Take the Poll: So Far 94% of Canadians Agree With Ban on Niqabs During Citizenship Ce
Written by Paul Fromm
Monday, 17 December 2012 07:01
*Take the Poll: So Far 94% of Canadians Agree With Ban on Niqabs During
Citizenship Ceremony*
The Canadian Government is taking solid steps to maintain what is left
from the nation's dignity.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenny recently announced a decision to ban
"niqab" (face covering) from citizenship oath sessions.
As always, CBC is posting a follow-up poll to collect opinion about this
Please vote "Yes" (should veils be banned during oaths of citizenship)
And then Forward to others so they may vote, too.
* *
*Should veils be banned during oaths of citizenship?*
by Community Team Posted: December 12, 2011 11:29 AM Last Updated: December
12, 2011 1:29 PM Read 439 comments439
Categories: Canada
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced a ban on face coverings,
such as niqabs, for people swearing their oath of citizenship.
A Muslim woman wearing a niqab attends a protest against islamophobia in
Bern on Oct. 29. (Michael Buholzer/Reuters)The ban, announced Monday, is
effective immediately.
As a result, Muslim women will have to remove their niqabs or any other
face-covering garments, such as burkas, before they can recite the oath of
citizenship to become Canadians.
Kenney said he's had complaints from MPs and citizenship court judges that
it's hard to tell whether people with their faces covered are actually
reciting the oath of citizenship, which he says is a requirement to become
"We cannot have two classes of citizenship ceremonies. Canadian
citizenship is not just about the right to carry a passport and to vote,"
Kenney said.
Do you agree with the ban on veils for citizenship oaths? Let us know in
the comments below.
Thank you for voting!
Yes. 94.22% (492,913 votes)
No. 5.44% (28,459 votes)
I'm not sure. 0.34% (1,795 votes)
Total Votes: 523,199
Turkish Delight
Written by Paul Fromm
Sunday, 16 December 2012 01:31
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Turkish Delight

"When Reha and Ecehan Ozcelik landed at Montreal’s Trudeau airport
on Sept. 17, they they told the border officer who questioned them
they were permanent residents of Canada and lived in Montreal. And,
yet, they couldn’t answer basic questions about the city where they
claimed to reside.

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On Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency announced the Court of
Quebec had fined the Turkish couple $120,000 for immigration fraud.
... The hefty penalty is the first to be trumpeted by the government
since Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced on Sept. 10 the
government was investigating thousands of people suspected of
residency fraud. [That is], newcomers suspected of maintaining no more
than a fictitious presence in Canada. After arriving as immigrants,
they return to their home countries. But they try to convince Canadian
immigration authorities they have been living in Canada all the while.
... The CBSA has been paying closer attention to some permanent
residents when they return to Canada from abroad. Officers are
quizzing them to make sure they are familiar with Canada, and looking
for indicators of fraud, such as cheat sheets that some carry to help
them fake their way through immigration screening. ... Mr. Kenney said
last month his department had identified more than 10,000 people
suspected of committing residency fraud. Nearly 5,000 hold permanent
resident status and 'have been flagged for additional security should
they attempt to enter Canada or obtain citizenship,' he said. Another
3,100 are naturalized Canadians who are now being stripped of their
citizenship for residency fraud, he said. An additional 2,500 cases
have been flagged for 'concerns,' the minister added. Many of those
involved in the scams are living in the Middle East and are either
unwilling to leave lucrative overseas jobs or want an escape hatch in
the event of instability in their home countries, according to
government documents. In effect, they want the benefits of status in
Canada but don’t want to actually live in Canada. [Cost to taxpayers
to evacuate Canadians of Conveniencefrom Lebanon in 2006 -
$100-million. The new protocols may all sound very tough, but
typically, we fall at the first hurdle:] Court records show that on
Sept. 19 and 21, the Ozceliks pleaded guilty and were fined $30,000
for each count — a total of $120,000. In addition, they could be
stripped of their permanent resident status and removed from Canada.
'Normally, if we prove that there’s a failure to respect the
residency obligation, a person can or might lose his permanent
residency and be removed afterwards,' [Veronique Lalime, CBSA
spokeswoman for Quebec] said." (National Post, October 3, 2012)

What part of "cheat" and "fraud" do we not get? Are we really so
desperate for immigrants that we would seriously consider giving
convicted scamsters a second chance?

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What is Good for Tim Horton’s Is Often Not Good for Canada
Written by Paul Fromm
Sunday, 16 December 2012 01:23
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Canadian employers and some governments continue to whip up hysteria
that Canada has a worker shortage. This, they claim, will increase
dramatically over the next decade. However, even a quick glance at
what is going on should make any sensible person skeptical of these

Tim Horton’s is one of the employers taking advantage of the
hysteria. Between 2007 and 2012, it received permission to bring close
to 15,000 Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) to Canada. Many other
employers have done the same thing. Together, Tim Horton’s and other
employers were allowed to bring in about 400,000 TFW’s in 2012.

