Maytree News Headlines – March 21, 2011


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
On average, non-racialized Canadian earnings grew marginally (2.7%) between 2000-2005 – tepid income gains considering the economy grew by 13.1%. But the average income of racialized Canadians declined by 0.2%. Co-author Sheila Block, Director of Economic Analysis at the Wellesley Institute and long-time CCPA Research Associate, says racialized Canadian workers earned only 81.4 cents for every dollar paid to non-racialized Canadian workers in 2005 – reflecting barriers in Canada’s workplaces.

Canada’s colour code keeps workers out of good jobs (Wellesley Institute)
Canada’s Colour Coded Labour Market draws on 2006 Census data to compare work and income trends among racialized and non-racialized Canadians. It’s among the more comprehensive post-Census studies on this issue to date.


Skin colour matters in access to good jobs: study (Toronto Star)
A “colour code” is keeping visible minorities out of good jobs in the Canadian labour market, a new study says. Based on 2006 long-form Census data, researchers found visible minority Canadian workers earned 81.4 cents for every dollar paid to their Caucasian counterparts. That’s according to a report by two major think tanks, the Wellesley Institute and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.–skin-colour-matters-in-access-to-good-jobs-study

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The Government of Canada applauds talented youth working to build acceptance and fight racism (Canada News Centre)
Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, will honour the 11 winners of the 2010 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition at a ceremony to be held at the National Arts Centre.

Racism: has it changed? (Regina Leader-Post)
What has not changed? Some individuals still think racist thoughts, say racist things, treat people badly and deny jobs, promotions, housing and other resources to people because of the colour of their skin. In other words, there are still many ways in which opportunities, status and identities in Saskatchewan are degraded because of racism. It is felt there will never be a point where racial degradations do not happen. But it has become more difficult for individuals and organizations to say and do racist things without critism. Canadian institutions and organizations are now less likely to engage in overt discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnicity.

Immigrants are on the digital vanguard (Globe and Mail)
The revolution in social media is changing the way ideas are transmitted, and unseating traditional power brokers. A comprehensive new study, from Environics Analytics and the digital strategy firm Delvinia, shows older, affluent well-educated Canadians, the very people who usually embrace new technology, are not leading the social media conversation on blogs, Facebook and Twitter. They are following it. In contrast, the creators of social media content are more likely to be young, upwardly mobile immigrants living in Canada’s largest and most diverse cities – Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Philippines now Canada’s top source of immigrants (Globe and Mail)
There were no balloons or confetti to mark the occasion but at some point late last year the Philippines become Canada’s top source of immigrants. If its climb up the charts comes as a surprise, it’s understandable. China and India, both more than 10 times the size of the Philippines, have dominated Canadian immigration streams for years. There are well-known neighbourhoods and public figures associated with those communities. But Filipinos have settled in Canada in a way that tends to minimize their profile.

New regulator proposed for immigration consultants (Canada News Centre)
In order to improve the integrity of the immigration system, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced that a new regulatory body is being proposed to oversee immigration consultants. “The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council – or ICCRC – has committed to enhancing the protection of the Canadian public and those who use the services of immigration consultants,” said Minister Kenney. “I am confident that, with the ICCRC’s strong regulation of immigration consultants, people using our immigration processes will be offered quality consultation, representation and advice.”;jsessionid=ac1b105430d77f7900e582a44e8baf2be4470e0b33cc.e34Rc3iMbx8Oai0Tbx0SaxiPbxj0?crtr.sj1D=&mthd=ntnl&crtr.mnthndVl=&nid=597999&crtr.dpt1D=&crtr.tp1D=&crtr.lc1D=&crtr.yrStrtVl=&

Fraud against immigrants target of new agency (CBC)
A new regulatory body for immigration consultants is in the works as part of the federal government’s crackdown on scam artists who prey on would-be newcomers to Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday. The aim of the proposed agency is to protect immigrants from shoddy or dishonest operators, Kenney said.

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants satisfied with proposal of new federal regulation body (Canadian Immigrant)
One group is satisfied with the federal government’s decision to regulate immigration consultants. Ottawa proposed creating the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council as the new regulating body for immigration practitioners, the government announced on March 18.

Review – Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada’s Exclusion Era (Global Comment)
In Brokering Belonging, Lisa Rose Mar brings a fresh perspective to Chinese-Canadian scholarship surrounding the Exclusion Era. During the Exclusion Era (1885-1945), a series of increasingly draconian immigration laws limited Chinese immigration to Canada and the United States. Mar’s book illustrates the gaping holes in the immigration policy of the era and provides new insight into who filled those holes. A highly integrated and cooperative system of powerful members of both the Chinese and Anglo community supported a steady stream of illegal immigrants to Canada and the United States from China and supported them upon arrival.

Immigrant Activists Confront Kenney Who Hid Behind Police (South Asian Link)
According to Nassim Elbardouh of No One Is Illegal, “Approximately 25 of us, including many recent immigrants, came to protest and challenge this repressive Minister of Censorship and Deportation. It is clear that he only wanted a photo-op as part of his so-called ethnic media strategy. He hid out the whole time while we waited and surrounded the door in anticipation of his arrival. Instead, he had over ten police officers violently remove us and two people were repeatedly threatened with arrest.

