Maytree News Headlines – March 14, 2011


Apprenticeships For Immigrants In the Care Sector (Cities of Migration)
The strength of this programme came from their specific focus on training Muslim women (particularly those seeking to return to work after raising children) to both acquire these new skills and help fill a necessary labour shortage. The programme was the result of a partnership between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as well as training schools in Frankfurt. Outreach was done with the support of Turkish community clubs and mosques.

Company threatens to leave Canada over immigration headache (Toronto Sun)
One of the countrys oldest companies, a 133-year-old firm that makes high-security products, is considering moving south of the border because of a dispute with Immigration Canada. Lockwood Industries, of Burlington a producer and supplier of fire-grade goods such as fastening devices and locks has been fighting with Ottawa for more than six months to bring two skilled workers to Canada for two weeks to install newly purchased state-of-the-art equipment.

It was just more sporting back in 2011 (London Free Press)
Imagine the year 2025. Canada has elected its Parliament with a mixed-member proportional-representation system for several terms. The government is a coalition of three parties (as in most countries in the world). The Speaker of the House is from another small party. The coalition represents 75% of the Canadian voters. The three parties took a month to negotiate policies they would agree to carry out during the fixed-election term. The cabinet is composed of members of the three parties. Those cabinet positions were established as part of the coalition negotiation.

Return migration picks up in popularity (Montreal Gazette)
Wong, born and raised in Vancouver, moved to Shanghai to study Mandarin with a University of Victoria scholarship in 2005. She has not returned to Canada. “There are so many others like me,” she said. Asian countries with promising employment opportunities and strong economic growth have replaced Canada’s reputation as the “land of opportunity” for many, immigration experts say, pointing to the number of young Asian Canadians emigrating to the home of their forebears.

NaHSSA: Canada’s Future Health Leaders Work Towards System Transformation (Marketwire)
Each year the National Health Sciences Students’ Association (NaHSSA) holds an annual conference bringing together students from occupational therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, medicine, chiropractic, rehabilitation sciences, dietetics, and many more. The theme of the 7th annual conference is Crossing the Bridges of Socioeconomic and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare, which represents our growing awareness that cross-cultural diversity management in healthcare is extremely relevant to today’s professionals. This year’s conference, a joint venture hosted by the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the University of Toronto, Canadian Naturopathic College of Medicine, and Ryerson University, will include a workshop for student-run clinics, an interprofessional problem based learning session, and the National Health Care Team Challenge where teams compete to provide an interprofessional plan of care based on an assigned case study.

TRIEC’s Immigrant Success (IS) Awards (CBC)
Nice bundle of information and resources about the IS Awards.

Helping skilled newcomers integrate (
The fifth annual Immigrant Success awards chose three organizations and one individual who assisted newcomers into their workforce. The more employers tap the full range of capabilities of our workforce – to innovate and adapt, develop new markets and foster new relationships – the more competitive Canada will be in the global economy and the more prosperous we will be at home,” said Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer at RBC, in a press release. (TRIEC mentioned)

Gay Indo-Canadian Activist On Shortlist Of Top 25 Immigrants Award (South Asian Link)
Gay Indo-Canadian activist made it to the shortlist for the annual RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award. Alex Sangha is known to be a fearless and outspoken voice for those who need to be heard. As someone who has been actively involved with mental health, gay and lesbian, environmental, and social issues, hes been at the forefront in educating Canadas immigrant and mainstream communities about a number of culturally tough-to-digest issues.

MIPEX immigration data release – Metropolis Roundtable and Reception (eventbrite)
Friday, March 25, 2011 – 4:15 to 6pm, Vancouver.. Courtesy of the British Consulate General in Vancouver, you are invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and hors doeuvres, while we discuss the MIPEX data. MIPEX, which is published by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group, is a unique, long-term data project which uses 148 policy indicators to assess how governments around the world promote the integration of migrants.

The Library as a Safe Harbour – The Edmonton Public Library Experience – PDF (Edmonton Public Library)
The vision of Safe Harbour nests perfectly with the values of the Edmonton Public Library. Like all public libraries, EPL is open to all, is committed to inclusion and to diversity of thoughts and ideas and has a belief in social responsibility as a member of the community.

