Maytree news headlines – June 3, 2011


The diversity advantage. Are you ready? (Maytree)
Interested in tools to enhance diversity in your organization? Need to pitch diversity to your management, board, or leadership? Let us help.

Young Manitobans among Canada’s Top 20 under 20 (Winnipeg Free Press)
A University of Winnipeg student, Fultz became involved with Oxfam at a young age and, once she discovered there wasn’t a local Winnipeg chapter, she decided to help start one. She also donated a portion of her $70,000 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership to the University of Winnipeg’s Global Citizenship Fund for bursaries to assist refugee and First Nations students.

Child care crisis holding back dreams of many immigrant women (
For many immigrant women, affordable quality child care isn’t a luxury, it’s the ticket to a better life.
Nusrat Urmi came to Canada from Bangladesh 11 months ago with the idea of building a better life for her family. With two young children the reality has been different than she imagined.–child-care-crisis-holding-back-dreams-of-many-immigrant-women

Immigrant alienation can push them toward terrorism – speaker (Daily Gleaner)
When shaping national security and immigration policy, government must pay attention to the experiences of newcomers to Canada if it wishes to effectively combat terrorism, says Mahmoud Eid, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. If government ignores their attitudes and opinions, some immigrants will feel alienated and will be more likely to join terrorists networks, said Eid, whose findings are part of a series of recommendations he made to Public Safety Canada in commissioned research.

Bollywood Oscars facts and figures (Globe and Mail)
12 Number of years the annual International Indian Film Academy Awards have been held. Known as the Bollywood Oscars, the event, to be held in Toronto June 23-25, was begun in 2000 to celebrate Indian cinema… There will be colour, there will be crowds, there will be mayhem, said Noreen Khan, IIFA project head.

Toronto hotel workers demand bosses protect against assault from guests (Globe and Mail)
Housekeepers in Canadian hotels are at a disadvantage on multiple fronts, says York University professor Steven Tufts, because they’re overwhelmingly female immigrants. For some, English is a second or third, or fourth language. The work itself is menial and often solo, cleaning the most intimate possessions of a total stranger who takes brief possession of a room before moving on.

Province targets racism (Vernon Morning Star)
Vernon is gaining a hand to help residents embrace each others differences. The province is investing $47,000 in two Vernon organizations to inspire individuals to welcome, accept and embrace differences while promoting harmonious, safe communities.

Sentence reduced to allow deportation appeal (Calgary Sun)
Albertas top court has knocked a day off the sentence of a convicted robber to preserve his right to appeal his deportation. In a written decision released Thursday, a three-member Alberta Court of Appeal panel said changing the sentence of Harinder Singh Duhra would not alter the intent of his plea bargain with the Crown. The judges said while they would normally not give a landed immigrant a break not afforded Canadian citizens, Duhras case was different.

Today in the Ethnic Aisle: Top 10 Lists (Ethnic Aisle)
Anupa Mistry breaks down the Top 10 Brown Bands. Denise Balkissoon lists Top 10 Things About Ethnic Names (Mostly Hers). Renée Sylvestre-Williams gives the Top 10 Answers to the Question Where Are You From? and Simon Yau shares the Top 10 Assumptions He Makes Because Hes From Hong Kong.

Diversity in the 41st Parliament (Samara Canada)
Canadas parliamentarians bring a multitude of experiences to their job. In The Accidental Citizen? we found that the MPs we interviewed came from a much more diverse set of backgrounds than most people think. We talked to MPs who were electricians, nurses, and priests–and yes even a few lawyers (but probably fewer than youd think). But like Canadas 40th Parliament, the 41st is more male and whiter than Canadas population.

Interesting, a slightly different accounting on this blog:
“So, how does the 2011 election stack up? Ive gone riding-by-riding to pull the data and it suggests that Canadians elected 29 visible minority MPs and 7 Aboriginal MPs to represent us in the 41st Parliament of Canada. The number of Aboriginal MPs was confirmed by AFN Chief Shawn Atleo, who issued a statement about the election results.”

