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Terahertz: Multiculturalism, interculturalism and secularism

I want to promise this won’t become a habit but sometimes it seems easier to just Tweet a bunch of random thoughts about an issue that I can collate and publish as a Storify. So here’s my latest.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march

Canada’s first annual Rights and Freedoms March, a celebration of the anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, launches in Vancouver on April 17.

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Scott's DiaTribes: John McCallum visits Brantford-Brant to talk immigration/cultural issues

This past Thursday evening, John McCallum, Liberal MP from Markham-Unionville and the LPC’s critic for Immigration/Multiculturalism/ Seniors visited Brantford-Brant to meet with Liberal candidate Danielle Takacs and leaders of Brantford-Brant’s various cultural communities. Mr. McCallum is the 4th Liberal MP to visit Brantford-Brant in the span of less than 3 months (the others being Carolyn Bennett, Scott Simms and Adam Vaughan) which shows that Liberals at the national level believe Brantford-Brant is a priority riding and can be returned to the Liberal fold in the upcoming election


Danielle and her team organized a round-table to answer questions anyone at (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Identifying the adversary

Not surprisingly, Charles Taylor’s keynote address and discussion on political inclusion has neatly highlighted both the importance of finding commonalities at the personal level, and the dangers of government fomenting prejudice toward minority groups. But I’d think it’s worth drawing a distinction between the problems being addressed at the personal and the political levels.

At the personal level, it’s true prejudice which is best addressed through relationships and shared experience. And we should expect a concerted effort to connect to minority communities to put an end to the underlying fear of the other which politicians may seek to use to (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On dividing lines

For the most part, Joan Bryden’s report signals that there isn’t much controversy left arising out of Alexandre Boulerice’s comments about niqabs in the civil service. But it’s worth asking whether the trial balloon floated by Boulerice serves any purpose whatsoever: Martin added that he has no problem with Boulerice’s suggestion that a pan-Canadian commission — along the lines of Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor commission in 2007 — should be created to find a consensus on how far the country should go to accommodate minority cultural and religious practices.

However, Dewar, whose riding is home to many civil servants, said there is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Judge and the Hijab

I’m always impressed with La Belle Province and her ability to serve up controversy. Recently a judge in Quebec decided that a hijab was considered not to be suitable attire for her courtroom and dismissed a case when the litigant refused to comply with her request. The judge’s words courtesy of the CBC:

“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.

“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: I Believe In Multiculturalism But…

As far as I’m concerned, this goes far beyond anything that most people would deem reasonable accommodation:

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LeDaro: Harper’s Conservatives Further Damaging Canada

 Are Harper’s CONs completely out of touch? Don’t they realize this is a multicultural country? Harper’s CONs seem to have no use for Muslims, given statements by Harper’s Chief of Communications towards a leading Canadian Muslim group, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, deriding them as a group with “terrorist” ties. This derisive statement reinforces negative stereotypes against Muslims, and is unbefitting for someone speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister. The flippant attitude of the Conservatives is appalling, especially in light of a libel action by the Muslim group against the Prime Minister’s Office. The response of Foreign Affairs (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Dean Baker discusses the strong relationship between union organization and the elimination of poverty: A simple regression shows that a 10 percentage point increase in the percentage of workers covered by a union contract is associated with a 0.7 percentage point drop in the poverty rate. (This result is significant at a 1.0 percent level.) This means that countries like Sweden, Belgium, and France, where the coverage rate is close to 90 percent, can be expected to have poverty rates that are more than 5.0 percentages points lower than (Read more…)

Musings on Canadian Politics: Soccer, Sikhs and multiculturalism in Quebec

Quebec’s Soccer Federation is going into hiding. The names and contact information of its board of directors have been pulled from the federation’s website. They’re refusing to talk to the media. Are they being accused of embezzlement? Did they steal children’s money? No, they’re refusing to allow Sikh kids to wear “turbans” during competitive matches.

The peculiar thing about the QSF’s decision is they’re the only soccer federation in Canada to ban “turbans.” Ontario and British Columbia–where there are much larger Sikh populations–don’t have a problem with kids wearing religious head garb.

