Maytree News headlines – May 3, 2011


Real Inclusion, please and thank you, by Ratna (Maytree blog)
Should we welcome all this attention? Of course we should. This political coming-of-age reflects the maturing of immigrant voters. No longer are we to be taken for granted by any one political party. Just as politicians reach out to gain the attention of other voting blocks, such as seniors or women, so too must they pay attention to our voice. Amid all the concerns about exclusion, self-segregation and marginalization, this wave of political enthusiasm should be seen as a positive sign of engagement in the Canadian system. Yet in all this noise about the ethnic vote, about accusations of pandering and ethnic voting blocks, some forget that immigrant communities, like all other Canadians, do not have one single perspective or point-of-view which influences how they vote.

“Vote Your Values” – Conservatives play the values card to win votes (ZAGASI)
“A government for all Canadians.” That’s the call from Conservatives who will lead Canada for the next four years with a majority government. 30 out of 40 ridings in the Greater Toronto Area went to the Conservative Party which is a shocking result considering the diversity of ethnic groups in that area and the fact that they have voted Liberal in strong numbers. The reason being heralded by Conservative MPs is that they have connected with the conservative values of these groups, like the Chinese population, where the Liberals failed to realize how people felt.

Conservative Wai Young beats Dosanjh in rematch (Globe and Mail)
The riding of Vancouver South was expected to be a bellwether for the major parties’ strategy of attracting visible minorities. The candidates for all three major parties, like much of the riding itself, are immigrants to Canada with significant bases of support in the riding. As the campaign evolved, however, it became clear that none of the candidates could rely solely on ethnic solidarity to carry them to victory. The ethnic communities did not vote as a bloc.

New resource to help future citizens (Central Plains Herald Leader)
A new, simplified study guide for Canada’s citizenship test has garnered praise from the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre’s immigrant resource program co-ordinator. “The English that it’s written in, this resource, is plain English,” Luis Luna said Monday. “It’s really easy to understand.”

Count yourself in (Canadian Immigrant)
Riska (named changed for privacy), who emigrated from Singapore to Canada, has previously filled out a Canadian census form, but still questions it. “Although it is not a tedious process,” she says, “I have yet to know the usefulness of the census. Has it been demonstrated how the information has helped the government build better policies, or is it a waste of public funds?”

Minorities lose ground on U.S. boards (Toronto Star)
The latest report to show women and minority groups remain woefully under-represented in America’s corporate boardrooms comes as little surprise to Wendy Cukier, the founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. Research by the Toronto-based institute has come to similar conclusions, Cukier said. “The situation is not much different here,” Cukier said in a telephone interview after the U.S. study was released Monday.–few-minorities-women-on-corporate-boards-study-shows

Op-ed: Immigration Policies Must Not Undermine Human Rights – Refugee Determination and Due Process (CCLA)
Last summer, when a boat accosted in British Columbia with a large group of Tamil people allegedly fleeing persecution, accusations of “jumping the queue” and of “terrorists coming to shore” flared. These accusations may be true, they may be false, we just do not know until the evidence is assessed and the issue arises as to how a democratic society must deal with the mass arrivals of people claiming refugee status. What is the right thing to do?


Op-ed: How we treat asylum seekers is a human rights issue – and an election issue (CCLA)
How we treat, talk about, and respond to people in crisis has always been a question of humanitarian values and human rights. If you want to wave that little leaf, and keep our Canada a place that upholds these values and deserves its well-earned reputation, it is critical to know where your candidate and their party stand on these issues.


A Conservative majority must make Parliament work for the good of all Canadians (Vancouver Sun)
it must respond to the many challenges facing the Canadian economy. At the top of this agenda is creating the conditions for investment and job creation. An unemployment rate of 7.7 per cent -and youth unemployment at double that rate -should be seen as unacceptable. During the election campaign, all parties addressed poverty, but the best poverty reduction strategy is to ensure that anyone willing to work can find a job.


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Federal Election and Other News.

Toronto urgently needs city-wide plan for healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods (Wellesley Institute)
The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott warns in the lead letter in today’s Toronto Star that bad gentrification in Toronto has led to increased inequality, poor health, a loss of affordable and supportive housing and deeper divisions between rich and poor. He cites research reports from the Wellesley Institute and others on the costs of growing inequality. Mandatory inclusionary housing plans have been adopted by hundreds of US cities and offer a positive alternative. Toronto urgently needs a city-wide plan to ensure healthy inclusive neighbourhoods for all.

The following two tabs change content below.


Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
Daily Reads/Micro Thoughts Summary

RT @metrolens: #EthnicVote on Youtube highlight reel @schema_magazine #elxn41#canpoli @VeryEthnic RT @busblog: RT @momwentcrazy: Today I went on