We are a country of immigrants

It is July 1 and the 151st birthday of Canada. In typical Fort Frances fashion, the sun gods rained on the Fort Frances parade.
You almost can predict that July 1 will be a rainy day.
The thermometer only was reading 17 C but The Weather Network said the rain would diminish, the sun would break through the clouds, and the afternoon and evening would heat up for the fireworks.
As often as I can remember, rain has fallen on July 1. I can’t count the number of parades that continued on through pouring rain. July 1 and rain seem like a tradition in Fort Frances and the district.
Two bass fishermen were fishing the rocks and reefs in front of the cabin. They were dressed in full rain gear and were meticulous in checking out every three feet of shoreline, although I never heard “fish on.”
The red Maple Leaf is being shown on many a Facebook page. Atop the flag pole at the cabin flies the red Maple Leaf and it flies for the entire cottage season. The flagpole is a 40-foot white spruce and every couple of years, the pole receives a new coat of paint that harmonizes with the white of our Canadian flag.
We are very fortunate to live in Canada. Most Canadians are here because their ancestors chose to make this country their home. We have become a nation of peoples and continue to keep our arms open to people of all faiths and nationalities.
The World Atlas, in a document in 2015, noted Canada ranked eighth in the world with more than 7,248,000 immigrants, with the United States being first. In accepting new immigrants, Canada ranked fourth in the world, having accepted 271,800 immigrants in 2015.
That number grew in 2016 and 2017 with the acceptance of the Syrian refugees. The greatest number of those immigrants is a skilled worker alleviating the shortage of skills in Canada.
For the past two years, Canada is being chosen by families from Haiti and Nigeria who initially had immigrated to the U.S. The Haitians had travelled as refugees to the U.S., which offered them sanctuary following the 2010 earthquake but now have been ordered out of the country.
They see more opportunity in Canada today.
The Nigerians, meanwhile, are fleeing an ongoing civil war in their country, and now are being detained and sent back to their country.
The U.S. has more than 700,000 “dreamers” who accompanied their parents to that country. Many of those parents today would be known as asylum-seekers.
Many of the “dreamers” have trade skills and university degrees, making them ideal candidates to become immigrants to Canada.
Immigration News ranks Canada as tops in the world as an immigrant-friendly country. Looking at health and social programs, religious freedoms, education, and quality of life make Canada are great country to immigrate to.
We are a country of immigrants and the blending of our cultures, traditions, and religions make us a stronger nation. It is important to continue welcoming immigrants to our country and communities.