Maytree news headlines – June 6, 2011


Non-profit sector seeks diversity (Calgary Herald)
The face of the non-profit sector is getting younger as the baby boomer population retires, but there’s also a new effort underway to make sure it gets more diverse as the workforce is renewed. My goal is to be able to lend the voice of young people in this sector . . . to show there are people who are motivated,” says Avnish Mehta, a Calgary creative director who also sits on the board of directors of the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector. “Maybe some of the (organizational) structures that we’ve relied on for such a long time are maybe not the best ones for motivating us to stick around.”

This new house There’s never been a Parliament like this one (Winnipeg Free Press)
There’s no butcher, no baker and no candlestick maker, but Canada’s 41st Parliament is made up of one of the most diverse groups of MPs ever elected in this country. There are more women than ever before, more visible minorities, more aboriginal MPs and a significant contingent of 20-somethings.

Guilherme Dias (Canadian Immigrant)
With a background in human resources aptly called talent management in Pitney Bowes and based on his own immigrant journey, Dias wanted to make a difference in the area of employing newcomers not only at Pitney Bowes, but beyond. To begin with, he works with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) where he mentors several newcomers. I feel very fortunate to work on a global basis from Canada at the same time get involved in community projects, he says.

Citizens take in cultural mosaic (Timmins Press)
The sights, sounds and flavours of the world dazzled spectators and visitors alike this weekend, during the 39th-annual Timmins Multicultural Festival at the McIntyre Arena. “We really love this day and we look forward to it all year,” said Timmins Multicultural Society president, Marjorie Boyd. “It’s a day to celebrate Canada and our roots.”

Chinese professionals strive for career success in Canada (People’s Daily)
When Judy Wu moved to Canada in fall 2003 on a student visa, her objective was to join her then- boyfriend, now her husband, who was already studying here. Almost eight years later, Judy works for one of Canada’s largest banks, a position that makes her the envy of many of her Chinese acquaintances.

Discovering the ‘can’ in Canada – MetroNews Canada (Metro Toronto)
Canada is a goldmine of opportunity, says Royson Ng from his large corner office at Samtack Inc. Now the award-winning entrepreneur and businessman is helping other new immigrants find their turning point in Canada and is showing them by example.

Changing faces (Vancouver Sun)
Vancouver was once considered a “European” city. Now it’s more accurate to call it “Eurasian.” In less than two generations, Vancouver has transformed from a city dominated by people of British, German and Italian origin to one in which people of Asian heritage make up the majority. The demographic changes in this city of more than half a million people are most readily seen in the hundreds of restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Arabic, Afghan, Malaysian and Korean food. But the changes go much deeper.

Perimeter negotiations on a short fuse (Ottawa Citizen)
The topic is vast, complex, and carries massive baggage. How (for instance) are Canada’s immigration interests to be squared with the Americans’ when our domestic workforce is shrinking and theirs isn’t? How does that affect efforts to rationalize approaches to refugee and visa policy?

Indians seeking Canadian visas likely to face fingerprinting (Economic Times)
Though Canada has not confirmed it yet, it is likely to soon introduce fingerprinting for Indian citizens seeking Canadian visas. The new measure is part of Canadian plans to boost border security and check immigration fraud . India, which is the second biggest source of immigration for Canada, will be the first country to be subjected to fingerprinting.

Pitching Canadian education to the world (Globe and Mail)
For decades, these schools fought over the best Canadian students. But given the recent recession and a generation of protective parents more reluctant than ever to be separated from their children, they have seen enrolment drop 14 per cent over the past four years. In order to fill their beds, 28 of the countrys oldest and biggest boarding schools have banded together to tap the international market, now the source of about half their students… It just makes strategic sense, theres such a need for a collective voice to sell Canadian education internationally, said Anne-Marie Kee, executive director of CAIS. Parents love us because were a safe place, students love the diversity and the idea of studying at a school with kids from 30 countries, and our schools are among the best in the world.

