Maytree News Headlines – December 13, 2010


News in Review Week ending December 10, 2010 (Maytree blog)
At the end of each week, we pull out some themes from the weeks headlines that are worth your time. This week features Refugees and Human Smuggling; Diversity, Employment stories.

Province invests in app development for Sudbury immigration web site (
The city of Greater Sudbury is the recipient of $231,485.92 from the provincial government to enhance an immigration web site. The city will use the funds to develop an app that can be used on iPhones and iPads.

Patsy Russell – Building a strong network through volunteering on nonprofit boards (DiverseCity blog)
Today, Patsy sits on three boards. Not only is she building her leadership skills and connecting with a huge new network, but Patsy is recognized and utilized for her financial acumen. While her employment challenges remain, she knows this is working. I am now doing something that matters and that makes me feel alive.

Telus helps homesick immigrants enjoy that long-distance feeling (Edmonton Journal)
“Darwin and I thought of ET when a telephone card was donated at NorQuest’s Christmas concert,” said Spruce Grove’s Betty Park, a former volunteer at the college. “We knew some of the students simply couldn’t afford to call home and we rallied friends and family with the idea of helping my class of between 15 and 25 students call home for Christmas. “We raised about $7,000 and were delighted when Telus matched that amount.

Immigration appeal process urged for rejected visa applicants (Toronto Star)
On Monday, New Democrat MP and immigration critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will table a private-members bill in the House of Commons to allow rejected applications to be reviewed and appealed, as is done in the United Kingdom and Australia.–immigration-appeal-process-urged-for-rejected-visa-applicants?bn=1

Indian students turn to Canada following Australian backlash (Toronto Star)
While Canada for years was regarded of as a sad-sack afterthought by Indias brightest college-aged students, that perception is changing fast. The number of Indian college and university students studying in Canada has surged fourfold over the past three years. Canadian diplomats say they expect to issue student visas to as many as 14,000 Indian students this year and perhaps more than 20,000 in 2011. In 2008, Canada approved just 3,152 visas to Indian students.–indian-students-turn-to-canada-following-australian-backlash

Canada marching from religion to secularization (Globe and Mail)
Only the persistence of religious traditions among immigrants, whose religiosity has increased slightly over the past 25 years, has slowed the march away from our places of worship. This demographic shift raises profound questions about our social values, about the fate of our cultural heritage, about institutions that once formed the bedrock our communities and about access to political power.

Special Section – New Canadians (Metro Toronto)
A seven-page section that includes individual newcomer profiles, TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership, Career Bridge and more.
Available online –
PDF (32 MB download)

Immigrant Integration and Canadian Federalism: Exploring the Issues Jan 28, 2011 -Toronto, Ontario (Forum of Federations)
At this conference, leading Canadian scholars will explore the impact of Canadian federalism and intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration. Presentations on other countries experience will be followed by a session on federal-provincial immigration agreements in Canada. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion about the future of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which is due for renewal in the coming months.


Minister Kenney announces funding for Komagata Maru memorial (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced funding to the Khalsa Diwan Society for two projects to commemorate the Komagata Maru incident.

Time for a New Political Strategy? (Citizens for Public Justice)
If there were serious interest in working to protect Canadas Immigration System from abuse one would assume there would have been dialogue with other political parties and those with an understanding of the issue. Such an approach would greatly improve the chance that any bill produced would pass in the House. Curiously enough, in this instance the strategy of the current government is quite different.

Refugee Mental Health Practices Internationally: A Review of the Literature and Implications for a Canadian Study – PDF (Integration Net)
The Refugee Mental Health Practices study attempts to partially fill the gap in empirical research on what mental health services exist for refugees in Canada. This literature review is first step in a project whose ultimate goals are to define typologies of good practice, make policy recommendations, and create educational resources for the settlement sector. The purpose of the review is to inform data collection and analysis of the larger project.


Government of Canada helping foreign-trained health care professionals get jobs (Canada News Centre)
Four health care organizations are receiving support through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to improve the assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications in the health care sector. The organizations are the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies, the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and theCentre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Government of Canada helping internationally trained professionals in British Columbia (Canada News Centre)
The Government of Canada is providing over $4 million in funding to the British Columbia Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development. This funding will enable the Province to establish a fair and timely process for recognizing foreign credentials so that skilled newcomers can find jobs in their fields. Internationally trained professionals will also benefit from bridge-to-work and mentorship programs in various occupations.


Bridging the political divide (Globe and Mail)
Ratna Omidvar
, president of charitable foundation Maytree, on how to find funding partnerships for city initiatives. Money follows good ideas and not vice versa. If you know that, you can take a certain approach to being firm in your vision of what it is you want to do. But you have to have those money people at the table. They have something to say as well, and if you involve them right from the beginning, my experience is that theyre more in line with the project at the end. When youre dealing with complex problems, government is often just as confounded as citizens and they often look to citizens for answers. If you involve them right from the beginning, theyre more than willing to open the bank doors to you. So I wouldnt worry about massaging your idea in order to get money.

What can Toronto learn from Melbourne? (Globe and Mail)
Robert Adams, director of city design for Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Toronto this week for a talk hosted by the non-profit organization 8-80 Cities. His visit came at a somewhat inauspicious time.


Raise welfare rates before review: advocate (CBC)
Entraide Budgétaire director Hélène Ménard, whose organization helps poor people manage their money, says the government’s planned 18-month review of welfare and disability payments has its timeline backward. She says the system’s problems are already known, and the province should give poor people more to live on now.

Root causes of inequality and poverty (Social Planning Network of Ontario)
The notion of a cycle of poverty suggests poverty that is transmitted from generation to generation and implies something inherently deficient in poor people rather than placing a focus on basic living conditions, which are the root causes of inequality and poverty in our society.

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