Maytree news headlines – June 8, 2011


Year 3 DiverseCity Counts report (DiverseCity Toronto)
The leadership of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is more diverse than it was three years ago, reveals the third DiverseCity Counts report. It finds that 14.5% of leaders in the GTA are visible minorities (relative to 49.5%of the population studied) which is an overall increase of eight percent from 13.4 per cent in 2009. The study also shows that year after year government agencies, boards and commissions (22%) and the education sector (20%) have consistently out-performed other sectors. Elected officials are the third most diverse group of leaders at 19% and the corporate sector has remained the least diverse at 4.2%.

For more diversity in the legal profession (Globe and Mail)
A more racially diverse legal profession and judiciary is a goal worth pursuing. It is important to have legal leaders who reflect Canadas rapidly changing demographics. This would help law firms to compete successfully in the global economy and foster innovation, and help judges and Crown prosecutors overcome any subconscious biases, so that they can apply the law more equitably.

Visible minorities still vastly under-represented in corporate Toronto leadership (Globe and Mail)
Corporate Toronto lags significantly behind the public sector in the diversity of its leadership, according to a major report released Tuesday. Just 4.2 per cent of the members of corporate boards and executive teams in the Greater Toronto Area belong to visible minorities. Thats by far the smallest proportion of any of the six sectors surveyed, according to the report. Nearly 80 per cent of corporate boards and 75 per cent of corporate executive teams have no visible minority representation at all, the report found.

Report: Few minorities among Toronto are legal leaders (Digital Journal)
Toronto may be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world but when it comes to those leading the Greater Toronto Area’s legal sector that diversity is not very visible. Despite the Greater Toronto Area’s population being 49.5 percent visible minorities the legal sector’s leaders are only represented by 6.8 percent according to a newly released report.

Visible minorities progress at snails pace in leadership (Toronto Star)
Julia Shin Doi has a degree from University of Toronto, finished law school at Osgoode Hall and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994. The corporate lawyer for York University is also part of an underrepresented group in Greater Torontos legal sector, according to a new study by Ryerson Universitys Diversity Institute, released Tuesday.–visible-minorities-progress-at-snail-s-pace-in-leadership

More visible minorities in GTA leadership: Study (Canadian HR Reporter)
“In terms of the overall results, we are glad to see movement in the right direction. But we recognize that at this pace it will be 30 years before our leadership catches up with our demographic reality,” said Ratna Omidvar, president of Maytree, an organization that promotes equity and prosperity through leadership building and is co-chairing the DiverseCity project. “Our project is working to collapse natural time frames so that we can reap the benefits of diverse leadership now.”


Immigration: The Case for Open Borders (The Mark News)
Value comes in many different ways. At the most fundamental level, it comes from the dynamism that migrants provide to economies. If you look at inventions, innovations, and technical progress historically, this was often brought by migrants to societies. It is the interchange of migrants with society that leads to this dynamic growth. That, of course, is absolutely fundamental for all our futures and for the sustainable development of jobs and for welfare. It is obviously important because migrants provide both skilled and unskilled work They contribute to us living healthy and full lives, achieving the things we want to achieve.

Immigration: The Case for Tighter Borders (The Mark News)
Our proposal is this: Instead of having civil servants administer this points-based system, we would like to offer the proper incentives for Canadian employers to find out whether or not that person really speaks English adequately, and whether that person has the necessary work experience and formal education to do the job in Canada. This system would only grant entry into Canada for individuals who have been approved, and who have a job offer from a Canadian firm at a certain level of pay that is sufficient for them to pay taxes that cover the government services they consume.

Diversity in the 41st Parliament, Part 2 (Samara Canada)
Last week we explored the diversity of the 41st Parliament by examining the number of visible minorities in Canada’s political parties. We found that the NDP had the highest proportion of visible minorities with 13.6%, the CPC was next with 7.2% and among the three largest parties the Liberals followed with 5.9%. But this is just one way of looking at diversity. Today we’re going to explore the diversity of MPs across the provinces and territories.

