Monday, 10 December 2012

They Want 337,000 Immigrants A Year By 2018!!!???

I don't know why I even bother.
After seven years of stagnating numbers, Canada should start boosting immigration levels starting in 2014, according to an internal government review obtained by Postmedia News.
The study, dubbed a “Literature review and expert advice to inform Canada’s immigration levels planning,” suggests immigration levels should begin increasing six per cent a year to approximately 337,000 in 2018, after which levels should plateau until 2021, the end of the review period. 
According to the report, the short-term boost is needed to balance the labour market and is based on economic projections that take into account things like unemployment rates.
Oh! It's based on economic projections. How could that possibly go wrong?

Ever check the weather forecast and look at the long-term forecasts and weather trends and see if they come to pass? I do and I'll tell ya they rarely do. When they do it's by happenstance, not by reliable computer assisted forecasting.

Environment Canada uses some of the most advanced super-computers available to make as accurate a forecast as they can yet forecasts made beyond a 48 hour period can only be taken with a grain of salt. Anything longer than that and you might as well go see a palm reader 'cause her guess will be as good anyone else's.

So we're supposed to rely on "economic projections" - mere educated guesses base on current data - to shape Canada's immigration system five years into the future especially when we have available data that tells us that it's not working even at current numbers and Canadians cannot stomach more of it.

And what if those projections are inaccurate as they are so want to do?  We all know how good economists are at predicting the future. Look at the financial crisis of 2008. They saw it coming from miles away if only everyone had listened.

Who are these yahoos making these projections? Who are these jokers saying we need 337,000 a year by 2018 when we already have the highest immigrant intake numbers per capita in the world? And why does the government so readily listen to them when there are opposing views to consider? Give me a break!

I may not know who these economic forecasters are but I bet I can find them on Bay Street in Toronto working for Canada's "big six" banks. 337,000 immigrants a year is not a good idea for Canada but it sure as hell is a profitable idea for them.

Oh, and ignore that gunshot. It's just Canada committing cultural suicide. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to worry about at all.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Canada's Population Surpasses 35 Million ( and I can feel my standard of living exploding, can't you?).

I woke up this morning feeling different as if my standard of living and quality of life just suddenly increased for some unknown reason.

I couldn't put my finger on it until I read in today's Toronto Star Canada's population had surpassed the 35 million mark.

"Of course," I thought.  "It all makes sense now."
The fastest growing nation in the G8 is now 35 million strong.
Statistics Canada’s population clock has ticked past the 35 million mark, a number that has less to do with “natural” causes and more to do with immigration.
Canada receives on average 7.5 immigrants per thousand people.
“This immigration rate is one of the highest in industrialized countries,” said Laurent Martel, of the demography division of Statistics Canada. “It’s twice what the U.S. receives every year.”
Martel said that while Canada was recently named the fastest growing nation in the G8, that growth rate would be in decline without the roughly 249,000 immigrants Canada receives each year.
Natural increase just explains a third,” Martel said, pointing to Canada’s children per woman rate of 1.63, based on a 2010 report.
That early morning euphoric feeling was due to the economic prosperity and attendant increases in my standard of living and quality of life mass immigration fueled population growth inherently brings with it.

Did you feel it too? Of course you did! We all did. How can you not? The benefits are so obvious on the streets of Toronto here in southern Ontario that it's impossible to miss.

Everybody, go out and spend your money now 'cause Canada's future is bright and her continued prosperity assured 'cause the population keeps growing thanks to the record breaking numbers of immigrants Canada receives year after year mostly from the developing world.

At least that's what we're supposed to think but let's keep our feet on the ground shall we? That kind of absurd thinking finds sanctuary in the minds of Canada's power seeking political parties and opportunistic ethnic-vote chasing politicians looking to either jump-start their political careers or hold onto their seats long enough to bank a scandalously generous pension at tax payer expense. It's either them or economists working for the nation's "big six" banks who don't want to admit their education has no place outside the university classroom. Or in the minds of the Toronto Star editorial staff who write near anti-white racist editorials like this one hoping that immigration fueled population growth, no matter where it comes from, will keep the Star afloat so that they can hold onto their jobs while many Canadians, including recent immigrants and university grads, struggle to hold onto theirs let alone find one in the first place. These people are too self-interested in maintaining the myths of mass immigration to take seriously.

Let's not be like the multicultists and check our brains at the door to the temple of the mass immigration cult.  Let's employ our critical thinking skills.

The first question that comes to my mind is why is this a good thing? Why should we celebrate this population milestone as an accomplishment?

If the alleged benefits of mass immigration driven population growth were apparent then we'd be experiencing them in our daily lives but that's not so, at least not for most of us. Instead we have to be told about the benefits of mass immigration implying that they're there it's just that we're failing to see them.

Benefits such as it makes Canada a more innovative nation. This is an assumption and not a quantifiable statement. It draws a connection between innovation and immigration as if the two go hand in hand. To some degree there may be truth in that but it's not an argument for mass immigration the kind of which Canada has been entertaining for over the past two decades. The kind of innovative skills Canada seeks can be found with lesser and more selective immigration but that's not what we have. Besides, were it true Canada would be a world leader in innovative technology but that's simply not the case. We're still a nation of hewers of wood and drawers of water even in 2012 only now with a powerful financial lobby to finance it. Also, Canada has some of the best ranked schools in the world. The University of Toronto and McGill University rank in the top 20 of the world's best universities. We produce the innovative thinkers our economy needs. We don't need to import them.

We're also told it makes Canada a more productive nation but again this is an assumption and not the reality. Canada's productivity levels are not very impressive compared to other industrialized societies. Indeed mass immigration is more of a hindrance to productivity by chocking the roadways of Canada's major cities creating longer commute times for everyone at a loss of an estimated $6 billion in lost productivity. Or by the discouragement of investing in labour saving technology since immigrants provide a ready-made cheap alternative.

It's also alleged the large diaspora communities Canada hosts - the large overseas populations of other nations - helps build bridges between our respective countries opening up economic opportunities for Canadian business. Again this is a not a quantifiable statement as it's supported mostly by anecdotal evidence. There's little to support such a claim and in fact it's more likely the benefits mostly flow away from Canada to the home countries of its immigrant communities. We do know Canada's economy losses around $2 billion dollars a year to overseas remittances or according to this source $6.3 billion dollars flow out of the country to the economies of other nation's primarily to China, India, and the Philippines. Canada's immigrants are, in effect, helping to finance Canada's economic competitors and, in the case of China, economic colonizers.

Canada's immigrants do not necessarily open up foreign markets for Canadian goods. The more likely situation is that they make Canada into a market for foreign cultural goods. The best example of this are Bollywood movies. Canada's south Asian population and their Canadian born "desi culture" children have created a demand in Canada for Indian made movies where one didn't exist before. For Canadian filmmakers this makes an already difficult situation worse. Due to the dominating presence of American films on Canadian screens it's hard enough already to get screen time for Canadians films and have our stories told. And now they have to compete with an ever growing demand for Indian made movies in major urban Canadian markets. This doesn't help the Canadian film industry at all but it's great for India's.

It appears we are championing population growth for its own sake distracting us from considering alternatives like perusing a policy of population stabilization or the benefits of population contraction.

Population stabilization is a better choice for Canada at the moment over population growth. For one thing despite appearances Canada's geography and environment are hostile to massive human settlement. Covering half of Canada is the Canadian Shield. Essentially this is one giant rock covered by a thin layer of soil not making it very conducive for agriculture or large scale human settlement.  Also, about a third of Canada is an arctic desert called tundra characterized by permafrost, short summers, long winters, strong winds, blizzards, and unstable soil.

