Maytree News Headlines – December 12, 2010


The changing face of municipal leadership: new mayors draw attention (DiverseCity blog)
Two newly-elected mayors attracted attention across North America this fall. In Oakland, California, Jean Quan became the first Asian-American female mayor in the US. And in Canada, Naheed Nenshi, business professor and community leader of South Asian heritage, became Canada’s first mayor who is also Muslim.

Showing respect in a diverse city (City Caucus)
We’ve mentioned the present work of our former colleague Sam Sullivan on this blog only on a few occasions, but I bring him up again because of my own small part in his latest project. Today at noon Sullivan’s Global Civic Policy Society introduces the concept “Greeting Fluency” to one of the world’s most diverse cities. Greeting Fluency proposes that we all learn just a few phrases in the native tongues of our neighbours as a way of strengthening community bonds and showing respect. In my east Vancouver neighbourhood many on my block are more likely speaking Vietnamese, Punjabi, Mandarin or Tagalog around the kitchen table than English.

Queen Street diversity celebrated in new Theatre Passe Muraille project (Globe and Mail)
The prime example of this convergence is the audio tour scheme which Mr. McKim hopes will display the breadth of Queen Street’s diversity: from homeless people and condo-dwellers, to recent immigrants and long-time residents. He says the project will provide a unique chance for audience members to learn about the area’s history and the social issues currently affecting it.

Immigrants fill Charlottetown apartments (CBC)
Charlottetown’s vacancy rate is much lower than the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation predicted, thanks largely to a large number of newcomers to the city.

Citizens’ guide (Windsor Star)
When it became clear that new rules and broader questions were making it harder for immigrants to pass their citizenship tests, the federal government didn’t suggest that applicants study the guide book more thoroughly. It simply rewrote the test to lower the failure rate.

Goar: Immigrants gouged on money transfers (Toronto Star)
They fought to get their landlords to clean up their cockroach-infested apartments and won. They fought to get payday lenders to lower their astronomical borrowing rates and won. Now ACORN Canada, a network of low-income Canadians, is embarking on its most ambitious project. It has just launched a campaign to get North American banks to reduce the “predatory” fees they charge immigrants and migrant workers to transfer money to their families back home.–goar-immigrants-gouged-on-money-transfers

Happy Human Rights Day 2010 (CCLA)
Today is a day to reflect upon the state of human rights and civil liberties worldwide. While there are still enormous challenges, this is also an opportunity to acknowledge the work of individuals and organizations around the world who fight to protect, defend and uphold fundamental freedom


Grassroots coalition forms to help refugees (Montreal Gazette)
Clothes, furniture, dishes and utensils were donated by readers who formed a grassroots coalition. Recently, the refugee families were matched up with 25 other families who are donating gifts and toys for the children’s first Christmas in Montreal, and the first one since the devastating earthquake.


Illegal immigration impact on the nature of optimal tax and enforcement policy – PDF (BC Metropolis)
This paper characterizes optimal policies in the presence of tax evasion and undocumented

Support people in low-wage and precarious work by participating in this survey (CLEONet)
The Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) and Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) work with people in low-wage jobs who face problems getting basic minimum employment rights. We want to document workers’ experience of employment standards violations.


The Toronto City Summit Alliance is re-named the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance is the new name of an organization with a proven track record of catalyzing change and convening civic leaders to tackle the big issues facing the Toronto region. Formerly called the “Toronto City Summit Alliance,” we’ve maintained our vision of improving our region’s social, economic and environmental future. We’re still a coalition of thousands of civic leaders, and we’re emphasizing our commitment and approach to building civic leadership.

Is Tower Renewal rising again? (Spacing Toronto)
Good news: Tower Renewal may be getting new life. With a new report, Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, there’s a sign the province is taking an interest in fixing the Toronto region’s many highrise neighbourhoods, even as Rob Ford’s crew seems to be dismissing the idea.

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