Maytree News Headlines – February 24, 2011


Building the nation – the value of family reunification (Maytree blog)
In this video, three Maytree staff share their family reunification stories and what they think the true value of family is and how it builds the nation.

Canada and Yukon sign agreement on Temporary Foreign Workers (CIC)
The agreement will improve the responsiveness of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program by providing Yukon with a greater role in helping these workers come to Canada. The Government of Yukon will be able to recommend the entry of some temporary foreign workers without requiring a Service Canada assessment of whether there are Canadians or permanent residents available to fill the vacant positions. Such exemptions will be determined according to criteria to be set by the territorial government, in line with its economic plans and priorities.

Mapping Migration from the Americas: The Official Web Site Launch (Metropolis)
FOCAL and the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) have developed an interactive, publicly accessible, web-based analytical mapping tool with data and information about temporary foreign workers in Canada. The tool uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and will provide critical information and fresh perspectives on the impacts of migration and development in Canada and LAC countries. The Metropolis Project invites you to learn how to access this technology, which will shed light on large migration data sets previously inaccessible to and little understood by policy-makers, researchers and advocates. The new web-based maps will provide critical information and a fresh perspective to inform new research and policy agendas. February 28, 2011, also available via webcast.

Kenney warns of immigrant enclaves (
The children of immigrants must join mainstream society if Canada is to avoid the multicultural collapse now plaguing parts of Europe

The rise of the ethnic consumer (
Canada’s increasingly important ethnic consumer will be vital for companies to stave off the negative side effects of inflation and to the success of America’s retail invasion north of the border, experts say. East Asians and South Asians are the two fastest growing community groups in the country and along with other visible minorities could account for 70% of the growth in purchasing power in the next decade, said CIBC’s Perry Caicco.

Strong reaction to Kenney speech (InsidePolitics blog)
A speech by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to law students two weeks ago is still drawing fire in legal circles. Kenney’s Feb. 11 speech at the University of Western Ontario took aim at judges who, in Kenney’s view, are allowing failed refugee claimants to avoid deportation through the courts, creating backlogs and undermining the government’s attempts to toughen up Canada’s immigration laws.

We must share multicultural success (Blue Mountains Courier-Herald)
Are we laying out the welcome mat, only to slam the door in the face of immigrants? Do we celebrate diversity, or simply put up with it? Naheed Nenshi, who has made headlines as Calgary’s new Muslim mayor, had me thinking as I listened to him speak at the CivicAction summit in Toronto.–we-must-share-multicultural-success

Inputs on immigration sought (South Asian Focus)
Effective immediately, CIC is consulting with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes. The input received through the consultations process will be taken into account in the development of new regulations.

Immigrant speakers wanted (
Calling all speakers! Seven Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants Seminar Series is looking for dynamic speakers who have personal experience immigrating to Canada.

Province, Ottawa battle over immigrant selection, settlement funds (Toronto Star)
The Ontario government is accusing Ottawa of “playing politics” at the expense of the province’s newcomers by balking at negotiations of an immigration agreement.–province-ottawa-battle-over-immigrant-selection-settlement-funds

Refining the Diaspora Bond Proposal for CARICOM countries (Caribbean 360)
The Grenada Diaspora Organization (“GDO”) has estimated that from 1886 to 2000 over 230,000 Grenadians have migrated from their homeland and have settled in four countries which today contain the largest footprint of expatriates from the Spice Island. Countries with the largest immigrant populations are the United States, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. According to 2000 United States Census data, Grenadians like most English-speaking Caribbean-Americans are among America’s rising middle class with a median income exceeding $51,000 per household… All the more reason why GDO is convinced that this small island nation of only 100,000 people with a consistent annual out-migration rate of 2% must undertake a set of carefully designed initiatives to capitalize on the strength of its diaspora and its strong linkages to the homeland.

Canada to be more flexible with immigration for skilled workers (Punjab Newsline)
Canada is all set to change the “points grid” of the immigrant selection system. As per the new proposed immigrant selection system the newcomers whose skills are in demand in Canada will be allowed to enter the Maple country. They may not have the university degrees or language proficiency.

