Maytree News Headlines – December 16, 2010


‘We Are the World’ Could Be about Canada (TheTyee)
Still, it’s not necessarily racist or anti-immigrant to ask: Who is coming to our country? Why should we accept levels of immigration that change the cultural and ethnic makeup of our country? We’re giving up part of our identity and what’s in it for us in return? Is immigration good for ordinary Canadians or just for our economic elites? Why should ordinary Canadians think mass immigration is a good idea? For every argument that newcomers are good for the economy there is another that says workers should worry about immigrants competing for jobs and driving wages down, especially with the economy in recession. For every 10 people who like the changing ethnic landscape there are three who want things to remain the way they remember it used to be.

Welcoming Communities aims to make newcomers experience better (Portage La Prairie News)
“We are gathering information from newcomers, both adults and youth,” said Melenie Olfert, with the Manitoba Diversity, and Intercultural Training Program, who facilitated the focus group. “We are going to gather all the information and come back and do training in rural communities.” The initiative, Welcoming Communities, is funded by The Province and will conclude with a report that will help find ways to make it easier for newcomers to access resources and better be able to settle in Manitoba.

Immigration in 2011 (Canadian Immigrant)
Canadian Immigrant recently sat down with Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, to discuss the federal government’s immigration and settlement policy priorities for 2011. Here are some highlights of the interview.

Scam targets newcomers (Toronto Sun)
Border agents are probing a widening Internet scam preying on newcomers to Canada who have immigration problems.

Executives Who Perceive Diversity Training to be Positive Are More Satisfied with Their Careers (Newswise)
Managers and executives who find value in diversity training are more committed to their organizations and satisfied with their careers than those who perceive training to be ineffective, suggest researchers from Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute in Management and Technology.

Don’t count on “ethnics” to be Liberal (Lactose-Free Thoughts blog)
But, as the Conservative victory showed in Vaughn, voters – ethnic or otherwise – have become more cynical and smarter. Old strategies need to give way. Smart organizations may have specific outreach to ethnic communities (witness the marketing efforts of retailers), but they also include them in overarching ones as well to begin with. My generation of immigrants are certainly no longer “new” to Canada – we have integrated so successfully that we identify more with “mainstream” issues than niche ones. If the Liberals (federal and provincially) are going to retain their ethnic base of voters, they’re going to have to continue to be more inclusive in their planning to really understand what’s resonating with the population’s diverse communities.

Youth for Human Rights (South Asian Generation Next)
Over 400 students, teachers and parents from the Thorncliffe area gathered this week to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the Human Rights Day, held internationally on December 10th. The event was organized by the Youth for Human Rights International-Toronto Chapter Coordinator, Nicole Crellin, along with community leaders, youth and educators.

Pilot project for dependents of high-skilled Canadians or permanent residents returning to Ontario could go farther (First Reference Talks blog)
On November 24, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (”CIC”) announced that it was implementing a pilot project to fulfill its commitment under Section 4.3 of the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which was signed in August 2008. Guidelines for the pilot project appear in Operation Bulletin 229, published by CIC… While this pilot project is certainly welcome, most returning Canadians and permanent residents will not fall within its parameters. It is hoped that, once the pilot program has ended, CIC will implement a permanent program that extends to spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children of all skilled Canadians or permanent residents returning to Ontario.

via Cities of Migration

CBC/Radio-Canada: Reflecting Canadian Cultural Diversity

Transforming the Mirror: CBC Television’s Commitment to Reflecting Canada

Susan Marjetti: Beyond Roti and the Year of the Rat

New Publication: “URBACT Cities facing the Crisis – Impact and Responses”

Cities without limits: EURA 2011: all for abstracts


‘I would rather have got a life sentence’ – Ottawa Citizen
Gloria Nafziger, refugee co-ordinator for Amnesty International Canada, criticized the government’s handling of Ahmed’s return. “Everyone recognizes that Mogadishu at this time is not a safe place,” she said. “It’s absolutely inappropriate to return someone to Mogadishu without having a plan to move them out of the region into a part of the country where he might be safe. “They are, without a doubt, putting someone’s life at risk in doing so.”

No Minister should have arbitrary powers to divide refugees – MP Justin Trudeau, Liberal Citizenship and Immigration Critic On G8 and G20 Summit (South Asian Generation Next)
Responding to this, MP Trudeau said “the Minister asked for and received discretionary powers – even though Liberals weren’t that crazy about it – because she said they will be able to reduce the backlog in that way. What they [Conservatives] ended up doing was changing the way that they were designating and calculating the backlog..[it]didn’t really result in much improvement. So the idea of giving the Minister arbitrary powers to divide genuine, legitimate refugees – not the refugee claimants – the refugees who are determined by the Canadians system..into two categories is not the power that anyone should have.”

Footage reveals plight of refugees (Cape Breton Post)
And Canada’s policy makers should keep that footage in mind as they try to find, through future legislation, the delicate balance between punishing human smugglers and mitigating the violent loss of life at sea.

Welcome to Canada: The Experience of Refugee Claimants at Port-of-Entry Interviews – PDF (CCR)
The research focuses on the experience of 45 refugee claimants at their port of entry interview. Another 37 practitioners were also interviewed and no attempt was made to achieve a representative sample of claimants. The objective was to document strengths and weaknesses of current policies and practices, and to identify areas for improvement and advocacy needs.


Training project to give voice to voiceless (Your Ottawa Region)
The Engaging Diverse Communities through Facilitation project, a two-year initiative that aims to encourage women’s leadership and civic participation, will receive $180,000 through Status of Women Canada, the federal government announced last week. “The women who are in the training are women from communities that often times don’t have an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Suzanne Doerge, director of the City for All Women Initiative, which is organizing the project. She said aboriginal women, women with disabilities, recent immigrants and women living in poverty were among those the project is looking to help.–training-project-to-give-voice-to-voiceless

A tale of two Torontos (Globe and Mail)
In fact, Toronto is no different from the rest of the developed world. “It’s the pattern you see in all big cities,” says Joel Kotkin, an expert on urban demography. As cities reach certain levels of affluence, the middle classes move to the periphery. Just look at New York, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Chicago – once middle class, now sharply polarized between rich and poor. Even cities in egalitarian Scandinavia are splitting into income extremes.


OFW remittances surge to $15.46B (The
REMITTANCES SENT to the Philippines reached $1.67 billion in October, the highest monthly level so far recorded, given robust demand by foreign companies for Filipino skilled and professional workers… The central bank said remittances in October came mostly from the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy, Germany and Norway.

No Jobs for New Immigrants (South Asian Generation Next)
A recent report released by the Region of Peel in Ontario shows immigrants lagging behind in accessing the job market. The Peel Immigration Labour Market Survey has unveiled that immigrants are not faring as well as their Canadian born counterparts. In the sample of 1,425 immigrants and Canadian-born Peel residents surveyed, lack of Canadian work experience was reported as the barrier faced most often. For those who had international work experience, only one-third were successful in obtaining their desired employment.


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Future of programs for poor neighbourhoods in question (Globe and Mail)
The priority neighbourhoods program, its money all spent or committed, is preparing to bring forward progress reports to council next year. The city’s $37-million Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund, which compounded an initial $13-million 2008 investment will have completed a total of 23 projects by the end of 2011. Chris Brillinger, director of the city’s community resources unit, said because most of the priority neighbourhoods fall within Prof. Hulchanski’s low-income “City Three,” it means they’re targeting the right areas.

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