Maytree News headlines – June 10, 2011


Overseas parental sponsorships frozen, fax suggests (CBC)
Liberal Leader Bob Rae demanded answers about Canada’s family reunification visa policy in question period Thursday, after a government fax was sent to a Liberal MP’s office suggesting a freeze on parental sponsorships. The fax, a copy of which was obtained by CBC News, was sent to Markham MP John McCallum from the Mississauga case processing centre of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and appears to be in response to an application by an immigrant to sponsor a parent to come to Canada.

Smiths Falls to celebrate immigration partnership next Thursday (Brockville Recorder and Times)
An evening of celebration awaits the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council to help kick off the project in Smiths Falls… Along with the announcement, Ming Shan Gu will relate her experience of coming to Canada and starting a new life with her husband, Chuang Wei Mu, and their daughter, Ivy. She will share the family’s story of leaving China in 2003 and eventually settling in Smiths Falls.

Canada’s immigration department needs complete overhaul (Times and Transcript)
Canadians and immigrants (or prospective ones) deserve better. Halifax lawyer Lee Cohen is correct: the system is ‘unworkable.’ The first step would be to return local control. Any senior bureaucrat who won’t accept that should be fired, period. This isn’t about their egos, it’s about real people who have are being regularly hurt and treated unfairly.

Remembrance and hope (Daily Gleaner)
Imagine living in a country that celebrates diversity, difference and inclusion. Creating such a society is the mission of the Canadian Centre for Diversity.

Toronto, immigrants and natives now embrace Tories, Kenney says (Globe and Mail)
They’re grappling with a question that all ruling parties face: how to prevent ministers and MPs, busy with their elected duties, from losing touch with the grassroots party members they will need to fight the next election in four years. Mr. Kenney, the party’s ethnic outreach czar, said the most important development May 2 was the Conservative breakthrough with immigrant Canadians. This helped the Tories clinch a 166-seat majority even though they lost ground in Quebec, traditionally a key ingredient in winning control of the Commons.

Indian diaspora a community that enriches the Canadian perspective (Globe and Mail)
The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin represent a kind of human bridge to one of the world’s rising powers. That relationship was celebrated yesterday as the Day of Overseas Indians kicked off in Toronto. It’s the first time such a significant conference focusing on the Indian diaspora has been held in Canada. It drew more than 550 delegates and speakers, from Indian business and government leaders to Governor-General David Johnston and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. The conference is the first of many large events planned for 2011, declared the Year of India in Canada. The Bollywood Oscars, with a worldwide audience of 700 million, will be held in Toronto in late June.

Bollywood Wants Us to Get Dancing (Torontoist)
The International Indian Film Academy Awards, often described as the Bollywood Oscars, are coming to town later this month. It’s the 12th year for the awards, and the first time they’ll be held in North America. Official events run from June 23 to 25, and preliminary celebrations are already taking place in and around the city.

Ethnicize this shit (Media Coop)
The grievances of immigrant communities, which are already in disproportionately disadvantaged socioeconomic conditions, will only be compounded by austere, social-service-diminishing, “deficit-addressing” measures central to Harper’s platform. Yet with a sinister cunningness, it precisely these communities that Harper targets as a constituency. Courting “the ethnic vote”, as it has been officially christened by a Conservative-commissioner-penned report, was a tactical necessity for the Conservatives, as became evident through Harper’s campaign-frequenting within immigrantful quarters such as Brampton, Ontario.

Renowned genealogist’s new book sheds light on early Scottish immigrants (NG News)
If you flip through any telephone book, the impact of the Scottish immigration to the Maritimes can be seen. Between 1770 and 1850, thousands of Scottish highlanders and lowlanders left their homes and came to the Maritimes, many of them landing here in Pictou County. Those early Scots are the subject of a new book by renowned Nova Scotia genealogist Dr. Terry Punch.

London region bucks housing trend (London Free Press)
“We have been building a lot, and demand has not yet caught up with it,” he said. Along with all that construction, London hasn’t been attracting enough new immigrants — we have not seen job growth to bring them here — and the economy has performed poorly, he added.

