Maytree News headlines – May 24, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Perspectives: “Every point of view is a point of view worth listening to.” (DiverseCity blog)
In 2007, Mamdouh Shoukri became President and Vice-Chancellor of York University, Canada’s third-largest university. In this video, he shares his leadership story, insights on important qualities for leaders, and the importance of diversity of perspective.
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/2011/05/perspectives-every-point-of-view-is-a-point-of-view-worth-listening-to/

Intelligence data used to screen new Canadians (Canoe)
Top-secret police intelligence reports and information on investigations are being shared with citizenship court judges so they can make informed decisions on immigrants trying to become Canadians, federal officials have confirmed.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/05/23/18182421.html

Immigration official says sorry to Nigerians (Toronto Star)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is apologizing to a Nigerian couple who have been kept apart for nearly two years because the federal government made a series of costly mistakes while processing their visa application.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/995243–immigration-official-says-sorry-to-nigerians

New hope for new residents (Timmins Daily Press)
Then he heard the words: “Welcome to Canada. Good luck.” “That was the most great thing I ever heard,” said Lueiza, who provided one of the newcomer success stories during the Diversity Day presentation hosted last week by the local immigration partnerships council with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation. Lueiza came to Canada four years ago and settled in Timmins. He is now inventory manager with Norex Drilling in Timmins.
http://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3135605

Canadian Educators’ Narratives of Teaching Multicultural Education (PDF) (Erudit)
This article describes the challenges and accomplishments of teaching multicultural education in graduate courses at Canadian universities. Critics of current multicultural education have focused on creating a multicultural curriculum from culturally diverse literary sources and teaching methods. My focus has been to ask educators, through narrative inquiry, about critical aspects of their experiences of designing and teaching a multicultural curriculum. Multiculturalism is no longer a concern of minorities and immigrants; it has become a social issue of concern to all. The insights and knowledge gained from this research may guide policy makers and educators to understand and address the ever-changing characteristics of multiculturalism in order to live in a harmonious society
http://www.erudit.org/revue/ijcs/2010/v/n42/1002181ar.pdf

‘A lot of guilt and shame’ (Vancouver Sun)
The images are haunting: a child crouching in a box, blackness welling around it; the side view of a man’s face with angry slashes for teeth; a Chagall-like figure in a wedding dress, ghostlike in a landscape of black thunderheads. These are some of the images women have painted in an art program for survivors of sexual violence in war-torn countries, offered through the Sexual Assault Support Centre in Ottawa.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/guilt+shame/4817238/story.html

Rightwing Fraser Institute Totally Bias On One-Sided Commentary About Immigrant Seniors: By Charan Gill (South Asian Link)
The Fraser Institute recommends cheap labour when needed and discarding those immigrants when the temporary work is done. Is this the type of society we want to live in? A society based on greed, injustice and unfairness?
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=6730

Tim Uppal Becomes Canada‘s First Turbaned Sikh-Canadian Cabinet Minister (South Asian Link)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed his party’s first turbaned Sikh-Canadian MP Tim Uppal to a bloated cabinet that also saw another Indo-Canadian newcomer from Toronto Bal Gosal make it to cabinet, showing that the Conservatives realize that they need to retain the powerful Indo-Canadian community vote for future elections.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=6768

Immigration officials let widow stay (Toronto Sun)
An elderly British widow is breathing a sigh of relief after being allowed to stay in Canada with her Toronto Fire captain son following a five-year battle with immigration authorities. Phyllis Grimshaw, 85, of Manchester, Eng., has been trying since 2006 to become a permanent resident in Canada to be close to her only child, David, and his children, after her husband, Tom, passed away.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/21/immigration-officials-let-widow-stay

Premiers want immigrant cap removed (Daily Gleaner)
Since 2005, officials from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have been working with federal counterparts through the Atlantic Population Table. The funding agreement supporting the table is set to expire in January. The premiers urged Ottawa to renew the memorandum of understanding so the co-ordination of Atlantic Canada’s immigration objectives can continue.
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1408467

