Maytyree news headlines – June 1, 2011


Former KGB agent marks two years in Vancouver church (Vancouver Courier)
A former KGB agent ordered deported to Russia in 2009 will mark his second anniversary Thursday residing in an East Side church after he sought sanctuary from federal authorities. Mikhail Lennikov moved into the First Lutheran Church at East 41st and Wales on June 2, 2009 instead of showing up at the Vancouver International Airport to be deported.

City considers restrictions on kite-flying rather than all-out ban (Globe and Mail)
Kite fighting, a popular pastime with the areas South Asian community, involves two flyers who dodge and weave through the air in a bid to cut each others string. A ban on all kite flying was imposed last summer at Milliken Park in Mr. Lees ward in response to complaints from residents. A decade-old ban also is in place at Scarboroughs Bluffers Park.

Report shows record number of licenses issued for foreign doctors in Ontario (MuchMor Magazine)
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario say that the number of foreign doctors issued licenses in Ontario in 2010 had been on a steady rise. One-third of the physicians granted licenses in Ontario are foreign doctors. The substantial increase in issuance of new licences in the last decade has significantly improved the overall physician supply in Ontario, which has risen by 3,988 physicians, up 20% since 2000.
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Visible minorities, immigrants Seniors excluded from mainstream Hamilton (Stoney Creek News)
Hamiltons visible minorities, immigrants and seniors continue to be affected the most by poverty, and continue to be invisible to the rest of the community, a new study by the Social Planning and Research Council has revealed.

All Hamilton residents must have opportunity (Hamilton Spectator)
A study comparing the citys social condition with those of six nearby cities found many Hamilton residents face challenges that go beyond not having sufficient income to support themselves and their families. Social planner Sara Mayo points to social exclusion as a core issue, and says the groups included in the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) report are under-represented in the communitys decision-making bodies.–all-hamilton-residents-must-have-opportunity-regardless-of-income-social-council-urges

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Langley father finds lawyer to fight deportation (BCLocalNews)
During the trip, Figueroa met with a high-profile lawyer in Toronto who has agreed to mount a Charter of Rights challenge of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act on his behalf. Figueroa wont say who the lawyer is right now. He said the plan is to file for a court order blocking the deportation and also mount a class-action constitutional challenge on behalf of Figueroa and other immigrants who complain the law is too broadly worded.

Economists Pierre Fortin And Pierre Emmanuel Paradis Urge Québec To Increase The Number Of Immigrant Investors (Canada Newswire)
The many economic and human benefits resulting from the arrival of thousands of financially independent immigrant families in Québec and elsewhere in Canada fully justify a sizable increase in the number of immigrant investors. This is among the recommendations in the brief submitted today by economists Pierre Fortin and Pierre Emmanuel Paradis to members of the National Assembly Committee on Citizen Relations looking into Québec immigration planning for the 2012-2015 period.

Economists defend work on immigration costs (The Province)
In a recent op-ed, (“Fraser Institute’s immigration analysis is flawed,” May 26), Robert Vineberg challenged the validity of our analysis, which concluded that recent immigrants impose an annual fiscal burden of about $20 billion on Canadian taxpayers. He further argues that this burden is offset by non-fiscal benefits brought by these immigrants. Our analysis is based on the poor economic performance of immigrants who arrived since 1987, the year when the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney started to increase the numbers of immigrants admitted, and kept increasing them through the subsequent 1990 to 1992 recession in sharp contrast to the previous tap-on, tap-off policy whereby the number of immigrants admitted was cut back during recessions.

Here’s theatre that really cooks (The Province)
In Community Dinner, newcomers who joined up in the creation project were paired with theatre artists to do everything from “walking the Seawall to going to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge or a White Spot in Richmond,” with the eventual goal of teaching each other a recipe and developing a performance around it to mount a final four-dish meal served up at communal tables. Prize-winning director Rochon did not want a show and tell “this is my immigrant experience” but instead saw a shared meal with the audience and the stories attached to it coming out as each of the four groups of three presented their mini-plays.

