Maytree News Headlines – December 22, 2010

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Media Lessons for Local Leaders (Cities of Migration)
Speakers at the 2010 Cities of Migration Conference represented a wide range of sectors and interests, from city governments, to local and international NGOs, advocacy groups and media, to the private sector and academics. We share some of their key points with you here, and invite you to watch the highlights from our video gallery.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/lessons-from-local-leaders-media/lang/en/

Watch a range of videos from the Citie of Migration conference on their YouTube channel, conference playlist – http://www.youtube.com/citiesofmigration#g/c/82BD02A8C3B25F37

Macroeconomic Impacts Of Canadian Immigration: An Empirical Analysis Using The Focus Model – PDF (CERIS)
Professors Dungan, Fang and Gunderson employed advanced simulation techniques to model how increasing immigration levels by 100,000 new immigrants per year over the next ten years would affect the Canadian economy as a whole. These researchers were particularly interested in how elevated immigration levels would impact on GDP, unemployment, aggregate demand, investment, productivity, government expenditures, taxes and net government balances. The simulations revealed that increased immigration would have no negative impact on the Canadian economy, and would actually likely have an overall positive effect on the Canadian labour market and economy in general, including net fiscal balances. Findings suggesting a positive economic benefit to increased immigration are particularly timely given current negative national opinions of immigration.
tp://canada.metropolis.net/pdfs/fow_21dec10_summary_e.pdf
http://canada.metropolis.net/pdfs/fow_21dec10_fang_immi_impact_e.pdf

The Story of skilled immigrants in Canada
This is an interactive web documentary, focused on profiling the lives of skilled immigrants in Canada. The project will start with Vancouver, and then with the support of grants, we hope to take this project to Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. This is a mixed media project, utilizing photography, short video clips, motion graphics, and online interactivity, giving the user a true sense of the life of a skilled immigrant in Canada.
http://skilledimmigrants.wordpress.com

How Does An Arrival City Work? (Doug Saunders)
In another excerpt from my interview with Allan Gregg, I explain how the Arrival City — a transitional space between rural and urban life — changes economies and stabilizes nations. This is from a much longer interview about my book Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World.
http://dougsaunders.net/2010/12/arrival-city-saunders-immigration-interview/

Canada and Manitoba to Provide More Housing for Newcomers in Winnipeg With $9 Million Investment (Marketwire)
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing more affordable housing for people in need, with the announcement of $9 million in funding to renovate and reconfigure existing Manitoba Housing properties into family accommodation for newcomers to Canada. The buildings will be managed by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM).
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Canada-Manitoba-Provide-More-Housing-Newcomers-Winnipeg-With-9-Million-Investment-1372597.htm

Ploughing the way to Canada – Nova Scotia’s New Agricultural Stream (Canada Immigration News)
The province of Nova Scotia recently announced the introduction of a new stream to their Provincial Nominee Program. Immigrants who have farming experience are now able to apply under the Agri-Food Sector stream. The aim of this new program is to create additional jobs and strengthen the economy of Nova Scotia by attracting skilled immigrants to the province. Currently, Nova Scotia has almost 30% of its land dedicated to agricultural purposes. It is estimated that there is over 1.6 million hectare of land available in Nova Scotia for farming and pasture, which is good news for young farmers wishing to immigrate to Canada.
http://www.cicnews.com/2010/12/ploughing-canada-nova-scotias-agricultural-stream-12818.html

Ukrainian group wants review of human-rights museum plan (Globe and Mail)
The postcard is the latest gambit in a UCC effort to secure substantial and permanent exhibition space in the museum for both the Holodomor – the genocidal famine that occurred in Soviet-occupied Ukraine in 1932-33 – and the internment of 6,000 Ukrainian immigrants in Canada during the First World War as part of the first imposition of the War Measures Act.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ukrainian-group-wants-review-of-human-rights-museum-plan/article1846626/

REFUGEES

Finding a new rhythm (Vancouver Sun)
Music lover escaped war-torn Somalia to defy the odds in Vancouver. Part 4 of refugee series: Gaandi Muhamed Sufi’s love for music was a dangerous one in Mogadishu
http://www.vancouversun.com/Refugee+series+Part+Music+lover+escaped+torn+Somalia/4010484/story.html

Opinion: Despite Ministers’ Claims Bill C-49 Likely Toast: Libs NDP & Bloc (DigitalJournal.com)
But unlike the image that they are trying to project about this Bill C-49, the truth is somewhat different; it is a vast legalised oppression, in the eyes of people committed to civil liberties and human rights, an oppression of the rights of refugees. Despite the government’s assurances about this Bill, it is actually far more dangerous to our civil liberties, to our world wide reputation, and to our commitments to Refugees, which we undertook with the signing of the UN Convention on Refugees, than with which we might be comfortable..
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301059

New International Asylum-related Web Sites (Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)
Includes: Analyzing Asylum Applications, Asylum Country-by-Country, Migration Oxford, Reconstruction Planning, Refugee Lives, Safe Haven from Trauma and Torture: World’s Refugees Resettle in Chicago.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-web-sites.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Focus on inequality, not on poverty (Winnipeg Free Press)
Exchanging the word inequality for the word poverty makes life easier for governments and the wealthy. Poverty can be addressed by the noblesse oblige of private charity. Inequality can only be addressed by genuine social and economic change.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/focus-on-inequality-not-on-poverty-112301654.html

End homelessness in Canada in ten years: First glimpse at plans for powerful new national voice (Wellesley Institute)
Plans are underway for a powerful new national voice in Canada to end homelessness. Tim Richter from the Calgary Homeless Foundation recently delivered a presentation that provides an overview of the new organization.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/uncategorized/ending-homelessness-in-canada-in-ten-years-first-glimpse-at-plans-for-powerful-new-national-voice/

CITY OF TORONTO / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Spacing Toronto Wednesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Spacing Buttons, City Hall, Transit, Bicycle Count Report, Policy & G20 After-math, Housing and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2010/12/22/wednesdays-headlines-179/

OTHER SOCIAL COMMENTARY

What does the future hold for Canada’s First Nations? (Globe and Mail)
What can be done to improve the academic performance of First Nation children who attend school on reserve? What kind of innovations need to happen in local governance? What are some of the biggest challenges still faced by First Nations in Canada, and what can the government do about it?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/what-does-the-future-hold-for-canadas-first-nations/article1845642/

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