Maytree News headlines – May 5, 2011


Conference in Calgary to highlight the advantages of mentoring and integrating skilled immigrants into the workforce (Digital Journal)
On May 5 and 6, over 120 delegates from across Canada will attend a mentoring conference in Calgary to discuss the successes of current mentoring initiatives, explore new opportunities, and learn how mentoring is impacting the lives of skilled immigrants across the country.

Who’s diverse in the new Parliament? (77 Communications)
So, how does the 2011 election stack up? I’ve gone riding-by-riding to pull the data and it suggests that we elected 26 visible minority MPs and 7 Aboriginal MPs. The number of Aboriginal MPs was confirmed by AFN Chief Shawn Atleo, who issued a statement about the election results.

Perspectives: Changing the way we imagine leaders (DiverseCity blog)
This month on the DiverseCity blog, we’ll be sharing leadership stories and interviews from our DiverseCity Perspectives series. Through leadership interviews and dialogue activities, Perspectives is generating, collecting and disseminating approaches to change how leaders are imagined, shaped and chosen in the Toronto region. Today, we’d like to introduce you to David Meyers, Manager of Integrated Programs at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre.

Webinar May 17: Listen up! Media Strategies for Diverse Cities (Cities of Migration)
Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about media diversity and the strategies behind the success of local radio broadcasters in Barcelona and Toronto. Find out how to improve your audience ratings by responding to changing demographics and sharing your city’s immigrant experience.

Here’s why Stephen Harper really won (Globe and Mail)
In fact, the Conservatives won because they did the sorts of things the Liberals used to do. They built broad coalitions among disparate groups. Take the so-called ethnic vote. When the Liberals courted new Canadians, it was smart. When the Conservatives do it, it’s sleazy. During the campaign, the CBC assembled countless panels of ethnic people to express their disgust at this condescending and divisive tactic. Amazingly, however, ethnic voters seemed glad to have important cabinet ministers show up in their ridings. They liked the focus on stability and a strong economy. Besides, the Liberals hadn’t been around for years. The Conservatives’ years of efforts paid off spectacularly. To get results like that, you need a long-term strategy, passion, and someone willing to drink 15,000 cups of tea. The Liberals no longer have any of those things.

How journalists patronized ethnic voters (National Post)
‘Fifteen cups of tea. That’s how the election was won,” begins the crackerjack analysis in The Globe and Mail. “In one day during the 2011 election campaign, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney attended 15 different chai parties hosted by Indo-Canadian voters in Brampton West, Ont. That’s just a snapshot of his epic cross-Canada campaigning, but it’s indicative of the stamina and persistence of the Conservative point man for ethnic communities.” I rarely write about Jason Kenney, on the grounds that I have known him for 20 years and our families are friends. So I leave it to others to comment upon his triumphs and travails. But in the wake of his success on Monday, perhaps a word or two might help understand how the architect of the Tory majority accomplished what he did.

Tory inspiration to woo immigrants began with Sheila Copps’s comment (Vancouver Sun)
As Calgary Southeast MP Jason Kenney watched the Conservative blue tide sweep across the country Monday night, fellow Tories could well pay thanks to an unusual inspiration on the way to victory -former Liberal MP Sheila Copps. Twenty years ago, she drew a hailstorm of controversy by comparing then Reform Party leader Preston Manning to American white supremacist David Duke, suggesting the Alberta politician’s policies were racist. It was a maddening moment for Kenney, then with a provincial taxpayers group but who went on to become citizenship and immigration minister.

A pipe dream for Jason Kenney (Embassy)
What now for Canada’s immigrants and refugees? When Conservatives take time to stop patting Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on the back for his tireless working of the vote-rich immigrant communities, the future fate of refugees and immigrants will be a fair question—even if we think we already know the answer.

Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) Mentoring pilot scores results in Edmonton (Maytree blog)
In 2009, the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) launched its Career Mentorship Program. As part of the pilot, ten internationally trained, job-ready professionals were matched with Canadian mentors with similar professional backgrounds. Within three months of completing the program, 50 percent found jobs commensurate with their education and experience.

