Things Are Calm, Time To Talk

Canadian Newspaper and Magazine Articles (Some British articles are included)

APRIL 2008

April 26, 2008: Wealth Gap Exposes Fresh Labour Challenge–Immigrants, Native-Born Youngest Male Adults Will Be Identified As Prims Victims…

April 26, 2008: Convicted In The U.S., 'Consultant' Carries On Here.

April 26, 2008: Things Are Calm, Time To Talk.

April 24, 2008: Immigration As A Quick Fix.

April 23, 2008: Immigration Minister Threatened Over Bill On Strippers: Reports

April 23, 2008: Finley Defends Immigration Reforms

April 21, 2008: Is Immigration Helping Us? A Stunning British Study Suggests That Maybe It Isn't.

April 21, 2008: Gov't Makes It Easier For International Students

April 20, 2008: Deserters Seek Residency In Canada

April 17, 2008: Majority Believes Canada Coddle Minorities—Poll Reveals Deeply Divided Attitudes Towards Immigration

April 16, 2008: No Recourse For Man Scammed By Foreign Workers

April 15, 2008: Tories To Sell Immigration Changes With Ad Blitz

April 14, 2008: The Right To Keep The Door Closed

April 11, 2008: Poverty In Diversity: The Media's Delusional Take On Multiculturalism

April 12, 2008: The Gain Drain

April 10, 2008: Immigration Watchdog Needs Clout, Panel Told

April 9, 2008: Tories Deny Immigration Bill Will Shut Doors–New Law Aimed At Visa Backlog, Officials Say

April 9, 2008: Accuracy Of Canadian Census Debated

April 9, 2008: New Rules Would Create Fast Lane For Some, But Leave Other Applicants In Roundabout

April 8, 2008: Refugee Backlog Headed For Record High As Tories Slow To Appoint Adjudicators

April 8, 2008: Lack Of Drama At Queen's Park Belies Economic Woes

April 6, 2008: Trends Suggest Canadians Get Comfy With Minority Governments

April 2, 2008: Majority Of Canada's Visible Minorities Live In Just Two Cities

April 2, 2008: Fixing Canada's Broken Immigration and Refugee System

April 2, 2008: Duped And Left With A Broken Heart (Fraud Marriage)

April 1, 2008: Temporary Foreign Workers No Cure-All: Labour Leaders

April 1, 2008: House Of Commons Committee Will Get Earful From Labour Advocates

April 1, 2008: Alberta Hit With 800 Complaints From Foreign Workers

MARCH 2008

March 31, 2008: Time Is Up For Victims Of Head Tax To Apply For Sympathy Payment

March 29, 2008: Official Rejects Immigration-Law Concerns

March 28, 2008: Businesses Applaud Proposed Immigration Law

March 28, 2008: 'Running Out Of Sympathy'

March 21, 2008: HIV Immigration Policy Takes Flak

March 20, 2008: Move On Budget Bill Could Force Election—NDP Against Including Immigrant Changes

March 20, 2008: Ottawa To Double Iraqi Refugees Accepted This Year

March 20, 2008: Immigration Consultant Guilty Of Misconduct—Truck Driver Clients Didn't Get Jobs

March 19, 2008: Quebec Pledges Nearly $1 Billion To Boost Work Force.

March 19, 2008: Czech Asylum Bids Watched In Ottawa—Spike In Applications, Mostly By Roma, Since Visa Requirement Ended.

March 18, 2008: Immigration Our Biggest “Eco” Problem

March 18, 2008: Unscrupulous Recruiting Practices A Hazard To New Manitoba Immigrants

March 17, 2008: Via Ticket Agent Called Border Services About Stowaways ; Told To Try Elsewhere

March 17, 2008: Come Back Home, Ex-Quebecers Urged

March 16, 2008: Police Arrest 4 Stowaways Who Tried To Enter Canada

March 15, 2008: Guest Labour Programme Raises Troubling Questions

March 15, 2008: Strength In Numbers—Two-Thirds Of French Canadians Can Trace Their Roots To 283 Early Settlers

