July 7, 2008

Pt 1: Bringing Brits to Alberta - In early July 2008, Alberta's Minister of Employment and Immigration delivered a simple message to anyone in Britain with a marketable skill: pack your bags and come to Alberta. It was part of the Alberta Government's campaign to bring 50,000 skilled workers to the province in a year; workers it says are desperately needed to address a serious labour shortage. The idea of packing up for Alberta struck the imagination -- and in some cases the funnybone -- of the British press. So we asked the CBC's Kyla Pearson to ask a few ordinary Londoners if they could ever see themselves Alberta bound.

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Pt 2: Riding With the Tribe - Documentary - The Tribe of Judah holds an odd place among motorcycle clubs. In 2003, it opened a small Canadian Chapter in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with an ambitious plan to expand across the country -- and spread the word of God. The Tribe of Judah is a Christian motorcycle club that ministers to other biker gangs. Every year, the club does an international ride to its headquarters in Galveston, Texas. Its members time the ride with the annual Lone Star Rally, a huge biker bash in Galveston. They use it as an opportunity to spread their message and try to convert members of the outlaw clubs who are at the rally.

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Today's guest host was Jim Brown.


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Bringing Brits to Alberta

Alberta Minister

In early July 2008, Alberta's Minister of Employment and Immigration delivered a simple message to anyone in Britain with a marketable skill: pack your bags and come to Alberta. It was part of the Alberta Government's campaign to bring 50,000 skilled workers to the province in a year; workers it says are desperately needed to address a serious labour shortage. The idea of packing up for Alberta struck the imagination -- and in some cases the funnybone -- of the British press. So we asked the CBC's Kyla Pearson to ask a few ordinary Londoners if they could ever see themselves Alberta bound.

The Alberta Government is selling the province as a panacea for skilled workers, full of good jobs and good living. But critics say the reality doesn't measure up to the government's message. Hector Goudreau is the man selling the message. He's Alberta's Minister of Employment and Immigration and he joined us from Edmonton.


Critic

The plan to bring 50,000 skilled workers to Alberta has its critics. Gil McGowan is the President of the Alberta Federation of Labour and he's among them.

And when Toronto writer Heather Mallick heard about the Alberta Government's plan, she decided there were a few things the British public needed to know. So she wrote them down in a column for the online version of the British newspaper, The Guardian. Heather Mallick joined us in Toronto this morning.


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Riding With the Tribe - Documentary

The Tribe of Judah holds an odd place among motorcycle clubs. In 2003, it opened a small Canadian Chapter in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with an ambitious plan to expand across the country -- and spread the word of God. The Tribe of Judah is a Christian motorcycle club that ministers to other biker gangs. Every year, the club does an international ride to its headquarters in Galveston, Texas. Its members time the ride with the annual Lone Star Rally, a huge biker bash in Galveston. They use it as an opportunity to spread their message and try to convert members of the outlaw clubs who are at the rally.

The CBC's Phonse Jessome rode down to Texas along with the club's Canadian President, Gary Hooper. And he brought back a documentary called "Riding With The Tribe" that first aired on The Current in January 2008.



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