Refugee/Migrant Crisis


The Central Scrutinizer
Nov 21, 2008
Low Earth Orbit
Sometimes justice gets administered after they hit jail.Picton finally got the sentence he deserved. The bonus is he got to sweat it out for a few years, wondering when the hit would come and how painful it would be.
And the others involved in Piggy Palace can sleep easy now.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Two men on no-fly list lose appeal, federal court sees ’reasonable grounds’ for terror concern
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Darryl Greer
Published Jun 21, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 3 minute read

VANCOUVER — The Federal Court of Appeal has thrown out a bid by two men to get off the country’s no-fly list after they weren’t allowed to board planes in Vancouver in 2018, with the court ruling there were grounds to suspect they would commit terrorism.

In a ruling this week, the court dismissed an appeal by Bhagat Singh Brar and Parvkar Singh Dulai after they lost a constitutional challenge of their no-fly designations under Canada’s Secure Air Travel Act.

The ruling says the act empowers the public safety minister to ban people from flying if there are “reasonable grounds to suspect they will threaten transportation security or travel by air to commit a terrorism offence.”

Under the Secure Air Travel Act, the minister can direct an airline to order an “enhanced security screening” of a listed individual or “prohibit the person from flying,” the ruling says.

“At some point, the appellants tried to fly. They could not,” the ruling says. “They were on the list and the minister had directed that they not fly.”

The appellate panel found that based on confidential security information, the minister “had reasonable grounds to suspect that the appellants would travel by air to commit a terrorism offence.”

In 2019, Brar and Dulai went to the Federal Court of Canada to have their names struck from the list.

But Justice Simon Noel ruled against them both in 2022. The limits imposed on Dulai, he ruled, “were the result of evidence-based suspicions that he could fly abroad in order to plot a terrorist attack.”

“The Government of Canada must enact laws that protect national security and intelligence activities in a way that respects rights and freedoms and encourage the international community to do the same,” Noel ruled. “Protecting national security is a pressing and substantial objective.”

In their appeal, both Brar and Dulai argued the impairment of their rights as a result of being placed on the list was not “minimal” and therefore unjustified.

But the appellate court ruled the legislation was justified and that confidential portions of the court process were procedurally fair.

The Secure Air Travel Act deals with “national security, international relations and global co-operation to prevent terrorism” and is “not directed to past events that are tangible, certain and known,” the appellate court found.

“Rather, it is forward-looking, designed to act preventatively, proactively and pre-emptively to deal with perhaps imprecise but nevertheless very real risks of harm to property, public safety and human life,” the ruling says. “Several of its features show careful tailoring to minimize the impairment of rights and freedoms.”

Judge David Stratas, who wrote for the three-judge panel, says while the courts need to protect rights, the stakes for government are “sky-high” for security and terrorism prevention, which warrants giving Parliament “some leeway.”

Lawyers for Brar and Dulai did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the court’s ruling.

In 2019 submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association warned of a “dangerous lack of due process” baked into the Secure Air Travel Act’s appeal framework.

In its submission, the association said the act sets the standard “low” for the minister to add someone to the no-fly list, and their ability to challenge the listing is “defective.”

“Proceedings may take place in secret, appellants are only provided a discretionary summary of the intelligence and evidence used against them (which may include hearsay), and the judge is empowered to rely on evidence and information which has not been provided in that summary,” the association said. “The appellant’s right to be heard is not meaningful if she or he does not know the case to meet.”


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Canada’s population forecast to reach 63 million, as people over 85 set to triple
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 24, 2024 • 1 minute read

New projections by Statistics Canada suggest the nation's population could reach 63 million by 2073, with number of people aged 85 set to triple.
New projections by Statistics Canada suggest the nation's population could reach 63 million by 2073, with number of people aged 85 set to triple.
OTTAWA — New projections by Statistics Canada suggest the nation’s population could reach 63 million by 2073, with the number of people aged 85 or older set to triple.

The agency says migration will be the key driver of population increase under all scenarios, while natural growth only plays a “marginal role” as the population ages and fertility rates remain low.

It says the population will rise from about 40 million in 2023 to a range of 47 million to 87 million over the next half a century, with 63 million being the medium-growth forecast.

The population of people aged 85 and over would increase from 896,600 people in 2023 to between 3.3 million and 4.3 million by 2073.

The agency forecasts the populations of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec to decrease as a proportion of Canada’s total population until 2048, under almost all scenarios.

