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Immigrants Built Canada -- Can They Destroy It?

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    22 countries account for 80 per cent of the world s tuberculosis cases ... Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia,
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      "22 countries account for 80 per cent of the world's tuberculosis
      cases ... Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic
      of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran , Mexico, Myanmar [Burma],
      Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sudan,
      Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam." ... Canada's top ten source
      countries for immigration in 1996 were: Hong Kong, India, China,
      Taiwan, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, U.S., Iran, U.K........"
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      "Almost 60 per cent of the 60,000 students in Vancouver's elementary
      and secondary schools use another language, mostly Chinese for
      conversation at home ... nearly 80 per cent of the students reported
      they were taking English-as-a-second-language." (Globe and Mail,
      March 3, 1998) In Hong Kong however, three quarters of schools have
      recently been ordered to instruct students in Cantonese exclusively.
      As for "teaching some subjects in English, the Government is down-
      playing the idea. Officials insist that this will only be allowed for
      fringe subjects such as typewriting and metalwork." (South China
      Morning Post, March 14, 1998) Meanwhile, Sri Lankan president,
      Chandrika Kumaratunga, "has caused an uproar - not because of what
      she said but because she delivered the speech in English. Senior
      Buddhist priests and several nationalist organisations have demanded
      an apology." (South China Morning Post, February 27, 1998) Is it fair
      to assume then, that while nationalistic "source countries" root out
      and eradicate English wherever it's found, our own excessive ESL
      costs will scarcely lessen?
      Canada's immigration review committee's timorous recommendation that
      English/French proficiency MIGHT play a role in FUTURE immigration
      was vigorously denounced, primarily by the South Asian (East Indian)
      and East Asian (Asian) communities, and attendant wet nurses. B.C.'s
      Attorney General and (just coincidentally) Multiculturalism Minister,
      Ujjal Dosanjh, fretted, "these very badly flawed proposals ... would
      make it impossible for billionaires seeking to invest in B.C. to
      enter Canada." (Globe and Mail, February 10, 1998) Nothing personal,
      but this is sheer silliness. Canada pioneered the concept of selling
      citizenship to the highest bidder -- no questions asked. In his
      despair, Mr. Dosanjh must have forgotten that "two years after it was
      launched with great fanfare, British Columbia's immigrant-investor
      fund has successfully processed only 32 people, and has yet to invest
      a single dollar of their money." (Globe and Mail, March 3, 1998) The
      diverse beneficiaries of Canada's exorbitant language training
      programs have chosen to ignore (or fail to comprehend?) the
      Legislative Review Committee's Recommendation # 25 in its
      entirety: "We emphasize the ability of immigrants to function in
      French or English before coming to Canada; if they cannot do so, we
      expect them to make a financial contribution to their own language
      upgrading." (Not Just Numbers, A Canadian Framework for Future
      Immigration, 1997) Billionaire or not, with "up to 50% of those
      entering our country unable to speak in either language." (Toronto
      Sun, March 3, 1998) The immigrant lobby won't tolerate the prospect
      of contributing in any way to their own language training costs. All
      this is dramatically at odds with the mandatory image of immigrants
      toiling industriously to bring Canada up to speed - particularly once
      we discover that, somehow or other, Canada is getting people who
      cannot read or write at all. "Some of our newly arrived parents do
      not have literacy skills in their own language." (Providing
      Successful Transitions for Newcomers, Toronto District School Board
      Submission to Ministerial Consultation, March 3, 1998)
      "The Metro Toronto School Board spent $63-million on ESL programs in
      1990. ... That was eight years ago ... and - trust us - the problem
      is far worse now." (Toronto Sun, March 4, 1998) You might imagine
      that the minority lobby had overstepped the bounds of credulity with
      this monumental blunder, making it difficult (if not impossible) to
      maintain the fiction that immigration "enriches" us. Perish the
      thought! Never! Tearful protestations, demonstrations and accusations
      of racism have left Quebecoise Immigration Minister, Lucienne
      Robillard shaken - if not stirred - and she is deep sixing the
      language recommendation altogether. "Robillard told the Commons the
      proposals are 'excessive,' and will be shelved by cabinet." (Toronto
      Sun, March 13, 1998) In short, the Canadian taxpayer had better get
      used to the idea that up to 50% of new immigrants will not speak
      English/French (although no one has guaranteed the rate will REMAIN
      at 50%) and, should we fail to fork over the necessary funds, we are
      de facto racists. As per ordinaire, the issue is not about crippling
      fees or diminished expectations. It's about racism. Have the
      Quebecois politicians running this country [into the ground]
      forgotten what the politics of language and preference cost La Belle
      Province over 30 years?