Mentoring Collaborative pays off for mentees, mentors and employers in Calgary (Maytree blog)
Alvaro, a chemical engineer from Brazil, immigrated to Canada in 2004. He moved to Calgary in hopes of landing a job in his field of petroleum market research. Unfortunately, his lack of Canadian contacts made this nearly impossible. “If you’re not networked properly, it will be really hard to find a job,” he told the CBC (MP3). Mentorship programs help newcomers like Alvaro overcome this barrier to employment by connecting qualified immigrants with people in their profession.

Video: City of Calgary & CRIEC develop mentor relationships between City staffers & new Canadians (YouTube)
The City of Calgary has partnered with Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council to develop mentor relationships between City staffers and new Canadians.

Tamils to protest on University Avenue again (Globe and Mail)
It is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for University Avenue, near the United States consulate. Tamils held mass protests in the same location during the final weeks of the war two years ago. Toronto is home to a reported 200,000-plus Tamils, the largest such community outside Asia. The Tigers, whom the federal government banned as a terrorist group in 2006, relied on that community for donations of millions of dollars to fund the insurgency.

Harper win could see decline in Caribbean interest (Stabroek News)
“The result of the election and the majority by Harper are going to be very important for the Caribbean because the Prime Minister has his attention focused on China and the countries in the East, including India,” said Clarke. “It was pointed out after the results were known that the rising ethnic group in Ontario is now the Chinese and the Indians. “We saw quite a few, relatively speaking, Indians who were elected on Monday and I was a bit shocked to see that there were no Black candidates and if they were they were very few in Ontario. That is a very fundamental change and it means we will be left out of the more serious discussion in parliament.”

Library offers help for new immigrants (The Record – New Westminster)
Are you new to Canada? Could you benefit from a helping hand as you settle in to life in your new country? The New Westminster Public Library is offering a series of free life skills workshops for new immigrants. Participants may register for one workshop or more, or all of them.

Immigration North of the Border (Huffington Post)
The heated debate over how we deal with immigration is only getting uglier and more caustic. Perhaps, as we try to settle our problem with entrants south of the border, we should look for answers north of the border.

Video: Filipinos Among Thousands of Electors Who Cast Their Votes in Toronto (YouTube – FilipinoWebChannel)
Filipinos were among the visible minorities who went to the polls and cast their votes. In Toronto, one of them is Lorna Abad. Here, she tells why she voted today, May 2, Election Day in Canada.

Incumbent Davies holds immigrant-heavy riding (Vancouver Courier)
The NDP’s Don Davies won his second term in Parliament representing Vancouver Kingsway with 50.1 per cent of the vote as of Tuesday morning, the widest margin a representative of his party has ever seen in the riding. Conservative candidate Trang Nguyen took 28.1 per cent of the vote. Liberal candidate Wendy Yuan collected 16.6 per cent.

New Canada citizenship guide to assist future Canada citizens (All Voices)
A new simpler Canada citizenship guide will help those preparing to undertake Canada citizenship test. The improved version of Canada citizenship guide will, thus, ease the tough path towards Canada citizenship for new immigrants here. The launch of the new guide was revealed by Jennifer HowardJennifer Howard, Labor and Immigration Minister.

TO groups oppose CIC change (Canadian Immigrant)
Toronto groups are banding together to ask federal parties to reject a possible adjustment to Canada’s immigration law. Sponsored partners and spouses could see the permanent residence period become two years or more if Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s change passes.

Ukrainian culture and tradition highlighted in Calgary events (Calgary Herald)
From art to music and from dancing to the written word, there is a great richness to this culture that was instrumental in helping settle Western Canada many years ago. That’s the joy of living in Canada where cultural diversity is not only accepted but is encouraged. Because of that, traditional cultures, such as those from Ukraine, are able to showcase their history for generations to come.

Hate crime incidents drop (
The hiring of visible minority officers and better diversity training to front-line officers is leading to a decline in hate crime in Mississauga and Brampton, according to Peel Regional Police. The force released its 2010 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report at last Friday’s (April 29) Police Services Board meeting in Brampton.–hate-crime-incidents-drop


Anti-human smuggling bill will be re-introduced: Kenney (National Post)
The Conservatives intend to reintroduce their controversial anti-human smuggling bill when Parliament resumes, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday. Anyone considering handing their life savings over to a smuggling organization that promises to send them to Canada by ship should “think again” now that the Tories have a majority, the Minister said in an interview.

