Maytree News Headlines – January 21, 2011


Mentoring – Help a Newcomer, Help Yourself (Maytree blog)
In the United States, January is National Mentoring Month. While this hasn’t officially caught on in Canada, we think it is a great opportunity to talk about mentoring skilled immigrants. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) opened this year with a New Year’s Resolution – “If you need a resolution to inspire and motivate you, consider becoming a mentor with The Mentoring Partnership.” We agree and we’ll spend the next couple of weeks highlighting the importance and effectiveness of mentoring skilled immigrants, and why you want to be a part of it.

Build the City, Build the Nation – Part 1 (Maytree blog)
Here at Maytree, the city agenda is an essential part of our work. Immigration, integration and diversity bring economic and social benefits to Canada’s cities. This, in turn, brings prosperity to Canada. Whether it’s looking deeply at our own city, Toronto, or expanding that lens internationally, with Cities of Migration, we recognize how essential the health of our cities are to our nation building efforts.

Putting Justice to Work for Domestic Caregivers (Cities of Migration)
Kalayaan works with migrant domestic workers to overcome these barriers and improve their quality of life through free and confidential advice on immigration and employment, support in retrieving passports from employers, assistance in accessing healthcare and mainstream services, and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses, as well as practical emergency assistance to workers who have recently left abusive employers.

Video – Five Good Ideas: Knowing How to Work the Room – Strategies for Successful Networking (Maytree)
with Lisa Mattam, The Mattam Group. It’s a fact – 70% of new business and 60% of jobs are attained through some sort of networking or relationship marketing. With statistics so compelling, how can you not spend time honing your networking skills? An entrepreneur, consultant and trainer, Lisa Mattam delivers an impactful and insightful presentation so you can take your networking skills to the next level. In her five good ideas, she explores the traditional channels for networking in addition to newer social media. She also provides concrete tips and tools so you will leave an impression that lasts.

Aspiring city-builders join DiverseCity program (Toronto Star)
Jain, with 24 other aspiring city-builders, has won a 2011 DiverseCity Fellowship, making him part of a year-long leadership and networking program. This year’s group includes city planners, bankers, health workers, research analysts, accountants and the founder of the Black Daddies Club community organization in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.–aspiring-city-builders-join-diversecity-program

Congratulations to the 2011 DiverseCity Fellows (DiverseCity blog)
We are happy to introduce the 2011 DiverseCity Fellows, twenty-five rising civic leaders poised to take action on issues critical to the health and prosperity of the Toronto region. Launched in January 2009, Fellows is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project and is one of eight initiatives designed to diversify the region’s leadership landscape.

For the political junkie in all of us (Sway Mag – Samuel Getachew)
Some of the African Canadians to watch out for as they play a leading role in upcoming provincial election.

Immigration candidates face Catch-22 (Winnipeg Free Press)
If you want to come to Canada with your skills to earn a decent wage, you had better already have a lot of money in the bank. Some critics of Manitoba’s provincial nominee program say a crackdown on financial eligibility rules is raising the bar so high it’s slamming the door on people who would have had no problem getting here in the past. The province has always said each applicant needs $10,000, plus $2,000 for each dependent, for settlement funds if they don’t have a job promised in Manitoba.

A shameful violation of religious freedom (Montreal Gazette)
You have to wonder what the powers that be in Quebec City were thinking when they invited a delegation of Sikhs to make a presentation to a National Assembly committee this week, only to have them turned away at the door because the invitees declined to surrender their kirpans, the ceremonial daggers devout Sikhs are obliged by their faith to wear on their persons at all times.

The kirpan and Canada’s French-English divide (Globe and Mail)
The two solitudes, when they don’t ignore each other, yell at each other. This week, they were yelling. The French are angry with the English for being angry with the Quebec National Assembly.

