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Canada’s HR department should stop behaving like an open-invitation dinner party to world

 

  • Calgary Herald
  • 2 Jul 2019
  • DIANE FRANCIS
img?regionKey=4uPpUrKOgrCEMdfBfJh0Pg%3d%3dGEOFF ROBINS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILES In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s open-ended welcome sparked a flood of alleged “asylum seekers” in Canada. But most are queue-jumpers or jurisdiction shoppers who have cost taxpayers more than $300 million and counting, says Diane Francis.

The United States and Canada have built their economies by accepting millions of immigrants for centuries.

Interestingly, polls in the U.S. show support is holding while 63 per cent of Canadians want to limit immigration levels.

The difference is perplexing, especially since Canada doesn’t have more than 12 million undocumented migrants sneaking in, or applying for asylum, as does the U.S. But the facts are that — proportionate to our population — we have very high levels and a government that in 2017 set an arbitrary goal of bringing in one million over three years by 2020, or around 330,000 annually, instead of around 230,000 a year.

For starters, the setting of a static immigration goal for one or three years is foolish in and of itself. Migration should vary and be based, for the most part, on the need for unskilled or specialty labour as well as economic conditions.

Frankly, this one million — half of whom are family immigrants and not economically free-standing immigrants — is unsustainable. Equivalent to the population of both Ottawa and Edmonton, that’s a lot of health care, educational costs, infrastructure pressure, and housing shortages.

But the Liberals are undaunted. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s immigration minister rebutted to polling results that immigration is not a “zero sum” situation and that more money (read tax dollars) will be invested in these areas for these newcomers. This is the argument of a trust-fund kid.

The Liberals claim that the huge increase in immigration is required to fill skills shortages.

But nearly half of those admitted won’t be working, perhaps ever, and wouldn’t qualify to be admitted as economic immigrants with skills. Besides, this old chestnut of an excuse has been trotted out repeatedly forever and yet shortages persist.

The Liberals also add that more immigration is needed to boost the size of the country’s population overall. But the vast majority of new entrants will end up crowding into a handful of already-crowded cities.

Canada’s immigration department should return to behaving like the Human Resources Department of the country. People should be given entry if they fill a job that a Canadian cannot perform. Instead, the Liberals are like an HR department that recruits people then hopes they find jobs or match those already posted.

A small percentage of humanitarian immigration is required of rich countries, but should only recruit people living in refugee camps with bona fide need. Not those who merely say so.

The issue of refugee, or asylum seeker, immigration is what began the public backlash. In 2017, the naive prime minister tweeted out an open-ended welcome and sparked a flood of 43,000 alleged “asylum seekers” at the U.S.-Quebec border. Most will be deported eventually — because they are not refugees or were already admitted into the U.S. as asylum seekers.

Most are queue-jumpers or jurisdiction shoppers who have cost taxpayers more than $300 million and counting.

They were escorted by smugglers through a forest path in Quebec to avoid official border checkpoints where they’d have been turned back to the U.S. asylum system, pointed out Tory Leader Andrew Scheer.

“There is absolutely nothing fair or compassionate about … forcing the oppressed to wait longer for Canada’s help while others jump the queue, exploit loopholes and cross the border illegally from places like Upstate New York,” he said.

Fortunately, talks with the U.S. have cleaned up the situation and the number of crossers into Canada has dropped and deportations are happening.

Immigration is not a right but a privilege. It’s about finding people for jobs that are begging. It’s also about a manageable amount of bona fide humanitarian migration. Canada, or the U.S. and Europe, are not open-invitation dinner parties that anyone is entitled to attend and that taxpayers must pay for.

The Liberals are like an HR department that recruits people then hopes they find jobs or match those ... posted.

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THE LIBERALS QUIETLY ENDED A MUCH-TOUTED ‘TRIAGE’ PROGRAM THAT AIMED TO REDIRECT ASYLUM SEEKERS AWAY FROM CROWDED SHELTERS AFTER ONLY FIVE FAMILIES WERE RELOCATED.

Only five families were relocated to alternate location

  • Calgary Herald
  • 6 Jul 2019
  • TERESA WRIGHT
img?regionKey=ongZo3pXskCh2q6Vd4nO5Q%3d%3dPAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Asylum seekers line up to enter Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in August 2017. The federal government says it was not able to secure buy-in from the province of Ontario to implement the “triage” program, which has been ended.

