Maytree News headlines – May 4, 2011


New Canadians, Unpacked (Toronto Standard)
The one solid truth about the ethnic vote is that the final nail has been driven into the coffin of the Trudeau era of immigrant politics. The Liberals got smoked because they took the New Canadian vote for granted. New Canadians aren’t so new anymore, and they’re done feeling grateful for being let into this country. They’re now showing, very obviously, that it’s theirs.

Second Generation Voters (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Farrah Khan, Hanoz Kapadia and Devyani Saltzman.

How courting the immigrant vote paid off for the Tories (Globe and Mail)
He and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have transformed their party from one that was perceived as hostile to new Canadians to one that is now home to a great many immigrant voters and Members of Parliament.

Winning immigrant votes part of Tories’ 905-region success (National Post)
While vote-splitting between the Liberals and the NDP gave Conservative candidates an edge in some of the more closely contested 905 ridings, experts say the main factor behind the blue wave was the Tories’ deliberate appeal to the immigrant vote. “It’s been a concerted, vigorous, really thought-out, slightly right-of-centre strategy, and it’s been delivered apparently with very sophisticated targeting of areas and groups,” said Stephen Clarkson, a professor of Canadian politics at the University of Toronto.

Muslim women having abortions in Canada: Attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (Canadian Family Physician)
Canadian Muslim women presenting for abortion come from many countries and schools of Islam. The group of Muslim women that we surveyed was so diverse that no generalizations can be made about them. Their attitudes toward abortion ranged from being completely pro-choice to believing abortion is wrong unless it is done to save a woman’s life. Many said they found their religion to be a source of comfort as well as a source of guilt, turning to prayer and meditation to cope with their feelings about the abortion. It is important that physicians caring for Muslim women understand that their patients come from a variety of backgrounds and can have widely differing beliefs. It might be helpful to be aware that patients who hold more anti-choice beliefs are likely to experience more anxiety and guilt related to their abortion than pro-choice patients do.

Managing Diabetes – Multilingual Videos (Ministry of Health)
The Ontario government created 15 videos available in English, Hindu, Tamil, Urdu and Spanish as part of the ‘Stand Up to Diabetes’ campaign. These videos can help you to learn about risk factors in getting diabetes and managing it if you already have it.

Celebrate Youth Week at The LINC (
Courtenay Recreation’s The LINC Youth Centre is encouraging you to come and celebrate youth in our community during BC Youth Week, May 1-7. Youth Week is an international celebration recognizing the value, diversity and positive contributions youth make to their community.

China sees bright side of elite exodus (Asia Times Online)
Many Chinese migrate through investment immigration schemes. Until recent years, the major reason for Chinese nationals to leave the country, legally or illegally, was to escape poverty… While almost all countries in the world attract Chinese migrants, Western countries see the most. Canada is one example, “From 1999 to 2008, over 400,000 Chinese had obtained right of abode in Canada,” according to Qi Lixin, president of the Beijing Entry and Exit Service Association. This is mainly because these countries, after the global financial crisis in 2008, have eased restrictions on investment immigration to attract foreign capital and create job opportunities. This provides a good opportunity for Chinese.

Business group pleased with Harper win (New Brunswick Business Journal)
The chamber has identified one issue not in the Conservative platform it would like to see and that is increased immigration, said Holt. In fact, the Tories have cut spaces for new immigrants and the chamber will lobby to have that reversed, she said.

Thanks Mom | Multi-ethnic Stem Cell Drive (Schema Magazine)
The OneMatch registry in Canada is currently 85% registrants of white European ancestry, so people of different ethnic backgrounds may have a much lower chance of finding a successful match. The area also has a great young population and the ideal stem cell donor is under 30 years old (but up to 50 years old is acceptable).


Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 6 #2, 2 May 2011 (CCR)
In this issue:
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights finds Canada violated refugees’ rights with ‘direct backs’
Ontario Court of Appeal orders return of refugee minor to Canada
CCR opposes conditional permanent residence
Who gets in?: Canadian immigration, changing priorities
Register by 6 May for the CCR Spring Consultation 2011 for the reduced rate
Faces of the CCR: Nora Lopez, Ecumenical Support Committee for Refugees, Hamilton
New from the CCR

Court orders refugee, 14, returned by Thursday (Toronto Star)
The Canadian government has issued a one-way visitor visa to allow the return of a teenaged refugee wrongfully removed to Mexico. However, it is not the end of the ongoing saga to bring home Josette Rosenzweig Issasi, 14, who had been granted refugee status in Canada before being whisked out of Canada last October back to her allegedly abusive mother. Canadian officials have remained adamant they will not offer sanctuary to Josette at its embassy; and Mexican authorities could arrest the now missing girl at the airport to keep her in Mexico with her mother, who has sole custody.–court-orders-refugee-14-returned-by-thursday

UN Asks West for Help with Libyan Refugee Crisis (Voice of America)
UNHCR wants the United States, the world’s largest re-settler of refugees, to consider taking Somalis, Eritreans and Iraqis fleeing Libya. Many of these refugees cannot be repatriated to their native lands. He says he would like Australia and Canada to do the same.


Engage! April 2011 – PDF (Tamarack)
In this issue:
* Improving Evaluation Uptake
* Envisioning Great Canadian Cities
* Creating Memorable Messages
* Power to the People
* 500 Voices: What Does It Mean to Experience Community?
* Platforms for Community and Transformation


Federal election result pleases Canadian Construction Association (Daily Commercial News)
The Conservatives are cognizant of the labour market shortages faced by industries such as construction “are not fleeting,” he said. “Yes, you try to fill the shortage domestically by increasing the participation rate of underrepresented groups, more youth in the apprenticeship system and easier labour mobility — that’s all great — but we will have to rely on immigration to fulfill labour needs going forward.”


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Federal Elections, Cycling, TCHC, City Garbage and Other News.

Jane’s Walk – exploring Toronto’s hidden treasures (Maytree blog)
This weekend (May 7 & 8, 2011) is the fifth year of Jane’s Walk. Get to know your city and each other by getting out and walking! The event is a great excuse to get out and explore Toronto’s many secret places and neighbourhoods. Started in 2007, Jane’s Walk has grown exponentially each year, both in Toronto and around the world. This year there are 170 free neighbourhood tours in Toronto alone.

Toronto’s New Culture Plan Is All Business (Torontoist)
When Rob Ford was elected mayor last fall, many in the arts and culture community saw it as a blow to their field, the beginning of a dramatic and drawn-out death scene. During his campaign, Ford was very open about his indifference to the arts and his leanings towards privatized arts funding. Since then, other than the appointment of an arts advisor, there’s been little evidence that artistic audiences are on his radar (except for those too young to know who he is). But according to Toronto’s latest Culture Plan, Ford’s going to have to start paying attention if he really wants to support the city’s economy.

Ford strikes panel to nominate TCHC citizen board (Globe and Mail)
Mayor Rob Ford has struck a three-person panel that will nominate the seven citizen board-members of the beleaguered Toronto Community Housing Corporation. On Tuesday morning, he announced that Councillor Paul Ainslie, Mary L. Flynn-Gugliett and Bahadur Madhani would form a nomination panel for the board positions.

How homework pays off (Smart City blog)
One of Halifax’s greatest challenges in the next decade is attracting and retaining highly skilled and educated talent. Over the past few years, the Partnership, in collaboration with many of you, has used its Halifax Connector Program to help immigrants and newcomers find their way to gainful and appropriate employment here in Halifax. This is the fourth of seven stories showing what you have made possible.


Human trafficking campaign in Windsor-Essex seeks to bring message home (Windsor Star)
Legal Assistance of Windsor has launched a city- and county-wide advertising campaign to educate the public and reach out to victims of the modern day form of slavery known as human trafficking. Shelley Gilbert, co-chairwoman of the office’s Windsor Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Action Group, said that the campaign will involve the use of roadside billboards, posters and pamphlets.

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