Recognizing Asian Workers as Part of Canadian Heritage (
This month, as Canadians celebrate May as Asian Heritage Month, a fleet of Toronto airport limo drivers nearly all of which are of South Asian decent remain locked out by their employer. Only last month, the Supreme Court of Canada denied an almost entirely racialized farm worker population the right to union representation and collective bargaining. These setbacks are a stark reminder of the precarious employment conditions that face so many new immigrants and racialized people in Canada.

Huge jump in reported hate crimes an encouraging statistic, police say (Ottawa Citizen)
It certainly looks alarming at first blush. According to Statistics Canada, police-reported hate crimes in Ottawa rose 163 per cent between 2008 and 2009. In a single year, the number jumped from 51 to 134, the biggest increase in any Canadian city. Ottawa had the third-highest number of police-reported hate crimes in the country, behind Toronto, with 350, and Vancouver, with 163.

Calgary not Canadas racist capital (Toronto Sun)
The statistics no longer suit the stereotype. Just three years after the nation’s media gleefully condemned Calgary as the “Hate capital of Canada,” the latest numbers once again show Calgarians were right all along. We weren’t Canada’s hate capital then, and we still aren’t now. “It’s an unfair label,” said Sgt. Bill Dodd, of the Calgary Police Service diversity resources section. Of course it’s unfair — but that hasn’t stopped critics from clinging to a stereotype.

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Catalyst Announces The Catalyst Canada Honours 2011 Champions of Women in Business (Catalyst)
Catalyst Canada announced today that it will honour Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO, Desjardins Group; Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater Toronto, RBC; and Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG LLP, with The Catalyst Canada Honours. The Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes three exceptional individuals who have demonstrated commitment, passion and results through their championship of womens advancement in Canadian business.

Ethnic vote last piece of puzzle for Tories (Edmonton Journal)
The underlying assumption of the Conservative outreach was that many ethnic voters “ought” to be voting Conservative rather than Liberal. Many new Canadians are socially conservative, believing in stable, traditional families rather than the lifestyle obsessions of Liberal elites. The task, as Conservative strategists saw it, was not to win over these voters by promising them a potpourri of new benefits -it was to help them realize that their convictions and interests would be better represented by the Conservatives than by any other party.

Two Ontario judges frontrunners for Supreme Court vacancies (Globe and Mail)
The contenders seen as the strongest are those with support in Conservative backrooms and a track record of conservative decision-making. One will likely be a woman. Mr. Harper is also thought to be debating the optics and merits of appointing an aboriginal or member of a visible minority.

Canadian Immigration spokeswoman corrected report on rolling out biometric program (Migration Expert)
On last Friday – June 6, 2011, the Toronto Star reported the Canadian Immigration Department “is planning to implement the first phase of the $200-million electronic fingerprinting program in India” because of ongoing concerns about widespread immigration fraud on applications from that country. However, the spokeswoman has corrected the report, saying that the department has confirmed Canada will soon roll out biometric scanning for travellers seeking visas to Canada, but no decision on which countries are going to get the biometrics has been made by the federal government until now.

More Filipino Immigrants (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Professor Roland Coloma. He is Co-Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Cuts To Youth Programs? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Karen Sun. She is Executive Director of the Toronto Chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council.

“Ties to India” 1 (CBC Metro Morning)
The CBC’s Mary Wiens shares a couple of stories about “jugaar”, a mysterious, but key ingredient in the art of the deal.
Explore business opportunities between Toronto and India and the mysterious role of jugaar in our week-long series Ties to India.

Metro immigration case causes uproar (Times and Transcript)
Metro Moncton residents have been in an uproar since news broke that a local Korean family was told they would have to leave the country by the end of the month because their son has been deemed a burden on the Canadian health-care system. However, there appears to be a glimmer of hope for the Maeng family, which owns the Main Stop Oriental Market on West Main Street.
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Timmins opens new Immigration multicultural centre (Timmins Times)
There is a new welcome mat out in Timmins for immigrants who are seeking jobs and a new life in Canada. The new Timmins and District Multicultural Centre was officially opened this week with an office and a resource person, Andrée Fortin, located in the Timmins Economic Development Corporation building at 12 Elm Street North.

What do you think of Pearson’s new logo? (blogTO)
“The logo’s multiple, vibrant colours represent the cultural diversity of Toronto and the world we provide access to. Together, the lines create a human figure that is embracing and reaching out to the world,” says Pamela Griffith-Jones in a press release. “For You. The World” puts our customers at the centre of it all, conveying our commitment to being the ultimate host while reminding them of our global reach.”

