Maytree News headlines – May 13, 2011


Video: Ratna’s Keynote at the IEP Conference (YouTube)
Now in its 8th successful year, the IEP Conference is regarded as one of the most innovative and respectful events for skilled newcomers seeking practical, effective career advice.

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2011 ICCO Business Excellence Awards(Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario)
Alan Broadbent, Chairman & CEO – Avana Capital Corporation, Chairman – Maytree, was the recipient of the KPMG ICCO Community Building Award.

Spring 2011 e-Lert (TRIEC)
In this issue:
What’s Working
Tips and Tools
Council Member Corner

David Onley salutes push for diversity in legal hiring (Financial Post)
David Onley, the lieutenant governor of Ontario, has commended the launch of a new program that promotes diversity within the legal departments of some of Canada’s biggest companies. The in-house legal counsel met in Toronto on Thursday afternoon to sign a pledge committing their organizations to diversity. The pledge launches Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusiveness. This program not only commits companies to diversity plans, it also encourages them to hiring law firms and suppliers that are either minority-owned or reflect a commitment to diversity.

World Day for Cultural Diversity or Dialogue and Development – May 21 (UN)
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better.

Profile of Live-in-Caregiver Immigrants to Canada, 1993-2009 – PDF (TIEDI)
How has the demographic (age, marital status, country of origin, province of destination) and educational profile of immigrants in the Live-in Caregiver category changed over time?

May 9 – 15, 2011 is Ethnic Media Week in Toronto (City of Toronto)
From May 9 – 15 the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada will host an exhibition at Toronto City Hall to celebrate the freedom of the press in Canada and showcase its members’ publications.

Waive immigrant fees, court rules (National Post)
The Federal Court of Appeal has opened the doors to indigent immigrants by forcing the government to consider requests to waive application fees from would-be immigrants who claim they can’t afford to pay. The case challenges a long-held tenet that immigration requires an economic component to help stimulate the Canadian economy rather than deplete social assistance.

Mixed anecdote and statistics on racial profiling (Globe and Mail)
Although much of the anecdotal evidence of racial profiling marshalled by the Quebec Human Rights Commission in a new report is weak and unconvincing, some troubling statistical evidence of unfair targeting of black youth raises alarm bells. One healthy response would be for the Montreal police service to commit to intensive recruitment efforts among minority communities.

Toronto’s Chief of Police on diversity and why it matters (CBC Metro Morning podcast)
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The case for intercultural dialogue (Montreal Gazette)
With immigration levels high it is ever more important that recent arrivals and the receiving society talk to each other.

Time to increase immigration levels – The Sudbury Star (Sudbury Star)
It is time for the government and Parliament to consider increasing immigration. Most provinces, and particularly the western provinces, want to grow their population and see increased immigration as a major way to do so. The way to expand the federal immigration streams is not to freeze growth in provincial programs but to increase overall levels during the next several years. An increase in immigration levels by 50,000 (to 300,000 per year) would bring the ratio back to the 0.87% figure of two decades ago. An increase of 100,000 (to 350,000 per year) would see Canada finally achieve the 1% per year goal that all parties ostensibly espouse.

Nazi war criminals in Canada (CBC)
Over the last 20 years, the successful legal actions against Nazi war criminals in Canada have been a result of extradition, not prosecution. Unlike the recent case of John Demjanjuk — who was sentenced to five years by a German court for allegedly working at a Nazi death camp in Poland — the Canadian government tries to revoke citizenship and send the accused to stand trial in the country in which the crimes were alleged to have taken place. This is largely a result of several failed prosecutions that took place during the 1990s.

Festival turns 43, eyes a younger audience (The Standard)
This year’s Niagara Folk Arts Festival is singing to the tune of a younger generation. And Hilda Osae is helping lead the chorus. Osae, 28, has a host of volunteer duties during the event that runs May 13 to 29. One is as chaperone for youth club cultural ambassadors who’ll represent the colourful best of Niagara’s ethnic population.

New MPs Open Up Harper’s Cabinet Options (Epoch Times)
Jack Layton argues that Parliament should represent a diversity of Canadians. In a country as large and diverse as Canada, that can be a challenge, and one that every prime minister wrestles with as he selects the chosen few that will head up various departments and ministries.

National cord blood bank to recruit ethnic donors aggressively (CMAJ)
Canada’s new national cord blood bank plans to aggressively recruit donors who represent the country’s diverse ethnic and multi-ethnic mix so as to increase the odds of ultimately providing stem cell matches to treat cancer patients with conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma. Canadian Blood Services will model its recruitment strategy after one it has used in recent years to increase the diversity of bone marrow donors. The strategy primarily involves developing partnerships with communities and ethnic and demographic groups (including youths) to promote donations.

Diverse group of achievers heads for Order of Manitoba (Winnipeg Free Press)
This year’s Order of Manitoba inductees — who now get to add the initials “OM” after their names — include children’s performer Fred Penner; business leaders Jim Carr and Art DeFehr; cardiovascular researcher Patrick Choy; University of Manitoba child psychology specialist Rayleen De Luca; Brandon pastor and poverty advocate Henry Idonije; former Manitoba cabinet minister Eugene Kostyra; The Pas community leader Raymond Lavallee; United Way of Winnipeg president and CEO Susan Lewis; aboriginal social service pioneer Kathy Mallett; francophone community booster Raymond Poirier and acclaimed Steinbach author Miriam Toews.


Refugee board says government evidence on alleged terrorist is speculation (Yahoo News)
An immigration board adjudicator chose the word of a Tamil migrant over accusations from the federal government that the man was part of a terrorist group. Leeann King ruled the man can make a refugee claim in Canada and she systematically dismantled the federal government’s evidence against him, calling the information trivial, unreliable and riddled with mistakes and speculation.

