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  1. Excellent reportage ce matin à la radio à l'émission de Desautels le dimanche : https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/desautels-le-dimanche/segments/reportage/108311/de-californie-montreal-toronto-residence-permanente-canada-compagnie-technologique-cerveau-recrutement-marie-laure-josselin J'espère que le projet de loi 9 du gouverment Legault ne va pas freiner l'arrivée de ces talents à Montréal au profit de Toronto... https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1156037/silicon-valley-trump-etats-unis-technotalents-indiens-toronto-canada Quitter la Silicon Valley pour le rêve canadien Publié le vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 16 h 49 Mis à jour aujourd'hui à 4 h 52 Marie-Laure Josselin Déçus par les lois anti-immigration, inquiets des politiques de Trump et du coût de la vie dans la Silicon Valley, les talents de la techno et de l'intelligence artificielle sont de plus en plus nombreux à s'installer au Canada. À chaque déclaration sur les immigrants aux États-Unis, le trafic sur le site Movnorth de Vikram Rangnekar s’emballe et atteint des pics. « Depuis deux ou trois ans, l’intérêt pour le Canada a bondi », explique ce citoyen indien installé à Toronto depuis 2016. Son site donne de l’information sur la vie au Canada et sur les processus d’immigration, et met en relation les « technotalents » et les compagnies intéressées par ces migrants hautement qualifiés. Vikram Rangnekar a eu l’idée de lancer ce site après avoir multiplié les conseils et répondu à des milliers de courriels. L’ancien ingénieur de logiciels chez LinkedIn, dans la Silicon Valley, a lui-même quitté le rêve américain pour s’installer au Canada. Pourtant, tout allait plutôt bien : un bon travail et une famille avec un jeune enfant. « Je voulais plus de liberté en général, plus de temps avec mes enfants et pouvoir expérimenter mes idées pour créer une entreprise, mais j’avais un visa de travail, le H1-B, qui est très restrictif », raconte Vikram Rangnekar. « Je pouvais demander la carte verte, mais le processus est très long pour quelqu’un qui est né en Inde. Ces 10 dernières années, l’attente n’a cessé d’augmenter. Les gens parlent de 20 ans, voire plus. » - Vikram Rangnekar. Trump instigateur de l'exode des cerveaux L’arrivée de Donald Trump et ses multiples projets pour réformer l’immigration aux États-Unis a aggravé la situation. Selon l’association américaine des avocats en immigration, les délais de traitement des dossiers ont globalement augmenté de 46 % au cours des deux dernières années. Et 2017 a été l’année où le taux d’approbation du H1-B a été le plus bas depuis au moins une décennie. Pourtant, selon le Pew Research Center, ce sont essentiellement des personnes ultraqualifiées dans les domaines de la science, de la technologie ou encore de l’ingénierie qui en font la demande. Et plus de la moitié sont des Indiens. Lassés d’attendre et, pour certains, mal à l'aise avec la situation sociale, ils se tournent vers le Canada. Vikram Rangnekar confirme que 90 % des talents qui viennent sur son site sont aux États-Unis. Les chiffres de Statistique Canada ne laissent d’ailleurs planer aucun doute : depuis la création du programme Stratégie en matière de compétences mondiales, en juin 2017, les citoyens indiens provenant notamment des États-Unis ont monopolisé la moitié des visas temporaires, qui peuvent être délivrés en deux semaines. Dans son bureau de Montréal, Stéphane Duval, avocat spécialisé en travail et en immigration au cabinet McCarthy Tétrault, a constaté cette recrudescence. Un de ses clients par exemple, « une entreprise bien en vue », a transféré au cours de la dernière année des candidats au Canada, parce que « les gens là-bas avec un visa de travail préfèrent déménager, considérant la situation politique canadienne et l’américaine ». « Je pense que Donald Trump aide beaucoup de pays à aspirer les cerveaux américains ». Dans les bureaux de Sensibill où il est responsable du développement de l’entreprise émergente, l’Américain Adam Mullen est catégorique. Les compétences des « technotalents » sont très demandées. Il y a deux ans, Adam Mullen a quitté son pays pour les Pays-Bas. Il voulait s’éloigner « de cette atmosphère politique étrange