Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 4, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Why Chinese immigrants struggle with English fluency (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Zhenyong Li has no trouble speaking English in his engineering jargon, but the Chinese immigrant says it can still be challenging to carry on small talk. And yet, casual conversation with native speakers around the water cooler is crucial to language development and social integration for those whose mother tongue is something else, especially Mandarin. A new study found the Mandarin-speaking immigrants it tracked had made no significant progress in their English accent, fluency and comprehensibility seven years after their arrival here, compared with their Slavic-language (Russian and Ukrainian) speaking counterparts.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1205277–why-chinese-immigrants-struggle-with-english-fluency

Boardroom Diversity: Why it Matters (Lawrence J. Trautman, SSRN)
What exactly is board diversity and why does it matter? How does diversity fit in an attempt to build the best board for an organization? What attributes and skills are required by law and what mix of experiences and talents provide the best corporate governance? Even though most companies say they are looking for diversity, why has there been such little progress? Are required director attributes, which are a must for all boards, consistent with future diversity gains and aligned with achieving high performance and optimal board composition? How might women and people of color best cultivate the skills necessary to make themselves attractive and productive board directors? My goal in this paper is to provide answers to these questions, and to discuss how a nominating committee and board can define their needs, explore their options, and provoke radical thinking about how corporate governance may be improved by reexamining fundamental assumptions about diversity. Hopefully, constructive thinking about diversity and board composition, and a productive dialogue among all in the corporate governance community will result.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2047750

Diversity Committee Report 2012 Annual General Meeting – PDF (Co-operative Housing Federatio of Canada)
The Diversity Committees mandate is to:
promote equity among all groups in the Canadian co-op housing movement,
develop leadership from among underrepresented groups,
develop materials and a training program for facilitators on diversity issues,
provide education for CHF Canadas members on issues of diversity,
develop education resources necessary for diversity work, and
receive recommendations from AGM caucuses and propose follow-up action.
The Diversity Committees mandate is to:
promote equity among all groups in the Canadian co-op housing movement,
develop leadership from among underrepresented groups,
develop materials and a training program for facilitators on diversity issues,
provide education for CHF Canadas members on issues of diversity,
develop education resources necessary for diversity work, and
receive recommendations from AGM caucuses and propose follow-up action.

Application Closed, Thank you (arrivals.ca)
Thank you for your all the interest in participating in Arrivals.ca, a new pilot project focused on celebrating the stories of new citizens. Please note the application process for the pilot is now closed. To be notified of future opportunities please click: Follow Arrivals.ca on the right side of the website.
http://arrivals.ca/2012/06/03/application-closed-thank-you

‘In my heart, I am Filipina,’ says Christy Clark at Vancouver’s Philippine Independence Day celebration (Ian Austin, The Province)
B.C. Premier Christy Clark took a surprising leap of faith while trolling for votes Sunday at Philippine Independence Day. Addressing a large Filipino crowd at Vancouvers Slocan Park, the premier said she may not look like national hero Jessica Sanchez, but inside she is one of them. I may not look like Jessica Sanchez, and I certainly cant sing like Jessica Sanchez, Clark said of the American Idol finalist, who captured the island nations imagination and the backing of the countrys president. I may not look like Im of Filipino descent, but in my heart, in my heart, I am Filipina.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/vancouver/heart+Filipina+says+Christy+Clark+Vancouver+Philippine+Independence/6723725/story.html

Applicants furious at change in Canada’s immigration law (Globe and Mail)
Six years ago, Sun Mingliang thought he had discovered something wonderful. With his background managing a plastics company, he believed he qualified for immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers Program. A native of Shenzhen, China, he applied, along with his wife and young daughter, to immigrate and was so certain of success that he spent thousands of dollars on English classes for the three of them. But instead of the life in Canada that he dreamed of, Mr. Sun was set to spend the upcoming weekend sleeping on the pavement outside the Hong Kong skyscraper that houses the Canadian consulate. Furious at a change in immigration law that cancels applications filed before 2008 in an effort to reduce backlog, the 43-year-old says he will go without food until Monday in a desperate effort to get the attention of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/applicants-furious-at-change-in-canadas-immigration-law/article2449898/

