Maytree news headlines – June 17, 2011


Christian Reformed Church Takes More Steps Toward Diversity (CRC)
Synod 2011 made several decisions with the intent of helping Christian Reformed Church leadership become more ethnically diverse. Delegates voted 97-86 to set a goal that 25 percent of top leadership positions in the denomination be filled by persons of ethnic-minority backgrounds. Synod also approved measures to encourage “equitable diversity practices” in “hiring, training, communication, and management processes.”

Stress of immigration can be a risk factor for child abuse – PDF (York U Knowledge Mobilization Unit)
Research shows that minority children who suffer from abuse have a harder time than abused white children. The child welfare system often treats minority children differently than their white counterparts. However, little is known about how a person’s status as a minority affects her experiences in the child welfare system. This is a problem since child welfare workers need to have a firm understanding of families who are both immigrants and members of minority groups. They need to know how the process of migration and being a minority impacts on families and children.

It gets better for LGBTA on Bay Street: Ernst & Young (Digital Journal)
“We’ve made a lot of progress, particularly in the last five to ten years. Our programs have helped people recognize diversity and inclusiveness are business drivers that empower organizations to think creatively, and deliver innovative results for their clients. And we remain committed to these activities and policies to ensure that it’s always getting better.”

City may review anti-discrimination policy (Xtra!)
Wong-Tam points out that the city’s anti-discrimination policy is much more broad than any wording enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “It’s already a very good policy and it goes above and beyond what the Charter outlines in terms of our protections. But can it go farther? Yes I think it can.”

Alberta priest charged with fraud relieved of duties (CBC)
A Ukrainian Orthodox priest from St. Paul, Alta., accused of bringing dozens of Polish workers into Canada under false pretenses and profiting from their labour, has been relieved of his church duties.

Police charge 3, including priest, in million-dollar Alberta work scam (News 1130)
RCMP have charged an Orthodox priest and two other people in an immigration scam in which foreign workers were allegedly lured to Alberta with false promises and fake student visas. Police say they were then sent out to work for meagre pay while the perpetrators netted more than $1 million in profit. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada has relieved Father John Lipinski of his duties at parish communities in St. Paul and Bonnyville, northeast of Edmonton.–police-charge-3-including-priest-in-million-dollar-alberta-work-scam

Napanee celebrates its multiculturalism (Napanee Guide)
Christian, was born and raised in Antigua, but emigrated to Canada more than 40 years ago. He said when he first came to the Napanee area to open a business in the 1980s, he found that many townspeople had not been exposed to people from different cultural backgrounds. But he believes a lot has changed since then, thanks in large part to the festival. He also believes events to promote multiculturalism are important because Canada continues to take in new immigrants and those people will be part of the country’s fabric going forward.

Canada to issue 10-year visa from mid-July (The Economic Times)
The 10-year Canadian visa for Indians will be available from mid-July this year, a Canadian official said Thursday. In an announcement made last week, the Canadian government announced the validity of multi-entry visas issued for Indians will be increased to 10 years, from the present period of five years.

Alberta Somalis Work to End Violence, Deaths (The Epoch Times)
Edmonton Somali groups are desperately searching for a way to end the ongoing gang violence that has deeply impacted the community—violence that left two dead in the last month alone. Across Alberta, 34 Somali men have been killed since 2006, with three of those deaths occurring this year.

Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing Jamaican Diaspora Day (CIC)
For Canadians, Jamaican Diaspora Day provides an excellent opportunity for all of us to recognize the important contributions the more than 230,000 strong Jamaican-Canadian community has made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage.

Metropolis webinar June 22: Provincial Nominee Programs: An Evaluation of the Earnings and Retention Rates of Nominees (Metropolis)
Provincial Nominee Programs have increased the role of the provinces in selecting economic class immigrants to Canada. In this presentation, James Townsend from the University of Winnipeg compares the earnings and retention rates of Nominees with federal economic class immigrants following landing in three regions: Manitoba, other small slow-growth provinces (Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces), and the remaining provinces with Nominee Programs (Ontario, Alberta and B.C.). He finds that relative to federal economic class immigrants Nominees had substantially higher earnings immediately after landing, but experienced slower earnings growth in subsequent years. With regards to retention of immigrants, he finds that for most provinces, Nominees and federal economic class immigrants were equally likely to stay. The only exception was Manitoba, where Nominees were more likely to stay than observationally equivalent federal economic class immigrants. James Townsend is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Winnipeg. His areas of interest include immigration, economic integration of immigrants, wage institutions, and the relationship between wages and international trade.

Immigration, economy discussed at Moncton francophone conference (Times & Transcript)
Ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie have come out of a national conference with two main goals in mind: to increase efforts in attracting francophone immigrants, as well as to enhance economic development within French-speaking Canada.

Op-Ed: The Source of Vancouver’s Dangerous Housing Bubble (Digital Journal)
Heads in sand, Federal and Provincial governments have stood by, as out of control forces abuse Canada’s immigration largesse and place financial pressures that are already harming Canadian taxpayers. Now Canadians get a glimpse at the sources of the cash that has corrupted the whole Immigration industry, and created a strange anomaly that has become known around the world as the Vancouver Housing Bubble.


Reintroduction of anti-refugee bill deplored (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its profound disappointment at the reintroduction of a bill that has been widely condemned as violating the basic rights of refugees. Despite the government’s claims that the bill targets smugglers, the people who will be punished if it is passed are the people fleeing persecution, including children.

On human smuggling, Tories plan to make Canada less desirable (Globe and Mail)
For the Conservative government, new legislation that will subject some refugee claimants to detention is about more than deterring human smuggling. It’s also about persuading both Canadians and Americans that this country’s borders are secure.

