Maytree news headlines – May 27, 2011


Newcomer Outreach (Toronto Police Service)
The Toronto Police Service Newcomer Outreach Program is intended to provide new immigrants with information on
police services in Toronto, information on how to access those services, and to explain some of their rights and
responsibilities under Canadian law.

Smaller businesses hiring skilled immigrants (RCI)
A new survey by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council says 20 per cent of employers are hiring
foreign-trained professionals. As Toronto correspondent Lyne-Françoise Pelletier reports, the companies are looking
for help to diversify their international client base and targeting local ethnic communities to find new business

European experience touted as guide to intercultural harmony (Montreal Gazette)
Violent attacks against the Roma. The rise of far right parties. Declarations by the leaders of Britain, Germany and
France that multiculturalism has failed. What does Europe have to teach Quebec and English Canada about
intercultural harmony?

Toward more creativity in Canadian politics (Globe and Mail)
In terms of new Canadians, the Tories have broken through with immigrants who have been in Canada for longer than 10
years. These are immigrants who have developed Tory values in Canada and have switched from voting for the Liberal
Party in previous elections.

New training program gives immigrants a headstart (Times & Transcript)
In the fall of 2009, we noticed that many newcomers to our area were attending our decade old Business Development
Seminars (BDS) which assists entrepreneurs by providing them with necessary information to form a solid foundation
for their business and increase their awareness of the personal, financial, and social risks of becoming
self-employed. Recognizing that business cultures vary from country to country, newcomers were often at a
disadvantage when trying to open a company without additional training and knowledge of the normal business
practices here in New Brunswick and Canada as a whole. CBDC Westmorland Albert then approached the Population Growth
Secretariat in Fredericton, outlining a three-day seminar that we specifically developed that is tailored for
immigrants who are considering going into business in New Brunswick, hence "Doing Business in New Brunswick" –
Canadian Business Language and Culture was created.

Mentoring: A win-win for skilled immigrants and employers (Maytree blog)
Mentoring is a well-known practice to help skilled immigrants build their professional networks, learn the ins and
outs of the Canadian workplace culture and gain entry into the workforce. But mentoring also has many benefits for
the employers who provide volunteer mentors.

Bridging the Chasm: Mentoring Across Differences (Women’s Inter-cultural exchange)
On this glorious fall day, how exciting and energizing to look out and see you– this remarkable audience of women
and men of such varied ages and backgrounds. What brought us here? What chasm, what wide divergences, are we
seeking to bridge? How will mentoring help narrow the gaps? What is mentoring across difference?

Mentoring as Social Capital (TutorMentor)
In one paragraph the author writes "One proven method to increasing cross-cultural competency is to enter into a
mentoring relationship with someone who is culturally different. Research shows that by participating in such a
relationship, both the mentor and the mentee, can increase their knowledge of other cultures, their awareness of
themselves and others and learn specific new skills to adapt to differences. In the process, they become more
culturally competent–developing the ability to interact respectfully and effectively with individuals of different
backgrounds in other settings."

Early 20th Century Canadian Immigration Policy and Asian Immigrants (Vancouver Media-Coop)
Early 20th century Canadian immigration policy is marred with racist laws formed to prevent the coming of Asians to
British Columbia. The story of Asian immigration is almost as old as British Columbia itself. The first Asians to
immigrate to Canada were probably the Chinese in the mid 1800’s. They were lured by the Gold Rush. These new
immigrants were followed by more Chinese immigrants who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Japanese who
worked in the Fish Industry. The earliest accounts of the South-Asians are from the city of Golden in British
Columbia in the 1890’s. As the Asian population of British Columbia steadily increased so did the racial
discrimination against them. In the early 1900’s, it was the Asians who were given the most undesirable jobs. They
were often the last to be hired and first to be fired.

The Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario Launches The 2011 Asian Canadian Talent Search Semi-Final
(Munting Nayon News Magazine)
The Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart
& Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be hosting the Semi-Final for the 2011 Asian Canadian Talent Search (ACTS) in
celebration of Asian Canadian Heritage Month.