qu’il y avait et qu’il y a toujours aux États-Unis ». Avec sa conjointe, il voulait aussi une meilleure qualité de vie. Après quelque temps, il a eu le mal du pays. Mais pas question de retourner sur sa terre natale. Il est plutôt venu s’installer à Toronto. L’effervescence techno du Canada « Le président au sud de la frontière nous a fait la meilleure campagne de publicité pour le Canada, sans qu’on ait besoin de le payer », lance le Québécois Sylvain Carle, un ex-employé de Twitter, en Californie, revenu en 2014 pour se joindre à Real Ventures, un fonds d’investissement capital de risques. « Son arrivée au pouvoir, avec ses discours anti-immigration, avec un resserrement, a créé beaucoup d’inquiétudes, et cette incertitude nous sert très bien au Canada, parce qu’on est prêts maintenant. » - Sylvain Carle, de Real Ventures « Toronto, Kitchener, Waterloo, c’est comme la nouvelle Silicon Valley canadienne », lance Joshua Lé, associé d’affaires chez Techstars, un accélérateur d’entreprises émergentes à Toronto. Dans cette ancienne usine à textile, en plein cœur du centre, des bureaux lumineux sont encore vides. À l’entrée, un compteur roule. Dans deux jours, 65 personnes de dix entreprises émergentes de la Lituanie, du Nigeria, de l’Ukraine, de la Chine et des Pays-Bas vont s’installer pour développer leur compagnie. Car Toronto s’est hissé pour la première fois dans le top 5 des meilleurs marchés pour les « technotalents » en prenant la quatrième place en Amérique du Nord. C’est même le marché technologique à croissance la plus rapide pour la deuxième année consécutive, selon le rapport annuel Scoring Tech Talent de CBRE. Les villes qui attirent le plus de travailleurs techno En Amérique du Nord : https://mapping.cbre.com/maps/Scoring-Tech-Talent-2018/Analyzer/ La Ville Reine a créé plus d’emplois dans le secteur en 2017 que la baie de San Francisco, Seattle et Washington combinés. Attrait et perte de « technotalents » En 2018, Toronto a attiré 55 000 « technotalents » contre 46 500 dans la baie de San Francisco. Washington en a perdu 48 200, Boston 38 500, et Los Angeles 25 100. Vancouver en a gagné 5800, Montréal 4100, et Ottawa 382. Ottawa, Montréal et Vancouver font aussi partie du top 25. Mark Maclean, directeur principal pour les Amériques et l’entrepreneuriat à Montréal International, se souvient qu’il y a trois ans, lorsqu’il allait recruter dans la Silicon Valley, quand il évoquait Montréal, on lui parlait plutôt de Toronto et de Vancouver. « Dans ma première mission, je cognais aux portes pour demander aux gens de me rencontrer. Maintenant, les gens nous appellent. J’ai eu trois appels cette semaine de grandes entreprises dans l’intelligence artificielle qui s’intéressent à Montréal. » -Mark Maclean, de Montréal International Faciliter l’entrée au Canada Le gouvernement canadien a compris que favoriser l’entrée au pays de ces talents était une option gagnante. Techstars est, par exemple, une compagnie désignée, « ce qui nous permet d’aider et d’accélérer le processus d’immigration de cinq personnes par entreprise émergente pour qu'elles obtiennent la résidence permanente, si elles sont intéressées », explique le gestionnaire de programme de la compagnie Tariq Haddadin. « Cela comprend la relocalisation de leur compagnie, c’est-à-dire l’incorporation de leur compagnie au Canada. Alors, on gagne les talents, on récupère l'incorporation de la compagnie. Donc, on pense que c'est gagnant-gagnant [...] et que ça devient un avantage pour nous, en tant que pays. » - Tariq Haddadin. gestionnaire de programmes chez Techstars, à Toronto Entrée express, stratégie en matière de compétences mondiales, visa pour démarrage d’entreprises… Le gouvernement a mis en place plusieurs programmes pour faciliter l’entrée des « technotalents » au Canada. Après avoir d’abord considéré la Silicon Valley, Adomas Baltagalvis et quatre amis de la jeune entreprise lituanienne Eddy Travels arrivent à Toronto. Le coût de la vie élevé aux États-Unis, combiné à l’effervescence du milieu à Toronto, fait qu’ils ont trouvé « plus intéressant de venir au Canada ». Adomas souhaite d’ailleurs que son voyage de trois mois se prolonge en années. Attirer les étudiants étrangers Quand on parle de talents, il ne faut pas oublier les étudiants, comme Gautam Bhattacharya, qui