Cultivating Canada (Art Threat)
The third volume looks at the issue of reconciliation mostly from the perspective of non-Indigenous, non-white Canadians (where other volumes focused on aboriginal voices). The diverse and complex perspectives contained within have carved out a territory inside settler-dominated space that is at once confrontational, creative, and corporeal. Oppression marks the bodies of those who survive it, and this collection forces a look at those scars, while directing the reader’s gaze away from assimilation, white-defined state multiculturalism and guilt. The boundaries that are shattered and thoughtfully fragmented reconfigure as inclusive spaces with perforated borders, containing not just a nation or a state, but a place both ugly and beautiful – a place and space we all can call home.

Parents reflect on a year of kindergarten (Globe and Mail)
The parents of our Kindergarten Diaries participants discuss what they learned over a year of watching their children learn

Meet Prathmesh Mistry (Globe and Mail)
Immigrant students were among those the architects of Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten imagined would benefit most from more time in the classroom. But the program has been slow to arrive in the high-density neighbourhoods where new Canadians flock, including Brampton, where Prathmesh attended a half-day program at Homestead Public School. For Prathmesh the kindergarten classroom has unlocked the world around him, giving him access to the letters he reads out the back seat window of his mother’s car, the friends he meets at the park or the adults he sees at the grocery store.

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McGuinty Government Supports Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (Ontario newsroom)
Ontario is providing additional support for the clinic, which offers many programs such as legal advice, counselling, interpretation, and information and referral services, for women who have experienced different forms of violence within the family, including partner assault, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

Spotlight on New MPs: A day in the life of new MP Ted Hsu (Samara Canada)
What makes our Parliament so special is not only its diversity but also the uniqueness that some MPs, like Ted Hsu, bring to the job. He speaks Mandarin besides both official languages. He is a published scientist, with a PhD in Physics who has put his problem solving skills to test in the real world, in France, Tokyo and Philadelphia. Not only that, he has first-hand experience facing the grocery list and answering the timeless question “what’s for dinner” from the stand point of the stay-at home-parent.

Will France’s Veil Ban Reverberate in Quebec? (The Mark News)
With the ban on face-concealing veils such as the niqab or burka presently in place in France, many have questioned whether this measure will have tangible repercussions in Quebec, where the same issue has been openly deliberated in recent years.

Local sustainable food for Canada’s immigrants? – Part 2 (Local Food Plus)
A few weeks ago, I raised a very important question – can local sustainable food be grown in Canada to meet the needs of our immigrant populations? In this blog, I will talk more about the motivations of newcomer grocery shoppers from the perspective of my friends. So, who actually desires ethnic food? Well, all people (including Canadians) desire food from their native country. However, many people argue that since immigrants usually cook for themselves or visit appropriate restaurants they shouldn’t be longing for ethnic food.

Apartment rents rise as demand outstrips supply (CBC)
“Immigration continues to be a factor in supporting rental housing demand. Recent immigrants tend to rent first before becoming homeowners,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist.

Radio licence awarded for Toronto Caribbean, African communities (The Wire Report)
Toronto’s Caribbean and African communities can launch a new radio station after the CRTC confirmed Thursday that it will award a broadcasting licence to Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc. on Thursday. “The Commission is convinced that the proposed service will add cultural and racial diversity and will benefit the Caribbean and African communities of Toronto with its spoken word programming and musical format,” the CRTC said

“Ties to India” 3 (CBC Metro Morning)
Our trade with India is the lowest among the G8 countries, even though more than half a million Indo-Canadians live in the GTA. A forum called “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” External Site starts at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre today, it is all about developing trade opportunities. Five of the business people who will be there sat down with Matt earlier this week: Anil Shah, founder and CEO of Ni Met Metals and Minerals, Aditya Jha, National Convener of the Canada-India Foundation, Patricia Koval, a Senior Partner at Tory’s LLP and co-chair of Tory’s India Group, Sriram Iyer, President and CEO of ICICI Bank Canada, and Asha Luthra, one of the Forum’s organizers and past president of the Indo-Canadian Chamber of commerce.

