Maytree news headlines – May 26, 2011


Newsletter May 24, 2011 (Maytree)
In this issue:
• This month’s Maytree Opinion talks about Stupid Rules
• Envisioning Great Canadian Cities
• How Diverse is Your City Leadership?
• Want to volunteer in the October election? Get into shape at our School4Civics Boot Camp!
• Diversity: Celebrating a wealth of ideas, experience and innovation
• Minimum Wage in Canada: Could You Live on This?
• Abolish the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training
• Learn + Lead: the Advantages of Newcomer Mentoring
• Promoting Practical Policies for a Stronger Canada – Insights from Alan Broadbent and Sherri Torjman
• Branding – Why Choose You?
• News You Can Use

Newsletter May 25, 2011 (Cities of Migration)
In this issue:
• Maximum Cities
• Saskia Sassen: Unscrambling Immigration
• In Conversation with Suketu Mehta: The City Speaks
• Bridging More Than the Digital Divide
• 2011 E Pluribus Unum Award Winner: Welcome Back Initiative!
• Webinar Report: Community Policing
• On the Trail of Good Ideas: Swapping Cards in London and New Haven!
• Copenhagen: How do we retain skilled immigrants?
• Good Ideas in the News

Fraser Institute’s immigration analysis is flawed (The Province)
The Fraser Institute recently released a report entitled, Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State 2011 that claims that the annual cost of immigration to Canada is $16.3 billion. The institute’s analysis zooms in on one small aspect of the economics of immigration and ignores the larger picture entirely.

Immigration policy a drain on Canada (Vancouver Sun)
As Jock Finlayson of the Business Council of BC noted in a recent Sun commentary, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy fails to address the fact that we are a relatively low-income urban region despite having the most expensive housing in Canada. One of the factors he cites as the cause for this poor showing is our high immigration intake combined with the low median incomes of new Canadians. Finlayson points out that although immigration will increase the population of Metro Vancouver by more than a million people by 2030, the regional growth strategy will be of little use in terms of providing housing and finding jobs for the newcomers.

Arab: Choice is great, but school is about basics (Calgary Herald)
That brings us to 2011 in Alberta, and the nonsense that has become the funding formula for education and the fragmentation of our system, in the name of competition and choice. In two separate, and seemingly unrelated decisions, the Calgary Board of Education is cutting French while looking to add sexier language programs such as Arabic, which is already offered in Edmonton. Bad optics, yes, but don’t blame the board. This is an outcome of the province’s ad hoc funding of education, its per-student grants and its failure to make French mandatory.

Diverse and well-versed: The Uniting CA and CMA designations, Internationally Educated Professionals and Soft Skills as a professional must-have (LEAP blog)
The new CPA designation is the chance to actively evolve with the changing accounting profession and its members. IEPs are welcomed to enhance the professional landscape, so with the new designation composition, this new reality of integrating IEPs cannot be overlooked.

DiverseCity Fellow Brandon Hay, Founder and Executive Director of the Black Daddies Club, to be awarded the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence (DiverseCity blog)
We would like to congratulate one of our 2011 DiverseCity Fellows, Brandon Hay, on receiving the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence, one of the highest honours bestowed on African Canadians by their community. This is the first time the parenting award, normally given to an elder parent, will be awarded to an agency, the Black Daddies Club (BDC).

The Russians are coming! (Burnaby Now)
The Russians aren’t actually coming, they’re already happily ensconced here in Burnaby and have been for years. In Metro Vancouver, a city where so-called visible minorities nearly make up a majority, members of the Russian and former Soviet Bloc communities are perhaps less visibly obvious, but they still make up for a sizeable chunk of the cultural mosaic.

The agony of a new comer (The Times of India)
One month, two months, three months, I am still working as a volunteer, company is happy they don’t have to pay me anything, but my bank balance was going down. I spoke to my Director and he said, you will have to wait as we have stopped hiring due to the recession. Hmmm… Now what? Continued the job as volunteer and two months later I got the good news…I am hired!!! Received the first paycheck in 15 days and WOW, again in seventh heaven, the relief, the happiness cannot be explained in words. Wife got her first pay check the following moths, things were looking good now, and we were seeing the bright light in our life. Finally after seven months I see the something getting deposited in my account!!!

