Maytree News Headlines – December 9, 2010


The Cities of Migration project shares Toronto’s diversity experience with the world (Yonge Street Media)
Is there much to learn from Toronto’s experience with immigration? Lots, says the Cities of Migration project as it aims to share not just Toronto’s ideas on successful immigration inclusion, but those of other cities around the world.

Swimming to Safety / WaterSafe Auckland (Cities of Migration)
To address the over-representation of the migrant population in the regional drowning statistics, in 2008 WaterSafe Auckland (WAI) established the New Settler Water Safety Reference Group and embarked on a programme of community education initiatives that put cultural safety alongside issues like drowning prevention, water safety promotion and public education.

Kerakia: Recipes for Inclusion – Televisió de Catalunya (Cities of Migration)
Food and the rituals that surround it are an easy way to introduce new tastes, explore new cultures and make new friends. Sitting down to a shared meal establishes an immediate sense of commonality. Conversation is part of the sauce. While this can happen unintentionally, Televisió de Catalunya has put the spotlight on food as a deliberate tool to increase cultural understanding among the regions diverse ethnocultural groups and to boost programming back at head office.

Webinar: From the Ballot Box to the Podium: Mobilizing Immigrant Voters and Political Leadership (Cities of Migration)
Participation in political life means having a voice on issues ranging from housing to human rights, from the environment to property taxes, from public transit to safe neighbourhoods. Whether as voters, organizers, or political leaders, immigrant communities represent a powerful and growing political constituency. From the ballot box to the podium, how do we mobilize voter engagement and civic leadership in underrepresented ethnic communities? How do we bring new voices and new ideas to the table? On January 25, 2011, join Cities of Migration for a 60 minute webinar to explore successful strategies for promoting the political participation of old and new immigrant communities.

Special recognition recipients (Canadian Immigrant)
Five Toronto-area corporations, who have collectively mentored more than 1,500 skilled immigrants through the Mentoring Partnership Program, were recognized by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) in a special reception. The 2010 Special Recognition Recipients were TD Bank Financial Group, City of Toronto, Deloitte, KPMG and Scotiabank. Along them, other 27 active corporate partners in the program were mentioned for their dedicated commitment in 2009-2010.

Too many immigrants: poll (
A new poll shows half of Canadians think there are too many immigrants coming to this country and the government should cut the numbers. The poll by Ottawa’s Abacus Data found that 49% of Canadians think there are too many immigrants coming to Canada each year, compared to 32% who think we hit the right number annually, 7% who think there are too few and 13% who dont know.

Integrating New Canadians (South Asian Generation Next)
How to regulate immigration policy so that new comers benefit from what our society has to offer them is an entirely different story though? Councillor Parker suggests that we need properly managed immigration policy that attracts immigrants to contribute to our economy. But he also notes that Mayor Rob Ford has a point. We have not done a very admirable job in integrating these new arrivals, Councillor Parker says. These new Canadians come with hopes and expectations that their skills will be utilized for the best results for Canada as well for their individual growth.

NS faces uphill battle on immigration (
Nova Scotia is benefiting from greater immigration, but the federal immigration minister isnt sure that Ottawa can increase the numbers as quickly as the province would like. Since 2006, Ottawa has increased funding for immigrant settlement in Nova Scotia to $7.1 million from $2.1 million, and also boosted the number of skilled workers brought in under the provincial nominee program to 833 in 2009 from 326 in 2005.

Council to vote on motion targeting media (Vancouver Sun)
The City of Vancouver will join a chorus of voices decrying an article entitled “Too Asian?” that appeared in the Nov. 10 issue of Maclean’s magazine if a motion being presented to council next week is passed. Coun. Kerry Jang’s motion is in direct response to articles in Maclean’s and another article in the Toronto Star.

Volunteers put heads together (Metro Canada – Ottawa)
Volunteer organizations would like to see more immigrants volunteering, too. Newcomers to Canada are the largest untapped resource for the volunteer market, said Omaima Faris, an immigrant and volunteer co-ordinator at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization.–volunteers-put-heads-together

Ontario Short-changed by Feds for Immigrant Settlement Services (South Asian Generation Next)
Unfortunately, the Ontario provincial government is being left to fend for itself on this issue. This has been most recently highlighted through the Conservative governments refusal to come to the table and re-negotiate the Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA). The original agreement, signed with the federal Liberal government in November 2005, provided $920 million dollars in new federal funding for settlement services over a five-year period, including $540 million in base funding. A one-year extension was announced in May of this year, which promised $428 million. However, under the Conservatives only $713 million of the new money was spent from the original agreement. A shortfall of $207 million dollars still remains.

