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If you think your neighbourhood has changed, likely it has. In my opinion the change is mostly good, our more diverse population continues to add to the overall plus of living in Canada. My only concern is that we continue to be ill equipped to deal with large influxes of refugees brought in by our present Government. If we are to continue to welcome large numbers then we need to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to do so, to do otherwise is not in our best interests as Canadians nor fair to the newcomers. 

21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan

Census 2016 shows more immigrants, visible minorities and Indigenous people

By Éric Grenier, CBC NewsPosted: Oct 25, 2017 8:44 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017 9:35 AM ET

The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday.

The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population, reaching nearly 1.7 million in 2016.

These are some of the findings of the latest data set from the 2016 census, focusing on the population related to immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Indigenous people.

The numbers come just days before the annual immigration levels are set to be tabled in the House of Commons by the Liberal government. The levels were set at 300,000 per year in 2017.

The census figures show 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too.

Statistics Canada estimates immigrants could represent up to 30 per cent of all Canadians by 2036.

The country welcomed 1.2 million new immigrants between 2011 and 2016, with 60.3 per cent of them being admitted as "economic" immigrants — nearly half of those through the skilled workers program.

Immigrants headed West

Immigrants are heading to the Prairies in larger numbers, with increases in the share of new immigrants settling in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. While 39 per cent of new immigrants still head to Ontario, that is down from 55.9 per cent in 2001.

"This isn't just about the economy, but because some provinces are taking advantage of the Provincial and Territorial Nominee Program and using this program to attract immigrants that fit their economic needs," says René Houle, senior analyst with Statistics Canada.

Urban centres in the Prairies have also welcomed disproportionately large numbers of new immigrants. Nevertheless, 56 per cent of them live in and around Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, while these centres are home to just over one-third of all Canadians.

More than 60 per cent of new immigrants come from Asia and the Middle East, by far the largest source. Africa, however, has now surpassed Europe as the second-most important source of new immigrants, increasing to 13.4 per cent.

This is largely due to Quebec and its efforts in attracting French-speaking individuals. Nearly half of new immigrants from Africa settled in Quebec.

The largest individual source of new immigrants is the Philippines (15.6 per cent), followed by India (12.1 per cent) and China (10.6). Close to three per cent of new immigrants come from the United States, while Canada's former colonial masters, France and the United Kingdom, combine for four per cent of all new immigrants.

In large part due to the influx of refugees, Syria was the seventh most important source of immigrants. It was ranked 50th in 2011.

7.7 million visible minority population


The census shows 7.7 million Canadians belong to a visible minority, representing 22.3 per cent of the population. That is up from just 4.7 per cent in 1981 and could rise to about one-third by 2036.

South Asians are the largest visible minority group at 25.1 per cent of the total. Another 20.5 per cent of visible minorities are Chinese, while 15.6 per cent are black.


About one-third of Canadians report having at least one ethnic origin from the British Isles and another 13.6 per cent report French descent.

The largest group – 32.3 per cent — reported "Canadian" ethnicity. These tend to be Canadians with European ancestors who have been in the country for many generations, says Houle.

Just over six per cent of the population reported some Indigenous ancestry.

42.5% increase in Indigenous population since 2006

There were 1,673,785 Indigenous Canadians in 2016, representing 4.9 per cent of the country's population. That is an increase of 42.5 per cent since 2006, a rate of growth more than four times that of the non-Indigenous population.

Indigenous Canadians are a young and growing part of the country's population. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Factors behind the pace of growth include greater life expectancy, a higher fertility rate and an increase in the self-reporting of Indigenous identity.

The Indigenous population is young, averaging 32.1 years old — almost a decade younger than non-Indigenous Canadians — and more are living in cities.

The population in large metropolitan centres has grown by nearly 60 per cent since 2006, in part due to the increase in Indigenous self-identification, according to Thomas Anderson, an analyst with Statistics Canada

The Indigenous population "is young and growing, and will continue to grow," he says.

Statistics Canada estimates that on these trends, the Indigenous population could be 2.5 million by 2036.

The proportion of Indigenous people living in housing needing major repairs decreased for every category except for on-reserve status Indians. That share increased slightly by 0.8 points to 44.2 per cent, compared to 19.4 per cent for all Indigenous.

 Home ownership stagnant


Among the general population, ownership of homes has slipped marginally over the last decade to 67.8 per cent. It was 68.4 per cent in 2006, but it had increased by nearly six percentage points over the previous 15 years.

The highest rate of home ownership was in Atlantic Canada, where 76.7 per cent of the population owned homes. Quebec was the province with the lowest rate, at 61.3 per cent, while it was just 20 per cent in Nunavut.

Condo towers, including one under construction, right, are seen in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday August 15, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The data also shows that millennials are less likely to own homes than their parents were, with fewer 30-year-olds in 2016 owning their homes than in 1981, and more living in apartments.