Migration and Health: A Framework for 21st Century Policy-Making (PLoS Medicine)
Policies to protect migrant and public health will be most effective if they address the multiple phases of the migratory process, including pre-departure, travel, destination, interception, and return. Health intervention opportunities exist at each stage.

Predictors of low cervical cancer screening among immigrant women in Ontario, Canada (BMC Women’s Health)
Disparities in cervical cancer screening are known to exist in Ontario, Canada for foreign-born women. The relative importance of various barriers to screening may vary across ethnic groups. This study aimed to determine how predictors of low cervical cancer screening, reflective of sociodemographics, the health care system, and migration, varied by region of origin for Ontario’s immigrant women.

Immigrant languages thrive amongst first-generation Canadians (Toronto Star)
Thanks to a post-war immigration policy that has focused on ushering in migrants as complete families, newcomer communities in Canada are faring better at retaining their mother tongue. A new Statistics Canada study, released Tuesday, showed that 55 per cent of the Canadian-born children of immigrants shared the same mother tongue as their mothers in 2006 a jump from 41 per cent for their counterparts in 1981.–a-surge-for-the-mother-tongue
Full report – Recent evolution of immigrant-language transmission in Canada –

Cabbie photos reveal visible minorities own less lucrative licence plates (Toronto Star)
Cabbie IDs reveal that more visible minorities own restrictive ambassador licence plates than the lucrative standard licences. The vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario says she found a preponderance of racialized men after reviewing the photo ID of ambassador plate holders. Leslie Reaume said her preliminary analysis of thousands of photos and names of taxi licensees may support the charge of a discriminatory two-tiered system.–cabbie-photos-reveal-visible-minorities-own-less-lucrative-licence-plates
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100th Grey Cup welcomes Federal Support (CFL)
Our slogan is an Invitation to Our Nation because we plan to welcome Canadians from every part of the country, and in all their diversity. We will celebrate the great game of Canadian football, of course, but we want the 100th Grey Cup to transcend sport, much as the Vancouver Olympics lifted us all up as Canadians.

Canadian Olympic Committee Unveils New Olympic Brand Identity (PR Newswire)
The COC created the mosaic maple leaf graphic drawing inspiration from both Canada’s and the Team’s diversity. It is based on the geometry of the most renowned Canadian icon, the maple leaf. The tones are based on the five colours of the Olympic rings and from Canadian landscapes, representing Canada’s cultural mosaic.

The Fragmented or Cosmopolitan Metropolis? A Neighbourhood Story of Immigration in Montréal – PDF (Metropolis)
I would like to show that in Montréals case, the narrative of this relationship is a story of immigrant neighbourhoods; in essence, the relationship has therefore crystallised at the meso scale (between micro and macro). To paraphrase David Hulchanski (2007, p. 1), it might seem odd to talk about a city of neighbourhoods when it is obvious that all cities contain neighbourhoods. But I use neighbourhood here in a very specific way: it is to be understood as a territory of collective urban life, as distinct from merely the immediate surroundings of a place of residence (voisinage in French). Such a relatively large territory cannot be accurately captured by statistics at the census tract level. This is one of the reasons why the literature on neighbourhood effects is often so confusing: a neighbourhood consists not only of neighbours as such but also of local services and institutions, public spaces and so on. It is not however necessarily recognised as a formal district or borough. Thus, since the merger of all 28 municipalities of the island of Montréal in 2002 (and the subsequent de-merger of 15 of them), almost every one of the 17 boroughs that make up the new city of Montréal is larger than what we might call a sociological neighbourhood. Many boroughs territories cover two or three such neighbourhoods. In light of the role that neighbourhoods have historically played in the development of Montréal, I argue that this is the appropriate scale at which to analyse the urban realities of immigration. And as we shall see, even though they also frequent Montréals still-vibrant city centre, successive waves of immigrants have helped make the neighbourhood a solid and durable cornerstone in the construction of the cosmopolitan city.

