Maytree News Headlines – March 15, 2011


Returning to the old land of new opportunity (Ottawa Citizen)
Return migration, the phenomenon of people migrating back to their countries of origin or their families’ country of descent, is picking up in popularity. The movement has been steadily increasing in Canada since 2006, said Graham Johnson, a University of British Columbia professor who specializes in immigration and multiculturalism. “Something is going on with respect to the economic potential which is much greater now in East Asia than in Canada.

Study Guide Discover Canada The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship (CIC)

“The Maturing of the Multicultural Experiment: European Challenges Coming to Canada, March 7, 2011 (European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto)
On March 7th, The European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at York University held a one day conference under the title, “The Maturing of the Multicultural Experiment: European Challenges Coming to Canada. Scholars and activists from across Canada and around the globe gathered in Toronto to share their work on current cultural debates that are ongoing in both Europe and Canada. This conference aimed to explore the differences and highlight the similarities between the same issues as they are approached in diverse geographical and social contexts.

The collusion of immigration enforcement and policing must end (
Calls for police accountability and community control over policing, and connected demands to stop prison expansion and prison abolition often tie together municipal, provincial and federal security apparatuses, but one branch of federal policing often gets off scot-free: Immigration Enforcement. Immigration Enforcement (officially known as the Canada Border Services Agency or CBSA) is a daily brutal reality for the 500,000 people living without status in Canada. Cruising through the streets in unmarked cars, or raiding entire apartment buildings at 5 a.m. on Saturday mornings, Immigration Enforcement is an armed policing unit that terrorizes people as they work, as they access healthcare, as they try to sleep. With the ability to issue warrants, enter places where people live or gather, and to carry out arrests, Immigration Enforcement is a police force that must be made accountable to communities.

Party crashers disrupt Kenney’s visit at citizenship ceremony (24 hours Vancouver)
Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney got a hostile reception in Vancouver Monday as 12 protestors were ejected from a citizen swearing-in ceremony downtown. With the Calgary-based MP in town to announce the updated version of the Discover Canada citizenship guide, he was confronted by protestors screaming Shame! and demanding to talk to him about immigration policies

Chinese under the wave of investment migration (People’s Daily Online)
“Immigration now is one of the wisest decisions I’ve made,” said Wang, Thanks to the improvement of the communication and the development of the internet, I can do my business even in Canada. And there is no use commuting between China and Canada. Now my company developed very well while I can enjoy the high quality of life in Canada.” Is immigration really so good? Given the spiraling heat of immigration and the development of the immigration consultant industry, we interviewed a man surnamed Zhao, one senior immigration consultant from Jingcheng Chuanfeng (Beijing) Consultant Co, Ltd.

Government of Canada Supports “Sharing the Tradition: Building Bridges Among Cultural and Mainstream Communities” (Marketwire)
The Harmony Dialogue Group is receiving $15,000 for the event under Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Inter-Action program… The 20 day event will bring communities from various backgrounds and faiths together at 33 locations across the Edmonton area in order to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Director sought for immigration museum (
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is looking for a director and being a good fundraiser is a prerequisite.

March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Safe Harbour)
In 1966, The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in memory of 67 anti-apartheid protestors who died during a peaceful protest in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960. Canada was one of the first countries to show its support in 1989. This significant day reminds us that we all have a responsibility to help foster equality, promote fairness and speak out against racism and discrimination.

Toronto through the eyes of Councillor Ana Bailao (blogTO)
In October 2010, Ana Bailão won the race to replace Adam Giambrone in Ward 18, beating his former executive assistant, Kevin Beaulieu, by nearly 10 points. She is one of seven new women to join City Council. Bailão was born in Portugal but grew up as a teen in Ward 18. She attended West Toronto Collegiate and then the University of Toronto to study sociology and European studies.

