Maytree News headlines – April 26, 2011


Porter: Painful stories shed light on downside of Canadian experience (Toronto Star)
Congs is just one of 16 painful newcomer stories you can hear Wednesday night at City Hall. They are delivering their graduation speeches from the Mennonite New Life Centres new speaker series for immigrants and refugees. They come from Cuba, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Albania, Colombia. Most have never told their stories before out of fear, pride, demoralization, language barriers, exhaustion. Their timing is impeccable. With so much talk of the very ethnic vote this election, its about time we heard from someone very ethnic. Their voices are small, bright flowers in a carpet of green, prepackaged, on-message stump speeches. What they have to say is so raw and real, it might change your opinion on Canadas immigration and settlement policies.–porter-painful-stories-shed-light-on-downside-of-canadian-experience

Community Groups and Women’s Organizations Oppose Conditional Visa for Sponsored Spouses (Canada Newswire)
Toronto refugee and immigrants rights groups, legal clinics, and women’s organizations are calling on all federal parties to reject a proposed change to Canada’s immigration law that will make women more vulnerable to violence and abuse. The proposal by Citizenship and Immigration Canada will impose a “conditional” permanent residence period of two years or more on sponsored spouses and partners, who have been in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsors. The majority of sponsored spouses and partners are women. Even if the relationship is abusive, violent or unhappy, the sponsored immigrant will be forced to stay in a relationship with the sponsor for a minimum of two years.

My Canada is a place of inclusion (Guelph Mercury)
I have no regrets that my parents chose Canada as home and that when it was time for me to raise my own family, we chose Guelph. I have had the opportunity to work with new immigrants, longtime immigrants, multi-generation Canadians and our aboriginal peoples. I am grateful for their positive influence on how I view the world. I am grateful that at the writing of this article, I have that sense of belonging back. Like many other immigrants, I do not mind paying taxes so that he can have his old age security so that his health can be taken care of, so that he can live in a relatively safe community with police and fire protection among other things. My Canada has taught me how to share and build for the next generation within this global world where we work to survive and thrive. My Canada is about we, not just about me. My Canada is about a purposeful life of service and inclusion, not exclusion.–my-canada-is-a-place-of-inclusion

The Canadian Migration Institute wants immigrant family reunification to be an election topic (Canadian Immigrant)
Immigrant family reunification should be an election issue, says a video and ad campaign by the Canadian Migration Institute. The sad fact is that many parents and grandparents may not have 14 years left. As a nation built on immigration we shouldn’t be keeping families apart for so long, said Imran Qayyum, CMI chair, in a statement.

South Asian community is giving back (South Asian Generation Next)
Guru Nanak Community Foundation (GNCF) presented the $204,000 check to Brampton Civic Hospital. GNCF has been raising funds since 1999 by organizing a car rally. The first year they raised funds for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. They have set the target to raise funds by $250,000 to donate to Brampton Civic Hospital.

Mah credits parents for strong foundation (Star Phoenix)
Despite all these honours – many of them local – the award presented this month to Mah has the company’s president thinking about family. More specifically, his parents, immigrants to Canada who had the goal of giving their kids a better life. With Mah recently named Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, it’s safe to say his parents’ goal has been realized.

Helping Young Fathers (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Karen Horsman spoke with Brandon Hay. He is the founder of Black Daddies Club.

High Dropout Rate (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Karen Horsman spoke with a local Grade 12 student, originally from Mexico, José Vargas Vega, and with Cristina Guerrero. She is a Doctoral Candidate in her third year of study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education., and she is also a Spanish and Social Sciences teacher for the Toronto District School Board.

“Showdown In The Suburbs” 2 (CBC Metro Morning)
With one week left in the election campaign, we’ll hear more from our “Votes, Values and the ‘905’ ” panel. They’ll weigh in with their views on the dangers of expecting too much from politicians once they actually DO get elected. Matt Galloway spoke about the so-called “ethnic” vote” in the 905 area with Baldev Mutta, Sudha Berry, Tariq Amin-Khan, Gloria Fung and Neethan Shan

Mentoring Writers (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Karen Horsman spoke with writer Terri Favro and with David Layton. He was her mentor in a program for emerging writers sponsored by Diaspora Dialogues.

Jewish Voters (CBC The Current)
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s staunch support for Israel appears to be attracting a sizeable number of Jewish voters, many of whom have traditionally voted Liberal. Some observers suggest this could be a significant factor in this federal election. We gauge the strength of the shift and hear from a number of Jewish voters about who they are backing and why.

Letters: Third Wave, Seniors & “Ethnic Vote” (CBC The Current)
Today is mail day. We find out what you’ve had to say about the lessons of the third wave, courting the so-called ethnic vote, co-existing with moose and what to call a senior who doesn’t want to be called a senior. And we have an update from Batool Al-Khawaja, the young woman in Bahrain who watched as the country’s security forces took away her father, her fiancé and her brother-in-law.

Program helps a new wave of Irish immigrants transition to Montreal (CTV)
There’s a steady increase in the number of Irish immigrants coming to Montreal for job opportunities. The Canadian government has increased quotas in its working holiday program with Ireland and a new Montreal group is helping Irish immigrants make the most of Montreal.


Soundbites April 20, 2011 (Social Planning Toronto)
This issue:
1. Register for Social Planning Toronto’s 2011 Annual General Meeting
2. Save the Date for Social Planning Torontos Spring Symposium
3. The Commitment to Community Campaign
4. Full House for SPTs Affordable Housing Research and Policy Forum
5. Toronto Community Services Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants now available in Urdu
6. Social Planning Toronto’s letter to Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Regarding Cuts to Settlement Programs


Labour scholarship empowers Canadian migrant workers (Toronto Star)
A live-in caregiver in Toronto, Santos is one of five temporary foreign workers in Canada whose children and relatives overseas have been awarded the inaugural United Food and Commercial Workers Canada prize due to their ties here. The scholarship, each worth $1,000, is more than a token to these workers who toil in Canada as farm workers, domestic helpers and meat packagers often without the prospect of becoming permanent residents here.–labour-scholarship-empowers-canadian-migrant-workers


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, Neighbourhood LIfe and Other News.

Toronto: The role of cities in Canada’s prosperity (CBC)
Citizen Journalist – Gary Pieters. In my conversations with Canadians from the Greater Toronto Area on the importance of cities, many also cited indicators such as access to affordable housing and links to transportation, workplace and social infrastructure, and economic growth, location-based urban planning with a role for all levels of government are essential to sustaining great urban cities.


“Passionate Amateurs” a Primary Source of Social Innovation (Al Etmanski)
Most breakthroughs in care originate from the challenges we face nourishing, comforting, tending, witnessing, alleviating, mediating, surmounting, advocating. We are compelled to innovate because we want the best for those we love, because we want to decrease suffering and hardship, because we want to nurture a good life and a good death. We are inspired to a higher standard of creativity and ingenuity by the daily challenges we face in taking care of each other.

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