Maytree News Headlines – February 8, 2011


Beyond Diversity, Towards Inclusion (DiverseCity Toronto)
For five days starting February 1, CBC Radio’s Metro Morning ran a series focusing on how Toronto is moving from just being a collection of diverse individuals to using those diverse backgrounds towards truly inclusive thinking. Host Matt Galloway interviewed the CEO of RBC, the Deputy Chief of Police, and those who worry that we take our diversity for granted. Access the full series, all in one place, with bonus material!

Call to protest immigration funding cuts (Toronto Sun)
Councillor Janet Davis will ask her fellow council colleagues Tuesday to protest federal government funding cuts to Toronto settlement services. Davis wants Mayor Rob Ford to write Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney asking that almost $5 million in cuts to Toronto settlement services be reversed and that council publicly declare its opposition to the cutbacks. City council will vote on the request this morning.

Windsor area public school board wants more diversity in teaching ranks (Windsor Star)
With policies that reflect the diversity in local schools such as giving students space to pray or not making them sit in the lunchroom if they are fasting, the local public school board became one of three models for the province’s equity and inclusion policy.

Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act 2009-2010 (CIC)
The 2009–2010 Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act marks the 22nd year that this report has been tabled. The report highlights the activities carried out by the Multiculturalism Program. This year, it outlines the activities, successes and challenges of 134 federal institutions between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010. The size and scope of the institutions range from large federal departments and Crown corporations to smaller agencies.

Multicultural hogwash (Toronto Sun)
Why is Canada always referred to only as a multicultural society? Why is there reluctance to call it a multi-ethnic or multiracial society? There is nothing impolite about the latter description because numerous immigrant groups bring not only their cultures but also race, ethnicity and deeply ingrained religions. But for those bitten by political correctness, armchair immigration experts in universities and ethnic vote-seeking politicians, “ethnicity” and “race” have become loaded words.

Multiculturalism will fail: Tarek Fatah (Toronto Sun)
A prominent voice in Canada’s Muslim community said British Prime Minister David Cameron was “spot on” when he insisted British multiculturalism has failed. And just like Britain, Canada’s will fail, said Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah. He said Monday that, like Britain, Canada has been too tolerant in allowing Muslim immigrants to settle into closed communities, some of which preach Islamic values and a hatred toward the West.

Diversity in the Workplace – January 2011 (Diversity in the Workplace)
In this issue:
Benefits of bridging the generational gap
10:1 David Smagata
ETC: global news briefs
MVP: diversity champions (mentions TRIEC)
AHA! an inspired idea!
POV: Navigating the workplace
TOP 10 Ways to Motivate Venus & Mars Employees

Vancouver Diversity Health Fair (The Vancouver Observer)
On Saturday, February 12th newcomers, immigrants to Canada and members of a wide variety of ethno-cultural communities will have free access to one of the most dynamic multicultural events in the Lower Mainland.

Alberta keeps pushing to improve its schools (Asheville Citizen-Times)
The makeup of the school reflects the cosmopolitan flavor of Edmonton, a sprawling provincial capital of more than 1 million people. Provincial leaders seek immigration as an advantage in the global economy. On the Alberta government’s Immigration and Employment page online, the headline reads, “Alberta looks to immigrants to fill skill shortages.”|head


Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 5 #10, Feb 2, 2011 (CCR)
In this issue:
a) Debate continues on Bill C-49: the anti-smuggling, anti-refugee bill
b) Refugee Rights Day, April 4th: What are you planning?
c) Four Faces, Four Values: What we want for refugees in Canada
d) Speak Up!: Apply to the new CCR Youth Network program
e) Participate in the CCR Winter Working Group meetings, Toronto, 25-26 February 2011
f) Faces of the CCR: Amina and her family
g) New from the CCR

Myths and Facts 2011 (Canadian Council for Refugee)
A two-page brief to address myths circulating about refugee claimants in Canada, especially the passengers of the MV Sun Sea who arrived in 2010.