Vasudev Chanchlani gives million-dollar gift to UWaterloo (South Asian Philanthropy Project)
The Times of India reports some great news about a Toronto-based South Asian philanthropist: Vasudev Chanchlani has given a million dollars to help start an Indian policy centre at a Canadian university. Canada’s University of Waterloo will launch the Chanchlani India Policy Centre June 8.


Health care and refugees: special procedures required (CBC)
Three of the people we featured on that program were recently invited to share their stories at a conference looking at Canadian health care and refugees, organized by Dr. Anna Banerjee, a specialist in pediatric infectious disease at the University of Toronto. Mark and I had told the broader stories of these escapes, so I was eager look at those stories through the lens of a doctor or psychologist. From the point of view of the Canadian health system.


Ontario’s Social Assistance Review Commission launches consultation website (Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario)
Led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh, the Commission is charged with examining social assistance in Ontario through engagement, research and analysis to provide the government with a concrete action plan to improve the system for the people who need it.

Social Inclusion in the City of Hamilton (Caledon)
The City hired the Caledon Institute to carry out research on the concept of social inclusion and to explore the practical application of this concept in other international sporting events. This paper sets out a wide range of possible actions that the City can take related to engagement, participation and employment.

The UK in 2011 is not Canada in 1996 (Caledon)
This paper was presented to a meeting on ‘Public Spending Cuts: Learning Lessons from Canada’ sponsored by the Barrow Cadbury Fund in London.

Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor May 2011 – PDF (Caldedon)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy ( regularly scans provincial
and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our
core work and interests. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.


Webinar recording – Mentoring: How businesses are making it work (
Mentoring is a well-known practice to help underemployed skilled immigrants build their professional networks, learn the ins and outs of Canadian workplace culture and gain entry into the workforce. On May 31, 2011, hosted a webinar with representatives of Canadian Pacific Rail and TD Bank Group talking about how mentoring also benefits the employers who provide volunteer mentors.

Explainer: Who’s passing the buck on temporary foreign workers? (Open File)
The federal government is in charge of letting in TFWs and granting temporary work visas, but the provincial governments are in charge of enforcing the workers’ rights… So far, only Alberta and Manitoba have taken measures to protect TFWs’ rights. In Alberta, the Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline and temporary foreign worker advisory offices direct workers with employment problems to the appropriate administrative body or service.

Networking not working? Try these tips from Career Edge Organization’s Alumni Network (CEO blog)
On Thursday, June 2nd, over 60 former interns of Career Edge Organization’s three paid internships programs (Career Edge, Ability Edge and Career Bridge) gathered at an event hosted by us in downtown Toronto called “Grow Your Network, Grow Your Career!” The event, exclusively for our former interns (or “Alumni,” as we refer to them) aimed to offer some information about network as well as some online social tools and the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to practice during a reception as well as a structured group activity.


Friday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to TCHC, Toronto Zoo, City Finances and Other News.

Has Toronto’s brain drain ended? (National Post)
More than a decade after federal policians decried a ‘brain drain’ of Canadian professionals, a group known as Toronto Homecoming is looking to lure the city’s ‘high-flying’ expats back home.


B.C. abuse case highlights domestic slavery (Canoe)
As further details emerge about the plight of a woman forced into domestic slavery by a Vancouver couple, immigrant groups said abuse of foreign workers is frighteningly common. The 38-year-old Filipina was allegedly forced to work around the clock, and suffered emotional and physical abuse from a Vancouver family who had brought her to Canada in 2008 from Hong Kong, said Jane Ordinario of Migrante BC, the Filipino organization that encouraged the nanny to fight back.

World Vision gives voice to millions of trafficked people on World Day Against Child Labour (Canada Newswire)
World Vision will release the report, 10 Things You Need to Know About Labour Trafficking. In Canada and around the world, issues of trafficking for sexual exploitation are becoming well known, but the equally destructive crime of labour trafficking has been ignored. Labour trafficking is a real problem in Canada –it’s time to raise awareness and change the status quo.

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