Maytree news headines – June 2, 2011


Russell Peters (CBC The Current)
Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters has made his name on poking fun at race and racial stereotypes. Why does he do it? Why does it work? Under what circumstances would he censor himself? Is an interview on The Current one of them? And all jokes aside, what are his real thoughts on race? We go deep into the mind of one of this country’s top funny men.

Skilled Immigrants Help Canadian Companies Grow Globally and at Home (Pace Law Firm)
Hiring skilled immigrants makes good business sense for Canadian employers seeking to grow globally and at home. A recent survey by EKOS, a leading Canadian market research and polling firm, found that one in five employers has hired a skilled immigrant to help them expand globally and locally, and feels that employees with international education and experience are effective in helping them meet their business goals.

The NDP’s Indo-Canadian problem (Winnipeg Free Press)
I dropped by the NDP nomination meeting Sunday afternoon in Concordia, a race that caused a lot of heartburn within the partys establishment. It offered some stark evidence of the chasm that exists between the partys old guard and its new Indo-Canadian members. The meeting was held at a local high school, which was a pretty apt setting. Like the Grade 12 cool kids, the party establishment all hung out together while the brown guys in turbans kept to themselves. If that continues, the NDP might have a problem in a few months.

We Shouldnt be Throwing Out Ontarios Human Rights System – Chris Bentley, Ontarios Attorney General (South Asian Generation Next)
The Attorney General of Ontario believes that Ontarios Human Rights system should continue to grow as it improves and represents diversity of Ontario. We need to make sure that the human rights system continues to improve and continues to be able to address the new issueswe have come a long way..we have a very good human rights approach and we shouldnt be throwing it out said Mr. Chris Bentley, Ontarios Attorney General in an interview with Generation Next.

AvantDerm Introduces the Ethnic Skin Institute (Newswire Today)
According to the United Nations, Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in the world. Similarly, Statistics Canada has projected that in 2012 the visible minorities in Toronto will comprise the majority. Dermatological conditions present differently in patients with ethnic skin, thus creating a need for specialized methods in both the diagnosis and treatment of these skin types. When using lasers ethnic skin is at a much greater risk of complications, and for this reason treatments can be done safely only if the correct technology is used by trained experts.

Immigrants expect Canadians to be bilingual (
A survey of recent immigrants in Calgary shows many of them arrive expecting Canadians to be able to speak English and French as a matter of course. And while they are confused by Calgary’s overwhelmingly English-speaking reality, many say bilingualism is something they aspire to – for themselves or their children.

Dionne Brand wins the Griffin Poetry Prize (Maclean’s)
The panel of Griffin judges are poets too: Tim Lilburn (Canada), Colm Toíbín (Ireland) and Chase Twichell (United States). And when poets write a citation or make a speech, the bar is set high. At last nights awards dinner, Colm Toíbín offered the nights most stirring flash of oratory, praising the strength and diversity of the Canadian poetsand explaining the moral necessity of cadence with an Irish, uh, cadence that was a living example of what he was talking about. It was just a brief, plainspoken speech about poetry, and the vital importance of getting words right, but it had more political heft than anything Id heard during the federal election campaign. If Harper is going to create an elected Senate, perhaps only poets should be eligible.

PETERBOROUGH’S ITALIAN COMMUNITY: Many Italians arrived in Peterborough with little, built lives that amounted to a lot (Peterborough Examiner)
Gaspare Andreoli is a respected Peterborough businessman who lives in a large, well-maintained home and is well-known in this community because he has met many people through his successful business G. Andreoli Masonry Ltd. But it wasn’t always this way.

Dismantling the Scarecrow (Toronto Star)
Modern-day Calgary is virtually unrecognizable from its postwar years. A visit downtown on Stampede Parade day reveals a diverse citizenry. Families of multiple ethnicities line the parade route to enjoy the cultural panorama. Here, a Caribbean steel band, there, the Ismaili Muslim/Habitat for Humanity float, next the Stoney Indians, then the pioneer women. A recent article in Macleans provides the numbers behind Calgarys changing face: Its dynamic economy makes it home to more immigrants per capita than Montreal. . . . Nearly a quarter of the population is a visible minority.–dismantling-the-scarecrow

Philanthropy and diversity: identifying the triggers for giving (Hilborn)
What do a 27-year-old Nigerian real-estate star, a middle-aged South Asian entrepreneur and a straight-talkin’, newly divorced Jewish mother have in common? More than you’d think. Isaac Olowolof, Aditja Jha and Ruth Mandel are all committed philanthropists, loyal and generous to the causes they’ve chosen to support. They believe in contributing to their community and in the importance of leading by example – for their children and the next generation of donors.

Video – Your Agenda: Your Agenda Insight: Faith in Secularism (TVO The Agenda)
Should Canada ban the niqab? Quebec’s Bill 94 would ban Canadian women wearing Muslim face veils from receiving services from public institutions. Is this the right path for Canada’s secular democracy? Akaash Maharaj on keeping the faith.


In defence of human smuggling (United Church Observer)
According to the United Nations convention on refugees, people fleeing persecution are excused for breaching immigration laws. Its understood that sometimes ones circumstances are so precarious, and the danger to life so great, that applying for a visa or even buying a plane ticket could have dire consequences. But those who enabled Tabes flight or that of other refugees are not excused from legal repercussions. On the contrary, human smugglers are vilified. And Canada is fighting for them and their networks to be stamped out.

