Maytree news headlines – June 21, 2011


Diversity rules (Financial Post)
Expanding beyond the boy club also helps with effective fundraising. If youre going to the same old pool of candidates on the board and theyre going to their same old contacts, youre missing out on a whole slew of other people who also have money, explains Cathy Winter, manager of DiverseCity onBoard, which connects qualified candidates from racially and ethnically diverse communities with governance positions in agencies, boards, commissions and non-profit organizations across the GTA. DiverseCity onBoard, established by Maytree, a private Canadian charitable foundation committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities, posts board positions, lets non-profit and public organizations view candidates profiles and contact them about board opportunities, and provides resources for those seeking positions.

A call to action (Financial Post)
In October 2010, with the participation of 450 FP500 corporate directors, the Canadian Board Diversity Council in partnership with KPMG published the first-ever baseline study of corporate board diversity. The results were disappointing: 15% of board seats are held by women; 5.3% by visible minorities; 2.9% by persons with disabilities; and 8% by Aboriginals including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. In spite of these results, the council does not support the introduction of quotas in Canada. We support a made-in-Canada approach: collaboration with FP500 directors, our growing group of member companies, governments, academic institutions, aspiring directors, individual shareholders and institutional investors to speed up the pace of change.

Pencils down. Time to see if you’re right for the job (Globe and Mail)
Whats more, companies hiring too many like-minded employees run the risk of fostering a lack of diversity among staff, leaving it with gaps in its overall efficiency, experts point out. An employer might like having an outgoing person around the office, but if the job doesnt fit, that person could be unhappy and leave. Using a test as the only measurement for consideration is also ill-advised. As Dr. Hausdorf suggested, I may not be that conscientious at home, for example, but can be very conscientious at work.

BC’s Jobs Minister Wants Immigration Program Expanded (Opinion 250)
B.C.’s Jobs, Innovation, and Tourism Minister says he’s like to see a program that fast-tracks immigrant investors into the province expanded… Under an agreement reached with the federal government, B.C.’s Provincial Nominee Program allows 3500 entrepreneurs and highly skilled workers to be nominated for permanent residency each year.’s+jobs+minister+wants+immigration+program+expanded

Fast-tracking immigrants leads to jobs, investment (Vancouver Sun)
Introduced in 2001, the BC PNP offers accelerated permanent resident status to qualified applicants who have been nominated by the Province based on labour market and economic development needs. It allows nominees to apply through Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the fast-tracked Provincial Nominee Class, which is typically faster than applying through many federal immigration streams. And, according to an independent, evaluation report released this week, the benefits of the program have been substantial. Communities and families throughout B.C. have benefited through investment, job creation and meeting employers demand for skilled workers.

Intercultural Understanding | UBC Alumni Event in Montreal (Schema Magazine)
Schema Magazine’s founder Alden E. Habacon will be speaking about the differing models of accommodation at a UBC alumni event in Montreal, in a featured discussion called “Intercultural Understanding: Is Montreal Canada’s Cultural Innovator?” Habacon will be in conversation with UBC President Stephen Toope on Montreal and Québec’s unique linguistic and ethnic landscape, the difference between interculturalism and multiculturalism and how those concepts contribute to Montreal’s identity, as well as a genealogy and evolution of both concepts.

Immigration as an asset (Ottawa Citizen)
Theres been a remarkable change in Ottawa over the last century. One in five Ottawans is now foreign-born. All of the growth in this citys labour market comes from immigration. And yet, the city has not quite figured out how to integrate this fact into its cultural identity and capitalize on it. Toronto prides itself on its diversity. Ottawa might, too, but its not the first fact about this city thats likely to come to the minds of its residents or visitors. It is in danger of becoming a city of many solitudes. And it is in danger of squandering one of its biggest assets.