Question of diversity well worth pondering (
When I think about Canadian values I wonder about the values and beliefs of those people who built our country. Are they different from the values of the diverse people who continue to give it form today? …Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets the standard for shared values, but the protections of the law are extended to all religions and all cultures. The law even provides us with the right to be free from religion.

PQ: ‘Multiculturalism not a Quebec value’ (Metro Edmonton)
A group of Sikhs was turned away from the Quebec legislature for carrying ceremonial daggers in an incident Tuesday that served as a flashpoint in the province’s emotional debate about multiculturalism. The opposition Parti Quebecois applauded the decision by security guards to refuse entry to the kirpan-carrying Sikhs, with one prominent Pequiste declaring, “Multiculturalism is not a Quebec value.”–pq-multiculturalism-not-a-quebec-value

Closing the Borders of the Mind in an Age of Globalization (The Urban Times)
What, then, can we expect from 2011 and indeed the rest of the decade, as we experience the ever advancing aging of the population, and the expected increasing diversity of the population and the labour force? Just as the globalization of capital is meeting renewed resistance and pressures for protectionist trade policies in response to the recession, so too is the globalization of labour meeting social resistance as the impact of global labour markets is experienced by societies that are challenged by the new diversity this reality entails. This is resulting in a rise of “cultural protectionism”.

Citizenship, immigration minister touts local jobs (Cape Breton Post)
Canada’s citizenship and immigration minister toured Cape Breton’s case processing centre and says the extra resources have positively created new employment for the region.

Welcome to the new, cheery Canada (
Rather than saying, “Welcome to Canada. Stay in line,” the signs say: “Hi. Step in to Canada.” It’s actually quite a nice greeting, when you’re coming back from a stay in another country and feeling glad to be home. But it’s a bit of a shock. Just like finding out, when you open the hometown newspaper, that reusable bags, the kind we have been urged to, um, reuse, may pose perils that we have never considered. Usually, we think of this as a very cautious place, not flinging around cheery welcomes or taking chances with reusable bags… Somehow no one was talking about it when we returned, and no one was talking about the big competition run by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to come up with a new slogan to greet people at international airports.–welcome-to-the-new-cheery-canada

South Asian community has to value culture and support it – Haema Sivanesan, Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Generation Next)
“Second generation is still looking at their place in Canada through a racialized lens. Some of those issues also have to do with negotiating those issues around race, being a visible minority in Canada..and what is the role of cultural diversity and multiculturalism in Canada..organizations like SAVAC give artists a place to express those conflicting ideals,” Haema reflects.


Refugee Experience Series (TRES)
The Refugee Experience Series (TRES) is a grassroots community based organization working to humanize displaced people through fun, educational, and social events. Our social movement creates enjoyable avenues of participation to connect like-minded individuals to get involved in small and large ways to recognize and help refugees. Join our movement, help by simply increasing your knowledge of refugee issues. Refugee Sandwich Lunch Discussion with Peter Showler (with live streaming pilot) – Saturday, February 19, 1-3 pm.

Mystery Ships and Risky Boat People: Tamil Refugee Migration in the Newsprint Media – PDF (BC Metropolis)
On October 17, 2009, seventy-six Tamil refugees arrived off the coast of Victoria, British
Columbia. This study examines how the Canadian newsprint media portrayed this event
and in which policy context this coverage occurred.

Feds link Tamil boat passengers to terrorism (Toronto Sun)
The Canada Border Services Agency says 15 people who arrived off Canada’s west coast last summer should be booted from the country over terrorist or criminal ties. The news comes as officials in Thailand announced they laid charges against a man they claim helped organize the ship that brought the men and nearly 500 other Sri Lankan nationals to Canada.

