CITV To Host Interview On Pathways To Status

February 23, 2016

At 8.00pm this Thursday, Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy and Attorney General Trevor Moniz are set to discuss the Government’s proposed Pathways to Status initiative on the Government television station CITV.

The announcement said, “Members of the public are invited to tune in to CITV [Channel 2 on Cable and Channel 102 on WOW] on Thursday February 25th at 8pm where the Minister of Home Affairs, Attorney General, and Junior Minister of Home Affairs will appear live on CITV with guest host Charles Webbe to discuss the Government’s proposed Pathways to Status initiative.

“Members of the public can email any questions that they may have for the Ministers on this initiative in advance to pathwaysquestions@gov.bm. Questions will be read out and answered live on Thursday night.”

The Government recently attempted to hold an information session on the immigration initiative, however it was closed down after protesters shouted “no to immigration reform” and “no, no, no” for almost 20 minutes.

The initiative will see changes allowing eligible people who are ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 15 years becoming eligible to apply for permanent residency, and any permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 20 years becoming eligible to apply for Bermudian status.

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  1. San George says:

    How much is CITV contributing to the debt? Shut it down. We will shout at the TV. These people have the right to reside here, own property, work; they don’t need to vote – they are fair weather residents. We have to live here rain, blow or shine.

    Quo Fata Ferunt

    • I want to hear says:

      Taxation without representation is a pretty archaic notion. Especially when it comes to people that have been here for two decades.

      And all Bermudians have the right to reside in the EU via our colony status.

      • Not exactly says:

        And vote in European Elections and most municipal elections of whatever city we may be resident in Europe!

      • Bermudian says:

        Last time I looked Bermuda was a small dot on the map. So stop talking about residing in places as large as the EU!!! The OBA is making Bermudians extinct like the Dinosaur. If they want to do things the correct way they need to have a referendum instead of forcing this down every Bermudians throat.

        If you have the numbers for the vote PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!The racial tension on this island is at an all-time high under the OBA!

      • Ian says:

        Doesnt come with a vote idiot…

        • I want to hear says:

          Actually…

          Citizens of Overseas Territories that are UK residents have the right to vote in UK elections.

          http://www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourdistrict/elections/register/nationalities/

          They are even able to vote in the upcoming EU referendum in the UK.

          You see it is only you guys, that have so much hatred in your hearts, that you seek to deny long term residents who have contributed to Bermudian society economically and socially.

          The funny part is that you and others have the nerve to call everyone racist while your biggest gripe about this whole matter is the color of the peoples’ skin that could benefit.

          Would you lot be happier if the several hundred West Indians that would benefit are only able to instead?

          An apology for calling me an idiot is warranted.

          • Ian says:

            Who said anything about race? Some of my best mates are white…. Clearly you’ve completely missed the point as why there are the gripes BERMUDIANS have with Fahys approach to dictatorship.

            • I want to hear says:

              So do you admit you were wrong when you claimed we couldn’t vote overseas while calling me an idiot?

              Read your posts on here and elsewhere and tell me how you aren’t a prejudice person. You have used the term whitening, need for votes and real Bermudian and the like.

              You would never have used that language if the proposed policy permitted only the West Indian long term residents were to benefit from this legislation. But because there are some whites that will as well you and yours show your true racist colors.

              Oh and ‘I have white friends’ argument holds just about as much weight as a white racist saying ‘I have black friends’ argument.

              Did you consider Burch to be a ‘dictator’ when he and the PLP unilaterally announced land licensing restrictions on Bermudians with foreign spouses?

    • wahoo says:

      Shouting at a TV sounds pretty stupid….

      • Lois Frederick says:

        I assume they will be shouting NO NO NO.

        I am waiting for the YES campaign to emerge. That sounds more positive to me.

        • Nanny Pat says:

          I applaud the OBA for using CITV for press releases like this. This is the most democratic way of getting information out. Maybe they should use this method for all information sessions going forward. This is 2016 – use technology – especially when it is completely fair to all involved. Email your questions. This seems really fair to all parties. Well done.

      • @ wahoo: Indeed, shouting at a TV does sound pretty stupid :-)

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Do what Elvis did. SHOOT IT.

