Maytree News headlines – April 19, 2011


Imagining What’s Possible Where You Live – Introducing a New Maytree Program (Maytree blog)
…we are developing Building Blocks, a program that calls on neighbours to ‘create possibility where you live.’ Building Blocks will offer a civic literacy primer in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. We will actively demystify how governments make decisions. We’ll work with residents to develop their community’s voice and identify opportunities to work towards local change, progress and inclusion.

Maytree April newsletter
In this issue:
• Maytree Opinion – When Is $500 not $500?
• Creating a Stronger Canada: New Maytree Publication Lists more than 50 Actionable Policy Ideas
• Be Part of This Year’s Diversity in Governance Celebration
• Prepare, Practise, Be Authentic – How Frank Sharry Communicates for Immigration Reforms
• Imagining What’s Possible Where You Live – Introducing a New Maytree Program
• What It Takes to Be One of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians
• Calling for a Pan-Canadian Framework for Provincial Nominee Programs
• New Helpline Connects GTA Employers with Immigrant Employment Services
• Collaborative Leadership Is Needed to Transform Your Community
• News You Can Use

Cities of Migration April newsletter
In this issue:
• Opinion @Cities of Migration: Aga Khan
• Turn up the Volume! Media Stories with Impact!
• Interview @Cities of Migration: Frank Sharry
• Exclusive Online Premiere!
• Police Bring Community Outreach to City Hall
• On the Trail of Good Ideas: Catching the world from Cranford, New Jersey
• Healthy Communities: Immigrants Helping Immigrants Access Healthcare
• Good Ideas in the News

News in Review – “Ethnic Vote” (Maytree blog)
Just before the election we suggested that inclusion was a better starting point for politics than focusing on the ethnic vote. We’re three weeks into the federal election campaign. Are we there yet?

A Burqa Ban in Canada? (Part 1) (Schema Magazine)
What about the burqa and niqab in Canada? This past week, Schema’s Michelle Da Silva interviewed Farzana Hassan, the past president of the Muslim Canadian Congress for the Georgia Straight.

Mixed unions lead to more tolerance and respect for cultural differences (Montreal Gazette)
Whereas mixed couples were once imagined as unions between a partner from the social majority and a minority individual, and seen as an indicator of the latter’s assimilation, we find that both partners’ culture and identifications are affected. The Quebec-born francophones in our study often learn another language or take on another citizenship, for example. Many express the hope of working for a while in their partner’s country, or even of eventually moving there.

Tories winning over immigrants, new poll says (Toronto Sun)
The federal Conservatives appear to be successfully winning the support of Canadians born outside of Canada, a key objective the party has had since the merger of the Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties nearly a decade ago. Abacus Data Inc., in a poll released Monday, said that among decided voters who are immigrants, the Conservatives had 47% support followed by the Liberals at 33% and the NDP at 12%.

More info from Abacus:

Baffling Liberal silence on immigration (Toronto Star)
Michael Ignatieff and Justin Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic in the last Parliament, have been conspicuously silent on immigration during the election campaign. What is behind this deafening silence, especially given the traditional importance of the immigrant vote to the Liberal party’s fortunes, particularly in the vote-rich GTA?–baffling-liberal-silence-on-immigration

Tories vow to deport foreign criminals (24 Hours Vancouver)
The plan calls for provisions in the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, granting appeals for humanitarian and compassionate grounds and other protections, to be repealed for people who would serve a 10-year prison sentence in Canada for crimes committed here or elsewhere.

Immigration should be about policy, not politics (
Canada’s politicians spar for immigrant votes, with each party doing its best to hold on to its immigrant base… It’s time for Canadians to put aside their fears of being “politically incorrect” and demand that our leaders overhaul Canada’s immigration laws, free of any political considerations, and focused on what is best for Canada.