News from CIC Ontario, February 23, 2011 (CIC Ontario Region)
In this issue:
Pilot project tests new language assessment approach
Reforms to Canada’s refugee protection system
New resource for teachers complements citizenship study guide
Passages to Canada
Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism

Focus Canada (Environics)
The focus of this new research program is on providing:
# A continuation of the ongoing tracking and measurement of Canadian public opinion at the national, provincial and regional levels (begun in 1976) to identify important changes (or the lack of change) over time;
# Coverage of topics ranging from politics and governance, the economy and social issues, to foreign policy, technology and social values; and
# Full public access to the research findings, through reports, a website, conferences and other events, as ways to contribute to public debate and study.
Includes sections on Economy and Standard of Living (page 7) and Immigration and Multiculturalism (page 29).


Lawyer for Tamil migrants preparing to sue feds (Vancouver Sun)
A lawyer for some of the recent Tamil migrants says he is preparing to sue the federal government for employing “abusive tactics” to keep two of his clients in detention, even after they had been ordered released. Gabriel Chand says the government has been clogging the Federal Court system with appeal after appeal -essentially trying to keep some of the migrants in indefinite detention.

Transcending Violence: Emerging Models for Trauma Healing in Refugee Communities (Bridgin Refugee Youth & Children’s Services)
This report provides an overview of mental health trauma services for refugees in the United States. The report discusses a public health approach for responding to refugees’ trauma, which requires focusing on communities rather than individuals. It also discusses the relevance of diagnosing PTSD with refugee populations and has a section on the application of current trauma treatment models to refugee populations.

Long delays at Nairobi: are we being fair? (CCR)
Refugees in Africa routinely wait years for Canadian immigration officials to process their applications to come to Canada. While they wait, refugees are struggling to survive in desperate and dangerous situations, even though they have sponsors in Canada ready to support them here.

Government of Canada welcomes more refugees seeking freedom from persecution (CIC)
This group of Montagnard hill tribespeople from Vietnam’s Central Highlands fled in 2006 and crossed the border into Cambodia. They were initially under consideration for resettlement to another country, but had not yet been admitted there. As the refugee centre in Cambodia was closing, Canadian officials acted quickly to resettle the remaining refugees. The acceptance by Canada of this group means that the protection needs of all members of the original group that fled in 2006 have now been addressed.


A Canadian town where no one was poor (3) (Al Etmanski)
“Once upon a time in Canada, there was a town where no one was poor.” So begins a 2009 report by Dr. Evelyn Forget who assessed the effects on health of a guaranteed annual income. That might seem like a fairy tale, but it’s an historic fact. And an extraordinary episode in Canadian history. From 1974 through 1978, as part of a labour market experiment called MINCOME, all of the almost 13,000 citizens in and around Dauphin, Manitoba were guaranteed annual income support to keep them above the poverty line. Not everyone claimed MINCOME The federal government covered 75% of the costs and the Province of Manitoba under Premier Ed Schreyer, the rest.

Minister Ambrose Announces Canada’s Theme for International Women’s Day / Week 2011 (Canada News Centre)
Canada’s theme, Girls’ Rights Matter / Les droits des filles comptent, supports the development, prosperity and security of girls in Canada and around the world. It will be celebrated in conjunction with the United Nation’s international theme: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.


Looking for Professional Landed Immigrant Volunteers for Doctoral Research Interviews (ERIEC)
Maria Veronica Caparas is a graduate student at the University of Alberta and she is doing her research on highly educated professionals from China (five participants), India (five participants), and the Philippines (five participants), who came as landed immigrants (or permanent residents) to Alberta between 2008 to 2010.


Q&A: Steve Lafleur on how the Megacity merger helped no one (National Post)
The decision to turn Toronto into a megacity has helped no one, says Steve Lafleur, a public policy analyst and author of the just-released Toronto: Three Cities in More Than One Way. It is Mr. Lafleur’s response to David Hulchanski’s report in December titled “The Three Cities Within Toronto.” “The suburbs have different needs than the central core,” writes Mr. Lafleur. “By attempting to accommodate the needs of both, the megacity has benefited neither.” He proposes that a decentralization of policy making is needed to attract blue-collar jobs back to the city. The National Post’s Aileen Donnelly seeks some answers from Mr. Lafleur.

The campaign that never ends (National Post)
Loo jokes aside, in debating the budgets this week councillors are essentially performing a hugely abridged version of the 2010 election campaign: Team Ford vs. Team Miller, all over again. Those who believe the budget includes atrocious service cuts vs. those who believe they’re either unfortunate, unnecessary or meaningless. Those who believe things run pretty well around City Hall vs. those who think it’s a 100-mile-long gravy train.


“Social Good” (Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Allyson Hewitt, director of social entrepreneurship at MaRS.

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