fait un doctorat en ingénierie électrique à l’Université McGill. Il a d’abord postulé aux États-Unis, car pour « tout ingénieur indien, le rêve c’est la Silicon Valley », mais à cause des coûts des études, il s’est installé à Montréal. Un choix qu’il ne regrette pas huit ans plus tard, « surtout avec ce qui s’est récemment passé en politique américaine ». Dans une tribune, Anne O. Krueger, une ancienne économiste en chef et professeure d’économie internationale de l’Université John Hopkins, s’interroge même sur le fait que, depuis 2016, le nombre d’étudiants étrangers aux États-Unis ne cesse de chuter. Une décroissance qui ne s’explique pas uniquement par le coût plus élevé des études et l’attractivité des autres universités dans le monde. Selon elle, l’administration de Donald Trump y joue un grand rôle, en raison des visas de plus en plus difficiles à obtenir et d'une atmosphère inhospitalière. Les universités canadiennes pourraient en profiter. Rien qu’à McGill, le nombre d’étudiants étrangers inscrits en sciences informatiques a bondi de 79 % depuis 2016. Gautam est étonné d’avoir rapidement eu l’impression que Montréal était sa maison. Et s’il n’a pas encore totalement fait une croix sur son rêve de travailler dans la Silicon Valley, il assure que ce qui se passe aux États-Unis le rebute. Sa conjointe, Geneviève Allard-Duquette, raconte d’ailleurs avoir vu « l’évolution de ses rêves, qui se sont tournés vers le Canada ». Mais ce qui se passe ici joue dans la balance, car le dossier de Gautam est l’un des 18 000 mis sur pause par le gouvernement québécois, une nouvelle qui vient brasser à nouveau les cartes de son avenir.
  2. Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Citizen 03.17.2015 Ottawa’s share of new immigrants continues to decline as newcomers increasingly opt for the economic opportunities of Western Canada or the cultural diversity of Montreal. A Statistics Canada study released Wednesday reveals that the percentage of immigrants who cited Ottawa as their intended destination has dropped to 2.4 per cent in 2012 from 3.4 per cent in 2000. It means that the actual number of immigrants settling in Ottawa has gone down even as Canada welcomed more newcomers. Annual immigration to Canada rose to 280,700 in 2012 from 227,500 in 2000. “The recession hit Ontario pretty hard and it’s normal that immigrants don’t want to go to someplace where economic conditions are not as good,” said Gilles Grenier, a University of Ottawa economics professor who specializes in labour market and immigration issues. The Statistics Canada research paper, Changes in the Regional Distribution of New Immigrants to Canada, examines the country’s evolving settlement pattern. It shows that new immigrants have started to look beyond Toronto and Vancouver to destinations such as Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, where — at least until the recent crash in oil prices — economies have been booming. Montreal, already a major destination, has also seen its share of newcomers increase substantially to 18.1 per cent in 2012. Meanwhile, Toronto, which attracted almost half (48.4 per cent) of all new immigrants in 2000, saw its share of newcomers fall to 30 per cent in 2012. Still, that city remains the country’s biggest magnet for immigrants. StatsCan analysts suggested that the new settlement pattern reflects changes in regional economic activity and employment. “In short, labour market conditions were better in Western Canada than they were in the rest of the country,” the report concluded. That more newcomers were settling outside of Toronto and Vancouver was also a reflection of Canada’s revised immigration system. Provincial nominee programs (PNPs) allow provinces to select and nominate immigrants to meet their own economic goals and growth targets. “Over the 2000s, the PNPs considerably increased the number of immigrants going to destinations that previously received few immigrants,” the study found. The percentage of immigrants arriving in Canada as provincial nominees increased to 13 per cent in 2010 from one per cent in 2000. The program has been particularly successful at attracting immigrants to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. StatsCan analysts said the distribution of newcomers within Canada has