Maytree News Headlines – December 14, 2010


Leaving City Hall (CBC Metromorning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Ceta Ramkhalawansingh. She is manager of the city’s Diversity Management and Community Engagement department. After 29 years of service, she will be leaving City Hall at the end of the week.

Potential immigrants stopped by job offer probe (CBC)
A government crackdown on questionable job offers has dashed the dreams of dozens of potential immigrants mere days before being granted permanent resident status in Canada, CBC News has learned.

The elephant next door (Calgary Herald)
The prospect of Canada ceding sovereignty to the U.S. in a secretly negotiated border security arrangement has understandably raised the hackles of the Opposition and the Council of Canadians. A draft proposal of a deal leaked last week talks of a perimeter security arrangement. It is thin on specifics. Canadians have a right to be nervous. Such an agreement could, for instance, profoundly affect Canada’s immigration policies. The consequences, however, could be both positive and negative. Refugee claimants arriving within Canada’s 12-mile territorial limit by boat currently have certain rights that they would not have in the U.S. There are many Canadians who agree with the U.S. approach. Yet, would family members of Canadian immigrants be denied entry if the U.S. considers them to be risks? The devil, as they say, is in the details.

Overseas caregivers can use families to gain entry (Vancouver Sun)
Similar to marriage fraud, a number of overseas caregivers are using Canadian families to gain entry into the country with no real intention of working for the family long term. And Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is giving them the green light to do so.

Immigration’s new flashpoint (Toronto Sun)
As Canada seeks to find balance between true immigration and legitimate refugees with the kind of human smuggling that had a boatload of Tamil “migrants” jumping queue in British Columbia, the Swedes have begun tossing such political correctness aside.

Adrian MacNair: Acknowledge immigrant struggles, don’t build them memorials (National Post)
Shall the government apologize for every ethnic minority that has felt the least bit mistreated since arriving on these most coveted of shores? Is there not a means of simply apologizing for everything all at once and getting the whole thing over with? Surely we can’t continue to go about finding ancient grievances in order to throw modern tax dollars at them in self-righteous rectification? If we do continue, however, perhaps we could take a few moments in remembrance to the suffering of our European forebears, not all of whom were given free dental, health and welfare upon arrival in the new world. Acknowledging the struggle of immigrants — wherever their origin on the planet — would seem to me to be a more legitimate form of restitution than the cherry-picking taking place with the announcement of this memorial pay off.


Catholics step up response to Iraqi Christian refugee crisis (Catholic Register)
Spurred by the exodus of Iraqi Christians, the archdiocese of Toronto doubled the number of Iraqi refugee families it sponsored in 2010 to 190. The boom in Iraqi refugee sponsorships was fueled by 40 new refugee sponsorship committees or initiatives aimed at rescuing Iraqi refugees. The Office of Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto is currently handling sponsorship files for approximately 250 refugees from around the world.

Media Advisory – Refugees to receive gift of health care this holiday season (Canada Newswire)
Christie Refugee Health Clinic will open its doors on Friday, December 17 offering on-site health services to more than 175 refugee families who stay at the shelter each year. Over 30,000 refugees come to Canada each year. Many have endured conditions of immense hardship with limited access to health care.


Welfare rules ‘perfect’ poverty trap (Montreal Gazette)
Too many Canadians are being forced to deplete bank accounts and retirement savings and get rid of other assets to qualify for welfare, a new report says. The rules imposed on welfare recipients in most provinces are overly restrictive and counterproductive, says a report released yesterday by the National Welfare Council.


The Evilometer: Measuring wage gaps (Vancouver Sun)
The Pendakur brothers’ Evilometer is based on 20 million observations of data collected since 1971 from Statistics Canada’s mandatory long-form census (killed this year by the federal Conservative government, to the outrage of economists and business leaders). The Pendakurs’ unique analysis of the census data provides invaluable and potentially disturbing insights into the financial states of Canadian-born whites, Chinese, South Asians, blacks, aboriginals, Metis and others. The Evilometer also reveals surprising differences between men and women.

Solar firm making return to its Canadian roots (Globe and Mail)
Shawn Qu runs one of the ten largest solar panel makers in the world, Kitchener, Ont.-based Canadian Solar Inc., with annual revenue of about $1.2-billion (U.S.). Yet he is almost unknown in Canadian business circles, mainly because the bulk of the company’s manufacturing operations are in China and its customers in more than 30 countries.

A $2.5M plan to put immigrants to work (Metro Ottawa)
Three Ottawa-area organizations will receive portions of the $2.5 million that the federal government will be contributing to help immigrants find work in Canada.–a-2-5m-plan-to-put-immigrants-to-work


Turning Ford’s rhetoric into reality (Toronto Star)
Strategies must be set to deal with the persistent and growing pockets of poverty, increasingly being filled with recent immigrants… Toronto enjoys strong civic participation and the new city administration would be well advised to tap into this asset. As but one example, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance) is holding a summit Feb. 10-11, 2011, to address economic and social issues. The provincial government has taken steps in the right direction and Toronto’s interest must be front and centre in the upcoming provincial election campaign. As the recipient of about half of all the immigrants coming to Canada, Toronto must exercise a more powerful voice in the selection and integration of newcomers.–turning-ford-s-rhetoric-into-reality

The Shotgun: Pretty in Pink (Western Standard)
Ford’s shocking victory – well it was shocking to the Leftists anyway – has produced the usual rationalizations. It was terrified white voters reacting to Toronto’s diversity! Toronto has been a minority-majority city for some time now. It’s been a good three decades since anyone could seriously describe the Imperial Capital as an Orange stronghold. The ethnic vote also clearly split for Ford. The realization is slowing sinking in that the ethnics have wandered off the Leftist plantation. A hard but very real truth. After decades of taking the immigrant and first generation vote for granted, the Toronto Left is confronted with a political awakening. Without allies in the middle class, how long can the Left stay in power? For the first time in many moons, the long-term electoral numbers are looking good for the Hogtown Right.

Mike Layton asks Toronto Council to condemn Too Asian? article in Maclean’s (Globe and Mail)
Rookie councillor moves for city to ?disassociate itself? from month-old story about university enrolment.

Layton’s motion ridiculously PC and a waste of time (Globe and Mail)
With Rob Ford in the mayor’s chair, you might think that the days of cloying political correctness at city hall are over. It would appear not. Mike Layton, son of Jack, has made his first mark with a proposal so PC that it would have looked ridiculous even in the salad days of David Miller’s administration.

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