For Canadians, having children should be seen as a social duty
Have more kids, not less.
Canada, along with many other Western countries, has come to a type of crossroads.
Over the past 150 years, Canada has changed from a high-fertility society where women had many children during their lives to a low-fertility society where women are having fewer children overall and at increasingly older ages.
This is the general trend, despite some fluctuations. The total fertility rate in Canada has been below the replacement level for over 40 years now. If you are wondering when the last time Canadians were reaching the replacement rate, where families would average 2 children to replace themselves, you’d have to go all the way back to 1971, nearly 50 years ago.
In developed countries, demographics are becoming more and more of an issue. When this problem (and let’s not beat around the bush, it is a problem) is brought up in conversation, I usually hear that the answer is immigration. And to that I say, immigration from where?
This trend is noted in Europe as well. If essentially every country within the European union besides France is below replacement, averaging between 50 and 60 percent of the numbers needed to keep the population stable, where will the immigration be coming from to replace 50 percent of the population? And at what cost?
Take the one child policy in China, for example. China is currently floating at half replacement, and although they have lifted the one child policy, there has now been a culture built around only having one child.
Where is China going to find 650 million people to replace the ones who were never born? Never before in human history has there been such a loss in population, including the black plague, which has estimates of anywhere from one-in-three to one-in-four
We have seen more and more headlines as of late coming from government officials stating that Canada is aiming to increase the number of immigrants that it accepts a year, along with long term goals that have raised eyebrows like the ambitious goal to have Canada’s population reach 100 million by the year 2100.
As Elon Musk put it in an interview where he discussed demographics, “I think people are going to have to regard to some degree the notion of having kids as almost a social duty, within reason, I mean… If you can, and you’re so inclined, you should. Otherwise, civilization will just die.”
Immigration is wonderful. I say that full-heartedly, as a child of an immigrant mother from Mexico and whose grandparents are of European decent, immigration is inseparable from the history of the Americas. But since when have the floodgates been so open?
Instead of bringing people in to become Canadians, we have perfectly functional means of making Canadians right here: The uterus.
And this is where semantics come in to play. Within the last few years, I have seen article after article telling me not to have kids. As pointed out by Candice Malcolm, even the CBC has put out articles suggesting Canadians should have less kids.
There’s no shortage of articles that say having kids is bad for the environment, that it makes you unhappy, that it’s too expensive. I find these arguments particularly annoying for a number of reasons.
For one, I’m not going to not have a child, just because the ocean is full of plastic, or whatever. Why should we damage our replacement rate if every other country isn’t going to hop on board with us? Because it’s a poor, short sighted idea. I’m not going to deprive myself of having children because a turtle got a straw up its nose. Sorry.
Secondly, who are you to tell me that having kids will make me unhappy? When are you surveying these parents, within the 6 months of no-sleep and cleaning diapers? That sounds like it would have an impact on surveys asking people if they’re happy, but unless you’re some psycho op-ed mom, in the long run, you’ll be happier that you had your child.
And finally, “it’s too expensive.” To this point, I say sure. It is not cheap to have a child. So this is where I plead to our government.
Canada should initiate law that makes it easier to parents to have children, beyond tax cuts. Let’s follow in the footsteps of countries like Italy and Hungary in these regards. For example, in Hungary, mothers with a family of four or more children no longer pay any income tax at all.
Italy has been proactive in the larger-family movement as well, following the train of thought that immigration may not be the only clear-cut solution to the population problem. In Italy if you have a third child, the government will now be looking into giving free plots of land.
So what steps should Canada take? Well, considering the high amount of Canadians that are in student loan debt, perhaps incentivizing a system in which a percentage of the debt is removed.
According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian university graduate finishes school with more than $26,000 in student debt. What if we cut 25 percent for each child born? Surely this would allow for much more financial freedom, allowing families to start and grow.
There are plenty of people throughout Canada who feel as though a child isn’t in the cards because they’re not in the right financial position; well what if having a child actually helped your position?
There’s no need to close the borders to immigrants, but please, let’s not be so short sighted. We have options here that don’t involve complicated issues around integration. If you can, and you’re so inclined to, children should be in your future.
A man was caught on camera stealing a package from a home in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday. The thief could be seen on the home’s surveillance camera.
The Ontario Provincial Police are telling homeowners to keep an eye out for other “porch pirates” after the incident.
The Oxford OPP have said that the home is located on Cross Street in Ingersoll. They posted the video on their twitter account on Tuesday.
The thief was last seen driving a white Chevrolet Cruze.
The suspect is described as a thin, brown-haired male in his 20s who is clean shaven and stands at about six feet tall. The man was also wearing white shoes with a dark Reebok hoodie and dark pants.
The OPP had no further information on the incident when The Post Millennial was in touch with them Wednesday.
One in four Canadians have fallen victim to “porch pirates” according to a survey recently taken by FedEx.
Police have recommended that anyone expecting a package be at home during the delivery if possible or alternatively have a friend or neighbor help with receiving it.