      Countless corporations simply abandoned Quebec to its cultural and
      linguistic eccentricities. Even Quebec's chauvinistic language cops'
      knees buckled in the face of determined Chinese opposition and cries
      of "le racisime!". Linguistic toadying already costs Canadians
      billions of dollars. Are intimidated politicians now determined to
      accommodate scores of UNOFFICIAL languages? (Are these same
      politicians outraged at the very suggestion that Canadians are not "a
      people"?) After being dangled out of a helicopter by one leg for a
      couple of hours, just about everybody realizes that expecting the
      beneficiary to contribute something - anything - toward English-as-a-
      second-language costs is not only a threat to national security, but
      just exactly what you'd expect from an oppressively racist country
      like Canada.
      With a chronic unemployment rate around 9% and a new study showing
      that "almost 10% of Canada's population is living off welfare,"
      (Toronto Sun, March 31, 1998) no doubt we'll be looking back fondly
      on our current taxation rate of over 50% all too soon because that
      money for ESL must come from somewhere.

      Multiculturalism is a Rotting Turtle
      Animal welfare inspectors Debby Hunt and Kathy Kellner found "a pair
      of dismembered and disease-ridden, two-foot-long Florida soft-shell
      turtles [at Big Land Farms in Toronto's Chinatown]. Bits of them were
      being chopped off and sold as food. When the two unarmed and
      uniformed officers tried to remove the turtles for emergency
      veterinary care, they said they were accosted and confined in their
      truck for half an hour. 'We were out on the sidewalk and I was
      grabbed by the arm twice by a woman. One time she twisted the arm
      right back,' said Hunt, who has worked for the Ontario Society for
      the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for seven years. [Like a page
      from the Red Guard, an angry mob surrounded the truck; one person sat
      on the hood while two men tore the door off the back to look for the
      turtles.] 'We were not allowed to move. They were slamming and
      banging their hands on the windows beside us... We called 911.' ...
      One of the turtle's whole face was rotted away ... sometimes body
      parts are cut off to eat [in this case, two legs had been removed
      from the living animal], and they're just thrown back into a dirty
      tank. Employees of the food market refused to comment." (Toronto
      Star, February 13, 1998) Between bouts of dismemberment, the turtles
      were "kept in water for a week without a resting site, which caused
      them to struggle to keep their heads above the surface." (Globe and
      Mail, February 27, 1998)
      After a month, the male turtle was destroyed because it was "so
      injured and diseased. ... The female is clinging to life at Metro
      Zoo." (Toronto Sun, March 13, 1998) In San Francisco, identical
      concerns are eliciting a caring and sensitive response -- to Chinese
      cultural expectations. "To challenge these traditions is racist and
      culturally arrogant, merchants and their supporters say. Paul
      Wartelle, a San Francisco attorney representing 12 Chinese market
      owners named in a lawsuit by animal rights groups, said his clients
      were being singled out. 'Are animals raised in factory farms and
      killed in slaughterhouses really treated more morally? [Well let's
      see -- they're usually dead before the process of disarticulation
      begins] The answer is no,' he said. Yet, 'Who gets sued? The
      Chinese.' Culture and race have nothing to do with it, said Eric
      Mills, an Oakland activist who works with the New York based Fund for
      Animals and his own group, Action for Animals. He was motivated to
      fight the live animal sales by the conditions the animals are
      subjected to ... some, he said, are skinned alive. 'It's one of the
      most horrible things I've ever seen in my life.' ... Being labelled a
      racist infuriates Mills, who said he had worked against California's
      Proposition 187. [Isn't diversity great?] ... For Chinese merchants,
      the issue is equally straightforward: their customers want fresh
      food. When they can see the animals living and breathing, they know
      they're not buying spoiled meat." (San Francisco Examiner, March 14,
      1998) If previous experience or cultural values mean that merchants
      are likely to cheat you, why not shop somewhere more reliable?
      If "freshness" is a concern, why buy a creature rotting-on-the-hoof?
