Maytree News headlines – April 1, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Successful money management, successful settlement, successful nation (Maytree speech)
Every day, we make a complex array of financial decisions – from choosing a bank, to finding a mortgage to managing consumer debt to taking out student loans, signing the rental lease for the first apartment, negotiating a service contract, buying life insurance, sending remittances back home. Compared to people who are born in Canada or whose families are Canadian, many newcomers have a natural diffidence and lack of confidence in making financial decisions about products, services, vendors and advisors. As a result, they are more vulnerable than others to fall prey to bad and sometimes downright unethical products and services. There is a lot to learn and sadly few opportunities to do so. I think this audience will agree with me that if we want newcomers to succeed, to be good players, then we need to share with them the written and unwritten rules of engagement.
http://maytree.com/speeches/successful-money-management-successful-settlement-successful-nation.html

Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation Business Immigration Attraction Program (Invest Northern Ontario)
Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC) has developed a confidential matchmaking tool that will connect newcomers looking to invest in Canadian businesses directly with businesses for sale in Northern Ontario.
http://investnorthernontario.com/index.aspx?l=0,1,6,83

None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Cdn Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People w Disabilities (Abilities.ca)
While trumpeting the values of diversity, Canada’s current immigration practices exclude immigrants with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an “excessive demand” on health and social services. The ethics of these practices are challenged by Dr. Roy Hanes, Associate Professor of Social Work at Carleton University and a member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Social Policy Committee, in a paper titled “None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities.”
http://www.abilities.ca/social_policy/2011/03/28/ccd_immigration/

Canada should welcome 100,000 more immigrants per year: Report (Vancouver Sun)
Talk about a discussion starter. Canadian professor Tony Fang is making the contentious recommendation Canada would economically benefit from hiking its annual quote of immigrants to about 350,000 from the current 250,000. Increasing immigration to Canada by 100,000 per year would boost Canada’s gross domestic product and spur investment in housing, and would not add to unemployment, according to results of Fang’s study, which were released at the national Metropolis conference last week in Vancouver.
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2011/03/31/canada-should-welcome-100-000-more-immigrants-per-year-report.aspx

Harper’s Very Cynical, ‘Very Ethnic’ Strategy (The Mark News)
The Harper regime’s apology for the Chinese head tax and, later, its inquiry into the Air India plane bombing were rightly applauded by members of the Chinese and South Asian communities in Canada. However, given the disclosure of the party’s “very ethnic” election strategy and improper fundraising tactics, the political motivations behind these seemingly noble gestures are becoming clearer. It seems likely that Stephen Harper is trying to prize votes from the opposition parties in these communities by reminding them of the “noble” gestures that the Conservative party has made, and by claiming to share the values that these communities hold dear.
http://www.themarknews.com/articles/4548

Conservatives’ ‘very ethnic’ strategy very smart, says pollster (Hill Times)
The minority governing Conservatives’ pitch to ethnic groups, “if you look at our team, you’ll see yourself,” publicized through a PowerPoint presentation and inadvertently released to the opposition parties recently, is a smart way to connect, says one leading pollster. But opposition MPs say the Tories’ ethnic outreach strategy is superficial, espousing a “vague value discussion” rather than addressing issues ethnic communities really care about.
http://www.hilltimes.com/page/view/torystrategy-03-14-2011

Conservatives accused of hypocrisy in dealing with immigrants (Canada NewsWire)
Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour, said a new rule in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that comes into effect April 1 is proof that the Conservatives want to prevent workers from settling in Canada.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2011/31/c8270.html

Foreign-worker restrictions panned (Edmonton Journal)
A new federal policy forcing people who immigrate under the program to leave the country after four years, then wait four more years before they can reapply, comes into effect Friday. “It’s rather counter-intuitive,” Alberta Minister of Employment and Immigration Thomas Lukaszuk said.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Foreign+worker+restrictions+panned/4539284/story.html

Why More Women in the Board Room is Essential to Innovation (ReadWriteWeb)
Good business sense means taking into consideration the following: knowledge of the labor pool; knowledge of new and growing markets; interest in improving corporate governance; and the tracking of revenue and profit, i.e. attention to the bottom line… Considering that why would a company not have a women on its board?
http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/03/why-more-women-in-the-board-ro.php

