Maytree News headlines – April 28, 2011


New Citizens Vote (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt galloway spoke with Sandrina Ntamwemezi and Fabio Crespin, they will vote for the first time as Canadians in Monday’s federal election.

Closing Points-of-Entry and Local Intelligence Offices Contradicts Harper Government’s Claim of Security Priority (Marketwire)
The Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) which represents Canada’s Front-Line Customs and Immigration Officers as well as all Immigration Inland Enforcement and Hearings Officers has denounced the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) decision to eliminate local intelligence centers and to close and reduce hours of operation at five(5) land-border points-of-entry in Quebec and one(1) in Saskatchewan effective April 1, 2011.

Diversity: From Strategies to Implementation and Beyond (May. 4 – Jun 15, 2011 -Mississauga, Ontario) (FYPN)
The 2011 Peel Diversity Series aims to help community/social organizations and service providers develop strategies that create an equitable and inclusive environment in your workplace and for your customers.

Citizenship & War Crimes (CBC The Current)
Alleged Serbian war criminal Branko Rogan takes the stand at a citizenship hearing in Vancouver, which raises questions about the best way for Canada to deal with people accused of war crimes; Canada has the legislation to try them, but few are prosecuted because of funding shortfalls. We find out why it’s his citizenship that’s on trial and why he’s not being tried for his alleged war crimes.

New Canadians question chase for ‘ethnic vote’ (Waterloo Record)
Rahmah Omar has lived in Canada for more than 20 years. She’s a Canadian. But during this federal election campaign, she’s feeling less and less like a Canadian. Instead, the Waterloo mother of three feels like she’s a sought-after vote that some have labelled the “ethnic” vote.–new-canadians-question-chase-for-ethnic-vote

CBC Journalists Dwight Drummond and Garvia Bailey To Serve of the 29th Annual Harry Jerome (benzinga)
The Harry Jerome Awards are an annual celebration of African Canadian achievements and pays tribute to outstanding and inspirational individuals who are true role models in the community. Established in the memory of Harry Jerome a distinguished African Canadian Olympic athlete, scholar and social advocate the awards have recognized over 300 exceptional people from across the country since their inception in 1983.

Harper’s cynical plays for the ‘ethnic’ vote (Rabble)
Mainly through Jason Kenney, Stephen Harper has sought to cherry-pick segments of our society — ethnic and religious minorities –and woo them, hoping to achieve that elusive majority government. Parizeau was wrong, both in dividing Canadians into “us” and “them” and in thinking that ethnic and ethno-religious communities vote in single blocks. And so is Harper.

Commentary: ‘Ethnic vote’ vs ‘ethnic stratification’ in Canada’s general elections (Caribbean News Now)
As Canadians prepare for the 41st polls on May 2, the continuing quest for a definition of what is the “ethnic vote” remains unanswered and quite possibly those who have coined the terminology will not be able to provide a credible definition. Our established print and electronic media in Canada, who originated the terminology “ethnic vote”, remain baffled and disoriented.‘Ethnic-vote’-vs-‘ethnic-stratification’-in-Canada’s-general-elections-6174.html

Liberal Dhalla wants auditor general to investigate Ont. opponent’s ‘special access (
Ontario Liberal incumbent Ruby Dhalla wants the auditor general to investigate whether the Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship provided “special access” to Tory rival Parm Gill on behalf of some constituents in an alleged vote grab.


Implement systemic reform of education on First Nations reserves (Maytree blog)
The solution proposed by the Caledon Institute is for a new Act of Parliament which would allow First Nations that wished to do so to establish properly funded First Nations school boards with clear legal empowerment and the necessary regional educational agencies to support them – called a First Nations Education Act.


Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Canadian Politics, Architecture & Development, Transit, Culture, and Other News.


Eight charged in human trafficking investigation (CP24)
Peel Region police have arrested six men and two women from the Toronto and Ottawa areas following a human trafficking investigation. Investigators allege the suspects had been forcing women and girls into prostitution.

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