City aims to attract immigrants (Metro Ottawa)
A city-wide strategy was launched yesterday to attract skilled immigrants to Ottawa and help them successfully settle here something other major Canadian cities have already had for some time.–city-aims-to-attract-immigrants

Shortage of visible minorities in legal sector report (Share)
The Ontario Court of Justice comprises 391 full-time and pier diem judges of which just seven are African-Canadian. And there are just 18 Black Bay St. partners in influential downtown Toronto law firms. The paucity of Blacks and other visible minorities in the legal profession prompted the authors of a diversity report released last week to include the legal sector for the first time in their study. The third annual DiverseCity Counts report tracked 2,410 legal leaders, including judges, governing bodies, law school leaders, partners in the top 20 law firms and crown attorneys.

Blood agency out to recruit another 34,000 Asian donors (Toronto Star)
Canadian Blood Services has four years to recruit 34,000 donors of Asian background to make up for a gap in specific blood types that will continue grow as Canadas population becomes increasingly multicultural. Our goal is to have our donor base be reflective of the cultural mosaic that is Canada, says Janet Wong of Canadian Blood Services (CBS).–canadian-blood-services-targets-ethnic-donors

See the world in a weekend (Daily Gleaner)
The diverse and rich cultures that make up the city of Fredericton will be in the spotlight from June 24-26. That weekend, everyone is invited to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day by taking part in the third Cultural Expressions Festival in Officers’ Square.

Immigration snag may force English MD out of Sechelt (News 1130)
An ER Doctor working on the Sunshine Coast may be forced to leave Canada, all because of an immigration “oops.” “I’ve got about 1,500 patients or so,” says Doctor Isabelle Hughan, who was recruited to Canada three years ago, and works in Sechelt. A paperwork glitch with a company called Health Match B.C. means she may end up going back to England.–immigration-snag-may-force-english-md-out-of-sechelt

Drowing risk high for young children, new immigrants: Stats (Vancouver Sun)
The organization also pointed out a study it did last year showing people who have lived in Canada for five years or less are four times more likely to not know how to swim than longer-term residents. “Over and over again, we heard from our focus group members that swimming was a very Canadian thing to do,” said Byers. “Many said swimming pools and beaches were not easily accessible for them in their home country.”


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 governments claims that the bill targets smugglers, the people who will be punished if it is passed are the people fleeing persecution, including children.

Fast Facts: World Refugee Day (Global Edmonton)
The UN refugee chief urged all countries to keep their borders open and offer protection to refugees fleeing violence since “new crises multiply and old crises never end.” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres made the comment Monday after some European countries including Italy have shown resistance to opening their doors to people feeling unrest and violence across North Africa and the Middle East.

Refugees grow as welcome in rich nations shrinks (Toronto Star)
The numbers of forcibly displaced people are climbing throughout the world, but the countries giving them shelter are some of the worlds poorest, says the UN refugee agency. In spite of fears of floods of refugees overwhelming Western countries, they are falling far short of the support offered by those who can least afford it, said the report released Monday on World Refugee Day. Last year some 43.7 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution, the highest number in 15 years. Eighty per cent of them are sheltered in poor countries, including Pakistan, Iran and Syria.–refugees-grow-as-welcome-in-rich-nations-shrinks

Canda Refugee Week 2011 launches (Canadian Immigrant)
Canada Refugee Week begins today, June 21. The week-long campaign to commemorate Word Refugee Day. Highlights of the week include art, cultural and educational events, which take place across the nation, according to a press release.

Celebrating World Refugee Day (CIC)
A new exhibit and a YouTube video illustrating some of the hardships faced by refugees, and what Canada is doing to help, were launched today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney to mark World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day (Saskatoon Home Page)
A group is calling on Canada to do better when it comes to helping refugees. Saskatoon’s Refugee Coalition organized a speaking event in front of City Hall today (mon), in conjunction with World Refugee Day to express concerns over Bill C-49, which they say fosters hostility toward refugees. The refugee colation says Bill C-49 goes against Canada’s long history of welcoming and helping the world’s most vulnerable people.

