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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 - 7:35pm

Alberta wants changes to ‘women studies’ course focused on hairstyling, cooking

Alberta’s education minister wants a school division to immediately revamp a course entitled “Women Studies” which teaches tween girls about hairstyles, flattering clothing, dinner party etiquette and polite conversation.

David Eggen says the NDP government has made gender equity a top priority and understands why concerns are being raised about the course offered by the Pembina Hills School Division to girls in Grades 6 to 9. (...)

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Posted: Feb 25, 2017 - 4:20pm

Luckiest 2 guys in the Arctic' rescued by military plane training for search and rescue


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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 - 10:58am

Organized crime?

Look no farther than the citizens who vote and support special interests.  

 
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 1:50pm

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I never knew...

but they're small potatoes

here in the states?

organized crime?

look no further than congress

not only can these gangsters shake you down today, they're officially robbing the future
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 11:17am

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Good find.

Except my strong hunch is that there is much Indo-Canadian on Indo-Canadian violence that has nothing to do with 'gangs' and drugs.  

I could be wrong.   

I will tell you one thing.  I have never had a run-in.  But when I see a group of young secularized Indo-Canadian men, I tend to go on higher alert.  Not so much because I fear getting directly involved but rather I fear some dumb, ignorant red neck of European origin will inadvertently push buttons.  Or I could simply be tuning into a defiant "Don't fuck with me." attitude.   

Call me hyper-vigilant because I have never actually witnessed an altercation first hand.  
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 10:58am

NoEnzLefttoSplit:   Nice map!  I am not surprised at all by information on assaults contained in the map knowing some of the data on sexual assaults and rapes in North America.

1.  My experience with traditional, believing and practising Sikhs has been that they are very peaceful, trustworthy folks.  I would also say the same for traditional believing and practising Muslims from North Africa — both Arab and Berber.   Muslim fundamentalists are some of the most serene, relaxed religious people I have known.  And, FWIW, I have hung out with lots of deeply religious peoples, especially Christians.  

2.  I am not using data but rather anecdotal reports.  There might have been a flurry of alcohol-fueled assaults in southwestern British Columbia and that is what I caught in a couple of articles written by Indo-Canadians.  It would be unusual for a Canadian of European origin to publicly point fingers at violence in recent immigrant groups. 

3.  Roughly just under 1/3 of the targeted shootings in the Lower Mainland region (southwestern) region of BC are performed by folks from the Punjab as best I can determine.  Most of these shooters are indeed Sikhs.  Judging by family names.  The vast majority of these shootings are Indo-Canadian on Indo-Canadian.  That is very similar to patterns of violence in other minority ethnic groups such as North American Aboriginals.

The police would have you believe that these shootings are all "drug" related.   Some may well be narcotics trafficking related but as far as I can determine, most are not.   Note, that I view the RCMP as a highly politicized self-serving special interest group, one that has greatly benefited from the War on Drugs and the apparent increase in violent acts thanks to recent immigrant groups.
Note that I don't pretend to fully understand any of this.   But I have read some literature on immigration and criminality.  Most of it is a passing phase.  

In terms of policy suggestions, to me it suggests lower immigration flow rates are preferable so everybody can adapt more easily to each other. 

Do I feel in danger in the Lower Mainland region of BC?  No.  But it all makes for communities with poor levels of social capital.  People are overall polite, they simply do not talk to each other.   That is OK because western Canadians tend to care about getting rich more quickly and easier than quality community life.  The immigration industry feeds a lot of mouths.  

 
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 10:27am

I stand corrected.
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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 10:24am

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Not surprised to read that.  

Québécois can be a strange mix.  On the one hand, they have lived under another's boot heels as a colonized society.  Overall the relations with First Nations are more advanced and generous than anywhere else in Canada.

On the other hand, les québécois can be just as sectarian and racist as anybody.  The quebecois experience with Arabs has been 'rough'.  Arab men are known to be violent and resort to sexual assault or rape more often than other identifiable groups.

In that respect, recent Arab male immigrants remind me of recent immigrant secularized men from the Punjab region of India who are well known for solving problems through the use of targeted shootings and are also known for abusing alcohol and beating up their wives.   

Weak, insecure men from conservative traditional societies tend to violent problem solving more than others or so is my impression.  The adjustment process to modern secular western societies can be tough.

 
The Sikhs?? Really? I find that hard to believe. 




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Posted: Feb 14, 2017 - 10:19am

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Sometimes I need to remind myself that the most overt racists I've met were Canadian.

 
Not surprised to read that.  

Québécois can be a strange mix.  On the one hand, they have lived under another's boot heels as a colonized society.  Overall the relations with First Nations are more advanced and generous than anywhere else in Canada.

On the other hand, les québécois can be just as sectarian and racist as anybody.  The quebecois experience with Arabs has been 'rough'.  Arab men are known to be violent and resort to sexual assault or rape more often than other identifiable groups.

In that respect, recent Arab male immigrants remind me of recent immigrant secularized men from the Punjab region of India who are well known for solving problems through the use of targeted shootings and are also known for abusing alcohol and beating up their wives.   

