Maytree News Headlines February 7, 2011


National Mentoring Initiative – a national approach with local partners (Maytree blog)
Growing out of the success of TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership, the ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative is working with communities across Canada to build, implement and ramp up skilled immigrant mentoring projects.

Interpreting Diversity in Healthcare (Cities of Migration)
Whether treating diabetes or providing prenatal education, culturally sensitive materials and mediation can be as important to health care as speaking the patient’s language. At Harborview Medical Center, learning the difference is changing health outcomes for Seattle’s newest residents.

Immigration – Building a Future in the Land of Opportunity – PDF (National Post supplement)
Includes information about SmartSaver and more.

Minister MacKay Officially Opens Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Marketwire)
The official inauguration of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax—Canada’s sixth national museum—was celebrated today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova).

Chinese celebrate festival despite shift in religious beliefs (Vancouver Sun)
Metro Vancouver’s more than 100,000 Chinese Christians are creating a unique new arm of the global church as they have an increasingly stronger impact on this region of 2.1 million. Contrary to conventional wisdom about the kinds of religions followed by most people from Asia, there are far more Chinese Christians in Metro Vancouver than Chinese Buddhists.

Black History Month highlights London diversity (London Free Press)
“This is an opportunity for different communities to celebrate the new history we’re creating today. It’s a chance to show off our culture and diversity in this city. We are very proud of the contributions black Canadians have made.”

Canada Campus is a comprehensive resource for foreign students interested in studying in Canada. It is designed to answer your questions about studying in Canada, and to take you through the process step-by-step, with information and services at your fingertips. By Nick Noorani.

Tribunal to probe Peel school board discrimination (Toronto Star)
A groundbreaking examination of a GTA school board’s racial makeup may take place when the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal hears a case alleging systemic discrimination in the Peel public board. Ranjit Khatkur’s claim could become a precedent-setting case now that her application has been granted a formal public hearing after mediation attempts failed–tribunal-to-probe-peel-school-board-discrimination

Muslims want children excused from music, mixed phys-ed classes (Ottawa Citizen)
A dozen Muslim families who recently arrived in Canada have told Winnipeg’s Louis Riel School Division that they want their children excused from compulsory elementary school music and coed physical education programs for religious and cultural reasons. “This is one of our realities in Manitoba now, as a result of immigration,” said superintendent Terry Borys. “We were faced with some families who were really adamant about this. Music was not part of the cultural reality.”

Ontario urged to eliminate OHIP wait (Toronto Star)
In anticipation of a fall election in Ontario, advocates for immigrants are calling on the province to eliminate the three-month wait time for newcomers to access OHIP. The Right to Health Care Coalition, a network of more than 30 Greater Toronto agencies, will launch a “postcard campaign” Friday to put the issue on the electorate’s radar.–ontario-urged-to-eliminate-ohip-wait

Ottawa ESL program takes hit from federal cuts (Your Ottawa Region)
An Ottawa organization that provides language training to recent immigrants will be forced to scale back its services after the federal government slashed its annual funding. English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) provides English language tutoring to recent immigrants and refugees who are unable to attend traditional language classes.–ottawa-esl-program-takes-hit-from-federal-cuts

New Mayor proclaims Bob Marley Day in Toronto (Jamaica Information Service)
This is the 20th year, and Mayor Ford, who was elected in October 2010, is the sixth Toronto Mayor to officially proclaim the day. The Proclamation was read at a ceremony held on Thursday, February 3, at Toronto City Hall, and attended by Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan, Canadian government officials and members of the public.

Librarian Sarwan Singh Randhawa Wins “Ambassador of Diversity” Award (South Asian Link)
In front of dozens of dignitaries and a crowd of over 300 people – librarian Sarwan Singh Randhawa was awarded the prestigious 2010 Ambassador of Diversity Award for his exceptional multicultural services to the community at Langley International Festival’s first Multicultural Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at Sunrise Banquet Centre in Surrey.

Is Racism On The Rise In Canada? Depends On Who You Ask! (South Asian Link)
Listening and sharing in a valuable discussion with citizens. At the end of the day, we cannot tell citizens how to live, but we can certainly create ‘awareness’ with Canadians. There are no special equations on how to make multiculturalism work more effectively. Just that we all must participate equally and be inviting each and every day.Once we end this isolation, we’ll truly experience the benefits of living in a multicultural country.

Faith Communities Take Lead With Inter-Faith Bridging Project (South Asian Link)
In co-operation with Embrace BC, City of Richmond and various other community partners, RMCS launched the Inter-Faith Bridging project last year. As part of this project, a number of events were held, including guided tours of various places of worship. More than 450 interested individuals participated in these events. As a continuation of this program, RMCS, in co-operation with Vedic Cultural Centre and Richmond in 3 D Team (3D= Diversity, Dialogue, Drama) and the Richmond Playback Theatre Youth Troupe, held a very successful interactive theatre and dialogue event on Sunday, January 30.