Is there transparency in funds promised in COIA? (South Asian Generation Next)
Dr. Eric Hoskins, has repeatedly said that Ontario is waiting for $207 million from the federal government… We refuse to write checks unless we can be assured that that money can be spent responsibly. And so that is why we were unable quite frankly to find enough eligible projects, grants and contributions to spend all that money, [Minister
Kenney] continued.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly May Be Torontos First Black Top Cop (Sway)
In the Toronto Police Service (TPS), its not every day that a champion for change rises to a coveted position within the organizations senior ranks. But lately those days are happening more frequently. It happened in September 2009 to Peter Sloly. This new deputy chief is now overseeing one of five executive commands that report directly to the Chief of Police, Bill Blair.

We’ve come a long way: Mukherji (South Asian Focus)
Thanks to his efforts, the 5,600-strong Toronto Police – the biggest city force in the country – has hired more than 30 per cent officers from visible minorities since he took over five years ago.

The new skilled immigrants (Canadian Immigrant)
International students are looked at as prospective immigrants by not only the federal government, but also immigration experts across the country. Many of these students are also expected to become business owners, once they settle down in the country upon becoming immigrants. Thats the expectation anyway. And, in anticipation, the country has begun attracting the worlds best and brightest students, offering them a fast track to permanent residency status.

Ottawa puts limit on skilled immigrants (Montreal Gazette)
The federal government has put a cap of 20,000 on the number of visa applications it will accept from skilled immigrants over the next 12 months and also has reduced the number of occupations under which foreign workers can apply. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the changes, which are effective immediately, were needed to avoid creating new backlogs and processing times under the foreign worker program.

Lisa Mattam | Spotlight (BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt)
As founder of the Mattam Group, Lisa Mattam, MBA, is a recognized thought leader in workplace diversity.

Immigrants and worship (Straight Goods)
Recent immigration from Asia, Africa and the Middle East has altered the religious profile of the country, especially in Toronto. It’s interesting to see how faithfully places of worship reflect Toronto’s evolving diversity, providing the minarets and steeples of this transformation. The domes and the menorah speak to what the city once was and what it has become.

Supporting hockey in Thorncliffe Park (Toronto Observer)
The TNO was responsible for approaching the kids. Its youth program co-ordinator, Marijana Cuvalo, was also on hand to witness the event. Weve got the largest newcomer community in Canada, said Cuvalo. So theres a lot of youth that have grown up without (the opportunity to play hockey) and now theres a younger generation that could probably lace up the skates and take to the ice for the first time.

The Manitoba miracle (Maclean’s)
Manitoba has been the most aggressive of all the provinces at using the Provincial Nominee Program to lure skilled immigrants, says Mario Lefebvre, director of the Centre for Municipal Studies at the Conference Board of Canada. Manitoba now attracts roughly 13,000 immigrants a year, which, given the size of the provinces population, is a rate on par with Torontos. Manitobas immigration strategy got a shout-out from the New York Times recently, when the paper hailed Winnipeg as a hub of parka-clad diversity. Its helped drive the local housing marketeven amid the recession, housing starts came in at around 4,200 last year, one of the highest levels since the 1980s.

via Cities of Migration

The impact of proposed changes to the UK immigration system on migrant domestic workers

Care and Immigration: migrant care workers in private households

Article from The Times: Migrant domestic workers

Refugee Teachers in London: Achievements and Aspirations Report based on tracking research undertaken by: RAGU (Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit) and Refugees into Jobs

Counting on Success: An initial review of work to support Refugee Finance Professionals

Making a difference Refugee successes in the world of work

Helping new refugees integrate into the UK: baseline data analysis from the Survey of New Refugees


Kenney vows to keep up pressure on refugees’ law (South Asian Focus)
The federal government will continue to block illegal immigration and crack down on human smugglers even if they fail to pass the proposed Bill C-49, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told media persons last week. Harper’s minority government is upset at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s announcement that his party will not support the Bill when it reaches second reading in the House of Commons.

Bill C 49: Tough on Smugglers or Victims? (South Asian Generation Next)
In response to a question by Generation Next that isnt it unfair to legitimate refugees to abide by the five-year probationary period whereby they cannot be reunified with the family and cannot obtain travel documents, Minister Kenney retorted I do not accept for a moment that we should consider people who are paying the criminal gangs money to come here are all refugees. Some may be. Each case will be determined by the Refugee Board and the changes we propose would continue that system. Anyone whos found to be a refugee would be able would not be returned. But we have to find a way of sending a message to people that if they want to come to Canada, paying a criminal gang $50,000 is not the right way of doing it. And we believe the five-year period is entirely reasonable.

