multiculturalism

Diversity is our Strength

Diversity IS our strength Canada. This we know as we are told this everyday from our reassuringly progressive leaders.

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Liberal Party of Canada meeting – note party approved diverse handshake on the new logo

Diversity is so successful in driving Canada to the forefront of nations that everyone has noticed. The Toronto Maple Leafs, long the cellar dwellers of the NHL have finally clued in to what makes their team so dismally mediocre – it is the lack of diversity.  GM Lou Lamoriello has revealed his plans to Uncle Talib (not fake news) Media and these include trading Auston Matthews to the highest bidder in order to acquire the right mix of players to ensure team success. The GM declared what is missing from the team and  placing a diversity gap ceiling on its success, is a  lack of representation from key elements of society. Limiting the team to white males only is making the team a woeful holdover from a dark era. Lamoriello announced that the Leafs will immediately acquire talent from the LGBT community, 2 Muslim players for offensive punch, three women of colour for a spirited defense and one Sikh to serve as alternate goalie. With this diverse mix, the team is sure to rocket to success. Auston’s inflated salary will be used to fund equitable salaries for the new players, supply prayer mats, combination goalie mask/ turban and skating lessons.

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Mike Babcock looking forward to his diverse squadnd 

In a related  announcement, Coach Mike Babcock announced that no more practices will be held on Fridays out of respect for the diverse needs of the new players and all Friday games will be cancelled for the rest of the season. Toronto’s only certifiably diverse player Nazem Kadr, expressed his delight over the news. He said that this would allow him to get back to his Muslim roots. He gushed that he will now have a chance to resume his responsibilities as part time Imam at the Caliph Uthman ibn Affan Grand Mosque in Scarborough and to mentor young congregants at risk becoming radicalized. He will oversee the night school “Explosives Technician (with Electronics option minor)”  program offered by Humber College and staffed with technical instructors from the mosque. Nazeem railed against those Islamophobes who suggested that the continuing education  program was an example of  bad optics. He replied “well you know, everyone calls Syrian Refugees freeloaders and unemployable but once they find a a way to give back to the community, the haters still aren’t happy” . The rest of his reply was unintelligible as it seemed he was struck with an ill-timed  tickle in his throat and had to continually draw his forefinger across his throat to gain relief.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was quick to announce her support for the Maple Leafs decision to  embrace diversity. She announced a $50 million Government of Ontario grant to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the  Human Resources Infrastructure and Inclusivity Seed Fund.

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Wynne and her Cabinet at Shahid Tamerlane Mosque, Cultural Center and Halal Meat Market

Zainab Mohamad, spokesperson for the provincial Liberal caucus emerged from Shahid Tamerlane Islamic Cultural Center to address CBC reporters gathered outside for a  hastily convened press conference. Winded from climbing the stairs out of the Women’s Hall of the cavernous building located in suburban Brampton, she reminded reporters that not one penny of the  money would be coming from Ontario taxpayers.  Rather, she explained, the funding will be provided entirely  from fines levied by  The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in its program of proactive lawsuits against racism, Islamophobia and clamping down on far rights groups in Ontario.

 

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CBC – Crescent Broadcasting Corporation

CBC_Logo_1958-1966I’ve been tuned in to CBC for as long as I could understand English. As a child I of course loved Hockey Night in Canada (or whatever it was called back then) , stayed up late to watch CBC news and skipped church just so I could listen to Sunday Morning on the radio. When I became a young adult and moved to Southern Ontario, I tuned in to Metro Morning so I could listen to intelligent radio rather than hear the same tired tunes and commercials.  I was thrilled to hear CBC radio playing on Jane Fonda’s car radio in the movie Agnes of God,   In the days that Peter Gzowski  hosted “Morningside” I was convinced that CBC was the glue that held Canada together and if someone had proposed a voluntary tax or telethon pledge to keep it going, I’d have coughed up some cash.

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Then something changed. I no longer liked tuning in to CBC Toronto; its morning hosts starting with Andy  Barrie introduced irritation to my day right from my first waking moments with the clock radio alarm. His interviews were a showcase of leftist causes and made Toronto ever so progressive.  Then came the tireless promotion of multiculturalism; the CBC would lend its megaphone to anyone with a petty grievance and axe to grind if race could be construed to be a factor. Then I discovered the CBC News website – that’s when the bottom finally fell out.

CBC logoThe time that I tuned out of television in general and stopped subjecting myself to CBC Radio One in the mornings was the same time that I started to turn to the web. But as  I discovered the parallel universe of Islam I began to realize that CBC inhabited that same universe and broadcast from it. As news stories of atrocities and terrorist bombings began to inundate the news, I noticed that CBC scarcely covered these unless the they were so close to home or so vile that the CBC could no longer pretend that they did not happen. And when the stories were covered, words would couched to hide the true nature. Headlines would make no mention of religion if Islam were involved. Instead the issue would be “ethnic violence” and the perpetrators would be described only as “youths”.

