Maytree News Headlines – January 25, 2011


Immigrant children likely to earn university degree: StatsCan (Vancouver Sun)
Immigrants who arrived in Canada as children are more likely than their Canadian-born counterparts to earn university degrees, and that education gap has widened over time, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday.

Full study: Study: Education and earnings of childhood immigrants 1986 to 2006

Canadians split on whether racism is on the rise (Vancouver Sun)
Canadians are split on whether racism is a growing problem in the country, according to a new survey by the Association of Canadian Studies and Canadian Race Relations Foundation. The survey, exploring experiences with racism in Canada, shows contrasting views. For example, 65 per cent of Canadians in the survey said whites and visible minorities are treated equally in their workplaces. However, Canadians were almost evenly split on whether racism is a growing problem in the country.

CIBC Announces Presenting Sponsorship of 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards (Canada Newswire)
CIBC announces that it will be a presenting sponsor of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in Toronto in June 2011. The IIFA Awards, also known as the ‘Academy Awards of Bollywood’, are the annual film awards for India’s global movie industry. This is the first time this event will be held in North America and it is expected to attract over 40,000 visitors to Toronto as well as a global audience of 350 million viewers.

Losing the Soul of Our Nation (The Mark News)
Was the security team at the recent Quebec National Assembly wrong to refuse entry to several Sikh Canadians carrying their ceremonial kirpans? …We need open, civil, national discussion about the right to freedom of religion and how to balance that right with the need for public security. We can agree that we all have the right to practise the faith of our choice. But we must also agree that we all have a clear responsibility not to express prejudice and incite hatred and discrimination against those of different beliefs. This shared understanding should facilitate consensus on what might constitute legitimate public security restrictions, for instance on the carrying of ceremonial daggers. This consensus is then far less likely to be the subject of manipulation by petty provincial politicians aiming to divide Canadians and undermine the fabric of Canada.


Quebec pharmacists want money up front before supplying drugs to refugees (Globe and Mail)
Quebec pharmacists are refusing to supply prescription drugs to thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in the province without being paid up front, in spite of a federal program that is supposed to reimburse them for the cost. The move is the latest salvo in a long-simmering dispute between Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the association representing Quebec pharmacists.

Speak Up! Support Newcomer Youth Voices in Canada (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network is offering funding and support to groups of newcomer youth from across Canada to develop creative public education or advocacy resources designed to communicate the realities and concerns of refugee and immigrant youth. Deadline for applications: February 17th, 2011


Why equality is better for everyone (The Argus)
As may be expected, Canada ranked among the middle of the pack in nearly every test of the 23 wealthy nations with enough data to be included. With the federal assault on Statistics Canada, one is left to wonder whether this level of data will continue to be available for study. Among the more interesting conclusions drawn in this book is that equality does not only benefit the poor. People living in less egalitarian countries do worse on all of the metrics, no matter what their relative income level. Also of note is how these ratios translate across societies. While the overall quality of life differs between rich and poor countries, those with similar levels of equality have similar relative scores across their wealth spectra.

Welfare rates and dignity: couldyou live on $7200 a year? (Montreal Gazette)
Alan, a Montrealer, is 43 years old and lives alone in a tiny apartment. His total income was less than $7,200 from welfare last year. He can’t find employment… Picture yourself trying to manage on $7,200 for a year. No one should have to live like this, in a society as rich and as committed to human dignity and rights as ours. Yet the reality is very different. There are many individuals sharing Alan’s situation, and likewise many families in untenable situations.

Martin, NDP Propose Major Employment Insurance Reform (
The current recession has exposed gaping holes and crazy inconsistencies in Canada’s employment insurance rules, prompting Sault MP Tony Martin to call for major EI Reform… Youth and immigrants face particular challenges. New entrants to the labour market (who have never worked in Canada or have not worked in the past two years) face the highest bar – 910 hours, or nearly six months of full-time work.


TRIEC Executive Director Elizabeth McIsaac speaks at forum ForFin: International talent in Finland (TRIEC)
Elizabeth McIsaac, TRIEC’s Executive Director, will speak about the Toronto Region experience of integrating skilled immigrants in the Canadian labour market during her presentation, Collaborating on immigrant employment: building a model that works.

Treeplanting company ordered to pay exploited workers (PovNet)
The Employment Standards Branch has just ordered Khaira Enterprises Ltd., a treeplanting company to pay $228,687.51 to tree planters who worked for the company from March to July, 2010. Most of the workers are originally from Africa and they were routinely subjected to racial slurs, discrimination and racialized violence, as well as horrendous working conditions.


City ombudsman’s request for more staff turned down (Globe and Mail)
Toronto’s budget committee has rejected its ombudsman’s request for more staff – a move she says will prevent her from doing her job and calls into question the city’s commitment to funding and supporting an independent watchdog. Fiona Crean, who became the city’s first ombudsman in 2009, said her 10-person office will suffer if it doesn’t get the extra two staffers she’d requested – one investigator and one front-line worker. “I’m extremely disappointed,” she said. “If this rejection is endorsed by full council, it really calls into question the city’s commitment to equitable treatment of all its citizens. The second thing I think it really will call into question is the city’s commitment to having an independent ombudsman.”

Ford the cost-cutter adds to city’s payroll (National Post)
As a candidate, Rob Ford promised he’d save more than $67-million this year by reducing the city’s work force by 3 per cent. But as mayor, he’s proposed increasing the work force by nearly 1 per cent or 447 positions in his debut budget. New documents released on Monday reveal increases of 405 positions for capital works and 48 positions for day-to-day operations, minus a decrease of six positions for the solid waste, water and parking authorities.

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Streets, Building, Police and Other News.

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