Maytree News Headlines – January 26, 2011


Mentoring – Many Places, Many Forms (Maytree blog)
Through our ALLIES project, we’re working with organizations across Canada to build local strength in mentoring programs. Our National Mentoring Initiative promotes mentoring from coast to coast as a proven strategy for skilled immigrants to integrate into the labour market (more specifics about the National Mentoring Initiative will come in a future post).

Chinese parents languishing in immigration backlog (Toronto Star)
Currently, it takes up to seven years to sponsor parents to Canada from China. But processing times vary greatly from one visa office to another. In London, for instance, sponsorships of parents are processed as quickly as in one year.–chinese-parents-languishing-in-immigration-backlog

Government of Canada Supports Radio Shalom Anti-Semitism Project (Marketwire)
CIC is providing $50,000 to Radio Shalom to produce The Voyage of the MS St.Louis, a Radio Diary. It is a series of 14, one-hour audio programs in both French and English produced by and for secondary school students to commemorate the events surrounding the St. Louis.

Ethical Consumption On The Rise In Canada: Stats Can (City News)
Immigrants and people 65 and older are less likely to boycott or buy certain products for ethical reasons, the study says.–ethical-consumption-on-the-rise-in-canada-stats-can

Irish immigrants get helping hand (Montreal Gazette)
With dire economic difficulties gripping much of Ireland along with large job losses, a program of working holiday visas has been established by the Canadian government. An agreement between Canada and Ireland to allow 12-month open work permits has recently been extended from one to two terms, or from 12 to 24 months. Beyond that, those who wish to stay can ask an employer to sponsor them.

Wanted Canadian white supremacist calls for violence against Jews, US gov’t (Vancouver Sun)
Canadian authorities have accused Cobb of operating his own hate website from Vancouver for 10 months before his arrest at the Vancouver Public Library last June following a six-month Hate Crime Team investigation.

Russia unhappy with tough visa rules (Ottawa Citizen)
As an example, in order to come to Canada for a weekend conference, the form he has to fill out for a visa asks him for information about all of his children, step-children, and adopted children, and all of his brothers and sisters, including their present addresses and occupations. He must provide the dates and employers (including name, address and telephone number as well as monthly salary) relating to his job history for the past 10 years, as well as information about former spouses, and any political activity. “It seems like a form you’d use if you’d want to emigrate,” he said, “but instead, it’s the form you fill out to come to Canada for a few days, on business, or for a vacation.”

Barbara Kay: Communities must speak out against brutal traditions (National Post)
Canadians are not racist, but they are increasingly skeptical about the ideal of multiculturalism. Mass immigration, many feel, will only be desirable when immigrants choose to Canadianize, as they did in the years before multiculturalism was ensconced as an official state doctrine in the 1970s. Here is one reason why they are skeptical. In a few months, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed will submit to Canadian justice in a courtroom. Each of them faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three teenage daughters/sisters, as well as the death of Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi excited about getting city back on track (Straight Goods)
“Transit is key,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, presenting what he called “Calgary 3.0” to a friendly crowd of more than 200 people, who crammed the main hall at the Unitarian Church of Calgary and overflowed into other spaces. Looking more like a professor (which he is) than a politician, in jeans and a blazer, he gave a 21st Century presentation, with head mike and polished computer slide show. The audience gasped and laughed as he made his points.

The National Assembly should not be a rights-free zone (Montreal Gazette)
But there appears to be a movement in Quebec, at least from certain politicians and pundits, to pry democracy and equality apart. The latest in this troubling trend is the refusal by security personnel to admit kirpanwearing Sikhs to the Quebec legislature. Two arguments are raised to support the refusal: first, that multiculturalism is not a Quebec value; and second, that a knife is still a knife and that the fundamental rules apply (no blades, no bending of rules).

Canada’s culture of excellence in education (Toronto Star)
Canada ranked 6th overall, and the OECD picked out Canada as one of four “strong performers” and “successful reformers.” Strictly speaking, though, the OECD concentrated not on the whole of Canada but on just one province: Ontario. In a video promotion of PISA’s policy implications, the OECD’s change guru, Andres Schleicher, praises Canada for its positive approach to immigration that is evident in narrow achievement gaps between students from different social backgrounds.–canada-s-culture-of-excellence-in-education

Student scores donation for charity in her homeland (
Darryl Hobbs, a teacher at the Etobicoke high school, asked his world issues class to research and write an essay on a charity, and then perform a five-minute presentation on why the class should support that particular charity… “The students overwhelmingly chose her and were inspired by her passion, and also the cause itself and what the charity did,” he said. “It’s one of those charities that’s getting down into some pretty serious issues in Nepal and that area.”–student-scores-donation-for-charity-in-her-homeland


Lifting Czech visa ban will lead to Roma flood: activist (National Post)
There would likely be a new flood of Roma refugee claimants arriving in Canada if the Harper government lifts its visa requirement for visitors from the Czech Republic, according to a Prague-based human rights activist.

