Thursday, 31 December 2009

'Ah, Plenty More Where That Came From': Immigrant Labourers Dead After Scaffolding Mishap.

I held off on this until more details about the tragedy were known.

We learned that four men died and one remains in critical condition after a scaffolding mishap occurred on Christmas eve at a public housing development in Toronto's north west end. Initial reports said that the men were migrant workers but one of them did have a valid Ontario drivers license so details were not certain about the men's legal status in Canada.

We now know that two of them were "refugee" claimants, one from the ever oppressive, tyrannical, and anti-democratic state of Israel, a literal hell on earth, and another from Ukraine. I don't know exactly what alleged persecution these men were facing in Israel or Ukraine but my nonsense detector immediately tells me these men lied to get into the country, likely coached along the way by unscrupulous immigration lawyers and consultants.

The only survivor was from Uzbekistan and he has no family in Canada. According to the reports we can assume that one of the four dead was also an immigrant from Uzbekistan. Undoubtedly both were refugee claimants as well.

Now they are dead with one fighting for his life. Ironically, if Canada had a tough and sensible refugee determination system none of these men would have been allowed into the country as refugees and would probably be alive today. But other men would have been in their place.

Canada is not short of labour despite the whining that comes out of the business community. Canada is short of labourers who will work for low pay and/or in unsafe working conditions. Instead of sweetening the pot by raising wages, salaries, and offering benefits to attract workers the business community has successfully lobbied to keep immigration numbers high to flood the labour market with cheap and disposable labour. The result is predictable: downward pressure on wages and salaries and the weakening of labour standards. That being the case what Canadian would be attracted to jobs like that? By over supplying the labour market you create situations were people are desperate enough to take anything irrespective of pay and safety.

The media are just a culpable in my opinion. Instead of focusing on how immigration is disrupting the labour market and discouraging Canadians from taking certain jobs we hear heroic tails of immigrants toiling in jobs "Canadians won't do" to create a better life for their children.

Canada's unions are of no help either. Effectively non-existent in the private sector the only unions Canada really has are public sector unions and they too are silent on the negative forces of mass immigration even though it threatens to undermine union strength in the nation.

Who is really standing up for Canada's working class?

From the Toronto Star report linked above we learn that the company in question was ordered to halt work by the province over safety concerns. Work orders were also issued to ensure work place safety. But the men died anyway and it begs one to wonder how serious these work orders were taken.

Temporary workers and migrant workers, indeed mass immigration including the refugee stream which is more about immigration than asylum, are not only undermining Canadian living standards by forcing downward pressure on incomes but also undermine work place safety standards. The immigration system is not a weapon to attack Canada's working population nor are immigrant workers cheap and disposable cogs in a machine. We are talking about people's lives and livelihoods.

As for the title of this post, back in the day I used to watch The Simpsons when it was funny enough to make time for. But since it jumped the shark a long time ago I don't watch it all. However, there was one episode where an aunt of Marge's and her sisters' died and extolled Marge's two celibate twin sisters in a video will to have children. Feeling the mothering impulse one of them decides to take two of Marge's children, Bart and Lisa, to the beer themed amusement park Duff Gardens. On the way into the park Lisa reads from a pamphlet some points of interests about the Duff Gardens "Beeramid". She reads aloud that fourteen migrant workers died in its construction to which the aunt responded "Ah, plenty more where that came from." It's not so funny when it actually happens in real life.

7 comments:

Janaka said...

Hey Pax, this is unrelated, but you should check it out.

We were told that these were concentration camps.
We were told that they were living in squalid conditions.
We were told they were living in poor sanitation without basic amenities.
We were told it was genocide.
We were told no NGOs were allowed in, also genocide.
We were told they were being starved (more genocide), as they had no food, water or healthcare.
We were told all these reasons aka genocide, were why they are migrating as refugees and need asylum.
We were told a lot of bullshit.

But here they are selling "excess" goods.

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Vavuniya war refugees sell aid donated by NGOs
By Romesh Madushanka in Vavuniya

Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Vavuniya have begun selling aid given to them by NGOs and other organizations to make a quick buck. The refugees, who were recently given freedom of movement from their camps, have begun to use the time to go on the streets and sell the items including clothes, utensils and other products.

When asked by Daily Mirror online why they were selling the items which was given as a donation by organizations and individuals, one refugee said it was being done to earn some money as they had virtually lost everything they had during the war.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=72458

Janaka said...

