Maytree News Headlines – January 12, 2011


Maytree Scholarship Program
Offering scholarships to Protected Persons and Landed Immigrants who were Protected Persons entering first year of undergraduate programs at university or community college in Toronto. Deadline for applications: Friday, March 25, 2011 by 5:00 p.m.

Video: The Future of Diversity Management: Building “Workplace 3.0” Jan 20, 2001 (Skills for Change)
The conference brings together speakers to share their knowledge and perspectives– with an emphasis on the ways that they have brought about changes in perception and culture — and made diversity a key element of their company’s success.

How to Communicate: Strategic Communication on Migration & Integration (King Baudouin Foundation)
This manual presents some basic principles on developing strategic communications for NGOs working on migration issues. It emphasizes the need to integrate communications as a core element and as part of the mission of any organisation working on these issues, and it provides hands-on information for learning to “think strategically” and working more effectively with the media. The publication also includes contributions of several experts in strategic communications (including Frank Sharry).

Action Learning based leadership development to help your org close Diversity & Inclusion gaps (Diversity Champions)
Diversity Champions is a 6 month Action Learning based leadership development program that can help your organization close Diversity and Inclusion gaps.

Race Questions and the Census (
Debra Thompson was invited to read the threads and to respond. Debra wrote The Politics of the Census: Lessons from Abroad in the Journal of Canadian Public Policy as a response to the recent cuts to the Canadian census and won the McMenemy Prize for her paper in the Canadian Journal of Political Science: Is Race Political?

Immigrants use of welfare a mixed bag, documents show (Toronto Sun)
Do immigrants and refugees really end up on welfare in greater numbers than the general population? A review of data from Statistics Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada shows it depends on the type of immigrant.

Ethnic diversity a ‘game changer’ for Ontario growers (
‘The market for horticultural products is changing with the change in our demographics,’ says a researcher with the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

Agency closing doors (Standard Freeholder)
March 31 will be the last day of operation for the Cornwall and District Immigration Services Agency… The government claims it is giving out three times more than the allocation five years ago -up to $346.5 million in 2011 for immigration services -but is now trying to redistribute it better across the country. The most recent funding changes announced in December 2010 will find potentially 35 fewer settlement agencies in Ontario.

Migration Health: Embracing a Determinants of Health Approach (Health Canada)
People have been migrating or “on the move” since the earliest of times. Although the health issues associated with migration have long been of interest, changes in the patterns, volume and demography of migration are creating new challenges and opportunities. This issue of the Health Policy Research Bulletin examines how research is helping to broaden the approach to migration health, from one principally focused on preventing the spread of disease to one that also seeks to maintain the health of newcomers as they settle into their new environments.

Migrant Routes (Centre for Race and Culture)
Created to combat racial discrimination and build inclusive and equitable communities for newcomers to Canada, the program provides free educational resources and workshops to interested organizations, workplaces, unions, schools, and communities across Canada.

Minister Kenney meets with families from Operation Stork (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today marked the anniversary of Operation Stork with some of the families helped by this special initiative to unite Haitian children with their adoptive parents.

YEP, It’s ESL (Torontoist)
It all happens in an ordinary-looking ESL classroom: six opposite-facing wide-screen monitors that display typing programs and the odd YouTube video or online games for students who finish early. And, on this particular weekend at the Regent Park Centre of Learning, an ordinary end-of-semester event is taking place, as students and teachers alike receive accolades of distinction for their progress and hard work. But at Youth Empowering Parents, that’s where the similarities to most other ESL programs in Toronto end. Here, the teachers are still in public school and the students are twice their age.


Town hall meeting: Gov’t will need help on Bill C-49 (Maple Ridge News)
The views came at MP Randy Kamp’s town hall meeting Monday on Canada’s Bill C-49, which proposes to get tough with human smuggling and calls for jailing of up to a year those who enter Canada via a “human smuggling event.”

Refugee board bulletin smacks of political interference in Tamil cases: Critics (
Refugee advocates are questioning whether political interference from Ottawa prompted a senior Immigration and Refugee Board manager to issue a rare notice last month highlighting a ruling that rejected the claim of a young Tamil migrant.


Toronto’s poor concentrated in aging highrises (Toronto Star)
They rise up among the postwar bungalows of Toronto’s inner suburbs. Towering buildings that house hundreds of thousands of the city’s poorest people. These apartments are often the first home for those who came to this country looking for a better life. Once built to house modest-income and middle-class families, these aging highrises have increasingly fallen into disrepair and become rife with problems — drug dealing, vandalism, bug infestations, overcrowding — and increasing poverty. That is the bleak reality for too many highrise dwellers in Toronto, according to Vertical Poverty, a landmark report released by the United Way Wednesday.–toronto-s-poor-concentrated-in-aging-highrises?bn=1
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Goar: Anti-poverty success airbrushed out (Toronto Star)
The initiative was called “mincome.” It was billed as an “important contribution to the review of Canada’s social security system.” It cost Ottawa $12.8 million and Manitoba $4.2 million. It ended prematurely. In 1978, Ottawa pulled the plug when the economy slumped, unemployment and inflation climbed and public interest in welfare reform plummeted. The findings were never analyzed. No report was ever written… In today’s climate of austerity, no government is likely to embrace a radical poverty reduction strategy. But computerizing the boxloads of archived information in Winnipeg — not a huge expense for a government or public institution — would give scholars and policy-makers insight into what works and what doesn’t in poverty reduction programs.–goar-anti-poverty-success-airbrushed-out


Immigrants could help businesses succeed (CanadianImmigrant)
The survey shows that two-thirds (67 per cent) of company manager respondents express an interest in hiring immigrant workers who have never previously worked Quebec.
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Report (en francais):

‘Vive la difference!’ Seeing foreigners as foreign encourages local coworkers to assist them (Eureka Alert)
Whether it’s a company with local and ex-pat employees, countries in need of aid, or the elderly interacting with the young, a new research paper to be published in the journal Psychological Science says recognizing diversity can actually encourage people to help each other instead of sparking conflict. “The standard assumption has been that group-based differences serve as the basis for distrust, disagreement, or dispute,” says Geoffrey Leonardelli, a professor of management and psychology who co-authored the paper with Soo Min Toh, also a management professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Media Advisory – Key to Newcomer Success Is To “Become More Canadian”
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ – A new study suggests Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) are more likely to move up the ranks in the Toronto workforce if they focus on becoming “more Canadian.” The study was commissioned by the Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI) and asked immigrants their key to job market success – many said adapting to Canadian culture or “becoming more Canadian” was critical.

Going to Live and Work in Canada as a Skilled Migrant: Update
As a skilled migrant hoping to move to live, work and start a new life in Canada, it’s imperative that you keep abreast of any changes that could impact on you…Depending on your skill set and where you want to work in Canada, it may be time for you to speed up your visa application and get moving before job opportunities dry up. Alternatively, if you’re hoping to work in some regulated professions in Canada, there is good news relating to skill matching and international qualifications recognition.


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