Maytree News headlines – May 16, 2011


Musqueam Indian Band to host historic citizenship awards (Vancouver Observer)
On Saturday, June 25, the Musqueam Indian Band, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will be holding a historic citizenship awards ceremony at the Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, located in the Musqueam Indian community situated on traditional Musqueam Indian Band lands. “From my knowledge, it’s the first time one (a Canadian citizenship awards ceremony) will be held on reserve lands in B.C. — and maybe even right across Canada,” said Wade Grant, Musqueam Indian Band councillor and business operations co-ordinator. “I’ve been told it’s never happened before.”

Kinsella: Doors barred to Israel hater, but Islamophobe ushered in (Toronto Sun)
A British polemicist who is critical of Israel is barred from entering Canada. A Dutch polemicist who spews virulent hate about Muslims and non-white immigrants is ushered in — and permitted to use a federal facility.

CANADA: Paradoxes of ‘visible minorities’ in job ads (University World News)
Canadian universities seem to welcome a diverse faculty, but in grouping all ‘visible minorities’ together they are ignoring the fact that different minorities face different issues. As universities become more globalised, racial diversity among faculty will become more important. Universities will need to ensure that their diversity policy is built on hard data and achieves results.

Lord’s Prayer is representative of community (Owen Sound Sun Times)
Whether you consider it in vogue or not, your community is not very diverse. Perhaps in the future, if the population were to increase by more than 1,000 people per 20-year period, the Lord’s Prayer would no longer be appropriate in Owen Sound. However, at this point in time, it is perfectly appropriate and representative of this community — a community which has far more churches per capita than most Ontario communities. Let us embrace our culture rather than stifle it in an attempt to appear more cosmopolitan.

Host a Dialogue (DiverseCity Perspectives)
Presentation overview of DiverseCity Perspectives.

Naomi Alboim – Planning for the Future: Immigration and Labour Market Trends (Maytree)
Presentation slides from AlLIES Mentoring Conference, Calgary, May 2011.

City of Toronto recognized for “Immigrant Success” (CEO blog)
When the opportunity came to us to nominate an employer for TRIEC’s annual Immigrant Success Awards, we had a difficult decision to make. Career Edge Organization works with so many incredible organizations (both big and small, private and public and not-for-profit too) in Ontario who use the Career Bridge paid internship program for hiring internationally qualified professionals… Although the City of Toronto was not selected by TRIEC as one of this year’s winners, they were shortlisted as a finalist and received recognition on their website and at their event.

More immigrants sinking roots in Alberta (Calgary Herald)
More immigrants are moving to Alberta than ever before and the vast majority are staying, according to a new immigration progress report by the province. Alberta attracted 120,000 new immigrants over the past five years, rising from 20,716 in 2006 to 32,640 last year. And 85 per cent of those arrivals choose to plant roots here, compared with a retention rate of about 75 per cent in 2005.

Canada has Spoken: Top 25 Immigrants of 2011 (Marketwire)
A famous Dragon investor, a former Toronto Argonaut football coach and an influential former cabinet minister are among the winners of the third annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and sponsored by RBC. This national people’s choice award celebrates the untold inspiring stories and remarkable achievements of immigrants to Canada.

‘Power of the human spirit’ shines in refugee production (Windsor Star)
The refugee experience, from joy through sorrow and back to joy again, is expressed through music in a new theatrical production involving about two dozen Windsor-area survivors of war, political persecution and civil unrest.

AT ISSUE: Maltese immigrants help shape the Junction (Inside Toronto)
For the past three-plus decades, Cumbo has dedicated himself to preserving the Maltese community and the Junction. His first visit back to the southern European country, comprised of a cluster of islands in the centre of the Mediterranean, in 1968 sparked his interest in researching Maltese-Canadian artifacts. “There was hardly any Maltese-Canadian documents in the national archives,” Cumbo told his audience at the April 7 WTJHS meeting at Annette Library. “Now, there’s whole sections at the city hall archives, the Catholic Church and national archives.”

The comeback of Tory Toronto (National Post)
“We’ve never written off Toronto. We’ve always been here, even in difficult years for Conservatives,” Mr. Kenney said. What really put the Tories over the edge this time, Mr. Kenney believes, was the immigrant vote. “The problem was … Conservatives have allowed Liberals to completely dominate the relationships with new Canadians as they arrived,” he said.


Tories make changes to humanitarian policy (Metro Ottawa)
Canada’s humanitarian and compassionate policy has just been completely rewritten in a new chapter in Canada’s immigration manual. On April 1 our immigration department published its newest version of chapter “IP-5,” which instructs immigration officers and officials how to assess and dispose of applications made for permanent residence on “H&C” grounds.–tories-make-changes-to-humanitarian-policy
IP-5 (PDF) “2009-08-31 Chapter IP 5 has been completely revised and expanded. Any previous version of IP 5 should be discarded.”