also been affected by shifts in the country’s immigration sources. In the late 1990s, most of Canada’s immigrants came from China and India, and they tended to settle in Toronto and Vancouver. By 2010, however, the Philippines was the biggest source of Canadian immigrants, and they have settled in cities across the country, the report said. Montreal’s growth as a destination city was driven by increased immigration from Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Gilles Grenier said the study shows that Canada’s immigration system is maturing. “It’s a good thing that immigrants disperse in Canada,” he said. “Because Ontario, for many years, was the main destination for immigrants in Canada, especially Toronto, where almost half the population is foreign-born.” The recent drop in oil prices, however, could cause immigration patterns to shift again, Grenier warned, as immigrants chase new job opportunities. BY THE NUMBERS 48.4: Percentage of new immigrants who wanted to settle in Toronto in 2000 30: Percentage of new immigrants who wanted to settle in Toronto in 2012 5.5: Average unemployment rate in Toronto in 2000 9.2: Average unemployment rate in Toronto in 2010 21.3: Percentage of Canadian immigrants that came from China in 2000 12.8: Percentage of Canadian immigrants that came from China in 2010 14: Percentage of Canadian immigrants that arrived from the Philippines in 2010 Source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/News/ottawa/Ottawa+share+immigrants+decline+newcomers+look+Montreal/10902540/story.html
  3. http://cmm.qc.ca/donnees-et-territoire/observatoire-grand-montreal/produits-statistiques/ Immigration, transport, emploi, etc... Très intéressant.
  4. Et voici plein de nouveaux Montréalais en puissance... http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/portail/_scripts/Actualites/ViewNew.asp?NewID=10177&Menu=default&lang=fr&strIdSite=bru http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/NouvAffiche%20Bruxelles%20International%20Day.pdf Pas mal fait ce site: http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/placeauquebec/fr/
  5. Montreal urged to attract more skilled migrants 27 September 2007 • Media Center » Video Immigration News Montreal International (MI), an organization devoted to promoted the economic well-being of the Montreal, Canada, presented a paper recommending that measures be implemented aimed at attracting and retaining skilled migrants from abroad. The paper was presented as part of the National Assembly's Committee in Culture on planning immigration levels between 2008 and 2010. "The presence of skilled, talented and creative workers is the primary success factor for urban centres with knowledge-based economies, and these workers allow a region like Greater Montréal to increase its competitiveness and ability to attract foreign companies and investment," said Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montreal International. "Given the intensified global competition and the resulting challenges in attracting 'brains,' it is imperative for our current and future prosperity that governments adopt measures that encourage the most qualified candidates to move, work and live here," he added. Latest news To facilitate this goal, MI proposed a series of initiatives to attract and retain skilled foreign labor in the Metropolitan Montreal region. The region has a particular need for high-technology workers, including people skilled in Information and Communications Technology, Aerospace, and Life Sciences. The initiatives include simplifying procedures in obtaining work permits, getting help from the government of Quebec in recruiting overseas workers, and promoting permanent residency over temporary migration. They would also like to see Quebec simplify its selection procedures for temporary workers. Currently, candidates from abroad are asked to hand in the same documents as candidates who live in Quebec, even if they have already handed in the documents required to obtain a work permit. MI also proposed an immigration agreement with France to promote maintaining the "francophone nature of Quebec". It suggested that the Quebec and Canadian governments initiate dialog with the French government to reach an agreement on the free movement of professionals.