The data from Wednesday's release was drawn from the mandatory long-form portion of the census that had been ended by the former Conservative government and replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey for the 2011 census. This had been panned by statisticians, demographers and researchers for the unreliability of the data, particularly in small communities.

The mandatory long-form census was reinstituted by the Liberals in time for the 2016 census.

The last results of the census, including data on education, labour, commute to work, the language used at work, and mobility and migration, will be released by Statistics Canada at the end of November.


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More and more, 'average Canadian' is anything but, says latest 2016 census

Assistant Director at Statistics Canada Jean-Pierre Corbeil says a high fertility rate and self-reported identification could be factors.
CTV News Channel: Breaking down the numbers
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:35AM EDT

OTTAWA -- Increasingly, the face of the average Canadian is anything but average.

There was plenty of diversity on display in Wednesday's deposit of Statistics Canada census data, including 250 different ethnic origins across the country, and hints of more to come: visible minorities could comprise fully one-third of Canadians by 2036 as immigration drives population growth not just in the cities, but across the country.

The release marks just the latest -- and second-to-last -- in a year-long series of statistical snapshots of the Canadian condition, one that also heralded the return of data from the much-maligned long-form census for the first time in a decade.

The census portrait began with a population boom out West and a commensurate spike in the number of households. Wednesday's release showed a similar trend for two groups: the largest overall increase in the Indigenous population was in western Canada over the last decade, while the share of recent immigrants to the Prairies more than doubled over the last 15 years.

"Immigrants are diffusing across the country," said Michael Haan, a sociology professor at Western University in London, Ont.

'"What it's forcing us to do, collectively, is think about our entire nation as being composed of immigrants, rather than just major cities."

Nearly half of major metropolitan areas are comprised of visible minorities, noticeably Toronto and Vancouver, said Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics. But the figures are also on the rise in places like Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, and Calgary, he added.

"Places that people didn't think were culturally diverse are becoming now culturally diverse."

Statistics Canada has been saying through the census that Canada is becoming more diverse with the latest data dump showing that more immigrants are arriving from Africa than ever before, placing ahead of Europe for the first time.

"The challenge is to make sure that they fully integrate into Canadian society. So there are challenges coming with this diversity as well," said Jean-Pierre Corbet, assistant director of the social and aboriginal division at Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada has already documented a historically high number of seniors -- a demographic soon to see ever-increasing numbers of Indigenous people -- as well as children staying at home longer, more generations than ever living under Canadian roofs, a moderate increase in income levels and the changing face of the working poor.

Wednesday's revelations included word that younger Canadians are opting less for home ownership, choosing instead the rental route as housing prices climb ever higher.

Aboriginal children face a poverty rate of just over 30 per cent, compared to 17 per cent in the wider population, the census found.

And more than 7.6 million Canadians identify as a visible minority, representing 22.3 per cent, just over one-fifth of the national population. That's an almost five-fold increase from 1981, when visible minorities made up 4.7 per cent of the population.

"What comes through is diversity across all characteristics," said Norris, who spent three decades at Statistics Canada.

Diversity is no stranger to the Cree Nation of Chisasibi.

According to the census, the small community on the eastern coast of James Bay has residents whose ethnic origins include the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The economic development officer for the band administration is from Sri Lanka, and has been in the community for almost a decade.

The community welcomes them all, but finding housing is becoming ever more difficult.

Chief David Bobbish said there is a need for 400 more homes in the community to ease overcrowding. Government spending only helps build about six houses a year, Bobbish added, leaving many families packed into too-small homes -- a common plight across Indigenous communities in Canada.

"You don't have any choice but to live in a house with other people," he said. "Even evictions are difficult. You cannot evict people if they have nowhere to go."

In Chisasibi, the community is looking for new ways to build homes and promote private ownership -- efforts that may not get caught in the latest tranche of statistics.

Other communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, are looking for ways to make it easier for people to afford a roof over their head. Bobbish says addressing an acute housing shortage in his community could have wider ramifications.

"There are houses that have 10 or 15 people living under one roof. This is what creates a lot of social issues."

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Canadian culture is being completely washed out of the nation. We can now expect decades of distress and disruption to follow as the Country struggles with social upheaval.


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28 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

Canadian culture is being completely washed out of the nation. We can now expect decades of distress and disruption to follow as the Country struggles with social upheaval.


DEFCON, our "Canadian Culture" has always been one of change based where the most  immigrants came from so that isn't anything new.  The major shift currently is one of religion.  

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Contrary to our fearless leader's thinking, whether political, or religious, Ideological diversity breeds contempt.

Successful organizations understand that unity of thought and purpose equates to group strength.




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It also leads to single minded thinking or "Group Thought"  which in itself is inherently dangerous.

