Maytree News Headlines – November 29, 2010


News in Review – Week ending November 26, 2010 (Maytree blog)
At the end of each week, we pull out some themes from the week’s headlines that are worth your time. Last week’s focus: DiverseCity onBoard, Immigration, Integration and Employment, and Poverty.

Leadership the key to inclusive workplace (Montreal Gazette)
While many organizations talk diversity, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all good at it. The wrong leadership approach could turn a well-intentioned effort into mere PR “fluff ” and polarize employees. The successful approach is one that can bring everyone on board from the top down.

Diversity, inclusion ‘just good business’ (Montreal Gazette)
Life has been an uphill battle for Sohail Ilyas. Profoundly deaf, he had little hope of a great future in his native Pakistan. He had found work teaching the hearing impaired but what he dreamt of was an office job or, better still, a corporate career. In 2006 he took a huge leap of faith. He asked his fiancee to wait while he sought a better life for them and immigrated to Canada.

Leadership in Focus: Rahul Bhardwaj (DiverseCity blog)
As President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, Rahul Bhardwaj helps raise awareness of the state of the city and engages partners in finding collaborative solutions to our important challenges.

Diversity Reporter
Free multi-lingual, bi-weekly newspaper aimed at connecting communities in the Greater Victoria region.

Malhi Proposes Bond System For Visitors To Canada To Cut Down Refusals (The Link)
Gurbax Singh Malhi, Liberal Member of Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, renewed his call that the high rate of Temporary Visitor Visa refusals his office hears complaints about on a daily basis must be addressed via an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Project would have helped my parents integrate (
Newcomers have a hard time adapting to a new environment and the Vision Project provides an opportunity for new immigrants to pick up where they left off back in their homeland. It teaches the newcomers about their professions in Canada, the differences from their job back home and through it, they can adapt to Canadian society and begin to contribute to Canada.–project-would-have-helped-my-parents-integrate

UBC symposium on anti-Asian racism finds Maclean’s “Too Asian?” too insensitive (The Vancouver Observer blog)
Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary in response to Maclean’s “Too Asian?” Since then, many voices have chimed in from left, right, and centre to offer their two cents. Aside from a brief non-apology released yesterday, minimal effort has been done by Maclean’s or Rogers to remedy the offense that “Too Asian?” has caused readers.

Vouchers work: more immigrants enrolling in language classes (CIC)
Preliminary results from the Language Training Vouchers pilot project show that more than twice the number of immigrants who received vouchers enrolled in free language training compared to those who did not receive vouchers, and that immigrant women were those most likely to enroll in language classes after receiving a voucher.

More people flunking tougher Canadian citizenship tests (Winnipeg Free Press)
Failure rates for immigrants writing citizenship tests have soared since the spring, when tougher questions and revamped rules made it harder for newcomers to become Canadian. The new test, introduced March 15, was based on a bulked-up citizenship guide released a year ago to give immigrants a richer picture of Canada’s history, culture, law and politics.

LYNDA ALLISON: Diaspora Dialogues Emerging Artist in Fiction 2010 (Diaspora Dialogues)
I learned of Diaspora Dialogues’ mentorship program through the e-announcements of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and submitted a short story that explores how a young teen finds herself pregnant and living on the street in Toronto.

Misinterpretation: Crisis in Canadian court interpreting (Lawyers Weekly)
As Canada becomes more multicultural, a shortage of skilled interpreters is creating major problems with the administration of justice in courtrooms across Canada.

Risk of Homelessness amongst Recent Immigrants in Greater Vancouver
New immigrants earn a lower proportion of the average Canadian wage, despite their generally high education levels. This can lead to new immigrants becoming trapped in poor quality housing and living conditions. At the same time, census data is not always able to present the complete picture. Instead, a ‘new urban geography’ is proposed which combines spatial and qualitative research to show how poverty, deprivation and housing need varies over neighbourhoods.

Housing Situation and Needs of Recent Immigrants in Metro Vancouver (Immigration Matterse in Canadian Social Work)
Increasingly, population growth is led by immigration, especially in the larger cities of Canada such as Vancouver. Housing is a “bottom line” element in successful integration; without adequate and affordable housing, immigrants will not be able to participate in Canadian society effectively. At the same time, it is vital to understand how immigrants are transforming the housing market.

via Cities of Migration

Cities of migration: what works to integrate urban migrants? (Civic Platform for Open Society blog)
Immigration policy may be nationally determined but the experience of settlement and integration is a uniquely local experience. So what is the role of localism in ensuring the benefits of migration are realised?


