Maytree news headlines – June 14, 2011


Canadian immigrants must support relatives they sponsor (Globe and Mail)
To maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration program, families who sponsor their relatives cannot renege on their legal undertakings to support them. Wives, parents and grandparents cannot arrive in Canada under the family reunification program, and then start collecting social assistance. That would invite abuse, shift the cost to the public purse, and unduly burden the system.

Atlantic Canada needs new immigration powers (CBC)
A Moncton family’s fight to stay in New Brunswick illustrates how Atlantic Canada needs more power in deciding who can live in the region, according to an immigration lawyer.

Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing Philippine Independence Day (CIC)
“The Philippines is among the top source countries for temporary workers and permanent residents admitted into Canada, thus it is very important to our national make-up. Philippine Independence Day is a great opportunity for Canadians to learn about Filipino heritage and traditions, and to celebrate the tremendous contributions the Filipino community has made to this country.

Canadian Blood Services calls for more blood from visible minorities (National Post)
As Canada’s aging population drives up blood demand, Canadian Blood Services is issuing a call for more blood from visible minorities, and will use a Batman-style “Blood Signal” to motivate the population at large when reserves run low. Rally Together to Save Lives, a campaign launched Monday by Canadian Blood Services, is looking to recruit more Canadians from “ethnic communities” to help meet Canada’s “future blood requirements.”

Your guide to who’s who on the new committees (iPolitics)
Hot off the presses, here’s the full list of which MPs have been assigned to each committee. In addition to the dozen regular members of the committee are several associate members who don’t normally sit on the committee.

Education Canada Author Podcast featuring Dr. Carla Peck (Canadian Education Association)
“What you don’t know can hurt me: Diversity, accommodation and citizenship education in Canada.”

New pan-Canadian online resource and community for ESL/FSL professionals ( is a pan-Canadian online resource and community for ESL/FSL professionals, currently under development by Citadel Rock Online Communities Inc., supported by their key collaborators for this project, the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. Also known as the the National Repository project, is a shared Federal-Provincial initiative currently funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The name comes from the latin word tutela which means guardianship and tutelage.

More rich Chinese choose investment immigration (China Daily)
More than 6,000 people from the Chinese mainland received immigration visas from the United States, Canada and Australia in 2010, the Beijing News reported Tuesday. The number of Chinese people who emigrate and receive visas from other countries if they can show they possess a specified amount of investments funds has been increasing in recent years. A survey showed that 27 percent of those who hold investable assets of more than 100 million yuan ($15.42 million) have already emigrated, and those who are considering emigration account for 47 percent, the newspaper reported.

Mama Mia! It’s Italian Heritage Month! (Schema Magazine)
Come celebrate your appreciation for all that is Italian during the official food and wine week of Italian Heritage Month. So much that comes from Italy is palatable that we can ignore minor digressions like Berlusconi’s womanizing ways. Pizza, wines, varieties of espresso-making and much more can be experienced at ITM’s celebration on Commercial Drive between the 13th and 19th of June.

Culture clash over proposed shark-fin ban (National Post)
Even if their campaign is successful, there are some who are more reluctant to pursue a ban. “The Chinese have been having shark fin as one of the prize items at banquets for years,” said Tonny Louie, Chair of the Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area. He argues the ban should be reconsidered because of the importance of shark fin soup in Chinese culture. “I think one should look at all the facts and find a solution, and perhaps there may be a balance between culture and preservation,” he said. “Something that long-standing in a culture, when you take it away it’s like not having roast beef, or not having turkey on Thanksgiving.” Mr. Louie is also concerned that local Chinese supermarkets and restaurants would be at a loss if a ban were to come into affect in early fall, as proposed.

Picture House: The Art of Bollywood (Generally About Books)
Bollywood has moved to Toronto. There’s more Bollywood here than in Bombay (Mumbai). With the IFFA a couple of weeks from now and the VIP tickets for Roger’s Centre being sold – so I’ve heard – for $10,000 (INR 460,000 approximately). The Greater Toronto Area and all its towns are being overrun by Bollywood themed events that has got the Indo-Canadians all charged up. They’re thronging these celebrations in big numbers. As my friend George Abraham recently posted on his Facebook page, “The flavour of Canada’s summer: all things India…Smart!”

Diversity Management Is the Key to Growth: Make It Authentic (Forbes)
Diversity management is the key to growth in today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace. No longer can America’s corporations hide behind their lack of cultural intelligence. Organizations that seek global market relevancy must embrace diversity – in how they think, act and innovate. Diversity can no longer just be about making the numbers, but rather how an organization treats its people authentically down to the roots of its business model. In today’s new workplace, diversity management is a time-sensitive business imperative.


