Maytree News Headlines – February 2, 2011


Updated – Video – Now on YouTube: The Microcosm of Markham – with Ratna and others (TVO The Agenda) Markham, Ontario has grown from a predominantly English-speaking suburb of Toronto to a bustling, predominantly Chinese city. Examining the successes and stumbles of Markham.
(note: large file to download – will post when TVO has the video streaming online for easier viewing)

A new immigrant’s inspirational story (The Record)
My story is about the six years I’ve experienced in Canada. I’m writing my story not because I think I’m a successful immigrant or I have any remarkable achievements.
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Farzana Doctor sees hyper-local reading series grow (Xtra!)
What do you get when you put together a two-spirit poet who slams the church, a senior citizen reading bloody stories about nuns, and a playwright of colour cussing like a sailor? A night at the Brockton Writers Series. Curated by Toronto novelist Farzana Doctor, a queer woman who is a secular Muslim, the Brockton Writers Series is held in an unlikely place: St Annes Church.

Soup brings comfort in any language (Edmonton Journal)
She showed me pictures from the double-wedding of her two oldest children, 20-somethings who now live in Germany. There was the whole family, dressed in their best, red roses everywhere. That was in 2008. Three years later, they are in three different parts of the world, and Kubra is making soup. I ate the soup and the soft, fresh flatbread, its surface punched with the stamp of many flowers. I had more questions, but I kept them to myself. Is soup not its own language, its own universe?

Video: David Johnston on how to capitalize on foreign students who leave (Globe and Mail)
We talked to Governor-General David Johnston, who formerly headed McGill and the University of Waterloo, about Canada’s position in the global brain market. The best way to trade with another country, “is to have people in that country who’ve benefited from Canadian education,” he says in this third of three videos. Underneath you will find links to the other two videos.

22-year-old is Canada’s youngest mayor (National Post)
At 22, most people haven’t decided on a career. Mr. Sierzycki is already the Mayor of La Ronge, a northern Saskatchewan town of 3,700, and at 22 is considered Canada’s youngest mayor after he was elected in a landslide victory 16 months ago at the age of 21… He is the youngest son of Polish immigrants who came to Canada to escape Communism in the mid-1980s.

Minister Kenney launches online Canadian black history museum as part of Black History Month (CIC)
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, marked the beginning of Black History Month with the launch of a new, online black history museum at an event held today in Ottawa.

Audio file – podcast – Moving Beyond Diversity 3 (CBC Metromorning)
Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Sloly on how Toronto Police are moving Beyond Diversity.


Reverse mentorship opens minds at work (Globe and Mail)
Norma Tombari, RBC’s Director of Global Diversity, agrees that mentoring creates personal learning and an understanding of diversity and inclusion. She’s in charge of RBC’s Diversity Dialogues, a reciprocal mentoring program established in 2006. It matches mid-level females and visible minorities with mentors in more senior positions, but then goes one step further to include reverse mentoring. The two individuals mentor each other over a 12 month period. The company has had almost 500 people involved to date right across Canada and plans to bring another 500 onboard.

Deal to smooth firms’ access to overseas workers (The Chronicle Herald)
Companies that may need overseas workers for big projects will have an easier time bringing them in under an agreement the province will sign with Ottawa. Employers wanting to bring in temporary foreign workers now need a federal labour market opinion from Service Canada that says they’ve exhausted efforts to hire qualified Canadians or permanent residents and must look elsewhere.

A Busy Year Ahead for Leader’s Roundtable on Immigration (LEAP blog)
Attracting immigrants is less than half the battle for a country who is seeking a workforce boost to support the economy. When welcoming skilled immigrants on Canada’s soil, ensuring meaningful employment is important for fulfillment of both the newcomer themselves and the economic needs of the country. Without successful integration, Canada risks losing the skilled human capital they were competing to attract to other countries, or will not receive the intended benefits of the sought workforce support until the newcomers’ children are able to provide it. Both result in years of insufficient economic growth for Canada.


Toronto least “severely unaffordable” city in Canada, ranks 59th on list of 82 (Yonge Street Media)
Toronto is the most affordable of the world’s most severely unaffordable cities. According to the seventh annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, which takes into account not just housing prices but annual incomes and was released on Jan. 23, the median home in Toronto costs 5.1 times the median income.

Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Housing, Buildings, Other Politics, Police & Crime, Winter and Other News.

2010 Annual Report (Toronto Ombudsman)
The Ombudsman has just released her 2010 Annual Report.

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