Maytree news headlines – May 6, 2011


2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference: Learn + Lead – Day 1 in tweets (Maytree blog)
A curated set of tweets, links and videos from day 1 the ALLIES conference.

ALLIES Mentoring Conference underway in Calgary (McConnell Foundation)
The 2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference, which is showcasing innovative practices on mentoring from immigrant employment councils, employers and service delivery agencies from over 15 cities across Canada, is currently underway in Calgary.

Mentors help immigrants find success in Canada (Calgary Herald)
Speaking Thursday at the 2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference in downtown Calgary, Omidvar said mentors can help educated and skilled newcomers find jobs by helping break down cultural barriers and doing something as simple as explaining Canadian slang and idioms. In turn, local companies can benefit by hiring new Canadians, she said. “Skilled immigrants bring talent, connections to world markets and new ways of thinking to solve problems.”

Embracing immigration (Metro Canada – Halifax)
Seventy-three per cent of residents surveyed feel immigrants will have a positive impact on our economy. And 84 per cent feel the arrival of immigrants enriches the cultural makeup of our community. But we are a little more ambivalent on the subject of how they should fit in. While 52 per cent of the 508 residents we surveyed agree with the statement “we should completely accept the customs and traditions of immigrants,” 68 per cent say immigrants must integrate into the customs, tradition and lifestyles of Canada. This apparent ambiguity is what multiculturalism represents in Canada today.–embracing-immigration

Controversial anti-Islamic group plans rally in Toronto (National Post)
A British right-wing group responsible for a wave of violent anti-Islamist street protests in the United Kingdom will attempt to spread its message to Canadians at a rally in Toronto next week. A “support rally” for the controversial English Defence League is scheduled to take place at the Toronto Zionist Centre on Tuesday night. The event is being organized by the Jewish Defence League of Canada.

Canada polls: Sikh issues, immigration weighed heavily on voters’ minds (Times of India)
Punjabi community has now reached a stage of political maturity where the community leaders were telling newspapers that they would rather have MPs who looked after the community’s interests, rather than go in for turbaned ones.

Canadian Election Analysis – Sikhs: Kingmakers in Our Own Mind (The Langarhall)
My fellow Sikh-Canadians, its the morning after the big party. How does it feel? You must be a little hung over? Why wouldn’t you be? You’ve been drunk on power over the last 5 weeks. You’ve had every leader in the country wining and dining you in style. Telling you how great you are, how important you are to him and how he can’t live without you. They’ve trotted you out to every event like a prized possession, your dastaar (turban) became the ultimate fashion accessory of the election. No political stage was complete without a token Sardar in his requisite blue, red or orange turban.

Pinoy Pride Vancouver comes out in Filipino-Canadian community (
The first Filipino-Canadian gay and lesbian group in B.C. is coming out, and its pioneers hope that they will find understanding and acceptance in a community steeped in traditional values. Pinoy Pride Vancouver will hold its launch on Friday (May 6) with a dance party in the city’s West End, the epicentre of gay and lesbian life in the Lower Mainland.

Province funds local effort against domestic violence (Your Ottawa Region)
Women new to Canada who are in abusive relationships or at risk of abuse are set to benefit from a public education campaign provided by an Ottawa-based organization, the province announced last Friday. Immigrant Women Services Ottawa will receive $50,000 from the provincial government to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive training over the next 18 months to better reach immigrant and refugee populations in the Ottawa area.–province-funds-local-effort-against-domestic-violence

Federal government tightens live-in caregiver regulations (CMAJ)
The federal government will move to protect foreign workers who’ve been brought to Canada to be live-in caregivers by imposing tighter restrictions on employers. The changes will include the creation of a public “blacklist” that will articulate the names of employers who fail to comply with minimum standards for working conditions. The blacklist will be posted on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website. As well, employers who fail to comply with regulations will be banned from hiring another live-in caregiver for a two-year period after they have been found to have breached conditions of the program. The changes became effective April 1.

She helps untangle the red tape (Burnaby Now)
Imagine you’re a new immigrant to Canada, trying to negotiate myriads of red tape as you’re applying for Canadian citizenship. The endless forms don’t make much sense, the “frequently asked questions” don’t provide the answers you’re looking for and nobody seems to want to lend you a helping hand. Enter certified Canadian immigration consultant Carina Tan-Lucero.

Parliament gets a makeover (Ottawa Citizen)
The last Parliament boasted only 22 per cent women (68 women versus 240 men). Only five of these female MPs were under the age of 40, compared to 25 men, and Canada ranked 52nd in the world for its representation of women, the lowest in its history. The only female leader of a national party, Elizabeth May, held no seat and was virtually invisible on the national scene. Oh, what a difference one election makes.

Rights tribunal rules Falun Gong a protected creed (Ottawa Citizen)
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has awarded $15,000 to a woman who was expelled from the Ottawa Chinese Seniors’ Association because she is a practitioner of Falun Gong. The tribunal says Falun Gong is a “creed” under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and excluding a person for following it is discrimination.