Ryerson student gets a say in reshaping social housing (Globe and Mail)
Munira Abukar figures much of her young life has been shaped by the place she grew up. The fourth of nine children born to immigrants from Somalia, she has lived in Toronto social housing for all of her 18 years. Now its her chance to witness the reshaping of that home. One of two board members recently elected by tenants, the Ryerson student will have a front-row seat as Mayor Rob Ford and his allies overhaul the troubled Toronto Community Housing Corp. The appointment of the new board which still requires council approval at its June meeting follows a leadership purge of the countrys largest landlord by the mayor and the installation of his hand-picked successor, former city councillor Case Ootes.

Parents learning language together (Salmon Arm Observer)
A parent understands the constraints and pressures of parenthood. Thats why Tracy Riley, English as a Second Language instructor and co-ordinator at Okanagan College, has organized an ESL Parent Practice Group in Salmon Arm. Riley says she recognizes that many parents are unable to attend ESL classes because they dont have the time, money or resources.

Patients lobby to keep PEI doctor’s practice (CBC)
Many of Coull’s patients are refugees from Bhutan and Nepal. Madan Kumar Giri, who is their translator, said many of them were deprived of medical care when they were refugees. “Some people have come from such a place where they stayed in refugee camps for the last 20 years. No medical treatment at all,” he told CBC News. “When they came here, they got Dr. Coull after waiting for years and years. Now Dr. Coull is leaving and now refugee families, basically people who have come from Bhutan, Somalia, Afghanistan they are feeling very sad.”

Toronto welcomes five Indian ministers for networking conference (Yonge Street)
“The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas “offers unparalleled opportunities for networking, advancing linkages across multiple sectors – business, innovation, healthcare and culture; fostering partnerships in the small and medium-sized business sectors, providing ideas for cultural, generational and gender connections and nurturing the rapidly growing relationship between Canada and India,” says the Indian high commission.”


Orozco wins right to stay in Canada (Xtra!)
After spending almost a month in a detention centre awaiting deportation, Alvaro Orozco will be able to stay in Canada, according to those close to him. The Nicaraguan-born gay artist was granted a stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds May 31.


Food bank diet comes with a heavy helping of salt (St. Catharines Standard)
If Don Fraser had his way, the entire transaction would have been done in the shadows. No one would have seen his face or even known who he was. “I was ashamed, I really was. I couldn’t figure out how a guy who was a former labour relations professional making over $50,000 a year had reached this point,” said Fraser, the Standard’s business affairs reporter.

Symposium puts face to homeless youth (Waterloo Record)
Linda Terry, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, which organized the sixth annual poverty symposium, said there are an estimated 1,700 youth living on the streets in Waterloo Region. Terry said 1,575 Cambridge youth lived in poverty at the time of the 2006 census. And she said the unemployment rate for youth between 15 and 25 in Canada is 14.4 per cent, double the seven per cent rate for adults.–symposium-puts-face-to-homeless-youth


CA CMA Merge: CEOs make informative videos but no insight on processes for immigrants joining professionyet (LEAP blog)
Immigration in relation to the accounting industry and the new designation was not addressed can we afford to lose out on making a consistent and efficient process of welcoming international talent into the profession?


Toronto: The City of Opportunity (Canada Immigration Newsletter)
If youre looking for a Canadian city with low crime rates, affordable housing costs, and a high quality of living, then Toronto, Ontario is the city for you. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers annual Cities of Opportunity report, Toronto placed second only to New York City and ranked well above larger cities like Paris and London.


Institute releases Report on Canada 2011, Canadas innovation imperative (Institute for Competitivness and Prosperity)
Canada faces an innovation imperative. Our lackluster innovation record stands in the way of all Canadians realizing their full prosperity potential. As new governments take the helms federally and in several provinces this year, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity urges all Canadians to step up our innovation capabilities to achieve our long-term Prosperity Agenda.

Canada among top three countries for entrepreneurs (Yonge Street)
A new survey conducted for the BBC by GlobeScan and the University of Maryland suggests that Canada is one of the top three places in the world to start a business. As reported by the Globe and Mail, Canada earned the its place in the top three (just behind Indonesia and the United States) due to its reputation as a country that admires entrepreneurs and risk-takers.

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