Vancouver attracting buyers from China (Seattle Times)
Good schools, a moderate climate and the large, established Asian community as a result of Canada’s liberal immigration policy make Vancouver attractive, said Cathy Gong, who moved from Shanghai to the Shaughnessy neighborhood about three years ago. “The schools here are the best and there are a lot of Chinese people here,” said Gong, whose son is in sixth-grade. Eastern Canada wasn’t an option because “I cannot bear cold weather,” Gong said.

Future looks bright for multiculturalism in Canada, sociologist tells congress (Telegraph Journal)
In the struggle between cultural respect and creating a national identity, some people question whether Canada’s multicultural policies are a help or hindrance. But the future looks bright, says Gérard Bouchard. Bouchard is a Quebec sociologist and co-chairman of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Accomodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences. He spoke at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Societies on Friday with the the commissioner of official languages, Graham Fraser.

A path out of the fog of multicultural confusion (Gulf Times)
Multiculturalism is a human construction. The notion is associated with the liberal tradition and specific policy choices developed by countries like Canada, Great Britain, and the Netherlands as responses to national minorities or immigration. In 21st century Europe, multiculturalism takes on renewed meaning with three main components: a political theory, a policy practice, and a social reality. The possible understandings of the fact of multiculturalism are shaped primarily by the national histories, political cultures and social imaginaries of each country.

Moncton family to be deported to South Korea (CBC)
A Moncton family who moved to Canada from South Korea in 2003 is being ordered to leave the country by the end of the month because of their youngest son’s illness. Sung-Joo Maeng, 15, was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy at age five. His father, Tae-Shik Maeng, and his mother, Hee-Eun Jang, moved the family to Canada with the hope of getting help to treat their son’s illnesses… But Citizenship and Immigration Canada has denied an extension to their temporary resident permit because of Sung-Joo’s medical and education expenses, Moncton lawyer Nicole Druckman said Sunday.

Leveraging Inclusion and Diversity as Canada’s Digital Advantage (OCAD)
To foster and sustain a strong digital economy we need innovation and creativity. There is a strong, empirically supported, correlation between diversity and inclusion and innovation or creativity. Page (2007) and others show that in the performance of groups, communities and societies “diversity trumps ability.” Including diverse perspectives is generally more important than choosing the best and the brightest for effective problem solving and prediction. Page provides theoretical and empirical proofs that the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools and societies. His conclusions include that cognitive and cultural diversity result in faster growing and more productive cities and countries. Cass Sunstein (2006) sees the major advantage and the challenge of the Web to be the aggregation of information in order to take advantage of the widely dispersed knowledge that individuals have. Good decisions, predictions and creative problem solving are harmed by propagation of errors, unexpressed knowledge, opinion cascades and group polarization, all of which are also antithetical to diversity. For communities, social systems, teams or organizations, diversity leads to better decisions, more effective problem solving, greater creativity and innovation, better prediction, and in the long term, resilience to external challenges, and thereby, increased viability.

Diversity Bike Trip Will Help Us Build Stronger Inclusive Communities (South Asian Link)
Our message for the nine-city journey focused on building an inclusive community, and we believe we were successful in inspiring others to break the barriers that can exist. Certainly the civic officials we met in each major city were impressed with the message.

Embracing Advocacy: How Visible Minority and Dominant Group Beginning Teachers Take Up Issues of Equity (Brock Education Journal)
This paper is from a four-year research project that followed graduates of a teacher education program from teacher certification through their first three years of teaching. It focuses on participants’ narratives about their advocacy efforts in both their pre-service practicum placements and their first year as probationary teachers. Our findings indicate that while dominant group white participants chose to advocate from a position of personal conviction (often based on new knowledge of equity issues), the visible minority participants were often summoned by others to advocate. The paper concludes with a discussion about how teacher education might better address advocacy issues, alongside the focus on equity issues.