Gay artist Alvaro Orozco arrested (Xtra)
Orozco, now 25, fled Nicaragua to the United States when he was 12 after, he says, his father beat him for being gay. He lived illegally in the US until 2005 when he came to Toronto. At his initial refugee hearing in October of 2006, Immigration and Refugee Board member Deborah Lamont told him via teleconference from Calgary ­that she didn’t believe that he is gay.

New Start Can’t Crowd Out Andijon Refugees’ Painful Memories (Radio Free Europe)
Even far from his family, Mahmudov appears to be adapting to life in Saint John, in New Brunswick, where he helped found a 24-hour taxi service that now has 15 vehicles. “With several friends here, we set up this company and named it Saint John, after the city, and it was accepted by people very well — because very few private businesses carry the city’s name here,” Mahmudov says. He adds that he’s found the path to success is not so complicated: “We saw the model of what relations between businesspeople and the state should be. All the conveniences are created for doing business, as long as you pay your taxes.”

John Carpay: Canada’s broken policies puts real refugees last (National Post)
Our refugee system is fundamentally flawed in its inability to distinguish quickly between those who genuinely need protection from persecution and those who abuse our system by avoiding normal immigration rules. As a result, Canada’s current system undermines respect for the rule of law, encourages human smuggling and trafficking, costs taxpayers billions of dollars and reduces public support for assisting genuine refugees.

Refugee process ripe for abuse (Winnipeg Free Press)
Under the radar for most Canadians, our overseas officers frequently reject the applications of refugees who have been already sponsored to come to Canada. It is a source of devastation for the refugees with hopes now crushed, and it is also a source of anguish for their Canadian relatives who are behind the sponsorship and who are often remitting regular support to keep these refugees alive.


Peoples Blueprint – helping give voice to the voiceless in poverty through Community Based Rearch (Daily Bread)
We started the People’s Blueprint with the goal of leveraging the opportunity of the Social Assistance Review and changing public policy for the better. The project is a collaboration between Daily Bread Food Bank and Voices From the Street, with support from the Atkinson and Metcalf Charitable Foundations. Together, we worked with eighteen people receiving social assistance, equipping them with the tools they needed to be community researchers. The researchers went back to their communities and conducted over 100 video recorded interviews that demonstrate the hopes, challenges, and abilities of people “on the system” in an intensely personal way.

Photos capture poverty, hope (The Barrie Advance)
A homeless man, with a disposable 35mm camera, captured the reality of mental illness, drug abuse and poverty as part of David Busby Street Centre’s 2nd annual Visibly Unseen photo exhibition.–photos-capture-poverty-hope

Value the Invaluable: Rethinking and Respecting Caring Work in Canada (Ontario Nurses’ Association)
This new series features fresh research and analysis on a range of public policy issues including the determinants of health, health systems, public services and the economy, and nursing labour force development.

Regent Park getting makeover — and jobs (Toronto Sun)
But the makeover involves more than bricks and mortar. The community is also getting a new lease on life with jobs that are lifting residents out of poverty and off welfare rolls. Regent Park Employment and Skills Service on Dundas St. E. is helping residents find work on the construction site and in the retail shops that are being drawn to the prime downtown location.–and-jobs

Spectator wins two national awards (Hamilton Spectator)
Code Red, the series that examined, diagnosed and proposed remedies for poverty in Hamilton, took the award for best special project, while columnist Paul Benedetti won for best short feature.–spectator-wins-two-national-awards

Are 1 in 7 families really living on less than $10000? (Vancouver Sun)
The media has the responsibility to either dismiss this statistic as misleading or take this grim truth out of the shadows and enlighten the comfortable majority on what life is like for this substantial minority.


Two months of all work and no pay (Ottawa Citizen)
In fact, Choudhury said he was told he was still in training and wouldn’t see a paycheque for it. “Every time I asked about money, I was told, ‘In a few days, in a few days’,” he said. But the retailer who runs four Shell gas bars in Ottawa says Choudhury never asked for a salary, and that he only took him on as a favour to get him experience on the machines and better his English by talking to customers.


2012 Budget Alert! Make Your Voice Heard (
The City of Toronto is embarking on three major ‘reviews.’ The Core Services Review (to identify what services are “core” and what can be cut), the User Fee Review (to identify how to make users pay the full cost of services they use) and the “Service Efficiency Studies (to identify which city functions could be privatized, delivered differently). The results of these will determine what services are delivered by the city, how they ard delivered, and who pays for them.

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