A white market for refugees won’t make a difference (Ottawa Citizen)
This editorial on refugees and smuggling promotes a white market for refugees to help the black market disappear. This does not survive serious examination for the same reasons as the often-made claim that accepting more immigrants will stop illegal immigration.


Loblaw companies has a process to evaluate international education and experience (South Asian Generation Next)
Talking to Generation Next, Ms. Nan Oldroyd, Senior Director, Talent Loblaw Companies Ltd. said as part of the inclusion tool kit , we actually have a process where we can evaluate international education and experience on equivalent level to Canadians experience. This has really helped us to help new Canadians to work with us.

Mentoring session for new immigrants provides speedy avenue to a new job (
The intention of the sessions, according to an ACCES spokesperson, was to demonstrate that even in a limited time, an immigrant job seeker could be considered a strong candidate for a full-time position as well as glean important information about the Canadian job market.–mentoring-session-for-new-immigrants-provides-speedy-avenue-to-a-new-job


James: City builders adopt new name, renewed focus (Toronto Star)
One of this citys most successful and ongoing civic ventures gets a new name and a renewed focus Thursday both essential following the death last December of its driving force, David Pecaut. Two hundred emerging leaders from the citys new roster of smart, capable and talented go-getters will gather at the MaRS Discovery District for a progress report on four brilliant initiatives adopted last year, and to consider new ones nurtured by the Toronto City Summit Alliance. Sources say the new name is Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, CivicAction for short. It underscores the groups mantra of action over talk, and broadens its reach across the whole Toronto region.–james-city-builders-adopt-new-name-renewed-focus

Toronto-area transit policy: Big mo for the Big Move? (Julia Deans – Globe and Mail)
Civic leaders and the public need to do a much better job of making their views known. Hundreds of leaders have told us how much our lives and economy are suffering because of outmoded transportation infrastructure. Now that were finally on the road to improvement, these leaders should make their views known to the politicians deciding our transportation journey. If they dont, an unwelcome detour may well result.

Whats local is global (MaRS)
On a global scale, cities are becoming the focal point for conversations about competitiveness. After all, they are the locations where population density, economic activity, research, infrastructure and creativity propel entire nations. As Canadas largest city, Toronto gets lots of advice about what it needs to do to become a global powerhouse. In recent civic elections, however, international competitiveness did not seem to be on the minds of Toronto voters. Instead it was concerns about municipal performance city finances, taxes, transportation gridlock, political accountability and the ability to integrate immigrants.

Spacing Toronto Thursday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Spacin Buttons, City Hall, Don Cherry, Transit, City Strategizing, G20 Aftermath and Other News.


Global Health in Canada: Dr. Mayhew’s Cross Cultural Health Experience (Global Health blog, UBC)
When Canadian students think about Global Health, they often imagine health disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations across the globe. Many students feel that in order to capture a taste of global health, they must travel and work abroad. However, Dr. Maureen Mayhew experiences health from an international perspective in Vancouver when she provides care for her refugee patients at Bridge clinic.

Poverty Profile 2007: Bulletin No. 10 – Income Inequality (National Council on Welfare)
* Highlights
* How does Canada compare to other countries?
* Why is inequality important?
* Inequality trends for families
* Income adjusted for family size
* Other ways to look at inequality

Poverty group demands ‘written in Peel’ policies for Provincial election (Caledon Citizen)
Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG) is demanding that written in Peel policies be adopted by all political parties in the Ontario election set for October.


SE Spotlight: Nkem Anizor (Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada)
Nkem Anizor of Neighbourhood Basketball Associations B.R.O.S. (Brothers Reaching Our Sons) Mentoring Recreation Program. The B.R.O.S program addresses the lack of positive adult male role models for young, Black males in the Kingston-Galloway community of east Scarborough by connecting young males with role models. The $1,000 loan from YSEC will be used to teach economically challenged participants entrepreneurial skills by providing an opportunity to earn their registration fee by selling t-shirts. The loan will be repaid within 4 months through t-shirt sale profits.

SE Spotlight: Christopher Wong (Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada)
Christopher Wong and Ronald Ha are on the Executive Team of Young Urban Farmers Community Shared Agriculture (YUF CSA), an organization that turns Torontos backyards into a sustainable source of fresh, organic food for community shareholders. The $1,000 loan from YSEC will be used to purchase a greenhouse to extend their growing season and be repaid within 4 months through community shareholder fees.

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