Maytree News Headlines – March 7, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Webinar: Community Policing: Finding Common Ground with Immigrant Communities (Cities of Migration)
Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about successful outreach strategies in community policing from Cardiff, UK, and Newport News, US, that build confidence and promote public safety within diverse communities. April 13, 2011.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/community-policing-finding-common-ground-with-immigrant-communities/lang/en/

Integrating immigrants – Canada is third, but we can do better (Maytree blog)
On February 28, Maytree hosted the Canadian release of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). This was the third MIPEX release of data that compares Canada to 30 other countries (mainly EU & the US). Canada scored third, which is worth celebrating. But, as with all data, scratching below the surface tells us that we have areas for improvement.
http://maytree.com/blog/?p=1428

Top performers recognized for leveraging skilled immigrant talent (Canada Newswire)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC are pleased to invite media to attend a reception announcing the winners of the 5th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards. Three employers and one individual will be recognized for exemplary practice in integrating skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region at an invitation-only reception hosted by RBC on Wednesday evening.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2011/07/c8098.html

Seeking Success in Canada and the United States: The Determinants of Labour Market Outcomes Among the Children of Immigrants (Statistics Canada)
This paper reviews recent research on the determinants of the labour market outcomes of the children of immigrants in Canada and in the U.S. New research on outcomes in Canada is also presented. In the aggregate, and with no controls, the labour market outcomes of the second generation-the children of immigrants-are equal to, or better than, those of the third-and-higher generations-the children of domestic-born parents. However, the story is somewhat different after one has accounted for the superior educational levels and the residential locations of the second generation. In the U.S, the second generation’s advantage in labour market outcomes disappears; in Canada, among second-generation members of a visible-minority group, the advantage turns marginally negative. Ethnic group/source region differences in outcomes loom large in both countries. The important determinants of the earnings gap between the second generation and the third-and-higher generations include educational attainment, which accounts for about half of the wage gap, residential location, ethnic background, the degree of “ethnic capital,” and the educational and earnings mobility between immigrants and their children.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11F0019M2011331&lang=eng

Media coverage – http://news.google.com/news/more?pz=1&ned=ca&ncl=dv6owv91dXZEPWMgjHYAyJIc5cLbM

Canada should make it easier for immigrants to sponsor family members (Ottawa Citizen)
Canada should make it easier for immigrants to sponsor family members. Closing the taps even tighter on sponsoring parents by new and existing immigrants to Canada could well be counterproductive in a serious way.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Family+support/4388777/story.html

Unraveling the hypocrisy of Canada’s family reunification program (Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians)
The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC), a national alliance of Filipino Canadian workers, women and youth organizations, is not surprised with the announcement on the increase in immigrant visas approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in 2010, numbering 280,636, as well as with the CIC’s announcement to cut-back on visa approval for family sponsorship and skilled workers categories. The increase in visa approval for one immigration class and the decrease in another has been a regular practice at CIC in order to ensure that the numbers of immigrants coming into the country does not exceed their limit or quota for each year. Indeed, while Canada may appear to open its immigration doors for immigrant applicants in 2010, it simultaneously closes and slams any opportunity for immigrant families in Canada to genuinely settle and integrate by hindering their reunification with other members of their families, particularly with their parents and grandparents.
http://www.magkaisacentre.org/2011/03/03/reunification/

Raising awareness of gender equality is crucial for successful integration of newly arrived women in Canada (Hamilton Spectator)
And when women come to communities like Hamilton from places where equality is nonexistent — even as a concept — it is our job to educate them that equality is something we reach for here. “They don’t know what gender equality means,” says Jiwani. “So it is crucial to help women navigate their new lives in Canada, even if they perceive gender equality on different terms than most Canadians.”
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/496825–immigrant-women-need-to-learn-about-gender-equality

Newcomers ride networks to security and success (Toronto Star)
Maybe, to maximize the gifts of newcomers, immigrants, entrepreneurs and social capital, we need a regionwide strength fund to support the local informal action that is already happening right now, outside this room, from welcoming to integrating to incubating our future — and then, just get the heck outta the way.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/948551–newcomers-ride-networks-to-security-and-success