Tories revive controversial human-smuggling bill (Toronto Star)
The bill met widespread condemnation last fall from the opposition, faith groups, refugee advocates, and the Canadian Bar Association. Critics say they support increased penalties against smugglers, but argue the principal targets of the bill, as the bar association outlined, “are the refugee claimants themselves, whether genuine or not.” The Canadian Council for Refugees said Thursday it will have “little or no deterrent effect.” Convicted large-scale smugglers already face penalties of up to life in prison and a $1 million fine. Rather, said spokesperson Janet Dench, it will punish the people fleeing persecution, including children. “It’s extraordinary.”–tories-revive-controversial-human-smuggling-bill

Round 2 for human-smuggling legislation (Vancouver Sun)
Leading cabinet ministers in the Conservative government said Thursday the proposed legislation is needed to restore public confidence in the immigration system, crack down on criminals making a profit on human smuggling and deter potential migrants elsewhere in the world from choosing human smuggling as a way to enter Canada. But the official Opposition described it as “bad policy” that unfairly harms legitimate refugees, tarnishes Canada’s international reputation as a safe haven and is probably in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Ottawa refugee claimant deported for failing to reveal HIV-positive status to girlfriend
A failed refugee claimant who pleaded guilty to sexual assault after admitting to having unprotected sex with his partner without disclosing his HIV-positive status has been deported to Liberia, an Ottawa Crown prosecutor said Thursday.

“Refugee Help in Refugee Hands” (RHRH) Manual (FCJ Refugee Centre)
A comprehensive overview of the Refugee Protection Determination System in Canada. This manual is for refugee claimants, as well as for front line workers who work with refugee claimants. To view, click on any of the following Chapter sections.


‘No cushion’ left for people in poverty (The Standard)
A Statistics Canada survey released Wednesday revealed 9.6% of Canadians lived in poverty in 2009, ticking upward from 2008. But local aid groups say those numbers could be worse and more people than ever are coming through their doors searching for help. “People are having a really, really hard time. And there’s no slack left,” said Susan Venditti, executive director of Start Me Up Niagara. “There’s no cushion anymore. People have used their reserves.”

Caring for the Carers – PDF (Caledon)
Caregivers provide more than 80 percent of care needed by individuals with long-term
conditions and contribute more than $5 billion of unpaid labour annually to the health care system. A more recent report pegged this figure at closer to $25 billion if all caregiving is included. As a workforce that provides an essential service, I would argue that we need the same provisions as the workforce in any other field: financial compensation, decent working conditions, and training and support to do our jobs well.

New Study of Key Canadian Elder Abuse and Neglect Cases (Slaw)
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) by publishing a discussion paper entitled Moving From Scrutiny to Strategy: An Analysis of Key Canadian Elder Abuse and Neglect Cases.

Opening the door to fairer housing ads (Ontario Human Rights Commission)
As part of its ongoing work with community partners in the area of human rights and housing, the Commission announced today that it has written to media and housing websites to ask them for help in addressing discriminatory housing advertisements. Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, commented that, “Over the years, we have heard many stories of discrimination in rental housing. That some people are still facing discrimination right at the very start of their search for housing is unacceptable.”


ILO Convention on Domestic Workers Will Improve Lives (Marketwire)
An agreement adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on June 16 regarding decent work for domestic workers is precedent setting and it will bring about real change in the living and working conditions of those workers, says Barb Byers, the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Stop Wage Theft Campaign – Supporters meeting (WAC)
We would like to invite all supporters and allies interested in supporting the Stop Wage Theft campaign to come to a campaign supporters meeting on Monday June 27th at 6pm.


Friday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to TTC, City Hall, Cycling and Other News.

Hume: Why it’s crucial to invest in Scarborough (Toronto Star)
Cowen points out, “investment in underserved neighbourhoods is needed to reverse the effects of decades of underinvestment and the effects of population change . . . to address the causes of concentrated neighbourhood poverty, action must take place within and beyond the neighbourhood scale.” Failure to do so, Cowen warns, will be disastrous: “The situation is making people very upset. Young people are really angry and frustrated with many things, such as policing.” These complaints have been heard before, but today fewer are listening, especially in government circles.–hume-why-it-s-crucial-to-invest-in-scarborough

Indoor fishing in Toronto (in a swimming pool) (blogTO)
“Gone Fishin'” is an annual event held at the Scadding Court Community Center, offering city dwellers a summer fishing experience without leaving the city. Last weekend, the community center’s 25-meter pool was drained, filled with tap water, and then filled with over 2,000 rainbow trout. “When we first came up with this idea, we were trying to think about how we could use our resources and assets in different ways,” explains Director of Development and Community Engagement Susanne Burkhardt, “A pool is traditionally only a pool in the summer, but we wanted to find new ways to utilize what we have.”


Corbella: Liberalized prostitution laws make life more dangerous for women (Calgary Herald)
Timea Nagy, a former prostitute and author of Walk With Me, A Memoir of a Sex Slave Worker, says legitimizing prostitution and driving it indoors has not, and will not, make the sex trade any safer and, in fact, will make things worse for vulnerable women and girls. “If the laws are liberalized, the police will have no way to go into these places to rescue the victims of human trafficking,” she said Wednesday from Toronto, where she was forced to work as a sex slave after responding to an ad in her native Hungary to work as a waitress in Canada.

Charges in gang sex assault, trafficking case (Toronto Sun)
A Mississauga woman is charged with human trafficking after Hamilton Police were tipped about two exotic dancers who vanished from the dance circuit.

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