Maytree News Headlines – September 15, 2010


News in Review – Week ending November 12, 2010 (Maytree blog)
We follow a lot of sources and send out links to many articles every day. But we know that your time is limited and you may not be able to follow them all. At the end of each week, we pull out some themes from the weeks headlines that are worth your time. This week, focus on Immigration & Diversity, Diverse Neighbourhoods, Two Classes of Refugees?

Settlement Workers Against Violence Everywhere (SWAVE) (OCASI)
SWAVE provides the settlement sector the opportunity to create and sustain an online community to support one another in addressing issues of woman abuse and gain valuable knowledge from experts in the violence against women sector.

Immigration advocate joins police services board (Centretown News)
The citys immigrant population has a new advocate on the Ottawa Police Services Board. The body that oversees policing in the capital now includes Carl Nicholson, longtime executive director of the Centretown-based Catholic Immigration Centre. Originally from Jamaica, Nicholsons work on behalf of newcomers to Canada spans 32 years and several not-for-profit organizations. In addition to the Catholic Immigration Centre located on Argyle Avenue he has held executive positions at the United Way, CUSO, the Jamaican Canadian Association of Ottawa (of which he is a founding member) and others. In his new role, Nicholson says he will be applying values that have been with him throughout his career, primarily the belief that people need to interact in order to understand one another.

City to focus on attracting immigrants (The Kingston Whig-Standard)
Scott Clerk, Kingston Immigration Partnership’s project manager, said it’s a challenge to stem the trend for immigrants to settle in the big cities. “The interesting thing is not the comparison to Toronto, but the comparison to London, Kitchener, Windsor, Hamilton — all of these cities have significantly higher numbers of immigrants than Kingston,” Clerk said. Statistics show that Kingston isn’t faring well compared to similarly sized cities. In London and Guelph, for ex-a mple, immigrants comprise more than 21% of their respective populations, whereas in Kingston the figure is just slightly more than 14%.

Is New Brunswick heading over a cliff? (Telegraph-Journal)
And our track record on immigration is weak. If New Brunswick was to receive just our share of Canada’s immigrants (based on our population), we would attract more than 5,500 immigrants per year, or 2.5 times more than the province received in 2008-2009. Retention of immigrants is another issue. Between 30 to 40 per cent of immigrants that settle in New Brunswick leave within five years. An aging populace with flat or dropping population numbers means we have fewer New Brunswickers in the workforce contributing tax revenue to the province on higher salaries and more seniors requiring additional services, particularly in health care. It is a demographic time bomb. Make no mistake: New Brunswick’s economic future will hinge on growing our population and with it, growing our tax base.

It’s no longer taboo to question immigration (Calgary Herald)
And despite the visibility of immigrants in large cities, the numbers suggest Europe has never become an immigrant society in the North American sense. Its citizenry remains overwhelmingly indigenous. Germany’s immigrant population stands at just over 12 per cent, and in most of Europe it’s less than that (4.3 per cent in Italy). Compare that to Canada, where a whopping 41 per cent of the population is made up of first-and second-generation immigrants, and only four per cent of the people are indigenous. Together with massive public debt and a changing global marketplace, shifting patterns of immigration will shape the world our children will live in. For economic migrants, tighter rules in Europe will make North America even more attractive.

3 Reasons You Should Care About Multicultural Social Media & 3 Tips for Multicultural Social Media Success (Huffington Post)
Multicultural Social Media looks at difference and acknowledges, we are not all the same. There are cultural, linguistic and identity politics that drive us. They inform our purchasing behaviors and preference. They have an impact on how we relate to each other and the world. its very definition

‘Friendly Manitoba’ craves immigrants (Seattle Times)
As waves of immigrants remade Canada a decade ago, the famously friendly people of Manitoba could not contain their pique. The object of their ire? It was the newcomers’ preference for “MTV” Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver over the humble prairie province north of North Dakota that coveted workers and population growth. Demanding “our fair share,” Manitobans did something hard to imagine in U.S. politics, where concern over illegal immigrants dominates public debate and states seek more power to keep them out. In Canada, which has little illegal immigration, Manitoba won new power to bring foreigners in, handpicking ethnic and occupational groups judged most likely to stay. This experiment in designer immigration has made Winnipeg a hub of parka-clad diversity a blue-collar town that gripes about the cold in Punjabi and Tagalog and defied the anti-immigrant backlash seen in much of the world.

New York Times notices province’s ‘parka-clad diversity’ (Winniped Free Press)
Manitobans have long known and appreciated the importance of new immigrants, but now a little media outlet called the New York Times is sitting up and taking notice of the Manitoba model. The world’s most famous newspaper ran a story on its front page on Friday highlighting Manitoba’s success at attracting workers from around the world to help fill much-needed gaps in employment. The Provincial Nominee Program has attracted thousands of people from all four corners of the earth — the Philippines, India, China, Germany, Russia, Paraguay and Nigeria, to name a few

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