Big Business Leaders Warn Politicians Not to Make Immigration an Election Issue

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      In explaining how Canada’s political class has managed to avoid a discussion of the real goals of the open door immigration policies pursued since 1965 — that is the replacement of Canada’s European founding/settler people by 2050, it’s simple. Immigration is never discussed except as a vote buying gimmick to entice various selfish ethnic groups with more goodies — allowing grandparents in, for instance.
 
      That consensus may be breaking down. Canadians are beginning to wake up. They see the treasonous farce at the Quebec-U.S. border where over 42,000 illegals have surged in with Mounties carrying their suitcases. They see homeless shelters in Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton filled with illegals while our own homeless are on the streets. Angry Canadians have protested the open borders for months in cities across Canada in the Yellow Vest movement and other groups.
 
     The elite is worried. If enough Canadians wake up and realize what’s been done to them — they are being replaced with a new Third World majority and entertained with empty chants of “Diversity is Our Greatest Strength” — there could be a real revolt.
 
      Thus, a spokesman for business leaders who dream of a Canada with 100-million people, almost all from non-European sources by the end of the century are urging the politicians to cool it. Don’t discuss immigration.
 
        “Big business leaders worried about Canada’s aging demographics have been urging political parties to avoid inflaming the immigration debate ahead of this fall’s federal election. The head of the lobby group representing chief executives of Canada’s largest corporations said he’s already raised the issue with political leaders who are shifting into campaign mode for the October vote. With signs of public concern about immigration, Business Council of Canada president and CEO Goldy Hyder said he’s promoted the economic case in favour of opening the country’s doors to more people. ‘We are 10 years away from a true demographic pressure point,’ Hyder said during a meeting with reporters Thursday in Ottawa. ‘What I’ve said to the leaders of the political parties on this issue is, ‘Please, please do all you can to resist making this election about immigration.’ That’s as bluntly as I can say it to them.'” (CTV News, April 26, 2019)
 
      We’ve heard the aging demographic nonsense for 30 years. With significant unemployment in Canada today — officially 5.8 per cent in March, 2019, real rate nearly twice as high — we don’t need any immigration. If, in 10 years time, there is a labour shortage, then and only then might immigration make sense. Why import people today for jobs that might be there in 10 years time?
 
       What big business is really looking for is a large pool of unemployed people to keep wages low.
 
       Many Canadians are feeling uneasy about the replacement going on before their eyes. In just a generation, Toronto and Vancouver — the two largest cities in English Canada — have seen the European founding/settler people replaced with a new Third World majority. “A poll released this month by Ekos Research Associates suggested that the share of people who think there are too many visible minorities in Canada is up ‘significantly,’ even though overall opposition to immigration has been largely unchanged in recent years and remains lower than it was in the 1990s. Canada has been ratcheting up its immigration numbers and it plans to welcome more. The Immigration Department set targets of bringing in nearly 331,000 newcomers this year, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000 in 2021, according to its 2018 report to Parliament.
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Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, speaks at the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council
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      Hyder said he’s personally part of a group called the Century Initiative, which would like to see Canada, a country of about 37 million, grow to 100 million people by 2100. The group was co-founded by Hyder and several others, including two members of the Trudeau government’s influential economic advisory council — Dominic Barton, global managing director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and Mark Wiseman, a senior managing director for investment management giant BlackRock Inc. Hyder was a business consultant before joining the business council and was once a top aide to federal Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark.”

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White Kids Take a Stand — Paul Fromm & Kenn Gividen on “THE ETHNOSTATE”.

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Somali Gangs In Canada Set Up Nation-Wide Drug Dealing Circuit

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Somali drug gangs appear to be highly organized without the hierarchy of traditional criminal gangs, says Staff Sgt. Jim Peebles of Edmonton city police. These gang members work a circuit — Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary to Fort McMurray and Ottawa,  moving drugs and guns around the country. “The group is in Edmonton one day, then they turn up in Ft. McMurray and next week we see them in Toronto or Ottawa,” he said. 

And here Justin Trudeau claims  diversity is Canada’s strength. Incidentally, so does our dual citizenship immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen–a refugee from Somalia himself. Police forces across the country  worked closely together in the last couple of years to identity core Somalian gang members, uncover their movements and follow the shifting leadership. This costs money. So does the inordinate amount of Somalians receiving taxpayer-funded welfare checks in Canada.