Punch maps Irish immigration (Chronicle Herald)
In three volumes of Erins Sons, Terry Punch of Halifax, who has been named to the Order of Canada for his genealogical and related work, has outlined the story of Irish immigration to the Atlantic colonies of British North America in the pre-Confederation period of the 19th century.

Immigration numbers don’t add up, says Fraser Institute (B.C. Catholic)
The Conservative government’s recent policy change to reduce immigration has sparked a heated debate on both sides of the political spectrum. The Fraser Institute’s Martin Collacott defended the government’s policy in a presentation May 16. The Fraser Institute held the discussion on the topic after Herbert Grubel, a senior member, wrote an op-ed in the National Post outlining the “invisible price tag” on immigration.

Ethnic leaders’ summit: ‘different ships, same boat’ (Baptist Press)
The ethnic leaders from across the U.S. and Canada also heard from Kevin Ezell, NAMB’s president, and Sing Oldham, an SBC Executive Committee vice president, who underscored how important the leaders are in their spheres of influence and in NAMB’s new overarching Send North America strategy for planting churches.

“King of Multiculturalism” Helps Conservative Win Majority in Canadian Parliament (Mabuhay Radio)
Now it can be told. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper now has a majority government. Toronto has shredded the red (Liberal Party) and donned the blue (Conservative Party), a feat many political pundits attribute to His Loyal Highness, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Canada’s undisputed and publicly-acclaimed “King of Multiculturalism”.

Man charged in fraud after falsifying work permit applications (Edmonton Sun)
An Edmonton man has been handed almost a dozen charges after allegedly submitting documents with the forged signature of a dead person. (The Canada Border Services Agency) is alleging that this person fraudulently used a dead persons signature to get work permit applications processed in support of bringing some temporary foreign workers to Canada, said Lisa White, spokeswoman for the CBSA.

Jim Karygiannis Elected Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Greek Reporter)
Greek-Canadian Deputy Member of the Liberal Party Jim Karygiannis, re-elected in Scarborough-Agincourt, was appointed as Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs from the interim Liberal leadership, despite the failure of his party in recent federal elections.

Immigration Department settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit 17 years after Toronto police officers shot (Globe and Mail)
Seventeen years after a Jamaica-born career criminal awaiting deportation fatally shot one Toronto police constable and badly wounded a second, the federal Immigration Department has acknowledged its failings in the tragedy by settling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of the two officers.

Immigration: What the U.S. does right (LA Times)
The way the U.S. handles immigration is better than in most of the rest of the world. But the U.S. could learn a thing or two from Canada… Two facets of immigration policy help to explain Canada’s success. In distributing visas, Canada emphasizes skills and education rather than country quotas and family reunification. Just as important, Canada permits dual citizenship and allowing naturalization after only three years.,0,2375475.story


Police discover Sun Sea’s link to Norway (National Post)
Before the last ship, the MV Sun Sea, left Thailand in July carrying almost 500 Sri Lankan migrants, the smugglers made the passengers sign contracts that spelled out how much each owed for the journey to Canada. The contracts were then mailed to Norway, ostensibly for safekeeping. They were, after all, valuable receipts. They were proof of millions worth of uncollected debts, not to mention highly sensitive. The problem was, they were mailed to the wrong address.

Tenuous links to terrorism keep refugees in limbo, devastate lives (Toronto Star)
Kujjos case is one of many that call into question the broad definition of membership in a terrorist or subversive organization applied by Canadian officials when they deny status for what lawyers describe as peripheral support of such causes.–tenuous-links-to-terrorism-keep-refugees-in-limbo-devastate-lives

Catherine Dauvergne says fears that Canadas refugee system is a back door for terrorists are grossly exaggerated (UBC)
The UBC law professor, a Canada Research Chair in Migration Law, recently completed the most comprehensive investigation of how terrorism laws introduced following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have impacted Canadas refugee system.
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Anti-human smuggling bill will be re-introduced: Kenney (National Post)
The Conservatives intend to reintroduce their controversial anti-human smuggling bill when Parliament resumes, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday. Anyone considering handing their life savings over to a smuggling organization that promises to send them to Canada by ship should think again now that the Tories have a majority, the Minister said in an interview.