        • Attention, them who are behind the Progressive Labour Party and their attempts to hinder the progress being made by the One Bermuda Alliance…
          “Don’t let the guilt of poor choices weigh you down”
          (Joel Osteen)

    • Bermy says:

      Fair weather residents?? They haven’t jumped ship like so many “born” Bermudians, they have stayed and continued to contribute. Shouting at the TV really says it all about yourself and the other short sighted sheep.

    • Sara Sargasso says:

      shouting at the tv, that’s very grown-up to do.

  2. Reality Check says:

    So they’ve retreated from the public and are going to hide behind the TV.

    This Government is stepping backwards faster than Usain Bolt runs forward.

    They’re losing their nerve.

    • I want to hear says:

      What do you want them to do?

      It has been made quite clear the other night and persistently via the talk shows, since then, that any attempt to hold an information/town hall on the subject setting will be duly interrupted by acts of ‘civil disobedience.’

      These protesters are the real cowards as they are scared of what they might hear and deprive others from wanting to hear the argument being put forth.

    • John E. Thorne says:

      The protesters give them no other choice.

  3. Joe says:

    Hopefully we can get to hear the presentation this time .

  4. Noncents says:

    @ Reality Check

    You clowns are the reason they have to do an information session that is closed to the public. Otherwise a small segment of the population could be disruptive and rob free thinking individuals the opportunity the hear the facts and make their own mind up.

    Those few individuals behaved like children. How dare they claim to speak for all Bermudians.

    • Rich says:

      It’s not completely closed. People can email in questions.

    • Sally says:

      Nocents. My wife and I have 2 children- please do not compare the behavoiour of these muppets to our educated 6 and 8 year olds…..born Bermudian children at that….although they might not ‘sound’ Bermujian..

  5. steve says:

    Last week some ruined it for others.Now they will try again to pass the message in front of a camera so if you don’t want to listen, you can turn your TV off without impacting the viewing of your neighbor.Seems reasonable.

  6. Jus' Askin' says:

    :-D

    OBA 2012-2017

    2016 would be better at this rate ;-)

    • wahoo says:

      You do know what the alternative is don’t you? You are an indoctrinated minion.

      • Jus' Askin' says:

        For some of us, it doesn’t matter if OBA or PLP are in Government

        They are two sides of the same coin ;-)

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          Yeah but one is shinier than the other…

        • jt says:

          Hopefully you don’t get a chance to find out how much difference there would be.

        • wahoo says:

          You may be right but what is the alternative? I choose the lesser of the two evils.

        • Rhonnda aka Blue Familiar says:

          If you view the parties as two sides to the same coin, then the question on who to vote for is simple.

          Which side understands that they can make far more money for themselves if the population is doing well rather than just taking from the already struggling?

          • Jus' Askin' says:

            “…they can make far more money for themselves…”

            That says it all ;-)

        • Truth (Original) says:

          ..except, one side of the coin ran up a massive debt that all of us and are children are struggling under

          ..and the other side of the coin is trying desperately to get the debt back to manageable levels.

          If that’s the same thing to you, then cool.

          • Jus' Askin' says:

            Not “…all of us and [our] children are struggling under” this debt. ;-)

            OBA and PLP are No Good for All of Us :-(

            We Need a Government that truly strives for “A Better Bermuda for All Bermudians”

            Fact :- OBA is trying to make a Better Bermuda, but NOT for Bermudians :-D

      • Ian says:

        Who??? The guys who single handily caused one of the worlds worst credit crises???

        • Lois Frederick says:

          No, the ones who were not prepared for it at all.

        • jt says:

          No. The guys who overspent their budgets year after year and ‘lost’ money in the process.

  7. ALVIN WILLIAMS says:

    Well now the OBA on public television to push it’s anti-Bermudian immigration policy the same government television that it’s leader declare that it should be shut down; but as a old saying has stated;’ YOU CAN RUN BUT YOY CAN’T HIDE’.

  8. Kevin says:

    thats not quite a true statement there are huge differences between the two parties. 1 of them is actually working to make it it better for all of us . I did say all not like the former who was truly one sided …sure hard decisions have to be made …..