Every scenario meanwhile predicts Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia to increase their share of the nation’s population.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Canadian tourist in ICU 'unresponsive' after Dublin migrant attack

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Published Jun 26, 2024 • 2 minute read

IRISH ATTACK: Madalin Ghiuzan, 23, allegedly left a Canadian tourist in serious condition and fighting for his life. RTE
IRISH ATTACK: Madalin Ghiuzan, 23, allegedly left a Canadian tourist in serious condition and fighting for his life. RTE
A Canadian man in his 40s is fighting for his life after he was left in serious condition following an alleged unprovoked attack by a Romanian national in Dublin.

Cops say the unidentified victim — whose hometown is also not known — remains unresponsive in the Mater Hospital.

If the man’s condition worsens — or he dies — the charges could be upgraded to murder.

Gardai Det. Sgt. Sean McCarthy told District Court President Judge Paul Kelly that around 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, the accused was hanging around Cathal Brugha St. with friends when he was approached by the victim.

McCarthy told the court the pair had never met but “engaged in conversation.”

Suddenly, Madalin Ghiuzan, 23, allegedly struck the victim several times, knocking him to the ground.

The unnamed Canadian then “struggled with getting himself onto his feet,” and made his way to near the Spire on O’Connell St., around 400 metres away.

There, he allegedly had another interaction with Ghiuzan and his buddies. The attack was reportedly captured on CCTV.

McCarthy said Ghiuzan “pushed and punched” the man to the ground and the tourist eventually lost consciousness. He remains unresponsive in the ICU and his condition is described as “serious at present.”

Ghiuzan — who has lived in Ireland for the past five years — is slated to be in court on Friday. On Monday, he was refused bail as he listened in with the help of an interpreter.

He has yet to enter a plea but is being kept on ice due to the serious nature of the attack and fears he will flee to Eastern Europe if given the chance.

The accused lives with a family member, McCarthy said, adding that he does not pay rent or a mortgage, doesn’t appear to work and “has no significant ties” to Ireland.

His current charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

Ghiuzan claims he was acting in self-defence. Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses in the incident with investigations ongoing.



Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
More than 100 Haitian migrants arrived in sailboat off Florida Keys
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Gisela Salomon
Published Jun 26, 2024 • 3 minute read

MIAMI — A group of more than a hundred Haitian migrants arrived in a sailboat off the lower Florida Keys on early morning Wednesday, local and federal officials said.

The boat arrived about 100 yards (91 meters) away from a condominium in Key West at 4:00 a.m., and shortly after that law enforcement officers arrived to the scene, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said. Most of the 118 migrants were male, but the group also included women and children, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The landing comes as the Caribbean nation is struggling with a surge of gang violence that has killed several thousand people in recent years and left hundreds of thousands homeless in the country’s capital. Gangs have been targeting key public figures as well as hospitals, schools, banks and other critical institutions in Haiti, one of the poorest country in the Americas.

Tens of thousands of Haitians have left their country in recent years, with many arriving on the southern border of the United States, but President Joe Biden’s administration has implemented measures that have made it even more difficult for asylum seekers to enter across the land border.

With the support from federal, estate and local law enforcement agencies, U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to the arrival of Haitian migrants this week, said Samuel Briggs II, the acting Chief Patrol Agent of the agency in Miami, on the social media platform X. Paramedics were evaluating people at the scene and a group of them were transported to a local clinic, but none had life threatening injuries, said the Sheriff’s Office.

In the Florida Keys, migrant landings of people fleeing Cuba are more frequent than migrant boats from Haiti. Cubans generally arrive in small boats, while Haitians arrive in larger groups, like the one on Wednesday.

The Biden administration has been sending Haitians back to their country since April, when, for the first time in several months, there was a deportation flight. At that time the Homeland Security Department said in a statement that it “will continue to enforce U.S. laws and policy throughout the Florida Straits and and the Caribbean region, as well as at the southwest border.”

U.S. policy is to deport noncitizens who do not establish a legal basis to remain in the United States.

A couple hundred police officers from Kenya arrived in Haiti on Tuesday as part of an international security mission backed from the United Nations to quell the gang violence.

Immigration advocates and members of the Haitian diaspora in South Florida urged the federal and state governments to provide support to the migrants that arrived.