Showing their true colours (Winnipeg Free Press)
He and a Winnipeg “group of five” — the minimum number of people required by the federal government to privately sponsor a refugee — were at the front of the parade down Broadway Sunday to the festival site at The Forks. The Winnipeggers are sponsoring a gay man from Iran — where homosexuality is punishable by death — who’s taken shelter in Turkey and waiting for approval to come to Canada. Manitoba is well known for its welcome to newcomers, with the provincial nominee program, scores of groups and agencies privately sponsoring refugees and settlement services.


Local ‘microbank’ could sew the seeds of success for all (Waterloo Record)
This region is known for its innovation. We strive to know more, to do better, and to reach for the stars. Many ideas conceived in our community have been adopted for use all over the world. That shouldnt stop us from also borrowing the Nobel Prize-winning idea of microfinance used in developing countries, then applying it in our community in a way that makes sense. Lets challenge the municipality, companies, employee associations, the many philanthropists, and residents to research and then seed a Waterloo Region microbank that opens the door to opportunity for all of our citizens. Can you imagine what our local entrepreneurs could do?–local-microbank-could-sew-the-seeds-of-success-for-all

Defining poverty (Windsor Star)
So what is poverty? How should it be defined? What is the true scope of poverty in Canada? Why not use one accurate agreed-upon method utilized by every organization? Measuring poverty based on relative reported income encourages cheating of the system. It also leads to higher taxes, bloated bureaucracies and the forcible redistribution of wealth to those who may have a lesser lifestyle or hidden incomes but are not really poor by standards of common sense.

Tory welfare wait period could be costly (CBC)
A Progressive Conservative election promise to enact a one-year waiting before new Ontario arrivals can collect welfare could cost the province millions in federal transfer payments… Hudak said he is not worried his plan will cost the province money. “To me it’s an important value as Ontarians that if you’re going to go on the welfare rolls, you should at least live in our province for a year,” he said.

The Social Assistance Review: Resources on What You Need to Know (CLEONet)
ISAC and the Toronto clinic system’s Social Assistance Action Committee (SAAC) recently partnered to host two information sessions on critical issues that will arise in the course of the Social Assistance Review.

School nutrition programs have become essential (Hamilton Spectator)
Today, many factors impact whether children are getting fed breakfast at home or take a lunch to school, and theyre not all poverty related. Many families in Hamilton are led by lone parents who are working two or more part-time jobs for low wages, keeping them at or just above the poverty line. Astronomical child-care costs make it even more difficult to access work, pay the rent and buy nutritious food.–school-nutrition-programs-have-become-essential

After school childrens programming in Toronto is a scarcity (Belonging Community)
Social Planning Toronto researchers worked with a coalition called Middle Years Matters a few years ago to map out the after-school opportunities grade-school aged children have in Toronto. The study found a wide gap between whats available and whats needed. Less than ten per cent of kids in the city are served through a formal childrens programme. Many were appalled by these findings.


Supercalifragilistic-Please-Pay-me-my-Wages (Whitten & Lublin LLP)
Namukasas wage theft may come as a shock, but sadly there are many vulnerable workers in Canada that face similar circumstances. The Workers Action Centre (WAC), a non-profit organization is advocating on behalf of Namukasa to raise awareness on wage theft, and to lobby for changes to Ontarios Employment Standards Act (ESA). Workers in Ontario are protected by the ESA for things like unpaid wages, vacation pay, minimum wage and severance. The cap for damages is $10,000 and most claims must be made a maximum of 6 months after the last day of employment.


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

Taking survey of the city (National Post)
The City of Toronto wants to know what you think. Or not. Chris Selley, Jonathan Goldsbie, and Matt Gurney discuss whether the Service Review consultations are a useful exercise in civic engagement or merely a show trial preceding an inevitable execution of City programs.

