Maytree News Headlines – November 5, 2010


Online consultation – Ontario Presses For a New Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) (MCI)
MCI has created an online consultation (submit answers to online questions via email) regarding COIA, successful integration of immigrants in Ontario and more.

Feds tell departments to stop race-based hiring (Toronto Sun)
The Conservative government is telling federal departments to stop excluding people from government jobs based on race… The message appears to have gotten out already. A survey of jobs posted on the government’s website shows positions no longer limit applicants to persons from designated groups.

Active Citizen: Newsletter from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration (MCI)
In This Issue:
Important dates
ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge – Ramping Up for 2011
Success Story: More Internationally Trained Doctors Closer to Practicing in Ontario
Ontario Presses For a New Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA)
Nominate a Deserving Ontarian
Update on Ontario’s Fairness Commission
Honouring Veterans at Queen’s Park
Holodomor Memorial Day – Remembering the Ukrainian Genocide

Turkish man forced to remove flag from apartment balcony (Toronto Star)
It’s a tradition Mahmut Bak follows every year, whether he’s at home in Turkey or in Canada where he goes to school: On Oct. 29 he displays his country’s flag to celebrate independence day. The 20-year-old mechanical engineering student says it’s especially important to hang the red flag with a white crescent and star when he’s so far from home. And yet, for the second year in a row he’s been forced by management to take it down from the window of his fourth-floor apartment in Oshawa. He has never been given a reason.–turkish-man-forced-to-remove-flag-from-apartment-balcony

Statements By The Royal Canadian Legion And The Mayor Of Trent Hills Regarding (Northumberland View)
“I also want the citizens of Canada and the members of the organization to know that this behaviour is not condoned by the Legion nor is it reflective of its members,” she concluded… This statement is in response to the unfortunate event that took place at the Campbellford Legion over the weekend when an inappropriate costume was recognized. Though I do not wish to give this incident or the individuals responsible any additional exposure, I feel the need to speak out on behalf of the Municipality of Trent Hills. Offensive behavior such as this is not acceptable and is in no way condoned by the Municipality, its Council and staff. I am shocked and saddened that this incident occurred in Trent Hills.

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Canada’s point system: a model for Germany? (Deutsche Welle)
Canada takes in more immigrants per capita than any other country in the world based on a points system. But Germany is hesitant to introduce a similar scheme, as lawmakers fail to reach agreement on the country’s needs.,,6190713,00.html

CBDC helps newcomers feel welcome in NB (Times and Transcript)
Sharon Geldart is the project co-ordinator with the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) and she is enthusiastic about announcing “a new initiative to conduct seminars for the next six months” in partnership with the Growth Secretariat at the Government of New Brunswick, that is designed to enable new immigrant investors to learn about doing business here in a relaxed and natural manner. The Business Immigrant Mentorship Program will allow newcomers who possess the entrepreneurial spirit to learn from local, experienced, successful business operators. The idea is for mentors to guide immigrant entrepreneurs through the process of developing a network and establishing business ventures. The goal is to retain these entrepreneurs so that they feel confident that their venture can be successful.

Expat extends helping hand to migrants who fancy trying Canada (Irish Times)
Over three decades ago, Eamonn O’Loghlin followed the girl of his dreams to Canada. Soon after his arrival, he “stumbled” into a job that set him on the path to a successful career in communications. Now, the businessman wants to ensure young Irish immigrants get the kind of “leg up” he received. O’Loghlin, through the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, has helped set up an online jobseekers’ board – – where new arrivals can post their CVs. “When the recession hit over there [in Ireland] and so many young people started arriving on our shores, we thought we have to do something to help them get established,” he says.

Experiences of acute mental health care in an ethnically diverse inner city: qualitative interview study (Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology)
Ethnic inequalities in experiences of mental health care persist in the UK, although most evidence derives from in-patient settings. We aimed to explore service users’ and carers’ accounts of recent episodes of severe mental illness and of the care received in a multi-cultural inner city. We sought to examine factors impacting on these experiences, including whether and how users and carers felt that their experiences were mediated by ethnicity.