Yet, to call these people out would inevitably result in the calling out of the accusers as so-called “Islamophobes.  It’s simply the “Canadian way” under the ruling Trudeau government. When in doubt, play the race card–then watch as those questioning the circumstances scamper back behind their keyboards for fear of being branded racists.

Since when has an identifiable Canadian community been indemnified from criticism in this manner? The answer, of course, is NEVER. Dual citizen MP Iqra Khalid saw to this when she successfully advanced M103, the Pakistani national’s motion to elevate Islam above other religions in Canada.

In the USA, the city of Minneapolis experienced a sudden increase in the Somali population similar to Edmonton’s early in the decade– as well as  a similar spate of gun violence. The idea the Edmonton situation is unique can thereby be put to rest. The purpose of  immigration policy within western democracies is to create a benefit to their respective societies. To facilitate drug gangs and gun runners falls outside the purview of this ideal. Yet, in Canada, Third World migrants have transitioned to our nation’s protected communities–regardless of the number of illegal migrants, their status as Islamic militants, or any other relevant factor.

What a curious state of affairs. Present-day political correctness is so stringent that Canadians live in fear of condemning Somalian dope dealers.  They could loose their jobs, or having their reputation smeared. In truth, it is the Trudeau government that deserve the smearing. Despite pit-bull refugee pusher Ahmed Hussen’s prostrations about the so-called benefit of mass Third World immigration, common sense Canadians know better.

Now, if only Liberal Canadians would follow suit, Canada could rid itself of the damaging forces of left-wing political correctness. This begins, of course, with ridding our nation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Follow this up with removing Ahmed Hussen from holding the demographic destiny of Canada in his hands, and perhaps our nation can return to a state of political sanity lost the day Justin Trudeau became prime minister.

 

 

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019 — The Immigration Lobby Worries About How to Deal With Populism (Majority Opposition to the Immigration Invasion)

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Please view this on the internet. The main theme is ‘what shall we do about populism’. In other words, the Liberal Government are having a conference to figure out how to offset the will of level headed people, the populists. Heaven forbid we should have any objection to immigration and the cost to taxpayers. Our numbers must be growing or they wouldn’t be so worried. Attendees will have to pay $995 for an individual and $495 for members of non-profit organizations.

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019

May 8 to 9, 2019 in Ottawa

Summit Overview

How can we plan for tomorrow, today?

The purpose of the 2019 Summit is to explore how Canada can respond proactively to emerging immigration issues in a rapidly changing world.

We tend to dwell on the past to tackle today’s challenges and anticipate the ones we will experience tomorrow. Moreover, we are often focused on the short-term, with too little of our time and energy devoted to thinking about how we can plan for the future. However, the world is not standing still, and Canada is no exception. Changes at home and abroad will disrupt Canada’s future immigration system in ways we cannot currently fathom. For example, how many of us five years ago imagined that a wave of populism would take the world by storm?

Plenary Session 2
Confronting Populism

Moderator:

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The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

The Hon. Ratna Omidvar
Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada

Panellists:

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Darrell Bricker
Chief Executive Officer
Ipsos Public Affairs

Theresa Cardinal Brown

Theresa Cardinal Brown
Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy
Bipartisan Policy Center

Fen Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson
Director
World Refugee

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Earth Day Founder Had Strong Immigration Message

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by Dan Murray, Immigration Watch – April 20, 2019

http://immigrationwatchcanada.org/2019/04/20/14098/

Most people who celebrate Earth Day know little, if anything, about the person who founded Earth Day which is celebrated every April 22. Here are seven key points about the founder and his reasons for elevating the Environment to the level of one of the highest of all public concerns.

(1) Earth Day was founded in 1970 by the late Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005). Nelson was a Wisconsin State Senator (1946-1959), Governor of Wisconsin (1959-1962) and a U.S. Democratic Senator (1962-1981). Long inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, he started Wisconsin’s Outdoor Recreation Action Program (ORAP), a wildly popular 1961 proposal for Wisconsin land purchase and conservation. By 1981, ORAP had spent $93 million for land conservation, wildlife management, recreation, and pollution control that would benefit all constituents and public uses. The innovative ORAP program set a new standard for natural resource planning, and established Nelson as a national environmental leader in the U.S.