Don’t Wanna Be An Ethnic – Be Canadian! (onocanada blog)
As the son of an immigrant to Canada, I find the whole idea of targeting the “ethnic” vote, both distasteful and offensive. People immigrate to Canada to be CANADIAN, not Haitian Canadian, not Sikh Canadian, not Vietnamese Canadian but rather Canadian having an ethnic background. To believe that all people who come from one ethnic background will only vote for candidates who also represent that ethnic background is very misleading; their experiences in Canada, their education, their community, their religion – these all shape their political beliefs.

The Ethnic Vote (The Official Dwayne Morgan Page)
The census confirms that I exist,
Yet I am the invisible Canadian,
Whose experiences and concerns are ignored,
Except for when an election is called.
Suddenly, everyone cares about the plight
Of those who identify as non white;
They call me the ethnic vote.

Vote 2011 Thornhill Chinese Immigrant Integration (YouTube)
Thornhill debate among federal election candidates. Question: with Chinese immigrants as the leading growing demographic in the GTA, how and what would you do to help them assimilate into Canadian life?

Proud day for new Canadians (Medicine Hat News)
To say that Canada is a country open to all cultures isn’t nothing new, but unless you’ve seen someone sworn in as a citizen, it’s hard to imagine exactly what it means to those who are welcomed in.


Court orders Ottawa to return Mexican refugee (Toronto Star)
An Ontario court has ordered the return of a 14-year-old Mexican refugee to Canada after ruling she was wrongfully removed by the federal government. In a rare decision Monday, the Ontario Court of Appeal overruled a lower court order by Justice George Czutrin that sent Josette Rosenzweig Issasi back to Mexico in October at the request of her mother, Marlen Issasi Rodriguez. She was 13 at the time.–court-orders-ottawa-to-return-mexican-refugee

Paying Off the Human Smugglers (Maytree blog)
National security is an important issue that should not be taken lightly. It should also not be the manufactured excuse for the unreasonably harsh treatment of refugees. Ever since nine-eleven, refugees have been unfairly and foolishly linked with North American security. It is unfair because real and unnecessary damage has been done to some refugees. It is foolish because the real security dangers are ignored while public and government attention is diverted elsewhere. Requiring refugees to pay off the smugglers is one of the more ludicrous examples of narrow, Orwellian thinking.


Maytree Foundation: Creating a Stronger Canada (Twelveth in a Poverty Series) (Al Etmanski)
Want to read 50 great ideas for protecting vulnerable Canadians while contributing to Canada’s prosperity? Then have a look at the Maytree Foundation’s, just released Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada.


Health status of migrant workers in Canada (EurekAlert)
International migrant workers entering Canada generally arrive healthy but their low-skilled occupations may put them at risk of health issues and they may face barriers to health care, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Full report (PDF):

Eliminate the “Low Skill Pilot Project” for temporary foreign workers (Maytree blog)
Until the “Low Skill Pilot Project” is eliminated, those temporary workers in Canada who arrived under the pilot should be granted permanent residence to avoid the growth of an undocumented population living on the margins of society, facing increased risks of exploitation, and unable to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Urban Green, Architecture & Development and Other News.

Review of Toronto City Services (Belonging Community)
Not nearly so poetically labelled as the quixotic “gravy train,” the Service Review Program is the next stop on City Council’s search for waste. It will be a quick trip, occurring through much of the summer.

Marketing a city one tweet at a time (Hamilton Spectator)
There is an immediate and tangible result to all this. The more “hits” via social media, the higher a city will rank in a Google search, which is hugely important when trying to catch the eye of people making investment decisions, perhaps from across the world… Ultimately, the goal is to attract the attention of outside investors — people and companies who can bring jobs and wealth to this city. That’s no easy task, obviously. Every community, big and small, is doing exactly the same thing. It’s like trying to sing above a 100-piece orchestra. Marini thinks social media can amplify Hamilton’s voice.–marketing-a-city-one-tweet-at-a-time


Event: June 1 – Conference on Canada’s innovation imperative – 2011 (Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity)
The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity to release its annual Report on Canada’s innovation imperative. The report will be released by the Institute’s Chairman, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. It will articulate Canada’s competitiveness challenges as innovation challenges and will discuss the importance of the need for governments, businesses, and individuals to invest in the capabilities and polices to address these challenges.

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