Will interculturalism replace multiculturalism? (Toronto Star)
Amid increasingly strident criticisms of multiculturalism, both in Canada and abroad, a group of Quebec intellectuals is proposing an alternative that could save an idea that has become part of the national fabric. Interculturalism is being branded as a new model for integration and a solution to some of the anti-immigrant backlash that has accompanied the debate in Quebec over the accommodation of minorities.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/949640–will-interculturalism-replace-multiculturalism

With multiculturalism under attack, interculturalism grows in popularity (Maclean’s)
Amid increasingly strident criticisms of multiculturalism, both in Canada and abroad, a group of Quebec intellectuals is proposing an alternative that could save an idea that has become part of the national fabric. Interculturalism is being branded as a new model for integration and a solution to some of the anti-immigrant backlash that has accompanied the debate in Quebec over the accommodation of minorities. nterculturalism takes for granted the centrality of francophone culture. From there it works to integrate other minorities into a common public culture, all while respecting their diversity. Its backers say it can also help multiculturalism weather some of the attacks it has suffered recently.
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=n6158594

Canada’s Multiculturalism: A Threatened National Treasure (Themuslim.ca)
Through multiculturalism, Canada recognized the potential of all Canadians, encouraging them to constructively integrate with society and to take an active role in the social, cultural, economic and political affairs of their country. The systemic application of this policy has made Canada one of the most desirable countries to live in and the envy of the world. In fact, official multiculturalism is the single most important reason why I, and so many others, chose to become Canadian citizens.
http://themuslim.ca/2011/03/05/canada%E2%80%99s-multiculturalism-a-threatened-national-treasure/

Ethnic diversity and inequality: ethical and scientific rigour in social research (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
This research addresses the increasing need for research to inform policy and practice development that is sensitive to the diversity of the UK’s multiethnic population. Emphasis was given to the importance of ensuring that any guidance developed and promoted should be regularly appraised in light of the evolving social world and ethical and scientific standards.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/ethnic-diversity-social-research

National Post editorial board: Tories are winning the new etho-politics game (National Post)
As we see it, such over-the-top denunciations of Tory immigration policy represent signs of desperation from a left-wing, Liberal-friendly Toronto intelligentsia that, for decades, has taken it on faith that the Liberals are the party of enlightened multiculturalists while the Tories are small-minded nativists. The immigration numbers and voting trends don’t bear out these stale political stereotypes. The Liberal monopoly on ethno-politics has ended. And, based on the positive message that the Tories have for new Canadians, that can only be regarded as a good thing.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/03/04/national-post-editorial-board-tories-are-winning-the-new-etho-politics-game/

Ethnic targeting? Shocking! (Globe and Mail)
This is smart politics, nothing more. Yet if they really want to build sustained support, the government should follow up its rhetoric with long-term policies to help newcomers integrate and experience socio-economic and political mobility. Why not recruit promising candidates from non-white backgrounds? And what of the party’s $53-million cut to immigrant settlement agencies (85 per cent of those cuts in Ontario)? While more immigrants are now settling in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the lion’s share still choose to live in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Immigrants have been harder hit by the recession and have higher unemployment rates than their native-born counterparts – even when they are better educated. This – and not cricket matches and television ads – is ultimately what immigrants are likely to care about.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/ethnic-targeting-shocking/article1931691/

Immigration Consultants Say Minister Kenney Should Stop Misinformation Campaign Targeting “Crooked Consultants” (South Asian Link)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) ad campaign about unlicensed ghost agents is misleading, increases consumer confusion and should be stopped immediately, according to the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=5080

Sister honours memory of B.C. teacher killed by husband (Globe and Mail)
Indira Prahst, a sociology instructor at Langara College who organized some of the domestic-violence forums, said the problem seems to be rooted in the entitled manner in which some South Asian men are raised. It can be something as simple as how mealtime is spent – men and boys in some households will sit at the head of a dinner table, while girls serve.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/sister-honours-memory-of-bc-teacher-killed-by-husband/article1931116/