OTTAWA • The Liberals have quietly ended a much-touted “triage” program that aimed to redirect asylum seekers away from crowded shelters in Montreal and Toronto.

The federal government says it needed buy-in from the province of Ontario for this program to be fully implemented — something it was not able to secure.

Only five families were relocated to an alternate location through this program before it ended.

“While successful as a proof of concept, it is apparent that a larger or more sustained program would require close provincial support,” said Marie-emmanuelle Cadieux, spokeswoman for Border Security Minister Bill Blair.

The triage program was announced last year after the Quebec government and the city of Toronto called on the federal government for help in dealing with an influx of asylum seekers flooding their temporary housing.

Ottawa’s response was a plan to “triage” arriving migrants to see if they would be willing to settle in areas outside of Montreal or Toronto to await the outcomes of their refugee claims. That wait can take up to two years due to backlogs in claims processing.

The federal government initially tried to work with Ontario as a number of the irregular migrants who crossed the border through an forest path at Roxham Road in Quebec said they hoped to settle in Ontario.

But the feds say the Doug Ford government would not play ball, forcing Ottawa to go to municipalities to find shelter options.

A pilot of the triage program was launched in September 2018 in the southwestern Ontario municipality of Chatham-kent. Five families who arrived in Quebec but wished to live in Ontario were transported to the town just east of the border with Michigan, where temporary housing was easier to find than in Toronto.

Cadieux calls the pilot a “success” although no other refugee claimants took part.

“IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has completed the pilot, which gave Chatham-kent a chance to see how families settle and allow the federal government to learn what worked best in this pilot,” Cadieux said.

“While IRCC continues to work with partners to prepare contingency plans, the immediate priority is to provide financial support to provincial and municipal interim housing operations.”

In March, the department created a new interim housing assistance program to help provinces and municipalities recoup money they’ve spent providing temporary housing to the increased number of irregular migrants who have arrived in Canada since 2017.

Over 45,000 asylum seekers have crossed “irregularly” into the country via the Canada-u.s. border since early 2017, avoiding official border checkpoints where they would have been turned away and instructed to file an asylum claim in the United States.

Last week, the city of Ottawa received $10 million through this new federal fund.

The city of Toronto has already received $26 million and will receive another $45 million for its asylum costs.

Cadieux says Quebec “continues to be an outstanding partner” and that the Legault provincial government is actively engaged in discussions with federal officials regarding their request for funding to address immigration-related costs.

The federal department has been at odds with the province of Ontario over its demands for $200 million in refugee costs — a relationship Blair told reporters in May has been “an unfruitful effort at collaboration.”

However, Blair did have a “productive initial conversation” recently with Ontario’s new provincial minister responsible for immigration, Todd Smith, Cadieux said.

Meanwhile, the need for temporary housing for refugees has been easing. From January to May, 5,140 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada — a 45 per cent decrease compared to the same period last year.

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OTTAWA -- Canada's border-security agency will soon require all border-security officers working with detained migrants to wear defensive gear that includes batons, pepper spray and bulletproof vests -- a policy that is drawing concern over a perceived "criminalization" of asylum seekers.

A new national policy on uniforms was adopted internally last year after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) began moving what it deems "higher-risk immigration detainees" from provincial jails, where they were being held for security purposes, into one of the agency's three "immigration holding centres."

The agency decided all officers working in these centres must be outfitted in protective and defensive equipment to ensure a "common operational approach" especially in light of the newly transferred migrants previously held in jails, according to a briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press through access-to-information law.

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"This will require greater CBSA officer presence in managing detainee populations at the IHCs, including the ability to de-escalate and intervene physically if necessary," the briefing note says.

"Ensuring that IEOs (inland enforcement officers) wear their defensive equipment will enable officers to protect/defend themselves and others if necessary in the IHC."

The defensive gear they are to wear includes steel-toed boots, "soft body armour," a defensive baton, pepper spray and handcuffs. They will not carry firearms.

The changes have sparked concern this will create an environment within immigration detention centres akin to jail conditions and encourage the perception that detained migrants in Canada, including some children, are criminals worthy of punishment.

A group of doctors, lawyers, legal scholars and human rights organizations wrote two letters last year to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale urging him to cancel the policy -- calls they say have been ignored.