It's by no coincidence the majority of Canadians live within 200 km of the U.S. border and are able to drive to the U.S. in about two hours. These Canadians also happen to live on the most arable land in the country. Only 5% of the nation is considered arable land. This is land most suitable for farming found largely in the areas around Canada's two largest cities, Toronto and Vancouver. These cities also happen to be the top two magnets for immigrants. With immigration fueled population growth comes the further destruction of Canada's small supply of arable through the development of banal urban sprawl communities built to accommodate the demands of succeeding cohorts of "new Canadians." This is cause for alarm as it threatens Canada's food security making us more dependent on foreign sources to feed the population. As the population grows more of this arable land will be consumed leaving less and less of it available for productive, agricultural purposes making the nation even more dependent on foreign sources for its food supply. Unfettered population growth sounds great if your in the business of selling newspapers but not so much if you actually care about the environment.

What further population growth means then is the explosion in populations in places like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and now Calgary turning these place into de facto city states. Though it might sound exciting to some to live in a city with a population in excess of six million the reality may not be so inviting. In the city where I live, Toronto, the grid lock traffic is omnipresent and can drive one crazy. It adds stress to already stressed out lives. It means fewer opportunities to escape the city and find solace in a pastoral environment. It means to cope with the high cost of living in a high density urban center. Tokyo and New York are exciting places to visit but to live there is something else. Besides, can we guarantee that Toronto will not become a Sao Paulo of the north?

For Canadians who live in these cities they can look forward to less disposable income in their pockets as taxes and other costs are increased to deal with the demands of mass-immigration driven population growth. This will come especially hard since real incomes have been stagnant for North American workers for the past thirty years. Canada's immigration driven population growth hasn't made the the nation more competitive but it sure has made our cities more crowded and costly to live in.

Population contraction might not be a bad thing either. One of the primary selling points of mass immigration, and still is, is that we need immigrants to replace an aging workforce as it retires. This argument might have been believable when it was first made but in 2012 things are different. For one thing many of the jobs these retirees held have been and are being outsourced overseas negating the need to import workers to replace them. This is evidenced by the decline in Ontario's manufacturing sector leading immigrants to skip Ontario to settle elsewhere in the country. Also the existence of labour saving technology removes the need to replace a worker once he or she retires.

Furthermore, we learned CP Rail intends to reduce its workforce by 23% cutting 4,500 jobs from its 19,500 member workforce by 2016. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has proposed cutting staff to battle an $85-million budget shortfall that arose under the incompetent directorship of multicult token appointee, Chris Spence who needs to either resign or be fired. And wannabee Ontario premiere, Tim Hudak, wants government job cuts. These follow a trend in the Canadian labour market where jobs are being lost in the face of immigrant driven population growth. If I am to make a guess it seems to me there will be either enough or more workers for every available job in the future. If not, then just increase the retirement age since Canadians are living longer anyway. Other than that just stop the opening or Tim Hortons franchises and watch the job growth numbers plummet.

Canada's labour market has become less characterized by labour intensive industries like manufacturing and moved to what is called a knowledge based economy. A prime difference between a knowledge based economy and a manufacturing based economy is that the former requires less workers. However, if the economy was composed of both a knowledge sector and a manufacturing sector then an argument could be made for mass-immigration driven population growth but that's not the reality. Canada's economy has divorced itself from it's labour intensive manufacturing sector and sent it packing abroad, mostly to the countries where we pick our immigrants from negating the need to import these immigrants in the first place.

With that said there might be some merit to allowing population decreases over a period of time and then seek to stabilize it. If the population keeps growing but the jobs are disappearing or are less plentiful then you're sowing the seeds of social unrest. If recent university grads are having a difficult time finding gainful employment that suits their interests and skills sets what chance does the latest planeload of "new Canadians" have?

I don't see why we should always be chasing population growth. And if so then why at the rate Canada does? What makes Canada so unique in the world that it needs to insist on perusing the highest immigrant intake numbers among all countries? Places like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Italy, Spain, France, and in fact much of Europe have birth rates below replacement levels yet do not see the need to increase their immigrant intake quotas.

But the chief question is has the standard of living and the quality of life for Canadians improved with the growth of the population? Are Canadians better off now with a population of 35 million than they were with a population of 25 million? I doubt it. Perhaps in some areas they are but overall I doubt it very much. In fact one can successfully argue we are worse off now than we were with a smaller population. That being the case then why express support for an immigration system that displays no overall benefit to Canadians?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Muslim vs. Lesbian.


What's being downplayed in the media - actually not being mentioned at all - is the significant detail that the woman filing the complaint is a lesbian. You can imagine why.

Muslims and the LGTB community are minority groups that enjoy privileged status in the eyes of the nation's progressives - who are highly concentrated in the media - who routinely side with either group in a human rights complaint so long as the complaint is against what one can consider "traditional Canada", i.e. white, working class, male, and Christian.

This time, however, what is being offered is a common sense approach to the situation so as not to favour one side over the other in the hopes that a hearing at a human rights tribunal can be avoided altogether. This is never offered when the targets of a complaint are members of "traditional Canada." When that is the case "traditional Canada" must capitulate or face a tongue lashing from our moral and intellectual superiors in the media and the chattering classes. Hypocrites, the lot of 'em!

So you can imagine the head-spinning they must be suffering right now as they try to figure this one out but they only have themselves to blame for it. They have so enabled both Muslims and Lesbians, among other minority status groups, in their victim complex that the sense of entitlement and right to be accommodated of either group has become so inflated it's conceivable the periphery of it has expanded to somewhere beyond the Oort cloud. So don't expect any willful surrender of territory for the sake of peace in this battle of "new Canada's" spoiled brats.

But this conflict was inevitable in the "new Canada" sooner or later so we might as well deal with it now and get it out of the way so we have something to work with when it happens again.

And it will happen again.

I write about this because I think it is a symptom of a society that is becoming increasingly ungovernable and mass immigration largely from non-traditional sources married to multiculturalism are to blame.

Take the latest flap over the lack of diversity among the watermark images of the new Canadian passport as another example. It speaks volumes about where Canadian society is headed. If a consensus cannot be had over the choice of iconic Canadian images to grace the pages of the new passport - because members of the "new Canada" feel unrepresented even though their place in Canadian history and contribution to anything uniquely Canadian is near non-existent - how will we be able to function as a cohesive society and how will Ottawa be able to govern the nation when it is divided by "communities" acting out of self-interest for the benefit and advantage of its members?

I may be extrapolating too much here but I don't think so. A disease characteristically doesn't make itself known without the display of symptoms. Ignoring them and letting it fester will lead to long-term problems and chronic pain with the possibility of ultimate terminal effect where it's now too late to do anything of benefit. Spotted early and dealt with quickly the disease can be halted and the body saved.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Wanted For Murder In The U.S. Canada Gives Permanent Residency To Chinese 'Refugee' Anyway.