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Wherever you stand, please take the time to read this; it ought to scare the beejeebers out of you!
We know Dick Lamm as Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant.  Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington , DC, filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, 'Mexifornia,' explaining how immigration, both legal and illegal, was destroying the entire state of California . He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America .

The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States.  He said, 'If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time..  Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'
'Here is how they do it,' Lamm said:
'First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi-cultural country...  History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.
The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims'
Lamm went on:  'Second, to destroy America, invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal;that there are no cultural differences. 
Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
'Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec ' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. 
As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.' Lamm said, 'I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.'
'Fourth: I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, un-assimilated, under-educated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.'
'My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology...' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority.  I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority.'
'My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities
Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other;that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. 'E. Pluribus Unum' -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will 'Balkanize' America as surely as Kosovo.'  
'Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate.
Having made America a bilingual/bi-cultural country, having established multi-culturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.'
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, 'Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America.  If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book.
There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today..
Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America; take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book '1984.' In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: 'War is peace,' 'Freedom is slavery,' and 'Ignorance is strength.'  

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.
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Diversity is not a strength without decency... it's a liability. Individual decency is the key to making diversity work. When you remove decency from the equation, you end up with left/right radical stupid and that's where we are today. Bring back courtesy / decency and the rest will follow. You only need to drive a motorcycle through Ontario to know what I mean

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Sadly, if anyone questions diversity in Canada today, they are labelled racist. As mentioned in the previous article, diversity perpetuates many competing groups, instead of the country's citizens having one overriding allegiance.

There is a lot of discussion going on about bill 62 in Quebec... has anyone mentioned that the existing culture in Canada has interpreted covering ones face as something sinister? ...traditionally a criminal, thief or more recently, the anarchists. Why should our culture have to change to accommodate another that comes to this country and doesn't want to adapt to the new host culture? 


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13 hours ago, st27 said:

Sadly, if anyone questions diversity in Canada today, they are labelled racist. As mentioned in the previous article, diversity perpetuates many competing groups, instead of the country's citizens having one overriding allegiance.

Agreed. I think this is part of (or a symptom of) left/right stupid and I don’t see it changing any time soon. Lack of courtesy on Ontario highways stands in the same decency queue and if you can’t appeal to people’s good judgement (not to text and tailgate) I fear you will be hard pressed to achieve a consensus here. 

People in the centre of the political spectrum face hard choices. They vote AGAINST what they are most afraid of. By way of example, right now, I’m more afraid of the stupid left than the stupid right… that may change with experience, but the fact remains, liberal democrats created, bought and paid for Trump. As if that wasn’t enough, they continue to demonstrate why that was the case and refuse to acknowledge their complicity in the result.

OK liberals the beak's over, pick up your pack and keep marching around the mountain until those of us in the centre tell you to stop. 

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Look at the bigger picture here.  That whole speech above is about AMERICA (The Arrogant) We live on a planet with thousands of different cultures, languages, and races.  If the PLANET is to survive we all need to have the courtesy and decency that that Wolfhunter describes.  If we discard someone solely because of the language they speak, the religion they practice or the colour of their skin then we are racist and have no common decency and are part of the problem.  immigration is not the problem acceptance is. 

That whole speech on destroying america IS what is happening and it is NOT due to immigration it is due to lack of human decency.

Has anyone stopped to think that the discord in America recently is by design?  No all coups are fought with guns.


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"If we discard someone solely because of the language they speak, the religion they practice or the colour of their skin then we are racist and have no common decency and are part of the problem"

i believe that should be applied to everybody that comes to this country and incorporated into our citizenship requirements, but that was quickly shot down by the governing party. I wonder if those principles that Boestar speaks of will get much traction in the mosques and other places of prayer in Canada?


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2 hours ago, st27 said:

"If we discard someone solely because of the language they speak, the religion they practice or the colour of their skin then we are racist and have no common decency and are part of the problem"


While manifestly true, I would suggest it qualifies as a statement any rational person would fully agree with and therefore fails to contribute to a resolution simply because of its generality. In addition, expressing concern about demographic concentrations and future population densities is only common sense… not racism, islamophobia, or white supremacy.    

I used the Ontario road analogy a bit flippantly but on further reflection feel that it’s valid when considering a cause and effect scenario that everyone can relate to. Everyone drives and in general, they do it with expanded personal boundaries (personal space) and little in the way of consequences. By that I mean barring a ticket or an accident, there is no “reward” for being kind and no sanction for being an idiot. In short, your true personality is allowed to shine threw in a largely anonymous setting… bit like an internet forum eh?

In the last couple of years I’ve noticed a change in people that has resulted in a change to my (motorcycle) survival strategy. For instance, in high traffic, big city, multi lane traffic situations  I no longer signal lane changes. Think about that for a second… why would that be?