Atlantic Canada’s three wise men call for the inevitable (Jane Taber, Globe and Mail)
The multimillionaire owner of a Nova Scotia seafood company says young people and immigrants are being driven away from Atlantic Canada because residents dont like change and want the world to leave them alone. John Risley, the director and co-founder of Clearwater Seafoods, knows hes courting controversy with his remarks. But this weeks census figures are especially troubling, showing Atlantic Canada and Quebec are aging more quickly than the rest of the country. This has significant implications for the labour force and funding of provincial social programs. In addition, the region is bleeding young, intellectual capital because of the lack of job opportunities.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/atlantic-canadas-three-wise-men-call-for-the-inevitable/article2449932/

Harpers new deal for Atlantic Canada (Jim Meek, Chronicle Herald)
Nothing can be more annoying than an Ontario pundit offering a disagreeable opinion about Atlantic Canada especially when hes half-right. Prize winner of the week, in this category, is John Ibbitson of The Globe and Mail, who has offered Atlantic Canadians a patronizing homily on the virtues of self-sufficiency. Ibbitsons view is that the region neednt panic even though its population is aging, its economy is ailing, it isnt attracting enough immigrants, and its too rural, too small, and too dependent. Despite this catalogue of misery, Ibbitson suggests that the denizens of Canadas Far East should not be tempted to hang their heads in defeat.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/102943-harper-s-new-deal-for-atlantic-canada

Mahs patriarch remembered by everyone as Uncle Henry (Shaamini Yogaretnam, Edmonton Journal)
In a city full of thousands of Mahs, Henry Mah was the celebrated patriarch of an entire immigrant Chinese community and a humble father raising two generations in an Ottewell bungalow. After coming to Canada at the age of 16, Mah became one of the citys most respected entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, opening a string of successful eateries throughout Edmonton, including the well-known Tiki Tiki, which once stood where Buddys Nite Club now calls home, at 11725 Jasper Ave. He hobnobbed with politicians, met Queen Elizabeth, was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000 and did everything he could for a friend in need. He died of lung cancer May 13. He was 80.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Mahs+patriarch+remembered+everyone+Uncle+Henry/6720937/story.html

June 2012 e-bulletin (CCLA)
In this issue:
Student protests and Québec Bill 78
CCLA at the UN
G20 Update
Freedom of Expression & Police Accountability
Bill C-31: Government Gives In A Little Bit
A Victory for LGBTQ-positive student clubs
Student protests and Québec Bill 7
http://ccla.org/2012/06/01/june-2012-e-bulletin/

Old-country taboos (Paul Gessell, Ottawa Citizen)
In Canada, same-sex weddings are common. In Iran, same-sex partners are hanged. So, what happens when a young gay man immigrates to Canada from a Middle Eastern country where homosexuality still remains taboo? Does he discover a new freedom? Or does he still face discrimination and violence? These are the issues explored by Ottawa author Sonia Saikaley in her new, prize-winning novella, The Lebanese Dishwasher. It is a largely bleak tale about a boy who experiences sexual abuse by a neighbour in Lebanon and, later, as an adult living in Canada, is tormented by Lebanese ex-pats for being gay.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Entertainment/Books/Ottawa%20author%E2%80%99s%20prize-winning%20novella%20tells%20of%20gay%20man%E2%80%99s%20troubles%20in%20Lebanon%20and%20Canada/6715120/story.html

Canada: Muslim group dispel myths one door at a time (Ahmadiyya Times)
AMYA members from 65 chapters across Canada are dedicating 40 consecutive days to going door-to-door in 40 communities to dispel myths, and promote peace and harmony among those of Islamic and non-Islamic faiths. Friday was Day 22. AMYA started its first campaign 14 months ago, and this latest local one began May 11 in Port Dover. Participating volunteers have also committed to fasting and praying for each town or city the day they visit. I think its important to show Canadians that we care and were making an effort, said Ahmed Sahi, a member of the national executive committee.
http://ahmadiyyatimes.blogspot.com/2012/06/canada-muslim-group-dispel-myths-one.html

