Maytree news headlines – May 31, 2011


SAPP Blog Forum: Q&A with Preiti Momaya and Maytree DiverseCity onBoard (South Asian Philanthropy Project)
We are delighted to have with us Preiti Momaya, a board member and participant in Maytree’s DiverseCity onBoard program. Preiti serves on the boards of Toronto’s Nazareth House and several other nonprofit organizations. She took some time to answer a few questions about her experiences.

Editorial: Diversity & Inclusion pledges and statements don’t go far enough (Law Times)
The move is a welcome sign of progress, but as Joy Casey, co-founder of A Call to Action Canada, points out, the new efforts lack the teeth her organization pledges. “To me, it’s fundamental,” she says, noting she believes outside law firms that fail to make progress on diversity should face consequences by losing out on corporate legal work.

Diverse Cities Marketplace: Successful Approaches to Welcoming New Canadians to Cities across Canada – from Truro to Toronto! PDF (Federation of Canadian Municipalities Halifax conference)
A key to Canada’s future is successfully integrating new Canadians into our society and economy. Municipalities play an essential role in attracting, retaining and supporting immigrants and their families. Visit the Marketplace for a dynamic, hands-on tour of successful integration strategies from cities and organizations across the country. Marketplace workshops are scheduled to give you three consecutive learning sessions so you can visit as many stations as possible.

Community Care Access Centres Recruiting Campaign Focuses on Recruiting Diverse Candidates in Canada (My Company PR)
Recruiting diverse candidates has always been a priority for Community Care Access Centres, as working directly with people in the community, means working with people from every culture and walk of life. CCAC’s help over 600,000 people across Ontario each year to connect with community health care services. They have stepped up efforts by engaging Postmedia and partners and in a ongoing campaign to pursue Visible Minorities, People With Disabilities, Women, Francophones and Aboriginal People

Kasra Nejatian returns to #Immigration Minister’s office despite office letterhead controversy (Macleans)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has re-hired Kasra Nejatian, his former senior aide who was forced to quit after the minister was accused of using his public office for partisan purposes, The Globe and Mail reports.

Fired Kenney staffer makes a comeback (CBC)
Nejatian is returning to Kenney’s office — this time as his director of communications. It’s a job that will see him managing media relations and other communications responsibilities for a high-profile minister.

Metropolis National Research Competition 2011-2012 (PDF) (Metropolis)
The purpose of the competition is to select and finance a major national-level policy research project in the field of immigration and diversity. It is intended that the findings of the research will be of direct relevance to policy-makers within the Government of Canada, and more specifically, to the primary funding partners of the Metropolis Project. The value of the award for a single project under this competition is $125,000. Focus: Integrative Capacity of Communities.

Foreign ownership of Vancouver property: the long answer (OpenFile Vancouver)
Has foreign investment played a part in driving up Vancouver’s real estate market? The short answer, according to real estate experts and others, is that there’s no way to know for certain due to a lack of data. Now, for the long answer…

International education conference in Vancouver (
Some 8,000 international educators, administrators, advisers and other service providers are expected to attend the NAFSA annual conference and expo this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Taking the Oath (CBC The Current)
In 2010, Canada welcomed two hundred and fifty thousand new immigrants. That’s a quarter of a million people who could be taking the oath of Canadian citizenship in 2014. For our project Shift , The Current’s Naheed Mustafa brought us a documentary about the emotional and complex topic of immigration in Canada. Her documentary is called, Taking the Oath.

Deepshikha Brar makes waves in Calgary (MuchMor Magazine)
This lady from North India is an inspiration to many. An All- India Radio (AIR) announcer, who came to Canada nearly 10 years ago, with many dreams worked hard to realize them. Today, she owns a string of diverse businesses that include an ethic media production house, cosmetics clinic and an education plan agency. Deepshikha plans an electoral debut, now.

New network to help newcomers from Africa (Hamilton Spectator)
The African Canadian Network of Hamilton (ACNOH) is a collaboration of community members that wants to help African Canadians play an active role in Hamilton’s daily economic, political, social and cultural life.–new-network-to-help-newcomers-from-africa

Op-Ed: Hail to the ‘King of Multiculturalism’! (Digital Journal)
Several days before Stephen Harper’s government had received a vote of no confidence from the opposition in Parliament that led to its dissolution and the eventual federal election on May 2, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney had been proclaimed “King of Multiculturalism” in a big event in Brampton.