"We applaud your efforts to reduce the number of immigration detainees held in provincial jails. But raising security measures in an administrative detention centre to mirror those of a criminal institution defeats the purpose of transferring immigration detainees from jails to IHCs," says one letter, dated June 22, 2018.

"The proposed policy would arm CBSA officers with some of the same tools as correctional officers in maximum-security facilities ... (which) is clearly disproportionate to any potential risk and is not warranted."

Concerns have also been raised internally by the union that represents the security officers themselves, who are worried about the increased risks of having weapons in the mix if a high-risk situation or confrontation does arise.

Anthony Navaneelan, a layer with Legal Aid Ontario who also works with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, said it's not every day the border-security union and migrant-advocacy groups agree.

Wearing defensive gear when dealing with refugees is "inappropriate and unnecessary," Navaneelan said.

He pointed to a 2012 report by the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, that said detention of migrants on the grounds of their irregular status should "under no circumstance be of a punitive nature" and should never involve prison-like conditions or environments.

"The idea of getting them out of jails is to recognize the fact that it can re-traumatize refugee claimants to be putting them in detention to begin with when they've committed no crime," Navaneelan said.

"Also in terms of necessity, CBSA hasn't identified for us any incidents that have happened at the immigration holding centres that would warrant these types of measures. Certainly I'd, at best, call this a proactive measure in anticipation of some future concern ... but we certainly think escalating or creating an environment where officers are equipped with these types of measures is almost a solution in search of a problem."

In a statement, CBSA spokeswoman Rebecca Purdy said the agency's operating procedures say officers "must" wear the protective and defensive equipment issued to them while on duty.

The decision to equip officers working in migrant detention centres with uniforms and defensive gear was made "to ensure national alignment of CBSA standards for its operations and is consistent with practices implemented domestically and internationally as it relates to detention," Purdy said.

As for the concerns raised by the lawyers, doctors, human-rights groups and the officers' union, CBSA "ensured that there is a balance reflected between the safety and security of officers and other detainees," Purdy added.

Asylum-seekers in Canada can be detained for a number of reasons, including if CBSA officers have reason to believe they would be deemed inadmissible on grounds of security, criminality or records of violating human or international rights themselves.

A migrant also can be detained simply if a CBSA officer believes the person might be a no-show for his or her refugee-determination hearing. The vast majority of migrants detained by Canada are held for this reason, according to government statistics posted online. Last year, 81 per cent of detained migrants were held because they were deemed unlikely to appear for their hearings, including 40 children, most of whom were travelling with adults.

Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, said her organization was assured that migrants detained for administrative reasons such as this would be separated from those suspected of criminality when held in Canadian detention centres.

She questioned why CBSA officers will be required to wear defensive gear in all areas of these centres, rather than only in wings where migrants suspected of being security or criminal threats are being held.

She also echoed concerns that wearing this gear is akin to treating refugees like criminals

"The CBSA should very much reduce the criminalization of those people who are detained," Dench said.

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Throw the doors open , welcome them in and then ......

Growing number of newcomers, refugees ending up homeless in Canada, studies say

Homeless

A woman walks past a man sleeping on the street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, August 9, 2019 2:29PM EDT 

OTTAWA -- Newly released government figures suggest a rising number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless.

Two new reports were released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada, offering a glimpse into the extent of the homelessness problem across the country.

The national shelter study, which looked at federal data on shelter users between 2005 and 2016, found an "observable increase" in refugees using shelters.

In 2016, there were 2,000 refugees sleeping in shelters, not counting those facilities designated specifically for refugees -- an increase from 1,000 just two years earlier when the figures were first tracked.

Point-in-time counts were also done, offering a one-day snapshot of homelessness in 61 communities that captured not only those using shelters, but also people sleeping on the streets, in transitional houses or staying with others.

That study found 14 per cent of people who identified as homeless in 2018 were newcomers to Canada.

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Trudeau can claim another in the law of unintended consequences......what a putz... and so much for the libs boast that we take the public’s security “very seriously”.....

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“It’s called criminal tourism,” a frustrated undercover officer — who asked that his name, special unit and GTA police service not be identified as they’re currently in the midst of a project targeting South American thieves — said outside of court.

Since the visa requirement from Mexico was dropped, his team alone has arrested 120 foreign criminals and laid 400 theft charges.

“It’s time the public knows,” he said. “It’s all being swept under the table.”