Consulate should stay (Buffalo News)
The closing of the Canadian consulate in Buffalo is a very troubling development. President Obamas effort to strengthen ties with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper manifested itself in the Harper-Obama Beyond the Border initiative, and now the implementation of that effort is at risk. This decision is extremely perplexing, to say the least. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Western New Yorks congressional delegation and everyone else upset by this decision are urging the Canadian government to reverse its course. Canadian officials said the consulate is closing because of Canadian budget cuts and a change in immigration policy that now allows foreign nationals living in southern Ontario to make changes to their visas online instead of at the consulate in Buffalo.
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-page/buffalo-news-editorials/article883975.ece

Pinay caregiver gets Diamond Jubilee medal (CBNNews)
A Filipino advocate of caregivers rights in Canada recently received the Diamond Jubilee medal of distinction as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto. Merfa Yap-Bataclan was cited for her tireless dedication in advocating for the rights and privileges of caregivers serving the Canadian society. The medal presentation in Toronto was hosted by Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources at the VIP house of the Canadian Forces.
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/06/02/12/pinay-caregiver-gets-diamond-jubilee-medal

Live-in caregivers play a long waiting game (Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun)
When Maria Rabino left her family in the Philippines to come to Canada as a live-in caregiver, she imagined her three children would join her in a few years, in time for high school. That was 2005. Seven years later, Rabino’s eldest – just 10 when she left – is almost old enough for university and Rabino still has no idea how long it will take for the family to be reunited. Her expectation was not an unreasonable one. Live-in caregivers come to Canada from abroad to care for children or seniors. After they have completed 24 months of work in the field, they are eligible to apply for both an open work permit, which allows them to work in any field, and permanent resident status, which enables them to sponsor their families to join them.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Live+caregivers+play+long+waiting+game/6719954/story.html

Oh, The Humanities!: Why the Jews of Montreal had to keep their heads down in 1930s (Charles Lewis, National Post)
In the 1930s and 1940s the Jews of Montreal were living a nightmare. Most were recent immigrants who had fled Eastern Europe because of violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism in their home countries. Montreal, then home to Canadas largest Jewish community, did offer Jews a relatively safe haven but the telltale signs of hatred still abound. It was not uncommon to see No Jews No Dogs signs at beaches and private clubs in Quebec. Jewish sports clubs were often taunted with shouts of dirty Jew in French and English. Quebec politicians and newspapers raised alarms of having too many Jews in their midst that found a strong reception in the overwhelmingly Christian population. At the same time, the Nazis had taken control in Germany and Jew-hatred rose to knew heights throughout the rest of Europe.
http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/06/02/why-the-jews-of-montreal-had-to-keep-their-heads-down-in-1930s/

Priority for Canada: More children (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Is immigration the answer? There are practical limitations to how high immigration rates can be tolerated. Many people, rightly or wrongly, fear that massive immigration may overwhelm their way of life. And we have to recognize that immigration is a two-edged sword: Canadians who leave (for the U.S. mostly) sometimes outnumber the immigrants who come in as has happened in many decades already, for example, from 1860 to 1900 and again in the 1930s. Sooner or later, then, we should seriously raise the birth rate. The longer we leave it, the more problems we will have. A declining population requires a painful downsizing in many institutions, from schools and churches to shopping malls. This downsizing, already occurring in many of Canadas smaller communities, will only get worse if the baby bust continues.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1204743–priority-for-canada-more-children

London 2012 Diversity Board Director Launches TO2015 Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility Series at Canadian Club (Canada Newswire)
Best-selling author and social entrepreneur, John Amaechi, helped the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) launch its Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility (LIDA) series today at the Canadian Club in support of the Organizing Committee’s diversity and inclusion goals. During this inaugural event sponsored by TO2015’s Lead Partner, CIBC, Amaechi brought a strong message of inclusion to his keynote at the Canadian Club. Amaechi stressed how major international multi-sport events can and should drive positive social change and economic development for Pan/Parapan Am Games host communities, two significant priorities for TO2015.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/983363/london-2012-diversity-board-director-launches-to2015-leadership-inclusion-diversity-and-accessibility-series-at-canadian-club

