Maytree News Headlines – February 17, 2011


These immigration targets are sensible (Globe and Mail)
True, the estimated number of visas for grandparents and parents of Canadian residents has dropped to 11,200 (compared with 16,800 last year), and the target for skilled workers has dipped, while targets for provincially-nominated immigrants and business immigrants have risen. But it is appropriate for Ottawa to adjust annual immigration targets in different categories, according to the country’s needs.

Alberta ‘not happy’ with worker visa cuts (
Industry officials in Alberta are questioning the federal government’s plan to cut back on visas for skilled workers, saying the province’s expanding economy needs more employees. “We’re not happy with it,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “I know that they are reflecting some of the issues in Ontario. But we are in a completely different position.” According to government documents, Ottawa plans to cut skilled worker visas by 20 per cent, a move that would shut out 14,000 workers… “In 2009 we were able to rely on workers from Eastern Canada for a large measure to fill the hole. And the reality is that Eastern Canada is expected to be very busy,” Stalenhoef said. “At the same time we’re going to be busy here in Western Canada, so where are the workers going to come from?”

Planned school will offer diversity in the classroom (Japan Times)
Lin Kobayashi explains that in the high school that she attended in Canada, in the early 1990s, there were 86 different nationalities represented in her year alone. Needless to say, Japan has no schools that could compete in terms of diversity, even today. But, if the 36-year-old Tokyo native gets her way, that situation might be about to change.

Canada opens doors to 559000 newcomers, but set to slash grandparents’ quota (South Asian Focus)
More than 148,000 parents and grandparents overseas are already waiting as long as five years to be reunited with their Canadian children and grandchildren, as per media reports. The reduced quotas will mainly affect applicants from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

New Brunswick Population-Boosting Initiative Touted as Model for Maine (MPBN)
For some ideas on how to deal with the problem, LaChance suggests that Maine look northward to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The province, which shares historical and cultural ties with Maine, also faces similar demographic challenges, with an aging population that, until five years ago, was shrinking. Then, in 2006 the provincial government set up the Population Growth Secreteriat, “”an agency charged with retaining, and attracting residents. The Secreteriat works with local businesses who need to recruit skilled workers from out of state–or out-of-province, in this case.

Partner up in immigration (Telegraph-Journal)
New Brunswick can make a strong argument that it deserves the same powers to manage immigration as Quebec. To win those powers, though, it must demonstrate responsibility. The federal government is reducing immigration targets, because too many immigrants have been moving to Canada’s largest cities. New Brunswick could help rebalance the pattern of settlement if the provincial government used the powers it already has to ensure that provincial nominees settle here.

The New Face of Calgary (TVO The Agenda)
Naheed Nenshi impressed with a speech on building the cities of tomorrow today. See our interview tonight on TVO, or below with web-exclusive Q&A.

Representing Diversity is Opportunity (South Asian Generation Next)
With almost 40 per cent population of immigrants in the riding of Don Valley West, MPP Kathleen Wynne does her best to represent all in the riding: the wealthy, the middle class, the poor, immigrants and non-immigrants residing in her riding. Kathleen Wynne, the member of Ontario legislature and Ontario Minister of Transportation feels “a real honour” in representing such a diverse group. “One of the things about Canada is that we pride ourselves on our pluralism and our ability to create a society where people from different backgrounds will get along and can really be a model for the rest of the world. So representing a riding like Don Valley West, I have had the opportunity to understand those opportunities first hand,” she said.


Public support unimportant in Chaudhry refugee claim, crown prosecutor tells Halifax courtroom (Global Toronto)
The case has attracted supporters – Halifax MP Megan Leslie among them – and online campaigns to lobby the Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, to stay the deportation. But, the Crown Prosecutor said public support does not factor into an immigration claim. “Whether or not you get to stay in Canada is not a popularity contest,” Melissa Chan declared.

Businessman who fears execution in China is deported (Vancouver Sun)
A Chinese businessman, who says he faces death in his homeland, will be deported after the federal government on Wednesday denied his emergency appeal to remain in Canada. Han Lin Zeng, whose application for a temporary stay of his deportation order was dismissed by the Federal Court, was scheduled to board a plane back to Beijing Wednesday afternoon.


e-Bulletin – February 10, 2011 (25 in 5)
In this eBulletin:
1. Quote of the Day
2. 25 in 5 Network and Partners on the Budget
3. Valentines for Dwight Duncan: Put Food in the Budget!
4. Ontario Can’t Work Without Child Care
5. Welcome to Ontario: But Please Don’t Get Sick!
6. Upcoming Events Around the Province:
* Action for Affordable Housing Forum: Toronto
* Anti-Poverty Forum for Frontline Social Workers: Brant / Brantford
* Pathway to Potential: Windsor
* Breaking Out: Real Voices, Real Change – Save the Date!

There’s a part for everyone to play in poverty reduction (Daily Gleaner)
Over the past couple of years, a non-partisan approach to poverty reduction has been on-going in New Brunswick. It started with public consultation on the causes and possible solutions to poverty. What does poverty look like in New Brunswick? This information was compiled, reports were written and finally, action is being taken. The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation has been tasked with co-ordinating and implementing the results of the consultation process.

Health-Care Dialogue Needs an Honest Broker (The Mark News)
For several years now, a growing chorus of academics, economists, and think tanks have been issuing warnings that the growth in government spending on health care is unsustainable. They say that health care represents almost 50 per cent of spending now, is on track to represent north of 60 per cent, and has the potential to crowd out other spending. These are extremely serious issues that need to be at the centre of any discussion about the future of health care. However, changes to health care are too important to be left solely to the discretion of special-interest groups and elites.


Subway Fleet and Infrastructure Plans 2011 (Steve Munro)
The TTC Capital Budget contains many projects that address the renewal and expansion of the subway fleet, although this information must be collated from various sources. When we discuss what might happen in the next decade on the subway network, it is important to know what is already provided for (whether it is actually funded or not) in the plan as opposed to what would become a “surprise” addition.

Ford Proposes Privately Built Sheppard Subway (Steve Munro)
Mayor Ford’s office has proposed to Metrolinx that the Sheppard subway be extended west to Downsview and east to Scarborough Town Centre as a private sector deal with the City according to articles in the Globe and the Star. The expansion would be privately financed, but owned by the City with the cost to be repaid out of development charges and tax increment financing. What is unclear at this point is the amount of development that would be needed along the extended line to actually pay for its construction without adding to the City’s debt, nor is it clear how much of the proposed Provincial and Federal contributions to the Sheppard LRT would be available for a Sheppard Subway project.

Rob Ford’s subway dream sticks it to taxpayer (National Post)
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: A new plan from the Rob Ford administration to build a subway line on Sheppard suggest that taxpayers are going to spend a great deal more money on transit under Mr. Ford than they would have under the original Transit City plan.

Register for the 2011 Research & Policy Roundtable: WHO’S IN CHARGE? (Social Planning Toronto)
Please join us for our annual Research & Policy Roundtable being held on February 24th, 2011. The theme of the 2011 roundtable is “Who’s in Charge? The impact of agencies, boards & commissions on public accountability & service delivery”.

Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Housing & Neighbourhoods, Nightlife, Buildings and Other News.

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