Maytree News Headlines – November 9, 2010

IMMIGRATION/SETTLEMENT/DIVERSITY

E-newsletter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Fall 2010
In this issue: Preventing Human Smuggling, Have your say – Marriage Fraud in the Immigration System, Changes to Proof of Language Requirements, Follow us on Twitter for Federal Skilled Worker Application Updates, Twelve Outstanding Canadians Receive Citizenship Award, Citizenship and Immigration Data, Modernizing Temporary Resident Visa application forms and more.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/enewsletter/index.asp

Canada move exciting until you trip on the welcome mat (Edmonton Journal)
The federal skilled worker application asks you your place of birth, educational institutions attended and where you have lived. When all of the answers to these questions are “England,” it is somewhat obtuse to question whether the applicant can speak his own language (and costs $265 to prove it). I am told Canada wants my skills and qualifications, but at the same time questions my proficiency in the language of my homeland. This is culturally offensive to my minority group and, let’s be honest, utterly ridiculous. I applaud you, Canada, well done for welcoming those who can benefit this great land (but please don’t offend us on the way in). http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Canada+move+exciting+until+trip+welcome/3798779/story.html

Anti-racism website bizarre, offensive to ‘real’ Edmontonians (Edmonton Journal)
“What can you do to stop racism?” That’s the provocative question posed by the City of Edmonton’s new anti-discrimination campaign, Racism-Free Edmonton. It’s a good question, and an important one. Oh, we sometimes like to think of Canada as a racism-free country, of Edmonton as a post-racial, multicultural utopia. Those are nice goals to aspire to. But we’re not there yet. Racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and various and sundry prejudices and social inequalities of all sorts are alive and well in this city. If we want to build a strong, prosperous, and just community, we have to recognize those inequities and tensions — and address them together. And those are the operative words: We. Together. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell that to the folks who created the Racism-Free Edmonton website.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Anti+racism+website+bizarre+offensive+real+Edmontonians/3798744/story.html

Hate finds home in the dark, shadowy places of cyberspace (Edmonton Journal)
At this week’s meeting of the global Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Against Anti-Semitism being held in Ottawa, the question will be posed: What should society’s response be to the anti-Semitic perversion of the Internet? There will be discussion of the role of law, and a recognition that the law is limited in its effectiveness, given the First Amendment protections in the U.S. for even vile speech and the ease of access globally to content hosted in the U.S. There will be a focus on counter-speech which so far is greatly overshadowed by hate speech online. And there will be a discussion of educating young people to inoculate them from the effects of online hate speech.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Hate+finds+home+dark+shadowy+places+cyberspace/3798772/story.html

The Government of Canada Helps Young Immigrants in Winnipeg Prepare for the Labour Market (Melodkia.net)
The Alicia Rae Career Centre will receive over $450,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Employment Network Program, which will help 70 young immigrants facing employment barriers gain the skills and experience needed to enter the labour market or the confidence to return to school. The program participants will attend group workshops to help them develop job skills, while the Centre assists them in finding employment. Participants who are unsuccessful in obtaining a job in the first phase of the project will be provided with a work placement, so they can gain experience and put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshops.
http://www.melodika.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=86762&Itemid=55

CIC Operational Bulletin: Amendments to the Citizenship Regulations and Updated Guidelines Regarding the Citizenship Test (Settlement.Org)
On September 30, 2010, new Citizenship Regulations came into force. As a result, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) developed new procedures for the new citizenship test.
http://settlement.org/sys/whatshappen_detail.asp?anno_id=2009870

Enabling youth to think differently (DiverseCity blog)
Recently a young female high school student told me she thinks “chubby guys with glasses” work in the technology industry. It is this misperception that I wanted to change by bringing youth to Cisco Canada for Take Our Kids to Work Day (Wednesday, November 3rd) through Project Inspire. Project Inspire is a pilot program launched by a multi-sectoral team of 2010 DiverseCity Fellows . The goal of the project is to expose youth across the Greater Toronto Area to career options they may not have known or may have considered unattainable. To accomplish this goal, we have been holding a series of workshops hosted by private, public, and non-profit institutions.
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/?p=647

