Maytree News headlines – May 17, 2011


New research shows skilled immigrants help companies grow globally and locally (Digial Journal)
New numbers back up the business case for hiring skilled immigrants. TRIEC engaged EKOS to survey employers about their hiring practices of newcomers. According to the results, one in five employers has hired a skilled immigrant to help them expand globally and locally, and feels that employees with international education and experience are effective in helping them meet their business goals.

Immigrants cost $23B a year: Fraser Institute report
Immigrants to Canada cost the federal government as much as $23-billion annually and “impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers,” according to a think-tank report released Tuesday that was immediately criticized as telling only part of the story.
Report (PDF)

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration funded program provides tuition-free .NET training for Internationally-Trained IT Professionals (Settlement AtWork)
The 24-week .NET Solutions Bridging Program for Internationally Trained IT Professionals is offered in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration and JVS. This tuition-free program is designed to provide participants with the advanced concepts, skills and knowledge required to work as .NET Developers. This fulltime daytime program will run 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, starting October, 2011

New tool helps construction connect with immigrant workers (Newswire)
As the traditional construction workforce shrinks, new resources such as the Construction Employer’s Roadmap from the Construction Sector Council (CSC) can help industry leaders connect with immigrant workers to meet growing labour needs. “The industry is growing steadily, but over the next decade, construction will lose a quarter of its workforce thanks to retirements,” says CSC Executive Director George Gritziotis, pointing to the organization’s latest Construction Looking Forward forecast reports.

Alberta report touts successes of newcomer initiatives (Canadian HR Reporter)
Alberta has implemented many successful initiatives over the past five years to help immigrants find jobs that meet their skills and experience, according to the Alberta Immigration Progress Report 2011.
Report PDF –

Chinese buyers make Vancouver homes expensive (Property Magazine)
Chinese buyers are making a lead in the rise of Asian investment in the Vancouver real estate as properties in their country are being dampened to make room for doubling their residential land supply.

On May 17, open your eyes: The Quartier des spectacles invites you to celebrate Montreal (Canadian Business)
We wanted to give our residents and visitors a magnificent gift, in keeping with the spirit of Montreal’s cultural heart: it’s not only a unique showcase for creation with its broad cultural diversity, it’s also a powerful urban creative laboratory packed into a single square kilometer.–on-may-17-open-your-eyes-the-quartier-des-spectacles-invites-you-to-celebrate-montreal

‘Crooked’ Bill C-35 Creates New Immigration Cartel, New Criminals (Digital Journal)
Touted as the “Crooked Immigration Consultant Bill,” Bill C-35 to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act had no opposition passing through Parliament. The Bill has now received Royal Assent and is ready to make criminals out of anybody that dares to go near an immigrant hopeful to sell a service, except lawyers, licensed paralegals, and those that can receive the blessings of the Minister or work under a lawyer, any lawyer for that matter.

Tamil Studies academics meet in Canada (TamilNet)
For the sixth year, the Tamil Studies Conference that attracts academics and research students mainly from the academic institutions of the North American continent was held at the New College of the University of Toronto, between May 14 and 15. Prof. Daud Ali, Chair of the Department of South Asia Studies of the University of Pennsylvania and Feminist theorist and historian Ms. V. Geetha from Tamil Nadu delivered the keynote addresses of the two-day conference in which over 30 academics presented papers. A highlight of the conference was two panel discussions on Eezham Tamil refugees, one on structural violence against them and the other on the first arrival of Tamil boat refugees to Newfoundland, 25 years ago.

Diversity equals opportunity in the global supply chain (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
What was once a growing trend is now a full-blown opportunity for minority suppliers such as women, Aboriginal, disabled and visible minority entrepreneurs. Supplier diversity programs are initiatives designed to ensure that governments and large corporations do business with diverse suppliers by establishing a set percentage or dollar amount of their annual spend on certified minority-owned businesses.

Recent immigrants get the 411 on opportunities in Timmins (Timmins Daily Press)
A relatively new Timmins resident, John Okonmah knows the importance of a helping hand for new immigrants arriving in the city. A local immigration partnerships co-ordinator with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, Okonmah came to the area with his family about a year ago from Nigeria, and explained there were various policies and procedures that were brand new to him.

No Cost Financial Management Training for CIC-Funded Organizations in Ontario (Settlemet AtWork)
As part of a comprehensive capacity building initiative funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), G. Vergilio & Associates has been selected to provide essential financial management training to CIC-funded organizations in Ontario


Man who fled homophobia in Nicaragua faces deportation (Toronto Star)
ailed refugee claimant Alvaro Orozco made headlines in 2007 when a refugee board member doubted his sexual orientation because he hadn’t pursued men. On Friday, after four years in hiding, the now 25-year-old man was arrested near Ossington subway station. He has been detained in the Rexdale immigration holding centre, facing imminent deportation. A detention review is scheduled for Tuesday.–man-who-fled-homophobia-in-nicaragua-faces-deportation


Government largesse: what you hear isn’t what you get (Vancouver Sun)
With the federal election over and Parliament to resume, we can all look forward to last winter’s budget finally being passed and those promised tax credits for things like family caregivers and home upgrades finally kicking in. Right? Well, don’t hold your breath, caution Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. The cheque is not in the mail.

Non-profits must develop new techniques for survival (Vancouver Sun)
Society is beset by some “wicked problems,” and no one agency — not government, nor business nor the voluntary sector — can deal with them on their own, says Judith Maxwell, president of Canadian Policy Research Networks.

Rules for Charities Engaging in Advocacy (Al Etmanski)
In Canada organizations that are federally registered as charities must adhere to a set of rules set out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that limit their engagement in certain types of political activities. This has led to a self imposed “advocacy chill,” by some charities who mistakenly stop advocating completely for fear of losing their charitable status. In fact there are a number of allowable advocacy activities – more than you may realize. These are clearly set out in a excellent, short publication by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations entitled: Influencing Public Policy: Rules for Charities Engaging in Advocacy.


CMA Ontario’s IEP Centre for Business has launched! (LEAP’s blog)
CMA Ontario marked the opening of their Centre for Internationally Educated Professionals(IEPs) in Business with a celebration on Thursday April 28, 2011.

Support for Foreign Workers (
Foreign skilled workers, nominated through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, will now be able to maintain health coverage while waiting to be granted an extension to their temporary resident status.

Australia looks to Canada to fill labour shortage (Australia Network News)
Faced with a huge labour shortage in its mining and energy sectors, Australian companies are looking overseas for skilled workers. One of the first places they are looking at is Alberta, Canada where a job fair by Australia’s mining and energy drew about 16-hundred people last week in Calgary, and the same number is expected this weekend in Edmonton


Ontario’s Social Innovation Wiki launched at provincial summit (Wellesley Institute)
The Wellesley Institute’s Rick Blickstead and Michael Shapcott joined about 200 other leaders from the non-profit, private and academic sectors for the Ontario Social Innovation Summit at the MaRS Centre on May 16. Three provincial cabinet ministers – Glen Murray, Eric Hoskins and Laurel Broten – also attended the event, which included the public launch of the Social Innovation Wiki. The wiki is an on-line space where individuals and groups can collaborate to develop a policy framework for social innovation in Ontario. The summit grows out of the province’s Partnership Project – which seeks a stronger relationship between government and Ontario’s vital non-profit sector.


West Vancouver woman Mumtaz Ladha accused of human trafficking (The Province)
A West Vancouver woman could become the first person in B.C. to be successfully prosecuted for human trafficking, after she allegedly kept an African woman in her home as a maid in forced servitude.

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