Maytree News Headlines – January 5, 2011


Hard work pays off (Regina Leader-Post)
A Sigma Analytics poll recently examined provincial attitudes towards diversity. The majority, some 65 per cent of respondents, agreed or strongly agreed most immigrants work hard and contribute to the economy.

Tens of Thousands of Immigrants Victims of Harper Cuts to Settlement Services (Marketwire)
The decision by the Harper government to slash funding to immigration settlement agencies is “a cynical attack on new immigrants and their communities,” says Wayne Hanley, the national president of UFCW Canada. The ten percent cutback in funding was quietly announced just days before Christmas, with most of the cuts falling in Ontario where at least 10 Toronto-based agencies had their funding cut altogether, and 35 other Ontario agencies had their budgets reduced.

Why digital literacy matters to newcomers (Ottawa Citizen)
Who doesn’t know this? Information technology has changed the way Canada lives, learns and works. A new kind of ‘digital literacy’ has emerged that puts demands on all of us, no one more than the immigrant to Canada. In response, the world of immigrant settlement and language instruction in Canada is changing at the same wild pace as other fields, and information technology is having a big impact on how newcomers learn English or French and adapt to life in Canada.

Mumbai office lunches come to Canada (Globe and Mail)
Ms. Pabari founded Tiffinday, a lunchtime-only meal delivery service, in June and now starts her day at the crack of dawn, working with two chefs to offer “tiffin-box” vegan Indian meals to Toronto office workers. “My typical customer, which blew me away, is the young, white male working in IT, law and finance,” Ms. Pabari said. “They just want good, healthy food delivered to them.”

St. Stephen’s Community House meets needs of thousands of city residents (Toronto Star)
St. Stephen’s services are an important stepping stone for immigrants and refugees as they establish new lives in Canada, added settlement counsellor Florence Wong. She helps newcomers with everything from finding suitable housing to where to shop for food.–st-stephen-s-community-house-meets-needs-of-thousands-of-city-residents

Dream on film (Canadian Immigrant)
A new movie Canadian Dream made by an immigrant for other immigrants puts the struggles of newcomers in Canada up front and centre.

Influential leader (Canadian Immigrant)
Juan Carranza has been involved in the Canadian Hispanic Congress, Salv Aide, which provides development assistance to rural Salvadorans, and DiverseCity, which seeks to address issues of non-representation of diverse people in leadership positions.


Making a life and home in Saint John (Telegraph-Journal)
…”I came to Saint John from Blacks Harbour and found a job with University Cab,” Mamadiev said. “The city is better for us to learn the culture and to communicate with people and improve our English.” Last summer, Mamadiev started Saint John Taxi, starting with three drivers and two cars… Eight months later, Saint John Taxi has seven cars and all 11 of Mamadiev’s fellow Uzbeks, some of whom drove professionally in Uzbekistan, drive for Saint John Taxi.

Video: Tibetan refugee resettlement Canada (YouTube)
This official announcement of Tibetan refugee resettlement to Canada by Honourable Mr. Jason Kenney is shot and edited by Toronto based indie filmmaker Tharchin Y. Goenpo.


Spacing Toronto Wednesday Headlines
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Yonge & Gould Fire, Transit, Housing, Police, City Buildings and Other News.

City council speeding to get through 2011 budget (National Post)
Budget talks begin Wednesday, as senior bureaucrats prepare to deliver a financial blueprint that members of the mayor’s executive say will put off tough decisions for a year.


Harper’s cabinet shuffle a major boost for Toronto (Toronto Star)
While Harper’s spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, says it will “ultimately be a good thing for the Greater Toronto Area” to have more of its MPs represented at the cabinet table, the moves are clearly good for the Conservatives. Soudas agreed the GTA “is an important part of the country for us.” It’s easy to see why when you look at the gaps in the electoral map for the federal Conservatives. Harper’s GTA team remains more G than T.–harper-s-cabinet-shuffle-a-major-boost-for-toronto?bn=1

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