Canadians help raise awareness of the plight of 43 million refugees on 20 June 2011, World Refugee Day (Canada Newswire)
Events have been organized across Canada to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June 2011. This year’s World Refugee Day also marks the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. On this occasion, Canadians will help raise awareness, here at home and around the world, of the plight of the world’s refugees by promoting UNHCR’s “1 campaign” – 1 refugee without hope is too many, 1 refugee longing for home is too many, 1 refugee denied a safe haven is too many.

World Refugee Day commemorated in Moose Jaw (MJ Times Herald)
If one is too many, what is 44 million? About 50 Moose Javians attended a luncheon commemorating World Refugee Day on Monday, a day to promote awareness and display the plights of refugees across the globe. This years theme for the 11th edition of World Refugee Day was 1 is too many. Posters were displayed with taglines such as 1 family without shelter is too many and 1 girl raped at gunpoint is too many.

Community Victory for Alvaro: Celebrate but Prepare for More Fights (New Socialist)
There has been a stark shift from the granting of permanent residence upon arrival, to temporary status with no pathway to permanence. The number of temporary work permits is up 30 per cent over the past four years and in 2008 for the first time Canada received more people on temporary work permits than as permanent residents. The cheap labour of migrant workers is highly profitable, especially within a legal regime with fewer rights and protections for temporary workers, a lack of enforcement for even these laws and the constant threat of deportation for those temporary workers who resist. These precarious workplaces can be deadly: in December 2009, four migrant workers fell to their deaths in Toronto working in unsafe conditions; in September 2010, two migrant workers died while working at an organic apple processing facility. It is in this context that Alberta is looking to bring in thousands of temporary workers to make up for a shortage of an estimated 77,000 workers needed to work in the environmental catastrophe that is the tar sands. The message is clear — Harper wants the cheap labour of migrants, so long as they leave their families behind and don’t stay.

Tackling immigration issues by bus (Xtra!)
David Pepper’s idea of a sabbatical involves travelling across Canada on a Greyhound bus, couch surfing or staying in hostels and arranging meetings to talk about an issue that is dear to him but alien to many. Since April 13, Pepper has clocked more than 10,000 kilometres on his North Star Triangle Project. His mission is complex but his message is simple: it takes a group of only five Canadians to sponsor a refugee to come to Canada.

‘We Want To Go Home’…Liberian Refugees Cry Out (The Inquirer)
She alleged while displaying documents of a Nigerian who traveled as a Liberian refugee out of Ghana to Canada under the resettlement package, that for the past several years others and most notable Ghanaians are the ones that have benefitted from resettlement programs they could have benefitted from, stressing that whenever they try to raise issues over these kinds of mal-treatment they brand them as trouble makers.

Ties that bind (Calgary Herald)
Sponsors who renege on their financial responsibility under family-class immigration have been sent a stern message from the Supreme Court of Canada. Even if the relationship breaks down, they must bear the financial burden of family members who fail to gain economic independence.

Multicultural association celebrating refugees this week (Daily Gleaner)
On Monday, people across the globe paused to celebrate World Refugee Day in honour of the more than 15 million refugees who have had to flee their homes because of wars, environmental disasters or political persecution. Officials with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton are organizing a number of educational activities this week.


Big cities attract poverty, while smaller cities gain ground: StatsCan data (Brandon Sun)
Each city has its story to tell, but analysts agree that there’s a push factor and a pull factor. Mid-sized cities are contained enough to be able to confront poverty in a concrete and co-operative way. They drive poverty down, but they also drive it away, says Alan Broadbent, chairman of the Maytree Foundation in Toronto. Big urban centres, on the other hand, offer low-income people a range of social services that they can’t get as easily in smaller centres. “Low-income people tend to go there because that’s where the programs are the food banks, the services for single parents are there,” Broadbent said. “Large cities are magnets for it.”