The big question that has to be asked is this: Was this good for
Canada? Here are a number of important things that have to be
considered :

(1) Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program has to be monitored
much more carefully and limited to a tiny number of occupations in
order to prevent TFW’s from over-staying­-as they have in other
countries. The fact that 400,000 Temporary Foreign Workers are now
employed here indicates that our government will have serious
difficulty in ensuring that these workers leave Canada when their
contracts expire. For example, according to Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada, Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops received
permission to import 14,195 workers between January 1, 2007 and August
31, 2012, a number that will probably increase to 15,000 by the end of
2012. This number will shock most Canadians even though it is a small
part of the total number of TFW’s. But the point is that many
similar fast-food outlets and like businesses are doing the same
thing. Together, they constitute a significant percentage of the
TFW’s allowed to work here. The big question is this : Why have
employers like this been allowed to import so many workers to
industries that are probably of little, if any, benefit to Canada?

(2) Like Canada’s regular immigration program, Canada’s TFW
program is being used to flood the labour market and to cause wage
stagnation or wage depression. Most of the Tim Horton’s TFW’s
(10,888) came from the Philippines. It is likely that these Filipinos
are displacing Canadians who are looking for entry level jobs. It is
also likely that the Filipinos hope to stay in Canada, are unskilled,
and will compete for jobs with unskilled Canadians. Such low-wage jobs
which will not pay for the services these people will absorb.

(3) Most of the countries from which Canada is taking TFW’s are
countries such as the Philippines where high unemployment is
entrenched and where people are desperate for any job. In the 2007 to
2012 period, the countries which sent the second and third highest
number of TFW’s to Tim Horton’s were Mexico (565) and India (248),
also bastions of unemployment and low wages. Less significant source
countries were Jamaica (112), Ukraine (84), Sri Lanka (62), Nepal
(38), Pakistan (37), El Salvador (37) and Fiji (34). These countries
are not known as world models for working people. The strangest source
country was North Korea which sent seven TFW’s. We use the word
“strange” because North Korea is an impoverished police state
which does not allow its people to leave.

(4) Our intake of TFW’s is not helping Canada. According to
Statistics Canada, our national unemployment rate fell slightly in
November, but it remains almost institutionalized around 7.2%.
According to a number of critics, the real unemployment rate is much
higher. In particular, the youth unemployment rate is officially
around 14%, but it too is under-estimated and is probably well over
20%. Nobody in any country should ever have to ask whether employers
and governments have a responsibility to employ their own citizens and
to ensure that citizens are not treated as disposables. But in Canada,
the shameless, corrupt behaviour of many employers and of governments
has shown that the question has to be asked.

(5) In order to maintain Canada’s high TFW intake, employers and our
governments have engaged in deceit. For example, in the past month in
British Columbia, both employers and the provincial government argued
that Canada had to import Mainland Chinese miners because Canada
supposedly did not have any miners qualified to do those jobs. The
uproar that followed has revealed that Canada does have miners able to
do those jobs. If it doesn’t have enough, it can train them. In
spite of the deceit practiced by both Mainland Chinese mine owners and
the B.C. government, another truth has come out : that the Mainland
Chinese owners of the mines intended to pay the Mainland Chinese
miners significantly less than they would have been required to pay
Canadian miners. This was the real reason for importing Mainland
Chinese TFW’s.

(6) The Chinese TFW miner incident has revealed the age-old problem of
using labour from China and other over-populated, low-wage countries :
such labour has always arrived at the expense of Canadian workers. In
China’s case, the damage required the Canadian government to enact
Head Taxes and a Chinese Labourer Exclusion law to correct the messes
that low-wage labour businesses created.

Like in-sourcing Chinese labourers to Canada 100+ years ago,
out-sourcing jobs to China in the past 20 years, has been a disaster
for workers in most western countries. China has used western
out-sourcing to make billions. To add insult to injury, it has been
taking the billions it has made on its low-wage labour and used it to
go on a massive, world-wide, resource-buying spree.

In dealing with China on in-sourcing TFW’s and issues like China’s
purchase of Canadian energy giant Nexxen, Canada should have reflected
on the damage done by both out-sourcing and in-sourcing and then asked
one key question : Would China have allowed Canada to buy a part of
China? The answer is a clear “NO!!” Therefore, it was foolish for
our government to have just allowed China to buy Canadian energy giant
Nexxen and its oil lands in Canada.

What is good for Tim Horton’s (and many other businesses) is often
not good for Canada. (Immigration Watch Canada, ,Posted on December 7,

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