The hunt for Magnotta: was mutilation murder inspired by race hatred? (Andrew Duffy, Canada.com)
Racist blog posts believed to have been written by Luka Magnotta have cast new light on allegations that he murdered and dismembered a Chinese exchange student in Montreal. Anti-Racist Canada, a group dedicated to fighting bigotry, has raised the possibility that the grisly slaying of Concordia University student Jun Lin, 33, was a hate crime. On its website, the group builds the case that Magnotta held viciously racist views toward immigrants and non-Whites by quoting from his blog posts and Facebook pages. But it notes that Magnotta’s Internet presence is so vast – and sometimes so contradictory – that it’s difficult to draw conclusions based on the comments ascribed to him. “We still don’t know if we could say that Magnotta was a White Nationalist or not,” it concludes.
http://www.canada.com/hunt+Magnotta+mutilation+murder+inspired+race+hatred/6717441/story.html

Tutoring adds up to a better future (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
When Congolese refugee Chantal Alimasi came to Winnipeg as a child five years ago, she had a hard time in school. “When I first started, I had a lot of trouble with math,” recalls Alimasi. “I was scared. I didn’t know anything about Canada.” That summer, she joined a new program started by a high school teacher trying to help kids like Alimasi catch up to their Canadian counterparts. Now, she’s in Grade 12 and mentors kids in the summer program that’s entering its fourth year, has quadrupled in size and needs more money.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/tutoring-adds-up-to-a-better-future-156629085.html

Montreal: Sikh youths not allowed to play soccer, community outraged (Punjab Newsline)
The LaSalle Minor Soccer Association took a decision, a few weeks back to disallow Turbaned (dastaar) and Patka wearing Sikh Youth to participate in Football (Soccer) games of any type. They have not only banned these aspiring players to play but also went a step further and canceled their registration and returned their registration monies.
http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/montreal-sikh-youths-not-allowed-play-soccer-community-outraged/46491

Afghan interpreter reunites with Canadian soldiers (Julie Ireton, CBC News)
Rahman is now a permanent resident in Canada after immigrating to Ottawa with his wife and seven children in October 2011. Kandahar became just too dangerous for them, he said. He has also reunited with Campbell and Nolan. The reunion with Campbell was especially emotional, even though it was via Skype, as both men wiped back tears while they remembered the violent day in June 2008.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/06/01/afghanistan-interpreter-reunion-with-canadian-forces-officers-in-ottawa.html

REFUGEES

UNHCR Launches the “Dilemma Campaign” on OC Transpo Transit System (Canada Newswire)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is launching in Ottawa a public campaign to raise awareness of the life and death decisions that millions of refugees and displaced people confront in their lives when conflict erupts. Built around the dilemma scenario “Stay and risk your lives in the conflict? Flee and risk kidnap, rape, torture or worse?” UNHCR hopes to engage the public in the National Capital Region and challenge their thinking, allowing them to step back and for a moment, consider the decision making process forced upon those who are fleeing for their lives.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/985975/unhcr-launches-the-dilemma-campaign-on-oc-transpo-transit-system

Public forum highlights Bill C-31 threats to refugees in Canada (Shayna Plaut, Straight.com)
Over 140 peoplerefugees, lawyers, service providers, day labourers, students and concerned members of the Vancouver communityfiled into the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU Woodward’s on March 30 to attend a forum called The Right to Seek Refuge: Implications of Bill C-31. The event was standing-room only and was moderated by the director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Peter W. Klein, the son of refugees who fled Hungary after the revolution. Lesley Stalker, a respected refugee lawyer, provided definitions of a refugee and outlined Canada’s responsibilities to those with a well-founded fear of persecution under the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Refugees. Of the 43.7 million displaced people in the world, how many does Canada have a responsibility to protect? Only those that reach Canadas border and meet the definition of a refugee,” Stalker said. “In 2011, 25,000 people made refugee claims in Canada. That is a manageable number.
http://www.straight.com/article-700146/vancouver/shayna-plaut-forum-sfu-explores-why-bill-c31-heightens-risks-refugees