“The situation in Haiti is beyond desperate. People are fleeing for their lives, seeking safety and a chance to survive,” said Tessa Petit, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition and a native of Haiti. “We urge our government to treat these individuals with the compassion and dignity they deserve.”

During fiscal year 2023, the Coast Guard said it stopped at sea and repatriated about 1,800 migrants from Haiti and 6,618 from Cuba who tried to reach the Florida coast. The numbers have decreased this fiscal year, which began in October 2023, with more than 290 Haitian migrants and 420 Cuban migrants repatriated so far.

“The Coast Guard and our Homeland Security Task Force Southeast partners have not observed an increase in unlawful maritime migration compared to historical trends,” Coast Guard spokesperson Nicholas Strasburg said over email in a statement to The Associated Press.

In January 2023, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order allowing state law enforcement officers and National Guard soldiers to patrol the sea and sky in search of migrants arriving to the state.

The measure went into effect after an increase in migrant arrivals from Cuba and Haiti at the end of 2022 overwhelmed Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers assigned to the Keys.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Higher share of foreign workers became permanent residents in recent years: StatCan
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 27, 2024 • Last updated 4 days ago • 1 minute read

Statistics Canada says foreign workers have been transitioning to permanent residency at higher rates in recent years.
Statistics Canada says foreign workers have been transitioning to permanent residency at higher rates in recent years.
OTTAWA — Foreign workers have been making the transition to permanent residency at higher rates in recent years, Statistics Canada says.

A new report from the federal agency shows that between 2016 and 2020, 23 per cent of foreign workers had become permanent residents two years after obtaining their first work permits.

That was up from about 12 per cent between 2011 and 2015.

The findings suggest temporary residency has become a more significant pathway to permanent residency in Canada.

Temporary residents include asylum seekers as well as individuals with work or study permits. In contrast, permanent residents are able to work and live in Canada indefinitely, so long as they maintain their status.

The number of foreign workers and international students has spiked dramatically in recent years, fuelling a surge in population growth that experts say has worsened housing affordability.

The Liberal government has taken much of the blame for that growth, prompting new federal measures aimed at curbing temporary migration.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced in March that over the next three years, the government plans to reduce the share of temporary residents in Canada to five per cent of the population.

As of April 1, there were 2.8 million temporary residents in Canada, making up 6.8 per cent of the population.

During a meeting with provincial counterparts in May, Miller suggested one way to curb the number of temporary residents in the country would be to offer them permanent residency.

“The fact people are already here, their impact on affordability has already been baked in, so it’s smart,” Miller said.

“But it doesn’t mean by extension that everyone’s entitled to stay here or be here in Canada.”


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
24-year-old Indian man posed as a senior citizen to board flight to Canada: Police
Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Jun 28, 2024 • Last updated 4 days ago • 1 minute read

A 24-year-old Indian man disguised as a senior citizen was caught trying to board a flight bound for Canada, according to Indian federal police.

The man, identified as Guru Sewak Singh, was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after officials became suspicious of his youthful appearance, India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CSIF) said in a posted on X on Wednesday.

“Vigilant CISF personnel intercepted a passenger bound for Canada involved in human trafficking & impersonation,” CSIF said on X. “The pax attempted to travel by impersonating an aged person and using false documents.”

Singh, who was wearing glasses and a turban, was set to board an Air Canada flight using the passport of a 67-year-old man named Rashvindar Singh Sahota.

Airport officials noticed the texture of his skin and the youthful sound of his voice didn’t match the features of a senior citizen, the Economic Times reported.

Officials took a closer look at Singh’s passport and noticed that he had dyed his hair and beard white and was only wearing the glasses to appear older.

Upon interrogation, Singh revealed his true identity and showed a digital copy of his real passport.

Singh was handed over to Delhi Police for further investigation, the CSIF said.

Under Indian law, he could face penalties ranging from a fine to imprisonment for impersonation.

In 2019, a 32-year-old man had disguised himself as an 81-year-old using a wheelchair in an attempt to board a plane bound for New York from the same New Delhi airport, the New York Post reported.

Officials became suspicious of the man, identified as Jayesh Patel, as he appeared much younger than the age of the man on his fake passport.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
StatsCan report shows immigration outpacing jobs
Unemployment up sharply for immigrants and temporary residents.

Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Published Jul 05, 2024 • 3 minute read

The employment reports coming out of Ottawa and Washington on Friday really showed a tale of two countries.

