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The United States v Canada on Immigration

The United States v Canada on Immigration | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it

As a matter of national policy, Canada actively solicits immigrants and has done so for years. The public supports this and the default political assumption is in support of continued immigration.According to a recent poll, only a third of Canadians believe immigration is more of a problem than an opportunity, far fewer than any other country included in the survey. Rather, Canadians are concerned about "brain waste" and ensuring that foreign credentials are appropriately recognised and rewarded in the job market? Being an immigrant is also no barrier to being a proper Canadian; in parliamentary elections earlier this month, 11% of the people elected were not native. This warm embrace isn't just a liberal abstraction; 20% of Canadians are foreign-born. It's well-known that Canada is an outlier among immigrant nations, but it is nonetheless interesting to consider in reference to the ongoing and heated debate about immigration in the United States. Why is Canadian public opinion so different from views in United States? One explanation was that Canadians see multiculturalism as an important component of national identity. In one public opinion poll, Mr Reitz said, multiculturalism was deemed less important than national health care but more important than the flag, the Mounties, and hockey. Irene Bloemraad, a sociologist at the University of California at Berkeley, picked up this theme. There wasn't such a thing as a purely Canadian passport, she said, until 1947. Canada was, psychosocially, very much a part of the British commonwealth until quite recently. When it came time to create a distinctively Canadian identity, the country included a large and vocal Francophone minority (as well as a considerable number of first peoples). The necessity of bilingualism contributed to a broader public commitment to multiculturalism, which persists today. Other factors allow Canada to be more inviting. The country has little reason to worry about illegal immigration. Like the United States, it shares a long southern border with a country suffering from high levels of crime, unemployment and income inequality. But there aren't millions of Americans yearning to get into Canada. To put it another way, the United States's buffer zone from the eager masses is a shallow river. Canada's is the United States. That reduces unauthorised migration to Canada and eases public anxiety about it. Canada also has a smaller population and lower birth rate than the United States—it needs immigrants for population growth.


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Liveability Ranking: 3 Canadian cities among best in the world - Canada Canada Culture & Events | Examiner.com

Liveability Ranking: 3 Canadian cities among best in the world - Canada Canada Culture & Events | Examiner.com | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it

Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary. What do these three Canadians cities have in common? They are in the top 10 of the 2011 Liveability Ranking.
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Aral Sea 2012. Map, photos of Aral Sea disaster. Problem of the Aral Lake - who is to blame?

Aral Sea 2012. Map, photos of Aral Sea disaster. Problem of the Aral Lake - who is to blame? | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it

Will the Aral Sea ever return? Aral Sea facts, maps, history. GPS location of Aral Sea.This website has great visual aids to show the decrease of the water and explains what type of enviromental problems they are causing.


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farmlandgrab.org | Activists raise red flag over Tanzania land deal

farmlandgrab.org | Activists raise red flag over Tanzania land deal | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it
The US-based Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement say they want senior government officials involved in the deal investigated and prosecuted for accepting a deal that will be detrimental to the welfare of Tanzanians.
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Serengeti road halt for wildlife

Serengeti road halt for wildlife | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it
The Tanzanian government abandons plans to build a controversial road across the Serengeti National Park, after warnings that it could devastate wildlife.
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Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White Horse - EurasiaNet

Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White Horse - EurasiaNet | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it
Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White HorseEurasiaNetNinety metric tons of Afghan heroin (above) transits through the country each year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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The Aral Sea Crisis

The Aral Sea Crisis | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it
In the last 60+ years the Aral Sea has suffered irreparable damage from an unnatural disaster.

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Tanzania: Great Lakes rail link to circumvent the Serengeti

Tanzania and Uganda have agreed that a proposed joint commercial rail track from Tanga to Arusha and Musoma and onward to Kampala, would not cut through the Serengeti national park, ending 12-months of speculation.

As it stands now, the $1.9 billion railway line to link Tanga port and the Lake Victoria side dock of Port Bell close to Kampala via Musoma port, would route nearly 100 km south of the Serengeti to protect the ecosystem.


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Pambazuka - AgriSol land deal in Tanzania creates uncertain future for over 160, 000

Pambazuka - AgriSol land deal in Tanzania creates uncertain future for over 160, 000 | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it

A new report by the Oakland Institute, Lives on Hold, exposes the consequences of Iowa-based AgriSol Energy LLC's plans to lease more than 800,000 acres in Tanzania. The project initiated in 2007-2008 has moved forward without public debate or consent, and will evict more than 160,000 long-term residents of Katumba and Mishamo, who remain in the dark over compensation and relocation plans. The AgriSol land deal is a part of Kilimo Kwanza, or Agriculture First, the Tanzanian government's scheme to promote agricultural development through public-private partnerships.

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Kazakhstan Buys Its Own Gold Output - Ed Steer's Gold & Silver Daily

Kazakhstan Buys Its Own Gold Output - Ed Steer's Gold & Silver Daily | summer 2012 geo152 | Scoop.it
The next five trading days for gold and silver are going to be very busy...and very interesting.

 

"Kazakhstan plans to begin construction of a third gold refinery next year to process an expected increase in volumes of the precious metal, the country’s Industry Ministry said on Monday. There are currently two other gold refineries in Kazakhstan.

 

"Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy, has ambitious plans to raise annual gold output to 70 tonnes or more by 2015. It produced 27.5 tonnes of gold in the first nine months of 2011, including 12.5 tonnes of refined gold, official data show.

 

"The central bank has committed to augment its gold reserves and ease exposure to the dollar by purchasing Kazakhstan’s entire bullion output from next year until at least 2014 or 2015."

 

[Be sure to read the stuff at the end of Ed Steer's Daily.]


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