      Chinese medicine is purportedly based on the principle of mimetics
      (you ingest the "essence" of the animal). Again, what benefit may be
      realized in partaking of a tormented, putrefying creature, dying by
      degrees? A Vancouver reporter describes a picture "too gruesome to
      run in a family newspaper. It shows a large soft-shelled turtle
      sitting on a bed of ice outside a Vancouver seafood market. Not only
      has its shell been torn away, but about a pound of meat has been
      sliced from its back. The turtle is very much alive -- and waiting
      for the next customer. ... [Ingrid Pollak of the humane society
      says,] 'They slice a piece of meat off and then put the animal back,
      wriggling. It's just like taking a pig, cutting the ham out and then
      putting the live pig back on the shelf.' She says British studies on
      soft-shelled turtles show that, even though they're cold-blooded
      reptiles, they experience the same degree of pain as mammals. 'It's
      even more extreme with turtles ... because of their metabolism, they
      die very slowly.'" (Vancouver Province, March 22, 1998) In Toronto,
      turtles will undoubtedly continue to be dismembered in stages as
      authorities (once again) lack the will to enforce laws devised by a
      once-cohesive society.
      No animal cruelty charges have been laid, although three persons
      appeared on charges ranging from mischief to obstructing and
      assaulting an officer. Years ago, when a horrified Florida motorist
      ran over and crushed the shell of a turtle, he rushed the creature to
      a veterinarian, who did what he could before passing the beast along
      to a friend who owned a body shop. Two years later the turtle was
      back -- being refitted for his enlarged fiberglass carapace.
      The execution-style murder of Elrick ("Ricky" "Tuffy") Christian at
      the 1996 Caribana parade (in which 3 bystanders were variously
      wounded or paralysed) has resulted in a 'not guilty' verdict for
      triggerman Tyrone Edwards. "Not a single Canadian eyewitness came
      forward to help police in their investigation of the 1996 Caribana
      slaying despite the thousands who were present." (Globe and Mail,
      January 31, 1998) The fact that Mr. Edwards emptied a gun into
      Christian, coming back, not once, but twice to deliver point-blank
      salvos, weighed against him no more than the fact that "Mr. Edwards
      fled the country after the shooting ... and took steps to change his
      appearance" (Globe and Mail, February 28, 1998). The trial took an
      odd twist when a woman 'who can't be named', testified that she was
      able to identify Tyrone Edwards "as the gunman because his face came
      to her in a dream. ... The woman told the jury she saw Edwards dump
      the gun in a garbage can and ... a blonde, shirtless man with a
      swastika tattoo on his back grabbed it and fled. She agreed a Nazi at
      Caribana was an odd sight." (Toronto Sun, February 11, 1998) At the
      time of the slaying, the victim was mourned as a wonderful father and
      an all-round great guy! Deputy Police Chief Robert Molyneaux even
      opined that, "These were just trouble-making punks who would have
      done what they did in the middle of the Santa Claus parade." (Toronto
      Star, August 5, 1996) The essential dishonesty of this was evident at
      trial, by which time the gun was identified as one previously used in
      a nightclub shooting, a McDonald's heist and a bank robbery, and the
      victim had transmogrified into someone 'well-known to York Regional
      Police as a violent, dangerous man'. (Toronto Sun, January 29, 1998)
      Indeed, the threat of the Malvern Posse (triggerman Edwards was "not
      necessarily" a member of the gang) and the feuding which led to the
      Caribana shooting were of such concern that police "'were directed to
      carry our guns' when off duty, testified York Regional Police
      Det.Norm Miles, adding he's still concerned for his safety." (Toronto
      Sun, February 5, 1998) "Nobody should be too shocked by an acquittal
      where somebody dies and other people are wounded, say some Toronto
      lawyers. ... Assistant Crown attorney Calvin Barry says he
      understands how the public can be frustrated with some verdicts but
      points out a prosecutor's job is to seek the truth." (Toronto Sun,
      March 6, 1998) In a curious postscript, "Trevor Edwards, 28, brother
      of the man cleared in the Caribana killing, ... was sentenced to
      three months in jail for obstructing justice ... [Edwards had
      previously 'demolished' an Old City Hall] courtroom, and assaulted
      Metro cop Bill White and court officer Gary Summerton in an escape
      bid after his bail was revoked in a separate 1995 incident. ... He
      was sentenced for producing a bogus letter ... indicating Edwards was
      a U of T student in an attempt to delay sentencing until after
      Christmas. ... Prosecutor Robin Flumerfelt said courts must impose
      tough sentences to deter people from lying in court. 'The police
      simply don't have the resources to check up on every submission made
      in court.'" (Toronto Sun, March 27, 1998)
      Just How DID He Intend to Make His Getaway?
