Maytree News Headlines – December 15, 2010

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Our choice: Spend the money or lose the brightest (Globe and Mail)
Support for foreign graduate students is controversial in Canada. It’s primarily a provincial question, so there’s wide variation in both the kind and the level of the funding available. British Columbia, for example, is quite generous, while Alberta is resolutely stingy. Ontario’s recent announcement of a plan to lure 75 of the world’s best students deeply miffed both opposition parties. They suggested the money would be better spent on outstanding Ontario students. To which I’d reply: Okay, which of these will you spend it on – those who’ll be studying at Harvard, or those who’ll be studying at Princeton?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/our-choice-spend-the-money-or-lose-the-brightest/article1837977/

Scholarship winners (Canadian Immigrant)
In an effort to make the transition into the Canadian workforce easier, Canadian Immigrant and triOS College have jointly offered up to $25,000 worth of scholarships to three recipients in honour of the late immigrant activist Lilian To. Applicants had to submit an essay about their new life in Canada, their career goals, as well as their financial need. Congratulations to Prospero Requina, Adela Gutierrez-Silva and Herbert Langiden, winners of the Lilian To Scholarship for Immigrants!
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/education/postsecondary/article/7905

Diversity 1.0: The Language Lessons. Part 2: Happy Christmakwanzakah (Diversity Dude blog)
Around the holidays, formerly known as the month of December, I’m frequently asked the question “Why do I have to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas?” Good question. Thank you for asking. Let’s review.
http://diversitydude.blogspot.com/2010/12/diversity-10-language-lessons-part-2.html

A host of holy days to celebrate our differences (Financial Post)
So before you put up a Christmas tree or wish someone happy holidays ask yourself “Do I honour the religious holy days of my employees? Do I recognize not everyone celebrates Christmas? Do I light devas in the workplace for Diwali? Do I have a minora to mark Hannukah? Do I celebrate Eid with Muslim employees?” If your answer to these is yes, then celebrating Christmas is just like any other holiday celebrated at work so go ahead and put up that Christmas tree. If you are only celebrating Christmas you are sending a message about whom and what is important.
http://www.financialpost.com/careers/host+holy+days+celebrate+differences/3910628/story.html

Ontario Human Rights Commission at York U to launch online training tool (YorkU)
Marking International Human Rights Day, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today launches Rental Housing e-learning at an event hosted by the York Centre for Human Rights. This second in a series of e-learning courses provides online learning and training for everyone who needs information on human rights issues that come up in rental housing.
http://news.yorku.ca/2010/12/10/ontario-human-rights-commission-at-york-u-to-launch-online-training-tool/

Multiculturalism on campus (Straight Goods)
A recent Maclean’s magazine issue stirred up controversy by claiming that the growing Asian dominance on campus is sparking concerns about the cultural balance within Canada’s ivory tower. To which, immigrants and members of visible minority groups might well ask, “Are Canadians afraid of healthy and open competition?” Recently I attended the convocation at the University of Toronto. The hall and hallways were filled with students from different races, regions and roots — but they all had the same desire to seek and acquire knowledge. The enthusiastic young scholars truly reflected the emerging multicultural complexion of the Canadian nation.
http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=1050

Local hub connects Toronto newcomers with vital services (Yonge Street)
The Toronto Star writes on new local community hub Crescent Town. Located at 3079 Danforth Ave, just east of Victoria Park, Crescent Town has become a gathering place for the community, in particular for newcomers to Toronto, offering a much-needed mix of health, social, youth and community services.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/inthenews/hubconnectsnewcomerstovital services1215.aspx

REFUGEES

Migration and Ethnic Relations Colloquium Series 2010 – 2011 – JANUARY 6, 2011 (UWO)
Dr. Peter Showler, The legal and political structures for the international protection of refugees have been failing for many years. Within that international context, Canada has maintained a modestly progressive asylum policy relative to the other industrialized countries of the world. Public and political myths have emphasized Canada’s generosity and humanitarian treatment of refugees. At the same time, for the past fifteen years, there has been a contrapuntal myth of refugees as a fraudulent flood of economic migrants who are an economic burden and potential threat to national security. Recently, the government has shifted its rhetoric toward the second myth as justification for more exclusionary laws and policies that focus on the denial of asylum access to Canada.
http://www.ssc.uwo.ca/MER/MERprogram/Upcoming_Showler.asp

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Shrinking middle class makes Toronto a city of socioeconomic extremes (Globe and Mail)
Toronto is becoming a city of stark economic extremes as its middle class is hollowed out and replaced by a bipolar city of the rich and poor – one whose lines are drawn neighbourhood by neighbourhood. New numbers indicate a 35-year trend toward economic polarization is growing more pronounced: The country’s economic engine, which has long claimed to be one of the most diverse cities in the world, is increasingly comprised of downtown-centred high-income residents – most living near subway lines – and a concentration of low-income families in less dense, service- and transit-starved inner suburbs.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/shrinking-middle-class-makes-toronto-a-city-of-socioeconomic-extremes/article1838176/
Full report – http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/01069/Read_The_Three_Cit_1069461a.pdf

