Maytree news headlines – June 13, 2011


TRIEC Annual Report Available – PDF (TRIEC)
Read success stories of immigrants helped by TRIEC in the 2010 Annual Report.

Conference encourages civic participation (
Volunteering is a key to Canadian success, a conference on civic participation for immigrants heard on Saturday. The one-day conference, held at the Peel District School Board, examined how to encourage newcomers to Canada to participate in Peels civic life. More than 150 immigrants participated in the event organized by the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group.–conference-encourages-civic-participation

Diversity still a challenge for law firms (The Lawyers Weekly)
Were not doing quotas or, in any sense, reverse discrimination where we, say, look to increase the percentage of Asian lawyers, explains Vogt. Its making sure our recruiting, evaluation and compensation practices are not advantaging white males, and that we are neutral in our elevation of lawyers so the best get promoted to be partners. Promoting or recruiting good lawyers, regardless of their personal characteristics, isnt a problem, she says. The challenge is convincing the best and the brightest especially female lawyers to stay.

Survey Shows Diversity Gap (Law Times)
The report, which tracks leaders across the corporate, public, elected, education, and non-profit sectors, included a first look at the legal industry this year. It examined 2,410 leaders in the field, including judges, governing bodies, law schools, partners at the top 20 law firms, and Crown attorneys.

Our (Surprisingly?) Diverse Parliament (Huffington Post Canada)
Proportionally, Alberta’s visible minority MPs reflect the province’s diversity more closely than any other province. Almost 11 per cent of Alberta’s MPs are visible minorities, versus 14 per cent of its population. In Ontario, however, nearly 23 per cent of the population is non-white, yet only 8.5 per cent of its MPs are. Notably, Quebec is the only province to have a higher percentage of visible minority MPs than its population, in large part a result of the huge NDP gains made there.

Inclusion solution Workplace must embrace diversity in all forms (Winnipeg Free Press)
We take so much for granted today; for instance, we simply assume that our diverse work world is as it has always been. Yet, if we look back into a mirror that reflects the historical picture of the developing workplace, we would find that women and minority workers were few and far between. Not only that, they were typically working in service-related jobs at far less pay than their male counterparts.–solution-workplace-must-embrace-diversity-in-all-forms-123678649.html

Cricket captain urges funding to expand sport in Canada (Globe and Mail)
Even though Ashish Bagai is stepping down as captain of Canadas cricket team to pursue an MBA, he isnt quitting his spinoff job as champion of the sports growth in this country. Canada participated in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and although the team was eliminated in the first round, it created a lot of buzz for the sport here.

More Visible Minorities in GTA Leadership: Study (Weekly Voice – Newspaper for South Asians in the GTA)
The leadership of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is more diverse than it was three years ago, reveals a new research report released recently. The third annual DiverseCity Counts report, produced by the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University on behalf of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, finds that 14.5 per cent of leaders in the GTA are visible minorities (relative to 49.5 per cent of the population studied) which is an overall increase of eight percent from 13.4 per cent in 2009.

Canada right to recoup social assistance: Court (National Post)
The government is right to recoup social assistance money paid to new immigrants from sponsoring family members, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled, declaring: The risk of a rogue relative properly lies on the sponsor, not the taxpayer.

Mavi decison – duty of fairness in the immigration sponsorship regime (CCLA)
The CCLA welcomes the Courts conclusion that the government does indeed have a duty to act fairly in these circumstances. Such a duty is necessary, according to CCLA, to allow the government to have discretion in considering peoples circumstances, unexpected changes in their lives, and what will make for good public policy. A similar already duty exists in relation to many other programs that require people to pay back sums to the government, and CCLA had argued that it would be discriminatory if it were not applied in the case of the immigration sponsorship regime. Thus in this case of people sponsoring their children or parents or spouse to come to Canada, there has to be room to accommodate, for example, a person who lost their job, or become disabled through an accident.

Canada: The Mecca of multicultural charm (Daily News & Analysis)
I thank them for chatting with me and take pictures. As I walk back to my hotel, I remembered the strange comment of the graphic designer from Banff. Who in his right mind would hate this gleaming, first world metropolis that has given hope and home to one-quarter of all immigrants to Canada? Well, go figure.

