourhood Renewal is not a nimble, one-off piece of infrastructure. It is a massive, visionary plan that will require engagement from many stakeholders, not just City staff, and go through many iterations over its lifespan. The magnitude of the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal plan may be the reason it seems that it has been moving slowly, but as with everything of great magnitude, once it gains momentum it becomes difficult to stop.


Book Review – Invisible Chains (Troy Media)
Invisible Chains is not an enjoyable read. It’s depressing, not only because of how little has been done but how light are the sentences handed down and how few resources are spent on fighting the slave trade in girls, young women and occasionally in boys. But it is a necessary read. Professor Perrin’s book will do much good.


Is Government Funding the Kiss of Death? (David Eaves blog)
Over the past few years/months talking to various people in the charitable and non-profit sector a recurring theme has emerged: More and more of them are either eschewing government funding or trying to find ways to do so. Given that governments are the largest source of funding… why would they do this? The reason is simple. The overhead of administering, overseeing and reporting back on (particularly federal and provincial) government grants or awards has become so onerous that the costs of oversight are increasingly greater than the value of the grant itself. This is particularly true of smaller grants (in the 5 digit range) but still true of even 6 figure awards. In addition to oversight, many people in the sector inform me that governments are not only looking more closely at how recipients spend the money they receive but are increasingly assertive in specifying how they should spend it.

Canadians willing to pay more and take home less for social innovation (CSI blog)
An Abacus Data National Poll, sponsored by Algonquin College who will be hosting Canada’s largest Corporate and Community Social Responsibility Conference next week, has revealed new trends in the way Canadians think about sustainability. Most notably, 50 per cent of those surveyed said they would take a pay-cut to work for a socially responsible company – some indicated they would take a cut of 10 percent or greater. Check out the full article. and they also found…. The survey also reveals a majority of Canadians are willing to spend more for products and services from socially responsible companies. On average, Canadians said they would spend $8.62 more on a $100 product or service from a socially responsible company.


Canada endorses UN stance on indigenous rights (Toronto Star)
Canada has finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Harper government announced the endorsement Friday after a meeting between Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, John McNee, and the president of the United Nations General Assembly. The endorsement comes three years after the declaration passed through the General Assembly (without Canada’s support) and less than two weeks after “Broken Peoples, Broken Policy” — a Toronto Star investigation into Ottawa’s chronic mishandling of its policies toward this country’s native Indian population.–canada-endorses-un-stance-on-indigenous-rights?bn=1

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