Persichilli: Canada’s multicultural name game (Toronto Star)
In the last few weeks, weve heard a new word interculturalism. What does it mean? I dont know. It comes from Quebec and its intended to replace multiculturalism. Because for 40 years we havent been able to understand what multiculturalism was all about, now were changing its name and well give it another try. Its not clear whether this is a new philosophy or just a new word for marketing purposes. Even Justin Trudeau, the Liberal partys multiculturalism critic and the son of Pierre Trudeau, who is considered the father of multiculturalism, is not sure: For me (interculturalism) is more of a word we chose to use in Quebec that is acceptable when multiculturalism is beginning to be less so, he told the Canadian Press.–persichilli-canada-s-multicultural-name-game

Durham diversity plan to welcome newcomers (
The face of Durham is changing, so the Region now has a plan to incorporate that change. On Friday, the Diversity and Immigration Community Plan was released, and it outlines steps Durham can take to be more inclusive.

Pan Am ‘diversity’ announcement shouldn’t affect facilities bidding (Daily Commercial News)
The recent announcement by the 2015 Pam Am Games organizing committee that diversity will have to be a key component of any contractor bidding on a piece of the event sounds at first glance like politics triumphing over best practices. Drill a little deeper, however, and it is more about optics than hard reality exactly like the politics driving it, says Ontario General Contractors Association president Clive Thurston. Trying to legislate this kind of thing is a recipe for disaster, typical of the far left, Thurston said. In our industry, it doesnt matter what colour (workers) are, where they are from, what matters is they have the skills and are trained and certified to do the job. Otherwise, its a health and safety issue. You cant hire people because of their ethnicity you hire because of their skills.

Why Jason Kenney eats Chinese food (Globe and Mail)
So Canadians got a peek into how the Harper government does business in particular, the immense emphasis it places on advertising and its almost manic devotion to spin, photo ops and messaging. But the episode was revealing for other reasons. The mistake was made by a young aide, of whom there are dozens and dozens swarming around ministerial offices, many of them ideologically fervent but administratively inexperienced.

Munroe-Blum speaks to the student press (The McGill Daily)
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum met with journalists from The Daily, the McGill Tribune, and Le Délit on Friday afternoon to discuss the recently completed Task Force on Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement. The discussion also addressed other topics, including the deregulation of international student fees, the administrations work with consulting firm McKinsey and Co., and the 2011 SSMU elections. Three hours prior to the interview, Munroe-Blum held a Town Hall regarding the Task Force. She responded to a variety of questions focused on the possible impact of tuition increases on student diversity.

Canadian Board Diversity Council (LinkedIn)
The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) is a groundbreaking venture spearheaded by The Jeffery Group Ltd. Our Founding Members are organizations that are leaders in diversity and corporate governance in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Captivating diversity awards (Abbotsford Times)
Abbotsford Community Services, which is front and centre when it comes to all things culturally diverse in Abbotsford, put on the ninth annual awards ceremony March 4 at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre. The event honours the best among Fraser Valley businesses and service providers in responding to, and being inclusive of the diversity in the region.

Employment equity policy: one size doesn’t fit all (Globe and Mail)
Members of visible minorities are defined by Statistics Canada as persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour. But no living persons skin tone matches the ultra white shade in a paint colour fan deck. Deciding whether paint is off-white or beige is a judgment call. So is determining which ethnic groups are visible minorities. Statistics Canada considers the following ethnic groups to be visible minorities: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean.

Nation branding through immigrant integration (brandingplaces)
Nations that are looking to improve their image abroad and welcome immigrants not only need to enforce policies that are favourable to immigration, but also the locals need to be open to it. Australia has been putting in efforts to woo back Indian students, who now see the nation as hostile. An Indian Express article reveals a drop of 35 percent in the arrival of Indian students in Australian universities following racial attacks. This is a huge loss for Australia per the 2009-2010 statistics, of the 600,000 foreign students studying in Australia, 100,000 were from India. What is the lesson learnt? The idea of globalisation is not just a theory, it is in action, so in order for a nation to be competitive against the world it must have suitable policies and it must inspire an open attitude amongst its people.

