CALGARY: Sean Chu apologizes after linking Ireland marriage vote and bike lanes that ‘screw’ downtown

Published on: May 24, 2015
Last Updated: May 24, 2015 1:49 PM MDT

A Calgary city councillor has said he’s sorry he wrote on Twitter that Ireland voters’ endorsement of same-sex marriage was akin to a Calgary “social revolution” of separated bike lanes that would harm downtown businesses.

Sean Chu, a first-term councillor known for his inflammatory language on social media and at council, composed the tweet Saturday, and it was immediately met with surprise and anger.

The message read: “Congrats, Irish’s ‘social revolution’ on same sex marriage. We’ve our own ‘social revolution’its called ‘screw the D/T businesses’Cycletracks.”

Chu has been council’s most outspoken critic of the newly installed safe cycle tracks on several downtown streets. But he’s not spoken out on same-sex marriage, and some people questioned if he was criticizing it with his message.

“We really need to address how offensive Councillor Chu’s tweet is,” said Mike Morrison, a prominent activist in the recent push for gay-straight alliances to be allowed throughout the school system.

“Sean … No … just……..no,” remarked Kevin Olenick, who has hosted Chu on his local podcast.

Chu apologized by Sunday afternoon, and said he looks forward to marching in the Calgary Pride Parade in September.

“I unequivocally apologize for the tweet. Bad comparison. I absolutely support human & equal rights. I have marched before and will again,” he wrote.

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After that tweet, council privately concluded Chu had violated the ethical conduct policy, and he personally apologized to the civil servant.

Toronto police investigate east end newsletter for anti-Semitism

Toronto police investigate east end newsletter for hate

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The cover of May’s Your Ward News

TORONTO — The Toronto Police Service’s hate crimes unit has opened an investigation into a newsletter delivered in the Beach and East York neighbourhoods of Toronto that residents say is anti-Semitic.

Police are acting on a complaint from a member of the public who received the May edition of Your Ward News in their mailbox, said Det.-Const. Kiren Bisla.

“We’re looking at it to see if it violates any hate laws,” Bisla told The CJN.

Complaints about the publication were first raised by a Jewish postal worker who objected to delivering the newsletter, which claims it is delivered to 48,000 homes and has 200,000 readers.

The May edition of the publication features on its cover photo-shopped images of a purportedly Jewish postal worker, with a beard, kippah and payot (sidelocks), a bagel by his side and spraying bagel crumbs from his mouth, saying “It’s the Holocaust all over again.” Next to that image is a pictures of two stereotypical Jewish lawyers, with long noses, seeking to determine whether a past issue of the magazine promoted hate.

Inside the magazine, you’ll find references to Jews and Israel that paints them as powerful, manipulative and invariably in a negative light. There is a  claim that the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris was “a staged false-flag operation likely perpetrated by the Israeli Mossad and the American CIA (the same two groups that dragged us into wars for Israel, by destroying  the Twin Towers and created the fake ‘ISIS’ threat.)”

Much of the material aimed at Jews was also employed by notorious anti-Semitic propagandists Jim Keegstra and Ernst Zundel: references to “ZioMarxist-controlled mainstream media;” a claim that “Marxist Jews in the Soviet Union” were responsible for killing 50 million Orthodox Christians; suggestions that the Holocaust “supposedly happened to your people;” that Jews have “an inherent supremacist attitude;” the claim that Ashkenazi Jews are really descendants of Turkish Khazars; and that Jews perpetrate massacres. A novel twist is the assertion that Jews were behind the Armenian genocide.

Racist bullying plagues Calgary family in mostly-black housing complex, mother says

Blair France says she and her family have become the target of racist taunts while living at a housing complex in southwest Calgary that is primarily populated by black residents.Blair France says she and her family have become the target of racist taunts while living at a housing complex in southwest Calgary that is primarily populated by black residents. (Tim Devlin/CBC)

A Calgary mother says she and her kids have become victims of racist attacks from other children in their southwest housing complex, where most of the residents are black.

Blair France says her family has been taunted and pushed around for ‘being white.’ 

 ”They call me white trash and a marshmallow. They say I don’t belong here because I’m white,” said France’s 12-year-old daughter Deborah France.