      "Toronto police warn professional South American pickpockets are
      prowling the city. 'It's an epidemic,' said Det. Dan Nealon of 52
      Division." (Toronto Sun, February 2, 1998) It may be an epidemic, but
      not a very new one. "Three more people face charges in a rash
      of 'distraction' robberies. ... [These] robberies involve two or more
      people, one of whom will divert a victim's attention while an
      accomplice steals wallets, luggage, packages or anything else
      worthwhile." (Toronto Sun, August 27, 1997) "The thieves, who are
      usually well-dressed, use tactics such as spraying victims with
      ketchup or mustard and dropping coats on purses laying on floors. 'It
      happens in a matter of seconds,' said Nealon. [Two of the arrested,
      Guillermo Aguayo Retamal, 57 and Maximo Araujo, 35, shipped 20 coats
      realized from a day-light break-in at Planet Hollywood on Christmas
      Eve to a confederate in the American Midwest] ... Aguayo, a refugee
      claimant, claims he'd be persecuted by Chilean police if returned.
      Canada Immigration is trying to determine [the similarly named]
      Araujo's status. Araujo was cornered in a downtown hotel restaurant
      by security after stealing a woman's purse. [The enterprising
      gentleman] ... dropped his pants and defecated on the floor in a bid
      to escape." (Toronto Sun, February 2, 1998)
      Deadbeat Dad Sent Back to Jamaica
      "A deadbeat criminal dad who fathered 12 children with seven
      different women is being turfed out of the country. ... [Disc jockey]
      Ainsley Bancroft David, 39, was ordered deported to 'his native
      Jamaica yesterday by an Immigration and Refugee Board because of
      criminal activity ... which includes convictions for carrying a
      concealed weapon , two counts of possession of narcotics, sexual
      assault and assault causing bodily harm. [We can well understand
      the 'concealed weapon' and 'assault causing bodily harm' charges in
      this particular case] 'He has not married any of the mothers of his
      children,' board member Shirley Wales ruled. 'Nor has he provided
      consistent support to any of them.'" (Toronto Sun, March 24, 1998)

      Conspicuous Consumption: Immigration Can Kill You
      Since we reported Health/Immigration Canada's woefully inadequate TB
      screening process in November, the predictable results are beginning
      to show like shadows on a tubercular lung. "More than 1,800 people
      will have to undergo tuberculosis testing next week after a
      Scarborough high school [Agincourt Collegiate] student was diagnosed
      with the potentially fatal disease." (Toronto Sun, January 13,
      1998). "Tuberculosis tests will be carried out on 200 Revenue Canada
      employees next week after a co-worker at a Town Centre Ct. office
      tower contracted the disease." (Toronto Sun, February 11, 1998) "More
      than 20 people who attend St. Patrick's Adult Day School in Ottawa
      are being monitored for signs of tuberculosis after the highly
      contagious infection was discovered in a student. ... The woman, who
      had emigrated from the Philippines several years ago ... is being
      monitored daily by a homecare worker. [Let us hope the admitting
      immigration officer has offered to pick up the tab] ... The disease,
      normally found in lungs or lymph nodes, has become so rare in North
      America that doctors no longer vaccinate children against it."
      (Ottawa Citizen, January 30, 1998) TB is a reportable disease. When
      students or co-workers are advised to report, it may come as a rude
      shock, but how were concerns over an emerging AIDS epidemic and
      tainted blood scandals handled by Canadian authorities? Well the
      crucial thing was to save their bacon, ensure that the gay community
      was not "scape-goated" and - until the lawsuits started rolling in -
      deny that there WAS a problem. During the 1950s and 60s, emigrants
      were subject to rigorous and recurring medical examinations before
      they qualified for admission to Canada.
