Maytree News headlines – April 29, 2011


Nation-wide public support for call to address systemic racism at UBC (Vancouver Observer)
Community members, students, and academics across Canada have expressed grave concern about the racial discrimination complaint filed by Dr. Jennifer Chan to the BC Human Rights Tribunal against the University of British Columbia.

Voices from Canada’s densest city block (Toronto Star)
Canada’s statisticians know it as census tract 5350065.00, the most densely populated neighbourhood in this country. Torontonians call it St. James Town, a city block as rich with diversity as it is rife with social needs. To politicians, it’s a bubbling cauldron of campaign promises — or at least it should be, since every imaginable type of vulnerable Canadian lives here, according to the 2006 census data–voices-from-canada-s-densest-city-block

Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal – Generating Solid Spin offs (Net Newsledger)
Media reports that the Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal receives “five or six hits per day” appear to not share the full story. Rather than hits, the site is receiving five to six inquires per day according to Stephanie Ash-Suarez. The site, which has been online for just over a year, has put thirty-two communities across the region, several of which were not online before onto the Internet.

Leave hatreds behind when you come here, immigrants told (Jewish Tribune)
For the first time in its history, the new study guide to the Canadian citizenship test is advising newcomers that they are expected to embrace Canada’s democratic values and leave behind any ancient hatreds they may harbour.

All eyes are on the Burnaby-Douglas riding (Burnaby Now)
It’s no secret the Conservatives are paying special attention to Burnaby-Douglas, one of three ethnically diverse swing ridings in the Lower Mainland. If the race is anything like it was in the last federal election, it will mostly be a two-way contest between the NDP and the Conservatives.

Burnaby-Douglas: Candidates share views on supports for immigrants (Burnaby News Leader)
WE ASKED: This riding is home to a growing number of immigrants. Does Canada do enough to help immigrants, and is there anything more that should be done?

Free multicultural forum taking place in Burnaby this Friday (Burnaby Now)
Visible minorities face numerous challenges, and one Burnaby woman hopes to create a safe place for all Canadians to speak about those challenges at a multiculturalism forum this Friday.

‘Ethnic outreach’ campaigns hit their stride as parties pull out all the stops (Embassy)
In fact, all three main federal parties have been reaching out to multicultural and multilingual media throughout the campaign. All three parties have run advertisements in multicultural news outlets, and introduced policy platform planks they hope will resonate with immigrant and multicultural communities. And they have crisscrossed the country showing up at multicultural photo ops. Embassy combed through the different avenues for ethnic vote outreach in an attempt to sum up each party’s efforts.

Conservatives ethnically classify voters: Whites who decide, prejudiced non-whites who buy their vision, and ‘for photo-op’ only (Rabble)
There seems to be something funny about this year’s election. It is not that the NDP is running ads using a comedian as the voice over. It is not that the Conservatives have pulled an ad in Punjabi after realizing that the title South Asian is not actually the language in which it was done. This does however point to an issue the secondary campaign run in racialized communities. Canadian multiculturalism, in English Canada at least, has often created a beast called the “ethnic vote.” It is from this long history of essentialized culture that the Conservative “very ethnic riding” concept arose. This is not new. The explicit admittance of the categorization may be, but the strategy of asking people to wear “ethnic costumes” and be little props is not a new one. We must remember in Canada when we say a diverse neighbourhood it is quite often just a synonym for a lot of people who aren’t so white live there.

The changing face of Peterborough (My Kawartha)
In the final piece of our three-part series examining the demographic shift in this region, looks at the vital role immigration will play in the coming decades across our region.–the-changing-face-of-peterborough

Multiculturalism on both sides of the Atlantic (University of Helsinki)
The programme will kick off with a launch panel on Thursday May 5th where Professor in Political Science, Keith Banting, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada will be one of the four panellists. The title of his presentation will be “Is the Atlantic Getting Bigger or Smaller? Multiculturalism and Civic Integration in Canada and Europe”.

