Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good news from New Brunswick

In case you haven't heard, the federal government has rescinded a deportation order to send the Maeng family back to South Korea because of the anticipated medical expenses of their younger son, who has autism and is epileptic. Apparently, all it took was for the New Brunswick government to write a letter to the Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney stating that they would be able to cover any expenses the young man will have in his lifetime (with some encouragement from across the country).

Later in the latter article, the Refugee Protection Act is quoted as saying that prospective immigrants can be denied permanent residence if their affliction can "cause excessive demand on health or social services." One has to wonder when that act was passed, and was it passed retroactively? Anyway, it's looking a bit more hopeful for the Maengs. 

It does not change what I said about the CIC. Perhaps the federal government can clean up the mess that is there. They have four years to do so. It may not make up for the other stuff that I have come to expect from the Harper conservatives, but if they can do something right, credit should be given where credit is due.

Switching gears a bit, this post from the blogger I believe was formerly known as Orac embeds a news report from Australia about the cost of refusing to vaccinate children, allowing formerly rare, fleeting diseases to make a comeback, and the sort of quacks who have their own following.

Still on the subject of diseases, a timely report from CTV called 'Filthy Food', which switches into a report on measles and the MMR shot.

Again on diseases, something from a repeat broadcast on Marketplace last Friday. The coming superbugs, and the coming failure of antibiotics.

A suggestion to change the way immigrants are treated. Make the process more local.

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