Multiculturalism

22 Jul 2010 Tories look to scrap affirmative action in federal hiring

Take Action: Send a note of thanks for this brave and principled decision to Stockwell Day, Jason Kenney, and Stephen Harper ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) Globe & Mail, July 22 2010: The Conservatives say race and ethnicity shouldn't enter into the hiring process for federal jobs and have ordered a review of affirmative action policies. They want to look at government hiring practices, which currently give priority to qualified applicants from minority groups. New Democrat MP Pat Martin called the move a “full-frontal attack on affirmative action.” Visible minorities, including...

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16 Jul 2010 Judge Me Not on the Content of My Character

NoApologies.ca – July 16 2010 - By Neil Dykstra:  The skin color of our new governor general, David Johnston, matters very little to me. Neither did it matter from what race or nationality our previous two Governor-Generals hailed, Adrienne Clarkson and Michaelle Jean. The central question to their appointment was simple – can they do the job? Can they, as head of state, represent Canada on the world stage? Can they present national awards, politicized as they are, to deserving individuals? And can they steer Canada through a constitutional crisis if called upon?
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14 Jun 2010 Video: Canadian Aboriginals Offer Forgiveness to Canada and PM Harper

OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW/ - Thousands of Aboriginal individuals are assembling in Ottawa to release this weekend the forgiveness that Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested in 2008. The Prime Minister concluded his apology for Indian Residential Schools by requesting "the forgiveness of the aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly." "At that moment" says Chief Kenny Blacksmith, "the onus was placed on our people as individuals to respond. The only way to come into our full healing as the First Peoples of Canada is to forgive. Forgiveness...

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10 Jun 2010 Conservatives work deal with Bloc, NDP on refugee reform

Globe and Mail, June 10, 2010: The Conservatives seem to have salvaged their faltering refugee reform legislation by working with the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP to find changes that all the political parties could stomach. Parliamentarians on the immigration committee hashed out the details into the evening Wednesday, emerging with all-party support for a bill that is substantially different than what was originally tabled this spring. Generally, the reforms aim to deter fraudsters from playing Canada's system, but also speed approvals for legitimate applicants. [Keep reading here.] ...

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07 Jun 2010 Ayaan Hirsi Alie Talks About Islam in the West and Christianity’s Response

ARPA Note: After reading the interview below, check out some of the resources from the Middle East Reformed Fellowship, an organization that is devoted to bringing Christ to the Middle East. Maclean’s talks to writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali about living under a fatwa: (May 21 2010) - Born Muslim in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, fleeing to the Netherlands at the age of 22 to escape an arranged marriage. Ten years later, she was elected to the Dutch parliament. A prominent feminist and...

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02 Jun 2010 Tories, Liberals seek consensus on revamped refugee system

Globe and Mail, June 1, 2010: A major overhaul of Canada’s sclerotic refugee system could become law within a month, if key figures within the Liberal Party are able to persuade their colleagues to support proposed Conservative reforms. The new legislation aims to speed up the determination process, making it easier both to grant asylum to those who deserve it, and to reject and remove those who don’t. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in an interview Tuesday that the government will accept amendments to the bill proposed by...

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29 Apr 2010 Reflection on Proposed Refugee Reforms

By Heddie Driegen, Refugee Coordinator (Emmanuel Free Reformed Refugee Sponsorship Program): Update: Bill C-11 passed 2nd reading vote on April 29. Please direct feedback to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Canada has been a welcome haven for those in distress around the world, a record we can be proud of and must sustain. Giving protection to refugees is a key part of Canada's humanitarian tradition, and the Conservative government wants to build on that (but) at the same time fix some very serious problems in Canada's asylum system. Previous Liberal and Conservative governments, sensitive to the plight of so many, have tried and failed to implement  refugee reforms. 
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19 Mar 2010 Discrimination and Favoritism in Public Policy

By Neil Dykstra (Langley ARPA) Writing for www.noapologies.ca: Nothing fosters hatred more than favoritism, real or perceived. If you have siblings, you’ve probably experienced some measure of this yourself during your childhood. On a larger scale, wars have often erupted over perceived unfair advantages of one identifiable group over another. The caste system in India, apartheid in South Africa, and the Muslim practice of jizya (a tax on unbelievers), are several modern examples of organized discrimination.
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17 Feb 2010 No legal hurdles to Islamic financing, mortgages in Canada, says CMHC report

By Julian Beltrame (CP) – Jan 26, 2010, OTTAWA — Most forms of Islamic financing, including Shariah-compliant mortgages, would pose no legal hurdles if widely offered in Canada, concludes a CMHC report expected Wednesday. The 88-page Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. study notes that Islamic funding instruments are widely available throughout the world, but even in Muslim countries, often comprise a minority share. [Keep reading this story here.] ...

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09 Nov 2009 Native tribe will petition Ottawa to remove its Indian status

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov 9/09: A delegation of the Gitxsan people from northwest British Columbia is set to meet with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl next month with a groundbreaking proposal: That the 13,000 members of their tribe be allowed to abandon their status as "Indians." The group is willing to relinquish reserves, tax exemptions, Indian Act housing and financial supports in exchange for a share of resources. Unlike most contemporary efforts at treaty-making, it would also abandon the ambition of a separate level of government. [Continue...

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