Maytree News headlines – May 11, 2011


Tapping Canada’s immigrant capital (Globe and Mail)
Phoenix isn’t the only company hiring newcomers to help drive expansion into new markets. A new report released exclusively to The Globe and Mail shows almost one in five companies have hired a skilled immigrant to help diversify their global client base. Of those employers who hired immigrants to help them expand overseas, 93 per cent said it was effective, according to the March poll of 461 employers, conducted for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Ontario gives green light to record number of foreign doctors (Toronto Star)
A report to be released Tuesday by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario links the rise in licensed foreign-trained doctors here to more overseas recruiting, more openings for international medical graduates to do their residency in Ontario hospitals and more mentors to help them adjust.–foreign-doctors-drive-brain-gain-in-ontario
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Lawyers pledge to make firms more inclusive, diverse (Toronto Star)
Head lawyers from dozens of Canadian companies are pledging to make diversity and inclusion a priority in their workplaces. Forty general counsel for some of Canada’s biggest firms will meet Wednesday to sign a pledge to promote diversity within their own departments, to consider diversity in their hiring practices and encourage Canadian law firms to follow their example.–lawyers-pledge-to-make-firms-more-inclusive-diverse

Peel Children’s Aid recognized (
Peel Children’s Aid was recognized on Monday for changing the face of its leadership at the board level by recruiting members from diverse backgrounds. DiverseCity on Board, an organization that connects qualified candidates from Aboriginal, visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities to agencies, boards, commissions and committees in the public and non-profit sectors, presented Peel Children’s Aid with the Diversity in Governance Award.–peel-children-s-aid-recognized

Let’s think seriously about increasing immigration to Canada (Times & Transcript)
During the recent federal election campaign, all major national party platforms expressed support for immigration and provided some specific proposals but none addressed the over-arching issue of how many immigrants Canada needs.

The Conservative plan for the permanent election (
As far back as 1984, following the massive Mulroney majority, the Progressive Conservatives looked to build the Canadian economy by establishing a new category of newcomer to Canada: investor immigrants, ready to put serious money into domestic businesses. Twenty years later, after the Progressive Conservatives and Reform/Alliance party banded together as the Conservative Party of Canada, Stephen Harper took his message that tax cuts were good economic policy into immigrant communities considered to be solid Liberal, but where small business was a way of life.

The demographic politics of immigration (The Economist)
As Reihan Salam recently noted in The Daily, the success of Canada’s Conservative Party, which picked up seats and clinched a majority government in last week’s federal elections, is due in no small part to it’s concerted (perhaps Bush-inspired) attempt to attract immigrant voters.

Great Canadian women have diverse backgrounds but much in common (Jewish Tribune)
The three recipients of the HSBC Great Canadian Woman Awards to be held at the June 21 gala dinner at On The Park Ballroom display a number of character traits and attitudes in common that were seemingly instrumental in their remarkable achievements as immigrants or children of immigrants here in Canada. The honourees at the event, sponsored by the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada in concert with this year’s event sponsor HSBC Bank Canada, are: Neena Kanwar, founder and CEO of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres; the Hon. Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, and Helen Ching-Kircher, CEO, Downtown Fine Cars. All three personify success, leadership, social consciousness, ethnic pride and Canadian patriotism of the highest order.

The immigrant paradox (About Kids Health)
In a symposium at the Society for Research in Child Development in Montreal recently, Radosveta Dimitrova described her review of research on behavioural and academic outcomes in immigrant children. She found that studies of immigrants tend to lack a positive perspective in their research methods; they focus on the negative outcomes of immigration rather than the positive. Despite this, a number of papers in her research review supported the idea of the immigrant paradox: children of first generation immigrants tend to have less risky behaviour, less delinquency, higher grade point averages and standardized test scores, and more positive behaviour at school.

Five stupid things Geert Wilders said during his stay in Toronto (Toronto Life)
Last night, Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders visited Toronto, where he spoke to both Sun TV’s Ezra Levant and the Canada Christian College. Wilders, for the uninitiated, is the leader of the third-largest political party in the Netherlands and the one-trickiest of one-trick ponies. His ideology can be summed up, essentially, as such: he really, really doesn’t like Muslims. His “Party for [non-Muslim] Freedom” probably has other positions on important issues, but it’s his unfortunate views on Islam that get him invited to international speaking arrangements. So what does Wilders believe? We take a look at five of his most ridiculous statements after the jump.

Why Bollywood’s IIFA Awards Are Headed To Toronto (Hollywood Reporter)
Bollywood has seen what the Toronto International Film Festival has done for Hollywood as an Oscar launch pad, and wants Canada’s biggest city to similarly showcase the IIFA Awards, it’s annual celebration of Indian cinema.

Who’s “Asian”? | Writing and Video Contest (Schema Magazine)
The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is hosting its first essay/video contest, “Who’s ‘Asian?'” and would like to pose the question to Asian Canadians everywhere: How have Asians been portrayed in the media, and how does this affect your conception of what it means to be Asian in Canada?


Refugee protection vital to prevent another atrocity: legal experts (Jewish Tribune)
The protection of refugees is essential to preventing atrocities similar to the Holocaust, according to a panel of legal experts convened by the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Their seventh annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration featured a forum entitled, Setting a Just Immigration Policy in Canada: Human Rights Lessons Learned from the Holocaust.