      The question of "DPs and Disease" occupied pride of place in
      newspapers at a time when Canadians actually believed that fit and
      healthy immigrants were in some way, superior. This instinct for self
      preservation came to be seen as "not quite nice" and fell into
      disrepute about the time the immigration axis shifted to precisely
      those areas of the world most crippled by debilitating, wasting
      diseases. One wonders in vain why the Government of Canada would
      neither alert Canadians, nor recommend BCG vaccinations, confronted
      as we are by the double-barrelled threat of a global TB epidemic, and
      a collapsing domestic health care system. Canada's public health
      strategy consists of maintaining the same indictable silence, while
      presumably waiting for infection rates among the Canadian-born to
      match those of newcomers -- and they almost certainly will -- to do
      otherwise could very well hurt someone's feelings. Nor has the threat
      posed by tuberculosis gone unnoticed. Last September, Toronto's
      medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown warned, "the conditions
      for such resurgence already exist in Toronto. These include: high
      levels of immigration from countries where TB is prevalent (78% of
      cases are foreign born), increasing prevalence of HIV infection,
      [AIDS is the leading cause of premature death among men in Toronto]
      crowding in drops-ins and shelters for the homeless who are at
      increased risk, and increasing poverty.
      Currently 15 per cent of TB cases are resistant to commonly used
      antibiotics, 9 percent are known to be infected with HIV, and nine
      percent are homeless. ... Based on the combined 1997 budgets of the
      seven current municipalities, public health represents 1.7% of the
      expenditures of the new Toronto." (Threats to Health in the Changing
      City: Choices for the Future, September 9, 1997) What's wrong with
      this picture? High immigration was supposed to eliminate poverty and
      homelessness. Aren't we equally assured that robust immigrants are
      far healthier than doddering old Canadians? Perhaps 'tuberculosis
      management opportunities' will eventually rival ESL as a growth
      sector in Canada's mighty immigration industry!
      The identical trend has been noted in Australia, where MP Pauline
      Hanson, "accused successive governments of letting people infected
      with hepatitis B and tuberculosis migrate to Australia over the past
      two decades. 'I put it to you that rather than discriminate against
      seriously infected foreigners, our governments chose to discriminate
      against its own citizens and endanger all Australians,' she told a
      meeting in Brisbane. 'To add insult to injury, they further
      endangered us by not embarking on a drive for immunisation to protect
      us because to do so would have meant disclosing what they exposed us
      to.' ... 'We must keep our young people, especially students sharing
      school equipment and things like musical instruments, from being
      exposed to diseases imported from overseas.'" (South China Morning
      Post, March 23, 1998) "A sudden rise in new tuberculosis cases has
      prompted fears of a resurgence of the killer disease in Hong Kong.
      The rate of increase has doubled over the past year." (South China
      Morning Post, March 23, 1998) Australia (population 18,031,000 in
      1995) "has an immigration quota for the fiscal year to June 30, 1998,
      of 68,000." (Toronto Star, March 20, 1998) Compare Canada (population
      29,600,000 in 1995) which (again) plans to make room for 200,000 -
      225,000 immigrants during 1998.
      "The infection rate among foreign-born residents under the age of 30
      is 20 times that of Canadian-born residents. ... People born outside
      of Canada accounted for 77 per cent of TB cases in Montreal, although
      only 23 per cent of the population is foreign-born. ... [Montreal
      public health researcher, Dr. Terry Tannenbaum, ventures,] 'It's
      important to treat every case of tuberculosis, so we need programs
      that are adapted to cultural diversity and which ensure that drugs
      are free.'" (Globe and Mail, March 21, 1998) The drugs aren't
      really "free" though - are they? One might as well say that ESL
      programs adapted to cultural diversity are "free" too. "During the
      past decade, rates of TB among Canadian-born residents have continued
      to decline. ... On the basis of the population in the midpoint census
      year of 1991, [there was] a decline in annual incidence from 5.4 to
      3.3 per 100,000. During the same period, the number of cases among
      foreign-born residents rose from ... 18.8 to 24.4 per 100,000. ...
      [Globally,] estimates for 1990 of TB incidence, which takes into
      account under-reporting, were 237 per 100,000 in Southeast Asia, 191
      in Africa and 127 in Latin America. About 95% of the 8 million cases
      reported annually occur in the developing world. ... Over the past 12
      years the number of immigrants to Canada has more than doubled, from
      84,302 in 1985 to the current level of about 250,000. At the same
      time, the predominant places of birth of these new Canadians has
      shifted substantially.
      Europe was the major source in the 1960s, whereas Asia and
      increasingly Africa and Latin America, regions with high rates of TB,
      have been the major sources in the 1990s. ... It is therefore not
      surprising that the epidemiology of TB in Canada increasingly
      reflects patterns of immigration in terms of not only the countries
      of origin of the immigrants, but also their chosen destinations. ...