(2) Gaylord Nelson was a giant among environmentalists. “Refusing to accept the notion that economic prosperity is at odds with environmental protection, Nelson pushed programs like Operation Mainstream, which appropriated millions of dollars for the creation of conservation jobs and skills training for the poor and the elderly under the Green Thumb project.” His Earth Day was a watershed moment for environmental politics, kicking off what is now termed the “Environmental Decade” (1970’s) of radical legislative reforms. “After struggling to pass legislation through the 1960s, Nelson was…deeply involved in many of the most important (pieces of) environmental protection legislation: the Clean Water Acts, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Federal Pesticides Act, the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Education Act, the National Hiking Trails and the National Scenic Trails Acts….” See http://www.nelsonearthday.net/nelson/

(3) He was a forceful leader in attempting to convince environmental organizations that they could never achieve their long-term goals unless the U.S. achieved population stabilization. He stated that in order for the U.S. to stabilize its population, it had to dramatically cut legal immigration and enforce its laws to stop illegal immigration.

(4) On Earth Day’s 30th anniversary in 2000, Nelson said : “Population, global warming and sustainability would be my suggestions for the three most urgent environmental challenges…. Stabilizing U.S. population is a challenge that could be resolved in a relatively short period resulting in significant economic and environmental benefits. At the current rate of population growth, the population of the US will (rise)… to some 530 million within the next 65 to 70 years. If that happens, the negative consequences will be substantial if not, indeed, disastrous. To stabilize our population would require a dramatic reduction in our immigration rate….”

(5) “The hard fact is that while the population is booming here and round the world, the resource base that sustains the economy is rapidly dwindling. It is not just a problem in faraway lands, it is an urgent, indeed, a critical problem here at home right now. We are talking about deforestation, aquifer depletion, air pollution, water pollution, and depletion of fisheries, urbanization of farmland, soil erosion and much more….”

(6) “The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become…. We have to address the population issue. The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it’s phony to say ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.’ “

(7) To those economists whose only concern is maximizing GDP, thereby disregarding environmental concerns, Nelson would thunder that, “These people refuse to recognize that the economy is the wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.” If the environment collapses, so will the economy which depends on it.

All over the world, most environmental organizations, media and governments will celebrate Earth Day, but they will seldom mention Gaylord Nelson’s name or the very important reasons he had for establishing Earth Day.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Foolish Trudeau and his mindless “Diversity” supporters should take special note.

COMMENT

Please take note of Item #6 above: “The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population.” Now the United Nation’s have taken an opposite stand in its Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration otherwise known as the UN Immigration Pact. A total of 164 countries out of 193 UN members approved the agreement by acclamation December 10, 2018. That equates to 85% in favour. Among the 29 countries who did not sign were Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and the United States.” https://globalnews.ca/news/4747488/un-migration-pact-signed/  Russ Cooper of Candian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms wrote this summary about the compact on November 22, 2018.

  • is rooted in the U.N 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is therefore affiliated with related initiatives such as the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
  • affirms the pre-eminence of international law in areas that include national migration policy, protocols that distinguish between regular and irregular migration status, due process, labour mobility and recruitment and initiatives that deal with discrimination and associated redress mechanisms;
  • requires a “whole of government” approach to eliminating discrimination and intolerance of migrants and their families;
  • seeks to minimize factors that drive migration through elimination of socioeconomic factors such as poverty, failing infrastructure and climate change while funding sustainable development at local and national levels in originating states;
  • sees border management as an internationally coordinated and integrated affair;
  • requires laws that see provision of basic services to migrants absent grounds of discrimination that include “political or other opinion”;
  • requires the incorporation of national health and education plans and policies that accommodate all migrants without discrimination in a “lifelong” fashion;
  • requires the minimization of disparities between migrant and host populations;
  • calls for migrant access to decent work and employment opportunities and safe, welcoming school environments for their children that are absent all forms of discrimination;
  • requires passage of laws that penalize hate crimes directed at migrants and the training of law enforcement and other public officials to respond to such occurrences;
  • demands the cessation of funds to media outlets that promote intolerance against migrants and the provision of national and regional complaint and redress mechanisms;
  • calls for the provision of labour-matching and skills development programs for migrants;
  • requires the promotion of safer, cheaper and easier means of remittance corridors to originating states; and
  • calls for the facilitation of return and readmission to originating states including financial support and the portability of social security benefits and earned benefits from host states.