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

The case for zero tuition (Sid Ryan, National Post)
Numerous National Post columnists have argued that striking Quebec students should just accept higher tuition rates. I dont get that argument. In Ireland, where Im from, education is free from kindergarten through university. It seems absurd to me that we charge our young people any college or university fees at all, given that their skills and knowledge will propel our economy. There are 20 developed countries in the OECD that currently charge zero or nominal fees for higher learning. However, here in Canada, free tuition continues to be treated like a radical idea, while the more than 150,000 students who have been striking in Québec for the past 15 weeks to stop fee increases have been chided by politicians and pundits alike for harboring a sense of entitlement.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/01/sid-ryan-the-case-for-zero-tuition/

Caledon Institute: Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor May 2012 – PDF (Caledon Institute)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy (www.caledoninst.org) regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. These include: Disability, Education, Health, Housing, Income Security, Poverty Reduction, Recreation, Seniors and Youth. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2012-05.pdf

Presentation: Understanding inequality and what to do about it – PDF (Miles Corak, University of Ottawa)
Rising inequality is a global phenomenon that has occurred in
all rich countries …
2 but not in the same way, top shares have been rising only in
some countries.
3 Patterns in top incomes are wrapped up with events in the
United States, but we need a broader explanation for
inequality as a whole.
http://milescorak.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/understanding_inequality_and_what_to_do_about_it.pdf

Talking to seniors about Working Poverty (John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario)
I recently co-authored a paper on Working Poverty in the Toronto Region with some colleagues at Statistics Canada. I also have a PowerPoint presentation that I take on the road. I have presented to Annual General Meetings, think tanks, universities, groups of advocates, municipalities, special government panels, and to the public at large. One of the presentations to the public was at the Gardiner Museum as part of Open Doors Toronto. I tailored my presentation to a public audience. I took out the math and the technical discussion. The audience was polite and appeared interested and appreciative. At the end after about 40 minutes, I asked if there were any questions or discussion. Some polite and easy clarifying questions were asked and answered.
http://openpolicyontario.com/talking-to-seniors-about-working-poverty/

To defeat poverty, you have to define it (Chris Selley, National Post)
The release of UNICEFs latest child poverty report card this week elicited the usual stories about Canada lagging its friends in the developing world. The most common figures cited were that (as the Toronto Star reported) with a child poverty rate of 13.3%, Canada ranks 24th out of 35 industrialized nations, behind the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and most of northern Europe (Ill call this Measure A); and that by a measure that compares the child poverty rate to the overall poverty rate, Canada fares somewhat better at 18 out of 35 (Ill call this Measure B). It is hugely problematic that poverty is so rarely defined in these media reports, because it is simply impossible to judge a nations progress according to such rankings unless you know what the heck they mean. Canadas 24th-place 13.3% poverty rate, under Measure A, in fact reflects the percentage of children (aged 0 to 17) who are living in a household in which disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the national median income. In other words, its relative poverty a measure of equality, not necessarily deprivation. If you applied it to an extremely hypothetical society in which the poorest member was Paul Desmarais, and the richest member was many hundreds times wealthier, Paul Desmarais would be considered deprived.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/02/chris-selley-to-defeat-poverty-you-have-to-define-it/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Your skilled immigrant business intelligence a roundup from hireimmigrants.ca (week of May 28) (Maytree)
hireimmigrants.ca, provides businesses with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. The site also profiles good examples and innovative practices of employers across the country. Each week we bring you a round up of the useful resources posted there.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/06/your-skilled-immigrant-business-intelligence-a-roundup-from-hireimmigrants-ca-week-of-may-28/

The bamboo ceiling: University of Toronto researchers look at why its so hard to crack (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
University of Toronto researchers may have discovered why the bamboo ceiling is so hard to crack for people sometimes dubbed model minorities hardworking and competent East Asians. Researchers at the Rotman School of Management say certain prescriptive stereotypes push workers of Chinese, Korean and Japanese heritage to stay in their place, as they have been expected to do through North American history. While being assertive, outspoken, motivated and dominant are valued in Western society, East Asians who show these leadership qualities are instead punished because they defy expectations of being weak, quiet and subordinate, says a new study in the current issue of the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology Journal.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1204283–the-bamboo-ceiling-university-of-toronto-researchers-look-at-why-it-s-so-hard-to-crack

