Maytree News Headlines – March 9, 2011


News in Review Week ending March 4, 2011 (Maytree blog)
Stay updated on the major themes of each week. Let us know if there are stories we’re missing. In this week’s round up, a summary of news related to immigrant integration in Canada. Sure, we placed 3rd recently, but can we do better? Yes we can! And, what is becoming a bit of a constant in our news review: Multiculturalism, Interculturalism, plus ça change, plus cest la même chose..

Transportation firm helps get his career back on track (Toronto Star)
Then he interviewed for jobs at Thales Canada, and the clouds parted. I went to those interviews and I was never asked about having Canadian experience. The questions were related to my experience, period, Hernandez recalls. The equation is simple, says Michael MacKenzie, chief operating officer of Thales Canada, Transportation. We are a global company. Were looking for the best-skilled individual to fill a specific position. Having Canadian experience may be an asset, or it may not be.–transportation-firm-helps-get-his-career-back-on-track?bn=1

Immigrant success worth the struggle (Chatham Daily News)
Fion Zhao, Dipti Patel, Andrea Gonzalez and Gabriela Rojo all took different paths to arrive in Canada, but they shared a lot of the same struggles to achieve the success they enjoy today. The four women told their stories to students at the Adult Language and Learning Centre in Chatham on Tuesday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Teacher honoured (BC Local News)
Langley Township council honoured 80-year-old Inta Schorcht Monday night, after she was awarded the Fraser Valleys Champion of Diversity award at the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity awards ceremony in Abbotsford on Friday.

Let’s quit with the ‘ethnic vote’ nonsense (Calgary Herald)
A colleague pointed out to me Tuesday that this whole business about courting the immigrant vote is really rather ephemeral and meaningless, because we are all immigrants here. I refuse to buy into that adage. If you were born here, you’re not an immigrant. If your grandparents came here from some other country, they were immigrants. Not you. Immigrant status is not something that’s passed down to you by your ancestors who landed in Halifax harbour in 1892. You may have inherited Grandpa’s hazel eyes, but you didn’t inherit his immigrant status. I think it’s time to scrap all this nonsense about ethnic voters. Politicians, regardless of party, would fare a lot better if they went after people’s hearts and minds instead of their skin colours.

Filipinos Take Center Stage in Toronto’s Visible Minorities Big Event (Mabuhay Radio)
Video from a recent event, includes remarks by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and his coronation of as Canada’s “King of Multiculturalism”.

Kenney takes heat over ‘award of excellence’ bearing Tory logo (Vancouver Sun)
A “minister’s award for excellence” given to a Chinese restaurant is raising new questions about whether Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is crossing the line with his efforts to drum up support for the Conservative Party among ethnic communities. Kenney has been under fire over a letter his office sent to Conservative riding associations calling on them to donate $200,000 to the party for an advertising campaign targeted at ethnic voters. The letter was printed on Kenney’s official MP letterhead. The opposition has accused Kenney of using government resources for partisan purposes.

Couple trying to cope after incident at U.S. border (Telegraph Journal)
Jeff still did not know Monday if the Citizenship and Immigration Department will reinstate his residency status or force him to begin a new application. At a meeting in St. Stephen on Friday the CBSA admitted that the letter demanding the new medical examination went to Jeff’s old address because the two government computer systems do not talk to each other, Julie said via cellphone after the agency allowed him to go home to Saint John with a six-month visitor’s permit.

Spreading out immigrants key for Canada (Toronto Sun)
Nova Scotia has an immigration problem. As that province’s opposition leader, Progressive Conservative Jamie Baillie, told a breakfast crowd in Ottawa Tuesday, there simply aren’t enough immigrants choosing Nova Scotia as a place to build a business and raise a family. But this is just not Nova Scotia’s problem. Many provinces and regions in this country are struggling with the same issue.

Hate rally promoters arrested (CTV)
On February 12, police say that four men were seen handing out and putting up flyers about a white supremacist rally reportedly taking place here in Calgary this month. Investigators say the men entered several bars and began targeting visible minority patrons and those they thought were gay.

Massive credit and debit scam uncovered in Durham Region (Toronto Sun)
Stopping a speeding vehicle in Oshawa led to breaking a fake credit and debit card ring that smuggled people into Canada… Police knew the ring was active in bringing in bogus immigrants by sea, land and air, but police are unable to say how many have been smuggled in, Caplan said.