Fords cost-cutting a chance to review all city services (Globe and Mail)
Seven earnest citizens sit around a table at the Toronto Reference Library. They have come to answer the question: What is important to you? As the city tries to cut at least $774-million in spending the size of its looming budget shortfall it is asking the public to rate the importance of the city services they receive.

Historicist: Marshall McLuhan, Urban Activist (Torontoist)
So when McLuhan was prompted to political action, it was not the Vietnam War or apartheid in South Africa or other social issues of the day that were the target of his indignation. Rather, he dedicated himself primarily to environmental issues and urban affairsespecially of a highly local or personal nature.

LORINC: Should he stay or should he go? (Spacing Toronto)
I cant quite decide whether Im appalled that Rob Ford blew off the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Halifax or relieved that we were spared the embarrassment of watching our magical-thinking mayor share a stage with reality-based leaders like Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi and Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson.

A Mapnificent View of Toronto (Steve Munro)
An interesting tool for viewing transit travel times in many cities is available at Mapnificent. Using schedule data published by many transit agencies, you can view the area to which someone can travel within a given time, on a specific type of day and day of the week. Playing around with the parameters gives different views depending on available transit services, walking time to stations/stops, and of course, your location.


Key to productivity is innovation, not invention (Toronto Star)
Today, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity released a report titled Canadas Innovation Imperative. In it, we conclude that public innovation policy is not working largely because our governments focus on driving invention, not innovation. Theyre not the same and the distinction matters. Invention is the creation or discovery of something new to the world. Inventions are often creator-driven, following an inventors curiosity or area of expertise and may not be a match for the needs of some user population out in the world. Innovation is customer-driven, providing a new product or process that adds value to somebodys economic, health or social well-being.–key-to-productivity-is-innovation-not-invention
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Accountants call for national entrepreneurship strategy (First Reference Talks)
LayingtheFoundationforaNationalEntrepreneurshipStrategyCanadians are pretty good at creating businesses that last, according to a new study by the Chartered General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). Laying the Foundation for a National Entrepreneurship Strategy finds that around 85 percent of new Canadian businesses survive for a year, 62 percent make it at least three years and 51 percent are still going after five years. The Business Development Bank of Canada puts this last number above 66 percent. Overall, Canada is well positioned to capitalize on its strengths and increase the amount of entrepreneurial activity in this country. Nonetheless, Key challenges for Canadian entrepreneurs include access to skilled labour, education and training, lack of innovation, access to financing and the complexity of tax and regulatory compliance.


MP challenging men to be part of solution (CJOB)
Mobilizing Men Against Human Trafficking is an event organized by Mobilizing Men. It’s being held at Immanuel Pentecostal Church and features Smith as the keynote speaker. The event also features special guest Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Ron Evans.

Why the courts must decriminalize prostitution (Globe and Mail)
Theoretically, prostitution exchanging sex for money has long been legal in Canada. But in practice, virtually any method of buying or selling sex is prohibited. It’s Canada’s half-baked compromise to avoid all-out confrontation between two camps that split long before the 2010 decision: One faction, led by religious groups and rural Canadians, objects to any loosening of the laws that govern sex work, fearing decriminalization could lead to underage prostitution and human trafficking. The other favours liberalization, provided there is no increase in crime and public nuisance. Whenever the two sides clash, committees are charged to review the laws. They report back months later with sensible proposals. These are ignored, and the daisy chain begins anew.

Op-Ed Opportunity: Say No to the Legalization of Prostitution! (Hope for the sold)
This weekend I received this message from Benjamin Perrin, author of Invisible Chains: Canadas Underground World of Human Trafficking… If youre willing, please take 5 minutes to write a LETTER TO THE EDITOR in your own words on why Canada should NOT legalize prostitution. It is so critical that the other side of this issue be heard.

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