Pop­u­la­tion is­sues sym­po­sium topic

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Is­lan­ders are en­cour­aged to at­tend a pub­lic sym­po­sium Thurs­day that will dis­cuss Amish set­tlers to P.E.I. and the Tem­po­rary For­eign Worker Pro­gram. The event, ti­tled “Is­land Mo­bil­ity, Mi­gra­tion and Pop­u­la­tion Is­sues,” will be held at UPEI’s MacKin­non Au­di­to­rium, Room 242, McDougall Hall, be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. All are wel­come and ad­mis­sion is free.

Pop­u­la­tion change has al­ways been at the core of the de­vel­op­ment of small is­lands – and it is no dif­fer­ent on P.E.I. Ev­ery day the pub­lic me­dia de­liver news about some as­pect of pop­u­la­tion: youth out­mi­gra­tion, ru­ral de­pop­u­la­tion, an ag­ing work­force, tem­po­rary for­eign work­ers, refugees, wealthy im­mi­grant in­vestors. The sym­po­sium will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to hear about and con­trib­ute to the de­bate on sev­eral of the salient pop­u­la­tion is­sues that are cru­cial to the fu­ture of P.E.I.

There will be three fea­tured speak­ers. Dr. Jim Ran­dall will pro­vide an overview of the ma­jor pop­u­la­tion changes tak­ing place on P.E.I. from a “small is­lands” per­spec­tive. Katie Mazer is a PhD Can­di­date re­search­ing the move­ment of work­ers be­tween the Mar­itimes and nat­u­ral re­source in­dus­tries ‘out west’. Katie’s pre­sen­ta­tion will fo­cus on Is­lan­ders go­ing west and mi­grant work­ers com­ing into the prov­ince through the Tem­po­rary For­eign Worker Pro­gram. The third speaker is Tony Wall­bank who has spear­headed the up­com­ing mi­gra­tion of two com­mu­ni­ties of Amish farm­ers from south­ern On­tario to east­ern Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The first Amish set­tlers will ar­rive next spring. He will tell us about the Amish, ex­plain why they find ru­ral P.E.I. at­trac­tive, and re­view some of the chal­lenges in this process of com­mu­nity re­set­tle­ment.

There will be am­ple time for dis­cus­sion and ques­tions from the floor. Lau­rie Brin­klow, In­sti­tute of Is­land Stud­ies

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