Integration and Multiculturalism: Ways towards Social Solidarity – PDF (Papers on Social Representations)
The first two parts of the paper lay out some background ideas about the nature of plural societies, and about the various ways that groups and individuals engage interculturally within them (see Berry, 2007, for more detail). The third part examines more closely the meaning of integration and multiculturalism,
using concepts and findings from cross-cultural and social psychology. A final section considers the possibility of rooting social solidarity on these concepts.

Catalyst Canada Honors KPMG’s very own Michael Bach (Canada Newswire)
KPMG LLP (Canada) today announces that Catalyst Canada, a leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business, has recognized one of KPMG’s own. Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, equity and inclusion at KPMG is being honored for his endless and devoting work to improve diversity within KPMG.


Chinese man denied by refugee board for failing to describe Jesus ‘as a person’ (Vancouver Sun)
A Chinese migrant seeking refugee status in Canada on the grounds that he faced persecution back home for his Christian beliefs was repeatedly asked by the Immigration and Refugee Board last year to describe what Jesus was “like as a person.” The man’s inability to attribute human characteristics to Jesus formed part of the board’s decision to deny his refugee claim.

Refugee sponsorship grinds to halt (The Townsman)
Canada’s system of private sponsorship of refugees by Church group and other approved groups such as East Kootenay Friends of Burma, is unique to this country and much admired around the world. But now, says Friends of Burma member Shaunna Jimenez, these private groups will be capped and limited as to the number of refugees they can sponsor.

Event: Conference on Displacement and Reconciliation Conflict Research Centre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa 9-10 June 2011 – PDF (Integration-Net)
Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and the contributions of researchers and practitioners from both the global North and South, the aim of the conference is to examine and enhance understanding of the relationship between reconciliation and displacement, in theory and in practice. The conference will examine the implications of displacement for reconciliation processes and, on the other hand, how the concept of reconciliation can enhance understandings of the nature, experience and resolution of displacement.


Federal budget: Help for seniors, or not enough help? (The Standard)
More than 2,300 low-income seniors in St. Catharines will be able to take advantage of new benefits in the federal budget reintroduced Monday. Enhancements to the guaranteed income supplement will see eligible single seniors get an extra $600 annually, and couples an additional $840.

A push for poverty action, a pullback on lights (Hamilton Spectator)
City council is making strides toward improving the neighbourhoods identified in The Spectators groundbreaking series, Code Red. Paul Johnson, director of neighbourhood development, says the city has narrowed in on two key areas: the lower city between Highway 403, the harbour, the escarpment and Lake Avenue Drive; and the area between Garth Street, Fennell Avenue, the Linc and Upper Gage Avenue on the Mountain.–a-push-for-poverty-action-a-pullback-on-lights

A poverty plan is long overdue (Times-Colonist)
The provincial government’s refusal to develop a plan to reduce poverty is baffling. The B.C. Liberals have, after all, campaigned repeatedly on their managerial competence. Any competent manager – in government or any other organization – knows that without a plan, success is at best accidental.

Layton’s budget advice for Flaherty: ‘Try harder’ (CBC)
Layton applauded the government for dedicating the money to Quebec and for two other budget initiatives: the Helmets to Hardhats program to help military veterans and the extension of the ecoEnergy home retrofit program. That’s where Layton’s affection for the budget ended. He went on to list the areas where the NDP believes it is deficient, including health care, job creation and help for seniors and cities.

Manitoba government tables bill to enact arts credit, create poverty committee (Winnipeg Free Press)
Manitoba children might not know what effectiveness training is, but they’re about to be partially reimbursed for it. Under an omnibus budget bill tabled in the provincial legislature Tuesday, families will soon be eligible for tax credits for a wide range of artistic and cultural programs, from piano lessons to cub scouts. Among the 13 categories of qualifying activities is “personal effectiveness training” an area Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk says covers important skills.

Anti-poverty plan still has much work ahead, Minister confirms (
Laurel Broten, minister for children, youth and women, meets with Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network to see what is being done locally to reinforce the Province’s own mandate to reduce poverty.–anti-poverty-plan-still-has-much-work-ahead-minister-confirms

Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network shares progress with provincial cabinet minister (Peterborough Examiner)
The Poverty Reduction Network is a community-led initiative that came out of former mayor Paul Ayotte’s Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty Reduction. Ayotte launched the task force after he was sworn into office following the 2006 election.