Free money you’ve never heard of (Globe and Mail)
About 880,000 kids in Canada are eligible for the Smart Saver program ( But only 200,000 – under 20 per cent – are enrolled. May Wong, executive director of the Omega Foundation in Toronto, aims to change that. The foundation, whose aim is to strengthen financial self-sufficiency for low-income Canadians, is working on a pilot project to raise the take-up rate. One step was to create a very simple bright yellow information card that says: “Free money. For your kids. Yes, really.” The card comes in 14 languages. The foundation is working with community service agencies and the banks to spread awareness at the grassroots.

Welcome to Ontario: Don’t get sick! (Wellesly Institute)
Eliminating health disparities is a complex challenge. But not all of it: some solutions are quick and immediate. Ontario denies access to OHIP for new immigrants for three months. This is discriminatory and dangerous to a vulnerable population – and easily fixable. I am supporting the Right to Health Care Coalition’s demand to remove the three month wait for OHIP eligibility.

Being Canadian, Part 1 & 2 (CBC Ideas)
Ideas, stories, and reflections on being Canadian: who we are, what we are, and what it means to be a citizen of Canada today. From east to west, public intellectuals and private citizens (both new and old Canadians), tell film-maker Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi about the concerns, the questions, and the challenges of living together in a multicultural and diverse society.

Poverty reduction to be spotlighted in ‘three-layer conversation’ feb. 17 (Telegraph-Journal)
Next week, Vibrant Communities Saint John, in partnership with UNB’s Urban and Community Studies Institute, will highlight the city’s role as national leaders in poverty reduction. The institute is putting on a panel discussion on the topic We Can’t Afford Poverty Anymore featuring Senator Art Eggleton.

Is a decision to separate low-income students a novel policy or ‘educational apartheid’? (National Post)
Separating students is a controversial approach, but one that educators increasingly look to as they try to fix educational problems such as low school attendance and sky-high drop-out rates. (The DSBN reports a drop-out rate of 10.6% “which is huge,” said the vice-chair of the school board.) The school’s champions say it will pave a hopeful and helpful path for students who bleed into the background in public education, forgotten in schools where upper- and middle-class students populate university and college streams. Those against it say the same issues can be addressed in regular school and that it is offensive to farm all the lower-income students together. It is the separation of students — or the segregation, as many have termed it — that has really fired people up, politicians included.

Canada’s vital non-profit sector: Too important to be ignored! (Wellesley Institute)
Canada’s non-profit sector is big (more than 160,000 organizations) and non-profits make a major contribution to Canada’s economy, they employ more than a million people and non-profits help to create healthy communities. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott delivered a presentation to the leadership conference of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada today that examined the challenges facing Canada’s non-profit sector including a growing administrative burden, the urgent need for collaboration and innovation, and financial resiliency. He urged the public service leaders at today’s conference to help Canada catch up to other countries – such as the UK and US – that have modernized non-profit legislation and regulations, and urged them to work with the sector to create the conditions for more vibrant non-profits.


Labour Force Update on Immigrants for #Toronto CMA & Canada, January 2011 – PDF (TIEDI)
TIEDI has released its latest Labour Force Update, based on data from the January 2011 Labour Force Survey. The report covers participation, unemployment, full-time employment and industry by immigrant status, for the Toronto CMA and Canada as a whole.

Hiring new Canadians is a solution (
The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) recently published a compendium of “best practices” used in recruiting and retaining new Canadians as one potential solution to difficulty finding employees.

Migrant workers – Canada’s Disposable Workforce (CCR)
The CCR Campaign on migrant workers has three central demands:
* Protection of rights
* Access to services
* Access to permanent residence


Media Advisory – The Canadian Club of Toronto and DiverseCity welcome Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi (Canada Newswire)
DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, in partnership with the Canadian Club of Toronto, will feature a keynote presentation by His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Mayor Nenshi will share with political, community and business leaders his vision for a great Canadian city where pluralism transforms urban centres into magnets for talent and engines of development.

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Garbage Privatization, Transit, Culture & Heritage, Neighbourhoods.

Greater Toronto Summit: We need to think and act like a region – Julia Deans & John Tory (Toronto Star)
The message going into the summit is clear. On every major issue the Toronto region faces, we need the strong leadership of people from all walks of life and to take a regional and better coordinated approach so that we create more coherent, efficient and effective responses. Now it is up to the summit delegates and other Toronto region leaders to make that happen.–greater-toronto-summit-we-need-to-think-and-act-like-a-region

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