March 15, 2008: On The Heels Of Gay Marriage, Polygamy Knocks On Canada's Door

March 15, 2008: Multiculturalism's Nemesis

March 15, 2008: Immigration Changes Pose Risk, Critics Say

March 15, 2008: Gay Refugees Have Difficulty Proving They're Gay

March 13, 2008: Hospitals Forecast Deficits

March 13, 2008: ADQ Pushes For More Babies, Fewer Immigrants To Protect French

March 13, 2008: Migrant Backlog Targeted

March 13, 2008: ADQ Urges Reducing Immigration

March 11, 2008: Fraud Suspect Was Deported 8 Times

March 7, 2008: French Study Reviewer Quits Over 'Out Of Control' OQLF

March 6, 2008: Turn Off Immigration Tap Before It's Too Late

March 6, 2008: Broken Hearts and Financial Ruin

March 4, 2008: The Contradiction That Is Farley Mowat

March 4, 2008: Singh Supporters Granted Extra Week For Appeal

March 1, 2008: Minister Eases Visa Restrictions For Four EU Countries

February 2008

February 29, 2008: Graduating From High School To al-Qaida

February 29, 2008: It's Quite Sad To See Canada Rejecting Its Christian Roots

February 28, 2008: The Shunning Of Immigration Critics By The BBC, ABC and CBC

February 28, 2008: Illegal Immigrant Wants To Enter Through The Back Door

February 28, 2008: Canada Suffering Illegal Immigrant Invasion

February 22, 2008: Legislation Bans Use Of Evidence Tied To Torture

February 21, 2008: Indo-Canadians Use Hired Hitmen In Homeland

February 21, 2008: Recruiting African Health Workers A Crime—Lancet

February 20, 2008: Queen's Place In Canada Will Go To Court

February 15, 2008: Row Over Refugee Board Rookies

February 14, 2008: African Immigrants Experience Hardest Landing

February 13, 2008: The Mosaic Loses To Segregation

February 13, 2008: Immigrants Will Be Fast-Tracked If They Take Certain Professions

February 12, 2008: Polygamy Has Arrived: Britain and Canada Pay Welfare Benefits To Polygamist Immigrants

February 12, 2008: Ottawa Expands Temporary Foreign Workers Programme To Ontario, Atlantic Provinces

February 11, 2008: Violent Sex Felon Avoiding Deportation

February 10, 2008: Radio Woes, Gun Laws Hinder Border Teams: Report

February 9, 2008: England's Crisis Is Ours, Too

February 9, 2008: Two Economies: One Is Canadian. One Isn't

February 8, 2008: Harems Pay Off For Muslims—Islamic Leaders: Hundreds In GTA Get Extra Welfare For Polygamous Unions

February 8, 2008: U.K. Pays Price Of Polygamy

February 7, 2008: University Spaces Easier To Find If You're A Foreign Student

February 6, 2008: Kidney Kingpin To Lose Canadian Residence Status

February 6, 2008: Canada's Lower House Passes Amended Anti-Terror Law That Allows For Indefinite Detention

February 6, 2008: Kids Who Speak Mandarin or Punjabi Will Have An Edge In The World Economy, Education Official Says

February 5, 2008: N.B Gov't Unveils Plan To Boost Population By 100,000 By 2026

February 4, 2008: Canadian Officials In Beijing Turned Blind Eye To Reports Of Immigration Fraud, Clerk Says

February 1, 2008: Refugee Deal Back In Force

January 2008

January 30, 2008: Accused Murderer Seeks Refugee Status

January 30, 2008: Uncertified Dentists Prey On Immigrants

January 27, 2008: T.O. Bleeding Manufacturing Jobs

January 26, 2008: Small Is Better For Immigrants

January 25, 2008: Fiasco Tarnishes Province

January 25, 2008: Foreign Worker Programme Under Fire—-Ottawa Wants To Speed Up Employer Applications

January 24, 2008: Quebec Charged With Hiding Stats About Decline Of French In Montreal

January 24, 2008: Holy Man Faces Boot—Priest Denied Landed Status

January 21, 2008: Border Guards Want Explanation In Singh Case

January 20, 2008: Employed Under The Maple Leaf—The Flesh Trade Is Lurking In This Country—And It's Keeping Ahead Of Law Enforcement

January 18, 2008: Judge Strikes Down Law Limiting Refugee Claims

January 18, 2008: Cross-Dresser Gets Second Shot At Refuge

January 17, 2008: Ex-Nazi Guard Loses Canadian Extradition Appeal

January 16, 2008: Refugee Concerns Behind Travel Status Delay: China

January 12, 2008: Help On Way For Illegal Workers?

