Maytree News Headlines – January 28, 2011


Livechat and video: Backlash from an Immigrant Nation? (TVO The Agenda)
Live from the Munk School of Global Affairs: we’re taking the pulse of immigration in Canada today. Is, as one Conservative cabinet minister suggested, a drop in support for our refugee and immigration system? Do immigrants have false expectations of what life they can expect when they come to Canada? And how much should our immigration system be about the economy and how much should it be about nation building?

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Immigration and its Discontents: The Agenda Looks at Immigration – collectino of past Agenda programs on the topic
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CBC Metromorning Diversity Series
Not online anywhere yet, but mentioned in this morning’s broadcast. Next week Metromorning is going to be running a 5-day series focused on diversity and the bottom-line – a business perspective. Will be housed here:

Canada might have to fight to attract new immigrants (News1130)
Immigration is getting a lot of the credit for keeping Vancouver’s economy relatively strong through the recession and for a healthy forecast through the next couple of years. But Mario Lefebvre with the Conference Board of Canada says we can’t take immigration for granted. “These countries are developing rapidly and people have less and less reason to leave them, so you could wind up in a situation where you have more and more countries battling for immigrants.”–canada-might-have-to-fight-to-attract-new-immigrants

Cult of Multicult (Western Standard)
Opposition to a multi-ethnic society was regarded – correctly – as bigoted. By insisting that multi-ethnic was the same thing as multicultural, opposition to this transformation of Canadian society could be silenced as racist. Beginning with the monarchy – traditional English speaking Canada’s legal and cultural lynchpin – a slow campaign of hollowing out our institutions was conducted. The rationale provided was that our institutions needed to become relevant to these New Canadians. This was – and remains – a patent absurdity. It is not the job of Canadian institutions to become relevant to the immigrants, it is the immigrants who must make themselves relevant to the institutions and what they represent. Canada did not come to them, they came to Canada. Aside from a tiny minority of immigrants from other First World nations, the overwhelming flow of new comers were from backward and tyrannical societies. Their arrival here, often after great personal risk and suffering, is testament to their own belief in the superiority of Canadian society.

Manitoba big migration loser, bank reports (Winnipeg Free Press)
MANITOBA is attracting a record number of immigrants but is still losing people to other provinces at a faster pace than almost every other jurisdiction in Canada, according to a new report from the TD Bank. In an interprovincial migration report issued Thursday, the bank says Manitoba posted a net loss of 2,902 people in 2010 and it predicts that will grow to 3,372 this year and to 3,788 in 2012. The TD said higher incomes and better employment prospects are the two main drivers of interprovincial migration, not low unemployment rates.

Settlement groups mount campaign to restore funding (Toronto Star)
A war is brewing between Toronto and Ottawa over the recent federal cuts to immigrant services. More than 500 people descended on Toronto City Hall on Thursday for the launch of the “Rewind the Cuts” campaign by affected organizations. At issue is the $22 million in cuts being made to settlement programs within Toronto this year — more than half of the $43 million reduction in federal funding across Ontario. The move by Ottawa will eliminate almost 1,000 jobs in the GTA and jeopardize the services currently received by 10,300 newcomers.–settlement-groups-mount-campaign-to-restore-funding
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Harper urged to rethink immigration funding cuts (
Federal cuts to immigration settlement agencies will hit the Greater Toronto Area especially hard, Toronto-area MPs said Thursday. The cuts will disproportionately affect Toronto, where the unemployment rate for new immigrants rose from 13 per cent to 20 per cent over the past year, said Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy. At a press conference held Thursday, the MPs urged the government to reverse its decision to slash $53 million in funding from agencies that help new immigrants become integrated and self sufficient.

Illiteracy impedes immigrants (London Free Press)
Canada is doing a “remarkably bad job” in improving the literacy skills of new immigrants, costing the economy billions of dollars in lost productivity says TD Bank economist Craig Alexander. Speaking to a breakfast meeting Thursday, Alexander said new immigrants, even those who are well-skilled and educated, are only making 60 cents for each dollar earned by native-born Canadians and the gap is growing larger each year.

New immigrants create need for literacy services (Regina Leader-Post)
“Not only has the Canadian government increased the number of immigrants allowed here, but the Saskatchewan government is now bringing in immigrants and increasing their numbers,” said Alice Samkoe, literacy programming supervisor for the Regina Public Library’s Literacy Services. The current resources in Regina can’t meet the growing demand for literacy services, she said on Thursday -national Family Literacy Day.

Feb 4th for the launch of new initiative to end the illness-causing 3-month OHIP wait for immigrants – PDF (Access Alliance)
Sign the postcard to eliminate the 3-month wait for OHIP. You’re invited to attend Postcard Campaign Breakfast Launch!

Assorted flavours in Canada (Business Line)
Ask Joshna what is that must-eat in Canada and she would shake her head in despair. “There are so many things; there is no one thing.” Perhaps because Canada’s belly holds immigrants from across the world and each region believes its flavour is the best. In Toronto, however, I had my favourites-list ready: apple coleslaw in Le Petit Dejeuner; gourmet sandwich at My Place; all natural ice cream with bourbon caramel sauce from Drake’s Scoops; seafood feast of scallops, shrimp, mussels in Donatella; and the irresistible French toast with bananas in dulce de leche chantilly and maple syrup at Delux. The list is laden with calories and now I am afraid of standing on the weighing scale. I know it would tip dangerously.