“The majority are Colombian nationals who are obtaining, probably with help from someone in the Mexican government, legitimate Mexican drivers’ licences and passports under fake identities which give them free access to Canada,” he says.      

Mexicans no longer require a visa to Canada thanks to the Liberal government’s change of policy as of Dec. 1, 2016.

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/mandel-south-american-thieves-flock-to-gta-stay-as-refugees-when-nabbed

And if they CBSA is fooled by fake Mexican passports, who knows what else is coming in, especially from the Middle East?

This government is such a joke! And it’s citizens suffer because of it.

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Quebec is marching to it's own tune and perhaps the rest of Canadian Provinces should take heed.  Appears the basic is ?, if you don't fit our culture, then we don't want you even though we have a shortage of workers? Or am I misreading it? 

August 23, 2019 7:13 am

Quebec has accepted 40 per cent fewer skilled workers in first half of 2019

By Giuseppe Valiante The Canadian Press
 
 
 
 
 

Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Simon Jolin Barrette, left, is congratulated by Quebec Premier Francois Legault.

Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press
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New statistics show Quebec is making good on its promise to reduce its share of immigrants in 2019, but the province has cut deeply in the category of skilled workers, which runs contrary to the government’s stated goals.

In the first six months of 2019, the number of immigrants to Quebec in the economic category fell by 32 per cent compared with the same period in 2018. Within that category, the province has so far accepted 41 per cent fewer skilled workers than it did in the first six months of last year.

The numbers were compiled by Jack Jedwab, president of the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, using data from the federal Immigration Department.

READ MORE: Heated exchange between Quebec immigration minister and UN refugee representative

Premier François Legault was elected last October on a promise to cut immigration by 20 per cent in 2019 compared with 2018 levels. Too many newcomers weren’t finding work within the first five years of arriving and too few spoke French, he said.

But Legault and his immigration minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, have repeatedly stated that while Quebec would receive fewer newcomers overall in 2019 and in the three subsequent years, those accepted would be better suited to meet the province’s economic needs.

Quebec is suffering from labour shortages in all regions of the province and business groups have pleaded with the government to increase immigration to 60,000 people a year.

Jedwab said the latest federal numbers also reveal that immigrants to Canada from French-speaking countries such as Haiti, Tunisia and France — a majority of whom have typically settled in Quebec, he said — are also down significantly in the first half of 2019. About 43 per cent fewer Haitians, 34 per cent fewer French people and 23 per cent fewer Tunisians have been accepted in the country in the first and second quarters of 2019.

READ MORE: Quebec premier tells businesses to boost wages if they want to find workers

Jedwab said the data analyzed by his think tank strongly suggests Quebec’s immigration reduction plan is the reason so many fewer French-speaking immigrants have been accepted to Canada so far this year.

“It looks like this was a cut for the sake of cutting,” Jedwab said in an interview. “We see in the first six months the substantial percentage of cuts came from the economic category and principally via skilled workers — and it came largely from French-speaking countries.”

If the government wants immigrants who speak French and who find jobs more quickly, they are reducing in the wrong places, Jedwab said.

“What (Quebec) ended up cutting is at odds with what experts describe as the characteristics that make candidates more prone to integrating,” he said.

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Immigration to Canada falls largely into three categories: economic, family sponsorship and refugees. The data reveals Quebec cut family-sponsored immigration by 10 per cent in the first six months of 2019 — compared with same period in 2018. The numbers also show a 20 per cent reduction in the number of refugees and protected people accepted in the first half of 2019.

Quebec plans to reduce immigration in each category by roughly 20 per cent in 2019, to 40,000 people. The province says it will slowly increase the number over the next few years, to reach about 52,500 people in 2022.

Emilie Vézina, a spokeswoman with Quebec’s Immigration Department, said the statistics provided by the federal government for the first half of 2019 don’t tell the full story.

READ MORE: Quebec business federation says province needs more immigrants to meet job needs

The total immigration number for 2019 will be in line with the government’s target, she said.

“Targets are set on an annual rather than a monthly basis,” she said in an email. Families who come to the province in the economic category, for example, arrive more often during the summer period, before the start of school, Vézina explained.

“The arrival of these people is therefore not counted in the data identified for the first six months of the year,” she said. “That’s why it’s best to use annual data to get a more realistic picture.”

 

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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