Maytree News headlines – May 9, 2011


News release: Celebrating four organizations that have embraced diversity at the highest level (Newswire)
On Monday, May 9, Premier Dalton McGuinty will be in attendance as DiverseCity onBoard recognizes the winners of the fourth annual Diversity in Governance Awards for their commitment and innovation in creating inclusive boards of governance.

Town of Richmond Hill, The Redwood among organizations recognized for diversity (Canadian HR Reporter)
Four organizations have been recognized for their commitment and innovation in creating inclusive boards of governance: Peel Children’s Aid, The Redwood, the Town of Richmond Hill and TD Bank Group. The Diversity in Governance Awards awards are given out annually by DiverseCity onBoard, part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project. A joint initiative of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, the project connects qualified candidates from Aboriginal, visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities to agencies, boards and commissions in the public and non-profit sectors.

2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference: Learn + Lead – Day 2 in tweets (Maytree blog)
A summary of tweets and news articles on Day 2 of the conference.

2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference: Good Ideas (Maytree blog)
On day one of the ALLIES conference (May 5, 2011), participants spent the afternoon in roundtable discussions on particular issues related to mentoring programs for skilled immigrant professionals.

Walking School Bus (Cities of Migration)
“Going to school is way more fun now!” Rahul enthuses. “Mom is with me, I get to be outside and I see my two best friends before class starts.” The change is the result of the Walking School Bus (WSB) program. A “Walking School Bus” is a group of children who walk to and from school together supervised by neighborhood adults. Like a real bus, it “travels” at a set time and the children come out to join at stops situated close to where they live.

DiverseCity Perspectives: “We see abilities in others; we don’t see weaknesses.” (DiverseCity blog)
In this video, meet Ranjana Mitra, Executive Director of the Community Environment Alliance. In addition to sharing her unique leadership story and approach, she tells us how a visit to a landfill in India inspired her to start Share-IT, a program that collects, refurbishes, and redistributes used electronic equipment.

Too little diversity in the boardroom (Toronto Star)
Wendy Cukier of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute says the situation in Canada is even more pronounced. Here, 87 per cent of the boards of large corporations are made up of white males. According to Catalyst Canada, women are just 18 per cent of senior officers at the Financial Post 500 companies, and about 14 per cent of boards.–too-little-diversity-in-the-boardroom

Employment program spells success (Calgary Herald)
But Zhao’s job with the computer company disappeared a few years later and she started collecting employment insurance. Then her case worker suggested she consider a unique program offered for unemployed Canadians by the immigrant services organization SUCCESS to help them become self-employed. Zhao jumped at the opportunity, took the training and today owns Omega Trading Group, an importexport company that’s the exclusive agent for the Chinese beer Zhujiang, which is distributed by Omega across Canada along with restaurant supplies from China.

Video: In Depth & Analysis – Help Wanted – Fewer jobs for immigrants (CBC)
Amanda Lang reports on how Canadians are faring in the job market after the economic crisis, with a focus on struggling young people, underemployed new Canadians, and the impact on men left jobless. Plus, Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist for TD Bank Financial Group, shares his insights on the Canadian employment landscape, now and in the near future, in a web-exclusive Q & A with Amanda.

Multiculturalism symposium to be held in Calgary (660 News)
The majority of immigrants with degrees from foreign universities don’t actually work in their field when they move to Canada. Statistics Canada reports just 24 per cent end up having a job related to their degree and the Calgary Multicultural Centre is holding a symposium to raise awareness on the issue.–multiculturalism-symposium-to-be-held-in-calgary

Anti-Islamic Dutch politician speaking in Canada for the first time (Toronto Sun)
Protesters are getting ready for Geert Wilders’ first Canadian visit as the controversial anti-Islamic Dutch politician rolls into town for a private speech to local Christian groups Monday night. The Freedom Party leader maintains that because Canada helped out Holland during the Second World War, it is only fitting to repay them by raising awareness the country is in danger of a hostile takeover and being “Islamicized.”

Ya, mon! It’s CariVaughan (Vaughan Today)
People in Vaughan will be jumping up and getting down for a good cause in July. The first ever CariVaughan festival is coming to town.