An Exploration of Socio-cultural Adaptation and Changes in Quality of Life at Settlement among Older Chinese Immigrants in Canada – PDF (CERIS)
Drawing from data from interviews of 24 family-sponsored older immigrants from China currently living in London, Ontario, this paper reports on their settlement experience focusing on reasons for immigration, living arrangements, intergenerational relationships, support networks and self-perceived life satisfaction. Findings highlight the care-giving role of these older immigrants in assisting their children in settlement, as well as a decline in power and status in the family, due primarily to socio-economic dependency resulting from immigration. Observed patterns of immigration and settlement among these older immigrants are associated with their age at immigration, government policy, personal background and family contexts. Some findings provide empirical evidence to support existing literature on Chinese immigrants, while others challenge stereotyped images of older immigrants. The findings have implications for policy makers and social service providers to address the needs of family-sponsored older immigrants.

CERIS Annual Policy Research Symposium
Guest presenters: Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Senior Scientist of Social Equity and Health Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Dr. Victoria Esses, Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Room 2211, 252 Bloor Street West at OISE/University of Toronto. RSVP to cerisadm by Monday, November 8
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Call for papers: Well-being of young Black immigrant and refugee children, birth to age 10 (via
Immigration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has issued a call for papers on the health, well-being and development of young children in Black immigrant and refugee families in their first decade of life – birth to age 10.


Refugee board fails to stop probe into its appointments (Toronto Star)
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has failed in its bid to stop a government investigation into 13 of its appointments. In a decision posted this week, the Federal Court of Canada declined the refugee board’s request because it “has not demonstrated with clear and convincing evidence that it will suffer irreparable harm” as a result. The 13 investigations by the Public Service Commission were triggered by an Auditor General report in 2009 that found some of the board’s hiring and appointments were not based on merits. The board, Canada’s largest independent tribunal, argued that it would suffer “reputational harm,” including a loss of public confidence in the IRB as an institution.–refugee-board-fails-to-stop-probe-into-its-appointments

Bazaar supports local refugee homes (Peterborough Examiner)
The bazaar is the major fundraiser for Casa Maria Refugee Homes, a non-profit organization that offers assistance and shelter to refugee families here in town. The exuberance of the bazaar is as exciting as the history of the three homes. The Sisters of St. Joseph had one small apartment at the Monaghan Rd. monastery that could host one refugee family at a time. By 1994, the Sisters realized that there was a huge need for refugee homes and the one apartment wasn’t enough, and they purchased a home on Downie St. Since then, the Sisters have bought two other homes, one on Donegal St. and the other on Rogers St., and with the help of volunteers and a board of advisors, Sister Ruth Hennessey runs the houses. More than 100 families, from 29 different countries around the world have sought shelter in these houses.

Refugee board rejects US Army deserter (Toronto Star)
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has rejected granting refugee status to Joshua Key, 32, a deserter from the U.S. army who says he is haunted by atrocities he saw committed by American soldiers in Iraq. “I find that the claimant is neither a . . . refugee nor a person in need of protection,” ruled Ken Atkinson of the board. The negative ruling means the Canada Border Services Agency could move to deport Key–refugee-board-rejects-u-s-army-deserter?bn=1

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 5 #7, 1 November 2010
In this issue:
No to C-49 – the anti-smuggling bill that punishes refugees
Canada’s stateless children
CCR Consultation in Calgary: Register before November 5th to take advantage of reduced registration fees
For refugee participants – Apply now to the Amina Malko Fund and the Refugee Leadership Development Programs
Faces of the CCR: Andrew Saa Gbongbor, Fredericton

Impact of immigration detention on mental health – recent studies (Refugee Research Network)
A summary of some international reports and research documents on the topic.


TRIEC now invites applications for its 5th annual Immigrant Success Awards (IS Awards site)
TRIEC’s Immigrant Success (IS) Awards recognize leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 1, 2010.


New North Bay Immigrant Employers Council launched – MP3 (North Bay radio)
Don Curry of the Multicultural Centre Show of North Bay Radio talks with Joe Daniel and Laura-Jane Cote about the new North Bay Immigrant Employers Council.


