Maytree News headlines – May 18, 2011


Mentoring programs assist newcomers (Canadian Immigrant)
A common inexpensive practice assisting newcomers to this country is mentoring programs. About 130 people from across the country attended the Calgary conference discussing mentoring strategies recently. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the keynote speaker for the conference, discussed the importance of integrating skilled immigrants and their help to the city. While he acknowledged there remains to be a lot of work to be done in this area, theyre still making so much progress, [Peter] Paul says.

Economists make case for immigration to Canada (Work Permit)
York University’s Tony Fang and the University of Toronto’s Peter Dungan and Morley Gunderson say that raising immigration numbers in Canada will increase gross domestic product, lead to increased investment in the Canadian property market, and lead to increased spending which will boost Government tax revenues.

‘Morality’ doesn’t overrule rights (Burnaby Now)
As a member of a visible minority, I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s in Metro Vancouver with racial slurs embedded in my psyche as I was always under the assumption that it is normal to be treated with disrespect because I am not white… Although attitudes towards racism have thankfully changed generally for the better, I still get the same sickening feeling I used to get as a child whenever an ignorant person makes a racially bigoted comment or slur even today. I am now getting the same sickening feeling in my stomach as I see opposition being expressed by parents to the school board’s draft policy 5.45. The policy aimed at creating a framework to combat harassment and bullying of LGBTQ students in a society where it has become as acceptable to insult others by calling them “gay” or “faggot” as it once was for people to call me a “Paki,” “Punjab” or “Hindoo” as I walked down the street.

Canada’s The Indus Entrepreneurs turning Indian immigrants into millionaires (The Economic Times)
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Canada is making its mark by turning struggling Indian immigrants into successful entrepreneurs. Under its mentorship programme, TiE Toronto has turned million-dollar dreams of many budding entrepreneurs into reality. “Many of the entrepreneurs we have mentored for the past 10 have created multi-million-dollar companies in a matter of years,” TiE Toronto president Suresh Madan told media .

Herbert Grubel: The invisible price tag of immigration (National Post)
New data and studies show the extent of this fiscal burden; recent immigrants remit lower average incomes and tax payments than other Canadians, even 10 years after their arrival. At the same time, these immigrants on average absorb at least the same amount of social benefits as other Canadians. As a result, $6,000 is annually transferred to the average immigrant at the expense of Canadian taxpayers. In 2006, the value of these transfers to all 2.7 million immigrants who arrived between 1987 and 2004 and still live in Canada came to $16.3-billion. Taking account of the 1.5 million immigrants who arrived since 2004, the fiscal burden comes to $25-billion in 2010. These costs represent a significant portion of the federal governments $55-billion deficit projected for the fiscal year 2011.

Immigration rules need change: Fraser report (Chatham Daily News)
Local immigration professionals are skeptical about a Fraser Institute report recommending stricter rules for those coming to Canada. The think tank released “Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State” on Tuesday, stating the current system costs the country between $16.3 billion and $23.6 billion annually.

National Post editorial board: Reduce the welfare state, not immigration (National Post)
Mr. Grubel and his co-author, Patrick Grady, are to be lauded for embarking on this comprehensive effort to catalogue the economic effects of immigration. But their focus on the direct fiscal costs and benefits is too limited to serve, by itself, as a basis for creating public policy. Looking beyond dollars and cents, Canadian governments should encourage, where possible, the integrity and cohesiveness of families, whether they be immigrant or native-born even if not everyone in the family earns wages and pays taxes. What of the many people born in Canada who never pay any taxes, yet use our health-care system? By the logic at play in the Fraser study, a stay-at-home mother or elderly married woman who was born in Canada but never worked outside the home should also be regarded as a drain on our economy. In fact, if state benefits were tied to income taxes, 40% of Canadians would not receive them, because they dont pay any. Yet these Canadians generally contribute to society in other ways by raising children, doing unpaid work inside households, or as future taxpayers… The solution to this problem is not to end family reunification (which, in 2009, accounted for less than a quarter of all immigrants). It is to downsize our bloated welfare state, a change that would not only address the $25-billion shortfall described by the Fraser Institute, but that would benefit all Canadians, both new and old alike.

Diversity Committee Report (Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada)
The Diversity Committees mandate is to:
promote equity among all groups in the Canadian co-op housing movement,
develop leadership from among underrepresented groups,
develop materials and a training program for facilitators on diversity issues,
provide education for CHF Canadas members on issues of diversity,
develop education resources necessary for diversity work, and
receive recommendations from AGM caucuses and propose follow-up action.