Make no mistake, this Global Compact, with its promotion of available and flexible “pathways” of migration, means supranational coordination of international border controls. This will not be the first time the world has witnessed such developments as they are resident within the European context of the past few years. I speak, of course, of EU migration policy that saw European borders opened to mass Muslim migration from the Middle East and North Africa. The results in areas of security, violent crime, individual rights and finances has been, and continues to be, startling. Is there any reason that similar, supranational efforts at the U.N. level will produce different outcomes for Canada?

The Torching of Notre Dame — Black Pill or God Pill

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Since the arson of Notre Dame Cathedral it has become obvious what the Children of Satan consider their worst enemy and, therefore, what their prime target is. With that in mind listen to what this young lady has to say.

Canadians Are Tired Of Footing the Bill For Racist Anti-White Propaganda

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[Why don’t rich Chinese or Arabs dip into their wallets to fund the anti-White, guilt mongering, mind bending propaganda, instead of expecting the beleaguered White taxpayer to do so? — Paul Fromm]
 
April 15, 2019
 
 
Cry me a river.
 
So the Left is in a tizzy because the Ford government has cut off funding to “Harmony”, one of hundreds of “anti-racist” organizations putatively dedicated to “equity”, diversity and inclusion, and a range of other goals whose benefits they assume to be self-evident.
 
But, as one can easily discern from the comments that follow articles that trumpet the dubious merits of increasing cultural and ethnic fragmentation and new found sexual identities, a lot of taxpayers don’t buy into the scam. They pay for it but it is a classic case of ‘taxation without representation” . Many if not most Canadians have a dim view of organizations who flock to the inexhaustible bird feeder which is the government grants. And they have a dimmer view of the politicians who provide them. First in line at the trough are a consortium of Ethnocultural and Immigration lobbies who together with government patrons form a Canadian version of Orwell’s Minitrue (Ministry of Propaganda).
 
Whenever ordinary people are given the mic, one gains the impression that organizations like “Harmony” only succeed in creating “acrimony”. What Minitrue regards as “equity”, the silenced majority regards as inequity or reverse discrimination. And what they call diversity “awareness” programs are seen by many as mandatory mis-education workshops designed to make students or employees less aware of the politically incorrect facts of Canadian history.
 
Grievance mongering in Canada is a lucrative business. In fact, it is an industry. If you want to get a sense of the monstrous scale of this millstone, just visit government sites like this Click here for anti-racism article or this. Click here for Ontario anti-racism plan or this Click for Alberta article  The latter site, which outlines the Alberta government’s anti-racism community grant program, targeting small advocacy groups, informs supplicants that they may receive up to $25,000 of government funding, plus an additional $5,000 in some cases. Multiply that by a hundred and pretty soon you are talking “real money”. Keep in mind that these are only three examples of the scam. Grievance mongering in Canada is a lucrative business.
 
We talk about the outrageous scale of corporate welfare, but we can only imagine how much public money is spent on this vast propaganda apparatus when we look at the books of just one of its constituent parts.
 
“Since 2011, Harmony Movement received between $200,000 and $300,000 annually — funds tied to the former Liberal government’s inclusive education (sic) strategy. It funded interactive workshops covering topics such as Islamophobia, LGBTQ issues and anti-Indigenous racism.”
 
$200,000-$300,000! That’s a lot of money to train kids how to employ Alinsky tactics in the service of a mission founded on falsehood and treason. Imagine what we could do with that money. We could deprogram the victims of these “interactive workshops” for a fraction of that kind of money. All we would need do is give them 30 minutes of the truth and hand them a copy of “Canada in Decay” on their way out.
 
But “Harmony” is but one star in a galaxy of social justice panhandlers with begging bowls at the threshold of every government, provincial or federal, in the land.
 