Tory convention to consider ‘high treason’ punishment proposal (Globe and Mail)
Stephen Harper’s governing Conservative Party will debate whether Canadians should be stripped of their citizenship should they take up arms against this country or its allies… Topics range from a flat-rate income tax to euthanasia to reforming the immigration system, including a focus on attracting younger immigrants.

Foreign workers need more support from Feds (Sudbury Star)
How many times does it have to be said, government doesn’t create jobs, businesses create jobs. And clearly the case of Lillian Namukasa, the Ugandan nanny who is suing a Brampton, Ont., woman for $195,000 in stolen wages and wrongful dismissal, is one more poignant example of bureaucratic meddling leading to dire consequences. The federal government, along with its counterparts at the provincial level, has gut child-care and home health care. It’s hardly a surprise the feds would create a program to bring in cheap labour from abroad.

Culture’s role in mental health is overlooked (Globe and Mail)
At North York General Hospital, our patient population reflects the diversity of our community. In my day-to-day psychiatric practice with immigrants and Canadian-born members of racial and ethnic minority communities, I deal with roughly the same spectrum of disorders in each population. The challenge of my area of focus, and that of the entire hospital, is to deliver culturally appropriate services to ensure the best possible care. In essence, the hospital has become a quasi-research facility for diverse community care.


Orozco deportation set for June 2 (Xtra!)
Orozco, the undocumented gay artist whose refugee claim was denied on the basis of his inability to prove his homosexuality, was picked up on May 13 by Toronto Police Services and has been in immigration detention ever since. He has had a removal order pending since 2007.


Vibrant Abbotsford sets ‘living wage’ at $16.42 per hour for family of four (Abby News)
A family of four in Abbotsford cannot survive on minimum wage, according to Vibrant Abbotsford, a group of community partners working together to reduce poverty. The organization recently released figures, in accordance with the Centre for Poverty Reduction, identifying Abbotsford’s living wage at $16.42 per hour.

Peter Block and Mark Anielski on the Economics of Neighbourliness (Al Etmanski)
Here’s an important cross border convergence of intellect, analysis and passion – Canadian Mark Anieski and American Peter Block. Both challenging Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of our well being. Both seeking alternative measures for the indispensable virtues of, ” generosity, relationship, kindness, cooking, gardening, watching kids and all the non-money exchanges that comprise neighborliness and build community.” Both wanting to put economics at the service of humanity.

“Tenant Voice, Tenant Homes” – SPT’s Deputation to the Executive Committee, May 24, 2011 (Social Planning Toronto)
Toronto Community Housing’s one-man interim board, Mr. Case Ootes, has recommended that 22 TCHC homes be sold off. Seven residents and groups, including SPT, deputed to the City’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, May 24 calling for the committee to return the issue to the new TCHC board once its full complement with tenant representation had been established. Despite these calls, the Executive Committee voted in favour of selling off the homes. The decision now goes to City Council for a final vote on June 14/15. As well, provincial Ministerial approval is required before 10 of the 22 homes can be sold. Read the SPT deputation here.

Day 1, and the food choices are skimpy (St. Catharines Standard)
The food bank diet is part of an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger issues in our community. Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day. Locally, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold has asked some residents to try and live on what a typical food bank client gets for a week. The Standard’s Grant LaFleche, Henley Honda’s Alex Digenis, city councillor Matt Harris, EZ Rock’s Lori Love and Community Care’s John Edgar are taking part.


Career Mentorship Program Summer 2011 Intake (ERIEC)
The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) is accepting mentor/mentee applications for our summer intake in the Career Mentorship Program this June. It is an exciting opportunity for internationally trained professionals looking for a Canadian mentor – and for Canadian business professionals seeking an enriching experience working with a professional counterpart with training and experience from another country. Deadline July 1, 2011.

Caregivers speak out against wage theft (Workers’ Action Centre)
At a press conference this morning, two live-in-caregivers spoke out about how they are forced to take court action against their former employers to recover over $350,000 in unpaid wages and wrongful dismissal.

Govt pledges to help workers cheated by employers (Toronto Star)
Workers who have been victims of “wage theft” and other workplace mistreatment must not be afraid to come forward, Ontario Labour Minister Charles Sousa said Monday. “I say this to those that are feeling intimidated: Call the ministry,” Sousa said in response to a report about two nannies who together are owed more than $200,000 in unpaid wages, overtime and holiday pay from their employers.–govt-pledges-to-help-workers-cheated-by-employers

Caregivers urge ‘wage theft’ victims to go public (Online Nigeria)
Two Ontario caregivers seeking more than $350,000 they allege they’re owed for lost wages and wrongful dismissals are urging other workers to come forward to help push for changes in the province’s employment standards law.