  6. From Canadian citizenship and immigration website at http://www.cic.gc.ca http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/statistics/facts2006/permanent/21.asp Since 1997, Quebec's (90% of them settle in Montreal) immigration has increased by over 60%. For the year 2006, we had over 44,000 permanent residents added to Quebec's population, which is a record I believe. Here is the stat by city http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/statistics/facts2006/permanent/18.asp Montreal beats Vancouver in terms of number of immigrants received. According to the website, Toronto is not getting the same volume it once received. Yet it still gets around 100,000 a year. Given our exodus of "cerveauxs" to the Western parts of the country, we need to increase immigration as our baby boomers are set to the retire within two decades. I hope this doesnt piss off the reasonable accomodations people.
  7. Having read of so many horrible experiences with immigration laws and officers, I always thought those things only happened to those who did not do their paperwork right or who did not meet the immigration requirements. Apparently I was wrong. My experience is nothing compared to the one of the Mexican mother who's all over the news lately, but what makes my case interesting is that the law is clearly on my side, and so are the Citizenship and Immigration Canada agents, yet there doesn't seem to be anything I or they can do about it, and I have to leave Canada soon with no right of appeal. I am not writing for advice, but advice is always appreciated. Here is my experience: My study permit was set to expire on August 31st. As recommended by the immigration website, I submitted an application for a new study permit on July 26th, more than 30 days before the expiry date. It often happens that the study permit expires before the new application is approved or rejected, so one is left without a valid study permit for an interval of time. During this time, one is said to have "implied status" and is allowed to travel out and into Canada as a temporary resident until a decision is made, as long as one has a multiple entry visa. This was my case, and I did travel outside of Canada during my implied status period, but the Canada Border Services agent who welcomed me at Trudeau Airport didn't seem to know the law very well (I didn't either), and only allowed me to stay in Canada for "further examination of my file". He also seized my passport and immigration documents and told me I had to leave Canada by September 30th if my new study permit had not been approved by then. I kept checking daily for updates on my application status with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They repeatedly told me that my study permit was to be approved (or rejected) by the end of October. But I never told them about my situation at the Border Agency. Today I decided to call the Border Agency Office at Trudeau Airport to see if I could extend the September 30th deadline. A person who sounded like the same officer who seized my documents insisted that I should leave by September 30th before proceeding to threaten me with deportation and jail if I didn't leave Canada (I must add that I was never rude to him or any other agent. I didn't even contradict what he said). I asked him if I could at least return temporarily as a tourist, since I have a multiple-entry visitor's visa. He said that was illegal (it is not) and if I tried to do that, I would be denied entry to Canada for one year. He said he would write a note on my file to ensure this was done. After this call and a few seconds digesting the horrible feeling, I decided to call Citizenship and Immigration Canada to tell them what had happened. The call center agent who spoke with me was really nice. She asked me to calm down and reassured me. She spoke with two advisors and they all insisted that I should be allowed to stay in Canada due to my implied status, as long as I didn't see any university courses (which I'm not, as I am just working on my PhD thesis). She expressed a lot of concern at the fact that the Border Agent took my passport and tried to call them without success (line was busy the whole day after my call). She then instructed me to send the Border Agency a fax quoting the laws that protect me and asking them to call me on my phone to resolve my situation. I did this and they ignored this fax. I am sure if I call them again, the same will happen, and they will get even more hostile. Right now I see no option other than going to the US for a month. This doesn't seem like such a bad thing except for some extremely important personal plans I had for this month in Canada. In my short 25 years of existence so far I've had to spend the night in a restroom being completely sober, spend days sleeping on a chair for bureaucratic reasons, and I've had to make big changes on my future because of late paperwork. I guess these things happen to everyone and I've never complained about them, but I can't help but feel powerless and violated in this situation. It almost makes me think bad of Canada, but my mind is not sufficiently weak.
