Maytree News Headlines – January 31, 2011


DiverseCity promotes success (Brampton Guardian)
Brampton residents will again be among a special group of people chosen to participate in a program that strives to cultivate leaders from diverse backgrounds. David Deforest, Piragal Thiru and Nan Oldroyd have been chosen to participate in DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, an initiative that aims to accelerate prosperity by promoting diversity in leadership.–diversecity-promotes-success

Same pressures, same dangers (Edmonton Sun)
Could the same factors that breed domestic terrorists be a key ingredient in Canadas gang culture? Thats an interesting question, says Andy Knight. I havent studied the issue, but the idea makes sense. The University of Alberta political scientist is an expert on domestic terrorism and he argues that Canadas biggest problem isnt a porous immigration system that allows extremists of all kinds to set up shop here. Rather, Knight says, new arrivals to Canada are far more likely to become radicalized after arriving here.

Canadian Immigration programs still poorly tracked: Volpe (CBC)
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Department needs to do a better job keeping track of business-class immigrants, says the chairman of the parliamentary public accounts committee. Public accounts committee chairman Joe Volpe says he still doesn’t know if problems have been fixed.Public accounts committee chairman Joe Volpe says he still doesn’t know if problems have been fixed. (CBC)Joe Volpe was reacting to the department’s latest update on the progress it’s making since a scathing report by Auditor General Sheila Fraser in 2009. She criticized its failure to keep track of who was coming to Canada and why.

Youths responsible for explaining South Asian culture – interview with Vijay Sappani (South Asian Generation Next)
If Canada and India were playing cricket, sadly Canada would be trash, but I would still be cheering for it. My connection to India is more emotional, Canada is my home. We are the ones who made a choice coming to Canada, so our number one loyalty should be to Canada.

Unique, diverse Muslim population grows in Metro Vancouver (Vancouver Sun)
When it comes to Muslims, Metro Vancouver continues to shatter the kinds of stereotypes that tend to frighten people. This metropolis of 2.1 million people is developing its own unique Muslim community, with a particular eclectic style and pluralistic attitudes. The Muslim populations of Canada and Metro Vancouver are expected to triple by 2031, according to both Statistics Canada and last week’s major Pew Forum report, titled The Future of the Global Muslim Population. Yet, even though such projections raise worries that a Muslim juggernaut is set to take over the country, the kind of Muslim community emerging in Metro Vancouver is anything but monolithic.

Historicist: Bridge of Sighs (Torontoist)
It was a quirk of the design of the earlier (that is, the second) Union Station that one of easiest exits from the station was across a small steel bridge to the corner of Front Street and Simcoe. It was here that one of the city’s prolific early photographers, William James, captured families and groups of immigrants entering the city for the first time. It’s not clear what motivated James, but perhaps it was a sense of common experience. He was himself a recent immigrant from Britainas were three-quarters of immigrants to Canada at the turn of that century. Though anonymous, the newcomers were immortalized by James’ photographs. The sense of dislocation, bewildermentand perhaps even excitementstemming from their arrival shows on their faces. Crossing the bridge from the station was but the last step in the long, perilous journey to arrive in Toronto. Although each immigrant’s experience was unique, their respective journeys followed well-worn routes and patterns.

From One Minority to Another (The Mark News)
It may have sounded like bigotry to some, but we heard fear in that comment fear of religion, due to Quebecs own dark history with the Catholic Church, and fear that if they dont force the assimilation of minorities then somehow they will erode Quebecs essential Frenchness. But minority to minority, we want to give the politicians in Quebecs National Assembly a little friendly advice: you cant preserve your culture at the expense of someone elses. That just sows the seeds of discontent. Canadians know this, and the Québécois should too. Ironically, Quebecs distinct culture endures because Canada valued and protected its French minority. And most of us recognize that Canada is richer for having accommodated Quebec. Though the Québécois may not like to hear it, without multiculturalism they would have suffered the fate of the U.S.s French pioneers, the Cajuns.


Belhassen Trabelsi wants to stay in Canada as a refugee (Montreal Gazette)
Belhassen Trabelsi, the billionaire brother-in-law of deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, wants to stay in Canada as a refugee, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Saturday.


Poverty and segregation (Hamilton Spectator)
It may be voluntary segregation, but its still segregation. We share the view of Annie Kidder, spokesperson for education advocacy group People for Education, who worries about the long-term effects when you start to divide up the school system based on anything socio-economic status, even interests. …We wish the Niagara board and students involved all the best, and hope this program works. But wed rather see kids from all walks of life in school together, not separated based on income.–poverty-and-segregation

Watch that education gap disappear (Globe and Mail)
Writing on these issues the other day in The Washington Post, economics columnist Robert Samuelson cited Canada a country that is almost 85 per cent white as an example of the statistical significance of homogeneous populations. The most pessimistic view of the [PISA] study is that, on average, American schools do as good a job as schools in other wealthy nations when educating similar students. On this basis, its probable that most U.S. students are doing slightly better than most Canadian students. Canadians reluctant to analyze the PISA results for demographic enlightenment should keep one other fact in mind: In Canada, most aboriginal youths who live on reserves never really finish high school, and many of them never really start.


CMA Ontario helps Internationally Educated Professionals with new centre (LEAP blog)
Internationally educated professionals (IEPs) who are in the accounting industry are getting a helping hand developing their careers in Canada with thanks to CMA Ontarios new CMA Centre for Internationally Educated Professionals in Business.

Canadian expat brain gain pilot project launched in Ontario (Muchmor)
Since November 22, family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to work in Ontario in the health care and academic sectors have been able to get temporary work permits immediately upon arriving in Canada. Ontarios health and academic sectors have faced significant skill and labour shortages in recent years and were identified as the most appropriate sectors for the pilot project.

Why do some skilled migrants fail in their adopted countries? (Sunday Times)
Access may be limited by selectivity and price (modalities were being finalised at the time of writing), but a new generation of workers and emigrants can look forward to a more equal starting point in their new adopted countries thanks to forthcoming global certifications. It is critically important for Sri Lankans (irrespective of whether you are an accountant or programmer) who migrate by the thousands (or are in critical roles locally) to get high level soft-skills designations under their belt to increase the chances of career success. Knowing how to be a nice guy (in the eyes of others) and actively listening (easier said than done) was shown to lead to a whopping pay rise, outdoing any technical brilliance. If that sounds unfair, it’s because it is. It’s also a masterful introduction to how human beings make choices and take decisions.


Monday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Police & Crime, Culture & Community, Retail & Dining, Roads, Election After-math, GTA Politics and History & Identity.


Allyson Hewitt – Becoming Visible 2011 – Blending Social and Economic Outcomes (Al Etmanski)
So what I want to become more visible in 2011 is the realization that it is possible to achieve both social and economic outcomes in your work. That it is possible to live and work your values. That you should not have to make a choice between sacrificing your values to make money or sacrificing your earning potential by working for an organization that helps people. The choice is yours, and if you look hard enough – you will be supported in your efforts to both make money and make a difference. Regardless of your choice of corporate structure, Ill be standing right behind you.

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