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Facing Wave of Refugees, Montreal Opens Up Stadium for Housing

Facing Wave of Refugees, Montreal Opens Up Stadium for Housing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many of the new asylum seekers are Haitians, who fear that under Trump administration rules, they may be deported from the United States.
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This story has layers of meaning. First, most of the refugees are from Haiti. They fled after the horrible flooding. So, what has gone wrong with the rebuilding of that benighted country? What happened to all that assistance that Bill Clinton was going to deliver? Second, that makes them environmental refugees, which is a new class. They weren't fleeing political oppression but the ravishes of the environment. We need nationally and internationally to forge new rules to cover them. If we look at what's happening to the Earth, there are going to be many more people running from food, earthquake, etc. in the not too distant future. So, we'd best get working on those rules quickly. 

Of course, right along with that question we have to talk about American policy towards development in the Caribbean. Many of the countries there, which are our allies and neighbors and even in the case of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico our territories,, are hurting terribly. Other than tourism, there is little place for them in the world economy. If we don't help them build infrastructure and jobs, they will become ever more vulnerable to the vagaries of nature and to the political machinations of negative leaders.

Then, we have the tension that is developing between Canada and the US. Some of that tension started before the election. For example, by shortening the amount of time her citizens could stay out of country before forfeiting their medical insurance, Canada effectively cut back on a huge number of snowbirds in places like Arizona and Florida. The too, there is the issues around cheese and lumber and the biggest point of economic conflict during the Obama years, the oil pipelines. However, never before has Canada directly questioned the human rights values of the States. Sure, in Canada there has been a different approach to refugees from the Middle East, but not in a big number and those refugees were coming directly to Canada. Giving refuge to these Haitians (and a few others) is a direct criticism of American policy. Most of the people involved don't have any big flaws and will probably be given refugee status in Canada. By placing them in Montreal, the Canadian have pointed out that they speak French and thereby implies that they will be accepted. 

Which brings us to a big question. We aren't talking about a huge number of people; a little over four thousand to date. About 56 thousand in total in the US. Why the emphasis on deporting them, and remember this started under Obama. Remember, these were people who were vetted to get in. We aren't talking about criminal behaviors. What is the issue with them? Would we have taken the same position were we talking about any group of Caribbean or Latin American refugees? I think not. Haitians are Black, not the brown of most of the islanders. And, to be honest, they have never had much material wellbeing. So are we being honest about our values as we drive these poor Black people from our borders? 

On the other hand, can we carry the rest of the Americas on our backs?  My head spins with the issues. One thing I do know, if I were looking to set up lower wage manufacturing jobs, I would try to set them up in our poorer neighbors in the Islands before I would turn to China. Would they be as profitable? Probably not, but they would have a better long-range outcome for America. 

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5 Syrian families didn't know what they'd find in Canada. They found the perfect town.

5 Syrian families didn't know what they'd find in Canada. They found the perfect town. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This Canadian town took in stranded flyers on 9/11. Now it's taking in Syrian refugees.
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I've never been to Newfoundland, but I understand it is different, beautiful, and, well, different. Canadians often make fun of Newfies as being naive, less educated, and, yes, different. Still, there is something remarkable about this story and the warmth of the people in Gander. If the hundreds of thousands of refugees of the world are going to find homes, a lot of towns are going to have to step up. Yes, towns more than cities. Places where personal contact can make a real difference. In the meantime, it's nice to see the best of humanity at work.
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Canada to Offer Temp Permits to Those Stranded by Trump Ban

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Canada to Offer Temp Permits to Those Stranded by Trump Ban
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Thanks to Canada for being a moral compass as America loses its way. 
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After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’

After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With national elections expected in the fall, a sweeping victory this month by the left-leaning New Democrats in Alberta, a bastion of conservative voting, may signal changes to come.
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Even our most conservative Canadian neighbors are beginning to get it; conservatives don't provide good, effective government and don't help real economic growth. Now if the folks of Alberta have learned that, perhaps people in places like Kansas will get the message, too.

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Canada’s high court sides with First Nations in land rights case | Al Jazeera America

Canada’s high court sides with First Nations in land rights case | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Case involving indigenous tribe could have far-reaching effects on logging and fracking
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It is good to see that Canada's top court has respect for Native Americans. It is also good to see that the First Nations are prepared to enter into new treaty negotiations. Hopefully common ground that is good for all can be found, but also hopefully that will not include damaging the environment.

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Cheese dispute puts July 1 target for Canada-EU trade deal in jeopardy

Cheese dispute puts July 1 target for Canada-EU trade deal in jeopardy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Plans to bring most of Canada's new trade deal with the European Union into effect by July 1 may be unravelling due to a new dispute over who gets to import EU cheese.
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Okay, we're talking cheese here; and there's no topic about which I'm more passionate. I love cheese; never met a curd I didn't hold dear until it was eaten. Seriously thought, Canada is a major dairy producing country and that industry is very powerful. The dairy industry is saying to the Europeans, you send us much of your product for processing and distribution rather than you coming out with your own final brands. This means that all those small but wonderful products won't get advanced, only the basic stuff from the big European producers. How does that really help anyone? Having once sampled the cheeses of France, and that's only one country, I have to tell you that were I in Montreal or any other cosmopolitan city in Canada and I saw this plan I would be as angry as the Europeans. Protecting a country's industries is fine, but dans l'intéret d'un dieu we're talking fromage, cheese, the stuff of gods not cheetos.
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Many Apply, Few Qualify: Canada Rejects Indian Status for Thousands

Many Apply, Few Qualify: Canada Rejects Indian Status for Thousands | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Canada has rejected more than 72,000 applications from people seeking Indian status, the latest turn in a chaotic process to decide who in Newfoundland qualifies as a Native Canadian.
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There has come a time when those who once hid their connection to the Original People of this continent are now not only proud of their ancestry but others wish to claim it as well. So, who is Native American and who is not? This will not be an easily decided question for the people of Newfoundland. At least we know that the process will be civil and mannerly. 
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Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild

Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
But should we really be so impressed by a politician’s grasp of basic science?
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It's great to see a political leader who has at least a basic understanding of and thinks about science and technology. Go Mr. Trudeau. 
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Canada's wild fur trade returns

Canada's wild fur trade returns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's not nostalgia, it's big business. From trapline to showroom, the return of Canada's wild fur trade.
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A fascinating look at the resurgent Canadian fur trapping industry. We humans are such an omnipresent species and always affecting the environment and other species for good or especially for ill.

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