The CBC’s reader forum has become a joke. Most stories involving Islamic terror or Islamic dysfunction are off- limits and no comments are accepted. For stories where comments are allowed, the Moderators are heavy handed and suppress any comments that are critical of Islam. I rarely bother commenting on the forum and gave up months ago  when too many of my comments were “disabled”.  Below are comments made some months ago. The first two were posted to the forum for a short time (long enough to garner a few “likes” from other readers) before the Moderator decided I had violated the conditions of the site. I of course violated no terms listed but rather  only the unwritten condition that under no circumstance can Islam be criticized.

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I know that I am not alone in quitting the forum. Because of CBC’s relentless suppression of all facts and opinions that put Islam in a bad light, I have seen that fewer and fewer rational people bother to leave comments on the forum anymore. It has been overrun by Islamophiles (flattering stories, unsubstantiated Islamic myths are always welcome) and irrational, incoherent people and leftists that manage to slide their opinion that (no matter what the story) it is the fault of Israel, the US or Stephen Harper.

The CBC featured a story about an allegedly “racist pamphlet” and followed it up with a discussion from their “Community Team” declaring that CBC readers found these “anti-immigration”flyers “despicable”. The truth is that even with the heavy handed purging of “unacceptable” thoughts by Moderators, readers called  the Community Team” on the biased presentation. Here is the most popular comment in response to the deception pushed by the CBC over the story:

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The only surprise was that this comment was allowed to stand but then again, the story wasn’t about Islam or Muslims. Knowing what the CBC does to comments, I can understand that they do exactly the same with facts that don’t suit their fairy tale picture of the world.  Lorne Green and Matthew Halton must be turning over in their graves!

 

Time to get with the times

timesThough the face of Cambridge is changing with the influx of immigrants to our fair city, the Times remains mired somewhere back in the white-bread, 1980’s. Our local paper fails miserably to reflect the rich diversity that differentiates today’s multicultural mosaic from the boring old melting pot of yesteryear.  As a long time reader of the Times, I acknowledge that there have been a few letters to the editor from people bearing exotic names and an odd story or two of an expansion to a local mosque but that’s about the extent of it. The Times can stand to warm up the cold evenings of the polar vortex by featuring some spicy stories from the vibrant multicultural community of Cambridge.

 Why not have a regular guest columnist expressing the views from new cultures calling Cambridge home? The Times can arguably stand to have James Hagerty share fewer revelations from his boudoir and instead open the door to authentic revelations on the hereafter via an “Imam’s Corner” column. Modeled after the ever popular Hockey Night in Canada’s “Coach’s Corner”, an affable Imam could use his 400 words every week to showcase a Koranic lesson

or recount an instance of Mohammed’s exemplary behavior. This would certainly be a public service to new converts to Islam in Canada who have an alarming propensity to“self-radicalize” in exactly the same way and inexplicably run off to join Al Qaeda.

South Secondary School Alumnus, and short lived convert to Islam Xristos Katsiroubas

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Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier - Syrian front

Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier – Syrian Jihad

Andre Poulin aka Abu Muslim - Syrian Jihad

Andre Poulin aka Abu Muslim – Syrian Jihad

Walter Gowing can dedicate every 4th column to provide much needed context to explain the latest affront to cultural sensitivity that has been caused by some clumsy Islamophobe or expound on how intolerable Gideon Bible giveaways can be to newly arrived immigrants.  In the “Ask a Professional” feature of the Times, “how-to don a niqab” would be both wildly popular and topical.  In subsequent weeks the Islamic haute couture consultant can follow-up with “how to avoid running over pedestrians while driving with your veil” or answer the perplexing and uniquely Muslim Canadian question “is it immodest to wear your parka over your burka?” The editorial page should be used to elevate the social conscience of Cambridge citizens and rally them to address the pressing needs of pious believers in our previously secular community. If only readers understood the challenges faced by marginalized citizens who bear so many religious obligations and have so few public prayer rooms and foot baths to accommodate their needs, they’d be willing to pay higher taxes and zakat too. The editor could easily shame school boards, City Hall and Premier Wynne to make long overdue investments in barrier-free access for our religiously observant citizens.   The Times could be a leader in the Waterloo Region and be the first to provide Halal Classified ads section. We’d certainly be a world class city with adverts for cheap, alcohol- free flights for the Hajj, ads for Sharia compliant marriage counselors and post sisters-only swim times at our public pools!

The possibilities are endless so one must ask – isn’t a community newspaper supposed to reflect its community? When will the Times get with the times?