True North Initiative: News Scan 08 03 17


Canada’s immigration policy inspired Donald Trump’s new plan: White House

The Trump administration has endorsed a plan to slash immigration in half, limit the entry of non-English speakers, curb family sponsorships and penalize migrants whose spouses are less skilled and it’s selling that plan by pointing northward. To Canada. The administration is citing its northern neighbour as an inspiration for an immigration reform that contains definite traces of Canadian influence — but to find them, you’d need to squint past major aspects of the plan. (Global)

Trump Looks to Australia in Overhauling Immigration System

As President Trump embraces a proposal to sharply cut immigration to the United States, supporters of the plan point to the example of Australia and its “merit-based” system for approving new immigrants. The plan Mr. Trump supports seeks to reduce immigration by curbing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country. As Mr. Trump told Congress earlier this year, “It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially.” (NY Times)

Montreal's Olympic Stadium used as shelter for asylum seekers

A Montreal stadium that once hosted Olympic athletes from around the globe is being transformed into a temporary shelter for a new surge of people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec. About 150 cots have been set up in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to accommodate the asylum seekers. Busloads of men, women and children were brought to the sports complex on Wednesday, where volunteers from the Quebec Red Cross laid out food inside the rotunda. Washroom facilities and showers have also been made available. (CTV) (CNN) (CBS) (BBC)

Waves of asylum seekers keep coming at illegal border crossing in Quebec

After just a few minutes standing at the end of Roxham Road, where Quebec and New York meet, the first asylum seeker appears: a lone man in a taxi seeking to make his way into Canada. Ten minutes later, another taxi, this one carrying a family of four. Over the next hour, three more taxis, a minivan and a shuttle bus. In a period of six hours, late Tuesday and into early Wednesday, 16 taxi drops deliver more than 80 asylum seekers to the border. (CBC)

Ottawa says it lacks law to sanction Venezuelan government officials

The federal Liberal government says it lacks the legal authority to follow in the footsteps of the United States and swiftly sanction top Venezuelan government officials specifically for human-rights abuses. Speaking on background, a government official told The Globe and Mail that Canada could more easily sanction Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his officials if Bill S-226, which proposes to give the government the power to sanction human-rights abusers around the world, was law. Parliamentarians had an opportunity to pass the bill – known as the Canadian version of the Magnitsky Act – in June, but failed to do so before MPs and senators went on summer break. (Globe and Mail)

Red Deer RCMP investigate after bomb found

Mounties are investigating after a bomb was found in a central Alberta towing compound on Tuesday. A little after 4:30 p.m., emergency crews were called to Key Towing on 49 Ave. in Red Deer after a suspicious package was found in a vehicle. (Calgary Sun) (CBC)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Google, YouTube screening threatens free speech: U of T's Peterson

Google and YouTube’s screening process for offensive content appears contaminated by social justice theorists and political correctness, threatening the voice of half the population that disagrees with their point of view, University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson says. The free speech advocate said it’s likely not a coincidence that his Gmail account was shut down on the same day that YouTube posted new “hate speech” and anti-terrorism guidelines online. (Canoe)

Canadians speaking more languages than ever before, Tagalog fastest-growing mother tongue

Canadians still mostly speak English and French, but nearly one in four reported having another mother tongue, according to the census. With immigration making up most of Canada’s population growth, it’s hardly surprising that newcomers arrive speaking a variety of languages. The top mother tongue in Canada, other than English or French, is Mandarin, with 641,000 speakers. Another Chinese language, Cantonese, takes second place, and Punjabi is third. (Global)

Punjabi among top three immigrant languages in Canada

Punjabi is among the top three immigrant languages spoken in Canada, while Hindi has been among the fastest growing immigrant languages over the past five years, data from the country’s census has shown. (Hindustan Times)

Edmonton leads Canada in immigrant-language growth

Edmonton is fast becoming one of Canada's most linguistically diverse big cities, with more people speaking languages such as Tagalog, Punjabi and Arabic than ever before. New census data Wednesday shows the number of people in Edmonton who use a language other than English or French as their mother tongue surged 31 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 censuses — a faster rate than in any of Canada's other big cities. (Edmonton Sun)

Canada has more same-sex couples, one-person households, census shows

Changing social norms, immigration and economics are driving big changes in how Canadians live, with more same-sex couples, more lone-parent families, more one-person households and more young adults living with their parents. The latest release of data from the 2016 census paints a picture of home life in Canada — households, relationships and children — and the theme is diversity, said Doug Norris, senior vice-president and chief demographer at Environics Analytics. (Hamilton Spec)

