Maytree News headlines – May 19, 2011


Highlights from the ALLIES mentoring conference now available (ALLIES)
Presentations are now available on our resource page and coming soon podcasts and video footage from the event.

Event May 31 – Mentoring: How businesses are making it work (
The webinar, Mentoring: How businesses are making it work, will show how TD and Canadian Pacific Rail have set up mentoring programs that work for skilled immigrants and volunteer mentors. The webinar will also showcase how participating in the ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative can help employers with other organizational goals, such as corporate social responsibility and leadership development. The webinar will also highlight some of what was learned at the ALLIES Mentoring Conference in Calgary.

DiverseCity extended for two more years (Canadian Immigrant)
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty committed to supporting the DiverseCity project, including the DiverseCity onBoard initiative, for two more years. “Diversity is one of Ontario’s greatest strengths,” said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Eric Hoskins in a statement.

Poll: Canadians want immigrants to respect country’s ‘values’ (Vancouver Sun)
Nice Canadians, proud of their tolerance of all sorts of things, are starting to express some opinions about what they expect of immigrants. A firm majority of Canadians, 63 per cent, still believe that “immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents.” But a whopping 83 per cent told Angus Reid pollsters that: “Immigrants to Canada should only be admitted if they are prepared to adopt Canadian values and ways of life.”

Determinants of changes in dietary patterns among Chinese immigrants: a cross-sectional analysis (7th Space)
Chinese individuals who have immigrated to a Western country initially tend to have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to people who are already living there. Some studies have found, however, that CVD risk increases over time in immigrants and that immigration to a western country is associated with changes in dietary patterns. This could have unfavourable effects on the risk of CVD. There is limited knowledge on the food patterns, awareness and knowledge about healthy nutrition among Chinese immigrants.

Abbotsford cyclist gears up for diversity (Abbotsford Times)
Spreading the word about inclusion and diversity, Mission resident and Times columnist Ken Herar is taking his message to the streets, literally, as he kicks off his four-day Cycling for Diversity tour on Wednesday.

Sore legs well worth the message as bikes roll on (Abbotsford Times)
We started planning for this trip in March after a small group of us gathered in a coffee shop in Abbotsford. One of the members suggested a cycle trip would be perfect on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (May 21). Like the many people out there, I had no idea a day like this even existed on the calendar. As someone who has been focusing on diversity topics for the past 16 years, I thought this would be a terrific way to celebrate both people and culture. We all agreed that a cycling journey to the provincial capital would be a fabulous expedition.

Promoting diversity through cinema (Metro Toronto)
“One of the most important things Inside Out does today is shed some light on what it’s like to be queer in other regions of the world we just don’t hear about,” says Ferguson. “It’s a way to raise awareness of the struggles or issues that are happening in developing world countries.”–promoting-diversity-through-cinema

Will the real Jason Kenney please stand up? (Ottawa Citizen)
Kenney is what Pearson is not. He’s great at politics. And while he is unabashedly partisan, he’s earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle for his sincere love for his job and the Canadian people. As Frum was pointing out, Kenney can go to a half-dozen different cultural events in a single day without letting his enthusiasm flag, without forgetting to send a cheery tweet from each one. He seems genuinely interested in the people of this country, in their stories and their concerns. He has made a terrific minister of multiculturalism. Has he made a good minister of immigration? Is he as good at policy as he is at politics? That’s a more difficult question.

Increasing racial diversity – DOC format (Queen’s University)
One does not need to spend too much time on Queen’s campus to realize that our student diversity is…very homogenous. I still remember my first day of classes at the Faculty of Education at West Campus. I looked around the classroom of 14 to 15 graduate students and saw at the most, three visible-minority students. The limited number of visible minority faculty mirrored the same reality. Conversations with other visible minority graduate students in programs such as Law, Math, English, Science, and Physiotherapy revealed a similar phenomenon. It seemed that students from all departments were asking the same question: Why are there so few visible minority students and professors in our program and at this university?

Toronto Latino group Hola turns 20 (Xtra)
This year, Toronto Latino group Hola is celebrating a milestone. Sparked by the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, Samuel Lopez and his brother Mario Raul noticed that Latinos were not well informed about AIDS and did not have a group of their own, so they decided to start one. The resulting organization, Hola, turned 20 this year

End this misleading phrase (Regina Leader-Post)
The term “visible minority” was first used by the Employment Act of 1955 to describe all those persons, other than aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasians in race, and non-white in color. The Canadian government uses the operational definition where it classifies as visible minorities all those who are not white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs). The ambiguity of such terminology, regardless of its intent, has left the door wide open for other interpretations and seeded itself, creating a Canadian society that is based, first and foremost, on racial discrimination.