Tackling the snakehead smugglers (Abbotsford Times)
Unfortunately, some people abuse our generosity and goodwill – human smugglers, also known as “snakeheads”, and illegal migrants who just want to jump the immigration queue. Although Canada gladly welcomes newcomers who work hard and play by the rules, our message is clear: We will not tolerate those who falsely claim refugee status. Such bogus applications cost hard-working Canadian taxpayers as much as $50,000 per case. This is not fair to Canadians who are being fleeced of their hard-earned tax dollars, and it’s not fair to legitimate refugees who are fleeing conflict and persecution by following the rules.


Sleepwalking to segregation: How housing, income, health are linked – presentation notes (Wellesley Institute)
The growing body of evidence that shows Toronto is becoming a more divided city as people and populations, also suggests that the city is increasingly segregated by housing, income and health. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott made a presentation to Ryerson University students today on the links between housing, income and health.

Low-income school approved (St. Catharines Standard)
Can a school help battle the effects of poverty? The District School Board of Niagara is about to find out. The board’s vision for a regional school dedicated to students from low-income families will become a reality in September, after being approved Tuesday night by trustees.

Poverty czar says citizens need to help city find solutions (Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton’s ‘poverty czar’ has issued a call to arms for citizens to get involved in eradicating the inequities between the city’s neighbourhoods. “Let’s have the same intense conversation about that like the (Pan Am) stadium,” Paul Johnson, the city’s director of neighbourhood development strategies said Tuesday night at a forum on the issue.–poverty-czar-says-citizens-need-to-help-city-find-solutions

Seniors the new face of poverty in Waterloo Region (Waterloo Record)
One in four people going to the food bank in Cambridge are seniors making this group the new face of poverty in Waterloo Region, regional councillors heard Tuesday. Speaker after speaker spoke passionately Tuesday about the plight of poor people in the region as they urged regional council to adopt a comprehensive poverty-reduction strategy as part of their 2011-2014 strategic plan.–seniors-the-new-face-of-poverty-in-waterloo-region

Global Voices: Young people have a place in politics (Toronto Star)
The event was created by local activist LOUROZ MERCADER, founder of the Institute for Youth Citizenship, an association committed to engaging youth in local government. Mercader described the day as a “meaningful dialogue between future voters and our elected officials”.–global-voices-young-people-have-a-place-in-politics

Budget committee wants to hear from the public (Toronto Sun)
DESMOND COLE has spent the last week going to Finch station at night and talking to people about Transit City’s Finch LRT and what it could mean if Ford goes ahead with plans to derail the entire project. “I talk to them about the proposal for the Finch West LRT, I ask them if they know about the plan and if they know it is meant to replace the (Finch) bus,” Cole said.

Indo-Canadian sets tone for police conduct (RCI)
As Chairman of the Toronto Police Services Board, ALOK MUKHERJEE believes the Canadian model of civilian oversight of policing is worth emulating in India.

Design for Diversity (CERIS blog)
Professor Job Rutgers of the Ontario College of Art and Design presented on an innovative design for a park in the Town of Markham. He said Canada’s architecture and urban planning does not reflect the country’s diverse and multicultural composition. When buildings are designed for diversity they often accommodate one single cultural group through the use of pastiche symbolism. Rutgers worked with other designers, Markham’s planning department, architect Ken Hoyle and OpenCity Projects to create a park that is inclusive to multiple groups by implementing styles used in parks of other countries.

Aspiring city-builders join DiverseCity program (Yonge Street Media)
The Toronto Star writes on the 2011 DiverseCity Fellowship, a year long leadership and networking program for Toronto’s future city-builders. This year’s fellowship, a joint initiative of the Maytree Foundation and Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, has been offered to 24 notable Torontonians.


Government of Canada helping foreign-trained physiotherapists get jobs (Canada Newswire)
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is receiving support from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to improve its current system for assessing the education and work experience of foreign-trained physiotherapists. The Alliance will research best practices for credential and language evaluations used internationally and in related fields in Canada. This will result in a series of recommendations to streamline the overall licensing process for internationally trained physiotherapists wanting to practise in Canada.

Canadian experience, over-qualification, and improvement of soft skills recurring topics at IEP Conference: PART THREE (LEAP blog)
Soft skills improvement was mentioned as an important point throughout the conference, but to shift our focus into the issue more deeply, the topic was also part of the major findings of PCPI’s Study Winning Strategies for IEP’s Success in the Workplace. The study interviewed 168 IEPs and 20 companies of varying sizes in the Toronto region and one of the three main strategies that are conducive for success for IEPs in their careers is: Learning to become “more Canadian” by investing and improving language and communication skills.

Most Canadians feel workplace treats races equally (Canadian HR Reporter)
Almost two-thirds of Canadians feel visible minorities and whites are treated equally in their place of work, according to a survey by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Association for Canadian Studies… However, 46 per cent of Canadians feel racism is on the rise, found the survey.


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Crime & Police, Sex Trade and Other News.


Social innovation through impact investing (
What are the chances that we’ll ever see big money flowing into shapely investment pools that genuinely promote collective health, wealth and happiness? But then again, maybe there’s a way. A significant group of Canadian financial visionaries are part of a growing global movement that says it actually can happen. Together, they’re scheming to introduce a player in the capital market that defies the traditional dichotomy between seeing investment as making money and donations as doing good.

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