New hub supporting settlement agencies in the community of Weston-Mt. Dennis (United Way Toronto)
As the fourth of eight Community Hubs that has launched in one of Toronto’s 13 Priority Neighbourhoods, the Jane Street Hub is a partnership of six agencies working together to strengthen communities by providing health and social services, and accessible community space. Opening its doors to the Weston-Mt.Dennis community on January 2011, this Community Hub was made possible thanks to the collaboration of United Way Toronto, various partners and donors, lead agency Unison Health & Community Services, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Province of Ontario.

New Research Findings on Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylum Seekers’ Experiences of Homelessness (Feb 17, 2011 -Ottawa, Ontario) (Metropolis)
The Metropolis Secretariat at Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat at the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada invite you to a seminar on immigration, housing, and homelessness.

TEDx Talk by Manifesto’s Executive Director (Manifesto)
Back at the end of last year, TEDxQueensu asked Che Kothari, Manifesto Executive Director, to open up their TEDx day with the theme of Superheros. What a fun topic. Che speaks about discovering your inner superhero, the birth of his love for photography, the origins and growth of Manifesto, and the supreme being that we are all connected to. As per usual, he goes way over his aloted time…


CIC attempts to deport man who has lived in Montreal since childhood (rabble)
Victor Morales has lived in Montreal for 32 years and is the father of three Canadian kids. Yet, when the Chilean-born musician applied for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) rejected his application, citing petty crimes the Montrealer committed years ago. Morales now faces deportation to Chile, a country he has not visited since he was six years old, when his family fled the terror of the Pinochet regime and were accepted as refugees to Canada.


Student dropout rate too high? Let’s try child labour (Globe and Mail)
But perhaps these children shouldn’t be in “school,” as now defined, at all. Perhaps “school” makes things worse. Around the world, on average, 20 per cent of children drop out. For a significant number of kids, “school” just doesn’t work. What’s the alternative? As John Wesley, the 18th-century founder of Methodism, argued, it’s real work. As an aggressive experiment, why not try child labour? Although now corrupted by iconic images of adolescent Victorian chimney sweeps and wrenching pictures of young Third World sweatshop labourers, child labour has an honourable history that extends back to the apprenticeships of the Middle Ages. In more recent history, think young farmhands, vocational schools and co-op programs in colleges and universities. All inspire a culture of learning.

Debit cards to replace welfare cheques? (Toronto Star)
Toronto has taken a first step toward replacing welfare cheques with reloadable electronic cards similar to debit cards, a move that would allow thousands of welfare recipients to avoid payday lenders’ high cheque-cashing fees.–debit-cards-to-replace-welfare-cheques?bn=1

25 in 5 Urges Four Priorities for Action in 2011 Budget (25in5)
In the coming budget, Ontarians are looking to their provincial government to implement and fund smart policies that achieve four core goals during this next period of economic recovery.


Beyond Diversity 5 (CBC Metromorning)
Matt Galloway spoke with the president of Procter and Gamble Canada. And then Matt spoke with Elaine Newman. She is the CEO of Global Learning.


Moving the city, no one left behind (Maytree blog)
In November 2009, prior to the recent Toronto municipal election, Alan Broadbent wrote in a Maytree Opinion piece: “Toronto, with limited funding, has good plans in Transit City, and the next mayor should embrace and expand on this vision.” A comprehensive public transit system is not just an infrastructure matter, but it is a critical economic factor. It is through effective public transit that people connect to their work, school, shopping, and leisure.

Toronto through the eyes of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (blogTO)
Wong-Tam was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Regent Park. She has worked in real estate, owned a Timothy’s franchise, and done advocacy work for LGBT groups and Toronto’s Asian community…

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, City building, Roads, Culture & Recreation Attractions, Election After-math, City identity, Protests, Police & Crime.

Naheed Nenshi’s challenge: Making Calgary a livable city (Globe and Mail)
Seldom has a Canadian mayor come to office with such a deep understanding of urban issues. Now, after years on the outside as a business professor, activist and newspaper columnist, he suddenly has a chance to put those ideas into action.

Soundbites e-bulletin February 4, 2011 (Social Planning Toronto)
This issue:
1. Last chance to register for the Frances Lankin Community Tribute Event
2. Inequities in School Fees: Discussions with the Toronto District School Board
3. News From Our Partners
4. Worth Repeating – School for low-income kids to open in Niagara-region
5. Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
6. About Social Planning Toronto
7. Join us on Twitter & Facebook

Is privatization sneaking in? (National Post)
Posted Toronto Political Panel: This week, City Council will likely ratify a committee decision to strike new task forces on childcare and arenas. Could this be a backdoor effort to introduce privatization?

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