January 11, 2008: Toronto's “Road To Health” Report On Schools Is Flawed**

January 11, 2008: Illness Does Not A Refugee Make**

January 11, 2008: In Search Of The 'Reasonable'

January 11, 2008: Arrested At Funeral Home, Gang Member To Be Deported

January 10, 2008: Singh Case Tests Border Agency's Strength**

January 9, 2008: Feds Looking Into Fake Refugee Claims From Mexicans Working In Toronto

January 5, 2008: Travel Document Class-Action Suit Jumps First Hurdle

January 4, 2008: Court Gives Go Ahead For Immigration Class-Action Lawsuit

January 2, 2008: Canada Readies To Give U.S. Deserters Refuge

January 2, 2008: Canada Affected By Human Trafficking

December 2007

December 27, 2007: Ottawa Criticized For Charging Refugees For Flights

December 26, 2007: Bilingualism Goal 'Probably' Won't Be Met: Lord

December 22, 2007: Churches Come Tumbling Down**

December 20, 2007: Canada Makes It Easier For Children Adopted Overseas To Become Canadian Citizens

December 19, 2007: Apostle Of Mayhem

December 19, 2007: Saskatchewan Fastest Growing Province As Canadian Population Passes 33 Million

December 19, 2007: Why We Should Count Canadians Abroad

December 18, 2007: Alleged Remark Stirs Ire Of B.C. Delegation

December 17, 2007: Protestors Fail To Support Disabled Refugee Claimant

December 14, 2007: Feel Like A Sucker? Flawed Refugee System Leaves Canadians With Little Confidence

December 13, 2007: Let Singh's Supporters Set Him Up Financially–In India

December 13, 2007: Mulcair Wades Into The Accommodation Debate

December 12, 2007: Terror Group Founder Rallying Behind Paralyzed Refugee Claimant

December 11, 2007: Globe's Marina Jiminez On Future Of Multiculturalism

December 6, 2007: Province Withholding More Documents On N. S. Immigrant File**

December 6, 2007: Political Parties Clash Over How To Attract Immigrants

December 5, 2007: More Quebec Immigrants Speaking French

December 5, 2007: Ministry, School Board In Conflict Over Refugees

December 5, 2007: A Minority On The Island

December 5, 2007: French Still An Abstraction In Much Of Canada**

December 4, 2007: French Decline Bad News For Quebec, Group Says**

December 4, 2007: Flood Of Immigrants Straining Canadian Cities**

December 4, 2007: Flood Of Mexicans Delays Other Refuge-Seekers

December 4, 2007: Environment Report Says Urban Sprawl Strangling Southern Ontario**

December 4, 2007: 86% Of Immigrants Go To Three Provinces

December 4, 2007: Asia, Mideast Immigrants Take Lead In Canada: Census

December 4, 2007: Canada's Foreign-Born Population At 75-Year Peak

December 2, 2007: Immigration Numbers To Be Put Under Microscope


November 29, 2007: Alleged Human Smugglers Arrested By The RCMP In Two Separate Cases

November 29, 2007: 11 Indicted On Human Smuggling Charges

November 29, 2007: Federal Court Strikes Down Third-Country Refugee Agreement**

November 29, 2007: Foreign Workers Exploited, Says Alberta Federation Of Labour

November 29, 2007: Immigrants Would Be Easier To Absorb In A Sovereign Quebec

November 27, 2007: We're Afraid To Say No: Teachers**

November 27, 2007: Bogus OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) Refugees In Canada

November 27, 2007: Gov't Misled Nova Scotians On Immigration Fees

November 23, 2007: Muslims Worry About 'Tarnished' Image

November 21, 2007: Accommodation Road Show Rolls Into Montreal

November 21, 2007: McGuinty Gov't Calls On Ottawa To Meet Its Commitments To Newcomers

November 21, 2007: Minister Passing Buck On Immigration Audit

November 20, 2007: Visiting Cubans Defect

November 20, 2007: Mother Denies Son Had Wife

November 19, 2007: Compounding Immigration Mess

November 18, 2007: Arctic In Peril –Who's Guarding Our Back Door?