Sri Lanka's extreme pro-Tamil media (yes this does exist) of course puts a spin on it that they are dong it "because they are poor" as tossed out at the end (more sob stories). Truthfully they are doing it to make more money:

World’s richest IDPs – only in Sri Lanka

Posted on June 15th, 2009
Ramanie de Zoysa

For all the reams of paper that has been used to evoke pathos by all and sundry on behalf of the ‘suffering’ Sri Lankan IDPs in the North absolutely no mention has been or is made of the immense wealth these very ‘IDPs’ are reported to have deposited into Banks especially set up in the North in the IDP camps. These Tamil IDPs that have been likened to those of Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia etc by the Tamil Diaspora and their international lackeys have reportedly banked Rs 390m in a matter of two days after the banks were opened! To top this, further cash and gold have been deposited into bank accounts and safety deposit boxes at the newly opened banking facilities since then- and reportedly some are still drying monetary notes that got submerged in the lagoon waters. To my mind, this must be the subject of an immediate Presidential Inquiry.

As I watched the exodus of these people emerging from waters of Nanthai Kadaal lagoon on television, chin on my palm, and heart in my mouth feeling great sorrow for the suffering of the men, women, children and the aged I must say that my interest was piqued just passingly at the exceptionally large gold jewellery some women were wearing. In fact that pleased me at the time because in a village, a village woman wearing gold jewellery simply means that she has not had to pawn them off to feed her starving children. I saw the suitcases, pottanis and carry bags being hauled by men and women and I assumed that those must contain their weather beaten clothes or may be even a treasured television set which is what I saw poor seaside Sinhala villagers carry to safety after the tsunami struck. I was floored to learn that the pottanis, bags and suitcases possibly carried money and gold and my estimates were out possibly by a cool billion rupees or so!

For thirty solid years these people have not been employed. No known businesses have been run from these areas. They have not added one cent to the GDP of the country. Then, where does this wealth come from?

Janaka said...

Are the IDPs carrying LTTE wealth? Are they indeed LTTE fighters who are posing off as ‘innocent civilians’? Age, gender or physical ability has never been a basis for discounting the possibility that someone is an LTTE cadre as has been proven over thirty years over and over again.

If this is the case then their wealth is the result of major scale racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering, and kappan taking. The Sri Lankan Government has a duty to freeze these assets immediately and follow the money trail which will also shed light into who indeed the IDPs are.

While this wealth is treated with such reckless disinterest by the relevant authorities the money may just be the start-up kit for the next generation LTTE. While there is hardly a doubt that that this could be LTTE wealth; these IDPs may have come into ownership of the loot through one or more of several ways. The LTTE leaders in their final days may have entrusted these villagers with the funds asking them to guard it and pass on to the next line of fighters when they are ready. Secondly it could be that these people are the next generation LTTE cadres themselves who will bide their time masquerading as civilians and re-group using these deposits and further overseas remittances. Thirdly, the people may have stolen the LTTE loot and carried it with them to the safety of Sri Lankan Government protection. None of these scenarios allow the illegal loot of the LTTE to be handled freely by these people. The wealth should immediately be frozen and a team of experts in investigating money laundering, criminal and terrorist financing should be employed to investigate the sources. Any wealth that is claimed by the holders legitimately could then be returned to the owners and they could be re-settled immediately.

Janka said...

Banking secrecy? – How far does it go?

What also amazes me is the absolute secrecy afforded by the Sri Lankan authorities and the local and international media to the existence of this wealth. As far as I am aware only the Sinhala newspaper Lankadeepa and Sunday Observer made any mention of this issue, albeit in the absolute minimalist fashion. I recall the amount of media exposure given to two Southern Sinhala scammers, Sakvithi and ‘Danduam mudalali’ only several months ago. I also remember the self- righteous venom with which the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal reacted when victims of these scammers sought leniency and assistance at the time of their misfortune. Cabraal ruled out ANY relief to the investors apparently because ‘they have been dishonest and greedy for large returns’ and invested their hard earned money in the black economy. Where is that self-righteousness, high moral standards and ruthless scrutiny, Mr Cabraal?

For a start, this unexplained wealth must be fully exposed to the likes of Mr Ban ki Moon UNSG and all major media outlets. LTTE-lovers such as BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera etc may never pick up on this news item but there are other unbiased media outlets in the International arena that will surely pick up the story.