New Name: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Turns Up the Heat this Summer (Canada Newswire)
The Festival Management Committee (FMC) today announced a new name to the Festival that has captured an audience of more than 1.2 million people annually on the August long weekend: The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

Oh Canada! Canada Toughens Stance on Business Visitors (JD Supra)
Gone are the days when an employer could send its U.S. citizen employees to the Canadian border with a passport and a simple explanation of the business purpose of the trip. Effective April 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is taking a more aggressive stance against the often abused NAFTA Business Visitor category. Employers cannot use the business visitor category in lieu of obtaining a Canadian work permit for employees who will be actually working in Canada as defined by Canadian immigration laws.

Canada Skilled Immigration – Only one month to go under current occupations list (
If you wish to emigrate to Canada under the Canada Skilled worker immigration category you only have about one month left before the new occupation list comes into place. If you have at least one year experience in one of the 24 occupations that are still on the list you should apply as soon as possible. There is no guarantee that your occupation will still be an eligible occupation for the Canada skilled worker category when the new list is announced.

Legit consultants to go after ghost visa facilitators (South Asian Focus)
The recently instituted Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is set to shortly take over as the new regulatory body for immigration consultants – or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), to give them their righful name – will inter alia “go after ghost consultants,” both inside and outside Canada, Interim President and CEO Phil Mooney told practitioners at a recent Town Hall in Brampton.

Leaving it all behind (SmartCity blog)
There are many reasons people leave their countries and decide to make Halifax their new home. Some are familiar, like marrying a Canadian, or just wanting to go someplace new and exciting to live and work. Others are more urgent.

Devastation from Slave Lake fire ripples overseas (Toronto Star)
As he drove away from the burning town, Harry Laraya had more on his mind than where he’d go or the things he left behind. His gravest concerns were a continent away. “Home. The Philippines. My sisters,” Laraya says, with his eyes cast downward and a grim half-smile. The 28-year-old, who came to Slave Lake as a temporary foreign worker a year and a half ago, is the sole breadwinner for his struggling family. And now he is jobless.–devastation-from-slave-lake-fire-ripples-overseas?bn=1

Art submissions wanted in P.E.I. (Canadian Immigrant)
Newcomers are invited to submit their work for an art exhibition hosted by Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island Barbara A. Hagerman. The juried exhibition is hosted at the Government House during mid-June to early September.

Brampton Board of Trade: Helping Immigrant Youth (South Asian Generation Next)
With funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI), the Brampton Board of Trade (BBOT) has launched a one-year project to provide newcomer youth with the opportunity to learn and develop entrepreneurial skills. Youth participants will receive hands -on business training, and will develop business plans under the mentorship of BBOT employer-members.

Tolerance (South Asian Generation Next)
At the time I didn’t know it, but in learning about my background I also learned all the things I wasn’t. Now we were being shown all the ways we were supposedly different. There was no assignment about how we had grown up together finding all the ways we were the same, that despite the differences we were growing up and being educated in a Canadian society.

Jasmeet Sidhu: Not Afraid to Spark Controversy (South Asian Generation Next)
“I think a more interesting question for more young women my age is whether marriage should be an option at all.” “It’s a bit hard to get engaged when the leaders of all the major national parties are 40+ white men.” She also thinks that for South Asians to be part of hospital, school and university boards “requires us [the South Asian] to stop the insular tendencies of our communities to only engage with others of the same community. We need to begin to engage and build partnerships with groups in Canada.”

Federal Ministers that are Crucial for the South Asian Community (South Asian Generation Next)
List of Ministers, portfolio and description related to how they are crucial.

South Asian Heritage Month: The legacy of the Komagata Maru (South Asian Generation Next)
The Komagata Maru was one of many incidents charged with racial discrimination of “coloured people” in Canada. But this incident does not only serve as a reminder of that discrimination but as a marker in history for all Canadians to realize that how we have advanced.

Jack Knox: Mother and baby pin hopes on Elizabeth May (Times Colonist)
She had hoped her Nigerian husband would have joined her before baby Gerard was born, but her spouse’s immigration application is bogged down. She’s looking to May with what sounds like a combination of desperation and hope. This is the challenge for May: With so many roles to fill, how can she balance the big issues of national importance with those that are vital only to constituents like Lannan? Well, May says, in Sidney the constituents come first.