Government of Canada reiterates commitment to fight anti-­Semitism (CIC)
Canada will continue to be a global leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said today. “Canada is not content to be an observer on the world stage,” Minister Kenney told the second annual conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). “Canada is a leader in this fight.” http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2010/2010-11-09.asp

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the Ottawa Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism (Prime Minister of Canada)
“In Canada, we have taken a number of steps to assess and combat anti-Semitism in our own country. You will no doubt hear from my Canadian colleagues about the measures we have taken to date. “I will mention for the time being that, for the first time, we are dealing with Canada’s own record of officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. We have created a fund for education about our country’s deliberate rejection of Jewish refugees before and during the Second World War. “But of course we must also combat anti-Semitism beyond our borders, an evolving, global phenomenon. And we must recognize, that while its substance is as crude as ever, its method is now more sophisticated.
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=3&id=3769&featureId=6&pageId=26

REFUGEES

Human smuggling bill endorsements not all they seem (Globe and Mail)
The list of endorsements the Tories are showcasing to support their proposed crackdown on human smuggling is running into some trouble. Tory MPs have been quick to rhyme off the names of local groups who have thrown their weight behind their controversial bill, and supportive letters from groups far and wide have popped up suddenly in the in-boxes of reporters covering the story. But many of those supporters receive federal funding, their websites show. Some of the groups are so small that they have no office or website or official mission statement. And some of the supporters are now qualifying their endorsement.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/human-smuggling-bill-endorsements-not-all-they-seem/article1789281/

Masked man puts immigration on trial (The Province)
Whether they’re flaky Hollywood stars or young Asians tricked out to look like elderly Caucasians, many folks around the world clearly consider our refugee system a soft touch. Too many. We practically invite them to abuse our hospitality. Then, we wrap them in the warm embrace of our overly generous immigration system . . . often for years. All that does is burden already over-burdened Canadian taxpayers and breed cynicism in the system. Besides, why should we be encouraging me-first migrants when so many well-qualified, would-be immigrants are waiting patiently in line?
http://www.theprovince.com/Masked+puts+immigration+trial/3798352/story.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Call for Entries – Employer Excellence Award (hireimmigrantsottawa)
The award recognizes local employers for their innovative recruitment,retention and engagement policies, and promising practices around the integration of skilled immigrants into their organizations. The deadline for submissions is January 28, 2011.
http://www.hireimmigrantsottawa.ca/awardstime.php

CITY OF TORONTO/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Chris Selley: Rob Ford team reveals its dirty laundry while on a high (National Post)
Clearly, Team Ford is rather pleased with themselves, and I don’t blame them. But partly, too, I suspect they’re blabbing because they know how much uncontrollable events and dumb luck have to do with success and failure in political campaigns. If Rob Ford can win, anyone can, assuming they capture the zeitgeist as well. Better get your name out there when you’re on a high. But whatever the reason, I’m glad they’re running their mouths. The more ugly behind-the-scenes information we have about politics, the more likely people will be to demand better.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/11/09/chris-selley-rob-ford-team-reveals-its-dirty-tactics-while-on-a-high

Did Rob Ford’s campaign violate Ontario’s Employment Standards Act? (Youth & Work blog)
Yesterday in a revealing article in the National Post, Nick Kouvalis, the campaign manager and newly minted Chief of Staff for Mayor-Elect Rob Ford, made some interesting comments. Kouvalis was quoted as saying “I wanted young kids because I could pay them nothing and they would do what I told them to,” he goes on to say that: “I paid them $500 a week and I wanted 60 or 70 hours a week out of them”. It appears that the Rob Ford Campaign may have breached Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, which sets out workplace standards relating to minimum wage and overtime…
http://youthandwork.blogspot.com/2010/11/did-rob-fords-campaign-violate-ontarios.html?spref=fb