Personally I am amazed at the zero intelligence shown in this regard by Governor Cabraal, who reportedly personally visited the IDP camps in Vavuniya to oversee the banking facilities provided to IDPs. After announcing to local papers that the displaced people have deposited a total of Rs 390 million in the two mobile branches of the Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank, just two days after they opened, Cabraal reportedly made the following loose comment:

“”There must be much more now. They brought all kinds of valuables, including cash, gold, jewellery wrapped in cloth bundles and small bags as they fled,” he said, adding that ATMs have also been installed at these mobile banking units. The branches have also been authorised to receive foreign remittances and transfer money out. “Some money has also come in from abroad for inmates at the camp,” Mr Cabraal said.”

Did it ever cross the brain cells of this Chartered Accountant turned Banker that in any other village in the rest of the country the villagers would struggle to put together Rs390 let alone Rs390 million?

Is he aware of anti-money laundering and Anti-Criminal & Terrorism Financing laws of developed countries that would pounce upon a single deposit of cash of even a couple of thousand dollars by an individual and query the source of those funds? Banking secrecy laws are often superseded by the provisions contained in these anti-money laundering, anti-criminal & terror financing laws.

Why are the Sri Lankan Banks that come under Mr Cabraal’s purview allow unexplained cash and gold deposits amounting to several times the budget deficit of the entire country without a simple question and also provide ATM facilities that will allow the IDPs to withdraw, transfer or otherwise dispose of millions or possibly billions of Rupees. Funnily enough Cabraal says that some money has also come from overseas for the IDPs. I hope this overseas source/s has/have been thoroughly investigated.

This is the type of incompetence of the highest order that allowed the LTTE to achieve the impressive heights it achieved and amass extraordinary wealth and terror capacity over the past thirty years which had to be dismantled in the extremely painful way at great personal cost by our valiant sons and daughters of the Armed Forces. Let no further bureaucratic moron continue to act in the same stupid manner squandering arguably the most remarkable human achievement in the history of mankind, certainly in the history of Sri Lanka.

Janaka said...

Above article from here:

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2009/06/15/world’s-richest-idps-–-only-in-sri-lanka-investigate-sources-of-the-loot-now/

Sorry for borrowing your space again -the article was bigger than i thought, i only expected to take up 2 posts with it.

Anonymous said...

The Toronto Sun newspaper reports on "Toronto's woes" -- but nary a word on massive numbers of needless foreign immigrants from around the world flooding into the city on a daily basis.

This political-correct writer could only muster up this one pathetic quote while addressing immigration:

"Failing to integrate new, skilled Canadians properly into the workforce costs the city $1 billion annually".

First... they're IMMIGRANTS, not "new Canadians" (3 years permanent residency is required) and secondly... the cost of "$1,000,000,000 annually!" begs the question any amateur businessman would ask.

"Where's the profit in this disastrous business model??"

Simply put... whether we like it or not,
Canadians are being overwhelmed, displaced and colonized by third-world immigrants regardless of economics because that's their primary objective.

PaxCanadiana said...

Janaka:

Thanks for the updates. Since this is not a forum format I don't see how else you could provide the updates. You may want to check out immigration watch canada.org's forum as a place to do so. I'm sure the people there will be interested in what you have to say.

anon:

It's better to pretend the problem doesn't exist then to acknowledge it because doing so means you may have to do something about it.

One of the first questions that should come to mind regarding unemployed and underemployed "new Canadians" (read "instant Canadians") is if the jobs are even there. If there are no jobs for them then why is Canada allowing so many to settle in the country each year? These are questions they don't want to ask so they focus on integration problems or "systemic discrimination".

Much of Toronto's woes can be traced to mass immigration. It is making the city unlivable and it is destroying Canada's ability to feed itself by driving urban sprawl into some of the nation's most fertile land.

The Toronto Star ran a couple of stories about increased commute times over the past several years. Did it mention immigration? Of course not even though Toronto's traffic jams are as ethnically diverse as you can get. Same with the over crowding of the public transit system. Their solutions are predictable albeit band aid: more spending on mass transportation. This avoids the root of the problem, which is mass immigration, but that is the point.

A newspaper's primary product is selling audiences to advertisers and every new immigrant is a potential reader. Though the Toronto Star talks about being socially conscious it is a business first and foremost and it will let nothing interfere with the profit motive. Thus, it is pro mass immigration all the way irrespective of how unnecessary and costly it is to the nation. I would say it is the same for most mass media sources though some do buck this behaviour on occasion like the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen as two examples.