Conservatives are breaking their promise – Ontario Minister Eric Hoskins (South Asian Generation Next)
In response to a question about how the federal government is responding to some of the Ontario’s suggestions for COIA, Minister Hoskins said “we’ve been told that $207 million is gone..they are breaking their promise..$44 million cults will remain. Those cuts will likely to increase even more, and there is no new money.” He said that the federal government is not moving toward “creating a genuine partnership in selection” of immigrants who come to Ontario.
http://www.sagennext.com/2011/03/04/conservatives-are-breaking-their-promise-%E2%80%93-ontario-minister-eric-hoskins/

Ontario fighting for fairness for new Canadians (South Asian Generation Next)
With more responsibility for providing services, Ontario can provide its newcomers the unique tools they need to succeed. We can eliminate duplication in services. For example, did you know that Ontario and the Federal Government both provide language training services? Ontario serves 120,000 newcomers every year in our language training programs and we are able to provide these resources more effectively and at a lower cost. We owe it to Ontarians to eliminate duplication and overlap in our programs, and make every dollar count. These are just some of the ways Ontario is confident that we can improve our immigration system. Ontario is a trusted and reliable partner for newcomers. Since 2003, the McGuinty
Government has invested almost $1 billion in programs that help our newcomers get settled, find jobs, and learn a new language.
http://www.sagennext.com/2011/03/04/ontario-fighting-for-fairness-for-new-canadians/

Funding cuts to hurt classes for young immigrants (Ottawa Citizen)
Like Kan, executive directors have spent the past six weeks in frantic and sometimes tense closed-door negotiations with CIC over how to absorb the shortfall, but many say they are afraid to give interviews about the cuts for fear they will be penalized for speaking out. Even Kan was reluctant to discuss dollar figures. “Most of the contracts have not been signed,” said Debbie Douglas, executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Servicing Immigrants (OCASI), adding that some of her member agencies are even reluctant to share information with each other, for fear they’ll be seen as critical of the government.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Funding+cuts+hurt+classes+young+immigrants/4381485/story.html

Promote South Asian candidates (South Asian Generation Next)
The Ontario Liberals have also been making great strides in breaking down barriers for visible minorities to enter politics. Khalil Ramal, MPP for London-Fanshawe for example is Chair of the Multicultural Caucus at Queens Park. The Party has also elected Yasir Naqvi, a stellar MPP of Pakistani decent, as our President. Their involvement, I believe, demonstrates to South Asians that the opportunity to get more involved in seeking public office certainly exists.
http://www.sagennext.com/2011/03/04/promote-south-asian-candidates/

Indo-Canadian Cop Files Human Rights Complaint (South Asian Link)
A veteran Indo-Canadian police officer with the Vancouver Island community of Oak Bay’s Police Department has filed a human rights complaint, alleging racial discrimination. Const. Davinder Dalep, a former school liaison officer, says that under-qualified “white” officers have been promoted to senior ranks during his 14-years of service with the department.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=5119

March 2011 edition – Diversity! in the workplace
This issue:
We Don’t Need to be Babysat: Persons with Disabilities an Untapped Talent Pool
Diversity News Update
ETC global news briefs
MVP diversity champions
AHA! an inspired idea!
POV Does the glass ceiling really exist?
Top 10 Ways for Motivating Returning Retirees at Work
http://www.diversityintheworkplace.ca/newsletters/march_2011/diversity-in-the-workplace-main-mar2011.php

UNA-Canada Project > Multimedia & Multiculturalism Programme (M&M) (UNAC)
The Multimedia & Multiculturalism Project is a “menternship initiative” that works with media partners to bring qualified, trained and talented youth from underserved ethno-cultural communities to this unique internship. The media industry ‘mentors’ will build their reach to the best and brightest of qualified graduates. Host partners and Intern communities will mutually benefit from enhanced diversity, knowledge sharing and powerful outreach to ethno-cultural communities. Partner organizations will be enriched by the contributions of an often unrepresented, yet growing segment of Canadian society.
http://www.unac.org/mmmc/aboutinternships2011.asp