Well, the reason is, if I signal, people will immediately close the gap to prevent me from making the lane change. Out of province license plates don’t get you any slack either. Consider the notion that all the person in that lane had to do (to help me out) WAS NOTHING…

How did this come about and how do you stop the contagion from getting worse and invading all facets of society? Along with being forced to change my driving habits “out of fear” I’ve been forced to change my voting habits out of fear as well. Anyway, fix that and I’ll vote for you.

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More Politically Correct Crap! I guess Thanksgiving will be next that they will judge as it may be offensive to .............  Of course there is also Christmas, Good Friday etc to review. You note I blame the Politically Correct and not those that they think they are protecting, most of whom don't give a rat about our celebrations as long as we allow them to have theirs.

October 26, 2017 9:19 am
Updated: October 26, 2017 9:24 am

War on Halloween? The rise of costume bans and ‘orange & black days’ in Canadian schools

katie_dangerfield_220x260px.jpg?quality= By Katie Dangerfield National Online Journalist, Breaking News  Global News

ABOVE: Halloween costumes will have to stay at home for students at one Winnipeg school this year. The school has decided, in its first year, to put a stop to costumes and replace it with a school spirit week.

It’s a tradition most people grew up doing: dressing up as a witch, goblin or zombie for Halloween and heading to school to show off the costume.

But some schools across Canada are putting an end to this tradition, and instead, coming up with a new way to celebrate the spooky and candy-riddled day.

READ MORE: New Winnipeg school bans Halloween costumes

This Halloween, a Winnipeg elementary school is banning costumes and instead students can participate in spirit week.

The school’s administration decided to have four different themed dress-up days during the week in which Halloween falls. On Oct. 31, it will be “tie and scarf” day.

The principal at École Sage Creek School, Marc Poirier, said this decision was made because some kids wore scary or gory costumes that frightened younger children. Other children felt left out if they didn’t have an elaborate costume.

And some families do not celebrate Halloween and sometimes keep their children at home on Oct. 31, he said.

Orange and black day

This isn’t the first Canadian school to put the kibosh on Halloween celebrations.

Robert Thornton Public School in Whitby, Ont., stopped having a Halloween costume day at school several years ago. And the principal, Nazneen Dindar, said the reaction has been positive.

READ MORE: School district bans clown costumes, ‘symbols of terror’ for Halloween

“On the actual day of Halloween, we have an orange and black day as part of spirit week,” Dindar said. “This helps with issues as a lot of people don’t recognize Halloween and often don’t feel included.”

She said if students want to dress up and celebrate the scary festivities, the school offers a Halloween night with lots of activities. The children can choose to come after hours, dress up and bring their parents.

‘A bit over the top’

Jackie Culley, who lives in Winnipeg, said her two children will be dressing at school for Halloween this year, but she is using “common sense” when it comes to costume ideas.

“There should be more fun costumes than ones that scare children,” Culley said. “There are certainly children in school whose families may not be comfortable with Halloween.”

READ MORE: The most popular Halloween costume ideas for 2017

She said she understands some families may not want to partake in Halloween activities but does not agree with banning costumes altogether.

“It’s a bit over the top. Maybe instead, the parent could have a field day trip with that child if they are uncomfortable.”

Kathy Lynn, a parenting speaker and author based in Vancouver, agrees.

“I think we have taken everything so far these days. Kids know it’s fantasy,” she said. “It’s the adults who are getting upset. Why can’t we just relax and let kids have fun? They are just pretending for a day.”

She said if have a child may be scared of some Halloween costumes, try preparing them the night before.

“Tell them who they can go to in case they are scared, like a teacher. And talk with your kids about how it’s just a costume and not real.”

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Just to demonstrate the change from 80 years ago.  My favorite is "Present a woman with a shiny, new broom and watch the dust fly.”  

Potato wine, ‘snorting masses,’ menace porpoises and more: Canadian stats from 80 years ago

‎Today, ‎October ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎26 minutes ago | Marie-Danielle Smith

OTTAWA — Frozen rabbits, bachelors, brooms, aluminum foil and gardenias: what do all of these have in common?

Each was discussed in wonderfully-descriptive daily reports from the then-equivalent of Statistics Canada 80 years ago, between the world wars and nearing the end of the Great Depression.

From digitized collections at Library and Archives Canada, we look at some weird snippets of history from Dominion Bureau of Statistics broadcasts on CBC radio in 1937.

Shiny objects

“Apart from the cellophane and the many varieties of paper that wrapped seasonal presents, there was one covering that made gay the appearance of many a gift. That was metal foil.” It has “a gleaming sheen which gives it the look of precious metal.”

The stat: More than 50,000 pounds of tin foil imported yearly, well over 100,000 pounds of aluminum foil imported from the U.S. and Great Britain. “This would blanket a very large area.” (Jan. 3)

Potato wine

“Most Canadian wines are made from grapes,” like in Niagara and the Okanagan Valley of B.C. “But grapes are not the only fruits or vegetables from which wine is made. From potatoes to dandelions, there is a huge variety, and in many Canadian homes rich wines are made.”