Police keep lid on Calgary race demos (CBC)
Calgary police turned out in force on Saturday morning to prevent two opposing demonstrations from turning violent. Insp. Kathy Grant of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said that almost 200 anti-racism demonstrators gathered the Calgary Municipal Building at about 9:30 a.m. MT to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is on March 21.

Canada and Nova Scotia to Work Together on Temporary Foreign Workers (Marketwire)
Temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia will be better protected as a result of an agreement between Canada and Nova Scotia that gives the province a role in managing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. “Temporary foreign workers make a key contribution to the Canadian economy and we are taking the necessary steps to protect them from exploitation,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. “We are ensuring that temporary foreign workers are treated with respect, with agreements such as this, and with the new regulations that take effect nationwide on April 1.”

Multiculturalism’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated (The Mark News)
People like Mark Steyn are essentially asking us to dehumanize our fellow Canadians. They want us to see Muslims not as individuals, but as a collective that we can hold responsible for the actions of any single person who claims to be Muslim. As Muslims who have known no other home than Canada, we grapple with how to respond to this. These charges seem so distant from the concrete reality that we live in. We grew up with, went to school with, and now work with people of different backgrounds. This diversity has enriched the texture of our lives. So the idea that we are fundamentally incompatible with our friends of other faiths and traditions strikes us as absurd.

‘The Ignatieffs were not typical immigrants’ (Maclean’s)
In a missive this evening, apparently in response to this video, the Conservative party takes issue with Mr. Ignatieff’s family heritage and apparently seeks to debate who can rightfully claim to be an immigrant.


New report from the CCR – The Future of Colombian Refugees in Canada: Are We Being Equitable? (CCR)
Through a series of interviews in Colombia, the delegation explored whether Colombians in fact have a decreased need of protection. The delegation learned that while Colombia is now indeed safer for some, for others the danger remains. The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the paramilitary have changed significantly, but retain the ability to persecute their enemies throughout the country. The various security forces (army, police and state security) commit human rights abuses. People who are threatened in one region may not be safe, even in Bogota, because of the growth in informant networks and surveillance, and the inadequacy of government protection programs. The delegation also found that an “expert” whose opinion has been relied on in many negative Immigration and Refugee Board decisions does not claim to have current knowledge of the matter on which he is cited.

Government to Refocus Resettlement Efforts (
Canada is ending the ineffective Source Country refugee class in order to put more emphasis on work with the United Nations and refugees in the greatest need, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “As part of the changes being introduced with the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the government is expanding its resettlement programs by 20% to help more refugees living in camps and urban slums,” said Minister Kenney. “Since the Source Country class is not working as it was intended, we plan to repeal it in order to refocus our resettlement efforts on refugee situations where needs are the greatest, such as Iraqi refugees in Syria and Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.”

Canada to scrap one avenue for refugees (Montreal Gazette)
Refugees from some of the world’s most dangerous countries could soon find it more difficult to find refuge in Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has put forward a proposal to eliminate one of the three classes Canada uses to resettle refugees. The source-country class allows residents of designated countries to apply directly to Canada for refugee status from inside those countries. In its notice of the proposed change, the government says the groups most likely to be affected by the change are Colombians and Eritreans.

Canada’s Commitment to Iraqi Refugees Remains Strong (
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today met with Iraqi community members in Toronto to promote the continued resettlement of Iraqi refugees to Canada through the government-assisted and private sponsorship programs.

Tamil migrant held over necklace ordered released (Globe and Mail)
A Tamil mother who was detained for several months while the federal government investigated whether her necklace was linked to the Tamil Tigers has been ordered released.

New to Canada? Visit the Durham Immigration Portal (Clarington Public Library)
New to the area? Visit the Durham Immigration Portal. The portal is a one-stop, community-based immigration website created to help provide support and settlement information to new immigrations.

Manitoba food banks feeding more seniors, refugees (Global Winnipeg)
The use of food banks in Manitoba increased by 21 per cent between March 2009 and March 2010 according to a recent Food Banks Canada Report. Today, it’s estimated that food banks in this province now serve almost 58,000 people each month, and at 4.7 per cent of the population, this represents one of the highest rates in Canada. In this two-part series, Global Winnipeg explores three groups that are drawing on this resource more than ever: seniors, refugees, and children.


Cutting poverty: increase transfers, not minimum wage (Globe and Mail)
In my most recent post, I noted that the B.C. government’s decision to increase the minimum wage would have at best approximately no effect on poverty, and could very well make it worse. Some readers might well have asked what would be a better alternative, so here it is: increase transfer payments to those with low incomes.

Help coming for Canada’s seniors? (Lethbridge Herald)
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has hinted the budget will provide help for poor and unattached elderly, particularly widows or single women lacking the work history to build up an adequate pension. Fantino hinted further in that direction. “There’s a huge issue for the survivor in terms of pensionable income and those types of things,” Fantino said. “If a woman is left on her own and she hasn’t contributed to a pension plan and all of that, the hardship is obvious.” Such assistance would be well placed. The Canadian Association for Retired Persons has said poverty among seniors particularly affects women and minorities, and noted the rate of poverty among female seniors is double the rate for senior men.

Social cohesion, diversity, and poverty (Inequalities)
This shows that in deprived areas, diversity has no effect on trust among people that know lots of people in their neighbourhood. The largest effects are in non-deprived areas, for people that know no-one in their neighbourhood.


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