There's little doubt that the face of Canada is changing. Stats Canada says that over the next 20 years visible minorities will make up more than half the population of Toronto. In Newfoundland and Labrador - not so much. We are one of the least diverse parts of the country. But the provincial government says we can't afford to stay that way and it has launched an aggressive immigration strategy.
This week CBC Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador is taking a look at immigration in the province: what efforts the province is taking to attract new people and the people - the Come From Aways - who have decided to call Newfoundland and Labrador home.
Check back each day for new stories.
Morning Shows: The CBC's Kate Kyle looks at why Newfoundland and Labrador needs immigrants and the strategy to get more of them to make the province their home.
On The Go: The story of Youmin Lee, concert pianist, former Eastern School District music teacher and business owner.
Morning Shows: Kate Kyle tells the story of an immigrant who came to Gander for love, but stayed despite tragedy.
On the Go: The story of Stoyan Velinov, a Bulgarian who came to St. John's and is now a pastry chef and the owner of a Water Street restaurant
Morning Shows: Kate Kyle tells the story of a Bulgarian couple who has set up business in Corner Brook
Radio Noon: Jessica Doria-Brown reports on Carbonear's efforts to welcome immigrants
Radio Noon Crosstalk: Everyone talks about trying to increase N.L.'s population. Would you like to see more immigrants here?
On The Go: Jessica Doria-Brown speaks with Neddal Ayad to get his first generation take
on the immigrant experience.
Morning Shows: The CBC's Jane Adey reports on immigrants from Sri Lanka who've found a home on the Southern Shore.
Radio Noon: This week, the Conference Board of Canada held a Leader's Roundtable on Immigration, including the Newfoundlandland and Labrador Experience. Remzi Cej is with the department of human resources, labour and employment. He has first hand experience on immigrating. He came here from a tumultuous Kosovo ten years ago. Here's part of what he told the audience in St. John's.
On The Go: The story of Omolade Kola-Oni (pictured below), a first year student
at Memorial University who came from Nigeria eight months ago.
Morning Shows: Andrew Walsh speaks with Columbian refugees Jose Rivera (pictured below) and his son Esteban.
Numbers to consider:
|Other areas of NL||111||166||135||149||188|
Total entries of foreign students
|Other areas of NL||207||250||317||128||108|
Foreign students present on December 1
|Other areas of NL||724||801||903||813||871|
Total entries of foreign workers
|Other areas of NL||800||1,016||1,088||1,042||980|
Foreign workers present on December 1
|Other areas of NL||697||654||803||1,097||1,065|
Entries by refugee claimants
Source: Statistics Canada
We've all had that experience where we're on a plane and the flight attendant makes it really clear that we're on a plane to St. John's, Newfoundland. They do that for a reason, to make sure someone who wanted to go to New Brunswick instead didn't end up on the wrong plane.
Well, the folks organizing the International Council for Traditional Music want to cut right to the chase. And so they posted the following on their website.
seen thinks the logos would look good on a t-shirt.
Any travellers notice this recently? This picture was taken on a flight from Newark to St John's. What's funny about it? Gone are the no-smoking signs. Now it's a warning about electronics. Sign of the times, perhaps?
People in St. John's had the chance on Sunday to sample food and crafts from 21 countries. There was also lots of music and a fashion show featuring costumes from around the world.
Beautiful costumes from the Philippines
A well-dressed group from India.
A young lady from Moldavia.
seen celebrated Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off all the lights for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. We were a little surprised to see that some of the celebrants from last year - like the Basilica - didn't partake.
If you're adventurer and MUN professor TA Loeffler, you make a video that resembles a blockbuster movie.
The last time seen caught up with the young kids in the 905 Cadet Squadron, they were pounding out a brass version of the disco hit Funkytown. This time, we spotted them at the Sharing Our Cultures event at the Rooms in St. John's on the weekend where they had people tapping to Journey.
seen took in the Sharing Our Cultures event at The Rooms on Sunday.
Students representing 16 countries and five continents shared their cultures with a large crowd.
Biuyugan a dance from the Philippines by Shen Obligar and Michelle Pido
The pancake breakfast at the Marriott in St. John's.
Nadia Stewart and Natalie Kalata with fans.
Baby vs. pancake
Lucky plate prize winner.
Allan Hawco and the CBC's Todd O'Brien at the Battery.
The Masterless Men performing at the pancake breakfast at the Battery in St. John's.
The CBC pancake breakfast in CBS.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael who says she does the dirty work too.
St. John's City Councillor Sheilagh O'Leary.
Celebrity server Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones at the CBC Pancake Breakfast.
Watching the traffic on the Prince Philip Parkway is an entertaining experience. One day, we watched two fender benders wihton hours.
Today, someone decided to go the wrong way down a lane. We just managed to catch this shot as s/he was turning around in the far lane.
The Fisheries Broadcast is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Where does the time fly? As part of the party, the Broadcast has acquired a dory to give away to a lucky fan. Details about that will be revealed.
The dory arrived at the CBC today.
If you're looking for an end to winter, one of the surest signs seen knows is the sudden arrival of potholes around St. John's.
Here is a fine example on Military Road. What's not in the shot is the asphalt chunks strewn about.
Labrador West students Kindra Elson and Kelsie Searle put together this video that addresses bullying in school. The students are in Grade 11 at Menihek High School in Labrador City.
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