Maytree News Headlines – January 27, 2011


Webinar: Healthy Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Healthcare (Cities of Migration)
Join Cities of Migration for a 60 minute webinar to explore innovative strategies for improving access to health care in immigrant communities with experts from San Francisco (USA) and Hannover (Germany). February 22, 2011.

Making Ontario Home: Survey for Newcomers to Ontario (OCASI)
OCASI has launched the Making Ontario Home survey, a province-wide study of immigrant service needs and usage. The survey will gather information about the service needs of immigrants and refugees to Ontario and will assess their satisfaction with services, and identify how services might be improved. The study is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). All citizens, permanent residents, refugee claimants, temporary students, temporary workers and non-status people who have been in Canada for 6 months to 10 years are encouraged to participate in an online survey.

Three African Canadians: Toronto’s unsung heroes (Sway Magazine)
The great Albert Einstein may have described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance and the Maytree Foundation are aiming to do something completely different in order to expect something totally different. For a third year in a row, they have chosen 25 ambitious and gifted community builders to take part in a year-long fellowship of leadership and networking programs. Among the 25 Torontonians to take part in this great program are three African Canadians, truly some of Toronto’s unsung heroes.

Settlement services must cater to different demographics (
This demographic profile of Etobicoke illustrates that it is important to develop ESL language courses and job training programs in Etobicoke. Local educational institutions will no doubt continue to offer a variety of educational courses and programs to improve the quality of life for the people living in Etobicoke. Governments, at all levels, must be aware of these unique characteristics of the population and continue to provide the adequate funding to operate the cultural centres and job training programs.–services-must-cater-to-different-demographics

Video: Skilled Immigrants (YouTube, TheAgenda)
Is our drive to hire skilled immigrants unintentionally causing a “brain drain” from the developing world? An in-depth discussion on the ripple effects of hiring foreign professionals.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin examines immigration in new five-part series (Canada Newswire)
Has there been a hardening of attitudes towards immigrants and immigration in Canada? Are all Canadians treated equally? And how long does it take for new citizens to feel that Canada is “home”? From Thursday, January 27 to Wednesday, February 2 at 8 pm, TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin will present a new five-part series that will take an in-depth look at immigration.

Business immigrants continue to take top billing in Canada (CBC)
A lot of the talk about immigration recently has focused on would-be refugees trying to cheat the system to gain entry to Canada and eventually become citizens… When comparing their numbers from the second quarter of 2010 to the third quarter (the most recent statistics), we see that the business class – represented by the red line in the chart – grew by eight per cent; the family and refugee classes dropped by 2.6 per cent and 2.8 per cent, respectively. These trends held firm when comparing the first three quarters for 2009 and 2010.

Markham’s ‘Too Asian?’ complaint too late? (
Can it be too late to say no to “Too Asian?” “My only concern is it may be delayed,” said Regional Councillor Joe Li, who tabled his “Too Asian?” motion in council chamber Tuesday night only to have it referred back to general committee in two weeks. Mr. Li’s motion, seconded by Councillor Alex Chiu, calls on Maclean’s magazine to issue a comprehensive and unqualified public apology for the “negative stereotyping” of the Asian-Canadian community it suggests in a recent article titled “Too Asian?”.–markham-s-too-asian-complaint-too-late

The Future of the Global Muslim Population – Projections for 2010-2030 (Pew Research)
The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030, according to new population projections by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life… The number of Muslims in Canada is expected to nearly triple in the next 20 years, from about 940,000 in 2010 to nearly 2.7 million in 2030. Muslims are expected to make up 6.6% of Canada’s total population in 2030, up from 2.8% today. Argentina is expected to have the third-largest Muslim population in the Americas, after the U.S. and Canada. Argentina, with about 1 million Muslims in 2010, is now in second place, behind the U.S.

Report debunks myth of ‘Muslim takeover’ (Vancouver Sun)
An extensive new report on the growth of the world’s Muslim population should put a lot of fears to rest. Anxious commentators have made sweeping predictions that Canada will have a Muslim prime minister in a decade as a result of high Muslim immigration and birthrates. Other scaremongers have predicted Europe will be 40 per cent Muslim by 2030, and thus be largely governed by oppressive Shariah law. Europe, say these worried forecasters, might as well now be called “Eurasia.”

Why is the roaring game still lacking ethnic diversity? (Globe and Mail)
Look around the curling ice on any night at just about any club in Canada and you’ll likely see a good mix of men and women, young and old, professionals and labourers, urban and rural. The roaring game brings in a diverse collection of Canadians that might appear representative of the country as a whole. But with only a rare exception, almost every one of these players is Caucasian.