Time for a racism talk with your kids — DAVE DALE’s Soapboxing (North Bay Nugget)
Education is the only cure for racism. Punishment of racist behaviour must include more exposure to the people and culture an individual fears. And the perfect time to raise these topics around the dinner table or address them with your child is after major news events such as the killing of Osama bin Laden. Ask if they know anyone in their school who is of either Middle Eastern or East Indian descent, suggest they go out of their way to make their classmate feel safe and accepted.

Gee, maybe Mr. Harper does know Canada (Chronicle Herald)
It seems, in fact, that Harper’s cottoned onto the fact that the national psyche could do with an upgrade. He knows, for instance, that it’s no longer enough to tell new Canadians that they’re welcome here — patronizing news indeed — and then ignore them. That was the old Liberal model for capturing the “ethnic” or immigrant vote, or so I read on one online site or another on Tuesday. Harper’s Conservatives found a new way, and it worked. In case you missed it, Canada’s nascent natural ruling party won 32 of 47 seats in the Greater Toronto Area in this election, including several big city ridings with substantial Jewish and ethnic populations. (This was the same territory where the Liberals once reigned supreme.)

Exclusive: What really sunk Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals (Toronto Star)
It was more than arrogance, says Jason Kenney, the immigration minister who pounded the pavement for years and deserves a lion’s share of credit for big Conservative gains in the GTA. “I don’t want to sound unkind, but frankly it was laziness,” Kenney told the Star. “There were 32 Liberal MPs from the GTA, and of the hundreds of ethnocultural events I attended in the past five years going from Scarborough to Mississauga, typically there were no Liberals there … They treated the ethnic communities like passive vote banks owed to them through the supposed myth of Pierre Trudeau. They mailed it in.”–exclusive-what-really-sunk-michael-ignatieff-and-the-liberals?bn=1

Event May 11: 2011 WEConnect Canada Supplier Diversity (Ernst & Young)
Are you a woman-owned business or a certified diverse supplier? Learn how to benefit from procurement processes with organizations that practice supplier diversity.

How religion split the federal vote (Vancouver Sun)
The Conservatives topped the polls in the May 2 election in part by winning over religious voters, particularly Protestants, but also Jews and longtime immigrants. The New Democratic Party came in second in part by appealing to those who have no religion, as well as by holding their own among Catholics and recent immigrants. The Liberals came in third by maintaining support among visible minorities and the moderately religious, especially Muslims but also Jews. Those are the revealing findings of a massive Ipsos Reid federal election exit poll, which measured the effects of religion, ethnicity and immigrant status on electoral choices. Vancouver’s Bhangra Story (Schema Magazine) tells the story of Vancouver’s South Asian community through the lens of Bhangra dance and music, linking Bhangra with issues of identity, politics, diaspora and life in Vancouver.

Confronting issue of South Asian family violence (Globe and Mail)
Rather than shy away from the issue, Naila Butt wants to tackle it head-on. As the executive director of Social Services Network, a non-profit organization for South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area, she recently hosted a conference on family violence from a South Asian perspective at Queen’s Park. “It’s not only a South Asian problem, but we need to deal with it anyway,” she said. “We know it’s happening.”

Dealing With Domestic Violence (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Toronto Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu. She is with the Community Mobilization Unit.

Crime And Immigration (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Rachel Giese. She is the author of an article called “Arrival of the Fittest”. It is in the June issue of The Walrus.

Gujarati Diaspora Literature (Generally About Books)
Then, something strange happened to me upon my immigration to Toronto. I suddenly became acutely conscious of my Gujarati roots – not in a jingoistic way, but merely from an identity perspective; something I didn’t want to lose or give up on without an adequate appreciation and understanding. It was with all this heavy emotional baggage from the past firmly strapped to my back that I decided to attend my first Gujarati literary event on May 7 in Toronto.


Eritrean refugees wrongly rejected: judge (CBC)
Three dozen refugees whose claims were rejected by a Canadian official in Egypt could see their cases reconsidered after a Federal Court judge ruled the visa officer made grave errors.

Refugees win fight over faulty denials (Winnipeg Free Press)
A Canadian visa officer who rejected refugees for failing her made-up quizzes on the Holy Spirit and guard-to-prisoner ratios has been overruled by the Federal Court. On Thursday, it ruled four Eritrean refugees were unfairly refused by the Canadian visa office in Cairo.