 A year ago, when the Trudeau cabinet wet its pants over the growth of what Public Safety Canada called “right wing extremism”, it earmarked $23 million over two years for “multicultural programs” and national consultations on racism, that is, consultations with grievance identity groups. Whenever a progressive government calls for a national conversation on race, they mean a monologue on race, where they do the talking and Joe Taxpayer does the listening. The 2018 Budget document stated that diversity was a cornerstone of Canadian identity which is threatened by the rise of “ultranationalist movements and, protests against immigration, visible and religious minorities. “ But this year’s 2019 Budget upped the ante by assigning $45 million to the noble cause, including $17 million this year and next for an “Anti-Racism Strategy” that will underwrite community projects to fight racial discrimination. And if that doesn’t take your breath away, the budget also sets aside $25 million over five years for projects to celebrate “Black Canadian” communities, which of course have withstood decades of withering white racism. All of this adds up to what, almost $100 million in two years?
 
That’s a stiff price to counter a movement which, according to “far right specialist” Barbara Perry of the Ontario Institute of Technology consists of only around 125 groups. Forgive me if I get the feeling that if there was no “far right” extremist movement in Canada, the government would have to create one. Otherwise a lot of useless bureaucrats and crusaders would be out of a job. Perhaps the government should consider funding us as well. I mean, we have to eat too. They could frame it as a public works program to prime the pump of a flagging economy. Maybe they are already doing that by employing moles and informants in our ranks. As Lenin said, the best way to fight the opposition is to lead it.
 
Keep in mind that all of the aforementioned grants are not inclusive of the grants given to ethno-cultural organizations in the name of multiculturalism which in English Canada totaled an estimated $1 billion per year in the two fiscal years of 2012/2013 and 2014/2015, and over $920 million in 2013/2014. In 2014/2015 it was $720 million. In 2015, Quebec received $340.6 million under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration. There are more than 65 organizations on this gravy train which is picking up steam (and dollars) as the years go by. One of them, “S.U.C.C. E. S. S. , a Chinese immigration advocacy group, has received so much government money that it operates 20+ offices in Metro Vancouver. Click for article No wonder there are so many organizations, including post-secondary schools and churches that are grasping for hand-outs. As immigration analyst Dan Murray observed, “Most Canadians do not have a million to a billion dollars to throw around, but Ottawa does.” No kidding. And Doug Ford is channelling the anger of Canadians.
 
In reporting Ford’s cuts, HuffPost scribe Mohamed Omar laments that this news “comes as the spectre of extremism haunts communities in Canada and around the world.” But the extremism that Mr. Omar refers to is the extremism of those who are attempting to oppose his brand of extremism, aka globalism, the most extremist agenda that any totalitarian movement ever conceived.  Nothing in modern human history can match the extremely rapid and profound demographic transformation of Canadian, American and European societies wrought by globalism in the past quarter century —aided and abetted by globalist politicians and media hacks who now soil their trousers as they behold the ‘extremism’ of a broad swathe of ordinary people who won’t get with the program.
 
Omar notes that ” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the UN Security Council that neo-Nazis, white supremacists and “incels, nativists, and radical anti-globalists” threaten the stability of the country.” Seriously? Nothing has been more destabilizing than globalism. Globalism took a wrecking ball to this country. Globalism destroyed our manufacturing sector and out-sourced a million jobs. Globalism imposed an annual net fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers of $20-35 billion, the difference between the taxes paid by low-skilled immigrants and the cost of social services provided to them. Globalism eroded our national sovereignty and cut the nation from its traditional ethno-cultural moorings. Many would maintain that we are not even a nation anymore, but a ‘post-national’ state, as Justin Trudeau once boasted. Telling us that the people who fight this most transformative and destabilizing process are destabilizing the country is like blaming firefighters for the water damage they caused in trying to save the building while letting the arsonist off the hook. It is like comparing the harm caused by the violent actions of deranged individuals inspired by an ideology you don’t like to a KT asteroid event. Get real Freeland! The problem is not “radical” anti-globalists but radical globalism!
 