BC People: Portraits of Diversity in BC launched (EmbraceBC)
BC People, a unique storytelling project showcasing multiculturalism in British Columbia, is now online at Created to raise awareness and understanding about cultural diversity, BC People features 50 real people who live in all reaches of the province. New and long-term immigrants, Aboriginal peoples and pioneers – people from all walks of life and every region of B.C. – share their personal stories and insights related to multiculturalism. The result is a series of portraits at once heartwarming and thought provoking, entertaining and informative.


No free medications for refugees (Montreal Gazette)
Both Ottawa and Quebec pharmacy owners are to the blame for depriving thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in the province of their right to prescription medications, says a prominent immigrant-rights advocate. As of Jan. 17, most Quebec pharmacists stopped filling prescriptions for refugees and asylum seekers who are covered under the Interim Federal Health Program. Normally, such individuals do not have to pay out of pocket for drugs as long as they produce a Citizenship and Immigration Canada certificate.

Minister Kenney addresses pharmacy services in Quebec and the Interim Federal Health Program (Canada News Centre)
Pharmacists in Quebec are being urged to continue serving refugee claimants, victims of human trafficking, those in Canada under the Haitian special measures, and others who are eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said today


Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes (Tamarack)
This workshop is a three-day, interactive learning event designed to increase the capacity of leaders involved in community change efforts to better understand and evaluate the outcomes of these efforts. It is geared towards people involved in community change initiatives with an interest and some basic experience with evaluation.

Reflections on Future of Public Health Care (Health Nexus)
On Sunday, Jan. 23, I attended a Town Hall sponsored by Canadian Doctors for Medicare, hosted by Dr. Carolyn Bennett and featuring former Minister of Health and current Liberal Health Critic Ujjal Dosanjh. Health Nexus is a partner of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and we have a link to their website on our homepage, as well as an opportunity to make a donation.


Mayor of Canada’s ‘Indian city’ leads business trip to India (Sify News)
Canada’s ‘Indian city’ of Surrey is sending a big delegation to India next month in search of business and investment opportunities. Mayor Dianne Watts will lead the delegation comprising about 40 business and political leaders on an 11-day trip to India from February 10. Surrey on the suburbs of Vancouver is the fastest growing city in Canada. It is home to the largest concentration of Indians – mostly Sikhs – in North America.

Doug Ford’s occasionally big mouth (NOW Toronto)
About 50 Scarberians (including Neethan Chan, Samuel Getachew, and others) took the mike and made pleas for Transit City, preserving arts funding and better childcare. Some were well-received, particularly by attending councillors Shelley Carroll, Paul Ainslie, Ron Moeser, Janet Davis and Adam Vaughan, who asked a myriad of questions. Major opposition was raised against Rob Ford’s plan for subways, service cuts to the city’s underused bus routes (many of which are in Scarborough), and a severe chop to the Tenant Defense Fund.

A Longer Walk to the Bus (Torontoist)
Earlier this month, the TTC announced two main strategies to meet Mayor Rob Ford’s budget targets. The first, a ten-cent fare hike, was hastily averted with last-minute creative accounting. The second proposal, to cut back on routes in periods of lower ridership, remains on the table after being deferred to February’s Commission meeting. The public meetings to discuss the route changes are ongoing this week, and it is still unclear what will be forwarded for consideration on February 2.

A different perspective on TTC bus route changes (blogTO)
On the heels of Gary Webster’s estimate that roughly 250,000 people would be affected by proposed changes to TTC bus routes, blogger and transit expert Laurence Lui has put together a map that offers a lucid demonstration of the areas that will be hit the hardest. What’s perhaps most interesting about this graphic is that, at least from a geographic standpoint, the majority of the city will retain decent access to transit . As Lui notes, “several areas of the city will be significantly impacted by the cuts, but in general, most people will still be within a 450-metre (five minute) walk of a TTC route in the late evening.”

Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Other Politics, Transit, Cycling, Roads, Culture & Recreation Attractions, Crime & Police, Housing, City Image & Innovators and Other News.


How to get $1000 for being awesome (with ideas) (blogTO)
The Awesome Foundation now has a Toronto chapter. Part of growing network of city-based sites, its goal is straightforward and, well, awesome: they want to give people with unique ideas $1000. Founded in 2009, the Foundation’s first chapter took root in Boston, but it now boasts over 10 other cities, including New York, London, Berlin, San Francisco, and Ottawa (who somehow beat us to the punch).

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