Maytree News Headlines – January 3, 2010


The Three I’s of Immigration Integration by Alan Broadbent (Maytree blog, original in The Mark)
In the successful integration of immigrants, there are three necessary conditions: intentionality, instruments, and investment.

A banner year for open arms (Winnipeg Free Press)
In Manitoba, 2010 could be called the Year of the Newcomer. Syvelie Mesidor, from Haiti, was one of them. Her Winnipeg husband, Arisnel Mesidor, made headlines when he went to rescue her after the devastating earthquake. They’re expecting their first child in two weeks. But it’s Syvelie’s arrival in 2010 that’s helped Manitoba set a record.

Changes require more dialogue, smarter policies (Star Phoenix)
There’s a jarring disconnect between the federal government’s rhetoric on the importance of immigration to Canada and its actions to help newcomers become productive members of this country’s labour force.

York school board finds key to success (Globe and Mail)
The York Region District School Board is as ethnically diverse as other school boards in the Greater Toronto Area, and it has its struggles. Yet there’s something almost magical happening at the board.

Construction of Aga Khan Museum finally in full swing (blogTO)
Toronto’s so-called “cultural renaissance” brought many changes to the city, including renovated facilities at the ROM and the AGO, and a new opera house. But there is one last major cultural facility still on the horizon. After nearly ten years of planning and delays, the construction of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre has finally begun on a site at Wynford and Eglinton.

Immigrant influx changing face of PEI (National Post)
Prince Edward Island, once labelled as a province with a “strong cultural norm of sameness,” is in the midst of a transformation, spurred by a rate of international immigration that outpaces even Canada’s western destinations.

Language education needs multiply with immigration (StarPhoenix)
Enrolment in English language programs at Saskatoon Public Schools has tripled in city elementary schools and doubled in public high schools since the 2008-09 school year, to more than 1,000 students this year from about 400. Administrators are preparing for a further influx of students who need extra help with English as the province accepts an increasing number of immigrants.

African immigrant makes ‘the best ice’ (Montreal Gazette)
Gift Marufu -a Zamboni driver from Zambia -had never even seen a hockey rink before moving to Saskatoon from Africa a little more than nine years ago. Today, Marufu, a divisional manager for an agriculture-based biotech company, treasures his part-time gig at Rutherford Rink where he makes and grooms ice for University of Saskatchewan hockey teams and other groups.

Xenophobes beware, more immigrants are coming! (The Province)
Racists and xenophobes, start your computers: The immigrants are coming, the immigrants are coming! …Statistics Canada has just released data showing B.C. has been hit with the biggest wave of immigrants in more than a decade:13,218 of them landed in B.C. between July and September, the largest number in any three-month period since 1997.

Advocates argue eco-friendly guides for newcomers to Canada are about inclusion (Vancouver Sun)
Being eco-friendly has joined the list of tasks facing newcomers to Canada, which also includes knowing the prime minister’s name, how to call police and how to find a doctor. Settlement agencies have begun introducing “green” guides for Canadians: In Toronto they are being taught how to ride bikes and plant community gardens, while across the country in Edmonton, immigrants learn how to care for the natural environment.

Ottawa clamps down on immigrants found cheating (Toronto Star)
Ottawa is stepping up its effort in combatting cheating immigrants who are selected under one province’s entrepreneur program but end up breaking the terms and moving to another. Cheaters will be issued a warning letter and may lose their permanent resident status, according to a new Citizenship and Immigration Canada operational guideline.–ottawa-clamps-down-on-immigrants-found-cheating

New arrivals boost settlement funding for Alberta (Calgary Herald)
The continued influx of newcomers to Alberta has helped its immigrant-settlement programs avoid the federal funding cuts that are threatening the existence of agencies elsewhere in Canada. Several smaller organizations in Toronto and around Ontario are suffering the brunt of next year’s $53-million reduction in settlement funding, confirmed last week by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney

