Maytree News Headlines – December 6, 2010


Jobless rate up for Toronto immigrants (Globe and Mail)
Nearly one in five recent immigrants in Toronto is jobless – the highest November since Statistics Canada started collecting the data in 2006. Read more as Ratna Omidvar from Maytree/ALLIES and Elizabeth McIssac from TRIEC comment on the situation. The article also focuses on a solution – TRIEC’s Professional Networks for Immigrants project, and includes commentary from Ratna and Elizabeth.

Immigration to Alberta Remains Strong (Calgary Herald)
Between April and June, the net inflow of international migrants to Alberta remained strong at 8,035. The total number of immigrants landed in Alberta hit a record high level of 9,686 during that period as Canada continued to receive more international migrants.

Setting new rules for new citizens (Winnipeg Free Press)
The new citizenship test follows last year’s introduction of a new guide for immigrants. This 63-page booklet, entitled Discover Canada, replaces a previous, far-too-brief immigration guide with more detailed information about Canada. The government has to find a fine balance here. Making the test too hard will clog the system with failed applicants looking for another chance. But it shouldn’t make the tests so simple that they are meaningless.

So you think you know everything about Canada, eh? (Toronto Star)
On a rain-soaked morning this week, the Toronto Star conducted this admittedly unscientific experiment asking six Canadian-born to take the citizenship test. Three men and three women had 20 multiple-choice questions — samples from Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website — and 15 minutes. To pass, they needed 15 right answers. The exercise yielded surprising results: three flunked, one squeaked by and two passed with flying colours.–so-you-think-you-know-everything-about-canada-eh?bn=1

A Civic Literacy Project for the New Mainstream (The Canadian Experience)
A collection of 52 weekly-posted columns by some of Canada’s best historians, this one-year series explains who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Interesting and informative, a good guide for Canadians old and new, welcome to The Canadian Experience.

Christian Heritage candidate denies party ‘blatantly racist’ (London Free Press)
The London Free Press ran a story in which two academics, Cameron Anderson and Jeffrey Reitz, took the Christian Heritage Party of Canada to task for calling for a moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries. After reading their comments, a reader might have been left with the impression the party represents an intolerant fringe rather than the vast middle ground of Canadian views on law, morality and culture. I’d like to discuss their criticism and show how wrong it was.

Immigration changes face of St. Michael the Archangel Parish (Belleville Intelligencer)
St. Michael the Archangel Parish can be considered a microcosm of the city, and to some extent, Canada’s multiculturalism experience. Father Richard Whalen, pastor of 12 years at St. Michael’s Church, has witnessed how the ethnic demographic of his parish has changed. This change does not only apply to parishioners of the church, but also to the priests who hold mass as well.

Public Policy and Governance Review, Winter 2010 issue
Research papers in Vol. 2 No. 1 explore the marginalization of low-skilled foreign workers, promotion of diversity in the Canadian Forces, the recent ‘coalition crisis,’ and Toronto’s Jarvis Street revitalization project. In addition, a policy recommendation calls for the improvement of quantitative performance measurement in Canadian national security policy. The issue includes interviews with Daphne Meredith, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada, and Elly Alboim, former Senior Advisor to Paul Martin. Finally, Michael Hart, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy at Carleton University, provides a candid response to the Lefebvre Austruther Maingy Questionnaire.

The Economic Consequences of “Brain Drain” of the Best and Brightest: Microeconomic Evidence from Five Countries – PDF (Institue for the Study of Labor)
Brain drain has long been a common concern for migrant-sending countries, particularly for small countries where high-skilled emigration rates are highest. This paper presents the results of innovative surveys which tracked academic high-achievers from five countries to wherever they moved in the world in order to directly measure at the micro level the channels through which high-skilled emigration affects the sending country.


Human smuggling plan needs better screening (CBC)
A leading Canadian expert on refugees says he is encouraged by the new smuggling czar’s proposals to stem the flow of illegal migrants, but he cautions they will only work with a more robust global screening process for asylum seekers. Prof. Peter Showler of the University of Ottawa says Ward Elcock, Canada’s special envoy for human smuggling, is on the right track in wanting to reduce the wave of illegal migrants by supporting better refugee services in transit countries and addressing conditions that spur people to leave their native lands.

Refugee bill: Ignatieff’s principled stand (Toronto Star)
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has taken a principled stand against Bill C-49, the so-called “Preventing Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act.” The Conservative legislation is deeply flawed and likely unconstitutional. Bill C-49 was triggered by public anxiety over the arrival on the West Coast of two boatloads of Tamil refugees. That anxiety was stoked by government suggestions that some of the refugees were terrorists.–refugee-bill-ignatieff-s-principled-stand

Editorial: Canada needs new law to combat queue jumping (The Province)
Few would argue that Canada, with its low birthrate, needs deserving immigrants if it wants to replenish or increase its population. What it doesn’t need are queue jumpers who make a mockery of our porous and costly immigration system.

Confusion on human smuggling (Ottawa Citizen)
The opposition parties are right to kill the government’s deeply flawed human-smuggling bill. It would be nice if they chose instead to start a substantive public conversation about trafficking, smuggling and refugees.

Full steam ahead on anti-smuggling (Toronto Sun)
Other editorialists have taken their own shot at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, stating his “get-tough rhetoric” is “meaningless” without a willingness to work with the Harper government to thwart the continuing threat of mass arrivals on ships operated by criminal gangs. This, unfortunately, is asking too much of a man who knows so little about how frustrated and angry Canadians truly are about the mollycoddling offered to these illegal insurgents – and we include the queue-jumpers who came ashore without provable links to Tamil Tiger terrorists.

Don’t outlaw human smugglers – drive them out of business (Globe and Mail)
If we crack down on human smugglers, we’ll only drive the low-level, low-cost operators out of business – the ones used by legitimate families forced to flee conflicts quickly. What will be left will be the sort of people who likely operated the MV Sun Sea – hard-core criminal smugglers, and the sort of well-connected claimants able to hire them. Like Greece, we’ll learn that, when smuggling is outlawed, only outlaws do the smuggling. Conversely, we can drive the worst of the smugglers (who are also the most expensive) out of business by making our legitimate pathways work as they should. This efficiency doesn’t raise the number of refugees coming in; rather, by killing the market for private-sector alternatives, it can reduce them.


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