Growing divide in incomes triggering health crisis: Latest Three Cities research (Wellesley Institute)
Toronto’s 35-year income polarization trend is not only dividing the city into rich and poor neighbourhoods, but it is also triggering a city-wide health crisis. The latest Three Cities research from Prof David Hulchanski of the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre paints a devastating picture of growing segregation across the city. The report notes that two-thirds of Torontonians had average incomes in 1970, 7% of the city had very high incomes and only 1% of the city had very low incomes. Tracking the actual changes every five years since then, and projecting the numbers to 2025, Dr Hulchanski predicts that by 2025, the middle income will shrink to 9% of the city, while the poorest neighbourhoods will grow to 60% of the city.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/uncategorized/growing-divide-in-incomes-triggering-health-crisis-latest-three-cities-research/

Metro Morning Podcast Wednesday December 15/2010 (CBC)
Why Toronto is splitting into three cities along income and geographic lines. And a project that hopes to reverse that split.
http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?48#ref48

Greater equality is better for everyone: Richard Wilkinson (rabble.ca)
Call it Unequal Canada — the national tour. British professor and epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson has packed his first visit to Canada with public meetings, and private sessions with senior government officials and community leaders. His message is powerful, yet simple: Greater equality is better for everyone.
http://www.rabble.ca/news/2010/12/greater-equality-better-everyone-richard-wilkinson

The humiliation of inequality: An interview with Richard Wilkinson (rabble.ca)
Canada is quickly slipping from its status as an equal and fair society, according to Richard Wilkinson, a British social epidemiologist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham in England.
http://rabble.ca/news/2010/12/humiliation-inequality-interview-richard-wilkinson

Rich get richer, poor get poorer (Winnipeg Free Press)
Think you live in a country dedicated to fairness and equity? Think again. Recent data on wealth and poverty in Canada is stark and deeply disturbing. In 2005, the richest 10 per cent of families held almost 60 per cent of the total wealth in the household sector, leaving the other 90 per cent to divvy up 40 per cent, according to Statistics Canada’s 2005 survey.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/rich-get-richer-poor-get-poorer-111907779.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

The ins and outs of internships (Globe and Mail)
Internships aren’t only for new graduates; there are also internship programs for recent immigrants who want to gain Canadian experience in the profession they worked in before moving… There may be more positions available these days because of the recession, said Janice Rudkowski, marketing and communications director at Career Edge, a national, not-for-profit organization in Toronto that helps workers get paid internships.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/managing/on-the-job/the-ins-and-outs-of-internships/article1838019/

After helping 5,300 newcomers in six years, TRIEC welcomes Scotiabank as new corporate sponsor (Yonge Street)
Through its Mentoring Partnership program, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) has helped more than 5,300 skilled immigrants in Toronto get closer to meaningful employment since 2004. Last year, it announced an expanded range of services for Canadian newcomers with its Professional Immigrant Networks program, that will establish learning exchanges, an online learning platform, and a professional and social network for members, employers and other community members.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/innovationnews/triec1215.aspx

via TRIEC

The 1st Leadership Program for Immigrants Completed with Success
After 10 weeks of intensive training, 18 internationally trained professionals graduated from a leadership development program run by the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) in partnership with TD Bank Financial Group. The graduation ceremony was held on December 4th, 2010 at a TD Bank facility located in Markham. The program was specifically designed to help accomplished immigrant professionals to move from their technical role into management positions. This was the first program of its kind for the immigrant community and CPAC is a pioneer in offering it.
http://www.chineseprofessionals.ca/event_detail.php?eventid=213&lang=en

Top 10 HR videos of 2010: Most popular videos on Canadian HR Reporter TV
Number 8 — Diversity
Diversity’s competitive advantage, featuring Ratna Omidvar, chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
http://www.hrreporter.com/ArticleView.aspx?l=1&articleid=8660

SOCIAL INNOVATION

2010: A Big Year for Islamic Finance ‘Firsts’ in Canada (Socialfinance.ca)
For much of 2010, I have remained a silent observer in the evolving landscape of Islamic Finance in Canada. There is little doubt the movement has gained significant momentum this year, both in terms of infrastructure-building as well as financial engineering.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/2010-a-big-year-for-islamic-finance-firsts-in-canada

OTHER SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Government slashes funding for campaign to encourage census participation (Toronto Star)
The Conservative government will spend just half of what it promised to encourage Canadians to fill out the 2011 short census and a new voluntary survey. The National Household Survey replaces the mandatory long-form census that was eliminated over the summer by cabinet.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/census/article/906798–government-slashes-funding-for-campaign-to-encourage-census-participation

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