Overworked, understaffed, asleep at the switch, or just plain lazy I'd still like to know how this guy got in.
Kai-Guo Huang came to Canada from China as refugee claimant Yu Chen in 2006. 
He started a business and became a member of a local church. He paid his taxes on time. 
He was granted permanent residency status in 2010 and purchased an upscale condo in north Scarborough. 
To get into the country as a refugee claimant he was fingerprinted, interviewed and a criminal record check was completed. A second set of fingerprints were given and another criminal check done when he applied for permanent residency. 
If Toronto police hadn’t arrested him for drunk driving in early August and run his prints against the FBI database in the U.S., chances are no one would have discovered two important things about Huang: 
He entered Canada from China using fake travel documents. 
He is wanted in the U.S. in connection with a grisly murder and decapitation 14 years ago. 
The breakdown in border security has immigration experts and a Liberal MP baffled at how an alleged murderer got into the country undetected.
And we gave him permanent residency. Might as well give him the order of Canada while we're at it.

He most likely left the U.S. right after the murder by using his Chinese passport. China doesn't recognize dual citizenship so many overseas Chinese will hold onto their Chinese passports and use it to return to their home country.

China and it's overseas colonies including those here in Canada are hotbeds for documentation fraud so it's easy to figure out how he got into Canada.

What's worrisome is how he got passed all the security checks making you wonder who the hell is guarding our borders and whether they take their jobs seriously. And if you find one Kai-Guo Huang there's likely a whole lot more you're not finding making you wonder as well to the numbers of the world's crooks, cons, thieves;and murderers who are walking the streets of Canada's cities and towns and calling themselves Canadians.

Since we're on the topic of Asian criminals there's this Toronto Sun report on the disruption of a transnational drug trafficking ring.

Police have arrested 10 people after breaking up an alleged organized crime ring that was apparently making a decent commission trafficking drugs between B.C. and Ontario.
 Investigators in both provinces swooped in this week and dismantled the group, seizing more than $2 million worth of marijuana, property and cash as they wrapped up a seven-month, joint-forces investigation dubbed Project Lie-See.
 “I think it’s pretty substantial,” Dominic Chong, of the Asian Organized Crime Task Force (AOCTF), said Wednesday.{...}
Charged are Toronto residents Bryan Quoc Toan Lam, 27, Steve Thanh Hien Tran, 30, Trung Le Lam, 54, Thanh Sau Tran, 52, and David Hoc Troung, 24. Also charged were Tan Nguyen, 26, and Wali Seddiqi, 29 — both of Vancouver, and Ba Tuan Tran, 24, of London.
 Toronto residents Joe Viet Troung, 27, and Michael Tuan Van Nguyen, 23, were also arrested on possession for the purpose of trafficking charges.
Look at the names of those charged.  It's like reading from the pages of the Old Canada phone book ins't it?

Almost all of those names are Vietnamese and this shouldn't come as a surprise since it's well established that   the Vietnamese are dominate players in the Canadian pot trade in.

Speaking of Asians and drug trafficking we have this Toronto Star report on the involvement of Canada's Sikh population in the drug trade.

For years, Indo-Canadian gangs in B.C. have been involved in cross-border drug smuggling, infiltrating the trucking industry and fighting turf wars that have often been bloody and vicious. 
But now, members of southern Ontario’s Indo-Canadian community, in particular from Brampton and Mississauga, are increasingly being lured into the North American drug trade, according to Crown attorneys, lawyers, police and community leaders on this side of the border. 
It is not difficult to understand why. An estimated 60 per cent of Ontario’s long-haul truck drivers are Indo-Canadian, making them logical targets for drug traffickers. They will gladly do long-haul jobs shunned by others that can mean being on the road for weeks. They don’t mind sharing the close quarters of a cab with a co-driver, and the job requires little more than a commercial driver’s licence. 
“There are many (Indo-Canadian drivers) who just want to make a decent living,” said Manan Gupta, editor-publisher of Road Today, a monthly trucking magazine in the GTA. “But there are a few bad ones and their numbers are rising.” 
“This is ruining our community’s name . . . drivers from Peel are looked upon suspiciously at the border,” he said.
You mean make a descent living by ruining the descent living truckers made before Sikhs flooded the commercial trucking trade and subsequently drove down incomes.

Perhaps that's the reason why they'd be tempted into trafficking drugs in the first place. Since they drove down the livelihoods for all of those in the industry drug trafficking helps supplement an income that's become a little more lucrative than driving a cab. It's the only way they can now afford the over-priced houses in the gaudy urban sprawl neighbourhoods of Brampton, Ontario and Surrey, B.C.

What's to be taken away from this is 1) abandon any confidence in Canada being able to police it's borders and weed out criminals and fraudsters and 2) shelve any notion that immigrants are less prone to criminal activity than Canadian born.

Regrading the second point I recall a time when it was argued that immigrants were more law abiding than Canadians themselves. And at that time it was true but no longer thanks to the disintegration of the immigration system along with the debasement of criteria and expectations we placed on earlier waves of immigrants. Since all that matters now is numbers we've abandoned quality to satisfy quantity.

What's most disconcerting is how casual attitudes have become within the immigrant populations in the "new Canada" towards engaging in criminal acts whether it be drugs, fraud, murder, or theft and how these attitudes are too often passed onto their Canadian born children.

Why this is I can only guess at. The answer is most likely to be found in the fact that we are importing far too many people from crime prone regions of the world were attitudes towards criminal behaviour are casual to being with. These overwhelming numbers of people we import are too many for us to adequately police. But perhaps the sense of gratitude earlier waves of immigrants held for Canada kept them from doing anything criminal out of respect for the nation and the people who brought them in. Now that sense of gratitude has been replaced by a sense of entitlement where Canada owes them a living and a lifestyle. They have come to feel they deserve it even if it means acting in an illegal manner where it's not a crime if you don't get caught.

Thank You Suaad Hagi Mohamud.

You're $1.5 million cost to taxpayers will make a fine contribution to Canadian society.
The federal government has spent more than $1.5 million in legal costs defending itself against a lawsuit filed in 2009 by a Toronto mother who was stranded in Kenya for nearly three months because immigration officials thought she was an impostor.{...}
Postmedia News has learned the case was finally settled out of court within the last six months. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson did reveal this week the total cost of the case.
If you've forgotten who Suaad Hagi Mohamud is you can read about her here.

I still hold she was trying to defraud Canada's immigration system and sneak her sister into the country.

Defrauding the immigration system of western countries is a penchant of Somalis and east Africans in general.  For example the U.S. discovered in 2008 that it was the target of wide spread immigration fraud by east Africans, chief among them Somalis.
The State Department has suspended a humanitarian program to reunite thousands of African refugees with relatives in the U.S. after unprecedented DNA testing by the government revealed widespread fraud. 
The freeze affects refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Guinea and Ghana, many of whom have been waiting years to emigrate. The State Department says it began DNA testing with a pilot program launched in February to verify blood ties among African refugees. Tests found some applicants lied about belonging to the same family to gain a better chance at legal entry.{...} 
In February, the State Department launched pilot testing in Kenya to verify family relationships, mainly among Somalis. When applicants arrived for a previously scheduled appointment, a U.S. official asked them to volunteer for a DNA test. 
An expert then swabbed the cheek of those who claimed biological relationships, such as a mother and her purported children. 
The cell samples were sent to labs in the U.S. for analysis. 
As word spread, some applicants began missing appointments, and others refused to cooperate. 
Laboratory analysis of the samples indicated a large portion of applicants weren't blood relations, as they claimed. "The results were dismaying," says Ms. Strack. "This told us we had a problem with the program." 
The results prompted expansion of the testing to other countries. "We had high rates of fraud everywhere, except the Ivory Coast," says a State Department official.
If the U.S. immigration system was being subjected to this deceitful behaviour it stands to reason Canada's immigration system was being subjected to it as well.