  8. Source: Montreal Gazette Immigration in Canada by the numbers By Kirsten Smith, Postmedia News The proportion of foreign-born population in G8 countries and Australia (reported statistically) Japan — 1.0 per cent (2000) Italy — 8.0 per cent (2009) Russia — 8.2 per cent (2002) France — 8.6 per cent (2008) United Kingdom — 11.5 per cent (2010) United States — 12.9 per cent (2010) Germany — 13 per cent (2010) Canada — 20.6 per cent (2011) Australia — 26.8 per cent (2010) Recent immigration (2006 to 2011) Canada — 1.2 million Toronto — 381,745 Montreal — 189,730 Vancouver — 155,125 Calgary — 70,700 Edmonton — 49,930 Winnipeg — 45,270 Ottawa-Gatineau — 40,420 Saskatoon — 11,465 Windsor — 9,225 Regina — 8,150 The make-up of first-, second- and third-generation immigrants compared to total population: First generation (born outside Canada): 7.2 million or 22 per cent Of them: • 93.3 per cent immigrants • 4.9 per cent foreign students and foreign workers • 87,400 were born outside Canada to parents who are Canadian Second generation (born in Canada but at least one parent was born abroad): 5.7 million or 17.4 per cent • 54.8 per cent said both their parents were born outside Canada • B.C. was home to the most second generation residents 23.4 per cent • 3 in 10 second-generation residents were a visible minority Third generation (born in Canada, both parents also born in Canada): 19.9 million or 60.7 per cent Read more: http://www.canada.com/Immigration+Canada+numbers/8354135/story.html#ixzz2SiAN7sP2
  9. Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/Quebec+immigration+consultant+arrested+fraud+ring/4070879/story.html#ixzz1B9IRBxSU I just wonder how many people out there do this
  10. Via Irish America : The Point By John Kernaghan, Contributor December / January 2015 A view of Pointe St. Charles, "The Point" in the local anglophone vernacular. A visit to the McCord Museum helps uncover the history of two of Montreal’s historic Irish neighborhoods. In this tale of two Irish neighborhoods, leafy and modest Point St. Charles is in some ways unchanged from its heyday as a gritty Celtic enclave while just across the Lachine Canal, Griffintown bristles with cranes erecting a phalanx of condos from the ashes of factories and working-class residential blocks. What ties them forever is the canal, almost whimsically named after a time when many of Canada’s inland waters were probed as potential avenues to the Far East, or La Chine, China. It was the making of the Irish, and the death of some of them. The annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Gabriel’s Church. Katie Deegan is pictured on the left and her friend Pat Schell, with the red bow, is on the right. The Bazaar raised $15,000. The McCord Museum on the bucolic McGill University campus has a display of two pages of a canal pay ledger of 1822. Of the almost 50 entries, only one is French. There are Rileys, Kellys, and Cahills working for an average pay of 15 shillings for six days of work, many of them 10-hour shifts. The canal builders loved the Irish because they were strong and could work all day. The Lachine Canal they dug fostered an industrial boom as it bypassed rapids on the St. Lawrence River and provided inexpensive transport for factory goods. In 1848 it was enlarged, providing more work. According to the McCord Museum archives, Montreal grew by 54 per cent between 1852 and 1871 to 107,000 souls. Most of that growth was Irish immigration. But it was the Irish migration in 1847 and 1848 that is recalled darkly with the Immigrants Stone in Pointe St. Charles. It is erected at the foot of Victoria Bridge to mark the burial spot of 6,000 Irish who died of typhus during the famine immigration. Though many were passed as “seemingly well,” in official immigration parlance, at a quarantine station at Grosse Isle further north in the St. Lawrence, the stone’s inscription makes clear that the sickness ran wild on steamships bound for Montreal. The sick and dying overwhelmed health authorities as 20 hospital tents were erected near docks. Nuns, priests, doctors and the sitting mayor of Montreal also died as they sacrificed personal safety to minister to the wretched passengers. On the final Sunday each May, the modern Irish community gathers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church for the March to the Stone, a procession of a few miles that honors the dead at a grassy plot. The Stone, also known as the Black Rock, is a prodigious piece of work. Thirty tons of black granite dedicated in 1860, it now sits in a desolate area, but a recently formed group, the Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation, seeks support to create