Heart and Stroke Foundation to launch two new stroke prevention apps to help Canadians reduce their risk (Canadian
This year, Foundation polling looks at women and reveals that low awareness leaves them even more vulnerable –
particularly women from our two largest visible minorities. Are women aware that stroke is an equal opportunity
killer? Do they have the know-how to recognize a stroke and how to react? And do they know they have the power to
prevent 80 per cent of strokes?–media-alert-the-heart-and-stroke-foundation-2011-stroke-month-report-warns-low-stroke-awareness-puts-women-at-risk-of-cutting-their-lives-short

New Westminster man honoured for helping qualified immigrants land on their feet (The Province)
It was 1976 when Mohammed Yasin first came to Canada from Fiji to study commerce at Simon Fraser University. Now, 35
years later, he’s being honoured for his successful certified general accounting firm and his commitment to the


Conference examines challenges, exploitation of refugees in Canada (Hamilton Spectator)
Challenges that refugees like Echevarria face are addressed in national conferences that the Canadian Council for
Refugees hosts twice a year in locations across Canada. The CCR is a nonprofit umbrella organization established in
1978 that serves as a forum for more than 180 Canadian organizations that advocate for refugees and newcomers. For
the first time, it is holding its conference in Hamilton. It is on now through Saturday at the Crowne Plaza. The
conferences serve as a forum for sharing information, staying abreast of policy and legislative changes, examining
gaps in the system that refugees may fall through, professional development for advocates, and identifying emerging
issues of concern such as human trafficking.–conference-examines-challenges-exploitation-of-refugees-in-canada


Social planning group aims to end poverty in province by end of decade (Wawatay News)
The Social Planning Network of Ontario is calling for a poverty free Ontario. “We’re part of a struggle,” said
Marvyn Novick, community activist with the Social Planning Network of Ontario.“Aboriginal peoples have their
historic dimension to that struggle that has to be honoured, but we also have a struggle about the things in common
because all peoples need good wages in the labour market and need to know that the rents they pay won’t take food

Census time is upon us (Hamilton Spectator)
The government’s decision last summer to eliminate the mandatory long-form census and replace it with a voluntary
national household survey was short-sighted and will make it more difficult to accurately report on social trends in
the future. But this makes it more important than ever for all Hamiltonians to fill out the census and national
household surveys they receive. This is genuinely a “Code Red” time for neighbourhood data, which is at particular
risk due to the change in the census.–census-time-is-upon-us

Poverty activists prepare for new battles (Guelph Mercury)
Poverty activists turned a classroom into a war room this week, plotting their return to the fray of electoral
politics after a few years in the wilderness. About 60 people came out to the community forum on poverty policy in
Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph where three panellists highlighted concerns facing low-income Canadians.–poverty-activists-prepare-for-new-battles


Documentary tells stories of foreign workers (Vancouver Sun)
Ota-Paul’s loss of rights is a familiar story for many temporary foreign workers in this country. This includes the
$10-million class action lawsuit launched earlier this year against the company that owns Denny’s restaurants in
B.C. for not fulfilling contract terms of over 50 migrant workers. That’s why Ota-Paul shared her story as part of a
multimedia project, Foreign Worker, Local Neighbours, launched by Mayor Gregor Robertson’s working group on


The City is listening: time to make your voice heard (Maytree blog)
There are some consultations going on that will impact most, if not all of us in the City of Toronto. These
consultations are one way for you get involved to tell politicians/civic leaders what you think of key city

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to TTC, Cars & Bikes, City Hall, Underpass Park, G20
Policing and Other News.

Redraw Toronto’s wards to reflect population, councillor urges (Globe and Mail)
Now that he’s approaching the home stretch of a months-long effort to slash egregious councillor expenses, Deputy
Mayor Doug Holyday is setting his sights on a new pet project: redrawing Toronto’s dated electoral boundaries.
“That’s something that definitely has to happen,” he said of ward redistribution, a minor cartographic adjustment
that could produce a major political overhaul at city hall. “That, I think, will be one of the things we’re going to
move on as soon as we get the expenses out of the way.”

Parkdale gets an online radio station (blogTO)
Parkale has a new community hub, and no, it’s not Happy Time. The
Parkdale Community Development Group unveiled Radio Parkdale this week, a multimedia site intended for residents to
share stories, pictures, and other Parkdale memories. Along with regular podcasts and posts by PCDG staff, Parkdale
youth will work on the site as a way to build media skills.


Fundraiser in Regina to free children from horrors of sex trafficking (Leader-Post)
Purvis will speak at an international feast being held Friday night at Regina Victory Church. The event is being
held in partnership with Not4Sale, an organization that raises funds to establish safe houses for children who are
exploited in the sex industry in Thailand and Cambodia.

Prevention of trafficking begins with education (B.C. Catholic)
Traumatized, guilt-wracked victims of human trafficking don’t often disclose what’s happened to them. Despite the
reluctance to talk, Toronto’s Covenant House deals with a constant stream of both international and domestic
victims, said social work manager Helen Winters.

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