It's conceivable Suaad Hagi Mohamud was doing what her fellow Somalis were doing.  It may very well be that the woman she was trying to sneak into Canada wasn't even her sister at all but someone who looked like her and offered her a cash reward to get her into the country.

What's irksome is how the media cast her as the victim while the government was cast as the villain even though it was only safeguarding the integrity of Canadian citizenship with good reason; and even though it's possible the woman was very well trying to scam us.  We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that he woman jailed by the Kenyans may not have been the same woman who showed up for DNA testing since the testing wasn't conducted until after she was released on bail.

The details of the settlement will remain confidential though we as taxpayers deserve to know.  We do know she didn't get the $2.6 million she was after.  Indeed, she may have only received a pittance since it's likely most of the $1.5 million cost went to legal fees.  In my view she doesn't deserve a scent and frankly if evidence does exist she was engaging in an act of immigration fraud she should be stripped of her citizenship and deported.

Likely encouraged by the Maher Arar affair - itself an event that generates questions that if answered could reveal the man to be a liar and undeserving of his handsome taxpayer funded cash payout - she swung for the fences and sought to take Canadians to the bank.  Were she a smarter woman she should have made up a torture story to go along with it.  Why not?  Who's going to question her about it?  The media?

Ultimately Canadians are out $1.5 million due to the shenanigans of a Somali woman who thought to make Canada her personal ATM.  That's $1.5 million that could have gone to more productive means and fund services that benefited a wider scope of Canadians instead of entertain the selfish pursuits of an immigrant woman.

Hat tip to the reader who sent me the link.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Unlike Hurricane Sandy There Appears To Be No End To The Immigration Deluge For Canadians.

As was expected the government announced that it intends to hold immigration levels steady through to 2013.  This means the deluge of some 240,000 to 265,000 immigrants will continue to rain down and flood an increasingly weary Canadian populace already drowning in "new Canadians", not unlike the residents of Hoboken, New Jersey who found themselves trying to keep their heads afloat in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.  But unlike them there appears to be no end in sight nor temporary relief to the immigrant downpour that has been a fact of life for Canadians for the past quarter century.
Canada will hold immigration levels steady for the seventh year in a row in 2013, but will make more room within its quota for what’s quickly become its fastest-growing category of newcomers.
I caught the announcement on CBC as Jason Kenney; the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism; was answering questions in a media scrum.

The impression I got from him was that he wanted to increase immigration levels but felt it was "irresponsible" to do so as if to imply that holding immigration levels at around a quarter of a million people for the next year wasn't irresponsible itself given the current economic climate. Why he felt it was "irresponsible" to increase numbers I cannot say exactly since I was busy at the moment and caught just a bit of the interview but I can only assume that it had to do with the state of the economy and the fact that Canadians are displaying increasing displeasure with the immigration system.
The federal government is under more pressure to demonstrate the economic benefits of immigration, as 2012 polling suggests attitudes towards immigration are cooling slightly. Internal briefing notes for Citizenship and Immigration Canada released under access to information law say there’s been a 10-percentage-point drop since 2010 – to 56 per cent – in the number of Canadians who feel that immigration has a positive impact on the economy.
Canadians are right to doubt the economic benefits of mass immigration of over the past thirty years and Jason Kenney is well aware that Canadians cannot stomach more immigration.

Internally, the federal government is closely monitoring what officials consider a slightly diminished enthusiasm for immigration. “Findings from the 2012 tracking study suggest that attitudes towards immigration levels and the impact of immigration are somewhat tightening up,” a recent Citizenship and Immigration presentation said. 
“Residents of Ontario are among those who seem less convinced as to the positive economic impact of immigration.” 
The polling figures show very few Canadians realize that Canada accepts more than 250,000 newcomers as permanent residents each year. 
The 2012 tracking poll, conducted in two waves, found that when respondents were informed about the actual number of immigrants, there was a shift of between nine and 14 percentage points to the view that Canada was accepting “too many” newcomers – away from “the right amount.” 
Since 2010, the Immigration report found, there’s been a drop of between 16 to 18 percentage points in the number of Canadians who feel that “immigration has a positive impact on Canadian culture.”

Saying "a slightly diminished enthusiasm for immigration" and that attitudes are "somewhat tightening up" are understatements employed, I think, to downplay the broadening negative views Canadians are developing towards the immigration system.  But this is probably my biases thinking for me here.

Nevertheless what's important to note here is that Canadians' alleged popular support for the mass immigration system is based on ignorance of the system itself.  To repeat, according the polling information "very few Canadians realize that Canada accepts more than 250,000 newcomers as permanent residents each  year."  When informed of the actual numbers support dropped to between nine and fourteen percentage points on the opinion that Canada was accepting too many.  One has to wonder what would be considered "the right amount" of immigrants to those who were polled?  Would they still consider 150,000 an amount as "too many?"  One also has to wonder how much more support for the immigration system would drop further were Canadians informed of the details of the policy, it's outcomes over the past three decades, and it's lasting effects.

Canadians do not fully appreciate the long-term impact the immigration system is imposing on Canadian society, on their daily lives, and the future of the nation which I feel if not confronted can prove detrimental. It comes as no shock to read that Ontario residents were among the most skeptical of the positive economic impacts of immigration simply because any positive economic impact immigration brought to the province is negligible at best and not worth writing home about. This is significant because Ontario has been receiving the bulk of immigrants yet has little to boast about aside from a larger population. In a way, Ontario is the canary in the mine.

However, with that said Jason Kenney seems to be pushing for more of it.  The impression given is that there are only two options to choose from: maintain current numbers or increase them.  Indeed, this has been the mindset of the Minister of Immigration since the terrible days of the Mulroney government, be he or she Liberal or Conservative.  This is bothersome since cutting immigration numbers is also a viable option that's rarely explored even though there are sound arguments for doing so.

The excuses for holding immigration levels are familiar, tiresome, and easily refutable but it's all he's got and the media is too self-interested in challenging him on them so why not use them?  This time around it's to "help grow and keep the Canadian economy going" if I remember his exact words.  When the Canadian economy was robust it was to "help fuel the boom."  When the economy tanked in 2008 it was to "help prepare for the recovery."  Logic would dictate that if we need high levels of immigration during booming economic periods then a contraction would necessitate the reduction of immigration levels but that's not what we got.  So, no matter what happens, be it good times or bad, we always need a high and ever increasing number of immigrants.  So when do we not need high and ever increasing numbers of immigrants?

Speaking of which, on the same day Jason Kenney made the announcement to hold immigration levels steady StatsCan reported Canada's real GDP had contracted by 0.1 per cent in August.

The economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in August, the first decline in real gross domestic product since February, Statistics Canada reported today. 
Analysts had expected growth of about 0.2 per cent on a month-over-month basis.The statistics agency said the August contraction was driven by a 0.5 per cent dip in goods production, mainly due to decreases in mining, oil and gas extraction and manufacturing. 
Overall, StatsCan noted shrinking output in 10 out of 18 industrial sectors.
 A couple of things to take away from this.