Todays Tories: One big, happy family (Toronto Star)
This is the new mainstream of Canadian politics: a confident, broad party of the centre-right. This is a different party than any Conservative party thats ever preceded it, said senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney, largely credited with broadening the Tories ethnic diversity.–today-s-tories-one-big-happy-family?bn=1

Chinese Summer Festival set for Albert Campbell Square (insideToronto)
The Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) will be hosting its eighth annual Summer Festival on Saturday, June 25, at Albert Campbell Square in Scarborough. The event is a way for CPAC and its organizing partners to help new Chinese immigrants integrate into Canadian culture while networking with Toronto’s Chinese community.–chinese-summer-festival-set-for-albert-campbell-square

City to celebrate multiculturalism (Daily Gleaner)
A variety of cultures will come together in Bathurst later this month to celebrate multiculturalism in northeastern New Brunswick. The Second Annual Chaleur Region International Festival will be held June 18 at the Promenade Waterfront in Bathurst. Organized by the Multicultural Association Chaleur Region Inc., the festival will recognize various cultures including the Mi’kmaq, Latino, Arabic, Scottish, Irish, Acadian, Indian, African, Asian and English.

June 2011 – This Issue (Diversity in the Workplace)
New research shows skilled immigrants help companies grow globally and locally
One Stride Closer: Psychological Considerations of the Immigrant Career Transition
ETC global news briefs
MVP diversity champions
AHA! an inspired idea!
TOP 10 Ways to Recognize and Motivate your Diverse Telecommute Workforce

Stats Canada Report Shows Racism Thriving In Canada (The Link)
It is no surprise from the figures received from Stats Canada that racism is alive and well in Canada. It is also clearly evident from many surveys and researches that immigrants specifically immigrants of colour and third world countries are not welcome here. It is quite obvious that the Fraser Institutes negative analysis of immigrant contribution does more harm than good for creating harmonious relationship in our population. This kind of faulty information excites many people and creates hatred towards immigrants. It is no surprise that all Caucasian immigrants consider it their right to be here because the country belongs to them, forgetting that they are also immigrants to a country is only native for the First Nations.

A celebration of Filipino pride (The Province)
Like most Filipinos in Canada, Mable Elmore loves her pancit noodles, enjoys a party and is known to belt out the occasional karaoke song. Today, the community stalwart and MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, will be among the thousands who will gather at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park to showcase these and other traits that symbolize to an extent B.C.’s Filipino community.

Exhibit celebrates centennial of Women’s College Hospital (insideToronto)
A photo-based art exhibition addressing the culture of women’s health care by exploring issues of empowerment, diversity, identity and embodiment is the latest in a series of events in celebration of the Women’s College Hospital’s 100th anniversary.–exhibit-celebrates-centennial-of-women-s-college-hospital

Missing Persons (Corporate Knights)
The environmental movement cant afford to exclude anyone. Yet green organizations have typically ignored people of colour.

Catholic trustee slammed immigrant kid (Toronto Sun)
If you dont have legal documents to be in Canada, you shouldnt be attending school here. Toronto Catholic District School Board trustee Frank DAmico wrote in an e-mail exchange late May with a the university student who contacted him recently asking to help a family trying to enroll a teen without immigration papers into one of its schools. Shes lucky I didnt answer the phone because my first call would be to Immigration Canada, DAmico said in a May 26 e-mail response to the university student.

Exchange program cancelled after Afghan students flee U.S. for Canada (Toronto Star)
The United States government has quietly scrapped a popular exchange program for teens from Afghanistan after watching scores of students flee to Canada as refugees rather than return home. The defections from the State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study (YES) initiative have been occurring since 2005, the second year the program was offered. But they reached the breaking point this year when more than half of the 40 Afghans brought in to attend U.S. high schools vanished.–exchange-program-cancelled-after-afghan-students-flee-u-s-for-canada?bn=1

Our world needs more Peter Munks (Globe and Mail)
Some parts of the world are nastier than Canada. Peter Munk should know. He came from one. Mr. Munk is the founder and chairman of Barrick Gold Corp., the worlds largest gold miner. From the day he landed in Toronto from war-torn Europe, he has loved this country with a passion. I arrived in this place not speaking the language, not knowing a dog, he says. He was 18 an alien, a foreigner, a Jew in a funny-looking suit. In Europe, people were living in the ruins, like rats.