Another option is to request a signature or special delivery instructions if the company delivering your package has those options available. Police are asking anybody with any information on the Ingersoll incident to get in contact with them or with Crime Stoppers.
The Conservatives’ motion to establish a special committee to examine Canada’s worsening relations with China succeeded in the House of Commons Tuesday night after garnering support from the Bloc and New Democrats.
Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole’s motion won the vote 171-148, in the 43rd Parliament’s first division since convening on December 5.
While not a confidence vote against the minority Liberal government, O’Toole’s small victory will establish, as per his motion, “a special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings to examine and review all aspects of the Canada-China relationship including, but not limited to consular, economic, legal, security and diplomatic relations.”
During debate on O’Toole’s proposed Canada-China committee, Liberal MPs told the House such a configuration was unnecessary as the Commons foreign affairs committee could manage any examination of the ongoing, and deteriorating file.
The vote took place in the House of Commons on the same day, one year ago, when Canadians Micheal Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China, where they remain behind bars without access to lawyers and facing espionage charges.
Their arrest is viewed as retaliation after Canada detained Chinese tech-giant Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant, while she was transiting through Vancouver International Airport.
As Spavor and Kovrig begin their second year in captivity in China, Liberals have faced questions about why, after the detentions and agriculture bans – beef and pork bans have been lifted by China, while its canola embargo remains – the government continues to back the Chinese-controlled Asian Infrastructure Bank with $256 million.
Overlaying this diplomatic entanglement is more Liberal dithering on a decision whether to allow Huawei 5G technology on our domestic telecommunications networks.
Citing serious national security concerns over the Chinese-controlled company, United States wants its ‘five eyes’ signals intelligence network allies – Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia – to ban Huawei from their respective domestic infrastructure.
Parliament’s nascent Canada-China relations committee will be comprised of six Liberal members, four from the Conservatives and one MP from the Bloc and NDP parties.
If Ontario’s government accepts all proposals tabled by High School teachers’ union, the province would have to spend more than $7 billion by 2021-2022, according to the Ford government.
“The reason why we publicize this, we believe, is it’s in taxpayers’ interests to know,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said.
In response, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation(OSSTF) president Harvey Bischof has said the Ford government is inflating numbers by applying his members’ demands to the entire sector.
Currently, the Ford government has said its $7 billion projection is based on union demands such as cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits, maintaining previous class sizes, as well as other costs.
The government has said it had to apply costs to the entire sector as benefits given to one education union would more than likely be given to others. For example, CUPE which has already signed a deal has a “me-too” clause around salaries, which allows the union to ask for increases if others in the industry get them.
While unions continue to ask for data to be presented on a case by case basis, the Ford government appears to dead-on putting forward industry level costs, with both hoping to increase the importance of their argument.
With negotiations ongoing, we’ll have to wait and see how the public alongside those involved react to the ongoing negotiations over teachers’ contracts, including both high school and elementary teachers.
Elementary teachers in Ontario’s English public schools have notably ramped up their own job action on Tuesday, by moving into a new phase of work-to-rule, were teachers would not plan field trips or distribute letters and memos.
New Jersey shooting: Investigation points toward targeted anti-Semitic attack, deceased names confirmed
One of the two suspects in the lengthy shoot out in Jersey City, New Jersey, previously wrote anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and police investigators suspect these were the motivations for the attack on a kosher supermarket on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
A police officer was one of the six left dead from the apparent hours-long terrorist attack. The 33-year-old wife, Leah Mindel Ferencz, of the store owner and 24-year-old Hersh Deutch were two innocent bystanders killed in the suspected hate crime attack. Authorities have not yet named the victims but news outlet BOROPARK24 has reported the aforementioned two Jewish victims, which The Post Millennial independently verified as two of the victims tragically killed in the attack. The two attackers were also killed in the attack, but their identities have not yet been released. The name of the fourth victim is still unreleased.
Deutch, a student, was at the store buying lunch with his cousin who works in real estate. His cousin saw him on the ground and ran to get help after he suffered also a gunshot wound.
“I’m 100% certain that this situation would have been far more tragic than what it already is. There is enough info to know this could have been far worse,” said Mayor of Jersey City Steven Fulop said on Twitter.
The mayor also addressed rumours that the two shooters were allegedly Muslim.
“[Jersey City] and I don’t want anyone jumping to conclusions that aren’t accurate. I want to be sure the Muslim community knows we are thankful they are here in JC,” said Fulop.
Police also discovered an ideologically-filled note from the assailants’ van, according to law enforcement officials that spoke to The New York Times.
According to Fulop, the attackers first shot a detective before slowly cruising towards the store where the subsequent firefight ensued.
“The perpetrators stopped in front of there and calmly opened the door with two long rifles,” Fulop said.
The police officer murdered was identified as Detective Joe Seals, a father of five working in law enforcement for 15 years.
Seals was shot when he approached the two suspects in a U-Haul van at a cemetery. For well over an hour gunfire could be heard from the neighbourhood where the standoff took place. Police found an active pipe bomb in the suspects’ U-Haul.