Some great ideas for Christmas
Written by Paul Fromm
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 05:34
*Some great ideas for Christmas*
* *
*Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition**

**As the holidays approach, Asian factories are kicking into high **gear to
provide North Americans*
*with piles of cheap goods**. *

*This **year will be different. Canadians will give the gift of
genuine **concern
for others. *

*There is no longer an excuse that **nothing we find is produced by North
American hands.*

*Yes **there is!**

**It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit
in **a box wrapped in Chinese wrapping paper? ***

*EVERYONE gets hair cuts. How about a gift certificate **from your local hair
salon/ barber?**

**Gym membership? It's appropriate for someone thinking about **health

**Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? **

**Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking
down $** on a Chinese made flat-screen? **Perhaps that grateful gift **receiver
would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed in the summer or** **driveway
plowed all winter.**

**There are a many small-owned restaurants offering gift** **certificates.*
*What about** **a few breakfasts at a local breakfast place?*

* Remember, NO **National chains -- support your home town, **folks who
have their financial lives on the line just to keep their doors open.**

**Who couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or** **motorcycle at
a shop run by a local working guy?**

**Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? **Mom would LOVE the services of
a** **local cleaning service for a day.**

**My computer could use a tune-up; I can find a young guy **struggling to
get his repair business running.**

**OK, looking for something more personal? Local crafts people spin** **their
own wool and knit them into scarves and sweaters. **

**Plan holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants.***

*And, how about going out to see a play or movie at** **your hometown

**Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing a local band.**

**Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy a thousand Chinese** **lights
for the house?*

* When you buy a $5 string of lights only about** **fifty cents stays in
the community. **
**THIS is the new Canadian Christmas tradition. **
Hear Paul Fromm -- The Fighting Side of Me: Cutting through P.C. Mental Gumbo
Written by Paul Fromm
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 05:32
Hear Paul Fromm -- The Fighting Side of Me: Cutting through P.C. Mental

November 8, 2011
[image: Fromm, Tuttle,

Candidate Samm Tuttle with Ray Martin, Alabama Council of Conservative
Citizens and Paul Fromm, Nashville, T. November 5

*Paul Fromm*

- … slams “Assistant Vice-President: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” at
Ryerson as a total waste of money;
- … supports John Crosbie, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland who’s
being criticized for “inappropriate” joke about Muslem suicide bombers;
- … skewers another Globe and Mail black crime story that tells us
- … dissects supposed need for fast tracking “skilled” immigrants when
Canada has 7.2% “official unemployment”;
- … reveals exciting new long shot candidate for
President<>Samm Tittle.
Immigration Lunacy
Written by Paul Fromm
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 05:09
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Immigration Lunacy

We've seen this before - the claim that refugees perform economic
wonders in this country. Gosh, humanitarianism and economic dynamism
in one efficient package. First of all, it strains credulity that
every single refugee plucked out of some goat-pen hell hole refugee
camp (or chancer who rolls up to a border point and says "Guess what?
I'm claiming refugee benefits!") is an idling chess grand master,
world class thoracic surgeon graduated from Johns Hopkins and fluent
in English, French, Esperanto and Pashtun.

Read carefully and it seems that refugee earnings do well ...
considering. Actually, they earn what sounds like a welfare salary.
It seems overly precious to worry about low skilled temporary worker
admissions when refugees have nothing whatever to recommend entry,
apart from need (their need). Not that low skilled temporary workers
have anything much to recommend them either, apart from spreading the
misery (no point in Toronto selfishly hogging all the immigrants is
there?) Still, in the chop logic of Cabnada's immigration planners,
admission of low skilled temporary foreign workers sure beats getting
low skilled permanent Canadians working.

This is such a nonsense, you hardly know where to start. It's as if
Ottawa has entirely lost its collective mind. If the mutton headed
"thinking" at Immigration is typical of other departments, we really
are in for a rough ride. IA recent story indicates tha Immigration
Minister Jason Kenney is calling for a moratorium, effective
immediately, on parents and grandparents entries. But wait, in
reality, we will be getting more of them under an extended visits visa
system where they can stay for periods of up to two years. Are we to
assume that, at that point, they are supposed to fly back home and
enter anew (at least, until a friendly doctor says they are in no
shape to fly). The family is supposed to provide private health
insurance. Well, you can see where that will end. Under existing
regulations families are also supposed to sponsor relatives for ten
years. And we know how well that's working. If the family claims
hard times, do we really think Canadian hospitals will insist that
Grandma Jatinder not get her emergency kidney transplant?

