Maytree news headlines – June 15, 2011


Highlighting the importance of mentoring skilled immigrants (ALLIES)
In this news segment, by OMNI Alberta, the 2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference is featured highlighting the benefits of mentoring skilled immigrants.

If you don’t think diversity is important, you are an idiot. (SmartData Collective)
The issue here is not boys vs. girls – it’s diversity. Study after study after study (and book after book, whitepaper after whitepaper) has shown that more diverse environments (that is, environments where there are not only really smart people, but really smart people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints) are more innovative. Diverse environments get better results.

Family ripped apart, immigration says son with Asperger’s ‘inadmissible’ (Toronto Star)
Chris Reynolds wants to stay in Canada with his dad and brother. But the only way his family’s application for permanent residency will be approved is if he’s not on it. Immigration officials say Reynolds, 20, will be too big a drain on the health care system because he has Asperger and Tourette syndromes. He has been deemed “inadmissible.” His family is torn: Should they leave Canada or leave Chris off their application?–immigration-says-son-with-asperger-s-inadmissible-to-canada

Sampling of Vancouver apartment rentals, Canada’s most expensive market (Times Colonist)
“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.

Canada should welcome Taiwanese cultural centre (Vancouver Sun)
Canada should welcome a Taiwanese cultural centre in Canada. The Conservatives have no reason to deny an opportunity to see further exchange between Canadian and Taiwanese peoples. Over the past two decades, the Taiwanese community in Canada has been an active participant in the Canadian arts and cultural scene.

Leave the egos and agendas outside the room-Grange (Share)
Media practitioner and diversity specialist Hamlin Grange has issued an urgent call to action to radically empower the Black community, charging Tropicana Community Services Organization (TCSO) – which has served a broad cross section of the city for the past three decades – with convening a forum to address the troubling issues facing the community.

Casting Diversity | ACTRA’s catalogue of diverse actors (ACTRA)
Since the early 1990s, ACTRA Toronto has developed and promoted Mainstream Now! its talent book of ethno-culturally and physically diverse performers. Now ACTRA Toronto, together with the generous support of its sponsors, offers an online searchable database of diverse professional Toronto talent. This service is available to ACTRA Toronto members, and our partner agents, Casting Directors and recorded media Producers at no cost.

Almost one third of Canada’s wealthy are new Canadians (Muchmor Magazine)
Nearly one-third of Canada’s wealthy are new Canadians and the majority keep the bulk of their wealth in the country, according to a survey just released. The BMO Harris online survey found 30 per cent of affluent Canadians defined as those who have more than $1 million of investable assets were born outside of the country.

Newcomers celebrate becoming Canadian (Calgary Herald)
The ceremony marked the first time an oath-swearing took place in the hockey coliseum. He was one of 207 now-citizens to cross the stage in a ceremony that resembled a fidgety high school graduation. Like the others, Swarai collected his citizenship card, a commemorative certificate, pins and a paper Canadian flag.

Eddy Robinson wants to reframe Aboriginal culture in Toronto (Yonge Street)
Eddy Robinson sees business as empowerment. An Anishnaabe native, he heads up a cultural business in Toronto, one he’s currently revamping with the help of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. To him, it’s all about Aboriginal cultural and economic revitalization.


Contentious bill to punish human smugglers expected to return (
The Harper government is poised to re-introduce contentious human-smuggling legislation this month that will likely include measures to punish asylum-seekers who pay smugglers to get them into Canada. The bill, which had been assigned a high priority weeks ago by the re-elected Conservative majority government, will now attract even greater attention in the wake of arrests on Tuesday.

RCMP say 4 men nabbed in Toronto in connection with Ocean Lady smuggling case (Canadian Press)
Four men have been charged with human-smuggling offences in connection with a ship that brought 76 Sri Lankan refugee claimants to British Columbia, RCMP said Tuesday. The four arrested in Toronto were allegedly involved in organizing the 2009 smuggling operation on the Ocean Lady, and were active leaders on the vessel, police said.

Tories ‘welcome’ Ocean Lady arrests (Toronto Sun)
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews “welcomed” news of the four arrests Tuesday in connection to the Ocean Lady migrant ship that arrived in October, 2009. And he hinted the Conservative government will move quickly to re-introduce controversial anti-human smuggling legislation that died when Parliament was dissolved for the election.


SEDI accepting applications for grants from the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund (Settlement AtWork)
SEDI administers the Fund and received 170 applications from organizations serving a variety of groups, including women, youth, Aboriginal Peoples and newcomers to Canada. Grants to the financial literacy initiatives were awarded with a focus on three areas: innovation, research & development, and strategic program development. The Fund is now accepting applications for its third round of grants. Applications should be submitted by August 3, 2011.