Report – PDF – Prescriptive Stereotypes and Workplace Consequences for East Asians in
North America
http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/Berdahl%20&%20Min%20CDEMP%202012.pdf

Current EI reforms should be just the beginning (Maclean’s)
Assume for a moment youve been given the job of creating from scratch a federal program to help out-of-work Canadians find suitable employment as quickly and efficiently as possible. Would you begin with a system that provides greater benefits to workers who find themselves unemployed more often? Or provides incentives to stay in uncertain occupations forever? Would your ideal system offer identical Canadians vastly different benefits based solely on where they lived? And would you lard the program with inconsistent rules, such as offering benefits to self-employed fishermen, but not self-employed farmers?
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/01/current-ei-reforms-should-be-just-the-beginning/

EI changes dont go far enough (Dan Kelly, Financial Post)
In the past weeks, there have been plenty of editorials, news reports and talk radio segments about bad jobs and the prospect for massive changes to Employment Insurance in Canada. Union leaders were predicting Canadians would be forced to abandon lifelong careers and pursue dead-end employment as EI benefits were cut. As it turned out, the government pursued very minor changes to the system intended to nudge some workers to nearby jobs in their field and generally within their pay scale. For smaller employers, the biggest concern may be that the changes dont go nearly far enough.
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/06/04/ei-changes-dont-go-far-enough/

Employment insurance sweeping reforms (Yosie Saint-Cyr, First Reference Talks)
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development recently announced that the ministry is making significant changes to the employment insurance system to ensure its efficiency. At the same time as these changes were announced, the Canadian Press learned that the government has stopped providing Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants.
http://blog.firstreference.com/2012/06/04/employment-insurance-sweeping-reforms/

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Roads, Development, Union Station, Rob Ford, City Hall and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/04/mondays-headlines-238/

Stroll City begins today on TTC Subway screens & your Toronto tweets are needed (Shawn Micallef, Spacing Toronto)
Today a new edition of the StrollCity project begins. I use my Twitter account for a bunch of things, keeping an eye on stuff I like following, including a lot of Toronto tweeters, but also I see it as my public notebook. It’s where I talk about what I’m researching at the moment, or simply just putting out instant observations of city life. For the next three weeks we will channel some of those observations through the @StrollCity Twitter account and up onto TTC subway screens at regular intervals. We don’t want it just to be my tweets up there, so follow and tweet your own observations to the @StrollCity account and they’ll appear in rotation there too. I have no reservations for over-tweeting, and neither should you. Let’s give the folks waiting for a train something to read and a reminder that there’s a city out there waiting for them.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/03/stroll-city-begins-today-on-ttc-subway-screens-your-toronto-tweets-are-needed/

Market Containers (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Kevin Lee. He is Executive Director of the Scadding Court Community Centre, the organization behind the Market 707 project on Dundas near Bathurst.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/06/01/market-containers/

Get Uncomfortable (Women in Toronto Politics)
Last night, at the second of two incredible Women in Toronto Politics panel events, Samara Canada founder Alison Loat, Torontoist editor-in-chief Hamutal Dotan, English and Civics teacher Jse-Che Lam, and Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Shelley Carroll shared their insights on and experience in Toronto politics and the gender disparity within. It was brought up again that the lack of womens representation in the Toronto political scene stems not only from a shortage of women being elected, but a shortage of women running for political positions. Notably, Councillor Carroll remarked that in three out of the five elections in which she has run, she was the only woman on the ballot. So, why arent more women running?
http://witopoli.com/2012/06/01/get-uncomfortable

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Microloans for mental-health patients rolling out across Ontario (Globe and Mail)
There were times when Ed Middaugh had no home, no job and no money. He floated from couch to couch, in and out of hospitals during what he reluctantly calls episodes, unable to buy food because payments for medications consumed his whole monthly budget. These days, Mr. Middaugh, 34, diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19, runs his own general contracting business, where he does home renos, stonework and landscaping. Hes bright, articulate, motivated and steady, thanks to a better mix of meds. Hes also the recipient of an $8,500 small-business loan that enabled him to buy a used pickup and power tools something he never could have imagined landing from a traditional bank due to a sporadic work history.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/microloans-for-mental-health-patients-rolling-out-across-ontario/article4226080/