November 16, 2007: Canada Rebuffs 2 U.S. Deserters

November 15, 2007: Bouchard, Taylor To Address The Media

November 14, 2007: Where Does Metro Grow From Here?**

November 14, 2007: “You'll Get The Country You Deserve.” **

November 12, 2007: Herouxville's Open Letter To Stephen Harper

November 12, 2007: Secret Evidence Allowed In Deportation Cases

November 12, 2007: Ottawa Population To Hit 1.13 Million By 2031

November 12, 2007: Filipino Linemen Fill Calgary Jobs

November 10, 2007: Florida Ends Shuttling Of Refugees To Canada**

November 8, 2007: Multiculturalism Losing Ground In Canada

November 7, 2007: Quebec Doesn't Need Reasonable Accommodation Debate: Harper

November 7, 2007: Why Microsoft Loves Richmond, B.C.**

November 7, 2007: Controversial Ship Allowed To Leave N.B. Port

November 6, 2007: Motion To Ask For Refugee Help

November 6, 2007: War Brides' Status Iffy

November 3, 2007: 2007 Annual Report To Parliament On Immigration

November 3, 2007: Tories Choose Expediency Over Canada

November 2, 2007: Sri Lankan With History Of Violence Gets To Stay In Canada

November 2, 2007: Canada Set To Boost 'Family' Immigrants

November 2, 2007: Mexican Envoy On Labour Mission


October 31, 2007: Canada Lifts Requirement For Czech, Latvia Republics

October 30, 2007: In Defence Of Herouxville—Quebec Isn't Swinging Right. Muscular Mono-culturalism Is Swinging Left.

October 30, 2007: Canada's Border Porous Despite Boost In Technology, Auditor Finds

October 30, 2007: Quebec Frets About Its French Language, Culture

October 30, 2007: Montreal A Threat To Survival Of French: Lawyer

October 29, 2007: Job Program Fuels Fraud Fears

October 27, 2007: Scandal Too Hot For Government To Handle

October 27, 2007: Border Towns Face Security Crackdown

October 26, 2007: Visa Fraud In Punjab

October 26, 2007: Bitter Refuge: After 3 Years, Very Little About Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement On Refugees Makes Sense

October 26, 2007: Nova Scotia Immigration Officials Grilled Over Business Mentoring Program

October 26, 2007: U.S. Official Says Idea Of Security Fence At Canadian Border Isn't Dead

October 24, 2007: Herouxville Councillor Among Friends At Meeting

October 24, 2007: Quebec Town Defends Controversial 'Code Of Life' For Immigrants

October 20, 2007: Canadians Want Illegal Immigrants Deported

October 20, 2007: Brokers Pressured Immigrants To Take Unhelpful Mentorships: Lawyer

October 19, 2007: Deny Quebec Citizenship To New Immigrants Who Don't Learn French: P.Q.

October 18, 2007: Nova Scotia Minister Defends $60 Million Immigration Boondoggle

October 18, 2007: Florida Ads Aimed To Stop Refugee Flow

October 18, 2007: Foreign Student Jailed For Document Deception

October 18, 2007: Imam Giving Up His Bid To Stay, Lawyer Says

October 17, 2007: Phoney Nannies Scheming Their Way Into Canada

October 17, 2007: Multiculturalism Under The Microscope

October 17, 2007: Officials Arrest 43 Asylum Seekers Near Quebec-Vermont Border

October 16, 2007: Tories Target Specific Ethnic Voters

October 16, 2007: “Dancing Santa” Loses Plea To Stay

October 16, 2007: Supporters Of Disabled Man To Present Anti-Deportation Petition And Hold Rally

October 15, 2007: Commission To Look Into Quebec's Future

October 15, 2007: Cold Realities Greet Mexican Immigrants

October 15, 2007: Health Care A Hidden Cost, Immigrant Families Learn

October 14, 2007: “Phantom” Residents To Lose Status

October 11, 2007: UN Upbraids Canada For Sending Claimants Back To U.S.

October 11, 2007: Worker Shortage Leaves Crops To Rot

October 11, 2007: Employers Urged To Think Ahead

October 8, 2007: Miscommunications Led To Arrest, American Refugee Advocate Says

October 6, 2007: Giving Peace A Chance In Muslim Suburbia

October 6, 2007: Giving Peace A Chance In Muslim Suburbia

October 5, 2007: Toronto Mayor Warns City Can't Handle Refugee Influx

October 1, 2007: McGuinty Has Cash For Immigration: MP


September 29, 2007: Woman Charged With Human Smuggling In Quebec

September 28, 2007: Day Promises “Consequences” For Illegal Refugees

September 27, 2007: Stop Bogus Refugees Before They Get In

September 24, 2007: Mexican Consul Defends Country As Refugee Seekers Flock To Canada

