Maytree News headlines – March 11, 2011


NELSON: Multiculturalism is just so Canadian (BCLocalNews)
That multiculturalism is a failed policy is an idea intermittently broached by conservatives in urban areas, where lots of “those people” don’t seem to want to embrace “Canadianism.” The analyses cite difficulties arising from multiculturalism in other countries and sincerely hope that Canada won’t experience similar difficulties. Thinly veiled racism notwithstanding, what, other than multiculturalism, would they propose Canadians embrace? Would we try the “melting pot” concept?

Acknowledging the Need for Diversity (Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC))
Diversity does matter in business and in the business of sport, no matter how big or small you are. It assists in bringing a perspective in decision-making which leads to making better decisions, helps legitimize the mandate of an organization, and builds social capital and cohesion among diverse populations. (with mention of DiverseCity onBoard and Maytree)

Victims of racist assaults speak out (Global Saskatoon)
The victims of alleged hate crimes in Edmonton are telling their story for the first time. Three weeks ago, five people, who were homosexual or part of a visible minority, were attacked along Whyte Avenue by a group that was promoting a noe-Nazi rally in Calgary. Issa recalls being repeatedly punched and kicked in the head by the group.

McGuinty Government increases Diversity by appointing Dr. Dhun Noria to the Toronto Police Services Board (South Asian Generation Next)
Ontario has appointed Dr. Dhun Noria to the Toronto Police Service Board. “I welcome the appointment of Dr. Dhun Noria to the Toronto Police Services Board,” said Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “Dr. Noria’s wealth of medical knowledge, governance experience and community involvement makes her an excellent choice for the board.”

High-Skill Migration to Canada and Switzerland: Retention, Attraction and Competition with the United States through Policy (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
Are small countries like Canada and Switzerland able to attract and retain skilled workers (i.e.,
brains) in the face of the magnet role played by the United States?

GTA Immigrants will get let in on 7 Secrets for Success in Canada (LEAP blog)
Finding meaningful employment as an internationally educated professional (IEP) can be difficult – and there is no easy route to go about it. The fact of the matter is, newcomers lose all their contacts from their previous country of residence and their experience is unfamiliar to employers in Canada. It is easy to succumb to negativity and play the ‘blame game’ to explain misfortunes of life thus far in a new land, but there is help and advice available from those who have been through the struggle – and on March 16 and 22, the advice will be given for free. Nick Noorani, the author of the bestseller Arrival Survival Canada and the founding publisher of Canadian Immigrant Magazine , will be hosting a free seminar entitled 7 Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants. There will be two seminars held in the GTA, March 16 in Mississauga, and March 22 in Scarborough.

Sheesha (hookah) bars in Toronto (blogTO)
Sheesha in Toronto is enjoyed by many looking to spend a relaxing (and yes, legal) night out. Its roots trace back to India, though now sheesha has arguably entered the mainstream worldwide. The practice of adding flavours, though, such as cherry, blackberry, or mint, is relatively new, and has really taken hold just over the past 20 or 30 years.


Former refugee, octogenarian an inspiration to all (Edmonton Journal)
In December, 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, Zacsko, his wife Margaret, brother-in-law Zoli and family abandoned their homes in the middle of the night and fled the Russian occupation. Zacsko’s clan was secretly trucked close to the Austrian border. “We hid in a farmer’s barn until midnight, then the farmer took us to the border where we crossed into Austria,” he recounts. “We were refugees. From there, we went to Germany and had to decide where to go. Australia, United States and Canada were accepting Hungarian refugees. My brother-in-law, Zoli, wanted to go to Australia. ‘Too hot and too far,’ I thought, so our next option was the United States, but I didn’t like how America was dealing with (civil rights) issues, so we picked Canada.”

First migrant ordered deported (BC Local News)
A Tamil asylum seeker who admitted he was a member of a terrorist organization was ordered deported on Tuesday to Sri Lanka. He is the first of the 492 people who arrived last year aboard the MV Sun Sea found inadmissible to Canada

UN wants say in removal of Mexican teen from Canada (Toronto Star)
The case pits the 1996 Hague Convention — an international law that deals with wrongful removal or retention of a child — against a child’s rights to protection under the United Nations Refugee Convention. “UNHCR is of the opinion that the issues in this appeal transcend those of a private dispute between the parties and raise particularly important issues concerning the protection of refugees in Canada,” the agency said in its submission. “UNHCR is concerned with ensuring a consistent and coherent interpretation and application of international conventions relating to refugees.”–un-wants-say-in-removal-of-mexican-teen-from-canada


Tweet If You Want Less Poverty in BC (
Would you feel proud if our premier took leadership against poverty and set in motion a plan to reduce it? Well, you’re not alone! In fact, 91 per cent of British Columbians feel the same way.

Poverty groups want province to raise food supplement (Toronto Sun)
Ontario anti-poverty activists are pushing the provincial government to invest in a $100-a-month healthy food supplement for social assistance recipients. At a “Put Food in the Budget” rally Thursday in front of the Queen’s Park building that houses the finance ministry, dozens of activists called for the measure to be included in the upcoming spring budget.


Practical tips for employers working with immigrants (CareerEdge blog)
Internationally qualified professionals need to quickly learn the ins and outs of the Canadian workplace culture within a short period of time if they want to survive and explore their career in Canada. Luckily there are many different resources available here to provide this kind of support. But inclusion is always a two way process, and there are some important things employers can be aware of to make the process better.

Video: Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS): 2010 winner, CBC Toronto Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion (TRIEC)
TFSS deliberately hires international doctors to screen the vision of children in the city’s less affluent neighbourhoods. It’s a win-win for students and immigrants. Three years into the program four full-time and six part-time IMG staff screen over 18,000 kids annually. The work is an opportunity for international doctors to get experience to help them enter the medical system and for those who can’t get in, because spots are limited, it demonstrates the potential to engage international doctors in meaningful healthcare work. TFSS is the arm’s length charitable foundation of the Toronto District School Board.


Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, TCHC, Transit and Other News.

Our Cities are Headed for Crisis (The Mark News)
In Toronto, leaders were assuaged by the City of Toronto Act, which granted more jurisdictional power to raise revenue and achieve more autonomy. But what about the rest of Canada’s cities? Are threats of secession poised to become the norm? Probably not, because in reality this sentiment is less of a genuine call to re-stitch the country’s internal borders, and more of a rhetorical rebuke of the country’s Constitution. It boils down to a need to modernize the way the federal and provincial governments regard municipal governments. With funds from the Conservative government’s stimulus package about to run dry, this argument will regain volume – especially since the Conference Board of Canada predicts the termination of the program will cause diminished economic growth for most cities.


Focus on Human Trafficking (Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)
A list of current journal articles on the topic.

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