New rules to slow firms’ use of foreign workers (Vancouver Sun)
The rules governing temporary foreign workers are set to change April 1 when new regulations take effect that will change the way companies hire everybody from oil-patch workers to live-in caregivers. Labour shortages lead to complications whenever they occur, says Evelyn Ackah, a business immigration lawyer in Calgary.
http://www.vancouversun.com/rules+slow+firms+foreign+workers/4389209/story.html

Pitfalls and promise for foreign caregivers (Windsor Star)
Demand for foreigners to work as live-in caregivers for seniors in Canada is growing, but while some see the program as a potential answer to the needs of a rapidly aging society, others say it’s rife with problems and inherently exploitative. Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program admits temporary foreign workers to care for children, seniors or people with disabilities, ultimately opening the door to permanent residency.
http://www.windsorstar.com/life/Pitfalls+promise+foreign+caregivers/4389360/story.html

Federal Skilled Worker Program targets show need for reform (Journal of Commerce)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is slashing the number of tradespeople targeted for selection this year, but the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) hopes to see more access for these workers… “It doesn’t make sense to be reducing the number of people coming in, but these numbers don’t matter if the system is not working for the construction industry. Rather than worrying about numbers, the system needs to be fixed.”
http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id43208

Workplace diversity (Canadian Immigrant)
Employers gather for Diversity Canada 2011 to discuss workplace diversity and inclusiveness on March 7 and 8.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/learn/newsitems/article/8163

Which party is the more ‘pro-immigrant’ (Metro Canada – Halifax)
The Tories have created, and are continuing to create, havoc with many aspects of our immigration program. For example, they are in the midst of a full-frontal assault on the rights of Canadians to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Also, they are about to seriously impede the ability of refugees to make out their case before our Immigration and Refugee Board. In the past five years, the Tories have made promises they didn’t keep and made blunders which could have been avoided by listening to others.
http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/comment/article/787216–which-party-is-the-more-pro-immigrant

Multicultural association helps immigrants to enter workforce (Daily Gleaner)
Real Robichaud, executive director of the association, said that with a little training, immigrants add a lot to New Brunswick’s workforce. “Programs like these help the tourism industry by helping us find the people we need,” he said. “Not only do they bring skills from their own countries, but they also have excellent work ethics and bring a great cultural background.”
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1386265

Discrimination breeds battle fatigue (Futurity)
African Americans who face chronic exposure to racial discrimination may suffer generalized anxiety disorder, a condition so severe it can significantly affect everyday tasks.
http://www.futurity.org/health-medicine/discrimination-breeds-battle-fatigue/

Edmonton Public School Trustees to Vote on Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Orientation (CCLA)
Edmonton public school trustees will vote Tuesday, March 8 on a motion to create a school policy for dealing with discrimination regarding sexual orientation. This policy would be in addition to an umbrella policy already in place that deals with discrimination against sexual minorities. If the motion is passed, a committee will work to gather input for the policy, and they will be looking particularly to policies in place in Vancouver and Victoria. In these cities, there are policies that include “education, safety, support for social justice and gay/straight alliance clubs and curriculum and learning resources.”
http://www.ccla.org/rightswatch/?p=2746

Look Who’s Talking? Shari Graydon and Informed Opinions (Al Etmanski)
Look who’s talking? Men. And editorializing, opining, pontificating, informing, pitching, swaying and influencing. To a ratio of 80/20 according to the research . That’s right 80% of editorial opinion in the Canadian media comes from men. This, despite the fact women make up 52% of the population; 60% of university graduates, and are represented in every vocation and profession in the country.
http://www.aletmanski.com/al-etmanski/2011/03/shari-graydons-informed-opinion.html