‘Perpetual memorial of regret’ (Metro Halifax)
The latest memorial unveiled at Pier 21 doesn’t proudly illustrate Canada’s welcoming arms to refugees and immigrants. Instead it’s a symbol of the hateful and racist policies that turned away more than 900 Jewish refugees desperate to escape Germany in 1939.–perpetual-memorial-of-regret

Protesters rally to show support for war resisters (Winnipeg Free Press)
About a dozen protesters rallied outside Vic Toews’ Steinbach constituency office Wednesday afternoon to demand that the federal government provide refugee status to American war resisters seeking refuge in Canada. The rally was part of a nation-wide week of action and was organized by the prairie-based Keep Resisters in Canada Campaign.

Second Annual Multimedia Film Festival of York Region – Rich Tapestry, Mosaic Fragments (York Region Film Festival)
The Film Development Council was formed in response to, and in recognition of the increased diversity within York Region and the vital importance of engaging immigrant and/or diverse communities as well as individuals in a region-wide conversation regarding their life experiences–in particular and the successes and challenges of our Region in general.


Housing and health: Research issues, policy solutions – presentation to George Brown students (Wellesley Institute)
Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, yet millions of Canadians are precariously housed. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott outlined a century of critical housing and health research and policy issues, and set out a practical and pragmatic agenda for action, in a presentation to George Brown students. His presentation builds on the major themes in the Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada 2010 report.


Expat workers ‘shouldn’t hide foreign origins’ (The Telegraph)
According to a study carried out by social psychologists in Canada, recognising diversity is more likely to encourage workers to co-operate than it is to cause conflict. “Past research would conclude that, to gain the assistance of locals, it would be better for the expatriate to blend in and hide their foreign origins,” said Professor Geoffrey Leonardelli, one of the study’s two authors. “However, we report for the first time that it is better for expatriates to be seen as foreign.”

Report – Internationally Educated Health Professionals in Canada: Brain gain, drain & waste (Health Worker Migration)
We employed a largely qualitative approach to this study, as it was deemed most appropriate for the experiential and comparative research questions under investigation. A qualitative design allows for a greater appreciation of embedded and multifaceted nature of the phenomena under investigation and the contextual influences on these phenomena. In addition to the comparative dimension of professions, we also chose to examine the experiences across four key provinces.

Diversity Management (CBC Metromorning)
Matt galloway spoke with Michael Bach – the National Director of Diversity for KPMG Canada.

Canadian experience, over-qualification, and improvement of soft skills recurring topics at IEP Conference: PART TWO (LEAP blog)
The IEP Conference 2011, as mentioned in part one of this three part series, covered a wide range of topics for IEPs (Internationally Educated Professionals) pertaining to finding meaningful employment within their desired field in Canada. The three most recurring topics were:

* Gaining Canadian experience
* Candidate over-qualification during the employment application process
* Improvement of soft skills to attain employment and advance thereafter

Canada’s Adult Literacy Challenge: Multiculturalism, Literacy, and Productivity (Conference Board of Canada)
Language is one of the most obvious obstacles for the integration of new immigrants into the workplace. There is also, however, a need for improved literacy levels for those workers who are Canadian-born. In this e-Presentation, you’ll hear from Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. Margaret will outline the five problem signs of workplace illiteracy, underscore the link between literacy levels and the country’s economy, and highlight the steps to prepare your workforce for competition on the world stage.

Case Study: Immigration, Innovation, and Success in Canada (Conference Board of Canada)
In this e-Presentation, you’ll benefit from the experiences of two organizations that are widely recognized for their success recruiting immigrants and creating high-performing, diverse workplaces. While each offers a very different environment and unique organizational goals, both face the challenge of finding highly qualified individuals to work in team-based, knowledge-intensive environments. Each presenter will also discuss accreditation and other immigration and diversity talent management issues.