The stat: There were 42 wineries in Ontario, six in B.C., one in Quebec and one in Saskatchewan. Ontario produced 90 per cent of the output. (Jan. 11)

Snorting masses


A Canadian-built 1937 Dodge D7.

“While most of us are glad that spring is here, there are men in Canada to whom the death of winter has brought additional worries. They are those human beings who stand behind the throttle of a snorting mass of metal known as a locomotive. Every minute of the trip is one of nerve-racking suspense due chiefly to some careless, irresponsible motorists.”

The stat: Canada had about 32,000 highway crossings, 27,000 in rural districts. Most of them were unprotected “but with a little common sense,” accidents could be avoided. Still, 121 people died and 228 were injured at crossings in 1935. “The future may bring about a solution.” (April 19)

Missing colleague

“Last week in the Bureau of Statistics we had a visit from a former fellow-employee, now superannuated. We had not seen him for more than a year, but a photograph he brought with him showed us the reason. It was the picture of a handsome grandfather clock, replete with carving and inlay work. Since we had last seen him, he had been making this clock by hand, mechanism and all.”

The stat: Canada imported about $1 million in clock parts and $500,000 in complete clocks and watches, more than half of which came from Germany and Austria. (Jan. 28)

Happy cataloguing

“The spring seed catalogue is a source of joy to the average person. Whether your planting extends over acres or is confined to three flower-pots, the thrill of selecting new seed is not one to be passed over lightly. Among the interesting features in recent catalogues is the sale of potato eyes rather than the whole potato for seed.”

The stat: Canada produced three million bushels of “certified seed potatoes” in 1936 and exported more than one million. (Feb. 9)


“Why witches used brooms particularly for midnight flights is probably unknown but there is no question as to the use to which the Canadian housewife puts that important article. Present a woman with a shiny, new broom and watch the dust fly.”

The stat: Broom and brush manufacturers used about five million pounds of raw broom corn, 800,000 pounds of broom fibre annually. Canada imported $321,000 worth in 1936. (Feb. 19)

A bald treatment a day

“The local barber used to be the local surgeon, where patients were bled and bandaged. … Barbers don’t do such doctoring anymore, although the enterprising hair dresser will suggest a scalp treatment, the idea probably being that a treatment a day keeps baldness away, just as an apple a day is said to keep the doctor away. However, one need not place too much confidence in commercial proverbs.”

The stat: In 10 years, the number of male barbers increased from 11,000 to 16,000 and female hairdressers from 660 to 6,700. (March 9)

“The Poor Bachelors”


Billie Hallam, first Miss Toronto selected July 17, 1937.

“If all the bachelors really wanted to marry, those who found themselves in the rear of the procession ready to pop the question would have to cross the border or board a ship to make the quest. … The Canadian girl has quite a large field from which to choose, if she has any inclination that way. The bachelor, on the other hand, stands a greater chance of being the wallflower at the dance. This is a disconcerting situation.”

The stat: There were more than 249,000 more bachelors between the ages of 20 and 35 than there were maidens. (Sept. 26)

Mystical bread

“The origin of bread is shrouded in the mists of unrecorded time. Many references to breadmaking are made in early classical literature, whilst discoveries among the pyramids and tombs of Egypt have revealed many interesting facts concerning the types and quality of bread eaten by the early people of that country.”

The stat: Bread factories produced about $60 million worth of bread but factory bread consumption decreased more than 10 per cent per capita since 1929. (March 20)

Blossoming times

“Most people love flowers and it is still a mark of good taste to present a lady with flowers, even in this fast-moving age. A dinner table without flowers to grace it is considered a bare sort of thing in most households.”

The stat: The most expensive flowers were orchids at 100 flowers for $53. Gardenias were $25 per hundred, lilies $11, calla lilies $9, large-flowered chrysanthemums $8. (April 11)

“Roly-poly lardy porkers”

“When we were told the other day in a newspaper story that ‘streamlined hogs’ were in the offing, many people, no doubt, just dismissed it as a yarn, but that brightly written official publication at Regina, ‘Cooperation and Market News’ stresses the development and gives the reasons. Incidentally it provides another demonstration that truth is stranger than fiction. The reason why the roly-poly, lardy porkers are on their way out is because housewives are using less and less lard.”

The stat: About 50 million pounds of lard were produced a year, at a value of $4 or $5 million. (April 20)

Birds and flowers

“Out in the woods the spring flowers are blooming; those old and trusted friends which are sought and found, with never failing ecstasy, year by year. But there is a grave danger. … The Department of Agriculture has issued a strong appeal against the wanton abuse of wild flowers.”