First is that these so-called "analysts" are just glorified crystal ball gazers.  They expected growth at 0.2 per cent but instead we got a contraction of 0.1 per cent. Armed with their extensive educations and years of experience how did they not see that? These are men and women fed data on daily basis only to do nothing more than make an educated guess which more often than not proves to be wrong.  Why we take these people seriously is beyond me but it's to them that government's too often turn to form policy which produces mixed results at best but often fail based on the simple fact that man cannot predict the future. This also extends to the immigration system where forecasts and studies and demographic trends work in concert to create a vision of a future not yet realized but when it does come those forecasts and studies and demographic trends, though sometimes accurate, oftentimes turn out to be off the mark, or exaggerated, or flat out wrong. Setting immigration levels based on dubious information can be disastrous.

The second thing to note is that mass immigration has not produced the roaring economy that was promised. It has not sheltered the country from a global economic downturn; in a globalized world it cannot do that. Though assumed, it has not made Canada more productive compared to other countries nor has it leapfrogged the nation to the front of the heap when it comes to innovation. Canadians are no better off now than when the mass immigration madness set in. Indeed, one can successfully argue that it has made Canadians worse off than they otherwise are.

Let's abandon playing seer and look at what we do know.  We know that Canada has the best educated adults in the world according to a recent OECD study. We also know that Canada is in the top three when it comes to spending on education, just behind the United States and Switzerland. We also have the highest immigrant intake numbers per-capita in the world allegedly attracting the world's best and brightest.

Things should be looking pretty for Canadians but not so. According to the same OECD study Canada displays a paradox. Despite having a well educated workforce "a baffling chunk of them" earn well below the median wage. A disconcerting number of Canada's well educated youth face a life of perpetual underemployment. More significantly, this "paradox" also affected immigrants and not just recent ones. Immigrants who have been in the country for more than 10 to 29 years were "more likely to be earning well below their education levels."

Making things worse the official unemployment rate stands at 7.4% along with a youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) at 14.7%. These are official numbers. The real numbers a typically much higher when other criteria like underemployment or part-time work or those who excused themselves from the labour force due to discouragement are counted.

And still the government intends to maintain Canada's already too high immigration numbers. It may very well be that mass immigration of the scale Canada has been entertaining for the past three decades is a culprit to the existence of this "paradox."

Canada's economy doesn't lend itself to such high numbers in the first place. The Canadian economy is mostly characterized by three economic sectors: resource extraction, financial services, and the public sector. Of the three, two provide nothing or real worth: the financial sector and the public sector. Though one can find employment in these sectors they don't generate anything of real, material value. Indeed, one can guess as to whether the financial sector provides anything of real social value to begin with. The only sector that produces anything or real value is the resource sector in which we remove raw materials from the ground just to export them overseas and then import them again to buy back as a finished good. This isn't the kind of economy that would necessitate the importation of a quarter of a million people a year for the past thirty years with an additional 300,000 temporary foreign workers who are only temporary in name.

I can only speculate to the real reasons why immigration levels are to remain steady but it's probably the usual suspects. Such as we need to import the people to keep to real estate bubble from exploding spectacularly; the "big six" banks need more bank accounts to siphon money from; the private sector needs immigrants as a form of salary and wage control; the political parties need the continued importation of votes while enduring themselves to ethnic bloc votes in voter rich urban centers; and so forth.

But there may be another reason for it. It may be because Jason Kenney is trying to clear the skilled immigrant backlog as quickly as possible. This is a backlog he inherited from the reckless mismanagement of previous governments, both Liberal and Conservative, and he says he's on track to clear it by the end of 2013. This is something I'll believe when I see it but to his credit he has manged to cull some 280,000 applications from the system; more than a single cohort of immigrants in a year. If this is his intent and he achieves it then hopefully he'll move to reduce Canada's annual immigrant intake, fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Just Because You're Born In Canada Doesn't Mean You're A Canadian.

Take these brats for example.

We need to change the citizenship laws to prevent the production of these "anchor babies."  They're not Canadians and shouldn't be considered as such.  They're just pawns in a game to play Canada's immigration system by their deceitful parents.

I posit that the laws should be changed so that citizenship is granted only to those children born of parents whose long-term residency status is assured.  This would include Canadian citizens, those with permanent residency status, and refugees whose claims have been accepted and are not being contested in the courts.

Those whose permanent residency is not guaranteed; like temporary foreign workers, those in Canada on a visitor's visa or student visa, or refugees whose claims have not been determined; should not have Canadian citizenship bestowed on their children born on Canadian territory.

Some may now be asking what would happen to the children if the laws were changed as per my suggestion.  My answer is I don't know but that's not our problem.  Somewhere here the parents need to take responsibility for themselves and their actions because rewarding the cheating of the immigration system by abusing Canada's birthright citizenship laws has to stop.  The most absurd example of this was when a Ugandan woman gave birth mid-flight over Canadian airspace on a plane trip destined for Boston.  In the end the little spawn was given Canadian citizenship just because it was born in Canadian airspace.  What a joke!

The law as it stands now is absurd.  Legally it makes Canada responsible for the care of the children on non-citizens.  This is like finding yourself being forced to take care of some stranger's child just because it was born in your house.  You wouldn't accept that now would you, so why should Canada?

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Who Needs An Army To Invade And Capture A Country?

When trade agreements and an immigration system will do just fine.

The deal will tie the hands of Canadian governments, especially in the resource sector, once Chinese firms buy Canadian assets. It allows Chinese companies to sue Canada outside of Canadian courts. Remarkably, the lawsuits can proceed behind closed doors. This shift to secrecy reverses a long-standing policy of the Canadian government. 
Under the deal, Chinese firms can sue in special tribunals to protect themselves from Canadian government decisions. Canadian companies can do the same against China. The technical name for this is “investor-state arbitration.” In Canada, it has been in operation since NAFTA. 
In turn, any decision by any state entity in Canada — from federal or provincial legislation to a Supreme Court of Canada decision — can be challenged by a Chinese investor. The arbitrators, if they conclude that the decision violates flexible standards of investor protection, can issue orders and award damages against a country. 
On the other hand, no one in Canada including the government will be able, under the deal, to sue a Chinese investor for breaking any laws. The claims are one-way. Also, only the federal government can participate in the arbitrations. Provincial governments, Canadian companies and other constituencies have no right of standing even if their interests are affected directly. 
There is reason to doubt the independence of the arbitration process. Unlike judges, the arbitrators do not have secure tenure and set salaries. They depend for business on investors (to bring the claims) and on arbitration houses (to choose the arbitrators when the disputing parties disagree). Further, the arbitrators’ decisions on legal issues are not subject to judicial review. 
So, it is prudent to ask, who are the arbitrators more likely to see as the major country, Canada or China?
We've been down this road twice before.  The first time it was called the FTA (the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.).  The second time is was called NAFTA (the FTA expanded to included Mexico).

And how has that worked out for us?

Canada has a mixed record in investor-state arbitration. We have lost about half of the decided cases against the government, all by U.S. companies under NAFTA. Canada has had to pay about $160 million in compensation, with another award pending in a case involving research and development rules for the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore projects. 
Worse, Canadian investors have sued other countries, usually the U.S., 16 times and lost every case. We have lost on softwood lumber, cattle and gold mining. We have lost on gasoline additives, hemp and funeral homes. We have lost on a lot of things. 
And this is the best part:
Most surprisingly, the Chinese lawsuits can be kept secret. This is in stark contrast to other treaties signed by Canada. Under NAFTA, since 2001, Canada and the U.S. have ensured that investor-state arbitrations were open. 
Under the Canada-China deal, the arbitration hearings and all documents, except an actual award, can be kept confidential at the discretion of the country that is sued. This suggests that China objected to disclosure of Canadian lawsuits against it. More importantly for Canadians, the Harper government did not insist on disclosure when Canada is sued by the Chinese. 
By implication, we shall have to assume in time that there are hidden Chinese lawsuits against Canada. We will not know why we have been sued or who is deciding the case. We will not know what the government is arguing on our behalf. And we will not know if Canada has been ordered to change government decisions.
I sit in wonder considering the minds of our leaders in Ottawa, elected to represent our best interests, who agree to what is clearly a raw deal for Canada and ask "what the hell were they thinking?"; a question that can be resolved by answering the question "what's in it for them?" because there is no way this can be good for Canada as a nation and us Canadians as people.  Bay Street firms will make a killing which is where most of those in elected office hope to end up in their post-public office careers, which is probably why they're going along with this agreement.