Voices: The YMCA Newcomer Youth Film Project (AtWork)
Voices: the YMCA Newcomer Youth Film Project is an innovative summer program offering instruction in the art of video production for newcomer youth to share stories of immigration and settlement in Canada on film. Participants produce short films using high-quality production gear and learn about specialized filmmaking techniques from visiting artists from Toronto’s film industry. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Voices is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Toronto and Charles Street Video, and is free for all participants.

‘If you’re Canadian, why aren’t you bilingual?’ new immigrants wonder (National Post)
Recent immigrants expect Canadians to speak both English and French mostly because our nation boasts internationally about its two official languages, finds the study from the University of Calgary, to be presented this week at the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

New HIV infections in women are mostly newcomers (
Women account for one in four new HIV infections in Ontario, 60 per cent of whom are newcomers to the country, says a new study. The infected newcomers are both refugees and immigrants, but it is not known whether they were infected before or after they came to Canada, said lead author Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi from St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto.–new-hiv-infections-in-women-are-mostly-newcomers

Can early childhood education and care help keep Canadas promise of respect for diversity? (
The focus of this paper is on the role that public policy could play in positioning ECEC programs to contribute to realization of Canada’s promise of respect for diversity. It describes the context of Canadian diversity and the policy context and situation of Canadian early childhood programs, emphasizing the potential role that robust, well-focused public ECEC policy and programs could play in a very diverse country like Canada

Aditya Jha: Conservative Party Needs Multiculturalism 2.0 (
Historically, engagement with new Canadians has been very superficial. Politicians discuss immigration issues or visit their temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches and learn a few words of greetings in their native languages and occasionally dress like them for photo ops. They visit gatekeepers (more bark and less bite) of these communities or often choose candidates primarily with real estate and insurance industry background, who can hustle and get lots of party members registered for nomination in short time — sometimes hijacking the democratic process. The weak party apparatus doesn’t encourage star candidates and, as per conspiracy theorists, they are looking for backbenchers only from new Canadians. There is no thought of the “brand” of party with respect to the new Canadians. Rather, they use tactics devoid of any strategic direction or any need to groom credible candidates. This not only short-changes new Canadian communities; in the process political parties and Canada get short-changed too.

High-powered group dares debunk Canadian immigration policy (
Most Canadians will not criticize the country’s high immigration rates, at least publicly. For fear of being called racist. But an impressive collection of Canadians, some of them retired, has been gathering together to do what most politicians, academics and corporate leaders dare not do:
Question what they believe is false thinking behind Canadian vigorous immigration rates, which are the highest per capita in the world. The group, called the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform, has the support of Derek Burney (right), former Canadian ambassador to the U.S.; Peter G. White (former editor of Saturday Night Magazine); Donald George (former dean of engineering at Carleton, now in B.C.); B.C. public intellectual Gordon Gibson (right); former Quebec deputy immigration minister Jean Loiselle; former Canadian ambassador Martin Collacott; Salim Mansur (associate professor at the University of Western Ontario), and many others.


Immigration roulette (Xtra!)
Alvaro Orozco is lucky. After spending almost a month in a detention centre awaiting deportation, he was released on June 1. The Nicaraguan-born gay artist was granted a stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds he is now free to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada. Betty Tibikawa, 22, is not so lucky. Tibikawa is a Ugandan woman detained at the Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in the United Kingdom. She was branded in her home country as a punishment for being a lesbian; now she is waiting to be sent back after her asylum claim was refused.

Czech Roma asylum seeker in Canada: “I’m not going back yet” (
Helena Krobotová (34) moved to Canada from the Czech Republic on a work visa more than two years ago. She gradually completed the necessary driver’s licensing and started working as a truck driver. She has a few adventurous years behind her in the Czech Republic during which she worked as a Roma adviser and as a strip-tease dancer. She describes her life in Canada regularly on her blogu News server interviewed her about life in Canada and her dream of someday owning a little house in the Czech countryside.


NDP MLA introduces anti-poverty bill (Vancouver Sun)
Seven other provinces and territories in Canada have committed to poverty reduction strategies, yet B.C. doesnt have a formalized plan in place, despite having the highest poverty rate in the country. New Democratic Party social development critic Shane Simpson introduced a bill in the Legislature Thursday in what he called the first step toward establishing specific targets and timelines to reduce poverty.