Protecting vulnerable workers (Toronto Star)
“Workers should not be forced to take court action to recover unpaid wages, overtime and other employment standards entitlements,” Deena Ladd, coordinator of the action centre, told the Star. The Ontario government has already taken measures to protect the 21,000 live-in caregivers in the province. A 2009 law makes it illegal for them to be charged recruitment fees or for their employers to take their passports and other documents. There is also the Employment Standards Act, which allows for the investigation and prosecution of employers who do not treat their workers properly.–protecting-vulnerable-workers

Compulsory trade certification will shut the door on women, immigrants (Daily Commercial News)
According to the Construction Sector Council’s most recent labour market forecast, Ontario’s construction industry faces a shortage of almost 100,000 workers over the next eight years. This is a time when our industry should be removing barriers to entry for prospective workers rather than create new ones. And yet, Mr. Dillon’s very public ambitions for broad-based compulsory certification and high (journeyman-apprentice) ratios will do precisely the opposite – shutting the door hardest on under-represented communities, including aboriginal workers, women, young people and new Canadians.


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Road Tools & Transit Funding, Toronto Police, Campaign Finances and Other News.

What a woonerf might look like in Toronto (blogTO)
Generally speaking, when cycling infrastructure is discussed in Toronto, the talk is of bike lanes. Similarly, on the rare occasion that pedestrians are thought important enough to warrant real discussion of how to enrich the experience of walking in the city, one tends to hear about the desire to create more pedestrian-only zones downtown. The woonerf, on the other hand, seems a concept only taken seriously by urban space experts and those who’ve recently returned from trips to the Netherlands, where you’ll find numerous examples of these shared roadways.

Mapping Toronto school testing results (Patrick Cain)
It mashes up two data sets which are otherwise hard to come by: Toronto public school catchment areas and EQAO school testing results. I look at five-year averages of Grade 3 test results for reading, writing and arithmetic.

Q&A: The mayor that keeps on giving (National Post)
David Crombie, 75, mayor of Toronto from 1972 to ’78, sits down Tuesday with a selection of panelists, to select the first winner of the $75,000 community achievement award from the Kiwanis Club of Toronto.

inTo supports iTaxiWorkers Government Advocacy (inTO Consulting – Anthony Fernando)
The iTaxiWorkers Association has struggled to raise the Ambassador taxi licensing at City Hall for years. Since Anthony Fernando started helping us we have seen a significant amount of traction. Not only has Anthony helped us secure valuable media attention, he has also guided the formation of meaningful partnerships with municipal officials. He understands how government works and how to strategically frame complex issues. The interviews with taxi drivers put a human face on what is a complex licensing problem. Its just one component of the broad advocacy campaign Anthony has helped us develop and execute. – Jacob Leibovitch, Executive Director, iTaxiWorkers Association.


Building on Non-Profit Infrastructure Projects (Trillium Foundation)
The new Community Capital Fund (CCF) will support infrastructure projects that help Ontario’s not-for-profit organizations deliver important public services to diverse cultural communities. Deadline July 1, 2011.

Proceedings from SPT’s 2011 Research & Policy Roundtable Forum, “Who’s in Charge?” Now Available (Social Planning Toronto)
The objective of the forum was to invite key experts, academics, community advocates and policy-makers to engage in a critical discussion on the proliferation of arm’s length government agencies, boards and commissions in Canada, Ontario and Toronto. We discussed the impacts of ABCs on public accountability and service delivery by exploring their roles and responsibilities in specific policy areas of health, transit, public safety and security and urban/municipal planning. Agencies such as Metrolinx, the LHINs, and the Ontario Municipal Board, have considerable authority over public services, however, very little is known about how they function, their mandate or how decisions are made. Our intention was to explore some of the key issues regarding accountability and service delivery that have emerged within these domains.

Funding Social Innovation: exploring the funding ecosystem in Europe (Dialogue Cafe)
This SIX TelePresence session will focus on the ecology of finance which supports, directs and, in some cases, blocks the processes of social innovation. All over the world, there are now many funds for social innovation, as well as institutions with dedicated innovation units or teams within large institutions who play a key role in mobilising resources for social innovation. Despite this, finance for social innovation is often inadequate, ill-suited, or unsustainable, and therefore remains a key factor hindering the development of social innovation.

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