Politics: Toronto is ‘open for business’ (Canadian Business)
But according to Alan Broadbent, Toronto entrepreneur and author of Urban Nation, there are no “undue barriers to business startup and development.” As he points out, when a review of the city finances under Mayor David Miller called for improved economic development, Toronto created Build Toronto and Invest Toronto, arms–lengths organizations with a “mandate from the mayor and council…that the city is indeed open for business.” (Broadbent sits on the Invest Toronto board.) Blake Hutcheson, CEO of Oxford Properties, concurs: “From a real estate standpoint, the City of Toronto has been very pro–business.”

How Well Do You Know Your City? Who Decides What You Know? (Canadian Urban Institute)
The poor quality of the election debates over the past few months has identified some serious gaps in our collective civic IQ. Whether it’s hypothesizing how to fix overstressed municipal finances, arguing about cracks in the social contract or debating the relative powers of mayor and council, candidates and media pundits alike have managed to confuse and confound the public across the GTA with their handling of the facts. Long after the election is over, however, bureaucrats will be writing policy and decision makers will be setting priorities based on data collected and analyzed by government employees, and increasingly, private sector and non-profit organizations. This raises the question of quality control. Although the bedrock of city-related data has traditionally been Statistics Canada, decisions about what data to collect and how best to communicate the results are no longer confined to city hall. November 10, 2010.


Canada drops to 8th in UN quality of life ranking (
Canada dropped to eighth place Thursday in a United Nations index that tries to measure quality of life in countries around the world. That follows Canada’s fourth-place showing in the 2009 UN Human Development Index. Norway tops this year’s quality-of-life list, as it has for much of the last decade. Canada routinely led the list in the 1990s, when the UN first started compiling the index of living standards, giving prime ministers bragging rights about the country. But development experts caution there is absolutely no statistical significance to shifts in the top 15 or 20 countries on the index, given their relative wealth.

Tamarack Institute Engage! November 2010
In this month’s issue, we welcome a reflection on the 2010 Communities Collaborating Institute; witness how poverty-reduction efforts are gaining momentum in Saskatchewan; have the “best-practices” paradigm challenged by the idea of positive deviance; explore how schools and community engage together, and explore the soul of community.

Poverty is about more than a lack of money (Globe and Mail)
In trying to understand what being poor really means, the report uses a new index that Canada helped create – the Multidimensional Poverty Index – to gather data on 10 indicators, ranging from child mortality and nutrition levels to years of schooling and access to electricity, clean water and proper flooring. The 10 factors are combined, and the resulting score for each country is compared to the standard monetary measure of poverty, life on less than $1.25 a day.

Food bank diet great — for losing weight (Windsor Star)
I’m hungry, grumpy and can’t wait to have steak. At the tail end of a four-day experiment in eating only food-bank food, I’m tuna-ed out. It’s part of the provincewide, poverty-awareness Do The Math Challenge. On Monday at the Downtown Mission, 22 of us joined the exercise in self-denial — sponsored by Pathway to Potential, Windsor-Essex County’s poverty-reduction strategy. It’s part of the Ontario campaign Put Food In the Budget, lobbying the government to add a $100-per-month healthy food supplement for Ontario Works recipients. Whether there’s political will to increase social assistance by $100 a month is one thing. But eating nutritious, fresh groceries on top of canned goods makes sense. Trust me.

Disability and poverty go hand in hand (Winnipeg Sun)
Many Canadians assume people with disabilities are well provided for. Few understand that disability and poverty are synonymous. Disability can lead to poverty and poverty can lead to disability. Disability poverty is an unacknowledged reality. Advocates and disability organizations have been calling for social policy reforms that would eradicate poverty. One of the proposed reforms is for the introduction of a Basic Income Plan for Canadians with severe disabilities. The foundation of this plan is a new federal Basic Income program that would replace provincial and territorial social assistance for most working age people with severe disabilities. The disability community is also asking Ottawa to covert the existing non-refundable disability tax credit into a refundable disability tax credit.

Register for The Other Home Show: Town Hall on the Federal Government’s Role in Solving Canada’s Affordable Housing Crisis (Social Planning Toronto)
The Alliance for Affordable Co-operative Housing, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and Social Planning Toronto invite you to take part in this special event dedicated to putting housing back on the national agenda. Bring your questions and ideas! Saturday, November 6.