Big cities attracting poverty, Statscan data show (Globe and Mail)
Canadas biggest urban areas are stuck in a rut of persistent poverty, while mid-sized cities are gaining ground despite the recent recession, new data from Statistics Canada show. The metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have poverty rates far above the national average, details of a report on income in Canada in 2009 show.

New Statscan survey aims to pinpoint where the jobs are (Globe and Mail)
Details on Canadian job-seekers are abundant, ranging from where they live to their age and gender to how long theyve been out of work. But relatively little is known about the demand side of the equation the employers with current job openings. Thats about to change. Statistics Canada plans to launch a new monthly job-vacancy survey this fall, a move that will shed light on a key aspect of the labour market that has long puzzled economists and policy makers: where the jobs are.

Canadas social housing paradise: a memoir (Opening the Window)
Was it a unique happening, Benny Farm? Could be, but here are some principles that might apply to social housing today:
A solid proportion have to believe that this can be a good home (providing motivation to pay attention to whats going on in the neighbourhood)
Some leaders emerging from among the tenants, willing to speak collectively to the power structure
A majority of tenants have to have the inner resources to look beyond their personal situations to identify with other families
A majority have to have the capacity and willingness to be at least a modest part of social networks, from highly informal to moderately structured, that will identify and define and speak out to leaders about what is working and what isnt
A proportion of residents who are home during the day: providing security, eyes and ears on the neighbourhood, a base for any child to find refuge
A positive collective identity to allow cohesion, fostered by how the housing is targeted and promoted.

Social planning group aims to end poverty in province by end of decade (CLEONet)
The Social Planning Network of Ontario is calling for a poverty free Ontario. “We’re part of a struggle,” said Marvyn Novick, community activist with the Social Planning Network of Ontario. “Aboriginal peoples have their historic dimension to that struggle that has to be honoured, but we also have a struggle about the things in common because all peoples need good wages in the labour market and need to know that the rents they pay won’t take food money.”

Moving From Scrutiny to Strategy: An Analysis of Key Canadian Elder Abuse and Neglect Cases (CLEONet)
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.

Senior poverty growing concern (Cambridge Times)
June Anderson doesnt have to look long or hard to find examples of seniors living in poverty.
As a spiritual care provider for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, Anderson sees it everyday. In fact, nearly 26 per cent of those who depend on emergency food hampers and support programs at the food bank are 55 years or older. Those statistics are heartbreaking, said Anderson.–senior-poverty-growing-concern

Beasley neighbours’ charter believed to be a first (Hamilton Spectator)
At the fifth annual Beasley Barbecue this Saturday theyll cook up hotdogs, hand out soft drinks and make a little history. Thats right history. The Beasley Neighbourhood Association believes it will be the first neighbourhood in Canada to successfully put together a community charter and the afternoon event will be the opportunity for stakeholders to sign up.–beasley-neighbours-charter-believed-to-be-a-first

First Nations Day in Canada (First Reference Talks)
This is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Aboriginal people (Indian, Métis, Inuit). In 1982, this day was chosen to celebrate the land and the Aboriginal people and their culture. It is also a public (statutory) holiday in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In these territories, employees must be given a day off with pay. This is also a sacred day for employees belonging to Canadian First Nations; employers in other provinces and territories may have to accommodate employees who want to observe this day. Communities hold feasts and invite guests.


Migrant workers win reprieve from immigration officials (Montreal Gazette)
Nineteen victims of international human trafficking have been granted a reprieve by Canadian immigration officials in Windsor to remain in the country for two more years and make a case for remaining permanently.


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Focus on Human Trafficking (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
List of events, journal issues, publications and web resources.

RCMP makes human trafficking arrest (Hamilton Spectator)
The hunt for a group of alleged human traffickers living in Hamilton is down to two. RCMP arrested Gizella Kolompar, 42, on Friday in the Toronto area without incident, police said. She had been wanted since October on charges related to an alleged Hungary to Hamilton human trafficking ring.–rcmp-makes-human-trafficking-arrest

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