Maytree News Headlines – November 19, 2010


DiverseCity onBoard: Changing the Face of Governance in the GTA (Maytree blog)
As we move closer to our 500th board appointment, were going to take some time over the next few weeks to inform, educate and celebrate the impact of the DiverseCity onBoard program. Well give you some background information about the program, including why its important, introduce you to some amazing board candidates on our roster, and tell you a bit about where the program is going.

Real estate agent, radio-turned-TV show host, mental health advocate and more (DiverseCity blog)
Halim Amini is a real estate agent, radio-turned-TV show host, founder of a mental health counselling centre, and much more. In this Yonge Street Media profile, he shares the personal tragedy that led him to work on mental health issues and describes the culturally competent mental health services he provides for the Afghan diaspora.

The face of ethnic media (Globe & Mail)
Since 2004, Ethnic Channels has been bringing international programming to Canadian viewers, licensing content from Russia, Greece, Vietnam and various other countries, and distributing 26 digital channels through Rogers Cable, Bell TV, Telus, Shaw and MTS. You would think that becoming an ethnic broadcaster in Canada would be a no-brainer. By 2031, one in three Canadians will belong to a visible minority group, and one in four will be foreign-born, according to Statistics Canada. There are 32 ethnic communities in Canada with populations of more than 100,000, and 10 with more than a million. But Levin says Canadian regulators have not made things easy for the industrys third-language providersthose who cater to viewers whose first language is neither English nor French. Ethnic Channels must comply with CRTC guidelines, producing its own Canadian content and recording every minute of programming as mandated by the regulator. Foreign competitors, meanwhile, can offer their content to viewers without following the same rules.

Lack of job opportunities at home attracting French youth to Canada (Vancouver Sun)
They’re warned about Canada’s weather, our sometimes annoying hyper-friendliness, our harsh intolerance for smoking and sexism, and our tendency to wolf down meals and shun that cherished French ritual — the hours-long dinner party accompanied by robust red wines, plates featuring the freshest of ingredients, and jousting intellectual discussions. Still, they come. Thousands of young French men and women, many of whom are bilingual and have multiple university degrees, line up at a three-day job fair here this week looking for work as engineers and computer programmers, hamburger-flippers and ski instructors. Only one in four of the 13,000 who applied to attend this year’s annual event, the seventh in a row, got an invitation.

Muslims should reach out to fellow citizens to counter rise of Islamophobia in Canada (
Canada is a model country that operates under the rule of law and respect for human rights and diversity. But in these harsh times signs are mounting that it is not immune to the Islamophobia that is sweeping through Western countries.

Lack of historical knowledge threatens Canada’s future: Minister (Toronto Sun)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney warned a conference of historians and educators that unless we do a better job of teaching history and common values, we risk social unrest in the future. Kenney said there is a need for both native-born Canadians and newcomers to have a solid understanding of Canadas past including our political system, and how Canadas culture of rights and responsibilities developed. Can we continue to swear in 180,000 citizens every year from over 180 countries of origin if we are not sure that they have a common understanding of the country of which they are becoming full members as citizens? Kenney said.

November 24: Temporary Visas, Permanent Precariousness? (CLEONet)
This Ottawa workshop provides a forum for participants to:
* Get key findings of recent research on temporary visa migrants employed in Canada’s farm and food industries
* Pose questions to academics researching Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and other interested parties
* Engage in a discussion on the growing employment of temporary visa workers

Understanding the Tory immigration strategy (
Since the Conservative government has come into power Canada’s borders have been slammed shut. People that are allowed in are either on precarious programs, easily deportable, or are western-educated, English speaking, predominantly well-off, able bodied and from hetero-normative families… This model is working. Immigration is the test case, and an ideal one. Shifting blame to immigrants and outsiders in the face of a shrinking economy and inevitable cuts to public spending is a tactic as old as democracy itself. But the same model of media spin, building false community support, brow beating opposition and using bureaucracy to impose harsher laws is also working to jail more people, particularly youth, to cull the rights of First Nations communities, to drum up support for free trade agreements where necessary, and to expand Canada’s control over the Arctic and other marine ways. It is essential that these measures be fought. Or what seems like a distant possibility today might be Canada’s lurch-to-the-right reality tomorrow.