The question I have, like I’m sure (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The Impacts of the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker In Canada

She Fixes So Many Problems By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, [...]

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Melissa Fong: This is what is wrong with Liberals: Christy Clark and vain Multiculturalism policy

I tend to stay away from commenting on Provincial politics because I don’t feel too well-versed in it. However, I AM well versed in racism and the ways in which White supremacy is very relevant to Canadian politics. I can’t help myself… BC Premier Christy Clark is barely out of last year’s controversy over a …

The Canadian Progressive: Black hockey players, aboriginals, gays nixed from Canada’s new bills

“The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes” By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: And so the Harper Conservative-inspired whitewashing of Canada continues. Last summer, we learned that the Bank of Canada had nixed the image of an Asian-looking female scientist from READ MORE

THE FIFTH COLUMN: An Atheist Celebrates a Secular Christmas in a Multicultural Canada

So why would a non-Christian celebrate Christmas.

Well first of all from a religious point of view Jesus Christ is not just the Christian Messiah but also considered to be an important prophet amongst both Muslims and Jews so there is no reason they cannot celebrate his birth, while not recognizing him as the Messiah.

From a non-religious point of view there is a lot of controversy over

Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives “Designated Countries of Origin” list equals more serious health risks for refugees

By Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care:

With the federal government announcing that it will be revealing its Designated Countries of Origin list to inform its handling of refugees on December 15th, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is warning provincial governments, medical professionals and health institutions to brace for more chaos and cases of individuals not being eligible for care.

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Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care One month after Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care released a number of examples of patients being denied access to necessary health services due to the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and its resulting confusion, the group is releasing another round of troubling cases. Canadian Doctors for [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) In Canada we hardly confront racism by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color. Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced draconian cuts to [...]

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Bill C10 hunger strike update: Ottawa Hydro has cut me off

I feel as though I’ve been wrenched from the light of the world and exiled to the heart of darkness. My friends, I just want to let you all know that we’ll not be able to stay as connected as … Continue reading →

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Sometimes I Really Wonder

I think we all have friends, relatives or acquaintances that are caught up in Islamophobia and regularly send out e-mails warning that the Muslims are immigrating and breeding and going to take over the country.

Their usual solution to the “problem” is to force the minorities to abandon their “evil ways” and adapt to the majority culture, essentially for them to assimilate.

It seems to me that,

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: "Let’s not lose our identity. I’m tired of taking a back seat where the once majority is seemingly now a minority."

Edit: I forgot to mention in the first post that this is Chatham-Kent-Essex PC candidate Rick NichollsIn a letter in the editor of the Chatham Daily News on Febuary 27, 2008, this is what now Hudak PC candidate for Chatham-Kent-Essex had to say about m… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: "Let’s not lose our identity. I’m tired of taking a back seat where the once majority is seemingly now a minority."

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thinking It Through Brings Clarity

So what is an atheist who believes in a single secular public school system supposed to think about noon hour Muslim prayers in public schools.The answer should be simple but first let us look at the context.In the province of Ontario there are two pub… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thinking It Through Brings Clarity

RedBedHead: David Menzies Shows How Fast Racist Lies Travel The World

Racist code words and lies, Menzies is an excellent example of “objective journalism.” I was sent an article this morning from August 5, written by a freelance journalist named David Menzies, detailing his “shocking” experience of not only being assa… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: David Menzies Shows How Fast Racist Lies Travel The World

bastard.logic: Facts vs. Narrative, Utoya Edition

by matttbastard Norwegian journalist Magnus Nome was in the good ol’ US of A when self-styled counterjihadist crusader Anders Breivik decided to escalate his murderous fantasies about Eurabian conquest from Outer Wingnuttia into the real world. Thankfully, CNN, Fox News … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Facts vs. Narrative, Utoya Edition

Leftist Jab: Hack Pundit Of The Week: Mark Steyn

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” -Upton SinclairRegardless of the politics of Anders Behring Breivik, his politics weren’t responsible for his alleged crime. Holding ext… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Hack Pundit Of The Week: Mark Steyn