Maytree News Headlines – January 17, 2011


DiverseCity Voice Brandon Hay of the Black Daddies Club to speak at What Makes a Man White Ribbon Conference (What Makes a Man blog)
The Black Daddies Club (BDC) was founded in 2007 by Brandon Hay in response to the lack of forums and spaces for Black men to discuss parenting issues as well as the issues facing the Black Community as a whole. The main goal is to change the image of the black father in the media, from a neglectful figure to a responsible, involved and loving role model.

Low-profile mentoring program gets results (Toronto Star)
The program has carried on quietly for five years, keeping a low profile; but its results have been miraculous. None of the 300-odd teens who participated in the program have dropped out of school. Their grades have gone from low Cs and Ds to high Bs and, in some cases, As. And many have gone on to college and university.–low-profile-mentoring-program-gets-results

Emerging Canadian news organization aims for Arab audience (Vancouver Sun)
We have a niche market being here in Canada, says Jayoush, president of the company, who sends reports to newspapers such as Dar Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram as well as the Al-Arabiya satellite news channel and the MBC satellite channel, both of Dubai. Jayoush also represents the MBC Group in Canada, with 165 million viewers, the Arab worlds largest media group.

Minor hockey player suspended for yelling racial slur (Ottawa Citizen)
A young Ottawa hockey player has been suspended for at least five games after using a racial epithet against a player on an opposing team during a weekend tournament at the Bell Sensplex.

All Canadians should accept death in their backyard (Globe and Mail)
Whatever the critics motivations, petitions have been circulating and the plans for the hospice have been put on hold. Perhaps a delay is sensible; sometimes its better to win over people with reason than simply to barrel ahead. But certain principles should be clear. First, hospices will, and should, play a growing role in palliative care. The dying (and their families) are entitled to dignity, the raison dêtre of hospices. As one nurse who has worked in a hospital and a hospice put it, people die differently in a hospice. Second, in a collision between Canadian values and those of subgroups within Canada, if that is indeed the case here, it is not always Canada that needs to give way.
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E-Chronicle Vol. 5 #9, 13 January, 2011 (Canadian Council for Refugees)
a) 2010 in Review: Refugee rights in Canada
b) Participate in the CCR Winter Working Group meetings, Toronto, 25-26 February 2011

Somali teen’s flight from Al Shabab to refuge in Norway (Toronto Star)
In Somalia, a country brimming with tragedy and mired in an unending war, Ismails story was only one of many. But it was also one that touched many. Torontos Somali diaspora started a group called Project Ismail and lobbied to get Ismail to Canada. Abdul Hassan, a Somali-born Canadian living in Nairobi, enlisted an underground network of supporters to spirit Ismail out of Somalia and into Kenya.–somali-teen-s-flight-from-al-shabab-to-refuge-in-norway?bn=1

Hundreds more Tamil migrants may be headed to Canada (Montreal Gazette)
Smugglers are preparing to ship at least 400 more Sri Lankan refugees and potential Tamil Tiger rebels to Canada from Southeast Asia, intelligence officials have told the federal government. There are two separate smuggling syndicates organizing two boats, from two unnamed southeast Asian ports to the B.C. coast, a well-placed federal government source told the Ottawa Citizen.


More than enough studies on #poverty, not enough action (
There have been a lot of studies and I have no doubt that the people involved in the studies are motivated by genuine concern. But we need action from these studies. In From The Margins was shelved by Ottawa. The Hunger Count report was a two- or three-minute footnote at the end of national newscasts. The research is there. What does it take to act on this research?

Goar: Slim bridge between Toronto’s two solitudes (Toronto Star)
One of the reasons influential Torontonians seldom speak out about poverty is that they dont see it. They live in upscale neighbourhoods, socialize with people who are financially comfortable, take their cars to work and shop where everybody has money. Even if they drive through a high needs neighbourhood, they dont see the need. From the outside, the crowded, cockroach-infested apartments that house the poor dont look bad. The tenants dont beg or scrawl graffiti all over the place. There are very few bridges between the two worlds.–goar-slim-bridge-between-toronto-s-two-solitudes


Report: Do Highly Educated Immigrants Perform Differently in the Canadian and U.S. Labour Markets? (Statistics Canada)
This paper compares changes in wages of university-educated new immigrant workers in Canada and in the U.S. over the period from 1980 to 2005, relative to those of their domestic-born counterparts and to those of high school graduates (university wage premium).


London tops global list of Open Cities (Financial Channel)
London has topped a survey looking at the capacity of cities around the world to attract and benefit from international populations. The British Councils OPENCities project compares 26 cities worldwide, looking at factors including diversity policies, quality of life and education. New York takes second place, followed by Toronto, Dublin and Los Angeles.

View the online OpenCities tool here –

Toronto as a Global City: Scorecard on Prosperity, 2010 (Toronto Board of Trade, via Cities of Migration)
Developed by the Toronto Board of Trade to chart the city’s course in a time of global economic change. The 2nd annual edition of the Scorecard has been expanded to include 11 additional indicators and five new cities, so that the Toronto region is now compared to 23 other global city-regions across a total of 34 indicators.

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