More stories from Politics (Globe and Mail)
Long-standing rules that allow charities to spend no more than 10 per cent of their funds on advocacy havent changed, although the recent budget gave the Canada Revenue Agency several million extra for enforcement. Non-profits will also be required to provide more information on their political activities, including the extent to which these are funded by foreign sources. When the average Canadian gives to and I will put this word in quotes charity, there is still 10 per cent of monies that can be used for advocacy or political purposes, if you wish, she said. I dont think anybody worries about people lobbying the government about eating less salt or anti-smoking campaigns. But she said Canadians have a right to know where charities are getting their money and how they are spending it.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/nicole-eaton-the-philanthropist-who-rattles-charities/article2449915/

After the Black Out – a Renaissance of Independently Financed Public Policy Making (Al Etmanski)
Today June 4th most major environmental organizations are shutting down their websites. Others will follow suit in sympathy. The campaign is called BlackOutSpeakOut. Their aim to draw attention to a Federal omnibus budget bill which weakens environmental protections as well as the deliberate attempt by the Federal Government to classify environmental activists as terrorists. Its unclear to me what will be served by shutting down a host of websites. Seems to me that’s exactly what the federal governmnet would like. There may be a secret martial art move Im not aware of. Certainly the groups involved are some of the most creative and successful environmental activists on the planet. Our recovery thirty years ago made us tougher tougher in our advocacy tougher in our fund raising. My roots as a social entrepreneur began there.
http://www.aletmanski.com/al-etmanski/2012/06/the-impact-was-dramatic-first-we-lost-all-our-government-funding-as-part-of-an-omnibus-bill-within-a-massive-restraint-progr.html

Black Out, Speak Out at Schema (Schema Magazine)
Today, Schema is a proud participant of Black Out Speak Out. Environmental organizations, charities, bloggers, unions and others are darkening their home pages en masse to protest a recent bill being pushed through Parliament. Bill C-38 will give the Harper government the power to weaken environmental protection laws, silence environmental groups and approve environmentally unfriendly projects without consultation. Black Out Speak Out is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by CPAWS, CAPE, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law and WWF Canada. To learn more and sign a petition against this threat to nature, human rights and democracy, please visit blackoutspeakout.ca.
http://www.schemamag.ca/archive2/2012/06/black_out_speak_out_10.php

Charities and Chainsaws (CBC, The Sunday Edition)
Discussion about question about what is a charity, the current chill on environmental charities in Canada and more. Includes Thomas Walkom, Malcolm Burrows and Zepora Burman from Forest Ethics.
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Radio/The_Sunday_Edition/1478078805/ID=2241562475

Tim Harper: Era of the Red Tory is long gone (Tim Harper, Toronto Star)
Hugh Segal, a Conservative senator, author, renowned Red Tory and former Mulroney chief of staff, spoke out about the governments campaign against environmental charities that receive foreign donations. A free society means free movement of ideas, Segal said. We are an open society with the free movement of people, goods, services and capital, he said. This has always been the goal of those of us who are free traders at heart. Limiting this freedom for charitable foundations would be a destructive and retrograde step Its impossible to hear these comments and not hear a lament for the days of the Red Tory, the days when that word progressive was not an oxymoron.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1203887–tim-harper-era-of-the-red-tory-is-long-gone

Harper’s hunting panel includes groups backed by foreign money (Jason Fekete, Canada.com)
For example, Ducks Unlimited Canada, which is dedicated to conserving wetlands for waterfowl and promoting hunting, received in 2011 more than $37 million (about 35 per cent) of its $107 million in total revenue from “sources outside Canada,” according to charitable information filed with the Canada Revenue Agency. Officials with the Ducks Unlimited Canada said the organization takes a continental approach with its sister group in the U.S. as well as with American governments, corporations and foundations to invest in Canadian wetlands, the principal breeding grounds for waterfowl. The Safari Club International Canada, another one of the groups advising the government, is an office of a U.S-based international organization that promotes conservation and advocates for hunters’ rights.
http://www.canada.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=6716667

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