It's maddening that, as far as Ottawa is concerned, there are only a
fixed number of approaches and it's just a matter of shuffling the
deck until all the cards are lined up properly: Hey, let's bring in
more buy-your-way-in immigrants, but as it was a disaster last time,
let's make it a provincial responsibility. Let's bring in fewer
grandparents, but we'll really bring in more, ... hey let's ....

Paul Fromm

The federal government should focus on increasing the number of
skilled immigrants and refugees to boost the Canadian economy, a
policy report recommends.

On Tuesday, the Institute for Research on Public Policy released a
report showing that these two immigrant groups do better economically
than any other immigrant cohort entering the country.

Report authors Michael Abbott and Charles Beach say officials should
consider reducing total immigrant admission levels during recessions,
when Canada is hit with high unemployment periods, because immigrants
are first to lose their jobs.

The study was released days after the government said it plans to
accept as many as 10,000 more skilled workers into the country in
2012, in part to help deal with a massive backlog in applications.

Researchers at IRPP, a non-partisan think-tank based in Montreal,
studied the 10-year annual incomes of three cohorts of four immigrants
groups who arrived as permanent residents in 1982, 1988 and 1994.

Immigrants entering Canada are classified under the categories of:
refugee, family-class (part of family re-unification) and economic —
meaning skilled workers.

"Skill-assessed immigrants, people who go through the point system,
consistently do better in terms of higher earning levels than other
arriving immigrants . . . 35 per cent better for men and 56 per cent
for women," said Beach.

"Refugees had the highest earning growth rates again for both men and
women across all entry groups . . . 29 per cent for men and 35 per
cent for women," he adds. [We still don't get this. If all newcomers
arrive here with "zero" as their starting income, how do the
shockingly low earning outcomes for refugees translate into the
"highest earning growth rates"?]

"Refugees may start low and have low earnings initially, but their
earnings grow faster than other groups," said Beach. [Yeah, until
they flatline at $20,000]

Women in the family class had the lowest earnings.

Recessions, the report found, hit the wages of all groups of

Immigration has steadily climbed in the past few decades in Canada —
about 84,000 people came to this country in 1985, and immigration hit
a 50-year high of 281,000 people in 2010, according to Citizenship and
Immigration Canada.

But changes to Canada's immigration policy in recent years could be
detrimental to the country's economy and competitiveness, the report

Officials have narrowed their focus, the report said, to acquiring a
specific group of skilled workers — there are 29 priority
occupations — and placed a cap on how many of these people enter the

In June 2010, Citizenship and Immigration introduced a global cap of
20,000 people who would be accepted under federal skilled-worker
applications, along with a 1,000-person cap on the number of
applicants accepted in each occupation.

By July of this year, only 10,000 skilled applicants without an offer
of employment in Canada were admitted to the country under the Federal
Skilled Worker Program but the number of arrivals under the Provincial
Nominee Program and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program — neither
of which is skills-assessed — continued to climb.

"There has been a huge growth in the Provincial Nominee Program —
while that does a better job of getting people to regions and
provinces and so on, the fact is, more than half of those people who
come in are roughly low-skilled and the point of our study means, on
average, they don't do as well as people with more skills," said

They urge the federal government to consider tactics European
countries have taken in an attempt to sway skilled immigrants to their
countries, and noted that countries such as China and India, which are
experiencing vast economic growth, are retaining their own skilled
workers and even repatriating those who emigrated to Canada.

"In light of this increasing global competition, Canada cannot afford
to be complacent in seeking to attract and retain skilled workers. Yet
there has not been a major rethink of Canada's immigration objectives
and policy since the mid-1990s," the report warned.

The report's data show that within all three cohorts, there is a wide
gap between independent skilled workers' earnings and refugees and
family-class workers. Other economic-class workers still ranked second
to independent economic-class workers by a margin of as much as
$10,000 each year.

For example, in 1982, independent skilled workers made a 10-year
average of $46,093 each year, while other economic class workers made
just more than $28,000. Family-class workers made an average of
$27,643 and refugees, the group that saw the highest growth in salary
in every cohort, made $20,525.

The authors say their evidence shows it's "remarkably clear and
uniform" that skilled workers easily made the most contribution to the
country's labour market.

But they concede their data doesn't necessarily show that increased
incomes are linked to higher education or skills levels. [No? Is it
perhaps tied to the ability to communicate in an offical language?]

The authors recommend maintaining and even expanding skills-focused
initiatives, such as the Canadian Experience Class, instead of scaling
down efforts to attract immigrant candidates that could adapt to the

Wait times for applications, recognizing foreign credentials and
modifying the current points system so it examines youth, official
language fluency and skilled-trades needs are also areas officials
need to improve, the report noted. (Vancouver Sun, Nov. 8, 2011)

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