Defusing N.B.’s demographic bomb (Telegraph Journal)
How do we sustain our current labour force needs and support employment growth in the future? Immigration to New Brunswick is still well below the annual average across the country, how do we attract more immigrants and get our companies to further embrace the immigrant workforce?

It’s official: Maengs stay (Times & Transcript)
The Maeng family of Moncton had just been rocked by the news that Citizenship and Immigration Canada wanted them deported back to South Korea by the end of this month when their story first appeared on the front page of last Saturday’s Times & Transcript.

Maengs embody qualities Canada needs (Times and Transcript)
We, and by we I mean all those who live or study in Atlantic Canada, know that our region is in dire need of immigrants. We do not have the size, resources or sway in Parliament that our neighbours Ontario, Quebec and Alberta have, so it is difficult for us in the Maritimes and Newfoundland to attract new members to our quaint provinces. What’s more is that each province is in need of those who are willing to act as productive members of their region’s economy and society, and who want to contribute to bettering their community in any way, shape or form. It goes without saying that the Maeng family is the archetype for embodying these qualities. With a thriving business situated close to my home in the West End of Moncton, the Maengs greatly contribute to the economy of the city while providing one of the area’s few Oriental Markets (fantastic for swaying the economist, the sociologist and the gastronome). What’s more is that John is studying to become a dentist, and every region of Canada is in dire need of medical professionals, especially here in the Atlantic provinces. In essence, the Maeng family are the quintessential family: working hard to earn a good living and aiding in the development of a better community.

Chinese-Canadians and immigrants, not investors from China, largely driving market, experts say (Vancouver Sun)
A growing belief that Metro Vancouver’s hot housing market is being driven by Asian investment, primarily from mainland China, is a misconception, according to experts in the real estate field. In fact, they say, evidence suggests buyers are mainly Canadian citizens, immigrants or new residents in Canada -many with strong links to mainland China and many residing and working in China while their families establish roots in B.C.

Enform receives special award (Calgary Herald)
Enform was nominated by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, which hosts training programs for newcomers to Canada. The association provides online and hands-on training in general and operational safety and petroleum fundamentals to more than 150,000 students a year.

Employment Equity in the Public Service of Canada 200910 (Treasury Board)
In fiscal year 200910, three of the four EE designated groups continued to be well represented relative to their respective WFA: women, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Representation of employees in a visible minority group increased by a percentage point of 0.9 over last year, the largest yearly gain compared with previous years’ figures over the last ten years. However, the group remained under-represented relative to its WFA.

Local Immigration Partnership project underway (Cornwall Seaway News)
The Eastern Ontario Training Board and T.R. Leger Immigrant Services are leading the new Immigration Partnership [L.I.P.] for Prescott-Russell and S.D.G. This project is funded by the Federal Government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Indias cultural centre in Toronto to rival Londons (Globe and Mail)
India is planning a big cultural centre in Toronto along the lines of the famous Nehru Centre in London the first of its kind in North America. The London centre named after Indias first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru is the countrys biggest cultural outlet in the world, partly because of its historic relationship with Britain and the presence of a huge Indian diaspora there.

‘Closer economic ties with India will create jobs and opportunities for Canadians’ (Times of India)
In November 2010, Canada and India launched the first round of negotiations toward a comprehensive economic partnership agreement. A recent Canada-India joint study estimated that a free trade agreement between the two countries has the potential to boost Canada’s economy by $6 billion-$15 billion annually, benefiting Canadian businesses of all sizes and creating jobs and prosperity in every corner of the country.