Council says new body will tighten immigration counselling rules (Chronicle Herald)
So-called ghost immigrant consultants could become more of an apparition under tighter industry regulations, says the president and CEO of the Immigrant Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. “It’s like in New York City, when they clean up the streets, crime goes down,” Phil Mooney said in an interview Wednesday at a Halifax meeting outlining the new regulatory body for local immigration consultants.


Let Alvaro Stay group marches on government office (Xtra!)
About 40 people gathered in Toronto on May 24 to call for the release of Toronto artist Alvaro Orozco, who has been held on a deportation order at the Immigration Holding Centre in Rexdale since he was arrested on May 13.

Susan G. Cole in defence of Alvaro Orozco (NOW Toronto)
What happens to queer activist and artist Alvaro Orozco will tell us a lot about how Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and, by association, the federal government are going to handle power. Will they be kinder and gentler, edging closer to the Bill Davis centre, or are we in pit bull territory?

Fighting for Alvaro Orozco (Torontoist)
On Tuesday, around 50 people convened at Yonge-Dundas Square and prepared to march in protest of the arrest and detainment of queer artist Alvaro Orozco. The protest, to end at the office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada at 74 Victoria Street, was the third show of support for Orozco within a week: an art show and community meeting was organized last Wednesday, and last Friday men and women formed a dance mob near the intersection of Church and Wellesley streets. They sang “We Are Family” while holding placards with a cartoon image of Orozco’s face and the caption “Let Alvaro Stay.”

Thailand unlikely to do asylum seeker deal (Sydney Morning Herald)
The Canadian government is expected to introduce a law into parliament next month aimed at curbing people smuggling by making it easier to deport fraudulent refugee claimants. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said this week that about 60 per cent of asylum seekers that arrived in his country were found not to be legitimate refugees


CCPA’s new blog: Behind The Numbers (CCPA)
We’ve just launched Behind the Numbers, which will deliver timely, progressive commentary and analysis from CCPA staff and research associates across the country on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more

Salvation Army raises awareness about poverty (
The Dignity Project is a campaign designed to educate the public about what it means to live in poverty and what communities can do to help ease the challenges facing society’s most vulnerable people. Through online events, on-the-street outreach, traditional advertising, social networking and other communications tactics, The Salvation Army is engaging communities across Canada about the reality of poverty in the 21st century. Specifically, it wants to dispel myths in relation to an Angus Reid public opinion survey released in March that revealed one-quarter of Canadians believe people are poor because they’re lazy and have lower moral values.
For more information, visit–salvation-army-raises-awareness-about-poverty


Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Parades & Festivals, City Hall, Cycling and Other News.

Our Doors are Open to Your Ideas (Martin Prosperity Institute)
Doors Open guests will be invited to “Help Build Your Ideal City” at the Martin Prosperity Institute by adding a building, space, event, monument, or other city to an installation at in our Institute. Large-scale participation will allow visitors to collectively produce a piece communicating “The Ideal Toronto.” We will upload the final result to our website and circulate to all participants.

Event May 28-29: Doors Open Toronto 2011 (City of Toronto)
Close to 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public. Admission is FREE. Doors Open Toronto 2011 theme is Photography.

What would you cut, Toronto asks its residents (Globe and Mail)
Let the season of budgetary bloodletting begin. On Tuesday night, the city held the first of eight public meetings planned for its service review, a six-month process during which Rob Ford’s city hall will choose what to cut and what to keep as it tries to plug a $774-million budget hole.


Today Is Launch Day for Your Guide to Social Finance (
Welcome to the launch of Your Guide to Social Finance. This is the first resource of its kind in Canada where people like you can get to know how social finance works for communities.

Alan Broadbent on Stupid Rules that Shackle the Community Sector (Al Etmanski)
In this month’s Maytree Newsleter, Alan Broadbent addresses the proliferation of ‘accountability’ mechanisms which have nothing to do with accountability and everything to do with government funders managing risk. The unfortunate consequence is community organizations who must adhere to rules which sap their time and energy and which suck up resources better spent on mandates

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