Minister Kenney launches the Facebook and mobile applications “How Canadian are You Eh?!” (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today launched a fun and educational Facebook application that tests your knowledge of Canada’s history, values, symbols and political institutions. The quiz can also be downloaded to mobile devices like iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The 20 questions are randomly selected from a bank of 122 questions, allowing the quiz to be played more than once.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2011/2011-03-03.asp

Defying “Whites Only” (Metro Morning)
Guest host Karen Horsman spoke with Wanda Robson about her sister Viola Desmond.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/03/07/defying-whites-only/

English A Problem (Metro Morning)
Guest host Karen Horsman spoke with Poleen Grewal. She is the School Effectiveness Leader with the Peel Board of Education.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/03/07/english-a-problem/

REFUGEES

Winnipeg group accusing feds of discrimination against Africa in refugee process (CTV)
African Canadians in Manitoba are facing red tape and long delays as they try to sponsor their loved ones to come to Canada as refugees, a lobby group said at a press conference in Winnipeg on Saturday.
http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110305/wpg_africa_110305/20110305/?hub=WinnipegHome

What We Want for Refugees: Four faces, four values (CCR)
We want refugees to be treated fairly and honourably, in a process that is independent and affordable. These are Canadian values and treating refugees in this way is good for Canada and good for refugees.
http://ccrweb.ca/4faces-4values

Getting asylum the luck of the draw? (Toronto Star)
According to an analysis of IRB data obtained through an access to information request, McBean was one of a handful of board members who granted asylum in fewer than 10 per cent of cases handled last year. The others were Anna Brychcy (6.45 per cent), Pasquale A. Fiorino (6.93 per cent), Michele Pettinella (6.67 per cent), Edward Robinson (4.29 per cent), Carolyne Wedgbury (9.66 per cent), Andrea Wojtak (2.94 per cent) and Colleen Zuk (9.46 per cent). “There is a concern of bias,” said Osgoode Hall law professor Sean Rehaag, who obtained and analyzed the data.
http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/immigration/article/948604–getting-asylum-the-luck-of-the-draw

Tamil migrant not a security threat, allowed to stay in Canada (Montreal Gazette)
At a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board on Feb. 11, a representative for the Canada Border Services Agency argued that one of the Tamil migrants should be denied admissibility to Canada on security grounds because he was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or Tamil Tigers, a group that is banned in Canada. But in a decision dated Feb. 28 and released to reporters late Sunday night, IRB adjudicator Marc Tessler wrote that while the migrant had lived and worked for a time in an LTTE-controlled area, the evidence did not show that he had “crossed the line from mere sympathizer or supporter to member.”
http://www.canada.com/news/Tamil+migrant+security+threat+allowed+stay+Canada/4393126/story.html

Refugee board defends adjudicators (Toronto Star)
…former IRB chair Peter Showler said the board does not evaluate adjudicators based on acceptance rates — nor should they. “That directly impinges on the member’s independence,” said Showler, now a University of Ottawa professor. “What the board cannot do is come along and say, ‘You’ve got too high an acceptance rate or too low of an acceptance rate.’” For Showler, a zero per cent pass rate from a single adjudicator is “tremendously suspicious.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/immigration/article/949287–refugee-board-defends-adjudicators

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Provincial/Territorial Policy Index February 2011 (Caledon Institute)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy (www.caledoninst.org) regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Special_Projects/CG-COP/Docs/Provincial_Policy_February_2011.pdf

Mapping Canada’s math skills reveals huge disparities (Globe and Mail)
A new map created by the Canadian Council on Learning reveals huge disparities in numeracy levels between thousands of communities and neighbourhoods, some right next door to each other. Interpretations of its landscape point to huge challenges Canada faces, particularly in the East, to ensure people can thrive personally and handle the jobs that will keep the country competitive.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/mapping-canadas-math-skills-reveals-huge-disparities/article1931149/

Where Politics and Hockey Intersect (The Mark News)
By associating hockey – and its strong links to national pride, identity, and mythology – with the Conservative party, Stephen Harper is taking politics out of the equation. The question is no longer about what is best for Canada and Canadians, but rather, who is Canadian enough?
http://www.themarknews.com/articles/4293

