Maytree News headlines – March 22, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Internships: Low risk, big return (Maytree blog)
What if you could hire a highly skilled and professional candidate on a trial basis, giving both your organization and the candidate a chance to see if the fit’s right, before you made a permanent commitment? …Internships are a low-risk way for businesses to test out potential candidates for fit and expertise.
http://maytree.com/blog/?p=1569

Immigrants create networks to help them help themselves (Toronto Star)
Today, Tehranchian is a branch manager and financial advisor at Assante Capital Management Ltd. in Toronto. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Professional Immigrant Network (PIN), a collection of volunteer-run groups for internationally-educated and experienced professionals. Tehranchian is PIN’s co-chair. The 70 groups collectively represent more than 25,000 people, and host lectures, workshops and social events throughout the year to help immigrants network with their peers, find jobs in their area of expertise, and give back to the community.
http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/immigrationemployment/article/956518–immigrants-create-networks-to-help-them-help-themselves

Finding personal power in prose (Metro Toronto)
Students all over the city are finding their voices thanks to an after school writing workshop that allows young literary minds to work with trained professionals. Diaspora Dialogues is a free workshop that has been around since 2005 and is currently held at eight schools and serves 120 students. The workshops encourage the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama.
http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/learn/article/809463–finding-personal-power-in-prose

Hungry for immigrant votes, Tories won’t drop attack on Ignatieff’s family (Globe and Mail)
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are invoking the defence of “he brought it up first” to explain why they so aggressively attacked Michael Ignatieff’s family history. In a memo circulated Monday to supporters and MPs, Tory strategists explain why they sent out a three-page memo to reporters questioning the Liberal Leader’s account of how his father came to Canada as an immigrant and why that same information was published on a Conservative-backed website.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/hungry-for-immigrant-votes-tories-wont-drop-attack-on-ignatieffs-family/article1950163/?from=sec561

Immigrant Nation (North Bay Nugget)
I would like to think that Canada has evolved as a nation. We appear to be more tolerant of those people whose background differs from our own and who do not necessarily share the same genetic attributes. Or are we??? We must be mindful of our own shortcomings before we point a finger at other ethnic groups. Most if not all civilizations of the world have struggled with their own demons at one time or another. Many have attempted to wrest power; most have coveted their neighbor’s land and tried to impose their values on others.
http://www.nugget.ca/Community/NewsDisplay.aspx?c=131754

Spurned bride returns to Pakistan (CBC)
Noor also accuses Qurni of withdrawing her immigration sponsorship because her family refused to pay thousands of dollars. Qurni said those allegations are “completely false.”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/03/21/arranged-marriage-noor-returns.html

No permit, no visa, no stay (Metro Toronto)
A U.K. family hoping to make Canada their home had to leave their Ottawa-area residence and fly back to Europe last night after the government told them to leave. Paul Simms brought his family to Canada in June under visitor visas in order to find work and make a living in the hopes that it would expedite their permanent Canadian residency application, which he sent in January 2010.
http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/local/article/809733–no-permit-no-visa-no-stay

Diversity Conference to be held in Burlington (Burlington Free Press)
The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center will present its 2011 Diversity Conference on Monday at the Hilton Burlington. The conference will explore workplace issues related to diversity and leadership roles exercised in efforts to empower individuals and communities of color.
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110322/NEWS02/103220311/Diversity-Conference-held-Burlington?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Front%20Page|s

Businesses nominated for DIVERSEcity awards (BC Local News)
A handful of Lower Mainland businesses have been named as finalists for the 16th annual Cultural DIVERSEcity Awards, to be held in Richmond April 13… The awards, hosted by the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – a Surrey-based non-profit group – were launched in 1995 as a way to recognize businesses and organizations that have excelled in implementing culturally diverse initiatives into the workplace.
http://www.bclocalnews.com/business/118398704.html

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Canada News Centre)
To live free of racial discrimination is a fundamental right enshrined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and our Government takes the defence of this right very seriously. Through Canada’s legal system and a variety of department and agency programs, we work hard to ensure that all Canadian citizens are protected from prejudice and enjoy equal opportunities.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=/index&nid=598419

REFUGEES

Finding refuge in Canada could get tougher (Vancouver Sun)
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 sourcecountry 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
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Finding+refuge+Canada+could+tougher/4481456/story.html

Spike in number of Namibian refugees (London Free Press)
More than 400 Namibians have sought refugee status in Canada over the last six months, prompting suspicions an African alien smuggling ring is at work, border agents say. Officers of the Canada Border Services Agency said that on some night as many as 10 to 15 Namibians are arriving at Pearson International Airport to file refugee claims.
http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/03/21/17705266.html

Lifeline of Hope (The Gateway)
Every semester, $0.44 of your student fees go to support the Student Refugee Program. Run by World University Service Canada nationally since 1978, the program brings in students from refugee camps somewhere in the world to study here at the University of Alberta, as well as other universities across the country. Your money goes to pay for residence and meal costs, helping to bring one student a year to the University of Alberta. But who exactly does this money help? Here are the stories of two student refugees whose lives have been changed by the program you help fund.
http://thegatewayonline.ca/articles/features/2011/03/22/lifeline-hope

Roma refugee complained of chest pain, Toronto inquest told (Toronto Star)
A Roma refugee who died of heart failure in immigration detention was thought to be faking chest pains to avoid his imminent deportation, a Toronto inquest has heard.
http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/immigration/article/957690–roma-refugee-complained-of-chest-pain-toronto-inquest-told

Call for Papers: Asylum and Displacement in the Twenty-First Century: Performing Community, Crisis and Belonging (Refugee Research Network)
A two-day conference on performative responses to asylum and displacement. The vast populations of asylum seekers, refugees and other unauthorised or irregular migrants represent the vanguard of some of the most pressing challenges in a globalised world: conflict, crisis, poverty, security, human rights, environmental degradation and climate change. The conference will facilitate scholarly and creative exchange, investigating ways in which performance might witness, respond to and intervene in these challenges. Performance in this context may include professional and amateur theatre, community, youth and applied performance, film, protest and activism, site-specific work, and more broadly, the ‘enactment’ of citizenship and belonging. Supported by the Department of Drama and Theatre, the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research (CITPR), and the Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC) at Royal Holloway, University of London.
http://www.refugeeresearch.net/node/7620

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Visible minorities face workplace inequality (RCI)
A new study indicates the Canadian workplace still has colour barriers that mean some workers have a harder time finding jobs and are paid less when employed. And this is true for first and second generation immigrants. The Link’s Lynn Desjardins looks at differences in pay and unemployment rates among new Canadians.
http://www.rcinet.ca/english/column/the-link-s-top-stories/15-27_2011-03-21-visible-minorities-face-workplace-inequality/

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, Transit, Streetscape & Neighbourhoods and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/03/22/tuesdays-headlines-194/

Video – Jane Jacobs was wrong: Glaeser (Globe and Mail)
Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City, argues famous Canadian urban thinker Jane Jacobs, whose ideas still guide city planning, got it wrong. “Cities can propagate bad ideas,” he says.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/leading-thinkers/jane-jacobs-was-wrong-glaeser/article1947613/

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