Immigrants can also come to Stanstead
should act soon, before Donald Trump gets elected president of the Republic South of the border and builds his Northern Wall, to try to get to this region, Stanstead to North Hatley, our fair share of the Syrian refugees.
one in a bilionium year project that the Republican frontrunner is in favour of would bring full employment to the region for hundreds of years if we can convince him to use granite as the Chinese did for the longest lasting part of their wall.
we wait for this windfall, we can always dream, a bit of reality must set in. And the reality, sometimes whispered but now, more and more, vocally expressed, is that the region lacks qualified manpower willing to work.
refugees are not lazy as a rule. The various waves of them over the years have always made our country more prosperous.
will not be the first ‘Syrian’ wave to hit our region. One hundred years ago we saw in influx of Armenians and Syrians from what was then the Ottoman Empire, most of them Christians. Local Bashar Shbib was born in Damascus. And let’s not forget René Angelil and Paul Anka, both with Syrian fathers and Lebanese mothers.
we need now is a strategy to get those with the skills needed to visit our region as fast as can be done.
are sure that in some United Nations camps there are stone cutters, mechanics, willing to learn our ways while we learn theirs. Because, while we may be very good at what we are doing in the stone industry, we have not been at it for millenniums. This is what immigrants bring to a country: a new perspective. As our ancestors did over the last four hundred years, adapting their skills to a new reality. As did the Natives in their migration from Asia thousands of years ago.
like these do not happen often and we must take every measure that we can think of to bring some of the Syrian refugees here. On December 31st around 6 p.m., I placed a call to Ambulance Stanstead as my wife was having a difficult time to breathe. I got on the phone with the dispatcher and I asked him to send the ambulance to 35D Railroad street in the Rock Island sector of Stanstead and I explained to him where we were located, and while talking with him on the phone he did hear my wife calling for help as she was having a hard time to breathe. I know he heard her saying “I can’t breathe” but while talking with me he said: “Excuse me I have another call.” Just imagine, putting me on hold, my wife was dying I would say, I was put on hold for about at least 15 to 20 minutes, after he had heard her shout she could not breathe. I
U. would think after hearing her, he would have searched faster. Sad to say, after at least 35 minutes, my wife had then stopped breathing. Meanwhile, I was on the phone with the dispatcher. I had sent my grandson to watch for the Ambulance and he came running in the house telling me the Ambulance had gone by my house. I replied to the dispatcher telling him they had missed the address, they had gone to the wrong address. So it took sometime before they got to my place. When they did get there, I had to holler to Ronald Knapp to come in the house and to go to the bedroom and tend to my wife. They tried to revive her, but it was too late. Maybe if they had gotten there earlier my wife might still be alive as the respira- tory equipment they had might have helped her to breathe until they got her to the hospital. After this was all over with, I went to the Ambulance Station myself and drove at 60km/hr and it took me less than the 10 minutes; to be exact it was 8 minutes to my house. The question remains: Why did it take them over 35 minutes to respond? Was it the dispatcher’s fault by taking too much time to let Ambulance Stanstead know about Peggie Distefano Beaver’s situation? What went wrong and Why? So be aware, it could be your loved one next time.