Maytree News Headlines – March 16, 2011


TRIEC recognizes leaders in immigrant integration (Maytree blog)
Successful economic integration of skilled immigrants requires leadership and innovation from our business community. Each year, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognizes companies and individuals through its Immigrant Success (IS) Awards. The award recognizes unique initiatives that break down employment barriers for skilled immigrants, showcasing leadership and innovation in both individuals and organizations. Over five years TRIEC has recognized 25 innovative employers and individuals.

Transportation giant Thales Canada among three orgs recognized for leveraging immigrant talent (Yonge Street Media)
Michael MacKenzie, the COO of Transportation for Thales Canada’s Toronto Transportation unit says that Toronto’s diversity has been a strength for his company. “Having employees of international origin who can speak the language and understand the culture of our customers in regions such as China, Korea or Turkey, for instance, has greatly aided our ability to meet our project obligations, which leads to continued growth.”

8 GTA cultural orgs get over $2.76 million to build diversity infrastructure (Yonge Street Media)
In a move that provincial Minister of Tourism and Culture says will help the province’s “diverse cultural communities” and contribute to the economic development of the province, his government has given grants totalling slightly more than $2.76 million to eight Greater Toronto Area cultural organizations.

Revamped citizenship guide still light on gay content (
“One paragraph is better than no paragraph, I suppose,” says NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow. “It’s the will of Parliament – for once, they semi-listened, and at least there’s some mention of gay rights.”

CHP director outlines party’s new immigration policy in Smithers (Interior-News)
The Christian Heritage Party heard from party Executive Director Vicki Gunn last Friday as she spoke at their AGM in Smithers… Gunn came to introduce the local membership to the party’s new immigration policy. Under their proposal, they want to see immigration to Canada from Sharia Law based countries halted.

Barbara Kay: Trudeau the multiculturalist walks into trap of his own making (National Post)
Mr. Trudeau’s shambolic rhetorical dilemma is a very good illustration of the corner into which committed multiculturalists have painted themselves. Multiculturalism depends on a belief that all cultures are equal. To criticize a specific cultural practice is to imply that our culture is superior to others in certain respects, which is multicultural thought crime.

Immigrants get safety lessons from Edmonton firefighters (Edmonton Journal)
Ali and his family moved to Canada from Pakistan about a year and a half ago. House fires are generally not a concern in Pakistan, said Ali, as most homes are made from stone or other non-flammable material. But if firefighters did respond to a call, there’s a fee. When he came to Canada, he was surprised by the available firefighting services available.

Indo-Canadian mentoring (
ICCC, JVS Toronto and TRIEC launch Mentoring Program for New Immigrants matching newcomer Indo-Canadians to successful professionals

Revolting relativism (Edmonton Sun)
Justin Trudeau’s discomfort over how honour crimes are described in Canada’s immigration guide speaks volumes about the epidemic of political correctness sweeping across Canada… have repeatedly written over the years that while multiculturalism has its challenges, Canada — a land of immigrants — has the best chance of making it work because of our history of pluralism and tolerance. That does not mean, however, that we ought to sink into the quagmire of cultural relativism — that the beliefs and practices of all cultures are equally valuable, or bad.

Hockey’s still close to our hearts (Globe and Mail)
Hockey’s persistence as a national symbol is not a result of “old Canadians” clinging to an increasingly irrelevant pastime. In a survey we completed last year, 49 per cent of those born outside Canada say they watch hockey at least occasionally, as compared with 64 per cent of those born in Canada. Immigrants disproportionately name team sports other than hockey as their favourites, but 24 per cent of immigrants cite hockey as their top team sport (putting the game in a dead heat with soccer, at 23 per cent). Seventy-four per cent of immigrants agree with 77 per cent of the Canadian-born that “hockey is part of what it means to be Canadian.”

How diaspora politics are beginning to drive Canada’s foreign policy (Embassy Mag)
For decades, Canadian political parties have been playing diaspora politics to win votes and elections. However, there are growing concerns that the country, led by the Conservatives, is entering a new era—one in which ethnic communities and groups become even more coveted in the quest for the almighty majority government. The fear is that in targeting ethnic groups for their votes, the Conservatives and, to a lesser extent the Liberals, are putting short-term domestic gains ahead of long-term implications for Canadian foreign policy. There are also worries that the strategy encourages groups to identify themselves along ethnic lines, rather than integrating with the rest of the population.

Canada’s Multicultural Trap: A Country Under Siege (Hudson New York)
Multiculturalism in Canada contains loopholes that threaten Canada’s homeland security, national identity and democratic heritage as well as pose a threat to the United States of which it borders. Although the Canadian Multicultural Act celebrates the racial diversity of Canada, and is harmless in the cultural context of embracing different foods, dance, languages and the arts, in a political context, it presents critical dilemmas where individual rights at times conflict with Western democratic traditions.

Call for Submissions to an Online Repository of Best Practices in Settlement Services (Integration-Net)
The Centre for International Migration and Settlement Studies at Carleton University is inviting individuals and organizations across Canada to submit examples of best practices in settlement services which are to be considered and featured on a best practices website. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 28, 2011.


How we label and treat our poor defines us as a nation and people (
As the current parliament winds down before the expected election call, it is worth noting a major achievement that came to nothing. The achievement was NDP member Tony Martin drawing upon a House of Commons report on poverty reduction to offer legislation that would bring all Canadians up to the low income cutoff level as measured by Statistics Canada. His bill C-545 An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada came to nothing because the Conservatives managed to scupper plans to enact the legislation.

Alternative budget: Tax rich, roll back corporate cuts (Globe and Mail)
Each year dozens of national and community organizations representing millions of Canadians convene over a six-month period, debating and costing out measures that reflect the priorities and values of most Canadians, if polls are any indication.


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, Police & Crime, Community & Housing.

Politics: Recalls are busting out all over (LA Times)
An angry electorate is not a patient electorate. Hence the profusion of recall elections at the local and state level across the country, including one Tuesday on whether to recall Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas… The recall is also interesting from a theoretical perspective as it puts a heavy thumb on the scale of one of the fundamental “irresistible force v. immovable object” questions of representative democracy, namely, whether an elected official should act as a trustee and vote his own opinion, or perform as a delegate and vote according to the wishes of his constituency.

Is inclusionary zoning the answer to Toronto’s housing problems? (Yonge Street Media)
For poverty advocates, last year tumbled into the historical dustbin with a swish of disappointment. The Ontario government’s much-anticipated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy failed to deliver on inclusionary zoning, and disenchantment could be heard from the offices of ACORN to those of the Wellesly Institute — and likely in other quarters unequipped with press releases and research units.

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