Idea of Little Ethiopia in Toronto gets a boost (Globe and Mail)
Samuel Getachew is the first to admit he’s an ambitious man, and over steaming mugs of bitter kaffa at Wanza Restaurant, he makes no apologies for his big dreams or the people who oppose them. “I’m proposing changes,” he said matter-of-factly in the Danforth Avenue Ethiopian eatery. “Change always gets attacked when it’s moving forward.” And Mr. Getachew’s dream of a “Little Ethiopia” on Danforth Avenue, as improbable as it seems, is moving forward. After more than a year of being told “no” by the board of one of the biggest Business Improvement Areas in the city, the 34-year-old helped organize a new slate of board candidates for the Danforth Mosaic BIA elections.

Previous coverage/discussion:

Health Systems Renewal: ‘Writing In’ Cultural Plurality (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work blog)
Health care delivery systems in Canada have gone through major restructuring since the early 1990s. The call for health care to be more culturally responsive to diverse clients has come from several sectors and has produced new service provision policies and systems.

Controversial Sikh temple to proceed in Guelph (CCLA)
The plans for a Sikh temple in Guelph that created so much controversy earlier this year will go ahead without a challenge to the Ontario Municipal Board. The group opposed to the proposed building plan argued that the plan contravened the Official Plan’s intention of small institutional use, but were recently told by the Ontario Municipal Board that there was not enough evidence to back their appeal.

Does a different view create something new? The effect of employee diversity on innovation (SciVerse)
The econometric analysis reveals a positive relation between diversity in education and gender on the likelihood of introducing an innovation. Furthermore, we find a negative effect of age diversity and no significant effect of ethnicity on the firm’s likelihood to innovate

Article: A Western look on migration in the financial crisis by Sergio Marx (BertelsmannStiftung Future Challenges)
At the beginning of December, the University of Bremen, Germany, organised the conference “Rethinking Migration in Times of Economic Crisis in Europe” in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the World’s Culture ) in Berlin and invited leading investigators in the fields of research on migration, history and policy. Not so much aiming to describe the changes in global migration flows, the conference targeted mostly the consequences of the economic crisis on the evolution of the perception and policies concerning migrants in Europe and incidentally in the US. Deterioration of living conditions, fear of foreigners, low birth rates, decreasing population, feeling of decline, migration policy and climate refugees, those points moved the two day conference.


Toronto teen deported to Mexico, CBSA confirms (Globe and Mail)
Canada Border Services Agency has confirmed an 18-year-old Toronto student has been deported to Mexico despite fears from his supporters he could be a target for violence.

More on this story:

Refugee Series (Vancouver Sun)
A multi part series about government-assisted refugees who settle in Metro Vancouver.

YWCA Mothers Without Legal Status Project (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work blog)
The Mothers Without Legal Status project, one of the first of its kind in Canada, examines the gaps between immigration and family law. It reaches out to women whose sponsorship agreements have broken down, who don’t have permanent legal status in Canada and who have children who can’t be taken out of the country due to family court orders.

Should Canada spend 50 times more on war than refugees? (Vancouver Sun)
Ottawa spends roughly one-fiftieth of its military budget on assisting refugees in this country. To be fair, that ratio is not much different from that of many other wealthy countries. But is it a financial ratio Canadians are satisfied with as we seek to act on our global responsibilities?


The growth of extreme inequality in Canada (
There was always skepticism about claims that, as the rich became richer, income would “trickle down” to others. What wasn’t perhaps foreseen was that the trickling would actually be in the other direction, and that it would be more of a torrent than a trickle. But the evidence is now clear. Over the last three decades, the tables of the rich have overflowed, with barely any scraps falling off. On the contrary, there’s been a massive transfer of income and wealth from Canada’s middle and lower class to the rich.


Sherri Torjman – Becoming Visible in 2011- Walking Tall (Al Etmanski blog)
My hope for 2011 is that we take more time to value our world and the quality of life. We need to place human well-being at the centre of development.

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