Infographic: Youth Movement (Good Cities)
From 2007 to 2010, Gallup posed this evocative question to people in 148 countries all over the world. To include an additional dimension, the responses of young people aged 15 to 29, as well as educated adults, were also tracked. Together, the conceivable gain in overall population tell a tale of how the wishful relocation of young and educated people could shape what the world would resemble as desire becomes reality.
http://www.good.is/post/infographic-youth-movement/

A Perspective on Youth: Nigel Barriffe (insideTORONTO.com)
The media has unjustly stereotyped people of African Heritage and other immigrants by labelling them as outsiders and eliminating their credibility. The result is to facilitate the exploitation of this population into precarious jobs, and further the interests of those who already have privileged access to social and political power. There are many positive things being done by members of this community, but they are rarely if ever reported on in the media: rather the focus is on crime, guns, or death. Please share the full picture of this neighbourhood filled with people wanting to contribute to, and feel part of, the Canadian fabric they call home.
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/974935–a-perspective-on-youth-nigel-barriffe

Muslim women all business (Missassauga.com)
The business talent and leadership of women across the Greater Toronto Area will be showcased this weekend at the Muslim Womenpreneurs Bazaar… “Women in business is a tradition in our faith,” said Ibtissan Sebbahi, the event’s founder. “Muslim Womenpreneurs is a venture to feature the socio-economic contribution Muslim women are making in their local communities and neighborhoods. We want to dispel myths about Muslim women.”
http://www.mississauga.com/news/business/article/974915–muslim-women-all-business

Cricket takes its rightful place in Canada (Star Phoenix)
“With Canada being represented at the International Cricket Council World Cup in 2011, we should seriously consider making cricket the national sport,” Mr. Kenney urges Harper. “In talking to ethnic groups across Canada from Vancouver to Winnipeg to Toronto and Montreal, I’m convinced this is a big winner for the Conservative party.”… Of course, it’s one thing for the Conservatives to woo ethnic Canadian votes by naming cricket as the national sport. It’s another to shift the cricket allegiance of newcomers to Canada from countries such as India and Pakistan. To get there, Canada will have to dedicate more resources to its cricket program if it is to improve upon its dismal 1-5 record at the 2011 ICC World Cup, where it was ahead of only Kenya and the Netherlands, which didn’t win a single game, and lagged even the weaklings, Ireland and Zimbabwe.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/sports/Cricket+takes+rightful+place+Canada/4540903/story.html

‘Chain migration’ (The Province)
The politically self-serving Liberal position of promoting an immigration policy of family reunification by encouraging new Canadians to sponsor family members has, in fact, had the effect of delaying if not preventing mainstream integration by creating cultural ghettos to the point where many of their children, born in this country, require ESL support.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Chain+migration/4540757/story.html

Race and class in Harperland (rabble)
It’s been a while since Harper’s conservatives began courting immigrant communities. Under the label of the Alliance, they had already got into some of the Indian and Pakistani networks. Now Stephen is going for these communities big time, especially in Toronto and Vancouver. At first glance, this is new. Traditionally, immigrant community representatives have mostly sided with the Liberals and even sometimes with the NDP. What has changed?
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/pierre-beaudet/2011/04/race-and-class-harperland

Let’s quit with the ‘ethnic vote’ nonsense (Windsor Star)
Could someone please define “ethnic” for me? Or “very ethnic,” for that matter, which is how a bloc of potential voters to be won over to the federal Conservative Party was labelled in a fundraising letter that mistakenly was sent out on government letterhead? If ethnic means different colour skin -and clearly, it does -then does “very ethnic” mean people whose skin is really dark? This business about “ethnic” voters puzzled me long before the kerfuffle over Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s letterhead came to light.
http://www.windsorstar.com/news/quit+with+ethnic+vote+nonsense/4540127/story.html

Omnicom School of Languages (Canada) Announces Partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University (PR-USA.net)
Do you want to further your education and attend university in Canada? Congratulations! You have made a wise choice. Canada is the destination of choice for many international students. They know that the high standards of Canadian colleges and universities and their stellar reputation among global employers will open many doors in a highly competitive job market. However, in order to be admitted to Canada, international students have to meet very strict requirements, one of which is proficiency in English. Canadian colleges and universities rely on a number of tests (TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language and IELTS – International English Language Testing System) to ensure that international students have the language skills required to meet the demands of their programs. Unfortunately, many prospective students have difficulty passing these tests, and are forced to abandon their dreams of a Canadian education.
http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=674840&Itemid=31