Conference: May 19 to 21 – Assessing the Complexities of South Asian Migration (Wilfrid Laurier Universitys International Migration Research Centre (IMRC))
The critical study of South Asian migration requires, arguably, an interdisciplinary and international collaborative approach. The aim of this event is to take stock of the different topics currently being theorized, and to help identify important new areas of research. Papers are particularly sought on the following 4 themes: (1) historical and social factors behind migration, and the ways that such factors have been conceived; (2) the plurality of different types of migration, and how these maybe (dis)connected; (3) the socially / spatially differentiated natures of citizenship politics; (4) The increasing role of overseas migrant populations in terms of the sending regions economic development and international political relations.

Cycling For Diversity 2011 (MP Mark Warawa)
May 21, 2011 marks the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Celebrate our diversity! Ken Herar and his team will be Cycling for Diversity from Mission to Victoria from May 18 to 21 to celebrate community and culture.

Could American Sikhs ever be as important as Canadian Sikhs? (American Turban)
A noteworthy character of this election was the wooing of the ethnic minority vote and especially of the Canadian Sikh vote by all parties across the political spectrum. The influence of Sikhs in Canadian politics is not new. Canada first elected Sikh Members of Parliament in 1993 (Herb Dhaliwal and Gurbax Singh Malhi the first to also wear a turban in Parliament), and since then, the impact of the Sikh vote and their participation in national politics saw an increasing trend. In this years election, it was an impressive display of the flex of Sikh muscle in Canadian politics as the courting of the Sikhs by politicians across Canada gained national attention. The blogger Maple Leaf Sikh discusses the results (and fallout) of the Sikh vote in that election on his blog.

Harinder Takhar: The Voice of Reason that Must be Heard (South Asian Generation Next)
Government Services is perceived to be one of the most powerful ministries of the Ontario government. But Minister Takhar is modest. He says I think the power is with the people, lets get that right. In an interview with Generation Next, Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty said that his decisions are informed by his diverse caucus. Premier of Ontario said that South Asian members of his caucus keep me connected to the South Asian community.

Bleak Meditation room Changed into Very Inviting space Donald Shields, Reverend at Markham Stouffville Hospital (South Asian Generation Next)
In providing healthcare to patients, many times hospitals need to be ready to address the behaviours governed by culture. Markham Stoufville Hospital seems to be equipped to address some of these concerns. The staff has become more accepting and attuned to the spiritual and the cultural needs of the community, says Reverend Donald Shields, a Chaplain at the Hospital. He provides spiritual care to the patients and trains the staff to be sensitive to various cultural and religious needs of the patients. There are staff members who wear hijab and have roots in Asian and South Asian countries.

Racial Profiling of Visible Minorty Youth in Calgary – Focus Groups (Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary)
Research on racial profiling in Calgary as part of a Masters of Social Work thesis on racial profiling through the University of Calgary… The information collected from the research study will be used for three purposes: 1) to define racial profiling in Calgary from the perspective of visible minority community members; 2) explore how visible minorities in Calgary experience racial profiling in the recent months and years; and 3) develop recommendations for an action plan.

Geert Wilders: Paying a high price but heres why he wont back down (Jewish Tribune)
The International Free Press Society (IFPS) Canada brought Wilders to Ontario last week to speak in London, Toronto and Ottawa about the threat that he believes Western civilization faces. Wilders spoke with the Jewish Tribune about the high cost he is paying for speaking out and the reasons why he won’t back down. Wilders said he still feels a sense of disbelief over his trial.

In with the new – Stouffville Free Press (Stouffville Free Press)
With an increasingly diverse population moving to Whitchurch-Stouffville from around the world, the community is reaching out to make the transition easier for new immigrants. On May 15 from 1 to 3 p.m., Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library will host an open house with information on services and programs available to newcomers. Booths will be set up to provide details on fun and educational library programs, English conversation classes, the Library Settlement Partnerships Welcome Centre, Service Ontario and York Works, as well as other local resources.


Goar: Justice tempered with compassion (Toronto Star)
On April 29 the same day as the biggest royal wedding in 30 years and the final countdown to a suspenseful Canadian election the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that Ottawa cannot reject an immigration application from an individual who is too poor to pay its $550 processing fee. The Minister is obliged to consider a request for an exemption from the requirement, the court said in a unanimous judgment. The precedent-setting decision was obliterated by the publicity surrounding Prince William and Kate Middletons storybook nuptials. Then it was swamped by the election and its aftermath. But word of the ruling is now filtering out. To immigrant groups, it is a legal breakthrough. To critics of the court, it is a retrogressive judgment that will drive up costs and unleash a flood of applications from illegal immigrants.–goar-justice-tempered-with-compassion

Video: No one is illegal? (Sun TV)
Luam Kidane of the organization No One Is Illegal talks to Brian Lilley about the need to give every refugee basic rights that all Canadians have.