Identity – Ancestral Memory | An Inspiring Exploration of the Japanese Canadian Experience (Schema Magazine)
Yayoi Theatre Movement’s latest production, Identity – Ancestral Memory, was a refreshing departure from the stories I’ve heard. Yayoi Hirano, Artistic Director for Yayoi Theatre Movement, presented an exploration of the Japanese Canadian identity through dance, theatre, video, slideshows, and recordings of recited poetry, while focusing on the life of celebrated Japanese Canadian artist, Roy Kiyooka. And while the Internment inevitably plays a key role in the production’s storyline, this time it is not told through unemotional data, but rather through an exploration of the emotional turmoil and self-questioning Japanese Canadians experienced during this time. I found this take on the story refreshing, and felt it had a much more profound effect on myself, which stayed with me long after I left the Revue Stage.
http://www.schemamag.ca/archive2/2011/05/identity_-_ancestral_memory_an.php

Immigration (Economist)
It’s well-known that Canada is an outlier among immigrant nations, but it is nonetheless interesting to consider in reference to the ongoing and heated debate about immigration in the United States. Why is Canadian public opinion so different from views in United States?
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/05/immigration

Need changes for choosing newcomers, says think tank (Canadian Immigrant)
Canada’s selection of immigrants needs to be revamped, according to a new report released by the Fraser Institute. In a statement, the public policy think tank says it needs to focus on admitting those who have Canadian job offers and skills that employers want.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/learn/newsitems/article/8485

Forster achievements belie Fraser Institute’s scoring (Windsor Star)
The 20-year-old Forster high school student recently won the Council for Exceptional Children’s Best Student of the Year Award. But what’s more remarkable is how Nimo accomplished it. Born to poverty in her native Somalia, deaf from birth and brought up amid constant war, she fled the fighting with her family of 10 in 2005, walking “morning to night,” days on end, only to reach a squalid refugee camp in Uganda.
http://www.windsorstar.com/life/Forster+achievements+belie+Fraser+Institute+scoring/4828227/story.html

Event May 26: Visible Minority, Invisible History? An Educational Forum about Teaching and Learning Asian Heritage (CCNC)
This educational forum is organized by Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. CCNCTO has been working with Chinese Canadian youth to develop an Asian Heritage Month Activity Toolkit to share with their peers about the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.
http://www.ccnctoronto.ca/?q=en/node/375

Mandy Shapansky, Xerox Canada (Diversity Journal)
As a 25 year Xerox employee, I know this organization to be one that has great values that have stood the test of time. At the core of our values is diversity; and at Xerox, it’s more than a commitment; it’s who we are.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/mandy-shapansky-xerox-canada/

William Blair Toronto Police Department (Diversity Journal)
I have been a police officer in the city of Toronto since 1976 and Chief since 2005, and I am honored to serve the residents of Toronto by providing them with effective, bias-free policing. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and the Toronto Police Service is fully committed to working with all of its residents in a respectful and equitable manner. In 2006 the Toronto Police Service created a Diversity Management Unit. This was a first in Canada, and we are still the only police service with such a unit. Our mandate is to coordinate human rights issues and activities across the service and address barriers and gaps in order to create a more inclusive workplace for all our members.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/william-blair-toronto-police-department/

Paul Gorski’s 10 commitments to multicultural education (immigrantchildren.ca)
Well-known multicultural educator Paul Gorski has written a guest post on the blog of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
http://immigrantchildren.ca/2011/05/21/paul-gorskis-10-commitments-to-multicultural-education/

Compassionate Gay Indo-Canadian Among RBC’s Top Immigrant Award Recipients (South Asian Link)
A compassionate voice for social change and a proudly open gay Indo-Canadian is among the winners of the third annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards presented by RBC. Alex Sangha received the honour alongside such luminaries as Canadian football great Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and former Liberal MP Jean Augustine.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=6756