a new park at the Black Rock. A newspaper illustration from 1860 shows the laying of the Black Rock marking the graves of 6000 immigrants near Victoria Bridge. Image: Musée McCord. The Black Rock The Point and Griffintown were among Canada’s first bleak industrial areas with housing cheek-by-jowl with factories and rail yards.And that produced activists like Joe Beef, the publican who has a small park named after him in Point St. Charles. But Charles McKiernan, his square name, straddled both communities in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough. Still remembered in Restaurant Joe Beef on Notre-Dame West in Griffintown, “a drunken crawl from the historic Atwater Market,” its website notes, McKiernan was a working-class hero whose pub was the cultural center for a rollicking He printed this proclamation to the community, according to a McGill University publication: “He cares not for Pope, Priest, Parson, or King William of the Boyne; all Joe wants is the Coin. He trusts in God in summer time to keep him from all harm; when he sees the first frost and snow poor old Joe trusts to the Almighty Dollar and good old maple wood to keep his belly warm, for Churches, Chapels, Ranters, Preachers, Beechers and such stuff Montreal has already got enough.” The New York Times was not impressed, dismissing his tavern as a “den of filth.” Maybe that was because he had a menagerie of animals in house that included up to four bears, several monkeys and an alligator, noted the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network. Its account added that one bear, Tom, was said to consume 20 pints of beer per day, seldom spilling a drop. Joe Beef claimed to refuse no one food and was a central figure in a strike by Lachine Canal workers in 1877. Charles “Joe Beef” McKiernan, a working class hero. In the case of Griffintown, the population fell to less than 1,000 in the 1960s, not enough to support St. Ann’s Church. It was razed and is now a park with benches arranged like a church setting. The Lachine Canal, which fell into disuse midway through the last century and was a dump for excavation material when building Expo ’67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics, is now reborn as a recreational route. Walkers and cyclists and kayakers enjoy the walkways and waters, many stopping at the aforementioned Atwater Market, which is hard by the canal and has an amazing array of food and produce from Quebec provisioners. Several of the clothing factories which once employed the Irish along both sides of the canal have been converted to fashionable condos, and the smart Hotel Alt has risen in the midst of the condo boom in Griffintown. Restaurants like Le Richmond on Rue Richmond now occupy former factory space offering starters like veal Carpaccio with a black pepper and fennel crust and mains like ballottine rabbit stuffed with black pudding. The elegant setting, northern Italian cuisine and professional service are a long haul from the mean meals immigrants once consumed here. For startling contrast, the Maison Saint Gabriel Museum and Historic Site in The Point showcases 17th century life in New France before the English, Scots and Irish arrived. It illustrates the progression of the homes and lands from school to farm and finally museum. But even it has an Irish touch – the magnificent grandmother clock crafted in 1763 in Quebec City by James Hanna. Time has changed much of this corner of Montreal, but the clock still ticks precisely. The times are tame now compared to then, and walks and bike rides around both communities show a much reduced Irish influence as the neighborhoods are gentrified.
  11. (Courtesy of Global Post) Read more by clicking the link above. So is Canada now going to be the new promise land of prosperity and freedom for the world, like what the US was decades ago? So it will now be called the Canadian dream? White picket fence, et al. All the best to the ones that get jobs here. Plus didn't Canada change immigration laws back in July?
  12. De 1961 a 2005: immigrants intl. entrants: 1301449 immigrants intl. sortants: 488705 immigration intl. solde: 812744 immigrants interprov. entrants: 1278247 immigrants interprov. sortants: 1915531 immigration interprov. solde: -637284 Solde: 180156 Solde resident non permanent: 47787 grand total : 227943 meilleur solde migratoire intl. en 1991 : 45280 pire solde migratoire intl. en 1961: -4696 meilleur solde migratoire prov en 1962: 3159 pire solde migratoire prov en 1977: -46536 meilleur solde migratoire totale en 2004: 34136 source: http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/donstat/societe/demographie/migrt_poplt_imigr/601.htm