The stat: “It is noticeable in recent years that the killing of wild birds by ruthless and unthinking boys with catapults is decreasing.” (May 2)

Frozen rabbits

“During the last few months the importation of frozen rabbits from Australia has begun again, after being in abeyance for a number of years. These rabbits, however, are not imported for human food but for fox feeding purposes. Canadians who visit Europe, especially the British Isles, are amazed to see the rows and rows of rabbits hanging up in the meat shops ready for sale. … Indeed, hare soup is a most highly regarded delicacy.”

The stat: Half a million rabbit skins were treated annually. (May 11)

Citrus semantics

“One of the first products of our own particular garden patch is the trusty rhubarb which in many homes will take the place of grapefruit or oranges for breakfast. … By the way, if the grapefruit on your breakfast table is shaped like a pear or is remarkably large, you should call it a shaddock, according to the dictionary.”

The stat: 43 million pounds of grapefruit were imported, mostly from the United States. (May 18)

Nailing it

“The appearance of an eel is repellent to many and its flesh too oily for the majority, yet there is a good market for it. “As slippery as an eel” needs no explanation to the person who is confronted with preparing one for the dinner table. We are advised that if a piece of paper isn’t sufficient to hold the creature from slithering away while skinning it, try nailing the head to the wall.”

The stat: The market value for eels in 1935 was about $162,000, mostly from Quebec, and exports were $54,000. (May 20)

Santa on a plane


This May 20, 1937 photo shows aviator Amelia Earhart on the wing of her Electra plane, taken by Albert Bresnik at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif. Aviation had taken off in the decade previous.

“At this time of year, we are thinking of the jolly, old fellow called Santa Claus. Most of the time we picture him driving along behind his prancing reindeer but now sometimes people say he uses an aeroplane.”

The stat: About 10,000 bags of Christmas mail came by ship from the United Kingdom. About 12,000 post offices and 242,000 mailboxes were in Canada. Rural areas had mailboxes on posts. “Many a little nose would be pressed against the window watching for the postman (to) drive from farm to farm.”

Ringing it

“June is the month of weddings which have an economic as well as a social and sentimental interest. From the earliest times the wearing of a ring has been held to prevent the entrance of evil spirits into the body of the wearer. … Many civilized people would not regard themselves as truly wedded if a ring did not figure in the marriage ceremony.”

The stat: There were more than 80,000 marriages in Canada in 1936 “and presumably as many new wedding rings in requisition.” (June 26)

Beautiful seaweed

Vacationers to the coast “may get a sight of the seaweeds, those enchanting flowers which at low tide lie stranded upon the shore. They bring one’s thoughts closer to the Creator of the good and beautiful. … For this and other botanical wonders of poetry, grace and beauty, one may well leave the beaten trail and spend an hour or two in quiet communion and return to civilization invigorated and comforted.”

The state: None. They just really loved seaweed. (Aug. 8)

Halloween apples

On the origins of black and yellow as Halloween colours: “The yellow, or orange, had its origin in the fruits of the earth, for example the green apple or the green ear of the crop which later became golden fruit or yellow sheaf. The black represents the sable robes of the Druid sorcerers who wore that colour in tribute to Saman the lord of death and evil spirits who once a year went on the rampage on the eve of the feast.”

The stat: The apple crop was going to be about a million barrels greater than the previous year’s, so more boys and girls would be “ducking for apples at school or at parties.” (Oct. 31)

Hold my buffalo coat

“Out of the laboratories of the National Research Council at Ottawa comes an interesting bit of information. The staff working on chemical research has touched on many things from the saving of clothes in laundries to the preparation of wool. Now it indicates a possible future for buffalo hides in making ladies’ fur coats. Experimental work on the present but unsatisfactory methods of treating the skins has been undertaken.”

The stat: There were about 1,500 buffalo hides available annually. It would be the 22nd animal to be used for fur, if it entered the commercial market. (Nov. 3)

Voracious inhabitants

“The porpoise is a most voracious inhabitant of the deep. … In the old days porpoise hunting was quite a sport. … The porpoise menace became so serious that the government decided to wage a regular warfare upon the big fish. Boats were equipped with small guns and manned by expert fishmen, armed with high powered rifles. Planes were brought into play and by means of bombs and depth charges attacked the schools of porpoises.”

The stat: 577 porpoises were caught in 1935 and only 28 in 1936.

Not quite Odysseus

“Remember Homer’s poem describing the wanderings of Odysseus on his homeward voyage to Ithaca after the battle of Troy, how his homecoming was delayed for ten years and in travelling far and wide lost all his comrades? Well, in the museum of the Forest Products Laboratories at Ottawa, there is a weather-beaten forest fragment which has made an Arctic odyssey. Tempest-tossed, ice-worn, and greyed from exposure in Arctic waters, a lone piece of driftwood was picked up in Bellot Strait on September 6, 1937.”

