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Canadian media gushes when couple has 18th child

God chooses Canada's ruin while we remain mum

Once again the silence was deafening. One might recall that in March of 2007 the Canadian census report was released and revealed that immigrant-driven growth made Canada the fastest growing country in the G-8 at a ruinous pace of 5.4% in 5 years. 70% of that portion was attributable to immigration and its effects were evident in farmland and species loss as well as pollution and pressure on landfills and fisheries, among other things. But not a single environmental organization chose to counter what became a cheerleading chorus amongst editorialists and commentators across the country for our record growth.

Now it seems that the cat still has environmentalists' tongue. On Saturday July 26th, 2008, in a story that was repeated in many other news outlets, The Canadian Press reported that a Romanian immigrant couple in Abbotsford, British Columbia had their 18th child in 23 years, 13 of whom have been born since they came to Canada in 1990.

They explained that they "never planned how many children to have.we just let God guide our lives, you know, because we strongly believe life comes from God and that's the reason we did not stop life."

Seeing how it is God's personal choice, apparently neither the Sierra Club, the David Suzuki Foundation, or the other major environmental groups are making mention of the environmental impact that this Romanian couple, the "Ionces", are having on the planet. Even so, by living in Canada rather than Romania, each Ionce child is , by 2003 footprinting data, contributing 2.73 times more GHG emissions to the atmosphere than he or she is had he or she stayed in Romania. The total cost to the planet for God's personal choice, and the Immigration Minister's decision to let the Ionces emigrate to Canada, is 314.82 metric tonnes per year for the 18 children.

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and his Environment Minister Barry Penner just finished spending a bundle of taxpayer money on glossy propaganda pushing his fancy "carbon tax" scheme which is supposed to do wonders to counter climate change in this province. Oddly, no comment issued forth from his office about God's personal choice in Abbotsford to thwart the good effects of the carbon tax scheme.

I think that could be for the very good reason that neither the Premier of British Columbia nor any politician in Canada nor any environmental organization in our country will ever acknowledge a link between population growth via the maternity ward or the airport and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

As could be predicted, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporatian (CBC), the public broadcasting network that we are constantly told is necessary to give us a critical perspective that commercial broadcasting doesn't give us, failed to offer any critical commentary of the story, but just parroted what the Canadian Press already provided, as a heart warming human interest tale.

Didn't Simon and Garfunkel do a song called "The Sounds of Silence"? Could have been the theme song about our population debate.

Tim Murray
Quadra Island, BC
July 27, 2008

Postscript: The British newsmedia gave similar treatment to woman pregnant with her 14 child in the story of 21 July 2008:

Mother of 13 pregnant with number 14 just seven months after she last gave birth

Just seven months after giving birth to her 13th child, size zero mother Joanne Watson is delighted to be pregnant again.

The slim 37-year-old says she loves being pregnant and is lucky enough to have regained her pre-pregnancy figure of 7st 5lb after the birth of every child.

Just five days after giving birth to child number 13, daughter Tallulah, the supermum had no problem squeezing into a pair of size six (American size zero) jeans.

'I'm lucky because I always sail through my pregnancies and have no symptoms whatsoever,' says Joanne, who is three months pregnant.

Husband John, a 42-year-old haulier added: 'I feel like I'm the happiest daddy in the world. To have so many healthy happy children and a wife who has such a fabulous figure is amazing.'


See also: Pronatalist Policy in Australia: 1945-2000 of 28 Jun 08 by Sheila Newman


Bizarrely sexist comment by the truckie husband. Makes his wife sound like a cross between a productive breeding animal and a sex-toy. And might just as well be, by being so out of touch with the world around as it is impacted by population growth and the industrial expansion which serves it. Then again, the mainstream press has this way of seeking out the yuk factor in the daily affairs of people who just do what they think is okay; this family is obviously responding to religious and economic propaganda. The news reports are glorifying this for some purpose of their own - to sell papers and to sell population growth, which will enhance their many corporate capital investments by increasing inflation.

Sheila Newman, population sociologist
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