Is Canada Looking To Tighten Immigration Rules? (Bernama)
Perceived favourably by immigrants around the world, Canada’s accommodating nature towards newcomers has seen it admitting more people of all nationalities than was originally planned. But concerns are emerging over its future direction as to whether it would put the brakes on intakes.
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=575418

The Economic Integration of Immigrants in Metro Vancouver (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
The level of economic participation varies a great deal between groups. As would be expected, Principal Applicants admitted to Canada through the Skilled Worker category (based on the points system) were most likely to find employment and earned the highest wages of any group. Their success, however, is largely determined by their proficiency in an official language at the time of their arrival in Canada, illustrating the salience of communication as the “bottom line” in the Vancouver job market. After language, level of education is the next most important factor shaping economic outcomes for this and other groups.
http://bcimmigrationmatters.com/2011/04/01/the-economic-integration-of-immigrants-in-metro-vancouver/

Newcomers in the Canadian Housing Market from 2001 to 2005 (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
Housing is a “bottom line” element in successful integration; without adequate and affordable housing, immigrants will not be able to participate in Canadian society effectively. At the same time, it is vital to understand how immigrants are transforming the housing market. LSIC offers researchers a new and potent tool for investigating these issues. The longitudinal component of the survey is particularly important in this respect, and enables the study of housing as a process.
http://bcimmigrationmatters.com/2011/04/01/newcomers-in-the-canadian-housing-market-from-2001-to-2005/

The Social Geography of Immigrant and Visible Minority Populations in Major Cities (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
Our analysis corroborates other studies that show higher rates of low income among immigrants and members of visible minority groups than the Canadian population as a whole. Moreover, immigrants and visible minority groups are unevenly distributed in the three metropolitan areas examined in this study. In all three cities, the distribution of these groups is complex and is comprised of a mixture of concentration and dispersion. That is, there are areas that can be identified with relatively high densities of immigrants and/or visible minority groups, but the dispersion of these populations is also striking. We find little evidence of ghettoization, that is, extensive areas dominated by a single ethnocultural group that are also areas of socio-economic marginalization. There are some small areas that share these characteristics, most notably in the inner, older, suburbs of Toronto, but they are few in number. Instead, we find that most areas of immigrant and/or visible minority concentration tend to be socially heterogeneous, with a mixture of low- and medium-income households. We also used estimates of the number of immigrants and members of visible minorities in Canadian cities in 2017 to project future ethnocultural landscapes in the same three metropolitan areas. The patterns identified above are unlikely to change dramatically in this time frame.
http://bcimmigrationmatters.com/2011/03/31/the-social-geography-of-immigrant-and-visible-minority-populations-in-major-cities/

Immigrant Entrepreneurship and the Role of NGOs (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
British Columbia’s most profitable industries are technology driven, service oriented and knowledge based, and much of this is associated with the growth of the small business sector. The SUCCESS Business and Development Training Centre was established in 1994 to foster economic integration for new immigrants and the local Canadian population. The Centre offers several services and programs, including a business incubator, training courses, and assistance with loans and networking. The major clientele of the Centre (70-75%) are recent immigrants who moved to Canada less than five years ago. Chinese- and Korean-Canadians are two of the most entrepreneurial ethnic groups in Vancouver. In a series of 25 interviews conducted with Korean- and Chinese-Canadian clientele, it was found that a majority had encountered barriers to the labour market and were establishing businesses as an alternative. Informants agreed that the Centre provided valuable services, however but noted that self-employment had not yet guaranteed economic stability for them. Some were working full-time jobs in addition to their business activities, while many operated their business with little or no support staff, and the spouses of some informants had left Canada in response to unstable income and (the informant’s) loss of social status. Many expressed frustration with government policy, and recommended more accessible business information, flexible business regulations and lower taxes.
http://bcimmigrationmatters.com/2011/03/31/immigrant-entrepreneurship-and-the-role-of-ngos/

The Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers in British Columbia (Immigration Matters in Canadian Social Work)
Around the world, Canada is seen as a model of immigrant integration, but the jurisdictional complexity of the Canadian system is rarely understood by people outside the country and, we believe, even by most Canadians. Actually, the system is so complex that it can be bewildering to newcomers. Given that hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year in Canada to facilitate immigrant integration, it is important to take stock of how the system works in British Columbia and, particularly, to think about possible gaps in service.
http://bcimmigrationmatters.com/2011/03/31/the-integration-and-inclusion-of-newcomers-in-british-columbia