Girls find place to grow in Thorncliffe Park (insideToronto)
But, there’s another key concern in Thorncliffe Park and neighbouring Flemingdon Park. “They have very large newcomer populations,” she said. “The young girls have had to take on much more of a family role. Their parents are a little more protective…It’s always much more of a challenge of getting the girls out.” Tania Tabar, one of the Something for the Girlz youth program facilitators, agreed. “A lot of the programs and the space at the youth centre was very male dominated. So the girls didn’t feel comfortable coming out and their parents didn’t want them coming out,” she said.–girls-find-place-to-grow-in-thorncliffe-park


Op-Ed: On the Deteriorating Public and Legislative Support for Refugees in Canada (CCLA)
There are myriad examples of the medias reproving attitude towards refugees in general, and specifically to refugees passing through unofficial channels. Canadas Public Safety Minister has himself commented on the trend, explaining it as the publics response to recent illegal refugees.[2] This sentiment is not extrinsically stated, but is implicitly present in publications. The National Post, for example, mentions[3] Canada as the destination for a refugee after listing a number of other nations where the individual tried, but failed to gain entry. The natural inference from the logical structure of the sentence is that Canada is not necessarily a preferred choice, but merely the last and easiest choice. The implication of this is that the refugees have little interest in Canada, or of assuming a Canadian identity. This is not evidenced in any statistical backing.

How Canada laid a hard welcome mat for the Sun Sea (Globe and Mail)
A Canada Border Services Agency memo obtained under access-to-information laws by The Globe and Mail provides a detailed timeline of how thousands of government officials, Mounties and soldiers swung into action to board the Sun Sea and detain the migrants, one of whom turned out to be a self-admitted member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist organization banned in Canada. The Immigration and Refugee Board on Tuesday ordered the Tigers deportation, making him the first of the migrants who to be declared inadmissible to Canada.

Tamil migrant fought for Tigers, ordered deported (Winnipeg Free Press)
Seven months after a risky voyage in a crammed cargo ship from South Asia, a migrant who arrived on British Columbia shores seeking refuge has been ordered deported from Canada because he admitted former membership in the Tamil Tigers. He is the first and only person so far among 600 migrants who sailed here in two boats over two years to be facing ejection. The federal government called the ruling an “unmitigated victory,” but refugee advocates suggested it was unfair.


Legal aid should be essential service: report (Metro Vancouver)
Legal assistance for low-income people should be declared an essential public service and receive stable government funding, says a lawyer who was appointed by the profession to look into British Columbia’s legal aid system.–legal-aid-should-be-essential-service-report

Hamilton ripe for a UDA to tackle poverty (Hamilton Spectator)
An Urban Development Agreement (UDA) along the lines of those created in Vancouver or Winnipeg is being cited as the way for Hamilton to eradicate the inequities between its neighbourhoods. There is no city in Canada thats more ready and deserving of a UDA than Hamilton, Dr. Neil Bradford, a researcher from the University of Western Ontario, said in a talk at The Hamilton Spectator auditorium Tuesday night.–hamilton-ripe-for-a-uda-to-tackle-poverty

200 attend housing symposium to discuss poverty, homelessness (Yonge Street Media)
The symposium was attended by about 200 representatives of government and non-profit organizations. Its purpose was to discuss developments since the 2010 senate report, “In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness,” which was written by senators Art Eggleton and Hugh Segal.


Congratulations to the winners of TRIEC’s 5th Annual Immigrant Success Awards! (TRIEC)
TRIEC’s Immigrant Success (IS) Awards recognize leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region.

Tomorrows Workforce E-News – Winter 2011 – Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN)
In this issue: Employer Panel Shares Attraction, Hiring and Retention Tips, Local Farm to Fork Food Chain – A Huge Employment Sector, WRIEN Participates in Waterloo Region TechVibe Recruitment Event, WRIEN Ambassador Team Meet, New Programs on the Horizon for WRIEN: Connector Program and P.I.N. (Professional Immigrant Networks) and more.


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Paul Oberman Remebered, Transporation, TCHC and Other News.

“The mayor should not handpick who speaks for tenants” (Torontoist – Desmond Cole)
This afternoon at 5:30, city council will hold an “emergency” meeting to determine whether tenants of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation will have a voice on the body’s interim board of directors. Seven citizen members and two council members of the board resigned last week after two audits revealed reckless abuses of TCHC procurement and accounting policies. Mayor Rob Ford is now seeking to remove the remaining four directors, two of whom are elected TCHC tenant representatives Dan King and Catherine Wilkinson. The mayor reportedly plans to replace the board with Case Ootes, the former councillor who also led the mayor’s post-election transition team, to serve as a lone interim director of the TCHC.

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