Does hinging on Hinglish make business sense? (Times of India)
Gabbar-speak for Canucks? Well, not exactly, it’s a Rogers ad in Hinglish. Hugely popular in India in advertising, films, text message lingo and part of everyday colloquialisms, this Hindi-English mix is gaining ground in Canada. Though still a relatively young entity in the arena of multicultural advertising, Hinglish ads in Canada seem like they’re at the beginning of a rich multicultural journey that may probably see many more in the future, in print, television and public spaces.

A window into a progressive past (The Chronicle Herald)
First Baptist has also reached beyond Nova Scotias borders, sponsoring four families to come to Canada since 1990. That relationship is depicted in the stained glass window by Sue Obata and Norbert Sattler, with the image of a robed young woman standing next to a man holding out a loaf of bread. That first family came from Somalia. A mother and her daughters had been living in a refugee camp in Kenya, Boyd said. The father had died. One of his girls had been sexually assaulted.

Sherbrooke Cultural capital of Canada? (Sherbrooke Record)
Sherbrooke is looking to become one of the Cultural Capitals of Canada in 2014. On Friday, city mayor Bernard Sévigny and councillor Diane Délisle, president of the citys cultural committee, launched an appeal to the Sherbrooke artistic and cultural community to submit projects that could become a part of the citys submission for funding as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

Citizenship judges want more security (Toronto Sun)
Some Canadian citizenship court judges say they dont feel safe at work and want increased security at their offices to deal with possible threats from the public, documents show. The primary concern is that clients in the wait room have direct access to the judges offices, leaving them exposed to the direct public, said minutes of a September 2010 relocation meeting attended by citizenship court judges in Toronto.–want–more-security

Grad overcomes obstacles, inspures schoolmates (Niagara Falls Review)
As he walked across the stage to pick up his diploma Saturday, John Garrang Maduk had two cheering sections rooting for him on two continents. The friends and classmates he’d made during his four years at Brock University were there in person in the audience clapping and cheering. And back home in a refugee camp in Africa were the mother and brothers and sisters he’s been supporting from afar.

Rental vacancy rate falls to 1.8% in April in Ottawa: CMHC (Ottawa Business Journal)
Ottawa’s rental vacancy rate fell 0.6 percentage points year-over-year to 1.8 per cent in April, in line with a similar trend elsewhere in the country fuelled by high demand for rental units from new immigrants, according to new Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. data.

Rule of law: Canada lags in access to civil justice (Vancouver Sun)
Interestingly, Canada beat out the U.S. by a significant measure in the project’s rankings. “Canada is placed among the top 10 countries in the world in three categories of the rule of law: limited government powers; order and security; and open government. Corruption is minimal and the country generally observes fundamental rights,” said a news release that accompanied the report. “However, discrimination against immigrants and the poor remains a source of concern (ranking 30th).
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Canadian Blood Services Issues Rallying Cry to Canadians (Canada newswire)
It is estimated that about one in two Canadians can give blood. However, this year only one in 60 has and Canadian Blood Services needs this to change. To turn the tide, Canadian Blood Services is encouraging Canadians to “Rally Together to Save Lives” as National Blood Donor Week begins. This year’s theme for National Blood Donor Week is “Rally Together to Save Lives” and in order to meet Canada’s future blood requirements, Canadian Blood Services needs to inspire more Canadians to join the movement, including more Canadians from ethnic communities.


Pakistani could be deported before charges laid (Calgary Herald)
A man facing deportation to Pakistan after being caught living in Calgary with a phoney passport is at the centre of a recent police investigation, but could be removed before he is charged. After living in Calgary under an assumed name and a fraudulent refugee claim, Khurram Afafzal was arrested last month.


The Right of All to Healthcare (Media Coop)
The belligerent and unethical de facto service refusal on the part of many pharmacists has exposed the vulnerability of refugee claimants in Canada. It is also reflective of the contempt with which asylum seekers are often treated. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine that any other sector in society would ever be threatened with an outright refusal of a healthcare service, let alone having such a threat actualized. However, as is too often the case, people with precarious immigration status are regarded as second-class human beings. In this situation, they were held hostage in a power-play between two institutions that, at face value, should have the interests of IFHP beneficiaries at the core of their respective mandates. The AQPP and its members who refused providing services to those presenting their IFHP coverage should face disciplinary action due to breaches of the Quebec pharmacists ethics code caused by their refusal to respect IFHP coverage.