In Canada, the unemployment rate was up to 6.4%, there was a net loss of 1,4000 jobs lost and fewer people were looking for work. In the United States, there were more than 200,000 net new jobs created and the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.1% because more people were looking for work.

The economic confidence in the U.S. has resulted in calls for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates sooner and faster. Here, there are concerns a second rate cut won’t come quite as quickly as wage growth continues to outpace inflation.

Wage growth may sound like a good thing but not when it is concentrated in government jobs, in particular the federal public service, as a recent report from Desjardins showed. Add to that the ongoing job gains in the public sector versus the private sector and you start to see an economy that isn’t as healthy as it should be.

The big problem that continues to persist in Canada’s jobs market, though, is that once again, population growth driven by temporary workers and international students is outpacing job growth. That, of course, leads to a number of other problems that cascade through society.

“Excessive population growth particularly in the temps category is responsible for a rising unemployment rate and it is of no service to anyone to candy coat this fact,” Scotiabank VP and head of Capital Markets Derek Holt said in a note to bank clients on Friday.

“Population is up by 1.1 million people year-over-year as housing affordability pressures mount, rent is soaring, classrooms are getting packed and ERs are clogged. A+ Canada …”

The government has known that population growth has been putting a strain on the labour market since at least last summer. That’s when Statistics Canada began to issue warnings in their monthly jobs report that things were not looking good, that population growth was vastly outpacing job growth.

At the beginning of April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was incredibly blunt when speaking about the issue at a news conference in Halifax.

“Whether it’s temporary foreign workers or whether it’s international students in particular, that have grown at a rate far beyond what Canada has been able to absorb,” Trudeau said.

“Increasingly, more and more businesses are relying on temporary foreign workers in a way that is driving down wages in some sectors.”

Faster than we can absorb. Driving down wages.

If only Trudeau knew someone who could do something about this?

I mean, he could do something given that he is the prime minister. Beyond that, he could ask Marc Miller, his immigration minister and a man so close that he was in Trudeau’s wedding party.

There are no signs that the government has any intention of slowing down the immigration numbers, temporary or otherwise.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg analysis shows that people who are temporary residents or recent immigrants within the last five years are facing declining employment prospects. The unemployment rate for temporary residents was 11% in June compared to 12.6% for those who immigrated in the last five years.

As Holt said, the massive spike in immigration is not only pushing up unemployment in some sectors but has an impact on housing, access to health care, education and more.

The Trudeau government needs to deal with this issue and that means rolling intake numbers back to a manageable level.

So far, all we’ve heard from Miller is a plan to reduce temporary immigration numbers by making temporary residents permanent and dealing with rising asylum numbers by purchasing hotels to housing them. Neither solution deals with the root cause, it just tries to hide the problem.

We need real solutions, or to accept a declining job market and economy.

Ron in Regina

"Voice of the West" Party
Apr 9, 2008
Regina, Saskatchewan
Last month alone, Ottawa permitted 99,000 newcomers.

As a bonus, housing starts have slowed, too, which means the Liberals are cramming the country with extra bodies when there are neither enough houses or jobs to accommodate them.

StatsCan estimates that in order just to keep even with the number of immigrants flooding into the country, our economy would have to create 50,000 new jobs every month. In the past 18 months, it has achieved that benchmark just once.

The numbers could be worse, I suppose. As job creation has slowed, more Canadians have given up looking for work. And anyone who gives up looking is no longer counted in the unemployment stats. Statistics Canada’s June jobs report, released Friday, was dismal.

Nationwide, Canada lost – lost! – 1,400 jobs last month. Typically, healthy economies pick up jobs in the summer months. Seasonal increases occur in tourism, agriculture, forestry, construction and other industries.

But not in Liberal Canada where woke virtual signalling has displaced sound economic policy for the past nine years. There are two big reasons for the rise in unemployment: Private sector job growth has flatlined over the last two years and the Liberals keep admitting far more immigrants than our economy can absorb.

At the same time as our economy suffered an unexpected loss of jobs, the national labour force grew by over 40,000. That’s bad math. Canada lost 1,400 jobs in the same month the number of people in need of a job rose by more than 40,000.

Since this time last year, our population has grown by 1.1 million. Our labour force has grown by 588,500. Yet Canada has added just 343,400 jobs according to StatsCan, only 165,500 of which were full time.

Since June 2023, the number of unemployed has risen by 245,200. That’s a 21% increase in just a year.

