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Wildroses in Alberta – but the grass is not always greener on the other side


Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Caucus, (R to ...

Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Caucus, (R to L) Guy Boutilier, Heather Forsyth, Danielle Smith, Paul hinman, Rob Anderson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an interesting twist of fate Alberta, long a stronghold for the Conservatives, is going through some family issues. Till death do us part is not the motto for conservatives today. Alberta is going through growing pains. With an influx of Canadians, of all stripes, change seems to be affecting the province as a whole. The Wildrose party has surged in popularity, but will it last? Cracks in the foundation are already apparent; with Wildrose members sounding both intolerant of immigrants and out of step with Canadian values. In some sense we can draw a comparison to the Republican Party in the United States. With forces split between what is seen as moderates, like Mitt Romney and The Tea Party elements of the Republicans. I sense that this is more of a protest vote; similar to the ADQ in Quebec. The Progressive Conservatives are holding true to the name “progressive”, but will the residents of Alberta give them another chance. With the election near Wildrose party members are under close scrutiny. Can the Wildrose Party grow into a sustainable political force? Or will they continue to bloom and show their true colours?

http://www.thestar.com/mobile/news/canada/politics/article/1164711–tim-harper-alberta-s-wildrose-leader-danielle-smith-s-bumpy-road-to-history

Serving students in culturally clustered schools


I still think that this is a bad idea? There are other ways to solve social issues and problems. Excuses are unacceptable and only help to further alienate various groups in our city. However, if someone can provide me with a reason this a good idea, I am all ears. Andy MJ /a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”.

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Educators debate need for same-culture role models amid reality of ‘segregated’ schools. When Canada’s largest school board votes tomorrow on whether to start an Africentric alternative school, there will be those, including Ontario’s premier, who oppose a school that clusters children by race.

Segregation, critics charge, has no place in our public schools.

Yet schools have long been segregated, naturally, by virtue of the colour-coded neighbourhoods in which they sit, says veteran urban planner Mohammad Qadeer of Queen’s University.

In Canada, he argues, this could be a good thing?

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$60M South Asian-themed mall to be built in Markham


The building a $60-mill. South Asian-themed mall, in what will be the largest development of its kind in North America, will start soon. I remember the complaints / issues old Markham residents brought to the table in the past, when the Pacific Mall was built. Toronto is changing, as it should. It should be interesting to see what they have to say. Andy MJ

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Ontario racism in Simcoe against Asians reaching the tipping point


Who would think that this is happening in Ontario? We are so tolerant of others that you would think that this would be occurring somewhere else. Unfortunately racism and bigotry occurs all around and now some of the hate crimes that happened have placed a stain on Simcoe country’s once tranquil atmosphere. By: Andy MJ

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In the cottage area north of Toronto, an odious practice has been around long enough to have earned a place in local slang: “nippertipping.”

The term refers to a pastime that folks around the town of Sutton on Lake Simcoe say has been whispered about for years, even decades: sneaking up behind Asian anglers on late-night fishing excursions and pushing them into the lake.

The nickname is derived from a derogatory term for people of Japanese descent, but is applied to all Asians targeted by mischief makers. Night-time fishing is popular among many Asians.

The shadowy practice of “nippertipping” has been cast in a garish light in recent weeks, and condemned as racist violence by Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The York Region police, after some initial reluctance, have begun investigating such attacks as hate crimes, focusing on four recent incidents, including one in mid-September that left a 23-year-old Toronto man in a coma. The mayor of the township that includes Sutton has formally apologized to the Chinese community.

While this news was making headlines in Toronto late last month, the Toronto Star reported that three Toronto men of Asian background had been threatened by an axe-wielding man while on a fishing trip to the Rideau Lakes Township village of Westport. The immediate assumption was that this was more of the same racist mischief-making.

More “nippertipping.”

The assumption seemed to be confirmed when Westport-area OPP said they were investigating another incident, an alleged assault against three Asian fishermen in the area two weeks earlier.

There have been no charges or arrests in either case, but the reports were enough to convince Ms. Hall to fire off a letter to the local paper, the Westport Review Record, condemning the incidents and lumping them in with what was happening in other parts of the provinces.

But the people of Westport, their MPP Bob Runciman, and even the chairman of an Asian angling association, beg to differ.

They say that, unlike reports about Sutton, there is no long-established practice of attacking Asian fisherman in the area. And though they don’t condone acts of violence, they’re sure that any confrontations stem not from racism but from long-simmering frustration with what locals see as an inability by the Ministry of Natural Resources to crack down on illegal fishing in the area.

Neil Kudrinko, who owns a grocery store in Westport, is among those who have been trying to raise the issue with authorities for years.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Mr. Kudrinko said this week. “We’re just asking for the rules that are on the books to be enforced.”

The issue first came to the fore two years ago, when the Westport and Area Outdoors Association distributed a notice to local residents asking them to be on the lookout for illegal fishing, particularly at night. The group charged that there was “an organized group of men from the Toronto area intent on removing large quantities of fish from local lakes, regardless of size and species.”

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