When the FTA was passed by the corrupt regime of the Mulroney Conservatives Canada lost nearly half a million manufacturing jobs to the U.S. between 1989 and 1991 which was exacerbated by the accelerated take-over of Canadian companies by American ones.  Few, if any, new jobs were created and the prosperity promised by the FTA eluded us.

NAFTA is just the FTA expanded to include Mexico.

With both deals we were told it would grant greater access for Canadian companies to the larger markets in the U.S. and Mexico.  What happened was the expanded take-over the the Canadian and Mexican economies by mostly U.S. interests.

Do you think this will be any different?  We're told it would grant greater access to the Chinese market but who are we kidding?  It will only mean the greater control of the Canadian economy by Chinese interests.

What China has at it's disposal that the U.S. doesn't is a large and growing exported population that has effectively colonized parts of Canada's major cities.  Due to it's size all the political parties are sensitive to their demands in return for votes.  To think that China will not exploit this population to influence Canadian foreign and social policy is naive.  China has already been accused of spying on Canada and influence peddling in B.C.  Do you think that's going stop any time soon?

I don't think I'm stepping out of line when I think in Beijing's eyes it sees the emigration of it's people as a form of overseas colonization.  After all, China does not recognize dual citizenship and it has been flooding Tibet with ethnic Han Chinese with what one could arguably consider an act of soft cultural and ethnic genocide to pacify the once former sovereign nation.  Though a restrictive country I don't see China being very restrictive when it comes to allowing its citizens to move and live abroad.

This is colonialism in the modern age.  Gone are the need for gunboats and soldiers.  All you need now are pen and paper and an immigration system guided by naivety and baseless assumptions.  And the men and women stupid or selfish enough to let it all happen.

For more reading on the Canada-China Investment Treaty the Green Party of Canada has this page about it.  I don't support or endorse the Green Party but I provide the link, which was brought to my attention, for information purposes.

PS: We need another head tax!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Help Save The Life Of A Muslim Woman.

Ban Muslim immigration to Canada.

In fact, let's just ban Muslim immigration to the west altogether.

Think of the many female lives we can save by doing so.

Look, Canada is guilt-tripped over the memory of the S.S. St. Louis.  This was the turning away of a passenger ship full of Jewish refugees fleeing pre-war antisemitism in Germany in 1939.  After being rejected by Cuba, the U.S., and eventually Canada the ship had little choice but to return to Europe.

The Jewish refugees were eventually resettled in various European states outside of Germany but war broke out, Germany invaded, the Jews were rounded up, were sent to concentration camps and ultimately to their deaths.  Presumably most of the passengers of the S.S. St. Louis were among those captured and executed.  And since Canada turned the ship away the nation is somehow to blame for their deaths, or so it is implied.

So following that line of thinking Canada is complicit in the deaths of these Muslim women.  Had we refused them entry and they stayed in their Muslim societies they'd never have been corrupted by western influences, would have remained good Muslims, and would still be alive today.

So, in a sense we forced the hands of their killers.  Because of their culture (and remember all cultures are equal) the women had to be corrected with the most capital of punishments.

Canada killed them.

So, to prevent future deaths of innocent Muslim women in Canada we should ban Muslim immigration outright.

Hell, it's not like Islam has anything to offer Canadian society anyway so what have we got to lose?  And we get to save the lives of so many Muslim women.  So, Canada doesn't lose anything of value and Muslim women don't lose their lives.  It's win/win!

"Skills Shortage" Is Code For "Cheap Labour Shortage" (and also we need another head tax).

Continuing on the topic of the skills shortage myth comes this Toronto Star column on the Chinese owned (but Canadian headquartered) Canadian Dehua mining company's intention to import Chinese miners into north-eastern B.C. to work in the coal mines.  The question being raised is are there not enough workers available in Canada right now to necessitate the importation miners from China?
The latest and most bizarre example comes from British Columbia where, as the Vancouver Sun has reported, four brand new coal mines in the province’s northeast are bringing in just under 2,000 temporary Chinese migrants to do most of the work. 
The ostensible reason, a spokesman for Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. is reported as saying, is that not enough Canadians are skilled enough to do underground mining. 
Let me repeat that. Not enough underground miners. In Canada. 
Those who spent their working lives underground in Northern Ontario, or Quebec or Saskatchewan or Cape Breton would be surprised to hear this. 
And while mining has changed from the days of pick and shovel, it is hard to believe that only temporary migrant workers are clever enough to run the new machinery used to extract coal. 
I expect the real reason that Canadian Dehua and its Chinese partners want to bring in Chinese miners is because they figure on getting more work for less money from them.
Though Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. is located in downtown Vancouver my gut feeling is the company is Canadian in name only being founded and run by the Chinese.  (Dehua is a county located in Fujian province in China).

The intention to import Chinese labourers to work in the company's coal mines in B.C. irrespective of the claims there's a skill shortage has Chinese scheming written all over it.  They pull this kind of sh*t in Africa all the time where Chinese money buys up the continents' resources and then imports Chinese workers to extract it ignoring an able bodied host population who could do the work just as well.

But here's the reason why the snubbing of Canadians by the Chinese:
As temporary migrants dependent on their employer for work visas, the Chinese workers will be less likely to complain. They also will be reluctant to join a union.
In other words union busting but Canada's unions have been so quite on immigration as a union busting weapon I don't expect them to say much about this either.

What makes this all the more insulting is that it's a snubbing of Canadians by the Chinese on Canadian land.  This is like inviting someone into your home and your guest spits in your face, urinates on the carpet in your den, takes a crap on your bed, and then expects you to thank them for it.  But when a lot of Chinese interest in Canada is parasitic in character should we be shocked?  Not having accepted this by now we're pretty much asking for it from this point on now aren't we?  And we deserve it too.

This is reminiscent of the importation of Chinese labourers to construct the railroad and the eventual imposition of a head-tax as the steady influx of Chinese workers into B.C. by Canadian based Chinese human-traffickers post-railway construction was driving down the wages and living standards of Canadians living in B.C. at the time.  Looks like we need another head tax.

Furthermore Thomas Walkom has this to add:

Theoretically, temporary work visas are supposed to be reserved for those with unique skills.But increasingly, the notion of skill has been stretched to the extreme. In Alberta, some temporary skilled workers serve coffee in doughnut shops. Others heave around beef carcasses in slaughterhouses like the Brooks XL Foods meat-packing plant — now the epicentre of an E. coli food scare. 
In the fruit and vegetable fields of Ontario, the unique skill that temporary migrant workers from the Caribbean or South America bring is their willingness to do back-breaking work for low wages. 
Employers say they need foreign temporary labour because they can’t find Canadians willing to work. What they mean is that they can’t find Canadians willing to work at the wages being offered.
That's something reformers have been saying for years now; that immigrants do jobs Canadians won't do at that pay.  Pay someone enough money and they'll do almost any job.