Put Mexico at the top of Canadas aid list (Globe and Mail)
Since NAFTA, Mexico has suffered from a lack of strategic consideration by Canada. Our policy initiatives often lack follow-through, especially in maintaining regular contact at the ministerial level, or reflect the kind of heavy-handedness for which we criticize the United States. The imposition of a visa on Mexican visitors in 2009 was badly handled. Still in place, it is a reminder of our ineffectual refugee determination system and its reform should be a priority for the re-elected Harper government.

CLC donates to refugee group (Canadian Labour Congress)
The CLC has recognized Sherman Chan, from the Canadian Council of Refugees for his organizations outstanding work on behalf of immigrants and refugees. CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff also provided the CCR with a cheque for $10,000 during the CLCs convention in Vancouver. The CCRs work includes holding governments accountable and fighting for laws and policies which ensure that immigrants, refugees, migrant workers and asylum seekers are not exploited in Canada.


Economic inequality (Windsor Star)
Inequality may be increasing at a dramatic pace in the United States of America and, although comparable data is not available, probably at a reduced pace in Canada… A question: Is it possible that widespread income discrepancies could lead to political instability in democracies?

Walkom: Read this report before you slag Canada’s healthcare system (Toronto Star)
A new report suggesting that Canadians dont get much bang for their health dollar is making headlines. So far, the reaction has been predictable… Alas, its too bad so few bothered to read the study itself. For its rather good. Contrary to the headlines, it doesnt slag medicare. In fact, it doesnt much focus on Canada.–walkom-read-this-report-before-you-slag-canada-s-healthcare-system

Video: The Interview: Alison Loat: It’s the Parties (TVO The Agenda)
Is the party system ruining Canadian politics? Alison Loat, executive director and co-founder of Samara, sits down with Steve Paikin to discuss her findings after speaking with retired MPs.


Regina to host forum (Leader-Post)
More than 70 people gathered in Regina Tuesday to launch the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) 2012 conference, a biennial event that attracts more than 500 apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country. Next year’s event in Regina focuses on diversity, engagement and innovation in apprenticeship.

Event May 28, Vancouver: Foreign Workers, Local Neighbours | Film Screening and Public Dialogue (Schema Magazine)
There are more foreign workers entering Canada today than there are immigrants. While the program is organized at the federal level, it is the city that shapes their day to day experiences. Under the temporary worker program, temporary foreign workers lack the same rights and benefits given to immigrants even though nearly 90% of workers have intentions of applying for permanent residency. They can face a range of issues including, finding accessible housing, experiencing workplace abuse and navigating paperwork.


Unhealthy neighbourhoods play big role in obesity, diabetes epidemic (Globe and Mail)
Cities neighbourhoods have long been ranked, like Hollywood stars, according to their beauty and magnetic personalities. But cities are now being increasingly divided into healthy and sick zones. If you live in downtown Vancouver or New York, where the tree canopy is lush and you can easily walk to an organic café or a yoga class, you belong to a privileged class not only because of the real estate values in your neighbourhood but because youre likely to have a higher life expectancy.

Infographic The health of cities (Globe and Mail)
A three-year study of 140 Toronto neighbourhoods examined the role of several factors in the diabetes epidemic, finding poverty and ethnicity key in developing type 2 diabetes. Exercise such as walking cuts the risk of diabetes. This map compares Toronto tree canopy, which facilitates more enjoyable walks, with rates of the disease

Build a park, save a community (Globe and Mail)
In a matter of weeks, Manhattans High Line park will double in size and teem with an eclectic mix of new life: sumac and magnolia trees, drought-resistant grasses and wildflowers, and more than 8,000 perennials. The park is already a marvel of regeneration. Once a derelict elevated freight railway slated for demolition, it is now an oasis amid red-brick warehouses and grey concrete towers. As the citys mayor has observed, the park has helped spark a neighbourhood renaissance

Tuesdays headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Casa Loma, Garbage Collection, Caribana and Other News.


Province to introduce human trafficking bill (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Manitoba government is getting more aggressive in dealing with those who sexually exploit children and adults. This afternoon, it will introduce a bill allowing victims of human trafficking and exploitation to obtain protection orders against those who prey on them. The new law a Canadian first would also enable human-trafficking victims to sue their abusers.

RCMP stands behind decision to charge absent woman with human trafficking (Globe and Mail)
The RCMP is standing by its decision to announce human-trafficking charges against a West Vancouver woman while she was out of the country, even though it could mean shes less likely to return to Canada.

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