Shelter|Sanctuary|Status: Safety for Women, Trans and Queer Immigrants (McClung’s Magazine)
The issues and policies highlighted by Rees in his presentation that undermine the ongoing aims of SSS were in part the many restrictions provided to newcomers to Canada via existing programs. Programs such as the temporary foreign worker programs, the live-in caregiver program, and the farm workers program all create the illusion of Canada being hospitable to migrants and offering options. However, the bigger picture painted by Rees showed a country that participates in international agreements that displace people and communities, collect CPP and EI from migrant workers with no return to said workers in benefits, and only offers options in Canada that are temporary and that don’t allow for integration into any community as full citizens.

Chinese celebrate history in Canada (Canadian Immigrant)
For the more than half a million Chinese Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area and its nearby cities, this Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate their togetherness and their long history in Canada. “Celebrating Chinese New Year is very important!” says Judi Michelle Young, an artist who lives in Toronto. “It’s my link to my parents and my heritage, a heritage I’m proud of.”


Canadians being trafficked here at home (Winnipeg Sun)
Human smuggling, along with the debate over Canada’s response to illegal immigrants, has maintained a front-page presence over the past few months. While I firmly believe we as Canadians have a duty to protect our borders and ensure our immigration system continues to welcome immigrants, I am alarmed by the regular use of the term human trafficking in place of human smuggling. There is a significant difference between human smuggling and human trafficking. Human smuggling involves the consensual movement of individuals illegally across borders. In most situations, those being smuggled enter into a voluntary financial agreement with smugglers to transport them to a specified destination and end their business relationship with the smuggler upon arrival at their destination.

Quebec pharmacists fight feds over refugees (Toronto Sun)
The pharmacists say they aren’t being reimbursed fast enough, or at all, and want the government to sign an agreement with the AQPP, the professional association that represents them, laying out deadlines and exactly which drugs are covered.

Former refugee now advocates for refugees (B.C. Catholic Newspaper)
Never forgetting how sponsors assisted her, making her new life in Canada possible, she is now paying it forward, and has become a strong advocate for refugee sponsorship. She visits local parishes, encouraging groups to sponsor refugee families.


Economist writer on the three top reasons why income inequality matters (CCPA)
MIT Economist Daron Acemoglu writes in The Economist that there are three main reasons to care about worsening income inequality: Harmful effects on personal well-being, limited equality of opportunity, and more concentrated political power. On the third point, he writes: “Economic power tends to beget political power even in democratic and pluralistic societies. In the United States, this tends to work through campaign contributions and access to politicians that wealth and money tend to buy. This political channel implies another, potentially more powerful and distortionary link between inequality and a non-level playing field. It may also create pathways from inequality to instability, because both the economic and political implications of inequality can create various backlashes.”

National strategy needed for poverty reduction (Anglican Journal)
The Anglican and Lutheran churches in Canada have asked the federal government to adopt recommendations made by a House of Commons committee to “immediately commit to an action plan to reduce poverty in the country.

Paul Born – Becoming Visible 2011 – Community (Al Etmanski blog)
Paul Born is a man of many talents, all of which he puts at the service of strengthening the ties that bind us together in community. He is a master convener using those skills to create and sustain Vibrant Communities – a poverty reduction strategy in dozens of Canadian communities.


Mentoring on the Rise Among Top Employers – PDF (ALLIES)
A new ALLIES report has revealed that employers use several practices to attract, retain and integrate skilled immigrants into their workforce. Based on a review of applications to the Best Employers for New Canadians Award, the study highlights credential recognition, mentoring, professional upgrading, language training, and developing community partnerships among common practices used by employers.

ALLIES January enewsletter
In this issue:
• New Immigrant Employment Solutions Beckon for 2011
• A Web-Tool to Hire Skilled Immigrants at Your Fingertips
• Results Are in: Federal Skilled Worker Program Works
• Mentoring on the Rise Among Top Employers
• Employer Spotlight: Business Development Bank of Canada
• National Mentoring Month – Celebrating Successful Mentoring Practices
• Save the Date: 2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference
• Resources

Cracking the Canadian job market (
As the largest networking event of its kind, bringing together 1,000 internationally educated professionals, employers from 100 countries as well as employment experts, the IEP Conference represents an opportunity to share success stories and strategies for adapting to a new workforce.–cracking-the-canadian-job-market

Train immigrants to fill skills void: Crane (Journal Pioneer)
P.E.I.’s Opposition leader is urging businesses to fill their employment needs, in part, with skilled immigrant workers. Olive Crane even suggested the creation of a nationally-accredited centre to train those workers would be a good fit for Summerside.

Creating Diversity And Career Opportunities in the Skilled Trades (Canada Newswire)
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) sought to identify ways to replicate success and reduce barriers in connecting diverse workers with employers in the skilled trades. Based on the eight case studies, the following promising practices emerged as common elements amongst the programs.

Government of Canada helping internationally trained professionals in New Brunswick: Canada’s Economic Action Plan is helping new Canadians get jobs in their fields (Canada News Centre)
The Government of Canada is providing over $1.2 million in funding to the Government of New Brunswick for its project entitled Building Foreign Qualification Recognition Capacity in New Brunswick.


Friday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Election After-math, GTA Politics, Transit, Housing & Neighbourhoods, Roads, Crime & Police, City Identity and Other News.


Social Finance Tour
Please find enclosed some background materials on topics and themes of the Study Tour. At present moment there is a veritable explosion of excellent new writing and publications. This collection does not pretend to be comprehensive, merely an appetizer course. We are creating a standing web-based resource of materials, so please let us know about items you have identified as being particularly useful.

Shared Values – The Next Big Idea (
The social innovators in the world know and understand that that the economy versus environment paradigm is dead. We inherently embrace that within a ‘collective interest’ framework exists the ‘self-interest’ needed to sustain a living. We see the potential of making a living by doing good. We also know that the very best social innovations emerge out of community, aka… knowing one’s customer.

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