September 24, 2007: New Rules Speed Foreign Workers To Alberta

September 22, 2007: Windsor Braces For Refugee Tide

September 21, 2007: A Submission To The Bouchard-Taylor “Commission On Reasonable Accommodation”

September 21, 2007: Illegal Immigrants Chase False Hope To Canada

September 21, 2007: Terror Charities: Next Week, The Air India Inquiry Will Probe Whether Some Charities Are Fundraisers For Violence

September 21, 2007: Tamil 'Front' Alleged To Have Funneled Cash

September 21, 2007: Wiretaps Snared Money Man

September 21, 2007: For Hezbollah, Cheap Smokes And False Viagra

September 20, 2007: UBC Law Professor Says Human Traffickers Will View The 2010 Olympics As The Biggest Opportunity For Them In Decades

September 18, 2007: Chinese Smuggling Kingpin Wins As Canada Drops Deportation Appeal

September 13, 2007: Nurse Who Can't Speak Hindi, Punjabi Denied Job Interview

September 13, 2007: Canada A Haven For Villains

September 11, 2007: Immigrant Unemployment Most Acute In Quebec

September 6, 2007: Canada Is Far Too Accommodating

September 6, 2007: Sharp Drop In International Adoptions By Canadians Last Year

September 5, 2007: Canada Clears Genocide Suspect


August 30, 2007: Five Genocide Suspects May Be Hiding In Canada

August 25, 2007: Forum Sheds Light On Quebec Youth

August 24, 2007: It Was The Law That Saved Canada

August 16, 2007: Strippers Dress Down Ottawa Over New Rules

August 16, 2007: Canada Looks To Mexico For More Workers

August 15, 2007: Quebeckers' Insecurity Said To Fuel Backlash Against Immigrants

August 14, 2007: The Public Consultation On Accommodation Practices Offers Quebeckers Several Participation Methods


October 24, 1990: McDougall Wins Battle To Increase Immigration
Things Are Calm, Time To Talk

Salim Mansur
Edmonton Sun
April 26, 2008

Forty years ago on April 20, 1968, Enoch Powell, a senior Tory member of the British House of Commons, spoke to a gathering of Conservatives in Birmingham, England, on immigration and citizenship in post-war Britain.

Powell warned against unrestricted immigration on the basis of numbers.

He indicated that “the significance and consequences of an alien element introduced into a country or population are profoundly different according to whether that element is 1% or 10%.”

Powell's concerns about immigration into Britain from her former colonies got lost in the controversy that followed his speech.

He was roundly condemned for his inflammatory rhetoric when he declaimed: “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

Powell was expelled from the shadow cabinet by Tory leader Edward Heath and his political career never recovered the promise of his early years, even though he sat in Parliament until 1987. Powell died in February 1998.

But with the London bombings of July 7, 2005, by “homegrown terrorists” of Pakistani origin, Powell's warnings from four decades ago seem prophetic.

During the past 40 years British society and others in the West have changed greatly due to immigrants arriving from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

In Canada, for instance, the numbers of foreign-born residents in Toronto — including some suburban areas such as Markham — are now more than half of the population.

As the profiles of western societies are altered by immigration, the concern or fear expressed by Powell has become more real in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 world of Islamist terrorism.

Immigration in general is a touchy subject given the West's history of overseas colonies and empires, and any discussion of the linkage between immigration and terrorism is surely of an explosive nature that politicians will avoid.

The politics of multiculturalism is also unhelpful by penalizing those politicians — Powell being the most notable — willing to probe the negative effects of immigration.

But the link between immigration and terrorism needs examining and public discussion, not denial. Immigration policy that gets to be viewed as undermining security will lose public support.

Since 9/11, however, discussion of immigration policy merely in terms of the demographic needs of the West — with an aging population and a shriveled birthrate — without addressing concerns of public security is increasingly untenable.

Migration of people from their native homes to foreign lands is an old phenomenon. Its contributions have been mostly positive in the making of our hugely vibrant world.

There is nevertheless a negative side to migration when movements of people have adversely affected politics, worsened conflicts, inflamed bigotry, magnified fears of aliens and increased cultural tensions among ethnic communities.

One direction

In modern times, or at least during the past 50 years, migration has been mostly in one direction from non-western societies to the West.

What this mean for the West and its cultural inheritance, as the mix of its population changes in ways not fully anticipated, awaits broad and open public discussion.

This needs to happen, and it is best done in the relative political calm of the present, instead of under duress in a panic-stricken situation following another 9/11-type, or worse, terrorist outrage.