Montreal Immigration and Refugee Board forced to close down due to bed bug infestation
A major bed bug infestation has forced government offices in downtown Montreal to temporarily close down.
The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has come out and said that, due to the infestation, all hearings have been canceled for Thursday.
Iranian-Canadians and community leaders gathered Thursday night at the Iranian Islamic Centre of Montreal to commemorate the lives lost in the tragic shooting down of Ukranian flight 752 by Iranian missiles.
Those who attended included Mayor of Lachine/Lasalle/Dorval, Maya Vodanovich; Assistant of Mayor of Pierrefonds, Sophie Mohsen; MP of Lachine, Anju Dhillon; City councillor for Lachine, Michele Flennery; and Imam Saleh Sibeveih, Director and Cleric of the Islamic Centre of Montreal Canada and Zurich Switzerland.
Imam Saleh Sibeveih spoke at the solemn gathering, one of many such gatherings across Canada during this time of mourning for the 176 victims of the murderous act by the Iranian regime.
The Islamic Centre of Montreal is an orthodox Islamic Centre and cannot be dismissed as fringe or discredited by the Iranian regime.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s legislation on reducing immigration from the United States has been ineffective, according to data obtained by the Toronto Star.
The immigration statistics reveal that only 400 asylum claims have been rejected. As a result of this, the policy has been deemed largely inadequate, and a long way off from the refugee deterrence that the Liberals had hoped to achieve through this policy, created in June of 2018.
Since 2017, over 50,000 refugees crossed the border from the United States to Canada. And as of September 2019, 29,000 asylum claims are still to be considered—thus making the 400 rejected relatively minuscule number.
Human rights groups, who were previously critical of the Liberal’s legislation, were pleased by the number of rejected applicants.
Due to Liberal legislation containing few systematic reforms to the education system, the legislation was largely seen as a general “bugger off” to those wishing to claim refugee status, rather than a concrete ruling that would stop the flow.
As well as this, the federal government will not deport individuals to a swath of countries that are considered too dangerous.
The federal government wants to introduce an immigration program in order to let certain cities and areas bring in new immigrants by taking local labour demands into account.
In the electoral campaign the Trudeau government said that they would be introducing the system. The person Prime Minister Trudeau designated for the job is Marco Mendico, a new immigration minister.
The goal of the program is to put some of the decision making abilities in the hands of local communities based on their needs. Trudeau’s mandate letter noted that there will be more than 5,000 spaces created by implementing the new program.
According to CBC, Mendico said that the program helps “to draw on local experiences, expertise, capacities to understand where are the labour shortages, where are the economic opportunities and how that information can help us select individuals who wish to come to Canada to ply their trade, to fulfil their opportunity.”
The current ratio of workers to retirees in Canada is 4:1 according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). By 2035 that ratio is expected to drop to 2:1.
In the past ten years about three quarters of the population growth in Canada has been due to immigration. The IRCC projects that by 2031, this number will rise to 80 percent.
Similar programs have been put forward to bring newcomers into rural areas and Atlantic Canada to fill job positions.
Leah Nord, who works for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as director of workforce strategies and inclusive growth, noted that there are labour gaps throughout the country. She added that close to 500,000 job positions are not being filled.
Many immigrants end up in Canada’s major cities and this program is meant to bring and keep skilled workers in smaller communities.
Nord told CBC, “One of the greatest ways to ensure immigration integration is a success is to have a job, to have labour market integration,” she added. “And that comes from the employer, from the chambers, from the business point of view. Having them involved in the beginning and making them those liaisons is key to success.”
She explained that a lot of immigrants will be able to “hit the ground running” by having job opportunities when they arrive.
Chief economist of The Conference Board of Canada, Pedro Antunes, mentioned that with ageing populations, immigrants will play a critical role in the labour market in Canada.
Antunes said, “The economic migrants play a big, big role … in helping us grow our workforce at a time when, if not for immigration, we’d actually be seeing a decline in the number of workers in Canada.”
According to the Conference Board, by 2030, the number of baby boomers reaching retirement age will be over nine million.
Mendicino’s mandate letter also says “This continues our modest and responsible increases to immigration, with a focus on welcoming highly skilled people who can help build a stronger Canada.”
Mendico is planning to review outcomes based on data and will be working directly with Canada’s provinces and territories.
P.K. Subban got an engagement ring from his girlfriend for Christmas in what the couple call a ‘non-traditional move.’
In a tweet on Christmas yesterday, Lindsey Vonn, former professional skier and girlfriend of Subban, showed the world her gift to the New Jersey defense man, giving him an engagement ring.
The couple, who have been dating for two years, can be seen in the Christmas photo wearing striped Hudson’s Bay-style pajamas with their pets alongside them.
The engagement, though, isn’t the first for the couple, as Subban had previously proposed to Vonn in August of this year.
The ring, it appears, was more a symbolic gesture more than anything, as the tweet was posted with the hashtag #equality.
“Lindsey’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Subban told Vogue earlier this year. “There are people in life that deserve to be with good people. They have that person who takes care of them and makes them smile, and she deserves to be with someone who loves her more than anything else in the world, and I do.”