The stat: More than five million cords of spruce and balsam went into pulp manufacturing in 1936.

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"How did this come about and how do you stop the contagion from getting worse and invading all facets of society?"

A strong culture is akin to a healthy immune system. When the immune system is weak, a contagion can easily reach critical mass and overwhelm the host, a situation that's analogous to our current national sociological state.


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There is one area when I agree and as it happens the majority of Canadians do, is the recent ban on face coverings in Quebec.  One reason is :

Man accused of beating daughter who refused to wear hijab

Gatineau police urge others to follow teenager's lead, report so-called 'honour-based' violence

CBC NewsPosted: Oct 26, 2017 4:22 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017 4:22 PM ET


Gatineau police have charged a man for allegedly beating his teenage daughter over the course of more than a year because she refused to wear a hijab. 

The 35-year-old father is facing one count each of assault, assault with a weapon and uttering death threats, police said in a news release Thursday. 

In what police described as a case of so-called "honour-based" violence, the father began the series of assaults upon learning his daughter had removed her religious head covering when she left the family home. 

Gatineau police said they hope the courage the young girl showed would motivate others to speak out against similar incidents. The release also included some phone numbers for local resources for victims of violence


October 27, 2017 2:49 pm

68% of Canadians want Quebec’s face-coverings ban in their province

img_6786-e1496082127611.jpg?quality=60&s By Maham Abedi National Online Journalist, Breaking News  Global News

The majority of Canadians outside of Quebec would support having a similar ban on face-coverings in their province, a new survey has found.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for Global News, found that 68 per cent of Canadian adults would either strongly or somewhat back the religious neutrality law in their part of the country.

Quebec’s Bill 62 was passed by the province’s Liberal government last week, requiring residents giving and receiving public services to do so with their faces uncovered — services such as taking the bus, or borrowing a library book.

Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée defended the controversial law, saying it is necessary for security and communication reasons. Many advocates have pointed out that it largely targets a small minority of Muslim women who wear the niqab.

But the law has widespread support inside the province, with 76 per cent of Quebecers backing the law, and 24 per cent opposing it.

WATCH: What you need to know about Quebec’s controversial face-coverings law

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated that he doesn’t support the law but stopped short of saying whether the federal government will take any action.

“I don’t think a government should be telling a woman what to wear or not wear,” the prime minister said Wednesday.

READ MORE: Trudeau criticizes confusion surrounding Quebec’s face-coverings ban

Other politicians have also spoken out against the law. But it seems support for the law is rather strong among Canadians in general.

In British Columbia, 69 per cent of respondents said they would support a similar law, while 31 per cent said they would not. Albertans also supported Quebec’s move at 64 per cent, with 36 per cent opposed.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents agreed with their other western counterparts, with 69 per cent backing the law and 31 per cent opposing. Sixty-six per cent of Ontarians said they would support a similar law in their province, while 34 per cent said they would not.

The weakest support for the new law was in Atlantic Canada, where 57 per cent supported and 43 per cent disagreed with it.

Interestingly, support was stronger among Canadian men (73 per cent) than women (64 per cent).

Canadians above 55 were more likely to support similar laws at 75 per cent, followed by those aged 35-54 at 72 per cent. Younger adults aged 18-34 were least likely to back legislation at 53 per cent.

Mohammed Fadel, an associate law professor at the University of Toronto, says it’s possible ideas of similar laws will be floated in other parts of the country.

“It all depends whether there is political leadership who is willing to pander to that sentiment,” he said, explaining that certain events could trigger the conversation.

“God forbid, if there was some sort of terrorist attack or something, people — even though it has nothing to do with it — they might think let’s do it now.”

Fadel noted that Quebec has several motives for enacting the law, and one reason is its bias against religion.

“If they think that women are oppressed, then why are you going to oppress them more by not letting them access public services? I think this is about punishing them for their choices. They are violating [Quebec’s] norms.”

Michael Behiels, a professor of Canadian political and constitutional history at the University of Ottawa, said that it’s too risky for other provinces to follow Quebec in this matter.

“I don’t think a provincial government at this point in time will take on the risk involved in passing a similar law that is very overtly discriminatory.”

Behiels explained that Quebec will likely face a constitutional challenge over the law and other provinces shouldn’t want to be involved. However, he noted that if Alberta’s government changes to the United Conservative Party in the next election, there may be an increased likelihood of the province joining Quebec in the battle.

Alia Hogben, the president of the Canadian Council For Muslim Women (CCMW), told Global News that the survey’s results were disappointing — but not entirely shocking.

Hogben explained that CCMW’s position on the law is “nuanced,” after conducting research and consulting with Islamic scholars.