 The extremism of hyper immigration is not a “spectre” but an ongoing event of mind-blowing scale, and the Great Replacement is not an optical illusion or a conspiracy “theory” but a reality. No “anti-racist” workshop can disguise it. No infusion of taxpayer funding can hide it. Despite their most determined efforts to make people disbelieve what they see, despite a thousand hours of classroom indoctrination, and the subliminal messaging of TV commercials, movies and popular music, the political elite cannot keep the blinders on us forever. Eventually reality breaks through like a battering ram, and scales fall from more and more eyes. Reality is making converts every day.
 
The truth is that the archipelago of organizations which form the “progressive” alliance– the political parties, the environmental NGOs, the SJW advocacy groups, the CBC, the molly-coddled arts community, liberal arts academia—all feed off the taxpayer tit in one way or another. These instruments of Cultural Marxist subversion can therefore be regarded as hot air balloons kept aloft only by the injection of conscripted money from the very people they wish to marginalize, displace or punish. Without this money, without subsidies and/or tax deductions, the Canadian “Left” would be a paper tiger, and the political class exposed for what it is, a fringe group. The tail that wags the dog. Take the fledgling “Canadian Anti-Hate Network” (please). Or is it “The Anti-Canadian Hate Network? They needed a start-up grant from the (U.S.) Southern Poverty Law (Lie) Center just to get online resource set up. Any race-baiting smear group worth its salt in Canada needs our tax dollars to survive. Soros and the SPLC have deep pockets but they can’t support every quisling Tom, Dick or Harry who comes along wanting to undermine Western civilization.
 
Good riddance “Harmony”. Let you be the first of a hundred other anti-Canadian parasites to feel the blade on your neck. Good luck in finding a real job.
 
Tim Murray
 
BTW, Thank you Doug Ford!
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04/09/2019 15:13 EDT | Updated 04/10/2019 09:48 EDT

Harmony Movement, Anti-Racism Group In Ontario, Shutting Down After 25 Years Due To Funding Cuts

But the provincial government claims it never applied for funding.

Harmony Movement, an Ontario-based organization that facilitates equity and anti-racism workshops across the province, says provincial funding cuts are forcing it to shut down.

COURTESY HARMONY MOVEMENT
Harmony Movement, an Ontario-based organization that facilitates equity and anti-racism workshops across the province, says provincial funding cuts are forcing it to shut down.

TORONTO — An Ontario organization that has been providing anti-racism education programs to teachers and students across the province says funding cuts are forcing it to shut down its operations.

Toronto-based Harmony Movement will have to lay off 11 full-time staff, Cheuk Kwan, the group’s executive director, told HuffPost Canada. Founded in 1994, the organization facilitated equity-focused, anti-racism workshops for 59 out of 60 English school boards in the province.

The Ontario government informed the group last December that it would no longer be receiving provincial funding, Kwan said.

The news comes as the spectre of extremism haunts communities in Canada and around the world. Last month, a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killed 50 people, many gunned down while in silent prayer. The shooter posted a manifesto online before the attack claiming he wanted to create “an atmosphere of fear” against Muslims, according to The Guardian.

COURTESY HARMONY MOVEMENTCheuk Kwan, the executive director of Harmony Movement, says his group was told to hold off on applying for provincial funding last year and wait until after the provincial election.

“This is unfortunate, because if you look at the [2017] Quebec mosque shootingand then now you look at [Christchurch], more and more … we are under the threat of white supremacy. We need to deal more with this kind of threat beyond the three Rs and getting your math and English right,” Kwan said.

According to Statistics Canada data released last November, hate crimes in 2017 were up 47 per cent compared to the year prior, with most of the incidents targeting Muslim, Jewish, and black populations. Most of that jump was seen in Ontario and Quebec. Before that, StatCan data pointed to a 253 per cent increase in police-reported hate crimes against Muslims between 2012 and 2015, according to Global News.

Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the UN Security Council that neo-Nazis, white supremacists and “incels, nativists, and radical anti-globalists” threaten the stability of the country, according to the National Observer.

Regular funding process wasn’t followed: Kwan

Since 2011, Harmony Movement received between $200,000 and $300,000 annually — funds tied to the former Liberal government inclusive education strategy. It funded interactive workshops covering topics such as Islamophobia, LGBTQ issues and anti-Indigenous racism.

Beyond standard lectures, program manager Rima Dib said some were two-day long events that gave students and educators tools and practical advice, rather than just raising awareness about discrimination or oppression.