“Left Out”: Perspectives on Social Exclusion and Social Isolation in Low-Income Populations – Ontario (Womens Health Data)
This study focused on the socioeconomic context of exclusion and belonging by examining personal experiences and perceptions of both low-income and higher income Canadians.
http://www.ssrp.ualberta.ca/projects_left_out.html

Full report – http://www.ssrp.ualberta.ca/pdf/left_out_public_report.pdf

Ontario pledges to be stronger partner with vital community sector: Sets out six-point strategy (Wellesley Institute)
The Ontario government has sent a powerful message today that it wants to be a stronger partner with the province’s vital community sector. A robust and resilient community sector is good for people, necessary for building healthy and inclusive communities and important for a dynamic economy. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Eric Hoskins and Ontario Trillium Foundation chair Helen Burstyn released a six-point strategy today that lays a solid foundation. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott served on the seven-person advisory committee to Minister Hoskins and, along with the other leading experts and thought leaders, helped identify the big issues facing the sector and propose practical and pragmatic solutions.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/blog/ontario-pledges-to-be-stronger-partner-with-vital-community-sector-sets-out-six-point-strategy-today/

Facing facts about poverty (Hamilton Spectator)
Poverty is not a choice. In fact, a deeply-ingrained sense of hopelessness, of a continuing lack of choices, is both a result and a cause of the continuing cycle that traps about three million Canadians – about one of every nine of us. Being poor is miserable. It is demoralizing, unhealthy, stigmatizing and stressful. It is frustrating and it is discouraging. No one in poverty – or, crucially, the professionals who work to combat poverty – see being poor as a “holiday” from personal responsibility or from work.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/497176–facing-facts-about-poverty

Look west for poverty solution ideas (Hamilton Spectator)
When it comes to searching for a solution to the problem of concentrated poverty in the inner city, Hamilton’s best bet might be to look west. That’s the message Dr. Neil Bradford will put forward Tuesday when he delivers a talk called “Urban Development Agreements: A Poverty Prescription for Hamilton?” in the Spectator auditorium.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/496813–look-west-for-poverty-solution-ideas

Poverty symposium finds income gap growing wider (insideTORONTO.com)
The annual income needed to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto is $38,000 yet the average annual income of an adult in the low-income bracket is less than $20,778, according to January 2011 figures from the city. Toronto’s classes are becoming increasingly divided, according to David Hulchanski, the associate director for research at the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre and professor of housing and development in the Factor-Intenwash Faculty of Social Work.
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/cityhall/article/962948–poverty-symposium-finds-income-gap-growing-wider

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Jane Finch Action Against Poverty – Community Workshop
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty invites community residents to a workshop on: Temp Agencies and Immigration Status. Questions about your rights at work? Frustrated with temp agency jobs? Want to know your rights as a migrant or undocumented/non-status worker? Come to a free discussion and workshop on worker’s rights with Workers Action Centre and No One Is Illegal.
http://www.janefinchcentre.org/content/jane-finch-action-against-poverty-community-workshop

Ridding workplaces of hostility toward minorities (Montreal Gazette)
No one should have to work in an environment where fellow employees malign people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or language. To be a highly visible minority in such a hostile workplace would be disheartening at best, soul-destroying at worst.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Ridding+workplaces+hostility+toward+minorities/4381843/story.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, Housing, Streets, Architecture & Development, Police & Crime, History and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/03/07/mondays-headlines-184/

Building Ford Nation (Toronto Star)
It would means millions of dollars for the conservative movement, high-profile publicity for Tory-friendly issues and an energized right-wing base. “But it won’t be called Ford Nation. It’s going to be an advocacy group for the taxpayers of Toronto. It will be something like: Respect for Taxpayers Action Group,” said Nick Kouvalis, the mayor’s former chief of staff and deputy campaign manager.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/949127–building-ford-nation?bn=1