“We don’t see the niqab as a religious obligation. We don’t see that it’s a demand in the Qur’an or in the hadith (Islamic traditions), or anything like that,” she said.

“But we also feel strongly that we also support a woman to make her own decision.”

READ MORE: Could Ottawa really do anything about Quebec’s face-veil ban?

Hogben noted that in CCMW’s research, the organization has found that the majority of niqab-wearing women in Canada do so by choice.

She added that misconceptions surrounding the niqab can only be changed with open dialogue. She explained she often urges niqab-wearing women to speak out when they feel marginalized.

“The only thing is to let the women speak for themselves,” Hogben said.

Behiels added that other Canadians should also reach out and get to know niqab-wearing women.

“Say hello to them. Speak with them. You’ll find out that there’s no threat.”

This poll was conducted online by Ipsos Public Affairs between Oct. 23 and 25 for Global News, and completed by 1,001 Canadian adults. It is considered accurate ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. 

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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It seems I’m constantly at odds with the majority. There are things I don’t like about this to be sure, but, in the grand scheme of potential problems with Islamic culture, tradition, laws etc in the context of a secular society, this is so low on the radar horizon it’s not even a blip.

I’m willing to bet the first person arrested will be the mascot for a high school football team or some poor guy wearing a scarf because it’s -40C.

PS. It's already happened:

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And further indication Canada is going to change:

Also, CBC did an update piece on the migrant situation in Quebec.....people are still wandering into Canada at 50 a day at this one crossing at Roxham Rd. To me, this is a dereliction of duty to secure our borders by the government.

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"Mohammed Fadel, an associate law professor at the University of Toronto, says “It all depends whether there is political leadership who is willing to pander to that sentiment,”"

'Pandering' he says?




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This bill needs to fall squarely on the shoulders of the residents; they/thems supported the sanctuary city idea (insisted on It). It's fine example of “what did you think was going to happen?” 

No passing this off to the province or the rest of the country. You wanted it and you got it. 
This is a chance for they/them to impress the nation with their commitment to they/them values and earn my (and others) respect for walking the walk and doing what they said they would do. Git er done.

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From the above article:

"As the report shows, the city’s shelter, support and housing division has  gone $10.3-million over budget to date, which included an extra $4.3-million allocated to provide 200 rooms and food for refugee families at undisclosed Quality Hotel and Suites and Radisson Hotel locations. The Toronto Plaza Hotel on Wilson Ave. is also providing 70 rooms for refugee claimant"

I'm sure these migrants must think they have struck the jackpot.......put up in a hotel AND given food! Everything they have read on the internet about Canada and heard from the turd isTRUE. Yup, the lineups at Roxham Rd will continue., why would the migration stop??

Menawhile, we have our own poor and homeless problems...

We're such chumps!! 

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Strengthen immigrant integration strategy or risk public backlash, experts warn

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to announce 2018 immigration levels this week

Sun Oct 29, 2017 - CBC News
By Kathleen Harris

As the Liberal government gets set to bring at least 300,000 immigrants to Canada next year, experts say a more robust integration strategy is needed to ensure their economic success and prevent a public backlash.

This week Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will unveil immigration levels for 2018, including targets for the number of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees who will be permitted into the country.

He confirmed the number will not dip below what he called the "new normal" of 300,000 set in 2017.

Hussen called immigration a "big tool" to power Canada's economy and address demographic challenges, including those in Atlantic Canada, at a time of falling fertility and an aging population.

"The plan will continue to have a vast majority of immigrants coming in the economic class, because that is where the greatest need is, followed very closely by family class immigrants and then making sure that we continue to have space in our immigration levels plan for refugees that we resettle from abroad," he told CBC Radio's The House.

Last week, Statistics Canada reported that based on 2016 census data, 21.9 per cent of Canada's population is now foreign-born, reflecting the highest percentage of immigrant population in nearly a century.

Kareem El-Assal, a senior research manager specializing in immigration for the Conference Board of Canada, said it is "absolutely imperative" that Canada ups its intake in order to meet future labour needs.

Match newcomers with provincial needs

But the system must become more adept at matching newcomers with local and provincial needs, he said, improving outcomes by selecting more people with pre-arranged jobs, recruiting more international students and giving provinces a greater say in who comes to the country.

El-Assal said while big challenges persist, such as the length of time it takes to award foreign credentials, he believes governments have done a good job of managing what is "arguably the best immigration system in the world" with a careful selection process, public education and health care to foster smooth and successful integration.

He said this should not be taken for granted at a time of big public backlash in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, and that there's a "huge danger" in dismissing views of those who oppose a big influx of immigrants.

"I don't think it's useful to ostracize these people or to call them racist or xenophobic. We need to have open and honest conversations with them and we need to listen to their concerns," El-Assal said.

In his view, many of them have valid concerns because they lost their own job or believe social traditions are at stake.

'Taboo to talk limits'



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