Immigrants choosing to locate in Peterborough County (Peterborough Examiner)
Immigration growth in Peterborough County is outpacing growth in larger urban centres, county council heard Wednesday. That’s good news for the area, said the vice-chairman of the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration.

Photos: TRIEC Immigrant Networks (Flickr)
Networking Beyond Boundaries event was held on March 31. 2011.


Refugee Caselaw (Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)
The University of Michigan Law School’s Refugee Caselaw site has undergone a significant makeover. The essentials remain the same, although the collection has certainly grown and is more up-to-date. (My search for cases decided between January 2010 and May 2011 produced 95 hits, with the most recent being a UK case from April 2011.) Visitors can use the “guided search” to locate decisions from over 30 different jurisdictions. As before, they can retrieve specific cases by court, date, claimant’s country of origin, Hathaway numbers (i.e., “chapter and section numbers of Professor James Hathaway’s treatise, The Law of Refugee Status”), concepts (or keywords), and case name.

Community rallies together to keep artist from being deported (Inside Toronto)
Members of the queer and arts communities are rallying in hopes of halting the deportation of Toronto photographer Alvaro Orozco. Orozco was arrested outside Ossington subway station on Friday, May 13 and has been held in a detention facility in Rexdale since awaiting word as to whether he will be allowed to remain in Canada or forced to return to his native Nicaragua.–community-rallies-together-to-keep-artist-from-being-deported


Ontario Lags in Health Promotion Funding (PR Newswire)
A new report published by Ispos Reid and commissioned by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), indicates that compared to British Columbia who spends an average of $21 per person on health promotion, and Quebec who spends $16 per person , Ontario’s meager $7 per person spending on health promotion reflects the current Ontario health statistics.

Cuts? I smell a rat. Let’s start denying this deficit properly (The Guardian)
Canada’s 90s ‘bloodbath budget’ was held up as a model by Tories. But the parallel is a false one, and the war on debt phoney. With commentary from Michael Mendelson, of Caledon Institute.


Enforce our labour laws (Toronto Star)
Workers at the bottom of the pay scale have long been among the most exploited. Their desperation to keep a job they can’t afford to lose makes them easy targets for unscrupulous employers. But the extent to which vulnerable workers in Ontario are being ripped off by some employers, as outlined in a new study, is startling. One in three low-wage workers has had wages unfairly withheld or outright stolen by employers, according to the Workers’ Action Centre report. For some, it’s paycheques that are short hours, for others it’s being denied vacation pay or forced to work copious overtime hours for no pay at all.–enforce-our-labour-laws

The Recession Effect Varies by Occupational Class (Martin Prosperity Institute)
To investigate how the recession has affected the Canadian labour force as organized by Richard
Florida’s occupational typology (2002), the Martin Prosperity Institute has broken down labour force statistics into four occupational groups: the creative class, the service class, the working class, and the fishing, farming, and forestry class. This characterization is a useful way to think about the economy, because it classifies workers based on the type of work that they are paid to do, rather than simply their educational qualifications or industry placement. Re-organizing the labour force into these categories enables us to test the resiliency of each occupational group against the others in order to determine what the most and least vulnerable occupational group in Canada has been after a significant economic shock.


Could City Council Be Handling Citizen Engagement Better? (Torontoist)
As City Council sits down to hash out the details of yet another highly contentious agenda (garbage privatization!), now seems as good a time as any to reflect on how City Council goes about hashing things out with the public.

The Walkability Slideshow, and the database of self-guided walking tours (Spacing Toronto)
In conjunction with this year’s Jane’s Walk, Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond is displaying a “Walkability Slide Show” — a photoessay about the elements in our streetscape that make walking unnecessarily difficult. It’s also available online on the Jane’s Walk website.

Culture action plan endorsed by City Council (City of Toronto)
The findings and recommendations of the report “Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto” were endorsed by Toronto City Council today. A detailed implementation plan emanating from this report will be presented to the Economic Development Committee later this year.

Getting down to the nitty gritty of privatized trash collection (National Post)
With the backing of more than two-thirds of council, Mayor Rob Ford’s bid to dramatically expand private trash pick-up now gets down to the nitty gritty. Staff have the authority to seek quotes for curb-side pick-up west of Yonge Street, to the Etobicoke border, litter pick-up in parks, and sidewalk vacuuming services. And while city council will ultimately award the winning bid, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong says he has a “high degree of optimism” that, come 2012, 165,000 more homes in Toronto will have their garbage picked up by private contractors. The Post’s Natalie Alcoba explains what’s next.


US officials say fight against human trafficking must seek to compel corporations (The Canadian Press)
The fight against human trafficking, which for years has focused on rescuing sex slaves and punishing their pimps and smugglers, is now seeking to compel corporations to ensure they aren’t unknowingly facilitating modern-day slavery.

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