Federal government advised to tread carefully on refugee reforms (Vancouver Sun)
Months before the Harper government proposed revamping Canada’s refugee system, it was warned Canadians likely would balk at any move to treat asylum seekers differently, depending on their country of origin.

Iraqi refugees build new home in Canada (Toronto Star)
In 1991, when Safa Safo first settled in Rexdale, he could count all the other Iraqi families in the neighbourhood on one hand. Today, when he visits his old community along Finch Ave. W., between Kipling Ave. and Weston Rd., it is hard not to bump into another Iraqi speaking in his familiar Arabic.–iraqi-refugees-build-new-home-in-canada


Hiring Bias Hurts Canada’s Productivity: National Speed Mentoring(R) Program for Newcomers (Market Watch)
BMO Financial Group and ACCES Employment to roll out successful mentoring program across Canada – offering proven opportunities to new Canadians – 100 mentors from 65 companies to meet and mentor 100 recent immigrants to Canada – 10-minute ‘speed mentoring sessions’ to provide sector-specific and occupation-specific information and advice – Mentors are accomplished professionals in strategically important industries such as Finance, IT, Engineering, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing – 80 per cent employment success rate at ACCES’ five locations across the GTA

Ottawa college helps immigrants get finance jobs (
Ottawa’s Alqonquin College has graduated its first students of a course meant to help skilled immigrants land jobs in Canada’s finance sector. The goal of the year-long International Finance and Administration Professional Program is to give internationally educated finance professionals the required business knowledge to compete for jobs at Canada’s banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions.


George Brown College president Anne Sado named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Canada Newswire)
George Brown College announced today that its president Anne Sado has been named one of Canada’s most powerful women by one of the country’s most respected women’s groups. The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) selected Sado to receive its Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award for her visionary leadership at George Brown College and in the broader community. “I am honoured to be recognized in this way,” said Sado. “I am privileged to do the work that I do at George Brown, enabling access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body, and preparing those students to be job ready and successful in their future careers.”


Mentorship packed with benefits (Calgary Herald)
It was part of a pilot project launched by Bow Valley College and the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) called the Mentoring Collaborative, which is tailored to each city across Canada as part of a funding program, according to project leader Marie-France Varin.


Spacing Toronto Monday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Election After-math, City Hall, Transit, Roades, Crime, Streetscape, Cultre and Other News.


Flaherty Makes Disability Savings Plan More Accessible (Al Etmanski)
Flahertyfp-bin Finance Minister Jim Flaherty continues to be a champion for people with disabilities and their families. He intends to correct a procedural barrier to eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). Eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit is the only way to become eligible to establish a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

The poor don’t have to always be with us (Victoria Times Colonist)
The airwaves are suffering carol-creep, lights are beginning to twinkle on our streets and the annual charitable appeals have begun. It behooves us to think of Christmas, and those who might not have much of a one.

Home ownership slightly more affordable, but not affordable enough: RBC Economics (Wellesley Institute)
Home ownership is slightly more affordable, according to the latest home ownership affordability survey released by RBC Economics this morning, but ownership is still not very affordable for tenant households.

Poverty reduction key to economic recovery (
A coalition of poverty reduction advocates urges the Ontario government to redouble its efforts to cut poverty by 25% by 2013 or risk falling short of the goal. In a report marking the second anniversary of the province’s poverty reduction promise, the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction says recession has put even more heat on the Ontario government to put its commitment on the front burner.


Fight Against Poverty Not Working (
“We see daily the challenges of parents struggling to make ends meet when the only work they can find are temp or contract jobs with low wages, no benefits, and no security. This is a real problem for immigrants and racialized workers in particular. We call on the provincial government to expand our labour laws to protect workers in these precarious jobs. We need a Good Jobs Strategy that leads to more full time, permanent jobs with decent pay and benefits,” said DEENA LADD, Coordinator of the Workers Action Centre.

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