Maytree News Headlines – December 21, 2010


On sputtering integration in Toronto (demography matters blog)
So. Ontario–including Toronto–may be doing better than in Québec in integrating immigrants into the mainstream labour market, and it’s certainly doing a better job of avoiding creating a metic class than countries with less porous immigration regimes like Germany. Even with a national economy that has been performing quite strongly relative to most of its First World peers, this still isn’t good enough to avoid creating a very problematic social and geographic pattern of relative deprivation linked to ethnic and national origins in Ontario’s, and Canada’s, largest city. This can lead in very negative directions. On ethical grounds alone, this is unacceptable. Any suggestions as to how Toronto–and other cities–could pull out of this? Getting a sufficiently dynamic labour market, and associated economy, is key. Is there best practice to be productively shared?


Seeking Refuge 3: Escaping Myanmar and ending up in Langley City (Vancouver Sun)
In addition to the enclave of 250 Karen people in Langley City, which refugee-aid staff say is the most concentrated refugee settlement in B.C., there are also clusters of Burmese newcomers in Surrey’s Whalley and Johnston Heights neighbourhoods. In Canada, the Karen people, like most refugees and many immigrant groups through history, stick tightly together — for mutual emotional and financial support, to share dinners and festivals and figure out what is happening to them as they bravely confront their new world.


The poor still pay more: Challenges low income families face in consuming a nutritious diet (Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity)
The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, in collaboration with Open Policy Ontarios John Stapleton and research consultant from Toronto Public Health, Brian Cook, releases its report recommending initiatives to help low income families overcome challenges in consuming a nutritious diet.

The staggering health and financial costs of inequality in Europe and in Canada (Wellesley Institute)
Inequality is bad for those lower on the income scale. Its also bad for almost everyone else, as Richard Wilkinson noted during his recent Canadian tour. More research evidence on the costs of health inequality emerged this week in an article in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.


Raising Other Peoples Kids: Filipina women speak out against exploitation under the Live-In Caregiver Program (The Dominion)
In April 2011, the government will implement a more rigorous assessment of the validity of an employer’s job offer job offer and introduce a two-year ban from the program for abusive employers. Advocates at the Philippine Women Centre (PWC) say these changes will not stop the exploitation and are calling on the federal government to scrap the LCP altogether, saying its a blemish on Canadas human rights record that promotes a cycle of poverty for Filipina migrant workers.


The death of the middle class has been greatly exaggerated (Globe and Mail)
Income disparities are widening because Toronto is simultaneously the countrys leading magnet for immigrants and the countrys leading hub for high-end, high-paying service industries. Would we want it otherwise? The boom in the downtown is a boon for the whole city, bringing new construction, new tax revenue, livelier streets. As for the inner suburbs, the obvious task is to make sure that immigrant gateways dont become immigrant ghettos, trapping newcomers in poverty. Better transit is one remedy, better public education another. Its a huge challenge, but not an insuperable one. Its too early too despair about our civic divisions.

Spacing Toronto Tuesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Spacing Buttons, City Hall, Transit & Roads, Housing & Neighbourhoods, G20 After-math and Other News.


Social Finance Round Up: Can We Believe the Hype about Impact Investing? ( produces a weekly round up featuring social finance related news, insights, and events, for the week of December 20, 2010.


Shifting Gears – A Transformative Approach to Government Deficits (CSI blog)
Could it be that a transformative approach to government deficits might offer us greater sustainability? Do you mean that the old ways of doing things aren’t going to work for us anymore?

Video of SPTs December Research & Policy Forum: Can We Talk? is now available online! (Social Planning Toronto)
This session was a discussion of current opportunities and challenges for the sector in its relationship with the provincial government.

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