Maytree News headlines – April 15, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Video: Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate (Maytree blog)
Earlier this month, Frank spoke with Maytree’s President Ratna Omidvar at an evening event about how to change the channel on the immigration debate and create effective campaigns.
http://maytree.com/blog/?p=1698

New Helpline Connects Employers with Immigrant Employment Services (Maytree blog)
Employers have asked that service organizations simplify and co-ordinate the range of services they provide. TRIEC’s new, free Immigrant Talent Employer Helpline will do just that!
http://maytree.com/blog/?p=1712

Canada succeeds where Europe fails (Hamilton Spectator)
While European countries resented immigrants, Canada welcomed them. The result is a healthy multiculturalism.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/article/517077–canada-succeeds-where-europe-fails

Temporary foreign workers: why so many all of a sudden? (CBC)
The program began as a way to bring in high-skilled workers for specialized jobs, largely in Alberta’s oil patch. It also features special programs for live-in caregivers and seasonal farm workers. But in 2002, the Liberal government expanded it to allow employers to bring in a wide range of low-skilled foreign workers to work in the hospitality, food services, construction and manufacturing sectors. Under the Conservatives it has expanded even more. For example, in 2006, when the current government took power, there were 160,908 foreign workers in the country. By 2010, that number had grown to 283,096. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/realitycheck/2011/04/temporary-foreign-workers-why-so-many-all-of-a-sudden.html

Religious freedom plan fraught with questions (Embassy)
It was a mysterious addition that appeared out of nowhere. For some, it is a welcome addition, an idea aligned nicely with Canadian values. Others see it as an election gimmick designed to secure votes. Yet it also smacked of another promise never fulfilled. In the Conservative election platform released Apr. 9, the party promised to spend $500,000 to create an “Office of Religious Freedom” to monitor religious freedom around the world and promote it as a “key objective of Canadian foreign policy.” http://embassymag.ca/page/view/religious-04-13-2011

In Brampton, a suburban boom city grows on fertile electoral ground (Globe and Mail)
These groups represent some of the most coveted demographics in this campaign. Both parties have tailored their policies and political strategies to appeal to new Canadians and their families. The Conservatives in particular, led by Mr. Harper’s lieutenant, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, have invested heavily in their ability to wrest these seats from the Liberals. The Liberals, who have seen their comfortable margins in the region dwindle, are endeavouring to hold on.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/in-brampton-a-suburban-boom-city-grows-on-fertile-electoral-ground/article1986393/singlepage/#articlecontent

New Canadians key to vote? (Mississauga.com)
The NDP and Liberal candidates running in Bramalea-Gore-Malton are accusing the Conservatives of treating immigrants like “pawns” in their bid to gain more power in Ottawa.
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/983935–new-canadians-key-to-vote

Liberals decry Conservative ‘ethnic costume’ photo-op as immigration backlog tops one million on Harper’s watch (Northumberland View)
Even though the immigration backlog has swelled to over one million people under the Harper Conservatives, they persist in exploiting so-called “very ethnic” multicultural groups for political gain with “ethnic costume” photo-ops, Liberal candidate Justin Trudeau said today. “The Conservatives continue to divide Canadians along ‘very ethnic’ and ‘very Canadian lines – because they don’t understand that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” said Mr. Trudeau Liberal candidate for Papineau. “Their use of new Canadians as political props in ‘ethnic costume’ masks the reality that the immigration backlog has exploded under their watch.”
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&func=display&sid=7648

FC Edmonton Focuses on Local Ethnic Communities (Wealth blog)
Despite soccer’s popularity at the community level in Edmonton, interest in the sport has never translated into the success of a local professional soccer franchise. FC Edmonton is trying to counter previous failures by focusing heavily on targeting local ethnic communities. The team, with the help of Sticks & Stones, is hoping to shore up support for the upcoming season by directly targeting local ethnic communities where soccer plays an important social and cultural role.
http://www.wealthadvertising.com/blog/?p=64

Catholic society marks 30 years helping immigrants get settled (Calgary Herald)
For 30 years, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society has been investing in our city’s biggest asset: people. The society is marking 30 years of service to city newcomers and kicked off a series of events Wednesday at its anniversary opening ceremony. The organization assists immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers resettling and integrating into Calgary.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Catholic+society+marks+years+helping+immigrants+settled/4619062/story.html

The question of sponsorship (Canadian Immigrant)
Do your parents and grandparents really have a chance of landing permanently in Canada?
http://www.canadianimmigrant.ca/settlingincanada/settlingin/article/8277

REFUGEES

OAS Rights Body Rules Canada Must Give Individualized Determination to Refugee Claimants (CCR)
A group of organizations today welcomed the final decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights upholding a complaint made concerning the forced return of three refugee claimants to the United States in 2003. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Canada violated its human rights obligations when it returned the three refugee claimants to the US without first providing individualized review of their asylum claims. The claimants were returned to the US under Canada’s ‘direct back’ policy.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/11/04/14

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

The election choice for working families (rabble)
The choice is between a narrow economic and social appeal to middle and high-income earners, drenched in self-interest and individualism, and a community-based, social vision of the country addressed to middle and lower-income Canadians. The choice may be stark, but the political strategies are in large part aimed at the same strata of working families, often including union members. Both sides on this social divide believe they can connect and identify with the self interest of these mainly working-class families in urban, and semi-urban communities.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/fwilson/2011/04/election-choice-working-families

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Architecture & Development, G20 Aftermath & Police, Culture & Recreation.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/04/15/fridays-headlines-194

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