A stunning example of mistreatment of migrant workers (First Reference Talks)
This case is a stunning example of mistreatment of a migrant worker. For two years, a Ugandan live-in nanny, Lilliane Namukasa, was paid only $100 per month to care for a family including two boys and clean the home. She worked 15.5 hours a day, seven days per week with no time off and no overtime. Namukasas contract stated that she was to work as a live-in caregiver for $427.50 a week in regular pay, minus $55 weekly to cover her room and board, plus $17 an hour for any overtime. Now that is a striking difference. Whats more, after two years, the employer terminated Namukasa, which led her having to live in a womens shelter.

The precarious world of temporary work (
According to a report published by the Workers Action Centre in Toronto called Working on the Edge published in 2007, across Canada in the 1990s, there were 1,300 temporary work agencies with a total revenue of $1.5 billion. By 2004 there were 4,200 of these agencies with an incredible $6 billion revenue. By then, an astounding 37 per cent of all Canadian workers were not employed in traditional full-time, permanent jobs with one employer, and many of these marginalized employees turned to temporary employment agencies out of desperation.

Registration is Now Open for Social Planning Torontos June Research & Policy Forum: Justice & Equity on the Job (Social Planning Toronto)
Join us for a discussion on issues facing racialized workers in the Canadian labour market and the campaign to improve Ontarios employment standards.

Educated Service Workers Are Concentrated in Canadian Cities (Martin Prosperity Institute)
Labour force analysis conducted at the Martin Prosperity Institute organizes the labour force into four occupational groups: the creative class, the service class, the working class, and the fishing, farming, and forestry class. This categorization system is a useful way to think about the economy, because it classifies workers based on the type of work that they are paid to do, rather than simply their qualifications or industry placement. In the most basic terms, creative class workers are paid for their thinking and problem solving skills. Service class workers are paid to perform routine work directly for, or on behalf of, clients. Working class workers are paid to maneuver heavy machinery and perform skilled trades. Finally, farmers, fishers, and other primary extractors are paid to extract natural resources from the ground and seas.


Friday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Rob Ford, Transportation, Racoons and Other News.

New Big City Mayors Caucus chair keen to forge ties with Ottawa (Globe and Mail)
After launching a successful juice company and watching your city vie for the Stanley Cup, getting a few dollars out of the federal government should be easy, right? At a gathering of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Halifax this week, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was named as the new chair of the Big City Mayors Caucus. Hell represent the group as it presses the new majority government for long-term funding for some of our cities biggest problems: from transit to homelessness and that growing infrastructure gap.

Shepherding change, one youth at a time (Toronto Star)
Having grown up in one of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, Robert Rowe knows how crime, violence and poverty can affect its inhabitants. The 22-year-old has seen what happens when kids follow the wrong path or fall between the cracks. But there’s another side to these neighbourhoods. That’s why Rowe is putting his experience and skills to work to break down stereotypes and change attitudes while opening doors for children who may not otherwise get the break they deserve. He’s been doing it since 2007, when he came to Etobicoke’s Jamestown to work in the youth leadership program at West Indian Volunteer Community Support Services.–shepherding-change-one-youth-at-a-time


Will Social Finance be in Flaherty’s June 6th Budget? (Al Etmanski)
For a new Conservative government looking to make a tangible and lasting mark on our society, there would seem to be no better alignment of values and opportunity than that represented by the burgeoning social finance movement. It represents a ready-made opportunity, rooted in values of community-building, support for small scale entrepreneurship, and the role of private investment in delivering public good, that the government would do well to seize.


Lured into life of sex slavery, violence . . . in Ontario (Waterloo Record)
The vicious act of slavery didnt happen in the brothels of Thailand or the streets of Brazil. These girls were from Mississauga and Brampton and were forced into a life of prostitution, operating out of hotels in the GTA. The case became the first in Canada to see a successful conviction under the countrys human trafficking laws.–lured-into-life-of-sex-slavery-violence-in-ontario

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