  9. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Nice precedent to set.All interviews should be aired on T.V.That way if you do’nt want to hear it you just do’nt listen to it.If you do’nt like what you heard then you can protest afterwards.That way no one gets disrupted and you can garnish more support for your position.Conversly if you support anything that you heard you can garnish support for your position,with logic and not just emotion,and ignorance.That goes for P.L.P.supporters and O.B.A.as well as others.I Support that.Peace.

  10. Somerset Girl says:

    Good and while they are at it post a video on YouTube and salient points on social media . Good move.

  11. CITV says:

    Given that the former government put this TV station in place – wonder why the OBA are using it since the OBA have criticised everything the PLP did. (including this station being a waste on taxpayers dollars)

    Its like the navy blue ministers’s toyota cars that they branded a waste of $ – yet the OBA still use them despite their pre-election promise that they will remove them

    wolf in sheep’s clothing

  12. Midge pullen says:

    Good idea. now let’s see if the “no to immigration” people can send in an articulate question.they certainly have enough time…

    • Harry Buttle says:

      Or present an ACTUAL alternative that makes sense and ticks the boxes on our international obligations. Shouting NO does not make comprehensive immigration reform despite what the PLP and their followers say.

      One way or another there’s going to have to be changes to the way that immigration and naturalization work here. There have been landmark cases in the courts which are forceably redefining the flawed 1950′s laws / policies put in place by the government and the long term residents aren’t going to “up and leave”. It’s only a matter of time before another case goes before the courts and re-defines some other aspect of the old 1950′s act and it’s patchwork of amendments.

  13. HISTORY says:

    COWARDS – ALL OF THEM
    CAN’T EVEN FACE THE PEOPLE THEY SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENT.

    FAHY, RICHARDS ETC ALL NEED TO GO AWAY SOME WHERE FAR

    TAKE A LONG WALK OFF A SHORT PIER.

  14. mugatu says:

    What is the government thinking! Then again how many people are really going to be watching it on CITV.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Probably a lot more than were at the meeting last week.

    • Harry Buttle says:

      At least as many that were sitting waiting quietly in the Cathedral hall minus the nopey crowd.

      This time probably more because it’s convenient and it won’t be raining at home, which probably cut back on the numbers the other night.

  15. Robin goodyear says:

    Commit to the country, if you purchase property and thus genuinely commit to the island after 20 years then you have the right to status along with your children. I don’t see how there is an argument against this. The government are at pains to point out that we need people on island paying taxes and using the economy but when are beloved expats are retired or fired this will only happen if they buy property. It’s an absolute falsehood that these expats are going to leave the island if they don’t get status and the fact is that the majority that want status own property overseas and have no intention of residing on island for their retirement with or without status. Give citizenship to those who really are committed to living here and not those that will simply move home to wherever and burden our job market with their children.

  16. No laughing matter says:

    Shout “No no no” at the TV??? LOL!!!

  17. No laughing matter says:

    Shout “No no no” at the TV??? LOL!!!

    So…You’re going to hold up your protest signs at the TV too? LOL & LMBO!!!

    Don’t forget to use your loudspeaker at the TV! LOL!!!

    Whew! That was a good chuckle!
    Anywhooooo, happy Wednesday all!

  18. The PLP Did it!?!?! says:

    Bermuda may as well rename itself to the DPRK

  19. Oracle says:

    To San George..I have endured the rain blow or shine with you for 35 years.Shoulder to shoulder in the tough times and the smooth, I was invited to Bermuda 35 years ago because I had a skill set. And yes, I must own a property in Bermuda somewhere. I have been paying Bermudian landlords mortgages with my monthly rent, for 35 years. Sure, I could buy a condo ..and pay an additional 22% tax for the privilege. Voting? Nope, I cant do that either, but then I havnt been able to for 35 years anyway, so I am over that.

    Just a little expat perspective.

  20. Jonathan Land Evans says:

    Surely it is wrong in principle that taxpayer dollars should be spent on a TV station that only people with cable TV or similar subscription-TV arrangements can watch.

    • Keystroke says:

      They wouldn’t have to if it wasn’t for two dozen thickheads shouting them down last week.

    • Harry Buttle says:

      I agree. If they could afford to broadcast over the air it would be a better “public access” channel but I gather that the costs would be prohibitive. Maybe internet streaming of at least the audio or lease the 1450AM station for re-broadcast over the air?