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Canada: A Nation Of Bigots?
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2007/11/c2580.html?view=print

Our national tolerance is breaking down. In this week's issue, Maclean's asks, "Is our cherished multicultural tapestry fraying?"

TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Recently overheard at one of Quebec's hearings on "reasonable accommodation": "We receive them here, we feed them, we house them, we give them an education, and they don't integrate at all." The response? Many in the audience winced. But many others clapped. "The hearings have demonstrated how utterly conflicted Quebecers are on the question of how accommodating they should be to newcomers, and to cultural and religious minorities," writes Maclean's assistant editor Martin Patriquin. And Quebecers aren't the only ones. The past few months have seen a number of high profile incidents echoing the sorts of sentiments heard in Quebec.

In Vancouver, uber-manager Bruce Allen, co-producer of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, declared on his popular radio show, that Canada has "rules". "If you're immigrating to this country," he announced, "and you don't like the rules that are in place (...) We don't need you here. You have another place to go. It's called home. See ya." In the town of Georgina, Ont., police have been investigating incidents of "nipper tipping," the ugly term for assaults on Asians in the quiet cottage-country area around Lake Simcoe.

In Mississauga, Ont., an Islamic high school was vandalized twice in August. Arsonists torched the private Abraar School in Ottawa late last month on the first day of Ramadan. And in Calgary last month, three potential jurors in a murder trial of an alleged Muslim hit man were excused after they admitted they might be biased against the accused because of his religion.

Beyond the incendiary comments, the issue revolves around this question of "reasonable accommodations" of cultural and religious minorities, and where the limits should be drawn. Just how fraught the matter is became clear in this month's Ontario election campaign, when Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory found himself pounded in the polls when he advocated extending public funding to faith-based schools. "For most Ontarians," reports Patriquin, "this was one accommodation too far."

Since it was enshrined as official policy in 1971, multiculturalism has been worn by Canadians as a badge of honour even as its consequences have remained happily abstract. But if tolerance has long been one of the touchstones of Canadian identity, there is reason to believe our cherished multicultural tapestry is fraying.

Unemployment Rate Dips in Canada
Stats Can Report


The unemployment rate dipped 0.1 percentage points to 5.9% in September, the first time since November 1974 that the rate has been below 6.0%. The decline in the rate occurred as employment rose by an estimated 51,000, with gains concentrated in full-time employment.

So far in 2007, employment has grown by 1.7% (+283,000), a rate of growth higher than that observed over the first nine months of 2006 (+1.3%).

Ontario's overall employment picture improved in September. Employment in the province increased by an estimated 30,000, the first significant gain this year, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 6.2%. This brings total growth for the province so far in the year to 1.2% (+77,000).

In September, the largest increases in employment in Ontario were in educational services as well as in information, culture and recreation. There were also gains in public administration, mostly at the local, municipal and provincial levels. Some of this gain was likely the result of the hiring of additional workers for the provincial election. Manufacturing, however, continued to slump, with 44,000 fewer workers over the first nine months of this year.

Ten sectors where Canada can lead the way
Canadian Business magazine takes an in-depth look at the country's future and how we can best prepare to face a daunting list of challenges

TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - "Future proofing" is the tricky process of trying to anticipate long-term developments to maximize opportunities and minimize disaster. The Canadian way is betting a little on every single sector, including proven losers, in the name of regional development and to reduce political fallout. But that just will not cut it in the globalized 21st-century economy as Canadian Business magazine reveals in its Competitiveness Issue. It's time Canada made a stand in key industries vital to its future success. Some, such as energy and biotechnology, are obvious; others, including health care and manufacturing, might seem to go against the grain. Canadian Business magazine reveals where Canada can lead, why and how, as well as how Canada stacks up against the world in a variety of socio-economic categories.

Where Canada can lead, why and how:
- Clean Technology: With oil prices topping US$80 a barrel and carbon costs on the way, renewable fuels are no longer just a tree-hugging alternative. Canada has the talent and technologies to lead innovation in areas such as carbon sequestration, biofuels and geothermal energy.
- Video Game Development: About 20% of the top selling games in North America are developed in Canada and some of the best studios in the world exist in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. The global industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1% between now and 2011, making gaming a growing entertainment force, and a clear export opportunity.
- Quantum Computing: Canada has one of the world's largest critical masses of researchers in many of the key theoretical aspects of quantum information processing. With our resources, Canada has the chance to be at the forefront of the next major computing paradigm.

Kenyans In Britain Active In Economy
By Paul Redfern
NATION Correspondent, London
10/5/2007


Kenyans are among the most economically active and successful of all the immigrant communities in the UK, says a new report. The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that it estimates 123,600 people who were born in Kenya currently live and work in the UK.

The Kenyan expatriate community is the 13th largest in Britain, ahead of Australians, Italians, Canadians and even, surprisingly, the French. But the community, said to be a mixture of African business people, white Kenyans, Kenyan Asians and asylum seekers, is one of the most productive of all immigrant communities to the UK.

Kenyans in the UK earn on average 24,500 (Sh3.3 million) a year, behind seven other countries including Americans, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, the French and Ugandans who have an average per capita income of 27,400 (Sh3.7 million).

But Kenyans are also the second biggest home owning immigrants in the UK, behind India, with 82 per cent of the community owning a house. They are also among the least likely of all the communities to be claiming benefit from Britain's social welfare system with only one per cent doing so.

Nearly 80 per cent of all Kenyans living in the UK are employed, with 19 per cent of them self employed. Average hourly pay for Kenyan immigrants is 12.50 (Sh1,704) per hour, among the top 10 earners of all immigrant communities to the UK and just behind Ugandans who earn 13.40 (Sh1,840) an hour.

The detailed study into Britain's biggest immigrant communities was conducted by the institute to try and dispel some of the myths that have made life difficult for some immigrants in the UK.

Evidence base

The aim of the report was to tackle the fact that there is "very little information on the economic characteristics and contribution of Britain's immigrants," said the IPPR.

"This is unfortunate because it means that policy-makers do not have the evidence base they need on which to base good policies and because it leads to claims being made about immigrants and immigration that are based on intuition and assumption rather than hard data."

Kenyans make up the third largest African immigrant group to the UK, behind South Africa with 189,900 and Nigeria with 146,300.

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