I think we can agree that, for the most part, the "skills shortage" is a lie.  And if there is how hard could it be to train a local population to do much of the work being offered?  Can a local population not be trained to do the coal mining being done in north-eastern B.C.?  And why exclusively Chinese miners?  This is racist hiring practices being done by a Chinese owned business but what else is new under the sun?  Canada and Canadians need to come first.

Monday, 8 October 2012

On XL Foods, Migrant Labour, Being Halal, and the E. Coli Breakout.

A comment by someone on this Blazing Cat Fur blog post got me thinking about a possible connection between XL Foods, it's use (abuse?) of migrant labour, the ritual Islamic slaughter of animals (Halal), and the E. Coli breakout at XL Foods that is spreading across the nation.  After all, the plant does process more than a third of all beef for the Canadian market.

While media attention is focusing on the government's failure to detect the tainted meat before it went to market this comment in the Toronto Star reminds us that the problem starts at the beginning of the processing the beef and with the plant itself.  Therefore it's not the government's fault for failing to detect the E. Coli tainted beef but XL Foods failure to maintain quality assurance that would have prevented it or at least contained it.

But since XL Foods imports migrant labour from Sudan, the Philippines, Mexico, and all points in between it appears quality control isn't on it's priority list.  If it were it would mean paying decent wages to retain an experienced workforce and maintain quality and safety standards that would attract Canadian workers to produce a quality product.  XL Foods is given licence to produce food for our consumption and this E. Coli breakout is not on unacceptable but also scary.

But the government isn't wholly off the hook.  As long as it allows companies like XL Foods to import cheap, unskilled labour to work in it's food processing plants it shares some of the blame.  While we take the government and XL Foods to task for this health scare, and rightly so, we should consider how immigration and the lowering of standards played their parts.

What's even more disconcerting is that this will probable happen again.

Yet Another Post On The Myth Of The Skills Shortage.

We're routinely bombarded by the statement that Canada faces a skills shortage and we need a large and an increasing number of immigrants to meet the shortfalls.  Before we can accept this claim at face value we need to consider some details first.

The Toronto Star reported on a recent OECD study on education among it's member states.  It found that Canada displayed a "paradox" not seen in the other member nations.
A unique Canadian paradox means Canada has the best educated adults in the industrialized world, but a baffling chunk of them earn well below the median wage.{...} 
The youngest and oldest extremes of the workforce comprise most of the paradox: 25-34 year olds who say they are still studying, and 55-65 year olds who say they are retired or semi-retired. 
But that doesn’t explain it all, said de Broucker, who is also chief of a working group for the 34-country Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.“We need to understand why there is a paradox: if there is a Lost Generation.” 
More than 17 per cent of working-age Canadians with education beyond high school earned less than half the national median employment income in 2009, de Broucker reported. 
Is it because Canada is producing more college and university graduates than it has jobs for? Are there too many humanities and fitness grads, who typically make up more of the under-earners? 
Are vast numbers of Canadians over 55 finding themselves in lower-paying jobs, or taking buyouts to retire early?
This part is important:
Immigration status was also a factor, said de Broucker, who discovered the Canadian paradox and brought it to the OECD’s attention. This was true not only for recent immigrants but for those in Canada from 10 to 29 years, who were more likely to be earning way below their education levels.  
Furthermore we have this to ponder:
Indeed, Canada spends the third highest amount on college and university students among the OECD countries, after Switzerland and the United States: approximately $20,600 per student,the report said. 
Canada ranked first in the proportion of adults with a college or university education, with double the average of highly educated people over 55 among the OECD countries. 
That strength is beginning to fray, however: Canada is falling behind in numbers of younger people getting a college or university degree, the report said. 
Canada has spawned a paradox at the other end of the education scale as well, de Broucker said. 
Compared with other industrialized countries, a high number of Canadians with a high school diploma or less are earning very good incomes. 
“We have an economy that allows some people to earn a significant amount of money through jobs that don’t require a tertiary education. This would be driven by our resource economy.”
So Canada has the highest proportion of its workforce with a college or university education out of all OECD countries; more so than the U.S., Japan, the U.K., or Germany.  Also, Canada ranks third in spending on education just behind Switzerland and the U.S.  It seems we're doing more than enough in comparison to other OECD nations in meeting the "skills shortage" Canada allegedly suffers from.

It can be argued that it's a skills mismatch that is occurring and that, indeed, Canada is producing "too many humanities and fitness grads" instead of tradesmen and STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).  There may be some truth in this but I don't think it's wholly accurate.

Norman Matloff  is a computer science professor at UC, Davis and has been commenting on the state the U.S.'s high-tech industry for the past several years particularly that of the computer industry.  In this New York Times op-ed piece from 2011 he writes:
Now, as in 2000, companies are complaining of dire shortages of people with computer science degrees. How about a reality check? 
In spring 2011, starting salaries for computer science grads were only up 3 percent from a year ago. A widely publicized report in May by Dice, the big online job board, claims a "tech talent crunch" in its title, yet concedes that salaries for tech workers (overall, that is, both new and experienced) are up less than 1 percent. These numbers obviously don't indicate a shortage. And those over 35 still face a tough market. 
Yes, some students today are indeed captivated by the Facebook phenomenon, captured in "The Social Network." But the savvier college students, especially those whose parents have been squeezed out of tech by age discrimination, are understandably skeptical. Indeed, many of the best and the brightest, exactly the ones the industry ought to keep, have sought greener pastures. In 2007, 29 percent of M.I.T. grads went to Wall Street rather than Silicon Valley, at far higher wages, a disparity that continued even after the financial crisis.
That being the case then why are U.S. companies "complaining of dire shortages of people with computer science degrees" if in actuality one doesn't exist?  The simply truth is that if a skills shortage exists as they allege then they can abuse the H-1B visa program (a work visa for the U.S.) to import younger and cheaper labour from overseas.

The notion that the U.S., with it's well funded and extensive education system, is not producing enough STEM graduates to meet it's labour market needs is absurd!  And for Canada, with it's smaller market and near non-existent high-tech sector, to make a similar claim is an absolute joke and an insult to our intelligence!
What we have then is not a paradox but an issue of over-supply of skilled labour.  Canadians are finding themselves facing a precarious labour market and are staying in school longer and later in life to improve their prospects.  Or they are forced into taking early retirement since the jobs they once performed no longer exist having been outsourced abroad and are not coming back anytime soon. Canada has more skilled workers than it knows what to do with.  This point is further made by the fact that immigrants, those who were imported to address the "skills shortage" problem, are themselves likely to be earning way below their education levels even after spending 10 to 29 years in Canada.

But the beat goes on.  In the Toronto Star we are told Ontario needs to attract at least 135,000 newcomers a year "to keep its economic engine running beyond 2014" or so says a panel of "experts" who also warn the province will suffer a "skills shortage" in 2025 instead of 2020 or 2015 or whatever year they need it to be to make their projections believable.

