Posts Tagged ‘The Globe and Mail’

Dechinta in the news

The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning—a Foundation grantee—was recently featured in the Globe and Mail article, Learning from the land in the North.

The article highlights Dechinta’s innovative and unconventional single-semester program, which is delivered in a remote, wilderness setting—a 20-minute ski-plane flight from Yellowknife. Placing equal weight on both academia and traditional, land-based learning, Dechinta supports Northern students to lead and achieve through a bush-based education experience.

To learn more about the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, visit

ALLIES: Best Employers for New Canadians Announced

The winners of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians competition were recently announced in The Globe and Mail.

The competition—a partnership between Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and ALLIES, a joint initiative of the Maytree Foundation and the McConnell Family Foundation—celebrates employers who have reached out to support newcomers in practical and welcoming ways.

“Each one of this year’s winning employers has developed and implemented practices which have given them a competitive edge. They demonstrate in different ways how recognizing international credentials, mentoring, and effective onboarding are helping them build a diverse and dynamic workforce.”

Some of the recognized employers include: Bombardier AerospaceThe McGill University Health CentreEnergy Resources Conservation BoardBMO Financial Group, and KPMG LLP. For the complete list of winners, click here.

To learn more about the ALLIES initiative, visit

Farm-to-School in the News

The Farm-to-School program, which matches participating schools with farmers or small networks of growers who are paid fair market value to supply produce, is proving successful in many British Columbia schools. With Foundation support it is preparing to expand across Canada, widening its focus to Farm-to-Cafeteria to work with hospitals, long-term care facilities and even ferries!

Recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail, the program teaches students about more than just the food chain, by integrating health, environmental studies, sociology, economics and agriculture.

The integrative B.C. curriculum seems to have won over young palettes to the joys of the salad bar while regenerating community interest in growing fresh produce. Students are lining up for lunch at the 50 or so salad bars that have cropped up across B.C. school cafeterias.

Read the full Globe and Mail article here.

ALLIES Releases New Report

Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies (ALLIES)—a Maytree and Foundation program to support local efforts in Canadian cities to successfully adapt and implement programs that further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants—was recently profiled in the Globe and Mail.

The article highlights the findings of the recently released report, Global Talent for SMEs: Practical Ideas to Connect Small and Medium Businesses with the Skilled Immigrant Workforce.

The report is a result of the first stages of research ALLIES has undertaken to better understand the programs and policies that can engage and influence the human resource practices of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises with less than 200 employees).

Drawing on an examination of programs, policies and organizational efforts aimed at SMEs in 10 provinces and 20 cities, and more than 50 interviews with key informants, this research proposes eight practical ideas for cities, service providers and employers.

Click here to learn more about the findings, and to download the report.

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra excels in Vienna

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) recently was awarded 1st place with outstanding success, and honoured with a standing ovation by the judges at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. The orchestra is comprised of 68 members ranging from 14 to 24 years old.

The Foundation is currently supporting the NBYO by funding the expansion of their Sistema program, which provides children with free instruction and access to instruments. The program, which began in 2009, plans to expand to four sites with 500 children by 2014. “We’re already identifying kids in Sistema that we think, in a year, will be able to audition for the [NBYO],” said NBYO president Ken MacLeod in a recent Globe and Mail article.

Read about the NBYO’s achievement in The Globe and Mail.

Local Food Plus’s expansion featured in The Globe and Mail

McConnell grantee Local Food Plus (LFP)’s national expansion was recently featured in a Globe and Mail article. Local Food Plus is an organization that certifies local farms and processors and links them with institutional purchasers, an approach that has already been successful in localizing the food system in Southern Ontario. LFP-certified foods are guaranteed to meet environmental, animal welfare, energy efficiency, and labour standards.

“We were losing our ability to feed ourselves,” Ms. Stahlbrand said. “What we’re trying to do is build a different kind of food system. We’ve built the flywheel. Now it’s starting to turn.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

The Foundation is currently supporting LFP’s expansion into British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. Learn more about the grant here.

2011 Best Employers for New Canadians announced

The winners of the 2011 Best Employers for New Canadians competition were recently announced in The Globe and Mail. The winners have created exemplary working environments that welcome the skills and experience new immigrants bring them.  Some of the large employers to earning this recognition are the Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario Public Service, and TELUS. See the entire listing here.

The competition is managed by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with ALLIES, a joint initiative of the The Maytree Foundation and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Learn more by reading “Tapping the talent of new Canadians,” a Globe and Mail discussion featuring Ratna Omidvar, president of the Maytree Foundation.

The Stop in The Globe and Mail

Nick SaulThe Stop Community Food Centre’s recently announced plans to expand are featured in today’s Globe and Mail. The Stop will be opening two new centers in Ontario (in Stratford and Perth ) as part of its overarching mission to increase Canadians’ food literacy. This expansion is supported, in part, by the Foundation.

Learn more about The Stop from their website, or by watching this Yonge Street Video.

Read the Globe and Mail article in its entirety here.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan featured in The Financial Post and The Globe and Mail

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a savings plan designed for families supporting children with disabilities, is gaining exposure with a new set of rules in 2011.

Both “Time to make use of RDSP” in The Financial Post, and “New rules add incentive to open a disability savings plan” in The Globe and Mail cover these changes.


Canada’s first community environmental centre opens its doors

Evergreen Brick Works held its grand opening September 25, 2010. Evergreen, a McConnell grantee focused on greening cities, breathed new life into the decrepit Don Valley Brick Works in Toronto by transforming it into Canada’s first community environmental centre. The new Evergreen Brick Works will offer year-round programs and activities that include a sustainable garden centre, a farmers’ market, demonstration gardens, and kitchens, conference and event facilities, youth leadership and children’s camps, community bike space, family programming and programs for youth.