Lawrence Heights makeover could be jeopardized (Globe and Mail)
An ambitious makeover of one of Canada’s largest and oldest housing complexes could be in jeopardy if mayor-elect Rob Ford follows through on his pledge to put the kibosh on the city’s Lawrence Heights revitalization. The 25-year project aims to turn the impoverished maze of cul-de-sacs and low-rise buildings in decades-old disrepair into a dense, mixed-income neighbourhood of condos, townhouses and public-housing apartments. It was approved by a huge majority at city council in July. However, Mr. Ford was one of two councillors who voted against it – and he has promised to put a halt to the proposal, which has the surrounding community worried it will turn their sleepy suburban area into a traffic-heavy neighbourhood.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/lawrence-heights-makeover-could-be-jeopardized/article1791036/?cmpid=rss1

Spacing Toronto Tuesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Transportation, Housing, Schools, Rememberance Day and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2010/11/09/tuesdays-headlines-173/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

eHealth innovation starts with a global perspective (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Alex Jadad has a vision of global proportions. As chief innovator and founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto, the international researcher, scholar and philosopher says he has found the ideal environment to support radical change in health care delivery. The Program for eHealth Innovation was founded in 2000 by the University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto. The idea was to bring together some of the best innovators, technology and research facilities to create an environment where, according to the mission statement, they could “achieve the highest possible levels of health, and help health systems make the most efficient use of available resources.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/eHealth+innovation+starts+with+global+perspective/3797620/story.html

A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities – PDF (Caledon Institute)
Despite billions of dollars spent on a complex assortment of social benefits, many working age Canadians with disabilities end up desperately poor and trapped on welfare – the dead-end default program of last resort. While there has been some progress for persons with disabilities since the landmark Obstacles report was released 30 years ago, one area in which there has been almost no improvement at all has been that of income security. This tragic state of affairs is neither tolerable nor necessary. A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities is a new report commissioned by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living. Written by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, the document describes the current situation facing Canadians with severe disabilities and sets out a detailed plan to revolutionize income support and services.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/906ENG.pdf

Feds confirm three-year homeless funding extension; freeze dollars at 1999 level (Wellesley Institute)
The federal government has officially confirmed that it will maintain the $134.8m annual funding for the national homelessness program over the next three years. In September of 2008, the federal government announced plans to extend the funding for a full five years, but said that it would review funding practices after year two (fiscal 2010) before deciding allocations for the remaining three years. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada now says that the 61 communities that receive most of the federal homeless dollars ‘will remain the same’ until fiscal 2014.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/blog/affordable-housing-blog/feds-confirm-three-year-homeless-funding-extension-freeze-dollars-at-1999-level/

DIVERSECITY VOICES

Say It Loud: ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud!’ (The Huffington Post)
RICARDO MCRAE
thinks it’s beautiful to be black — so much so that he’s taken Who’s Who in Black Canada online. “What does it mean to be black in Canada? Google it or watch the news — the only time black faces appear is when the story is about sports, entertainment, or crime. This project is a counterpoint to that.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julia-moulden/say-it-loud-im-black-and-_b_779414.html

OTHER SOCIAL COMMENTARY

35 Things about the Ontario Ombudsman (Ombudsman Facebook page)
Since the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman opened its doors 35 years ago, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people with complaints about government services and helped improve governance for millions of people across the province. To mark the anniversary, we’ve listed 35 things you may or may not know about us.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/notes/ontario-ombudsman/35-things-about-the-ontario-ombudsman/10150118770157995

Canada ranked No. 1 country brand in the world (Muchmor Magazine)
In just four short years, Canada has become the most respected country brand in the world. It bumped the US from the top spot as it leveraged the 2010 Winter Games to extend the global reach of its tourism brand. The ranking comes from the Country Brand Index by FutureBrand, a New York-based global brand consultancy. Michele McKenzie, president and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), will be present at the formal awards ceremony on Nov. 11 in London, England, at the 31st annual World Travel Market (WTM), one of the world’s largest travel, trade and media showcases.
http://www.muchmormagazine.com/2010/11/canada-ranked-no-1-country-brand-in-the-world

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