Five financial tips for newcomers (Globe & Mail)
According to a recent Environics poll for RBC, 40 per cent of newcomers to Canada say that managing finances is more difficult than they expected, and close to half are worried that they will not have enough money to live comfortably.

Retirement planning daunting for newcomers (Globe and Mail)
When she moved to Canada from Iran in 1990, (DiverseCity Voice) 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 couldnt find a job in her field of corporate communications and television production… Newcomers looking for a better future for their families inevitably face a financial setback. Those who arrive with nothing have to start from scratch in a complex language and culture. Ms. Tehranchian estimates that even those with means can still face up to a 10-year financial setback after they arrive. Its not an easy path to take.

Canadian media: Its time to cover the undercovered (Globe & Mail)
The mainstream media let Canadians down last week. Macleans magazine published a reactive article about Asian students at Canadian universities. The Toronto Star gestured to this piece, with the headline Asian Students Suffering for Success, igniting further controversy. And if that wasnt enough, television news hotly debated the merits of a new Canadian reality TV show, Lake Shore a Jersey Shore doppelgänger, with a cast of characters based on coarse ethnic stereotypes (the Vietnamese, the Albanian, etc.).

Nominate now! Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2011 (Canadian Immigrant)
Help us recognize those immigrants whove made a difference to Canada, whether its a community advocate or volunteer, a successful entrepreneur or a cultural icon.

Volunteerism in Canada is different, immigrants have to learn it – L. Robin Cardozo, CEO of Ontario Trillium Foundation (South Asian Generation Next)
Many organizations rely on volunteers to get the job done. Is there spirit of volunteerism among visible minority communities especially South Asian community? Mr. Cardozos response is sometimes its different kind of spirit of volunteerism, it is particularly strong in helping family members, or helping people from countries where people have come from. Voluntary sector is different in Canada than it is in countries where we come from, so we have to learn it… As an organization, Mr. Cardozo says Ontario Trillium Foundation finds it challenging to outreach to diverse communities. We try hard to outreach the diverse communities. We just dont put up the website that people can see, we go out into the community. In terms of the diverse communities, many organizations are very very small..[and]are run by volunteersthey are too busy and may have no time to find out about funding resources. It is our responsibility to go out..and raise awareness about our programs and fundings available, Mr. Cardozo emphasized.

Seminar: Understanding the Labour Market Challenges Facing Canadas Recent Immigrants – PDF (CERIS)
Prof. Mikal Skuterud will be presenting a talk on November 26, 2010, 12pm-2pm. Ted Rogers School of Management (TRS) 1-148, Ryerson University

Henry Yu: Why Macleans and racism should no longer define Canada (
Thirty years after CTV aired its infamous W5 program Campus Giveawayinsinuating that Canadian universities had too many “Asians” and therefore too many foreignersMacleans magazine has cynically used racial stereotypes to invent a nonissue. In its annual university rankings issue last week, Macleans asked why white Canadians think some of our top universities are too Asian. Buried amid the articles inflammatory racial profiling was an attempt at good reporting, which made Macleans appeal to race even more sad.

Weighing in on the worlds cities (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Move over London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. Make way for a new breed of emerging global cities. A recent study that looked at 21 of the worlds strongest finance and commerce hubs has found that though those powerhouse cities still dominate in certain key quantitative indicators like economic clout or strength of currency, the worlds so-called second cities may have more to offer qualitatively.1 For instance, Chicago, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, and Toronto excel in quality-of-life indicators, such as intellectual capital, sustainability management, and city livability. Put differently, the most desirable cities socioeconomically may be the most well-balanced ones that offer both resources to businesses and livability to residents.