100,000 more immigrants per year could help Canada: report (Vancouver Sun)
Give three economists credit for trying to kickstart a real debate over immigration in Canada. They do so by imagining a “shock” scenario. What would happen, they ask, if Canada brought in 100,000 more immigrants per year? Canada already takes more immigrants per capita than any other nation. But these analysts want Canadians to think about welcoming 350,000 newcomers a year, instead of the current 250,000.

May 2011 – Diversity in the workplace
In this issue:
Alberta moves forward in recognizing foreign-earned qualifications
Ensuring diversity
ETC global news briefs
MVP diversity champions
AHA! an inspired idea!
POV Attending functions at work
Top 10 Ways to Increase Visible Minority Success at Your Company

Canada: Immigrants not healthy for long (
The longer immigrants live in Canada, the more likely they are to adopt unhealthy lifestyles, researchers report. Katerina Maximova, an assistant professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, analyzed data from approximately 6,400 low-income children — representing 104 countries — in an inner-city Montreal neighborhood who were tracked for more than five years.
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Air show, multicultural events to highlight heritage festival (Cape Breton Post)
The Cape Breton Heritage Festival will host the air show June 3-5 to begin back-to-back military and multicultural themed weekends.,-multicultural-events-to-highlight-heritage-festival/1


Teen embroiled in international custody battle can stay in Canada (Vancouver Sun)
A teenage refugee from Mexico embroiled in an international custody battle who was wrongfully deported from Canada last year will live with an aunt now that she’s back in Toronto, a family court ruled Thursday. Ontario Justice Stanley Sherr made the order at a child protection hearing, essentially ending an eight-month-long fight between the 14-year-old girl’s parents, who now live separately in Mexico and Norway.

Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation (Hamilton Cares)
From 26 to 28 May 2011, refugee and immigrant rights advocates from across Canada will be gathering in Hamilton for the Canadian Council for Refugees 2011 (CCR) Spring Consultation.


National speakers’ series, Inspiring Action for Social Impact, kicking off next week (McConnell Foundation)
Inspiring Action for Social Impact is a national speakers’ series comprised of a mix of in-person and online public talks by international thought leaders, applied learning workshops and dialogue on practical strategies for social innovation in Canada. The series begins with Christian Bason, Director of MindLab in Denmark, in Toronto on Monday May 9th at 6:00pm.

Critical Mass: A primer for social change (CCPA)
How can we build on our past successes while harnessing the remarkable energy and creativity in the social justice movement in such a way that we can create meaningful and sustained progress –politically, economically and socially? And with increasing social fragmentation that is often cynically exploited for short-term partisan gain, how can we learn to work with our debates and our differences and our conflicts and our debates, and not let them tear us apart?

How paying people’s way out of poverty can help us all (Globe and Mail)
Behind corridors lined with contemporary Canadian art, sitting at a dark wooden table in his downtown Toronto office, Ed Clark offers some economic advice that might not typically come from Bay Street. Give the poor a tax break. “I say, ‘Why don’t you cut the taxes of the most overtaxed people?’ It isn’t Ed Clark,” the Toronto-Dominion Bank CEO said in an interview earlier this year. “It’s the people at the low end, because they face the highest marginal tax rates.”

Collaboration key to any poverty reduction strategy (Red Deer Advocate)
Health care and justice system costs are rising because poverty is not being addressed. This is the message Joe Ceci, provincial poverty reduction co-ordinator for the Alberta Inter-City Forum on Social Policy, brought to Red Deer Wednesday afternoon.

McQuesten: Elements of a Successful Neighbourhood Initiative – PDF (Caledon Institute)
The latest community story from the Caledon Institute for Social Policy pulls lessons for successful neighbourhood interventions from the McQuesten neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario. While work in Hamilton neighbourhoods was pioneered by the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, now the City of Hamilton is formulating a neighbourhood strategy that will support and extend the community development gains achieved to date.


Migrant farm workers denied right to unionize (healthjusticeradio)
On today’s episode of the HJRC, we speak with Evelyn EnCalada Grez, an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers and a Doctoral Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. Ms. EnCalada Grez is also the author of a recently published article entitled, “Vulnerabilities of female migrant farm workers from Latin America and the Caribbean in Canada.” We speak with her about Friday’s court decision and about the intersection of race and gender among Ontario agricultural workers.


Jane’s Walk this weekend: program (Spacing Toronto)
here in the Toronto area over 170 walks are scheduled for this weekend. You can see the detailed schedule on the Jane’s Walk website, but there’s also a handy, printable Jane’s Walk microschedule (PDF). It’s easy to find a convenient walk near where you live — and also worthwhile to travel to find one that will explore a part of Toronto you’re unfamiliar with. The walks help us realize just how much there is to see in our vast city.


Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation now Open for Applications! (McConnell Foundation)
The first offering of the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation will focus on the issues of mental health, aging, and newcomers to Canada. If you are seeking creative solutions to big problems, open to exploring and utilizing multiple and cross-cutting perspectives, and eager to develop the habits of thought and strategic skills necessary to make transformative change possible, this program was designed with you in mind.

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