Maytree News Headlines – March 1, 2011


Christopher Charlesworth – The power of civic engagement role models (DiverseCity)
Christopher Charlesworth describes his father as his civic engagement role model. He got his first taste of activism when he supported his dad’s efforts to stop the fixed link to the Toronto Island airport — a proposed development that was considered likely to lead to increased air traffic thereby threatening the quality of life for nearby residents. Christopher made a deputation at City Hall on behalf of local youth and their combined efforts ultimately prevented the plan from going forward.

Gelek Badheytsang – City builders empowered through collective action (DiverseCity)
Gelek Badheytsang, like many young men arriving in a new country, settled in Canada not sure about his place in this new home. Even after graduating from high school and studying in university, he found himself aimless and disconnected. It was during his stay in Vancouver, BC, where he met student activists, that he started to become active and engaged.

CBC Community discussion: Does Canada do a good job of integrating newcomers? (CBC)
In the best-case scenario for political participation, the report said, newcomers would be able to vote and stand for election just like citizens after a limited number of years of legal residence. In the worst-case scenario, the report went on, “the government does not even consult with immigrants.” Does Canada do enough to integrate new immigrants? What has your experience been?

Can Canada maintain our welcoming place (Edmonton Sun)
Whether it’s history, generous social programs or our strong economy, Canada seems to be better at integrating immigrants than just about any country. We’ve jumped from fifth to third, behind Sweden and Portugal, in a study that compares how 31 nations are accommodating newcomers.

Religious symbols are an emblem of Canadian multiculturalism (The Concordian)
Many see visible diversity as a defining part of what it is to be Canadian and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlines the right to express our individual religious beliefs. Not everyone is a fan of this worldview and authors like Neil Bissoondath have criticized Canada’s “cult of multiculturalism.”

Change urged for program to bring in foreign live-in caregivers (Vancouver Sun)
A newly published study examining the program concludes that it holds “clear potential” for serving Canada’s aging population — but only if it gets an overhaul. Workers leave their own families behind to work in Canada and may face excessive work hours, dismal living conditions or unreasonable expectations from their clients and families, the paper finds, and it can be difficult to switch jobs or get help if they’re in a bad situation.

Report (registation required) Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program: Is it an Answer to the Growing Demand for Elderly Care? –

Integration has always been this province’s preferred option (Montreal Gazette)
The Canadian policy of multiculturalism is seen as weakening the clear message of integration that Quebec wishes to state more clearly… It is thus not exaggerated to conclude that Quebec’s official positions and public opinion converge in preferring a policy of integration to Quebec’s majority culture and secularism to the federal policy of multiculturalism.


Eritrean refugee welcomed to Cranbrook (The Townsman)
It might have been cold outside, but Eritrean refugee Adam Salim Idris received a warm welcome when he arrived at Cranbrook airport on Monday. The new resident of Canada was greeted by his sponsor family, Barb Ryeburn and Kim Eaton and their children, as well as fellow Eritrean Amaren Solomon Dawit and family friend Roberta Rogers.

A new chance for Pakistani family (ChronicalHerald)
Pakistani family living in Halifax who had their application for permanent resident status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds rejected last summer will have their case reviewed by a different immigration officer. A Federal Court of Canada judge ruled Friday that the Citizenship and Immigration Canada officer’s decision last June that denied the bid of Roouf Ahmad Chaudhry and his wife Fakhira Chaudhry to stay in Canada was fraught with errors. Justice Robert Barnes granted the couple the application for judicial review and returned their case for reconsideration to another immigration officer


Call for Nominations to the Social Planning Toronto Board of Directors (Social Planning Toronto)
SPT is governed by a 15-person volunteer Board of Directors elected by individual community and organizational membership at the Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM). The SPT’s Annual General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at Hart House – Music Room – 7 Hart House Circle – University of Toronto . There will be 8 vacancies on the Board of Directors. This is a call for nominations to fill these vacancies at the AGM.

2011 Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society & Voluntary Action – Deadline for applications March 21, 2011 (The Carold Institute)
The fellowship is intended to provide a sabbatical to a leader in the NGO/non-profit sector, who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. It is hoped that the award will free the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her professional development, to make a significant contribution to the NGO/not-for-profit sector through research and possible publication or dissemination in the medium of the applicant’s choice (e.g. film, exhibit, performance piece).

Dignity Project launches Tuesday, aims to educate Canadians about the poor (Winnipeg Free Press)
While they may be generous enough to whip out their wallets, a new report suggests many Canadians don’t appear to be too charitable in their opinions of the poor. The Salvation Army report finds many Canadians believe the poor have mostly themselves to blame for their lot in life and that poverty is a choice. While Canadians believe poverty is the third most pressing issue facing the country behind the economy and health care, many don’t have a realistic picture of what it’s like to be poor, according to “The Dignity Project: Debunking Myths About Poverty in Canada.”

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Health care doesn’t keep people healthy — even in Canada (Washington Post)
File this one under “health care doesn’t work nearly as well as we’d like to believe.” A group of researchers followed almost 15,000 initially healthy Canadians for more than 10 years to see whether universal access to health care meant that the rich and the poor were equally likely to stay healthy. The answer? Not even close.

Don’t stop at financial re-structuring of Toronto Community Housing; now is excellent time to improve social infrastructure (Wellesley Institute)
“The financial re-structuring of Toronto Community Housing prompted by the auditor’s report also provides an excellent opportunity for TCH to improve its social infrastructure and ensure that tenants are fully engaged in the management of their homes and the lives of their neighbourhoods,” says Michael Shapcott, Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation for the Wellesley Institute. “The Sonny Atkinson Co-op is a remarkable success story that started in 1968 as a traditional top-down public housing project and in the 1990s converted to a resident-managed housing co-operative.”

Elder abuse on the rise (Toronto Sun)
Elder abuse is on the rise, although the experts can’t say by how much. “We don’t know the real statistics because this is a crime that goes unreported,” said Dr. Maria Zorzitto, chief of geriatrics at St. Michaels’s Hospital.


New website Mapping Migration (Focal)
The Mapping Migration from the Americas project provides information about the spatial distribution of foreign workers in Canada from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region allowing users to analyze the relationship between migration flows and development impacts. Mapping Migration from the Americas was launched in 2008 by the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and will include a map of Canada and eventually regional maps of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Housing, G20 After-math, Streetscape and Other News.


Young people invited to build businesses of tomorrow (InsideToronto)
From urban clothing lines to music production and grocery delivery, six young entrepreneurs pitched their ideas hoping to become new business leaders. The Youth Micro Loan Pilot Project (YMLPP), launched in July, invited young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 24 to receive formal business development training, coaching and one-on-one mentoring over 12 weeks.–young-people-invited-to-build-businesses-of-tomorrow

Mexican nabs B.C. student entrepreneur award (Globe and Mail)
The full-time Simon Fraser University student, who has been living in Canada for seven years, was recently recognized by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) as the 2011 Student Entrepreneur British Columbia Champion.

Public Policy Forum announces recipient of 2011 Emerging Leaders Award (Canada NewsWire)
Victor Thomas, President of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, was named today as this year’s recipient of the Public Policy Forum’s annual Emerging Leaders Award. The award recognizes the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse.

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