Maytree News headlines – May 10, 2011


Changing the face of leadership: Awards recognize four GTA-based organizations (DiverseCity)
At an awards ceremony on Monday evening at Cisco Canada’s head office, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Peel Children’s Aid, The Redwood and the Town of Richmond Hill for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds. A new corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized TD Bank Group. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty addressed the winners and applauded the progress made in changing the face of leadership across the GTA. It was also announced that the government will continue to support the DiverseCity project, including the DiverseCity onBoard initiative, for another two years.

Arrival of the Fittest (The Walrus)
Canada’s crime rate is dropping as immigration increases. Is there a connection?

Toronto dispatch: Importing people (Nashville Biz blog)
In a world where cities are constantly clamoring to attract new investment, businesses and jobs, Toronto makes this pitch: Come on, everybody’s doing it. While many cities — including Nashville — strive for that “place to be” aura, this Canadian city takes it to a whole new level. Toronto boosters describe their influx of immigrants, many of them skilled and from around the globe, as the key to innovation and economic development.

Diaspora Dialogues May newsletter
In this issue:
• May 19: Calling all Bay Streeters!
• Landfill: Call for submissions
• Art as Safe Ground?

Immigration: No to quotas by geographic origin (Montreal Gazette)
What is needed, then, is not so much the implementation of blind quotas based on geographic origin (in reality, a synonym for race, colour or ethnicity) but a better and more stringent selection process, particularly in terms of evaluating linguistic knowledge, training and professional abilities. Implementing such an approach would naturally require more resources for the selection process even if, at first, a reduction in the volume of admissions might be felt. A large dose of imagination and courage would also be required of the authorities.

Canada: Make Human Rights a Priority (Human Rights Watch)
Canada should take concrete steps to renew its reputation as a global leader on the international human rights stage, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper… The issues addressed in the letter include: regulating the behavior of Canadian oil, mining, and gas companies operating abroad; removing restrictions on future funding to combat maternal mortality in developing nations; ratifying the Convention on Cluster Munitions; protecting the rights of refugee claimants; and repatriating the Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, a Canadian national.

Hate messages prompt Walkerville rally (CBC)
Hundreds of Walkerville students were marching around their school Friday morning demonstrating against recent hate messages found in the school. Students carried signs reading “racism makes me sick”, “stop the hate”, “stomp out racism”, and sang songs on the front sidewalk of the school.

Levant: Radical Islam issues hit here, too (Toronto Sun)
Geert Wilders, a Dutch member of Parliament, is the most polarizing political figure in Holland. And for good reason. His Party for Freedom says things other political leaders might think but would never say out loud. He wants an end to Muslim immigration. He wants to ban the burka. And he wants swift deportation of radical Muslim preachers. It’s tough talk — but Holland loves it. Or at least some of them do: Wilders’ party has grown to become the third largest in Parliament, and last year he joined the governing coalition in return for their partial adoption of his policies.

Feds don’t measure financial burden of employment equity (Toronto Sun)
Federal employment equity rules are costing private businesses time and money, but the federal government doesn’t know how much. Why? The bureaucrats at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada say that’s because the ministry “does not require employers to report on costs for implementing and monitoring an employment equity plan.”

New Canadians missing jobs recovery (Globe and Mail)
Canada’s jobless rate is subsiding from elevated levels during the recession for most demographic groups except one — recent immigrants. As of last month, the unemployment rate for Canadian-born people was 6.2 per cent, down from the same month a year earlier when it was 6.7 per cent. The jobless rate for all immigrants declined to 8.8 per cent from 9.9 per cent in April of last year, according to numbers crunched by the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative.

Asian culture celebrated (
An Asian Canadian will also be celebrated each week. An article on the person’s contribution to Canada will be distributed to classrooms, followed by a discussion and guided questions. The first week Mozhdah Jamalzadah, the “Oprah” of Afghanistan, was celebrated. The following weeks will feature comedian Russell Peters and environmentalist David Suzuki. Mehra-Soin says she hopes students will recognize and appreciate what Asians add to Canada’s diversity. “Over 80 per cent of our school population is Asian,” she said. “I want them to know that you can make a difference as a Canadian. Yes we are Asian, but we’re also Canadian.”–asian-culture-celebrated

2011 Regent Park Film Festival | Call For Submissions (Schema Magazine)
Regent Park, a diverse downtown neighborhood in Toronto, is also one of the largest low-incoming housing communities in Canada. Populated predominantly by new immigrants and Aboriginal Peoples, most of the homes are social housing, and the average income of residents is about half the average of other Torontonians. Interestingly, a community whose residents face the greatest social and economic barriers, also happens to host one of the most accessible cultural events Toronto has to offer. rpbody1.jpg The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is Toronto’s only free-of-charge film festival dedicated to showcasing multicultural works relevant to the residents living in the community

Newcomer Children’s Services in BC (
The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) May 9th AMSSA Newcomer Children’s Information Exchange, or ANCIE Bulletin, announces the release of the “Compendium of Newcomer Children’s Services in British Columbia” and links to videos and presentations from the first Provincial Symposium on Cultural Competencies: Supporting Newcomer Children, held at SFU Harbour Centre in February, 2010.

Multilingual Debt and Consumer Law Videos (Povnet)
MOSAIC’s Debt and Consumer Law project has a media campaign for immigrant and newcomer communities on several topics related to debts and consumer protection. The project has prepared a video in English with voice over into eight additional languages including Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Federal Court rules refugees in Cairo unfairly rejected by Canada (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees today welcomed the Federal Court’s ruling that four Eritrean refugees were unfairly refused by the Canadian visa office in Cairo. The four cases are representative cases of a group of 40 Eritreans, all rejected by the same visa officer.

Man stuck in Ontario prison as officials try to solve identity (National Post)
He insists his name is Andrea Jerome Walker, born in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 22, 1973. The governments of Canada and the United States are adamant he is not. That places him in a bizarre state of limbo: Until officials know who he is, they cannot deport him; until they can deport him, they will not release him. Since Sept. 20, 2006, he has been in jail, so far serving the equivalent of a manslaughter sentence, although he is charged with no crime. And there is no end in sight. He is the unknown man.

Breakthrough tracks mystery refugee claimant back to Cameroon (National Post)
One of the most perplexing immigration cases may finally be coming to a close with new revelations about a man who has chosen to live in a prison for almost five years rather than reveal his true identity, which is needed before Canadian authorities can deport him. It now appears he is Michael Mvogo, 51, a citizen of Cameroon, born in a coastal village between two expansive wildlife reserves, home to African forest elephants and mangrove trees.

CBC Radio interview: a Toronto teenager is breathing a sigh of relief now that she is back on Canadian soil (FCJ Refugee Centre)
Josette Rosenzweig Issasi, 14, was deported to Mexico last fall, despite having refugee status. So what happens now? Matt Galloway spoke with Francisco Rico-Martinez, is the co-director of FCJ Refugee Centre.


Matching Skills With Jobs (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Tom Zizys. He is a labour market analyst with the Metcalf Foundation.


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Garbage Collection, Bikes, Architecture & Infrastructure and Other News.

Toronto A Beta City (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Tom Craren. He is with Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, and author of the annual report, “Cities of Opportunity”.

City Releases Details on Major Services Review (Torontoist)
As every article on City finances and every city council speech this year has mentioned, Toronto is heading for a major showdown over the 2012 budget. With a projected shortfall now nearing $800 million, and a new tentative agreement with police that sets the stage for higher labour costs in other sectors as well, everyone is bracing for a long list of cuts

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