Hailing the haggis (Independent News)
Moreover, there’s been a sharp turnaround in Canadian policy since the federal Conservatives were elected. Instead of encouraging immigration and multiculturalism, now Canadian government policy promotes importing short-term labour from other countries (depriving these temporary foreign workers from rights to settle as well as many basic labour rights, often in violation of international human rights standards). Their immigration policies have been driven largely in response to population and voting dynamics in populous areas like Ontario and B.C.. Yet in Newfoundland and Labrador, we suffer considerable skills shortages, ongoing outmigration of both people and labour, and rural communities that are emptying so quickly they are unable to revitalize and kickstart their regional economies. Newfoundland and Labrador requires a completely different immigration strategy from that which Canada has developed.
http://theindependent.ca/2011/05/24/hailing-the-haggis/

REFUGEES

Put real refugees first (Financial Post)
In the past 25 years, over 750,000 refugee claimants have entered Canada, with a backlog of over 50,000 claims now waiting to be heard. While the Immigration and Refugee Board eventually finds the majority of claims to be invalid, human smugglers and traffickers can still truthfully promise their victims guaranteed entry into our country, access to “free” food, clothing, shelter, medical care and legal representation, for at least several years while claimants exhaust all avenues of appeal.
http://www.financialpost.com/related/topics/real+refugees+first/4788017/story.html

Canadian Government Plans New Immigration Law, Minister Says (Bloomberg)
Canada’s ruling Conservative Party will reintroduce a law aimed at curbing human smuggling when Parliament convenes next month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said. The proposed law was scrapped earlier this year when an election was called for May 2. The Conservatives won the right to form a majority government in the vote, which means they no longer need the support of opposition lawmakers to pass laws.
http://preview.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-22/canadian-government-plans-new-immigration-law-minister-says.html

Canada’s refugee system is a dead end for terrorists (Globe and Mail)
I had occasion to examine terrorist refugee claims in Canada while writing a book about refugee issues, and was surprised by how little evidence there is to support the conventional view. If anything, the opposite is closer to the truth. Terrorists who file refugee claims in Canada have an overwhelming capture rate, to the point that Canada’s refugee system may be North America’s least-appreciated anti-terrorism deterrent.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/canadas-refugee-system-is-a-dead-end-for-terrorists/article2030293/

Hiring newcomers helps businesses (Canadian Immigrant)
“This research confirms that hiring immigrants to expand into local and global markets can be an effective business strategy for employers,” says Elizabeth McIsaac, TRIEC’s executive director. “We know there is a strong business case for employing skilled immigrants and these findings prove it.”
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/learn/newsitems/article/8478

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Mapping Inequality: Policy Development From the Ground Up (Inequalities)
This January, I participated in a meeting with a local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), in which my associates and I were trying to convince him to rethink his party’s proposed wage freeze for Ontario’s public sector employees. It was our position that the “wage freeze” was really a set of drastic corporate tax cuts in disguise, which would only serve to widen the (growing) economic inequality gap in Ontario. Expecting not a small amount of political spin and double-speak from the MPP, I wanted to prepare some compelling evidence against sacrificing Ontario’s most vulnerable workers and families on the altar of corporate gain. Colleagues at the Cities Centre here at the University of Toronto had recently released their report on the “three cities” within Toronto. This report uses census data from 1970 – 2005 to divide Toronto’s neighbourhoods into smaller “cities”, based on their degree of economic affluence. As I was thinking about how I could best use it to make my argument, I realized that the Toronto District School Board’s Learning Opportunities Index (LOI) would also be useful.
http://inequalitiesblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/mapping-inequality-policy-development-from-the-ground-up/

Canadians can’t complain: Better Life Index (Globe and Mail)
The country ranks at or near the top in many of 11 well-being indicators in a new quality of life index, unveiled Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Only Australia topped Canada.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-cant-complain-better-life-index/article2032315/

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to TDSB Solar Roofs, Citizen Committees, Bike Lanes, Ward 9 Byelection and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/05/20/fridays-headlines-199/

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Human traffic victims hope to stay (Windsor Star)
In the largest local case of its kind yet, 19 victims of human trafficking are appearing before Canadian immigration officials in Windsor to determine whether they should be allowed to remain in Canada.
http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Human+traffic+victims+hope+stay/4829213/story.html

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