And who are these "experts"?  A 13 member panel composed of economists, people working in immigrant settlement, and corporate and industry "leaders".  Economists are just crystal ball gazers whose only real purpose in life is to make astrology look respectable.  As for the people working in immigrant settlement and for the corporate and industry leaders their self-interest in maintaining high immigration levels is so apparent it need not be pointed out.  When Ontario is losing it's manufacturing capacity and the well paying jobs that go with it there is no sense in pursuing increasing population growth in the province when the jobs are not there to support it.  Ontario losing it's attractiveness to immigrants is a good thing but don't expect these dimwits on this 13 member panel to realize it.  Their advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

And recently Jason Kenney enjoyed a photo-op to mark the 20,000th immigrant imported under the Canadian Experience Class while announcing the shortening of time a temporary foreign worker can apply for permanent residency status from two years down to one.  Why this is something to celebrate is beyond me but when the 20,000th CEC immigrant got a job in a bank it makes sense since the financial sector in Canada is a major player in the Canadian economy and a  major beneficiary of mass immigration since to them immigrants are not people but bank accounts, mortgages, and small business loans.  They bring money with them quite possibly to launder if it comes from corrupt countries like China and India where few people get rich without greasing a few palms here and there.  Undoubtedly Canada's "big five" (or "big six" if you include National Bank of Canada) have been pressuring Ottawa to keep immigration levels high and to keep increasing them since it's good for business (and I guess what's good for the "big six" banks is good for Canada right?).  And to attract the business of "new Canadians" they have been going on a hiring blitz where the colour of one's skin and ethnic background are more important than one's credentials.

So to recap Canada has the highest proportion of its workforce with a college or university education out of all OECD countries; ranks third in spending on education among all OECD nations; has the best educated adults in the industrialized world, but a baffling chunk of them earn well below the median wage which is especially true for immigrants, even those who have been in Canada for 10 to 29 years; that a high number of Canadians with a high school diploma or less are earning very good incomes; yet we have have a "skills shortage."  Highly educated Canadians, including immigrants, are earning well below the median wage while those with just a high school education or less are earning very good incomes.  But we have a "skills shortage."  Really!!! Are you kidding me!?

Fortunately it seems few people are buying it as the comments to this Toronto Star article suggest but that's to be expected from us rabble who have to witness and experience the immigration debacle first hand.

The "skills shortage" myth is a scare tactic to pacify Canadians into embracing an immigration system that works against their interests.  When the Toronto Star editorializes and trumpets the dubious claim that Ontario needs to attract 135,000 immigrants a year what it's really saying is the Toronto Star needs 135,000 potential readers each year to sell their eyeballs to advertisers so that the journalists can keep their jobs and TorStar shareholders happy.  When the business lobby cries of a "skills shortage" what it's really saying is there is a shortage of cheap skilled labour and that they're too stingy and lazy to invest in and train and retain a workforce.  When politicians uncritically accept these claims they are just using it as a means to pad their resumes for post public-office employment by cozzying up to the business lobby and to import votes while pandering to ethnic/immigrant vote blocs to stay in power.  Ultimately Canadians realize few if any real benefits from the immigration system but it isn't designed to benefit us anyway.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Draper St., Toronto.

Where multiculturalism and the "new Canada™" can go f**k themselves.

While we're constantly told that "diversity is our strength" the linked article reminds us that familiarity, homogeneity, and a proud and shared history, all acting together, make something a lot more stronger.  This is what I took away from the piece.  It is these things that give the residents of Draper St. their sense of community and belonging.

Just something to think about as we recklessly destroy these building blocks of communities to make way for the "new Canada™."

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Like I Said Before...

Beware men from China bearing gifts.

Last month, Dr. Kwok Chu-Lee and his wife Grace made a blockbuster donation to the Richmond Public Library: a collection of 46,730 Chinese books appraised at $1,194,000. 
On Aug. 29, the library held an official ceremony to recognize Lee's philanthropy. It was attended by library officials and representatives from the city, the province and the federal government, plus assorted other dignitaries. The book collection was repeatedly described as a "national treasure." 
In an interview, chief librarian Greg Buss confirmed the library gave Lee and his wife tax receipts for the full amount of the appraised value. 
Those receipts could potentially generate $521,778 worth of tax credits, assuming the Lees are taxed at the highest marginal rate of 43.7 per cent. 
Lee would have to pay capital gains tax on any difference between his purchase price and the donation value, but he would still enjoy a substantial saving, because only half the difference is taxable at the highest marginal rate. 
So what the library got for free, will potentially cost tax-payers several hundred thou-sand dollars in foregone tax revenue. That raises the question, did taxpayers get value for their money? 
          The answer is, we don't know.{...}

As for Lee, Buss rejected any suggestion that his donations were motivated by tax considerations.: "I have known the man over the last 17 years and I have a good sense of his attitude toward books, education and philanthropy."
A Chinese national's actions not motivated by money but by charity?  I find that hard to believe.

Hat Tip


Diabetes Plus Urban Sprawl.

I hope the contributions of "new Canadians" to our society never cease.

From the Toronto Star:

New immigrants in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods are 50 per cent more likely to develop diabetes than long-term residents in areas that are more walking- and cycling-friendly, says a new study. 
For recent newcomers, environment is a crucial factor in accelerating the risk of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, says the study by St. Michael’s Hospital endocrinologist and researcher Dr. Gillian Booth, published in the Diabetes Journal on Monday. 
Least walkable neighbourhoods are often newly developed areas characterized by urban sprawl and heavy reliance on cars. 
“Adding poverty to the mix, new immigrants in less walkable neighbourhoods have a far higher risk of developing diabetes than those in highly walkable, high-income neighbourhoods,” said Booth, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
In response to the above a reader to the Star had this to say:

Re: Newcomers face higher risk, Sept. 18
The article by Nicholas Keung on the relationship between unhealthy immigrants and the walkability of neighbourhoods is an issue that strikes close to home. I am a daughter of immigrants, and I live in Richmond Hill, near Markham. 
My family chose this neighbourhood for a whole host of reasons, including cultural homogeneity — the surrounding area is dominated by Chinese businesses, restaurants, and similar residents. 
Unfortunately, our neighbourhood has suffered from some of the worst symptoms of urban sprawl: big-box stores in centralized locations, infrequent and undependable public transport, and an astonishing lack of bike lanes. As a result, we are a four-car household, drive nearly everywhere, and I feel our health and community has suffered for it. 
However, things are starting to change, and the original nature of the urban sprawl development does not have to define a neighbourhood for good. 
Markham has advanced its transit system by leaps and bounds with the new upgrades to the VIVA system, upgrades to bus shelters and pedestrian walkways, and the new construction of the Markham downtown. 
But as drivers are swearing all up and down through the construction traffic along Highway 7, only time will tell how a community so entrenched in its car-use will react to these transformations. 
Jennifer Ng, Richmond Hill
How about that!

Chinese nationals move to multicultural Canada so that they can live in a culturally homogeneous Chinese neighbourhood.

From this we can deduce that 1) that immigrants too don't care for the multiculturalism Canada has to offer, 2) Canada has well established Chinese colonies on Canadian soil, 3) Chinese are racists since they prefer to live among their own in a multi-racial society.

If they wanted to stay in a culturally homogeneous Chinese neighbourhood they should have stayed in China.  Since they didn't and immigrated to one of China's colonies in Canada instead it seems to me they're not here to live in Canada but live off of the country.  That being the case their relationship to Canada is not symbiotic but parasitic but isn't that how it is for most immigrants to Canada these days?

Also, what she wrote reinforces what should already be apparent: mass immigration is to blame for the culture-less, ugly, banal, big-box store infested, urban sprawl wastelands surrounding Canada's major cities devastating prime agricultural farmland and destroying Canada's natural heritage in the process.  If immigrants have made any real cultural contributions to Canada it is this.