The Age of Unequals: An evening with Richard Wilkinson (MASSLBP)
What does it mean to live in a new age of inequality? Between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, income inequality grew faster in Canada than in all but one of 17 leading developed countries, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s 2010 performance report. The consequences are profound but not surprising to Richard Wilkinson, one of Britain’s leading social epidemiologists and co-author of the groundbreaking, international bestseller The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

Mental Health Court making difference (CLEONet)
Judges in two of Canada’s mental-health courts say the specialized courts are making a difference in dealing with mentally ill people who come in conflict with the law.


Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery Reaches Millions of Canadians (End Modern-Day Slavery)
October was a month of remarkable growth in public awareness and political commitment to do more to confront human trafficking in Canada. Professor Benjamin Perrin travelled across the country to reach Canadians with the compelling call to action in his new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking.

Why only Craigslist? Battle against exploitation needs to go farther (Vancouver Sun)
Craigslist is certainly a high-profile target, but why is it the only one? Even if Craigslist accedes, as it did recently in the United States, buyers and sellers will simply migrate to other sites or they’ll use different applications that are less public and less traceable. As for the 859,000 other sites, this isn’t so much a warning to stop as it is a new business opportunity. And why only target Internet advertising?

Online classified ads give sex workers safe avenue to work: criminologist (Ottawa Citizen)
Dropping classified ads for erotic services from Craigslist would put sex workers at greater risk, says a University of Ottawa criminologist. Christine Bruckert, whose research focuses on the sex trade, said Craigslist, a popular website that runs free online classified ads, is “one of the tools sex workers can use to work safely.” And they take full advantage, she said Thursday. “I don’t think I’m outing anyone by saying yes, sex workers use Craigslist.”

New charges against alleged kingpin in human trafficking case (Hamilton Spectator)
An Ancaster man at the centre of a human trafficking ring in Hamilton is back in custody after being picked up by London police and charged with six counts of fraud and possession of stolen property under $5,000. Ferenc Domotor Sr., 48, was arrested Tuesday at his upscale home on Cloverleaf Drive and taken to the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London.–new-charges-against-alleged-kingpin-in-human-trafficking-case


Lessons from Vancity on Embracing Social Finance (
Financial institutions can start with some small steps such as:
* Start noting the types of impact your investments have on communities – i.e., do they create affordable housing stock? Are they supporting a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions? Will jobs be created for marginalized individuals within your community?
* Bring on subject matter experts
* Engage staff at all levels
* Hold speaker events for clients on improving social/environmental performance
* Set up a community advisory panel to get input on community needs and/or have a specific fund where you try new things.


Balancing babies with career success (Globe and Mail)
REVA SETH, the founder of The MomShift: From Maternity to Opportunity writes.

People with Sway – MITZIE HUNTER (Sway Magazine)
“I come from a family that has so many inspiring people who have always surrounded me. We have a very entrepreneurial family history, so I’ve always had the drive to make positive contributions. Through my family and experiences, I’ve come to realize that it is not only my actions that are significant, but also the impact of my actions on others that is important.”

Calling All Fathers (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with BRANDON HAY, the founder of the Black Daddies Club.


Don’t Let Data Drive Your Dialogue (Canadian Education Association)
Why should our dialogue be “driven” by data? I certainly understand that data can provide a provocation, challenge, affirmation or contradiction that sparks dialogue – but why should it “drive” that dialogue? Data itself has no meaning, until it is organized and displayed in charts or graphs that can be interpreted, usually in multiple ways. These interpretations may usefully inform our dialogue, decisions and subsequent actions so data definitely can be valuable, but it often seems to be granted undue reverence simply because it is numerical. Although insight can derive from analysis of data, equally it can arise out of intuition and, in fact, I wonder if some analyses are not actually rationalizations subconsciously imposed on data to justify subconscious intuitive speculations… Data informs the dialogue but does not determine its outcomes. The insights, questions and perspectives that teachers bring to the interpretive process are the source of its power and consequence as much as the data that instigates the dialogue.

Research: Family violence and the need for Prevention Research in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities (CLEONet)
This paper describes the elements necessary to develop research into prevention of family violence in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.

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