Nova Scotia wants to double immigration (Metro Calgary)
Nova Scotia wants to double the number of immigrants arriving each year by 2020 in an effort to boost its workforce as the population ages. Premier Darrell Dexter says the province will spend an additional $790,000 to target skilled labour under its new immigration strategy announced today.–nova-scotia-wants-to-double-immigration

Study Reveals New Immigrants Less Likely To Have Premature Babies In The First 5 Years In Canada (St. Michael’s Hospital)
Immigrants living less than five years in Canada are less likely than their Canadian-born counterparts to have premature babies regardless of where they live, according to a new study by St. Michael’s Hospital.

Wealthy Chinese Choose Investment Immigration (CRI English)
A report issued by China Merchant Bank and global management consulting firm Bain & Company indicates about 60 percent of China’s multimillionaires are considering becoming or have already become immigrant investors. As Zhang Cheng reports, most immigrant investors are heading to developed countries. More Chinese are turning to investment immigration for visas to reside in developed countries such as the United States and Canada.

Sikh woman MP accuses Canadian immigration minister of lying (Mangalorean)
An election contest here between two Punjabi candidates for the May 2 parliamentary polls has degenerated into a virtual mud-slinging match. And this so-called ‘Punjab-style’ campaigning by former beauty queen and sitting Sikh woman MP Ruby Dhalla of the opposition Liberal Party and her opponent Parm Gill of the ruling Conservative Party in the Toronto suburb of Brampton-Springdale is making the national headlines as the polling day approaches. Dhalla, who has held the seat thrice since 2004 and won by just 700 votes in the last elections, is fighting with her back to the wall this time.

Poverty and race must be on the agenda (Hamilton Spectator)
In this election, the federal parties need to tell us what strategies they have to improve the economic conditions of new immigrants and racialized groups that are overly represented in the poverty statistics across this country. The federal parties also need to provide us with clear targets and timelines for their strategies. Reinstatement of funding for settlement services is only one of many efforts that could improve the lives of newcomers in our community.–poverty-and-race-must-be-on-the-agenda

Metro Morning podcast for Friday April 29 (CBC Metro Morning)
Includes: Poet Dwayne Morgan on the “ethnic vote” and how we talk about race in Canada.
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Plenty of fear-mongering on refugee issue (BCLocalNews)
Are they scoundrels or less than competent? That seems the choice when it comes to the Harper Conservatives’ proposed legislation on human smuggling. And the law is just a symptom of our bizarre approach to broader immigration issues.

Upcoming Deadline: UNHCR Small Grants Programme (Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)
UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) invites applications to its 2011 Small Grants Programme. The purpose of the programme is to encourage and enable original research and writing to be undertaken on refugee, displacement, migration and humanitarian issues and situations. Deadline: May 31.


Tories criticized for lack of anti-poverty policies (Waterloo Record)
The plight of poor people in Canada won’t improve if the Conservative government is re-elected in Monday’s federal election, a professor of health policy said Wednesday. “There will be no significant federal anti-poverty initiatives if the Conservatives return to power, and they are proud of that,” Daniel Raphael, a York University professor, told about 50 people attending a forum on poverty and government policy in Canada.–tories-criticized-for-lack-of-anti-poverty-policies


After wild ride, employers have plenty at stake in this campaign (Edmonton Journal)
To help the situation, Allen says the federal government should try to recruit skilled workers from countries like the United States and Great Britain, which are still going through economic difficulty. Bringing in unskilled, temporary foreign workers is a more time-consuming and costly practice for companies, he says.


Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Transportation, Architecture & Development, G20 Aftermath and Other News.


Ottawa men, woman arrested in human-trafficking sex ring (Ottawa Citizen)
Two Ottawa men and a woman have been arrested in a human-trafficking sex ring that forced girls as young as 14 into prostitution. The prostitution ring, which used the Internet to pimp out teenage girls in Toronto suburbs, was busted by Peel Regional Police earlier this week.

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