Under the Trudeau Liberals, private sector productivity has fallen, business investment has dropped, manufacturing has gone soft, inflation and interest rates have remained stubbornly high and our wages and standard of living have fallen about one quarter to one third behind the United States.
Ontario, once one of the strongest economies in the world, now has an average income on par with Mississippi.

At the same time, federal public-sector workers are making out like bandits.

According to an analysis published this week by Desjardins Group, while private sector jobs have increased by just 4% since 2019, federal civil service jobs have surged by 17%.

And federal workers are also the beneficiaries of a growing wage gap with their private sector counterparts.

According to Desjardins, “Those who work in public administration at the federal level between January to May of this year, earned on average $45 an hour.” The average for private-sector workers was $35 an hour – comparable to municipal and provincial government workers.

Federal public servants are now the highest paid employment group in the country, with the exception of oil and gas workers.

It used to be civil servants earned a little less than private sector workers, in return for greater job security, richer pensions and better benefits. They have retained all those perks, but now can count on shorter working hours, too, plus longer holidays, earlier retirements and much better pay.

The Trudeau government’s economic policies have made life measurably worse for most Canadians, but they have created a new privileged class of civil servants, so I guess we’ve got that going for us…
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Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Trudeau fails to deal with out-of-control immigration
Student permit, asylum and other streams up despite claims of coming caps.

Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Published Jul 22, 2024 • 3 minute read

We’ve already admitted more foreign students into Canada than we did in the same time period last year.

In the middle of a housing crisis.

At a time when health systems across the country struggle to hire enough doctors and nurses to care for the population that is already here.

What’s worse, we aren’t just increasing the number of foreign students, we are also increasing immigration on all fronts and even the number of people claiming asylum in Canada is up over last year. If you thought you heard the Liberal minister in charge of all of this say something about capping numbers, you’d be right.

The problem is, he hasn’t done that yet even as his boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has admitted the problem.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a massive spike in temporary immigration, whether it’s temporary foreign workers or whether it’s international students, in particular, that have grown at a rate far beyond what Canada has been able to absorb,” Trudeau said at the beginning of April.

What’s been done since then?


As National Post first reported, between Jan. 1 and May 31, the Canadian government approved 216,620 study permits compared to 200,205 during the same period in 2023. For those keeping track, 2023 was a record year for foreign student admissions into Canada with more than 680,000 permits granted last year.

In January of this year, Immigration Minister Marc Miller said the system was being abused.

“Enough is enough,” Miller said. “Through the decisive measures announced today, we are striking the right balance for Canada and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system while setting students up for the success they hope for.”

If that balance is coming, the numbers aren’t showing it.

Meanwhile, from January through May we took in 30,785 compared to 28,980 in the same period for 2023. Our immigration target for permanent residents in 2023 was 465,000 and we brought in 471,550.

A decade ago we were bringing in what was then considered a historic high of just over 250,000 per year and this year we will likely bring in double that.

Now, when you add all the different ways we bring people in, it’s a staggering figure. According to the Statistics Canada’s population clock which tracks growth in real time, our current population as of writing is 41,481,200.

On Dec. 19, 2023 when I wrote about our growing population, the clock stood at 40,720,342 meaning we’ve added 760,858 people in seven months or an average of 109,000 per month.

Again, all in a housing crisis and a health-care crisis.

Bringing in people on scale, faster than we can absorb them to use Trudeau’s terminology, means housing costs rise and health care wait times grow longer. Then there is the economic impact of such massive and uncoordinated growth.

A recent report from The Royal Bank found that Canada’s per-capita household spending is down, and that per capita GDP growth has declined in six of the last seven quarters.

“Canada’s economy might not be in recession but it feels like one,” the report stated.

Our population growth is masking the weaknesses in the Canadian economy.

“Surging population growth has prevented outright declines in Canadian gross domestic product, but per-person output is falling, and the unemployment rate is rising like it usually only would be during a recession,” RBC said.

So, we have a housing crisis, that is being made worse by a lack of supply and increased demand due to immigration, but that immigration is also masking a recession that would be taking place if it weren’t for all the consumer spending of newcomers.

Meanwhile, unemployment is rising in large part because we add more people to the workforce each month. StatsCan has been warning for the last year that population growth is outstripping job growth.

It’s a fine mess we find ourselves in, one created entirely by the policies of the Trudeau government.