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‘Honey pack up the kids! We’re de-urbanizing’

The largest net-migration from cities were in Winnipeg (-7,466), Toronto (-7,372), and Edmonton (-4,272). 

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More Canadians are opting out of city living for rural areas for the first time in history, according to a new Statistics Canada study.

Record-breaking rates show the average migration of those leaving cities tripled, at a 59% increase, from mid-2020 to mid-2021.

Quebec is seeing the largest migration in the country, Montreal lost nearly 40,000 people to other parts of the province with 3,600 leaving the province.

Real estate prices, an increase in working from home and COVID-19 restrictions have families fleeing the large expensive cities for more room in small communities, the stats show.

The largest net-migration from cities were in Winnipeg (-7,466), Toronto (-7,372), and Edmonton (-4,272). 

Those numbers compare the difference in newcomers to how many left the city, showing more left than came.

When looking at within-province migration, census metropolitan areas lost 60,091 people in 2021.

The outcomes are normally the opposite of what advanced economies strive for, as usually goals are set to have people urbanize rather than de-urbanize.

But factors in the last few years have made moves to rural areas more appealing to Canadians.

Canada’s housing cost went up 34%, almost $200,000 higher than in March 2020, now at a national average of $780,400.

Smaller communities have cheaper real estate and bigger lots, making cottage towns and costal regions look very attractive.

The increase of remote work options due to COVID-19 have also increased the ability for Canadians to make these changes in living.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard.
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Declan Carroll

    January 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    After throughly destroying their society with rampant communism they spread like a virus into our area looking for a new host to infect with mass formation physcosis. We need to build a wall around the major cities and make them live in the crap hole they created for themselves.

  2. Eldon

    January 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    I’d be surprised if it were the libtards that are getting out of dodge. They are generally too woke to realize anything is wrong.

  3. Left Coast

    January 14, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    This is NOT good news for the UN 2030 Globalists.
    Their Plan is to have you in a small Condo in the City by 2030, with two Bicycles and a trailer for the kids. If you are lucky enough to have a parking stall maybe an Electric Car.

    They want to return the “Environment” to Nature, you can grow your food on your balcony.

    This is the krap they are planning for your future and Trudope & Guiltybault are fully on board and the CCP is paying their way.

    Elections have Consequences folks . . .

  4. Wang ba dan

    January 14, 2022 at 11:16 am

    I sure agree with you there Honey. They will most likely bring their progressive nonsense with them, after all liberalism is a disease and you can’t just leave it behind by moving.

  5. Hutsul Honey

    January 14, 2022 at 11:07 am

    I hope they’re not taking their “mass formation psychosis” with them. They can leave their politics behind too.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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