      The chest radiography screening of applicants required by Immigration
      Canada eliminates people with currently active pulmonary TB. [As was
      stressed in the November newsletter, this "technology" is widely
      viewed as clownishly outmoded -- the sputum test is preferred by
      nations that are serious about eradicating the disease. The chest X-
      ray identifies only about 70% of lungs ravaged by advanced pulmonary -
      and extremely contagious - tuberculosis. The thoroughly discredited
      X-ray is unable to detect infected, but currently inactive cases, nor
      will it identify non-respiratory strains like adenitis,
      genitourinary, abdominal or bone and joint varieties. About the best
      that can be said for the chest X-ray, is that countries which rely
      upon such an ineffectual method will never have to officially admit
      to hosting an epidemic - because they will never really know exactly
      how many people are actually infected.] ... In southern Alberta the
      mean period between arrival in Canada and diagnosis was 11.2
      years ... in Montreal 33.2% of the foreign-born residents with TB
      presented within 2 years of their arrival in Canada and 56.3% within
      the first 5 years. These data suggest an earlier onset of disease in
      Montreal than in southern Alberta." (Globalization of tuberculosis,
      E. Anne Fanning, MD, CMAJ, March 10, 1998)
      It is tempting to speculate whether an infectious person manages to
      come into contact with the same number of people during 2 busy years
      in densely populated Montreal as his counterpart might do over the
      course of 11 years in sparsely populated southern Alberta. In
      Montreal, it is people supposedly in their most productive years who
      suffer "the highest age-specific rate for foreign-born residents
      (62.8 per 100,000) occurred among those aged 15-29 years. For
      Canadian-born residents, the highest age-specific rate (10.0 per
      100,000) occurred among those aged 65 and over. ... Among the
      patients born outside Canada 24.0% were from Haiti (mean annual rate
      133.5 per 100,000) and 14.3% from Vietnam (mean annual rate 137.0 per
      100,000)." (Epidemiology of tuberculosis in Montreal, Paul Rivest MD,
      MSc; Terry Tannenbaum, MD, MPH; Lucie Bedard, MSc, MPH, CMAJ, March
      10, 1998) During a five year study of new TB cases in southern
      Alberta, "immigrants to Canada accounted for 70.6% of the cases. On
      the basis of a mid-study estimate that foreign-born residents
      accounted for 16% of the population of southern Alberta, the annual
      incidence of TB in this group was 25.8 per 100,000, which is more
      than 21 times greater than the annual incidence among Canadian-born
      non-aboriginal residents (1.2 per 100,000). ... Of the [infected]
      immigrants ... 73.4% were born in Asia ... China, Hong Kong, Vietnam,
      the Philippines and the Indian subcontinent. [By 1996, these
      countries represented five of our top immigration sources.] A 1990
      survey "estimates that up to 600 people per 100,000 in China had some
      form of tuberculosis ... in India today, every second adult is
      infected with the tuberculosis bacterium." (WHO Annual Report,
      1997)] ... Compliance with preventative therapy may also be
      particularly poor among Asian immigrants. ... The mean interval
      between arrival in Canada and diagnosis of disease was shorter for
      those from Asia (9.1 years) ... than those born in other regions
      (17.2 years). ... This study has shown that the increased risk of TB
      among immigrants persists for many years after their arrival in
      Canada. ... There was a trend for a longer period to diagnosis among
      younger immigrants.
      [Hardly encouraging news for Canadian schoolchildren who might attend
      day-care and graduate from high school alongside classmates who may
      or may not become infectious at any time] ... The risk of TB for
      immigrants is the same as prevails in their countries of origin. ...
      It can therefore be anticipated that the expected increase in the
      proportion of foreign-born residents in the Canadian population will
      be associated with an increase in the incidence of TB." (Tuberculosis
      among immigrants: interval from arrival in Canada to diagnosis - a 5-
      year study in southern Alberta, Robert L. Cowie, MD; Jill W. Sharpe,
      BN, CMAJ, March 10, 1998)
      "Citizenship and Immigration Canada protects the safety and public
      health of Canadians through the medical examination of all
      immigrants." (CIC Report on Plans and Priorities 1998-99, March 26,
      1998) "22 countries account for 80 per cent of the world's
      tuberculosis cases ... Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China,
      Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran ,
      Mexico, Myanmar [Burma], Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines,
      Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam."