The Case for Community Leadership (The Philanthropist)
Community Leadership is distinguished from other types of leadership, such as business leadership, by four readership practices elicited by the community context: the creation of a passionate consensus for action, social entrepreneurship, the articulation of a vision of public good, and the facilitation of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral collaboration.
http://www.thephilanthropist.ca/index.php/phil/article/view/877

Future Smart Cities II – Design for our Future Self (Dialoge Cafe)
Demographic changes are likely to place huge burdens on pension systems as well as health, housing and care services. There are a raft of new and emerging social needs – such as loneliness, and isolation which will need new and fresh thinking if they are to be addressed. Even though the scale of the challenge is daunting there are a number of new projects and new approaches – around design, ICT and architecture – which could point a way forward.
http://www.dialoguecafe.org/blog/2011/03/future-smart-cities-ii—design-for-our-future-self.html

SOCIAL INNOVATION

Hyper-Local News: It’s About the Community or It Fails (GigaOm)
There is a business in doing this, but not a very big one, and that’s because simply aggregating data isn’t going to produce enough traffic or engagement to get advertisers interested. As Marshall Kirkpatrick notes, the field is littered with hyper-local experiments that have not really succeeded. Why? I think it’s because many of these, including Outside.in, focus too much on the how of hyper-local — the automated feeds and the aggregation of news sources, which sites like Everyblock (which was bought by MSNBC in 2009) and Topix do with algorithms — rather than the why. And the why is simple: to serve a community. Unless a site can do that, it will fail.
http://gigaom.com/2011/03/04/hyper-local-news-its-about-the-community-or-it-fails

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Health workers shocked by level of human trafficking (Windsor Star)
Informed the area is a hub for human trafficking and that many of the 8,000 migrant workers here may be victims of debt bondage, or forced into the sex trade, employees of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre have reacted with “shock and awe.” Jodi Pearce, public health promoter with the agency, said that information provided Thursday for her staff by the Windsor-Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Action Group came as a revelation.
http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Health+workers+shocked+level+human+trafficking/4381561/story.html

Fijian Women “Sex Slaves” Case Tossed For Lack Of Witnesses (South Asian Link)
The case of two-Fijian women found to be “sex slaves” at a Chinese run massage parlour in Edmonton has been thrown out due to lack of witnesses. The case, which had touted the first human trafficking in Western Canada, was resolved Wednesday with three people pleading guilty to keeping a common bawdy house. But, as a result of “significant witness issues,” the Crown had to withdraw multiple charges of human trafficking, unlawful confinement and living on the avails of prostitution, said prosecutor Carrie Sharpe.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=5104

Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week kicks off Monday (Edmonton Sun)
Nearly a month after Western Canada’s first human trafficking case collapsed in court, Edmontonians are being dared to stand up against sexual exploitation. Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week kicks off Monday. A week of activities aims to inform citizens on what sexual exploitation is, and how they can stop it.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmonton/2011/03/05/17509441.html

Human trafficking ‘hiding in plain sight’ (B.C. Catholic Newspaper)
Human trafficking is slavery that is happening across Canada. Its victims are typically impoverished women or youth desperate for help. Perpetrators offer shelter and drugs, and soon the dependent victim is forced into servitude, usually in the sex trade.
http://bcc.rcav.org/canadian/541-james-buchok

Human trafficking focus of talk (Sudbury Star)
Where does a 14-year-old girl get sold for sex on Craigslist? What country are women from war-torn Congo trafficked to and forced to work in strip clubs and massage parlours? In what country are women abducted and held captive in an apartment building and forced to “service” 15-20 men a day? If you guessed Canada, then you are correct.
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3005979

Crying freedom (BCLocalNews)
Slavery has a much different face than it did 200 years ago, but human trafficking still exists and the damage it does is just as devastating, says Langley’s Tara Teng, Miss Canada 2011. Today, an estimated 27 million people live in forced captivity whether they have been sold into the sex trade, or labour for little no money in appalling working conditions.
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/117365283.html

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