Edmonton event to make business case against poverty (Edmonton Journal)
Poverty isn’t usually seen as an issue affecting business, but one of Hamilton’s best-known entrepreneurs is expected to make the case in Edmonton Tuesday that the problem afflicts companies as much as it does communities.

Social activists look for improvements for the poor (Waterloo Record)
Local social activist Brice Balmer wants the province to do more for single poor adults. Entrepreneur Tim Jackson wants the local business community to invest more in social causes. Those are two of many ideas that were raised when about 20 community leaders met in Kitchener Monday with Laurel Broten, who as Ontario’s minister of children and youth services oversees the province’s poverty reduction strategy.–social-activists-look-for-improvements-for-the-poor


Ontario’s Labour Market Pains (TVO The Agenda – second tab)
An aging workforce. A skilled labour gap. An innovation and productivity shortfall. As Ontario looks for post-recession prosperity, how does our labour market stack up and what realignments do we need to get Ontario working for the future? Features Deena Ladd of the the Workers’ Action Centre.

Talking about Jobs (Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation)
Over the last six months the Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation brought together thoughtful leaders, practitioners and scholars to envision, in a pragmatic and practical way, 21st century labour market policies for Ontario. What grew from these discussions were a clear set of labour market policy proposals focused on workforce development and labour market regulation. These ideas are aimed at reducing labour market poverty. They will contribute to a healthier and more equitable Ontario. These are six good ideas for politicians/candidates to respond to during the election campaign.

June 29: Launch of report, ‘What stops us from working? (CLEONet)
“What stops us from working? New ways to make work pay by fixing the treatment of earnings under the Ontario Disability Support Program.” The celebration will include breakfast, a summary of our proposed changes to ODSP, and recognition of the recipients featured in the report. Tokens will be available.
Full report – PDF –

Labour shortage bigger challenge than ever (Edmonton Journal)
On top of that, a “terrible” new federal policy forces people who immigrate under Canada’s temporary foreign worker program to leave the country after four years, then wait four more years before they can reapply, Walker says. “We’ve got to make it easier for people to want to come here to work,” he says. “We want them to come and move here. We can’t make it where they’re only going to be coming for a short time. We want a future for them. Where else are they going to be investing in building in the next 10 years in North America? It’s going to be in Alberta.

ILO adopts Convention on Decent Work for Domestic workers (United for Foreign Domestic Workers’ Rights)
The deliberations for the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers supported by Recommendation ended today with the adoption of Recommendation 1-23 at 12.15pm on 10 June 2011. Art 1-19 of the Convention was adopted at 9.15pm on 7 June 2011.


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.

InsideToronto Article: City deciding fate of local pools (Belonging Community)
A small news article in the local paper flagged another round of cuts threaten school pools, yet again.It seems the City’s lease on pools expires this year on December 31, 2011. InsideToronto Article: City deciding fate of local pools. However, it may not be so dire as portrayed.

When public housing was paradise (Opening the Window)
The headline in the Saturday Globe was disturbing enough: Residents of Toronto public housing four times more likely to be murder victims. But I found myself equally rattled by the 285 on-line comments that followed. There were vitriolic references to “welfare bums,” the “psychiatrically deranged,” “gang-bangers, drug dealers, crack whores and other miscreants.” But if I looked past the mean-spiritedness, I could see a consensus opinion that even progressives might share: that social housing is simply unworkable, and that low-income neighbourhoods – especially those with black majorities — will inevitably be breeding grounds for crime. Earlier this year, I read a book that challenged this view. It is the tantalizingly-entitled When Public Housing was Paradise, J.S. Fuerst’s compilation of 79 first-person accounts from people who lived or worked in Chicago’s public housing in the 1940s to 1970s.


The 100 Social Enterprise Truths (CSI)
Much discussed, much re-tweeted, and full of 24 carat, crystal-pure verity, here is the full list of the 100 Social Enterprise Truths.


At a glance: prostitution laws (Global Toronto)
While Parliament examines whether sex work should be a constitutionally protected right, around the world, laws related to one of the world’s oldest professions differ considerably… Human trafficking, pimping, running a brothel, “kerb crawling” and soliciting sex on the street are criminal offences.

Cracking whip on prostitution (Toronto Sun)
An extensive study for Scotland’s Parliament on the question of what to do with prostitution found that in areas where laws were liberalized, the links to organized crime did not diminish and in some cases were strengthened. Another odd thing happened — human trafficking increased in areas where laws were liberalized. We already have human trafficking into the sex industry in Canada. Do we want to increase it or decrease it? Do we want more women lured from rural Canada into the big cities to work in brothels or more women brought from overseas to serve the needs of johns in Canada?

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