Maytree News Headlines – February 9, 2011


What Cities Said: February 2011 (Cities of Migration)
February edition of Cities of Migration ezine, includes:
• Good neighbours
• Opinion @Cities of Migration
• The New Haven Promise: Mayor DeStefano Strikes Again!
• Re-thinking Equalities: In Birmingham with Joy Warmington
• The New “Fortune 500” at DiverseCity onBoard
• Kudos for Kalayaan
• On the Trail of Good Ideas: Mentoring Champions of Change
• Good Ideas in the News

News in Review – Week ending February 4, 2011 (Maytree blog)
We follow a lot of sources and send out links to many articles every day. But we know that your time is limited and you may not be able to follow them all. At the end of each week, we pull out some themes from the week’s headlines that are worth your time. Last week focused on Diversity and Child Poverty.

DiverseCity Fellow Bilal Khan – New connections break down systemic barriers (DiverseCity blog)
Bilal’s prospects took a sharp turn for the better, leading him to university, followed by law school. Today, he works as legal counsel for Russell Investments, a global financial services firm… DiverseCity is also helping him tackle his own barriers. “I wasn’t born into privilege. I didn’t inherit any networks,” he explains. “DiverseCity Fellows fast-tracked that for me.”

Diversity not reflected in leadership roles, study finds (Globe and Mail)
The number of visible minorities in leadership positions across the Greater Toronto Area has grown by only 1 percentage point over the past year, according to a study of ethnic diversity. Only 14 per cent of the top jobs in the GTA are held by visible minorities, who make up almost 50 per cent of the region’s overall population. And a sector by sector analysis compiled by DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, shows that some professions are lagging far behind.

UK denounces multiculturalism while Canada celebrates it (Toronto Sun)
Britain’s prime minister and Germany’s chancellor have recently declared multiculturalism a failure in their countries, but a new report from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney “Reaffirms multiculturalism as a fundamental characteristic of Canadian society.” Canada officially adopted a policy of multiculturalism in 1971 and enshrined it in the Constitution in Section 27 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

New downtown housing project announced for immigrants in Winnipeg (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg announced plans today for a 48-unit affordable housing project for new Canadians being developed by Peace Tower Housing Corporation. All three levels of government are supporting the construction of the Peace Tower, a $12.7-million, seven-storey apartment complex to be built in the heart of Winnipeg’s Chinatown at Princess Street and Logan Avenue. The building will have a main-floor multi-purpose room and adjoining patio for residents.—115571149.html

Immigrant integration and Canadian federalism: Exploring the issues (Forum of Federations)
The Forum of Federations, in collaboration with the Mowat Centre (University of Toronto) sponsored a conference in Toronto on 28 January 2011 on the theme Immigrant Integration and Canadian Federalism: Exploring the Issues. The event was attended by some 120 participants from the federal and Ontario governments, a range of organizations that provide services to immigrants, and academics and students from several universities.

City Refuses – at Least for Now – to Condemn Cuts to Toronto Immigration Agencies (Torontoist)
In a passionate debate that saw many councillors reflect on their own personal and family histories, City Council today considered whether to condemn—via a letter that would be sent to Prime Minister Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney—federal government cuts to immigration services agencies, some of which have been in operation for ten or twenty years. This morning’s debate also raised questions about the City’s relationship with the federal government in general, with some councillors telling their colleagues not to be afraid to stand up for the city, and others cautioning that we need to reflect carefully before calling the feds’ decisions into question. Studies were requested by some, and delays by others, so the cuts and their impacts could be examined further.


Turtle House Art/Play Centre – Art an outlet for Iraqi kids in Canada (Inside Toronto)
A unique program is attempting to help students from war-torn countries who are suffering from traumatic backgrounds find a peaceful connection to their school and community. This Saturday, the non-profit arts group Turtle House Art/Play Centre will wrap up a program that started early last month aimed at helping Iraqi children attending North York’s Forest Manor junior elementary school and their families.–art-an-outlet-for-iraqi-kids-in-canada

With local help, Somali refugee joins family in Canada 18 years after separation (Hamilton Spectator)
While most of Hamilton slept in the early hours of Tuesday, a family’s wish was coming true at Edmonton International Airport. There, the first sight of a thin, pale and exhausted Somali refugee drew tears and hugs from the mother and siblings who have waited 18 years to be reunited with him — since their country’s never-ending civil war ripped their family apart.–with-local-help-somali-refugee-joins-family-in-canada-18-years-after-separation

To punish dictators, protect their informers (Globe and Mail)
Asylum shopping should be discouraged and in an ideal world, Mr. Reeves would still be living in Germany. But given the exceptional circumstances, Canada’s Immigration Minister can – and should – intervene in his case. No more public time and money should be wasted on appeals. Mr. Reeves should not be deported to Liberia. He played a key role in bringing charges against a reviled figure, and deserves a safe haven.

Refugees find new home in Canada (Phnom Penh Post)
Twenty-five Vietnamese Montagnard refugees from a United Nations-administered refugee centre in Phnom Penh departed the country for Canada this afternoon, following the departure of an initial group on Monday. Kitty McKinsey, regional spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, confirmed today that 25 left the country for Quebec City on Monday and would be joined by 25 later this week, though she did not give the exact date.

Brief history of Canada’s responses to refugees (CCR)
In the 40 years since Canada became a party to the Refugee Convention, it has gained the enviable reputation of being a world leader in protecting refugees. In fact, there has been good and bad in Canadian responses to refugees, both before and after signing the Refugee Convention.

Slowly lifting stigma of a social taboo (Calgary Herald)
“Our population and economic growth is based on immigration,” says McKenzie, who also found that seven years after arrival to Canada, a disturbing percentage of immigrants have developed a host of physical and mental health issues. “If we don’t begin to gather data and develop strategies, it will come back to bite us.”

PNP returns (The Guardian)
An immigrant investment program dogged by controversy that prompted a review by the RCMP and an investigation by the auditor general is about to make a comeback in Prince Edward Island. Innovation Minister Allan Campbell confirms a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be announced within the next month.


What Is Health Equity? (Wellesley Institute)
Health equity is deep in the DNA of the Wellesley Institute. Many health statistics report averages over a large population – the entire City of Toronto or even the whole country of Canada. But averages can obscure the reality that certain groups (such as poor people, or recent immigrants, or Aboriginal people) bear the heaviest burden of poor health. In this video vignette, the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Healthcare Reform and Policy Bob Gardner offers a brief overview of health equity – and why it matters.


Naheed Nenshi – vision, experience, excitement (Maytree blog)
Tomorrow, February 9, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will be speaking in Toronto. Are you excited? We’re excited. Many of us won’t be able to join Mayor Nenshi as he shares his remarks at the Canadian Club (don’t worry, a video of his presentation will be out soon). We thought we’d put together some background information about Mayor Nenshi, so you can feel like you’ve had a chance to see him, in his own words.

Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, City Parks, City Building, Culture & Recreation, City Identity, Police, G20 After-math.

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