      (Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1998) Canada's top ten source countries for
      immigration in 1996 were: Hong Kong, India, China, Taiwan,
      Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, U.S., Iran, U.K...........
      (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) "A study released by the World
      Health Organization last October said that eruptions of antibiotic-
      resistant TB in "hot zones" on at least four continents threatened
      the global spread of virulent new strains of the disease. Hot
      zones ... were found in India, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Argentina,
      Dominican Republic and Ivory Coast." (Edmonton Journal, March 25,
      1998) "Multi-resistant TB drugs can cost up to $250,000 U.S.. per
      patient to treat, with a cure rate of only 50%." (Toronto Sun,
      October 23, 1997) "Russia has the dubious distinction of harbouring
      the most TB cases in the developed world and openly resisting WHO
      recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. ... Russian health
      officials, for example, insist on requiring costly chest X-rays to
      diagnose TB, rather than sputum samples. ... The rising number of TB
      infections in previously low incidence countries to which Russians
      have been emigrating has made health official's worst fears a
      reality -- the epidemic can and will transcend borders and social
      classes. [This ought to please the Marxists, they've been looking for
      an equalizing tool to eliminate distinctions for some considerable
      time] ... The rate in this country of 148 million is 75 per 100,000."
      (Toronto Star, March 25, 1998) It's unlikely that Russia's example --
      allowing a health care system to crumble -- will serve as a
      cautionary tale for Canadian officials; it's been a very long while
      since Canada troubled itself with the health and well being of
      Tuberculosis through the years

      (Santa and child) From 1924
      (French BCG stamp) From 1934
      (Santa and reindeer) From 1930
      (French TB regime poster) 1932

      (16 page pamphlet) 1920
      (32 page pamphlet) 1881

      John Bunyan called tuberculosis "the captain of all these men of
      death"; it has variously been known as the white plague and more
      familiar to us consumption (referring to what happens to infected
      lungs). Tuberculosis is so ancient as to show up in the bones of
      Egyptian mummies and illustrations from the Middle Ages show
      physicians garbed like birds with enormous protective "beaks" full of
      posey, ministering to the infirm. During the European tuberculosis
      pandemic of the late 18th century, England lost fully a quarter of
      the population. Within living memory, people carried consumption
      bottles (to quietly spit blood into). In other words, it has always
      been with us. In 1876, the bacillus was identified, and aggressive
      management and the discovery of streptomycin in 1943 brought
      tuberculosis to its knees for the first time -- but it was only down -
      - not out. Life in a multicultural society is becoming a death
      defying act - and if we can neither monitor our borders nor prevent
      people from spitting in the street without fear of reprisal - we will
      lose. Infection with tuberculosis is a life-long event.
      It may pass into remission but a weakening of the immune system will
      almost certainly reactivate it. Judging by current rates of infection
      in Canada, and knowing that "a person with active TB will typically
      infect 10 to 15 other people in the span of a single year," (WHO)
      means that health officials should be answering some hard questions.
      Why does Health Canada persist in squandering multi-
      millions "educating" Canadians about passive-smoke when "the worst
      [studies] purported to show that constant exposure to second-hand
      smoke posed a danger approximately equal to that of drinking two
      glasses of milk a day." (Globe and Mail, March 23, 1998) "The WHO
      [World Health Organization] has spent nearly a decade on research to
      produce a 200-page report, but condensed and published its findings
      on a single page. The findings say people who live or work with
      smokers have little to fear from passive smoking. They even suggest
      the smoke could have a protective effect." (London Times, March 8,
      1998) In a world where you're forced to love everyone, it's okay to
      hate a smoker. After all, you can't tax tuberculosis.
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        --- In immigrationcanada@yahoogroups.com, "mobilebay53"
        <mobilebay53@y...> wrote:
        > "22 countries account for 80 per cent of the world's tuberculosis
        > cases ... Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democratic
        > of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran , Mexico, Myanmar
        > Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sudan,
        > Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam." ... Canada's top ten
        > countries for immigration in 1996 were: Hong Kong, India, China,
        > Taiwan, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, U.S., Iran, U.K........"
        > Read our comprehensive study on Tuberculosis and the threat it
        > to average Canadians
        > http://www.canadafirst.net/current_issues/cih-102.html#immi-kill
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