Poverty causes life-long health problems: Study (Toronto Sun)
Poorer kids are often unhealthy kids, and unhealthy kids often stay that way their whole lives, according to a new study. Research from Montreal’s McGill University shows that the lifelong health gap between the rich and poor is pretty much set by age 20.

Faith and poverty: A reason to believe (Toronto Star)
Ontarios faith-based communities have long opened their doors to the needy. Daily they ease suffering by offering food programs for the hungry and emergency shelters for the homeless. Now, theyve decided to take on a more difficult task: reducing the need for those acts of compassion and generosity by getting Queens Park to live up to its commitment to reduce poverty.–faith-and-poverty-a-reason-to-believe

Why Government Needs our Help (Al Etmanski)
The central characteristic of most advocacy is to get the right proposition in front of government and to lobby for its acceptance and implementation. However even when a commitment to action is secured there is often a failure to implement. It has dawned on many of us there are other forces at play. In fact I am now of the opinion governments are experiencing a certain paralysis. Their challenges are accelerating, becoming more complex and more furious. It’s not that there aren’t visionary, talented and creative politicians and public servants. There are. However the environment and context for ‘doing’ good public policy has shifted in the 21st century without a corresponding adjustment. The ‘tools’ of public policy are simply outdated.


Strong turnout for Aussie recruiters (Calgary Herald)
Australia’s unemployment rate is t about 4.7 per cent, and the population, like many Western countries, has an aging population where it is believed retiring senior workers will leave behind an experience gap. “The demand for skilled people is also being driven by our sustained, yet booming, resource and energy sector,” says Merrick. “This creates a situation where employers cannot find sufficient numbers of the skilled people they require. ” Australia is not alone. Canada’s oil and gas industry is headed toward severe and chronic labour shortages, reports the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada.

Ontario’s Slave Labour Market (Trapped in a Whirlpool – blog)
Which brings me to this story about wage theft, that appeared in the Star this week, which in turn led me to the Workers Action Centre, a site I hadn’t visited for some time and to be honest had forgotten about. Go check it it out and read their report on wage theft in Ontario. Unpaid Wages, Unprotected Workers surveyed 520 low wage workers and found that wage theft is not only rampant but largely goes unpunished, with enforcement nearly nonexistent.

NEW Educational Materials on Workers Rights for Temporary Foreign Workers (Workers’ Action Centre)
The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change has just released a set of three plain language factsheets to help temporary foreign workers know about their rights. There is a separate 4-page factsheet for each program type (ie Live-in Caregivers, Seasonal Agricultural Workers, and Temporary Foreign Workers) and each factsheet covers important topics.


Monday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Architecture & Development, Neighbourhoods, City Beaches, Arts & Culture, City Hall and Other News.

City of Toronto Recreation Service Plan Consultations show high usage in surprising places (Belonging Community)
A city ward map describing where PFR program registrants live showed some surprising patterns. Central Etobicoke and the Beach (ward 32) showed the highest levels of participation, where as the downtown wards showed the lowest. Those outside the city core are more likely to be higher users of community recreation centres than those who live downtown.


Ont. court to hear appeals against pivotal prostitution ruling (Montreal Gazette)
Johns openly soliciting prostitutes near school yards, brothels with naked women dancing in the windows and Canada becoming a destination for trafficking young girls these are some of the doomsday scenarios the federal government cautions may occur if Ontarios highest court agrees this week to uphold an earlier decision to decriminalize the sex-trade industry.

Historic hooker law appeal starts Monday (Toronto Sun)
The impugned laws may influence the decision to practise prostitution by discouraging it, but they dont force individuals to endanger themselves, the factum stated. The bawdy house provisions continue to play an important role in reducing exploitation through human trafficking. Young likened the dilemma facing sex workers today with women seeking abortions a generation ago from Dr. Henry Morgentaler.

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