Anti-poverty businessman delivers impassioned speech at Edmonton event (Edmonton Journal)
At a Tuesday event organized by the Alberta Capital Region United Way and Edmonton Economic Development Corp., prominent businessman Mark Chamberlain urged society to tackle poverty with the same level of resources used to handle crises.

Jesse Kline: Have a heart. Abolish minimum wage laws (National Post)
Entry-level jobs are often used as stepping stones to better paid jobs, but many are prevented from even getting their foot in the door, which leads to worse outcomes later in life. You’d have to be completely heartless to prevent students and the less fortunate from getting jobs, but this is the unfortunate consequence of minimum wage laws.


Talking About Jobs in Ontario (Wellesley Institute)
This week, we have broadened the conversation out to a wider community. We launched the website yesterday. Our first stop today was in the Waterloo region. We had a thoughtful discussion in Kitchener with local leaders and anti-poverty activists, health and service providers.


Tuesday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Development, Union Station, Strikes, City Hall and Other News.

YSM Weekly – June 15, 2011 (Yonge Street Media)
Online Magazine for the Week of June 15, 2011.

My City Lives’s interactive map of urban storytelling prepares to hire 6-9, go global (Yonge Street)
The two-year-old start-up My City Lives, based at the Centre for Social Innovation at the Annex, is dedicated to local storytelling. As founder Adil Dhalla explains, after a grassroots recession-beating brainstorming initiative he and his business partner set up in 2009, “we realized our city required innovative ways to support local business people, artists and creative people, and to find ways to help people better appreciate Toronto.” After meeting with various community leaders and thinkers–including the office of David Miller–they founded their project: an interactive online map that allows people to post stories about places in the city.

Luminato Festival in full swing until June 19th in Toronto (Digital Journal)
Now in it’s fifth year, Toronto’s Luminato Festival combines performance, art, and culture within traditional venues and outdoor spaces. An electic variety of one time only exhibitions are offered throughout the city, many at no cost.

Toronto’s war on fun (Maclean’s)
But this chintzy nickel-and-diming of pleasure in the city of Toronto is blind to colour or creed. Two years ago, a community group took over an abandoned shack in Christie Pits that had an old oven in it, and started hosting impromptu neighbourhood pizza nights. The city’s response? Pay a $100 fee for a permit and cough up money to pay a city staffer to watch over things. This was pretty much the same approach the city took in February, when organizers of a youth group in Toronto’s immigrant-heavy Jane and Finch neighbourhood thought it would be fun to host a skating party at a local rink, complete with cookout and hot chocolate with marshmallows. The event was seen as a way of helping teens from places like Somalia and Cambodia get accustomed to the leisure rituals of their new country. It too was kiboshed, after the city demanded the group spend $80 applying for a permit and then purchase $2 million in liability insurance.

Bain: Gone fishing in a downtown pool (Toronto Star)
The Gone Fishin’ project has been a wildly popular event at the Scadding Court Community Centre for nine years. Fifteen school groups landed coveted slots to come during the day this week. The public can come in the late afternoon and evening until Friday, and all day Saturday. Fishing rods and bait are provided.–bain-gone-fishing-in-a-downtown-pool


Adam Kahane’s Impressive Array of Changelabs (Al Etmanski)
I remain convinced one of our BIG challenges is learning to work together both within our community sector and among various sectors including government and business. Apprehension, misunderstandings and mistrust are more prevalent that we care to admit. That is why I am impressed with the various ‘changelabs emerging around the world. I have written about them on previous occasions. They combine the best of what we are learning about working effectively together along with prototyping solutions that lead to implementation.

Michener Honours go to CBC’S fifth estate, and freelancer Jane Armstrong (Michener Awards Foundation)
The CBC’s fifth estate, the 2010 Michener Award winner, persisted against bureaucratic stonewalling and waged a successful court battle to obtain shocking video of Smith’s final hours recorded by the Correctional Service of Canada. Following the fifth estate broadcasts “Out of Control” and “Behind the Wall” the scope of the inquest into Smith’s death was widened. As well, court exhibits are more public, resulting in a more open and transparent judicial system. Journalists and the public now have another tool to hold government, public officials, other organizations and individuals accountable for their actions. The Governor General also presented the 2011 Michener-Deacon Fellowship to Jane Armstrong, a Toronto freelance writer who will examine the impact of Canada’s aid programs in Afghanistan over the past decade and explore the future of those projects when Canada’s military role winds down this summer. Ms Armstrong’s career includes 20 years as a national and international reporter with the The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

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