Sourcing, Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Internationally Educated Professionals at St. Michael’s Hospital (Conference Board of Canada)
In this e-Presentation, you’ll benefit from the experiences of two organizations that are widely recognized for their success recruiting immigrants and creating high-performing, diverse workplaces. While each offers a very different environment and unique organizational goals, both face the challenge of finding highly qualified individuals to work in team-based, knowledge-intensive environments. Each presenter will also discuss accreditation and other immigration and diversity talent management issues.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness Forum: Translating Diversity into Business Advantage (Conference Board of Canada)
In this e-Presentation, Jennifer Tory shares the experiences and learnings of RBC as they continue a long tradition of commitment and leadership in workplace diversity—not just in Canada, but globally. RBC’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives have been widely recognized, including being named as a 2010 Catalyst Award winner. Central to the organization’s commitment to diversity is the belief that there is always a need for enhancement, expansion, and increased awareness. It is this belief that underlies the RBC Diversity Blueprint. The Blueprint identifies the strategies and key priorities that expand and drive diversity and inclusion efforts and, in doing so, drives growth and innovation within the organization.

Faith at Work & How to Tackle Tough Diversity Issues (Conference Board of Canada)
Diversity initiatives typically address three distinct areas: legal obligation and compliance, employee engagement and talent management, and improving the performance of existing talent. Performance improvement leads to questions about how to tap into the “whole person” so their goals and aspirations at work align with those outside of work. Perhaps even more crucial is how to create a workplace environment that optimizes collaboration. This brings faith and spirituality into the discussion—intensely personal issues that can cause employee misunderstanding and conflict. To capitalize on all aspects of an individual and his/her potential contribution to a team, we must understand faith’s impact on the individual’s work approach and on co-workers. In this e-Presentation, John Dorland will use a number of case studies to help you explore the dynamics of faith and belief in your workplace, and your personal response to it.

Increasing and Capitalizing on Supply Chain Diversity (Conference Board of Canada)
Most experts agree that diversity offers a distinct strategic advantage in a competitive, global marketplace. Given the close ties between organizations and their complex global networks of suppliers, assessing and optimizing one’s supply chain partners’ diversity is a logical extension of a diversity and inclusiveness strategy. Such an approach may seem like a stretch to some, but diversity pioneers recognize it as an opportunity to increase the link between diversity and overall business performance. In this e-Presentation, Wendy Cukier discusses these issues and the results of Ryerson’s recent research on supply chain diversity.


Spacing Toronto Friday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Election After-math, Transit, Policy, Housing & Community, Streetscape, City Direction and Services.

Social Inclusion and Hamilton’s 2015 Pan Am Games (Raise the Hammer)
In this brief report, we consider how the redevelopment of Ivor Wynne Stadium (IWS) Complex might impact the surrounding area in terms of social inclusion opportunities. Any redevelopment of the land that includes the IWS Complex would be accompanied by opportunities to promote social inclusion, including job creation, improved public transit options, and the pride felt among area residents for being recipients of such significant investment. We focus on two opportunities in particular: urban renewal and access to green space and recreational facilities. These are two areas where city investment can significantly improve inclusion for residents.

City budget’s ‘big hurt’ may come in 2012 (National Post)
The city’s financial heavy hitters — the police and the TTC — are already forecasting significant funding shortfalls for next year, offering a taste of the looming 2012 budget crunch.

New poll shows cautious support for Transit City (blogTO)
A new poll conducted by Leger Marketing shows that 65 per cent of those surveyed believe that Transit City was an effective step forward in the development of public transportation in Toronto. But before this stat gets spun too quickly indicator of unabashed support for the LRT project, 44 per cent of respondents in the same poll voted in favour of building Rob Ford’s subway plan versus 40 per cent who think that LRTs should be built.


Social Finance and Affordable Housing (
There is certainly a buzz in government circles across the country about the potential for social finance. This week, the Social Innovation Generation (SiG) at MaRS team was invited to present at an engaging Lunch and Learn session with representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). The session was led by Sumera Nabi, Senior Policy Advisor in the Housing Policy Branch at the Ministry, who presented an insightful and in-depth overview of social finance. The noon hour discussion featured excellent questions and valuable perspectives from committed and experienced public servants working in affordable housing.

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