Clark backs much-needed initiative (The Province)
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program -the first of its kind in Canada -is based on a nationwide U.S. initiative that can return to taxpayers more than $5 in benefits for every dollar spent, according to the Pew Center, an American think-tank. The province has allocated $23 million for the program, but spending will depend on how many mothers participate.


Stop Wage Theft, Lewenza Urges Labour Minister (CAW)
New evidence of widespread abuse of employment standards and wage theft in Ontario workplaces is cited in a newly released report by the Toronto-based Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) and “paints a disturbing picture of the realities many hard-working, yet vulnerable Ontarians face,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza in a June 3 letter sent to Ontario Minister of Labour Charles Sousa.

Just Temporary (OHS Canada)
A closer look at the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) – a federal initiative that grew too quickly, ratcheting up “needed” jobs to absurd levels – revealed a shocking absence of jurisdictional cooperation. After-the-fact enforcement became a provincial responsibility, though response often seemed hobbled by a lack of awareness, will or resources. Add the many TFWs who faced high language hurdles (some fearing to open their mouths at all), a recruiting system that promised more than it delivered (sometimes for a hefty fee), and an obligation for workers to remain with a single employer, and the overblown system quickly ran amuck.

Local mentors help immigrant entrepreneurs (News Brunswick Business Journal)
When the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program began, it was meant to help immigrants achieve their business goals and gain insight from some mentors in the business community.

Its a long road for international doctors (Hamilton Spectator)
All Canadian trained medical school graduates automatically get into a residency program. Internationally trained doctors, however, must pass a series of exams and then apply through CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching Service). There are only 200 residency positions for international doctors, Cymbalisty said. Also competing with and often beating out internationally-trained graduates for these spots are Canadians who go abroad for school. Other barriers include difficulty getting hands-on experience in North America, difficulty getting a letter of reference from a North American doctor, and a lack of feedback as to why IMDs arent getting into residency programs year after year.–it-s-a-long-road-for-international-doctors

Language in the workplace (Canadian HR Reporter)
Like religion, language in the workplace is becoming a major concern for many employers given the increasing diversity of the Canadian workforce. With people of so many different nationalities and ethnicities working together coupled with Canadas officially bilingual status the varied and diverse linguistic backgrounds of an organizations workforce frequently presents opportunities as well as challenges.

Sheila Block on labour market trends in Ontario and Toronto (Wellesley Institute)
Part of larger workshop/conference looking at world of work. See collection of videos here:

2011 UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarships (UFCW)
Migration and the hope of providing a better future for our children have always gone hand in hand. As the largest private-sector union in Canada, UFCW Canada understands the importance of education. As such, we are offering 20 scholarships for the children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews of migrant workers. Each scholarship is in the amount of $500 CDN. In 2010, UFCW Canadas Migrant Workers Scholarships generated over 4,000 applications from around the globe and produced five extraordinary recipients.


Wednesday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Finances, Waterfront, Transit, Construction and Other News.

Toronto Board of Trade and key regional businesses call on the provincial parties to outline a Toronto region economic strategy – PDF (Toronto Board of Trade)
Ontarios provincial parties must make economic leadership of the Toronto region a priority and develop strategies that include a special focus on the Toronto region, says the Toronto Board of Trade and a growing number of key regional employers.


Is Canada’s Innovation Performance Really So Bad? (Harvard Business Review)
If I had to speculate I have not yet examined the underlying numbers for Canada I would posit that the gap is related to trade and to Canada’s proximity to the U.S.. Canadian businesses, especially innovative ones, focus on the U.S. market; further, it is likely that the best innovations get snapped up by U.S. firms. To be sure, this is a perfectly legitimate commercialization strategy selling out to established firms but it is the sort of thing that shows up poorly in aggregate statistics. If that is the case, the issue may not be Canada’s encouraging more innovation but ensuring that Canadian policies are consistent with facilitating export in ideas as much as export in physical products.


Human smuggling operation busted at Ont. border (CBC)
Canadian and U.S. border police have intercepted a group trying to smuggle people from New York State into Ontario, police said Tuesday.

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