“Everything from how to respond [to discrimination,] how to interrupt, how to challenge stereotypes to how to lead an initiative in your school that challenges an injustice,” she said.

COURTESY HARMONY MOVEMENTYouth participants are photographed at a week-long equity camp organized by Harmony Movement in partnership with the York Catholic District School Board.

The funding process generally started in the spring when the government would ask Harmony Movement and other groups providing similar programs to apply for funding.

That didn’t happen last year.

Kwan said the group was told to hold off applying because no funding decisions could be made until after the provincial election and budget priorities were set.

But in December, the group received a letter that said because the province’s $14.5 billion deficit is “a significant concern,” the government had to make “necessary decisions to reduce spending wherever possible”

COURTESY HARMONY MOVEMENTRima Dib, a program manager at Harmony Movement, said some of the group’s anti-racism workshops are intensive, two-day events that go beyond standard lectures on discrimination.

A spokesperson for the Ontario education ministry told HuffPost in an email that the group did not “submit a proposal for funding to the ministry for 2018-19 or 2019-2020.”

“That’s their narrative. They said ‘well, they didn’t apply for funding.’ That’s a … hypocritical way of saying it,” Kwan said. “That we didn’t get it because we didn’t apply.”

While the ministry did not clarify if it would fund any workshops like Harmony Movement’s in the future, it said that “inclusive education connections” are already baked into several parts of its curriculum.

There’s strong demand from schools for these types of workshops, especially after incidents like the Christchurch mosque attacks, according to Toronto-based writer and activist Sidrah Ahmad.

It’s almost like people don’t believe [Islamophobia] or want to think about it or address it unless there’s some horrific massacre.Toronto writer and activist Sidrah Ahmad

This increase in hate crimes and a more “in-your-face form of Islamophobia” led her to develop a toolkit for educators and students called Rivers of Hope. It contains definitions and research on Islamophobia and anti-black racism, as well as stories and poetry from survivors of anti-Muslim violence.

Last year, Ahmad and other activists launched a collective to develop and facilitate free, interactive anti-Islamophobia workshops for high school students.

But Ahmad said she doesn’t want to see demand for anti-Islamophobia education spike only after a tragedy.

“That’s what we’re trying to show people at these workshops, the everyday nature of [Islamophobia] and how this stuff is happening every day. People are being harassed, bullied in school … this is all happening on a regular basis, but it’s almost like people don’t believe it or want to think about it or address it unless there’s some horrific massacre.”

COURTESY RIVERS OF HOPEMembers of the Rivers of Hope collective develop and facilitate anti-Islamophobia workshops for high school students in the Greater Toronto Area.

Aima Warriach, a Muslim student who wears the niqab and hijab, helps facilitate the interactive workshops. She says Muslim students can experience “constant emotional labour” in schools and at times might feel pressured to justify or explain if any violence incidents happen to be carried out by a Muslim.

“What the Rivers of Hope kind of does is alleviate that type of labour from students and puts the responsibility on teachers educating themselves and other students educating themselves.”

Rivers of Hope received a one-time grant last year from a non-profit to help develop its workshops and pay its facilitators an honourarium, Ahmad said.

The group is now fundraising to develop a new program aimed at elementary school students, but Ahmad said she wants to see the province take a more active role in funding anti-racism education programs.

“Ideally we shouldn’t need to exist,” Ahmad said. “All of this should be taken care of within the school. We’re kind of like a Band-Aid coming in and being put on because there’s a problem..”

COURTESY HARMONY MOVEMENTStudents from Maple High School in the York Region District School Board plan ways to make their school more inclusive at a workshop organized by Harmony Movement.

For Dib, Harmony Movement’s work is essential because it can work as a proactive measure to fight against the “alienation” that led to the Christchurch shooting.

“We talk about [tragedies like Christchurch] and wish there’s something [to do], and in fact there really is. We’ve been doing it. Our organization has been around 25 years. Last year alone we worked with 5,800 students and there’s a real connection between education and attitude and behaviour,” she said.

“What our programs are based on is [that] our ideas inform our attitudes and our attitudes inform our actions. If our ideas are based on stereotypes and biases, our attitudes are prejudiced and are our behaviours are discriminatory.”

Harmony Movement is set to close on June 30.

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