Manitoba population booms (Beausejour Review)
According to Bjornson, the decision to move to Manitoba is due to the Provincial Nominee Program, which allows provinces to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada, are skilled workers and can make a positive contribution to Manitoba’s economy and society as permanent residents.
http://www.beausejourreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3054198

REFUGEES

Conservatives take heat on human smuggling (Globe and Mail)
The agency released a statement in which it said it is not directly arguing migrants should be detained unless they pay their debts. “As stated in the Refugee and Protection Regulations, this may simply be one of the considerations that is taken into account when determining if someone is a flight risk.” CBSA did not respond when asked if placing such importance on this one consideration – as it has at several detention hearings – may have created a scenario in which migrants felt they had no other choice.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/conservatives-take-heat-on-human-smuggling/article1966479/

“Refugees and the Insecure Nation: Managing Forced Migration in Canada” – Conference Report & Summary of Conference Proceedings – PDF (York University)
From June 15th – 18th, 2008, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University in Toronto hosted the inaugural conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS). The event, Refugees and the Insecure Nation: Managing Forced Migration in Canada successfully brought together more than 130 academics, researchers, graduate students, NGO practitioners and government representatives from across Canada, the USA and internationally.
http://crs.yorku.ca/sites/default/files/CARFMS08%20Conference%20Final%20Report.pdf

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Reality Check – The Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund (Ottawa Citizen – Sherri Torjman, vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.)
Childcare has become the Liberal party’s perennial election baby. Michael Ignatieff said Thursday a Liberal government would start rolling out $500 million to the provinces almost immediately to create more daycare. The amount would increase to $1 billion annually by the fourth year.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Reality+Check/4539969/story.html

Vote to Make Poverty History campaign launched (MakePovertyHistory)
we have launched the Vote to Make Poverty History non-partisan, third party campaign with the following goals:
1. Make poverty an issue during the election campaign;
2. Get a significant number of candidates to endorse Make Poverty History’s campaign goals;
3. Secure a commitment from political parties on Make Poverty History goals in party platforms and leader’s statements;
4. Motivate voters to vote to make poverty history;
5. Help to create favourable conditions for realizing Make Poverty History goals after the election.
http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/vote

25 in 5 Comments on 2011 Ontario Budget (25in5)
Two elections are coming up over the next six months – both federal and provincial. The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction reminds all political parties that effectively turning the corner on the recession will require addressing the needs of the more than 12% of Ontarians living in poverty. We need a concerted action plan to address poverty at the federal level, and the next Ontario government must make strategic investments that address poverty and inequality.
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/332939/e6f4c6327a/1419001944/c8c97fac14/#2

Nothing done on housing for 20 years, says NDPer (The Province)
“For about 20 years the federal government hasn’t done anything,” he said. “Canada is the only country in the G8 that doesn’t have a national housing strategy.” To illustrate the point, Romanian immigrants Carmen Antoce and Paul Bulai -with their two-monthold son, Matthew -said they’re presently living with four other people in the basement of a nearby home. “We want the Canadian government to help people like us,” said Antoce, who’s trying to find work despite her son’s young age. “If anybody has a job for me, please call Don’s office.”
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Nothing+done+housing+years+says+NDPer/4540741/story.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transit, Sunshine List and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/04/01/fridays-headlines-192/

SOCIAL INNOVATION

Toronto named Canada’s high tech hub (City of Toronto)
A full 30 per cent of Canada’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry is based in the Toronto region, a new report by the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture staff concludes. According to “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto”, the GTA remains the nation’s centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment.
http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/7017df2f20edbe2885256619004e428e/b6c13eb6848fd0f685257863006ba3ab?OpenDocument

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Human Trafficking (Teaching Tolerance)
For Burke students and Wills, the school’s director of equity and inclusion, the assembly commemorated the 1949 United Nations convention on human trafficking. The event kicked off efforts to shine new light on why slavery persists in the 21st century. The program seeks to alert students and their communities about slavery’s slippery guises in the modern day, including bonded labor, involuntary servitude and forced prostitution.
http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-39-spring-2011/human-trafficking

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