Halifax, Meet Your Neighbours (SmartCity blog)
The largest factor in the increase of Halifaxs population today is immigration. Net immigration (Immigrants Emigrants) accounted for 79% of the population growth in Halifax in 2009/10 and this number continues to rise. We attract immigrants from various places; other locations in Nova Scotia (27%), other provinces in Canada (8.1%) and other countries around the world (43.8%).


Lift cap on generosity to immigrants (Winnipeg Free Press)
The press conference African groups held in Winnipeg March 5 deserves a wider audience and an explanation of the context. These Winnipeggers and Canadians were once refugees, brought here and resettled under Canadian government or private sponsorship. The groups are concerned for the plight of refugee relatives and friends they left behind in the squalid refugee camps and slums of Africa, the same sorts of places they escaped. They are probably sending money every month for their families’ support and they want them rescued from their limbo existence and brought here.

Tamil mother remains in detention in BC because of necklace (Globe and Mail)
The federal government has dragged its heels disclosing evidence to ensure the continued detention of MV Sun Sea passengers, including a mother whos been held for months because of a necklace that allegedly links her to the Tamil Tigers, her lawyer said Monday.


Prisons or poverty? The choice is clear (National Post)
Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson of Caledon Institute. Since 2006, the Harper Government has drained its own coffers. After taking office, it cut the GST by two percentage points, creating an annual revenue loss of $12-billion. It trimmed corporate taxes, from 18 to 16.5%, effective 2011. It made other smaller tax cuts, including allowing pension income splitting for wealthy seniors, which taken together deprive it of a significant amount of revenue. Yet the government somehow manages to find money for its favourite expenditures: War and crime. Significant amendments to the Criminal Code will cost Canadians an estimated $1billion annually over five years. This, despite evidence that building massive prisons has already proven ineffective and breathtakingly expensive in the United States, because every dollar spent on prison is a dollar not spent on the factors that contribute to criminal behaviour.

Mowat News March 2011 (Mowatt Centre)
In this issue: New Mowat Research on Non-Profit Sector, Mowat Centre EI Task Force, State of the Federation Conference Still Buzzing, Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region Summit: June 21 – 22, 2011 and more.

Evening dialogues tackle big questions (BC Local News)
What Defines Morality in Canada? Given the diversity of beliefs and cultural behavior in Canada, is it possible to define a common national morality? If so, then what is moral behavior in a pluralistic society? Then on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the series continues with the topic What is Canadian Culture?

Ottawa’s latest citizenship guide restores reference to same-sex rights (Globe and Mail)
When the first edition of Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship came out in 2009, it raised eyebrows on two fronts: It was far more robust in celebrating the role of the Queen and in promoting Canadian history and patriotism than were previous guides. This, on the whole, was seen as a positive development, though some on the left smelled conservative revisionism in the rewrite.

Trudeau blasts feds for calling honour killings ‘barbaric’ (The Sun Times)
Among other things, it tells new Canadians that gay marriage is OK and forced marriages are not. But the guide also says: “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” “Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws,” it reads. Trudeau blasted the Conservatives for using the term “barbaric,” even though it’s been in the guide since 2009. Forced marriages are the only new item on the list.


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


Innovation Next: Leading Canada to Greater Productivity, Competitiveness and Resilience (Public Policy Forum)
To help address the innovation challenge, the Public Policy Forum has engaged hundreds of leaders across Canada. Seeking to better understand and address the issues, the Forum convened leaders in all parts of Canada to seek the collective wisdom of those involved in innovation. These leaders from public, private, academic and not-for-profit organizations all contributed to the key points contained in this report.

Is social enterprise just another way to offload responsibilities from government? (Vancouver Sun)
Canada is suddenly awash in task forces, strategies and policy debate related to social innovation, including a new high-profile advisory committee in B.C. I like much of what’s being talked about. I’m all for innovation, and for a better way of funding community services if it gets us out of the uncertain, short-term, destructive and inefficient process we’ve got now. But I can’t shake a certain unease. It feels to me like two very different kinds of dreamers are coming together under the banner of “social enterprise.” And it’s my experience that bad things can happen when that’s the case.

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