Canada needs to help Mexican teen refugee wrongfully sent back: lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
A 14-year-old Mexican girl wrongfully sent back to her home country from Canada can’t simply hop on a plane for a Toronto court appointment this week — at least not without the help of the Canadian government, critics say.

Exclusive: Deported Mexican teen makes daring return to Canada (Toronto Star)
A Mexican teen deported from Canada touched down in Toronto on a flight from El Salvador late Wednesday night, capping a dramatic four-country escape. In the process, Josette Rosenzweig Issasi, 14, outwitted the combined smarts of Mexican and Canadian officials, who seemed bent on keeping her in Mexico.–exclusive-deported-mexican-teen-makes-daring-return-to-canada?bn=1


Video-Conference Forum summary: Inequalities, Public Health Association of BC, Canada (International Union for Health Promotion and Education)
Wilkinson supports his thesis by documenting how unequal societies have more crime, more drug abuse, more violence, more of every social pathology one can imagine. Exploring the United States in depth, he shows us how close the pattern of health and the pattern of social problems internationally fit the amount of inequality in each society. He argues that inequalities in society are divisive and socially destructive. An integral component of unequal societies, according to Wilkinson, is the drastic income divides that exist.

Anti-poverty activist balks at proposed Calgary public school bus fee increase (Calgary Herald)
Anti-poverty activists says a proposed 60 per cent hike in school bus fees by the Calgary Board of Education is an undue burden on the city’s working poor. And Dan Meades, director of Vibrant Communities Calgary, is demanding the public school board adopt more generous fee waiver limits or risk seeing children from poor families miss classes. “This is a huge hit,” Meades said

Event May 17: Five Good Ideas: Strategies for Privacy Compliance with Lydia Wakulowsky, Partner, McMillan LLP (Maytree)
The issue of privacy of personal information should be considered carefully by all charities and not-for-profit corporations. Privacy is good for business, and, as such, it should be viewed as a business issue more than a compliance issue. Charities and not-for-profit corporations should observe and follow privacy laws, industry best practices and fair information practices in respect of personal information. This session will focus on strategies for privacy compliance for charities and not-for-profit corporations operating in Ontario.

Five Good Ideas video recording: Branding – Why Choose You? (Maytree)
This presentation provides you with a number of innovative ways to become more influential, by understanding:
* The importance of answering “Why should I choose you?” – the single most important question in your job – in seven words or less
* Why you need to distinguish between what you are selling and what people are buying
* Why you need more than facts and logic to be convincing


Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating rises to 70 per cent (Globe and Mail)
As Mayor Rob Ford heads into a contentious period of labour strife, spending cuts and possible job losses, a new poll suggests he has political capital to burn. The survey of 913 Torontonians, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the Toronto Real Estate Board, found that 70 per cent approve of the mayor’s performance and 65 per cent support the way city council is handling tax dollars.

Slick time-lapse sequence provides comparison of Toronto with other cities (blogTO)
Further to discussion about how Toronto’s skyline stacks up against other cities around the world, this slick time-lapse video I found earlier today provides an interesting comparison of Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and New York (there’s also a few shots of Quebec City). That’s not really the point of the sequence — which creator Dominic Boudreault states is “to show the duality between city and nature,” whatever that means — but with so many skyline shots, it’s tough not to measure the cities against one another, even if the exercise is mostly just a time waster.

New City of Toronto website features self-guided walking tours (City of Toronto)
The City of Toronto has created a website where residents and visitors to Toronto can get information about 26 self-guided walking tours of some of the city’s most beautiful and interesting areas.


Professor Benjamin Perrin honoured with CUFA BC’s Distinguished Academics Awards (Liu Institute for Global Issues)
Congratulations to Ben Perrin, who has been awarded one of this year’s Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Distinguished Academics Awards. These awards are presented annually by CUFA BC to recognize faculty members at B.C.’s public universities who use their research and scholarly work to make contributions to the wider community. Prof. Benjamin Perrin will receive the 2011 Early in Career Award Sponsored by Scotiabank for his work in documenting the prevalence and severity of human trafficking in Canada, and using that work to raise awareness and change laws.

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