Weak, insecure men from conservative traditional societies tend to violent problem solving more than others or so is my impression.  The adjustment process to modern secular western societies can be tough.
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Posted: Feb 10, 2017 - 4:28pm

5th Canadian reports being denied entry to U.S. after questions about Moroccan roots, Muslim faith

Another Canadian with Moroccan roots has been refused entry at Quebec's border with the United States after being questioned for five hours and having his phone searched.

Yassine Aber, a 19-year-old kinesiology student at the University of Sherbrooke, was denied entry Thursday while trying to cross the border at Stanstead, Que.

Aber was travelling to a track meet in Boston with other members of the university's track-and-field team. He was born in Canada to parents who were originally from Morocco and was travelling on a valid Canadian passport.

Four other Canadian citizens of Moroccan heritage were denied entry at a different border crossing into Vermont on Saturday after facing questions about their Moroccan roots and their Muslim faith. (...)


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Posted: Feb 8, 2017 - 10:51am

Canadian woman turned away from U.S. border after questions about religion, Trump
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Posted: Feb 2, 2017 - 5:41pm

Actual lone wolves issue rare joint statement: "Stop comparing us to white terrorists"

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Posted: Jan 31, 2017 - 7:37pm

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Sometimes I need to remind myself that the most overt racists I've met were Canadian.
 
I've met a few, but then again I've also met them in other countries I've visited/lived in. It unfortunately appears to be a universal trait.
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Posted: Jan 31, 2017 - 6:10pm

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Sometimes I need to remind myself that the most overt racists I've met were Canadian.
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Posted: Jan 31, 2017 - 5:50pm

Quebec mosque attack symptom of 'populist hatred spreading,' says law prof

(...) "It would be naive to imagine that the normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Islamic hatred and scapegoatism wouldn't eventually spill over into violence."

Akhavan warns it may be tempting to see this as an isolated incident but "it's best to see it as the symptom of a wider disease that is spreading in our midst."

"It's said that the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers, it began with words. And we've now had for some time this poison of populist hatred spreading in the political space in Europe and now in North America," he says.

Akhavan has spent a decade working with the United Nations as a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague in conflict zones around the world and says the experience made him realize, "we can only put so much faith in our democratic institutions to keep the peace."

"Ultimately it's our culture, it's our communities, it's our sense of empathy and engagement that prevents a small minority of extremists from whipping up hysteria." (...)


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Posted: Jan 30, 2017 - 12:46pm

Suspect in Quebec Mosque Attack Quickly Depicted as a Moroccan Muslim. He’s a White Nationalist.

A mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque last night left six people dead and eight wounded. The targeted mosque, the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec, was the same one at which a severed pig’s head was left during Ramadan last June. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the episode a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”

Almost immediately, various news outlets and political figures depicted the shooter as Muslim. Right-wing nationalist tabloids in the UK instantly linked it to Islamic violence. Fox News claimed that “witnesses said at least one gunman shouted ‘Allahu akbar!’,” and then added this about the shooter’s national origin:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer exploited the attack to justify President Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. “It’s a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the President is taking steps to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our nation’s safety and security,” Spicer said at this afternoon’s briefing when speaking of the Quebec City attack. (...)


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Posted: Jan 30, 2017 - 8:59am

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Hei Lazy8,

What drives me a tad crazy here in British Columbia are all the righteous folks who dump on First Nations for wasting fish or wasting this or that when their fellow righteous culturally superior pasty-faces are big wasters of fish, for example.

 Most cut fillets, cut out the ribs and toss the carcass and head.  The alternative is to leave the rib bones in (remove them after cooking) and use the tail, carcass and head to make soup, chowder or a spaghetti sauce.  

Besides, if you are travelling with harvested fish, having the rest of the fish on hand can help one minimize problems with conservation officers who typically insist on being able to identify the harvested fish.   Salmon and trout cheeks are thought by some to be a delicacy.  Personally I like the chewy texture.
 
For perspective, I am half Norwegian and grew up on Nazi occupation stories.  During that time many Norwegians starved.  My capo terrorist grandfather kept guns not to shoot Germans but rather to hunt fresh meat to supplement the family diet.  He did so at considerable risk.  

So I am hardwired for fish and do not waste food.   I do feel sorry for about 40% of North Americans who work extremely hard to eat themselves to death and in the process typically waste massive amounts of food.  

End of rant....    

 
I'm with you there Westslope. I hail from the other end of Canada where during the food fishery you'll see the bottom of ocean at wharf side covered in carcasses. Mounds of them. Lots of good flesh left on them. It astounds me. Sloppy bad habits continue. Can you believe as well that mackerel was once considered garbage food. Still so many people who don't eat it. I LOVE it when I can get my hands on it. I was on the board for food security years ago and it is a passion in my heart, how to be food educated and safe and not wasteful. Cheers
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Posted: Jan 30, 2017 - 12:36am

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They already were affraid that Trump would trigger these kind of reactions. Certain people would feel 'confirmed' with their extreme ideas.
It's so sad and wrong. I think it's okay to discuss certain problems, but these kind of actions are no answer.
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Posted: Jan 29, 2017 - 8:38pm

Multiple dead, 2 arrested after shooting at Quebec City mosque
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