Alberta among top provinces for families, immigrants

Alberta continues to be a popular place to start a family, as recent Statistics Canada numbers show it had the second highest proportion of couples with kids and the lowest share of one-person households among the provinces in 2016. Immigration is also changing Alberta’s linguistic diversity, with Edmonton and Calgary leading the way in growth of people with an immigrant mother tongue among metropolitan cities, at 31.1 per cent and 28 per cent respectively. (Metro)

Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former PM, makes her jump into Ontario politics

With the son of one former prime minister already holding the highest political office in the country, the daughter of another is making her entrance into politics. Caroline Mulroney, who spent a decade of her childhood at 24 Sussex Drive, announced Wednesday she’s seeking the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination in the Toronto-area riding of York-Simcoe. (National Post)

Ambrose, ex-Tory minister Moore on council to advise Liberal government on NAFTA

While Liberals and Conservatives trade accusations that they're hurting Canada's position in the imminent renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trudeau government has tapped the Tories' former interim leader, Rona Ambrose, to help advise on the trilateral trade deal. Ambrose is one of 13 members of a newly created advisory council on the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. (CTV)

Venezuelan man facing deportation from Canada was convicted in U.S.

A Venezuelan man living in Saskatchewan and who is facing deportation was charged with domestic violence, burglary, simple assault and property damage in the U.S. years before he entered Canada, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Wilmer Gonzalez, who entered Canada in February 2014, was charged in 2006 and sentenced to 180 days in jail, the federal government says. (CTV)

Donald Trump's 'merit-based' immigration plan may benefit Indian professionals

President Donald Trump today announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a "merit-based" system favouring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.  If passed by the Congress and signed into law, the legislation titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act could benefit highly-educated and technology professionals from countries like India. (Economic Times)

College Protesters Demand Peers Pay Them for 'Emotional Labor'

It often seems that campus activists are less about actually creating positive "change" and more about personal vanity. The latest entry comes from the upper-crust Sarah Lawrence College, where The College Fix reports that some activists feel they deserve to be compensated for their activism. And not by the organizations they're working with, but by the very peers they tend to annoy with their antics. (PJ Media)

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Israeli pizza shop owner fights off Palestinian terrorist with tray


Terrorists guilty of plotting 'Three Musketeers' London Bridge-style knife rampage

Three terrorists who dubbed themselves the ‘Three Musketeers’ as they plotted a London Bridge-style knife rampage are facing jail today. Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25 and Mohibur Rahman, 33, were foiled by MI5 agents as they collected together an small arsenal of weapons for the planned atrocity. They had a half-made pipe bomb and a meat cleaver with the word ‘Kafir’ etched into the blade, and used the Three Musketeers Disney image as a logo on encrypted messages they sent to each other. (

US sanctions are 'trade war' on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a "full-scale trade war" against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. (BBC)

Secret Service to test small drone at Donald Trump's golf club

The US Secret Service plans to test a security drone when President Trump visits his New Jersey golf club later this month, according to a document seen by Reuters. A small drone will be trialled by the agency at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. The President is expected to make a long visit to the club. (BBC



Candice Malcolm: Andrew Scheer is a ‘feminist’?

Apparently, Andrew Scheer is a feminist. The new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada dropped this bombshell during an interview with Chatelaine — a women’s magazine that has been known to write glowing features about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family. Doing a sit-down interview with Canada’s largest women’s lifestyle magazine is par for the course. The problem is when you change your message to suit your audience. (Toronto Sun)

Candice Malcolm: Barbaric Cultural Practices being imported to North America

There's no better place to be a woman in 2017 than the western world, but news stories have highlighted the cultural violence being imported into North America along with new waves of immigrants. This includes female genital mutilation (FGM). (Rebel)

Toronto Sun: Canada’s border crisis flares up once again

The growing influx of asylum seekers illegally crossing our southern border is now straining social service resources in Quebec. And the federal government needs to do something about it. On Wednesday, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium opened its doors to accommodate the rising number of refugees, who could no longer be housed and processed by traditional means. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Trudeau’s ego reveals his character

People who enjoy making themselves appear big by making others appear small are best avoided in life, if possible. Admittedly, that’s hard to do when they’re the Prime Minister. Three times since July 1 alone -- twice in foreign media -- Justin Trudeau has gratuitously aggrandized himself at the expense of other Canadians. (Toronto Sun)

Father Raymond de Souza: Trudeau evidently willing to use racial stereotypes to his advantage

The prime minister was caught off guard. To be fair, it’s hard to be on guard when drooled over by foreign publicists pretending to be journalists. Justin Trudeau’s fanboys at Rolling Stone published a cover profile of their hero, in which he said this about his 2012 boxing match with Senator Patrick Brazeau: “I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an Indigenous community,” Trudeau said. “He fit the bill, and it was a very nice counterpoint. I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell.” (National Post)



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