Peter Showler plenary address (YouTube)
Peter Showler from the Refugee forum address the plenary on “The Changing Dynamics of Global Migration.”
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Gay artist granted reprieve from deportation (Toronto Star)
A gay artist from Nicaragua, whose asylum claim was rejected because he had not been in a same-sex relationship, has been granted a reprieve by immigration officials. Alvaro Orozco, who was to be deported Thursday, was released from immigration detention Wednesday after Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued him permanent resident status on humanitarian grounds.–gay-artist-granted-reprieve-from-deportation

Alvaro Orozco granted residency status (Rabble)
Friends and supporters rallied outside the 519 Community Centre in Toronto on Tuesday morning to pressure the government to stay the deportation order and grant Orozco residency status. Staff from Lesbian Gay Bi Trans (LGBT) Youth Line were on hand to present an award to Orozco in absentia. He is set to receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture at the 13th Annual Community Youth Awards on June 10, the day after his scheduled deportation date.


Hudak’s welfare plan illegal, critics say (Toronto Star)
The Tories will bulldoze ahead with a controversial campaign promise banning newcomers to Ontario from getting welfare in their first year despite signs such a move is illegal.–hudak-s-welfare-plan-illegal-critics-say

Town won’t help the poor: Georgina resident (
The family is speaking out on the heels of a Georgina Advocate story last week about a hunger and poverty crisis mounting in Georgina. The social problem is reaching a breaking point in the community like never before, church leaders insist, and the mayor heard their collective cry for assistance in an impromptu meeting last Tuesday.–town-won-t-help-the-poor-georgina-resident

Abolishing the long-form census muzzles women’s organizations (Times and Transcript)
“Depriving organizations of reliable data that allows them to support their arguments is the same as muzzling.” There, in a nutshell, is why the Stephen Harper government abolished the long-form census questionnaire, I think. The above quote was a comment made by a witness appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

Minimum wage on the rise in Alberta (CTV)
Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta’s Minister of Employment and Immigration says that while just over one percent of employees earn minimum wage, he wants to ensure it is reasonable. “We also want to maintain the important balance between attracting people into entry-level positions and helping their employers remain competitive.”

Wage hike does little to quell poverty: Advocate (Metro Canada – Calgary)
Hiking Albertas minimum wage does little to solve income issues plaguing 150,000 Calgarians, says a local anti-poverty advocate. Yesterdays announcement from the province represents a near seven per-cent increase for the general workforce and a roughly three per cent hike for employees that serve liquor.–wage-hike-does-little-to-quell-poverty-advocate

Care for women with HIV unequal, need to target immigrants, aboriginals: study (Canadian Press)
Improved prevention and treatment efforts are needed to eliminate gaps in care for women with HIV, who make up about a quarter of all new HIV infections in Ontario, researchers say. In a 2006-2008 study, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences show that about 60 per cent of newly infected women in the province are immigrants.

Panelists cite empathy and education as solution to Code Red (Hamilton Spectator)
The discussion held a strong emphasis on barriers, and the need to combat stigmas and stereotypes.–panelists-cite-empathy-and-education-as-solution-to-code-red

Rising CEO Pay: Could it fuel social unrest? (CCPA)
BNN (Business News Network) has taken on the thorny topic of soaring CEO pay in Canada. Two former CEOs joined CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan for a discussion about CEO pay and came to agreement on three important points: Executive compensation has gotten out of line; workers at the bottom and middle of the income spectrum need a boost, and higher taxes on the richest Canadians is the easiest solution to this worsening inequality.


Small Business Making a Big Impact in Leadership: Toronto’s Mellohawk Logistics Wins Scotiabank/CFIB Challenge (Canada Newswire)
“We are pleased to announce that Mellohawk Logistics is the winner of the Small Business Big Impact Challenge in Leadership,” said David Wilton, Director, Small Business, Scotiabank. “While we had more than 175 entries in the Leadership Category, Mellohawk Logistics stood out to our judging panel for their exemplary commitment to the newcomer community.”

Powerful men prey on vulnerable hotel workers (Hamilton Spectator)
But this is nothing new, says Priscilla Gonzalez, head of Domestic Workers United, an advocacy group for hotel workers. Being a historically disenfranchised and devalued, invisible kind of work, people who work in this industry do face a lot of forms of abuse and exploitation, and sexual abuse and harassment are certainly one of those forms, she said. The reality is that the women who do this work are not seen; theyre not recognized. For every woman that comes forward with a complaint, there are hundreds of others who dont.–powerful-men-prey-on-vulnerable-hotel-workers


Toronto District School Board 2011 budget deliberations begin (Belonging Community)
A useful e-mail is circulating around the Toronto District School Board, summarizing some of the early budget deliberations, as trustees face another year of shortfall. The Boards Budget Committee met on Monday, May 30. Here is the synopsis. The conclusion provides some useful steps for concerned parents and advocates.


Videos: Community Based Mapping Toos (Centre for City Ecology)
Part of a A series on the potential of mapping to strengthen communities ability to know their neighborhood and plan for its future.

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