July 24th, 2007

Radical Finns Persevere off B.C. Coast
Few British Columbians know about Malcolm Island. It sits off northern Vancouver Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from Port McNeill. The population of the island is currently between 750 and 800, and has rarely been over 1000. It has always attracted minorities: left-wing Finns, American draft dodgers, even Vietnamese salal harvesters. The island has few resources. Logging and fishing bring in far less money than they used to. Young families can't find work. Despite all this, maybe because of all this, Malcolm Island deserves our attention. Its one town, Sointula, has made history for over a century. Founded in 1901 as a utopian colony of Finnish émigrés, it has changed repeatedly while remaining stubbornly itself: a community of cooperative individualists.

A warm welcome: Local woman helps immigrating workers create a home in Sask.
Evelyn Wojcichowsky is always among the first in Saskatoon to greet immigrating workers and families from Ukraine. She was chosen as the chair of the standing committee on immigration with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in 2003. Once involved, the ever-enthusiastic Wojcichowsky has turned immigration into a personal mission and now serves as an independent source and counsellor. Since she became aligned with the project, more than 75 skilled workers have come to Saskatoon from Ukraine. She has also become acquainted with many others who chose to make their permanent homes in Saskatchewan. From now until the end of December, there will be arrivals every two weeks and the number of people will grow by 400.