Maytree News Headlines – January 11, 2011


Webinar Jan 21: Land of Opportunity? Why Immigrants Fare Better in Atlantic Canada – PDF (Metropolis Atlantic)
What are the demographic and other changes which will impact the supply of labour in
Newfoundland and Labrador? Where are the workers likely to come from? Will we be able
to attract immigrants to fill job vacancies? The good news is that, while immigrants to
Canada are significantly more likely to settle in urban centre likes Montreal, Toronto and
Vancouver than in Atlantic Canada, the labour market performance of immigrants to Atlantic
Canada tends to be better than that of the average Atlantic Canadian worker. The opposite is
true in Ontario. This could provide Atlantic Canada with a major comparative advantage in
the international labour market. Why do these differences exist, and how could they be
used to benefit both immigrants and the overall success of Atlantic Canada?

Immigration numbers up, funding down (North Island Midweek)
Immigrant services organizations in Canada are being caught in a bind, says the Campbell River and Area Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association. The number of immigrants are increasing but funding for immigrant services is being cut.

News from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. January 2011 (MCI)
In This Issue:
Important dates
Ontario Legislature Calls on Ottawa to Negotiate New Immigration Agreement
Newcomer Information at your Finger Tips
Lincoln M. Alexander Award Recipients
Please Take Our Short Readership Survey
Update: Pan-Canadian Framework for Foreign Qualification Recognition
Volunteer Service Awards Tour Dates

Feds nix illegal work for residency rules (Toronto Sun)
The federal immigration department is being told to switch gears and stop counting illegal work experience for official immigration applications. QMI Agency reported over the weekend that senior Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials had said illegal work experience could count towards an application through the provincial nominee program.

City and feds fight racism with funds (Vancouver Observer)
Calling on the city to “build a safer and more inclusive city where discrimination, where racism, and bullying no longer exist,” Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has earmarked nearly a million dollars to create a youth leadership program in Vancouver. The program will fuel the city’s fight against racism, city officials said today.

CERIS Seminar – Design for Diversity (York Events)
Jan 14, 2011, 12pm-2pm In Canada, the design processes of everyday spaces and places need to incorporate the cultural diversity of future inhabitants and users. Architects, urban planners and policy makers are increasingly aware of this need, yet little practice exists on how to implement design for diversity.

Sikhs have come a long way since Abbotsford temple 100 years ago (Vancouver Sun)
The decision by the Sikhs of Abbotsford to declare 2011 a year of centennial events serves to remind all British Columbians of the hardships and successes of this burgeoning community.
Monday’s kick off for a year of Sikh celebrations was the 100th anniversary of Abbotsford’s clapboard Gur Sikh Temple, which historians maintain is the oldest still-standing Sikh temple in North America.


Ontario to invest $5-million to fight bedbugs (Globe and Mail)
The Ontario government is investing $5-million to help the province’s 36 public health units fight bedbug infestations. Health units will have to apply for the funding, which before now had not existed.


Building innovation (Calgary Herald)
In Calgary, SNC-Lavalin is participating in the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (CRIEC) Mentoring Collaborative, which brings together skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Mentors support their mentees in developing their networks and job search strategies, with the goal of helping highly qualified immigrants join the Canadian workforce.

Report Urges Increased Labor Mobility to Meet Demands for Economic Growth (
Industries and countries worldwide will require major increases of highly educated people in their workforces to sustain economic growth, argues a new report prepared by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, Global Talent Risk — Seven Responses, analyzes projected talent shortages by 2020 and 2030 in 25 countries, 13 industries, and nine occupational clusters.
Report (PDF)

Working Paper – Markets and #Diversity: An Overview (Metropolis B.C.)
This document provides a synthetic overview of a project to build an in- ventory of key literature on the subject of “markets and diversity.” The first phase of the project involved a literature search and compilation of one hundred bibliographic items and assembly of as many digital copies of these items as possible. The second phase of this project involved the annotation of forty of these bibliographic items.

Leaders matter (Financial Post)
In order to effect that change, Ms. Kelly, together with the Toronto Human Resources Professionals Association where she is a board member, has joined forces with the Rotman School of Management to create the Board Human Resources Committee Program for directors and executives slated to run April 17 to 19…
The Board Human Resources Committee program will take a strategic approach to leveraging performance, succession planning, diversity, retention of talent and organizational culture and learning, among other areas.


Spacing Toronto Tuesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, GTA, Transit, Police, Streetscape, Building and Other News.

Unmasking and Overcoming Health Inequities in Urban Cities (UN)
This global report Hidden Cities: Unmasking and Overcoming Health Inequities in Urban Settings is one important component of the overall WHO and UN-HABITAT strategy to strengthen the response of the local, national and global health communities to reduce health inequities in an increasingly urbanized world. The report exposes the extent to which the urban poor suffer disproportionately from a wide range of diseases and health problems, which can be traced back to inequalities in their social and living conditions. It also provides evidence-based information and tools to help municipal and health authorities tackle health inequities in their cities.


Prime Minister Harper announces Award for Social Innovators (Al Etmanski blog)
On January 7th Prime Minister Harper announced a series of national and regional awards that honor individuals, (particularly young adults), non profits, businesses and social enterprises who are improving the well being of their community and supporting social innovation. The language of the Prime Minister reflects that used by leading non profit, voluntary sector, government and business leaders including my colleagues at Social Innovation Generation (SiG). This heralds an important shift in thinking for our federal government.

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