Roy Green: ‘Systematic oppression’ in Canada, with help from Ottawa (National Post)
Email and phone call invitations to Access Alliance to explain the Anti-Oppression Principles and Practice went unreturned. A request for an interview with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, as well as an explanation of how taxpayer dollars came to be directed to an organization which while by definition addressed needs of immigrants and refugees, simultaneously also identified this nation with its Constitution and human rights protecting Charter of Rights and Freedoms as systemically oppressive resulted in this reply from Celyste Power, Press Secretary, Ministers Office: CIC does provide funding to Access Alliance for their job search, enhanced language training and local immigration programs. We have absolutely not provided funding for their Anti-Oppresssion nonsense. We do not stand for these types of things, its jejune and sophomoric. We believe that immigrants have succeeded in Canada because they worked hard and played by the rules.

Women, men still unequal: report (Ottawa Citizen)
Because You’re a Girl: Growing Up in the Commonwealth is a compilation of national and international studies and paints an often grim picture of female life from the womb to the grave.

Waterloo MPP proposes Dutch heritage month (Canadian Immigrant)
The special relationship between Canada and the Netherlands could get a boost in Ontario thanks to a private members bill to be debated at the end of March. Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Elizabeth Witmer, a Dutch immigrant herself, put forward the bill in the provincial legislature asking for the month of May to be recognized as Dutch Heritage Month in Ontario.


Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 5 #11, 8 March 2011 (CCR)
In this issue:
a) Refugees unfairly kept in detention
b) Refugee Rights Day, April 4th: Honouring refugee rights in Canada
c) Reactions to Minister Kenneys speech criticizing the Federal Court
d) Coming soon to Hamilton: CCR Spring Consultation 2011 Register now!
e) Faces of the CCR: Christina Harrison-Baird, Trafficking Project Coordinator

IRB accountable to Parliament (Toronto Star)
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is an independent arms-length tribunal that is accountable to Parliament through the minister. Its highly qualified and extensively trained members, whose performance is monitored and evaluated by their supervising members, enjoy decision-making independence recognized by Canadian courts. RPD members are acutely aware of the impact of their decisions and take their responsibility seriously.–irb-accountable-to-parliament

Powerful biography traces mother’s life through prose, photos (Latvians Online)
Portrait of a Latvian Beauty, a book of 113 pages and more than 120 photographs, presents a powerful visual odyssey of a Latvian refugee family after it is forced to leave Latvia for Germany and then Canada. The author, Ilze Berzins, focuses on her mothers story and provides a vision of the past as perceived by the Latvian beauty through many of her lifes wrenching changes.

“We are zombies” (McGill Daily)
Although his stay in detention and his resistance were extraordinary (most are only detained for one to three months), what he spoke about was the way the system works people over. For him and many others, this is what it means to become Canadian. Although the system is ostensibly about protecting Canadian society about security from the inside it appears as a series of filters. It didnt seem like these barriers were filtering out security threats Aslani said those interrogating him seemed to know nothing of Middle Eastern politics. Rather, they tend to ensnare those who want to rock the boat fight for democracy in their home country, pursue their education, find a good job.


Poverty: PM’s policy is to do nothing (Toronto Star)
More than 3 million Canadians live in poverty but its not a problem that requires urgent federal action or, really, any new action at all. At least thats the message coming from Prime Minister Stephen Harpers government. The latest blueprint to reduce poverty this time produced by a House of Commons committee was dismissed outright by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. According to her, Ottawa is already doing what it takes to fight poverty: growing the economy.–poverty-pm-s-policy-is-to-do-nothing

Money spent on poverty report: wasteful or worthwhile? (Toronto Star)
The Harper governments refusal to act on a House of Commons plan to fight poverty this week was predictable. The Tories have rebuffed similar appeals from the Senate, the National Council of Welfare and the provinces. Numerous anti-poverty groups from across the country looking for federal leadership have also been ignored.–money-spent-on-poverty-report-wasteful-or-worthwhile

Canada Pension Plan debacle: Granatstein (Toronto Sun)
Despite having a social insurance number since he turned 16, a drivers licence, being educated in Canadian schools, being approved for a passport in 1999, having a marriage certificate from 1970, and paying taxes all his adult life, none of it is good enough for our pencil pushers in Ottawa. The bureaucranks wanted proof of when he entered Canada, including date, port and the name of the ship. His mom died 40 years ago. His dad is in his 90s and, understandably, cant recall details of the familys arrival. The government suggested he file a request with the federal archives to find the information cost, $110 but also told him its unlikely hed find anything there anyway.


Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, TCHC, Architecture & Development, History and Other News.

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