Future depends on immigration (Kingston This Week)
Kingston must do a better job of attracting and keeping immigrants if it is to have a place at the table in a culturally-diverse and globally-connected Canada. In fact, our future depends on it, according to a strategy unveiled November 12 by the Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP). “Canada is changing and the world is changing and if Kingston doesn’t recognize that fact and proactively make Kingston more diverse and welcoming, we might just be left behind,” warned KIP manager Scott Clerk at the launch of “Strategy 2010”. “Immigrants are vital to our future.” Fittingly, Strategy 2010 was launched during KIP’s annual assembly in Memorial Hall, where many new Canadians have taken their citizenship oath.

Friendly Manitoba (Spaces of Migration)
The New York Times reported last weekend on designer immigration in this Canadian province, which is demanding its fair share of immigrants and is handpicking a diverse range of immigrants. Diverse not only in geographic origin, but in skill-level as well. Manitoba needs truck drivers and factory workers as much as it needs college-educated workers.

All A-board! (CharityVillage)
When Alain Mootoo first heard about DiverseCity onBoard in 2008, he was inspired to give them a call. An initiative of The Maytree Foundation, DiverseCity onBoard connects candidates from racially and ethnically diverse communities to governance positions on boards, commissions and committees in Toronto’s public and nonprofit sectors. After an interview, some training and a few months’ search, Mootoo landed on the board of Sherbourne Health Centre, a position that has impacted his life and career in significant ways. For many in the sector especially those starting out sitting on boards seems a daunting task. Yet many suggest it can be a mutually beneficial opportunity to give of your time and skills in return for potential career advancement and personal fulfillment. Before making a the leap into the “boardroom”, how do prospective board appointees know what’s at stake, what in it for them and whether they’re even ready for that step?

Video: Your Agenda: Scholarship Scuffle (TVO The Agenda)
Why is there so much controversy surrounding the McGuinty government’s plan to lure foreign students to our universities?
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Read the latest TRIEC e-Lert
Highlights includes a spotlight on Pitney Bowes innovative pre-screening of candidates, the Mentoring Partnerships new handbook to support mentors and mentees and a call for nominations for the 5th annual IS Awards.



Paid For Grades? (CBC Metromorning)
Matt galloway spoke with the President and CEO of Pathways to Education, Canada, David Hughes. The we heard from you via the Vox Box.

Poverty report lauded (Winnipeg Free Press)
Anti-poverty groups gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to a new report on poverty that was released today. The report recommends the federal government commit to an action plan to reduce poverty, establish a fund to support provincial and territorial poverty reduction initiatives, raise the child tax benefit by nearly 50 per cent, provide income programs for people with disabilities and increase funding for First Nations child welfare agencies. “Were very pleased,” said Sid Frankel, an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. “Poverty is a big deal in Manitoba. We have the highest rate of child and family poverty in Canada.”

Parliamentary poverty reduction plan hailed by advocates (
A parliamentary committee report calling for a federal poverty reduction plan is being praised by anti-poverty groups as a long-awaited spur to government to take action.


BC girl, 14, advertised sex on Craigslist, say police (Vancouver Sun)
As Canada pushes online classified giant Craigslist to pull its erotic sex services section, police in B.C. are investigating the troubling case of a 14-year-old girl accused of recruiting other young girls into the sex trade and advertising on the popular website. Chilliwack RCMP said the girl, who can’t be named because of her age, claimed in her online ad that she was 18 years old. Police have since identified two girls who were recruited into the sex trade, and say there may be more victims. The 14-year-old has been charged with procuring persons under the age of 18 for prostitution.


Lessons from our Elders (The Mark News)
In todays youth-obsessed world of rapid technological developments, we too often marginalize elders, though their experience is most important. Elders remember a world that changed more slowly, when disposable was not a description of products, when sharing, reusing, and recycling were simply a way of life. Elders remember a time when family and social activities were the central focus of life not shopping and owning stuff. Elders remind us that life can be rich and fulfilling without all the toys.

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