Ocean Lady sparked US fear of Tamil migrant tide (CBC)
The U.S. government carefully watched how Canada dealt with MV Ocean Lady — a boat full of Tamil asylum seekers — which arrived in B.C. in late 2009 and worried it was a sign of more to come, diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal. The confidential cable, dated Oct. 28, 2009, shows that U.S. officials believed that the Ocean Lady freighter plus a recent surge of Sri Lankans attempting to reach Australia marked “increasing desperation and sophistication” of Tamil migrants hoping to reach Western countries.


Poverty handbook offers practical policy suggestions (TheChronicleHerald)
Some of the country’s foremost thinkers on social policy have put together a handbook of ready-to-use options for decision-makers seeking to help the most vulnerable. The 50 suggestions are designed to be practical and are far from revolutionary, aimed at tweaking existing policies or adding to existing frameworks. “The approach is very practical, pragmatic and policy-ready,” said Alan Broadbent, chairman of the Toronto-based Maytree Foundation that spearheaded the report.

Clinton calls on non-profits to fill gaps left by government and business (Vancouver Sun)
There always has been, and always will be, many things that neither the private sector nor the government can provide, says former U.S. president Bill Clinton. But today’s problems are so big that the need for non-governmental organizations to fill that gap has never been more acute.

Aboriginal school programs could end next spring (Wawatay News)
What is poverty? There is no official definition. And the United Nations Economic and Social Council have criticized Canada for not developing a definable poverty line. So, many social advocacy groups use Low Income Cut Offs (LICO) to measure poverty. LICO’s basically means one is considered poor if the amount of money they make is small compared to the rest of the same population… Thunder Bay was an easy choice for the National Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) to pick as a site for a pilot project given its high and growing concentration of Aboriginal people. The UAS was formed to meet the needs of Aboriginal people living in urban centres by improving delivery of existing policies, programs and services. And in 2004, the Thunder Bay UAS birthed the Neighbourhood Capacity Building Project (NCBP) to eradicate child poverty… Francis says the cost of running the in-school programs will only increase with each passing year. By 2016-2017, it will cost more than $110,000 to run the school programs at each school. He says governments could help stem the project’s demise by recognizing its importance. Francis would like to see both the provincial and federal governments along with private sector investors combine resources to sustain the project long-term.

Conference June 10-11: Citizenship from Coast to Coast to Coast: Isolation, Identity and Inclusion (June 10-11, 2011, Iqaluit, Nunavut)
Isolation, Identity and Inclusion is the theme of the Iqaluit conference. The focus will be to engage with those who live in the Arctic and to explore their thoughts on Canada and citizenship. Using the dialogue sparked in Vancouver, the conference will examine where opinions meet and divide on these same issues. Participants will include local Inuit (lawyers, activists, and community workers), the so-called “Southerners” who work in the North, and ideally new immigrants who have chosen to settle there.


Workers’ Action Centre launches New Reports & Wage Theft Video #3 (WAC)
Taking Action Against Wage Theft: Recommendations for Change presents WAC’s detailed recommendations to the Ontario government for updates to employment legislation and improvements to enforcement procedures to ensure that vulnerable workers are protected.

‘Wage theft’ alive and well in struggling economy, survey finds (The Windsor Star)
A third of the lowest-paid workers in Ontario, many of them earning minimum wage, complain of “wage theft” and say they aren’t being paid the full amount for their work or receiving benefits for which they are legally entitled, according to a survey conducted in Toronto and Windsor.

Nova Scotia moves to protect foreign workers (HR Reporter)
Nova Scotia has introduced legislation designed to improve protection for temporary foreign workers, especially recruitment and unfair treatment, according to the provincial government. Formal consultations last year confirmed reports of recruiters charging high fees and workers arriving to find employment conditions and compensation had changed from the original offer.

Denny’s fined $6,700 for illegally firing foreign worker (Vancouver Sun)
Denny’s restaurant has been ordered to pay more than $6,700 for illegally firing a temporary foreign worker, according to a B.C. Employment Standards Tribunal decision released April 29. Alfredo Sales was fired six days after he filed a complaint with the Employment Standards Branch, claiming that Denny’s failed to pay him overtime wages and airfare, as required in his contract.


Stories from the Big Apple: In Fine Company (Spacing Toronto)
If there’s any takeaway from the recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report ranking Toronto second behind New York City for the world’s best city for finance, innovation and tourism, it’s that the two have many similarities, not that they’re the best. Studies like this, along with livability reports and commute time rankings, should rightly be read with a healthy degree of skepticism. But what stands out about this one is how it paired New York and Toronto so closely.

What Is Your Priority? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Jackie DeSouza. She is the Director of Strategic Communications for the City of Toronto. They were talking about the new Toronto Service Review website, that offers residents a chance to submit their thoughts on how the City’s money should be spent.

Emerging Leaders Network launches mission to take Toronto to the top (Canada Newswire)
While Toronto is cited as the second most successful city in the world, CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is launching a mission today to make it even better. This dynamic group of city builders will today unveil Project ELN, an ambitious mission to strengthen and diversify the region’s network of civic leaders and move the Toronto region from ‘good’ to ‘great’. ELN members and supporters will officially kick it off at the Martin Prosperity Institute, MaRS Centre.


Salvation Army works to end sex trafficking (Williams Lake Tribune)
In the months of May and September the Salvation Army runs an awareness campaign on human sexual trafficking. Kennedy will have a display on that topic at Boitanio Mall on May 20 from 4-7 p.m. In Vancouver the Salvation Army runs a safe home for trafficked women called Deborah’s Gate. For more information on the Salvation Army’s campaign against sex trafficking visit

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