Investigation of migrant ship sharply criticized by Crown prosecutors (National Post)
Federal prosecutors have sharply criticized the RCMP investigation into a freighter that arrived off the west coast in 2009 carrying 76 illegal migrants, saying that interviews were “poorly done,” seized documents were not translated and that the analysis of evidence was “rudimentary.”


Minimum wage hike not enough to help N.S. families eat healthy (Global Winnipeg)
Even with minimum wage going up to $10 an hour this fall, the increase may not be enough for many Nova Scotia families to eat healthy. The 2010 Nova Scotia Participatory Food Costing Study finds a nutritious diet is “out of reach” for families surviving on low incomes.

When minimum wage hikes make no sense (CTV)
Increases to the minimum wage, they say, reduce opportunities for low-skilled workers and young adults to enter the work force, gain experience, and move up the income ladder. The authors estimate that an increase in BC’s minimum wage to $10.25 an hour could lead to between 9,391 and 41,738 lost jobs – and even more for those between 15 and 24. I would argue the decision to raise the minimum wage was political, not economic. Had the governing B.C. Liberals under new Premier Christy Clark not raised it, the opposition New Democrats would have made it an election issue, and if they formed the government, minimum wage would have gone up within two milliseconds of a victory. The decision to raise it so soon after Ms. Clark’s leadership victory was a decision calculated to set a “family friendly” tone and, of course, remove the issue from the arsenal of the opposition in time for the next election.

Ken Battle – Letter to the Editor re. minimum wage (Globe and Mail)
Conventional wisdom has it that “minimum wages fail to keep pace with rising costs” (How Paying People’s Way Out Of Poverty Can Improve All Our Pocketbooks – May 6). The opposite is the case. Over the past few years, provinces and territories except British Columbia have increased their minimum wages by more than the cost of living, and B.C. has announced it will end its freeze of its minimum wage and make up for lost ground over the next few years. A key factor in the restoration of minimum wages has been the spread across the country of provincial and territorial poverty-reduction strategies in most jurisdictions, which recognize improvements in minimum wages as an important element of income-security policy for the working poor.

Mayor wants city on ‘prosperity plan’ (Brantford Expositor)
Mayor Chris Friel wants to forge a “prosperity plan” to help lift Brantford’s poor into a more optimistic life. Friel said he believes lower income families now are locked into a system that meets immediate needs but keeps them in perpetual dependence. He soon will bring a resolution to city council calling for the staff to develop a plan with input from community stakeholders that would offer lower income residents and families a way out.

Nunavut invests $6.68M to help reduce poverty (CANOE)
The funding will go toward enhancing the community breakfast and parenting support programs, social assistance for food and clothing allowances, and a new food distribution program.

Goar: Why the poor cast votes for Conservatives (Toronto Star)
Some of these signals are contradictory. Some are counterintuitive. But they point to an anti-poverty movement that is out of step with its presumed followers. It leaders owe it to those they claim to serve to take a painfully honest look at themselves and their vision. These are hard lessons. They will require openness and humility. But the alternative is increasing irrelevance.–goar-why-the-poor-cast-votes-for-conservatives


Recognizing Asian Workers as Part of Canadian Heritage (Marketwire)
This month, as Canadians celebrate May as Asian Heritage Month, a fleet of Toronto airport limo drivers – nearly all of which are of South Asian decent – remain locked out by their employer. Only last month, the Supreme Court of Canada denied an almost entirely racialized farm worker population the right to union representation and collective bargaining. These setbacks are a stark reminder of the precarious employment conditions that face so many new immigrants and racialized people in Canada.

Unions urged to aid migrant workers (Vancouver Sun)
Labour unions need to step up and protect temporary foreign workers, delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress’s 2011 convention were told in Vancouver on Tuesday.


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to TTC, Toronto Police and Other News.

The economic effects of large cities on the Canadian economy – PDF (IRPP)
York University economist Harvey Schwartz asks two important questions: how are Canadian cities governed and what causes them to grow? Concentrating on Canada’s three major cities — Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver — he looks at how their growth affects that of the Canadian economy, how the cities are governed, and how they raise their revenue. He also discusses the agglomeration of creative and skilled workers in the three largest cities.

Are you thinking of running for municipal office? (
Comox Valley Regional District, the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, and the Village of Cumberland have teamed up to bring Dr. Gordon McIntosh, president of the Local Government Leadership Institute, to the Valley to help potential candidates learn some of the basics about being an elected official, so they can make an informed decision about running for public office.


Global Voices: A Mother’s Day manifesto (Toronto Star)
The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is rampant, a global smuggling business worth an estimated $32 billion, and it’s crossing our borders. Two weeks ago, Toronto-area police infiltrated a sex ring that forced girls as young as 14 into prostitution. They were auctioned off like cattle on the Internet. Normally we’d define feminism as the struggle for gender quality, but in some cases it’s a struggle for fundamental human rights.–global-voices-a-mother-s-day-manifesto

Cities wrestling with regulating massage parlours (National Post)
For their part, police agencies across Canada said they still tend to get more complaints about street-level prostitution and that undercover operations inside suspected bawdy houses don’t happen very often. However, officials, including Ottawa police Supt. Ty Cameron, said they will not hesitate to take action against massage parlours that exploit minors, are engaged in human trafficking or are involved in organized crime.

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