Deal may push refugees to other countries (Sydney Morning Herald)
A Sri Lankan man caught leaving Indonesia on a boat for Australia says asylum seekers may now look to make it to other countries such as Canada, including by sea, in the wake of a transfer deal with Malaysia.


Voices from the Street: Canada’s homeless women (Wellesley Institute)
One of the key issues for women is poverty. There’s lots of talk and concern about child poverty, but we forget that children are poor because their parents are poor. One in five women in Canada lives in poverty and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies says that 80 percent of women’s crime is poverty related. Hunger and malnutrition gnaws at their bones.

‘Scary’ income inequality on rise in Canada and other rich economies: New OECD report (Wellesley Institute)
Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released earlier this week indicates that income inequality continues to grow rapidly in Canada and in most of the world’s other rich economies. The research points to an international trend where economic growth only translates into growth in household income for the wealthiest in society and doesn’t serve to benefit household incomes of everyone. This uneven income growth produces further income disparity–a widening of the income gap between the rich and poor.

“It’s My Party” press coverage (Samara Canada)
Samara’s latest report, “It’s My Party”: Parliamentary Dysfunction Reconsidered, has received quite a bit of media coverage since it’s launch a couple of weeks ago. It seems the MPs’ problems with their own parties caught the attention of many people across the country, and the political spectrum.

Future Of Public Housing? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with The CBC’s Mary Wiens about the revitalization of Lawrence Heights.


Policy Brief: Vulnerabilities of female migrant farm workers from Latin America and the Caribbean in Canada (Focal)
Since 1999, the number of temporary foreign workers from Latin America and the Caribbean employed in Canada’s agricultural sector has tripled. Most temporary workers on farms are men, but the number of women is on the rise. In Canada, female temporary foreign workers endure precarious working and living conditions on the farms and face gender-specific challenges. This policy brief documents this new trend in temporary migration and highlights the vulnerabilities of female workers employed in Canada’s agricultural industry.

WAC Stop Wage Theft Campaign Launch is a week away (Workers’ Action Centre)
HEAR from Workers’ Action Centre leaders on our fight to stop employers from stealing our wages. WATCH undercover footage of employers breaking the law, and see how workers are resisting through Bad Boss actions around the city. FIND OUT how you can get involved!


Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Toronto Policy, Garbage Collection and Other News.

The World’s 26 Best Cities for Business, Life, and Innovation (The Atlantic)
New York City, Toronto and San Francisco were named the world’s most impressive metros in a new survey of the global capitals of finance, innovation and tourism. The report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City graded 26 metro powerhouses from Stockholm to Santiago on business opportunities, culture, livability, and innovation.

Taking a great idea to the next level – Vital Ideas grants help eleven high-impact organizations across Toronto (Toronto Community Foundation)
The Toronto Community Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of our 2010/2011 Vital Ideas grants. This year, thanks to the generosity of two Community Foundation fundholders and through a special partnership with KPMG, Vital Ideas grants were awarded to 11 high-impact non-profit organizations.

TTC cutbacks to cause hardship for riders (Globe and Mail)
The cuts were originally announced in January, 2010. Public outcry led the TTC to conduct public consultations. The plan was widely criticized, for example, for ending the 101 Parc Downsview Park bus, and the route was reinstated after business owners and users complained.

Secret Service Cut (Steve Munro)
On a related topic, the TTC must dust off its Service Standards and address issues on which they were silent earlier this year:
* Will the screenline of 10 riders per hour continue to be applied for future service cuts?
* Will walking distances to service be considered both as they apply to future cuts, and to reviews of the cuts that have been implemented?
* What mechanism will be used to monitor and, if justified, to reintroduce service, and what standard will apply?


Behind the sign: Investigating the growing number of erotic massage centres in Toronto (National Post)
Chanelle Gallant, a communications co-ordinator for Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, believes the number of migrants working in the industry is exaggerated in order to “create a moral panic” over human trafficking and justify efforts to crack down on the sex trade. “Massage parlours are a workplace. There are some great workplaces, and some are not as great,” said Ms. Gallant. Maggie’s is an organization by and for local sex workers that is “founded on the belief that in order to improve their circumstances, sex workers must control their own lives and destinies.”

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