Local children even come on to France’s front lawn at the Shaganappi Village complex, swearing at the family and pelting the house with rocks, she says.

“I’ve called the police numerous times.”

“I’m in fear for my life. I sleep on my couch at night because I’m afraid that someone is going to break into our house,” said France.

Ryan Fray files lawsuit against Manitoba Christian group alleging racial discrimination after failing 20 of the 52 questions on written test

Calls for lawsuit to be dismissed

By Joanne Levasseur, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2015 7:50 PM CT Last Updated: May 11, 2015 9:48 AM CT

Ryan Fray filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and NorthwesternOntario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada alleging racialdiscrimination.Ryan Fray filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada alleging racial discrimination. (Facebook)

A Manitoba Christian group denies it racially discriminated against youth pastor Ryan Fray when it failed to process his application for ministerial credentials he needed to become a senior pastor.

The group asked the judge to throw Fray’s lawsuit out of court and make him pay the legal costs.

Fray, who is a youth pastor at New Beginnings Church (formerly Evangel Chapel), filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada (PAOC) in November 2014.

Fray alleged that PAOC assistant district superintendent Andrew Porterfield told him in fall 2011 he took issue with granting him credentials because he was a “big creepy black guy.”

“[F]alse, vexatious and designed to be scandalous and embarrassing.”- Andrew Porterfield,  PAOC Assistant District Superintendent

In the statement of defence filed in January, Porterfield denied that he made the statement calling it “false, vexatious and designed to be scandalous and embarrassing.”

Fray’s suit also alleges district superintendent James Poirier told him the test in which he demonstrated the required knowledge didn’t matter because “we only give credentials to bright people.”

The district PAOC executive fired back in its court filing denying the remark and saying his test results did not demonstrate the knowledge to gain credentials. The statement of defence said Fray did poorly on the written examination failing 20 of the 52 questions “including failure on fundamental questions of faith and doctrine of the PAOC.”

More than 150 migrant construction workers claim new immigration program discriminatory

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Juvenal Cabral, a custom carpenter with 22 years of experience, came here from Portugal on a work permit in 2008. Immigration officials did not consider his permanent residency application because he failed the English test twice. "Why are we good enough to work but not good enough to stay?"

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Juvenal Cabral, a custom carpenter with 22 years of experience, came here from Portugal on a work permit in 2008. Immigration officials did not consider his permanent residency application because he failed the English test twice. “Why are we good enough to work but not good enough to stay?”

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Apr 30 2015

Ottawa has suffered a setback in its attempt to strike down a lawsuit that claims its new immigration program targeting skilled trades workers discriminates against people from non-English speaking countries.

This week, the Federal Court of Canada dismissed a motion by the federal government to crush the claims by more than 150 migrant construction workers alleging that the Federal Skilled Trades Program welcomes only English-speaking candidates when it comes to letting them stay on permanently.

The ruling opens the door for the class action lawsuit to proceed in court.

“The defendants’ complaint, in my view, is a complaint that the plaintiffs’ pleading has ‘no basis in fact’ or is lacking an evidentiary foundation,” wrote Justice Russel W. Zinn in his decision.

“However, that will depend on the evidence gathered and whether or not it supports the material facts pled.”

The workers from Italy, Portugal and Poland have been employed in Canada on work permits for at lseast two years. But under the program introduced in 2013, they must pass a language proficiency test to qualify for permanent resident status.

Race card dismissed by Ontario court

Ontario court dismisses claim that gun conviction resulted from racial profiling

By: Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Posted: 11:55 AM | Comments: 1 | Last Modified: 2:25 PM

Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

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Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

TORONTO – Ontario’s highest court dismissed an appeal Monday from a man who argued his gun offence convictions were the result of racial profiling.

Richard Steele had argued he was a victim of “driving while black.”

He was convicted in October 2010 of concealing a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat of his mother’s car after being pulled over in Hamilton.

His lawyers argued at the Ontario Court of Appeal that the judge at Steele’s trial erred in failing to properly consider evidence of racial profiling.

The appeal court dismissed Steele’s appeal, finding his charter rights were not infringed.

“There is no basis to interfere with the trial judge’s factual conclusion that the stop and search were not racially motivated,” the panel of three judges found. “The convictions were supported by the evidence and were not unreasonable.”

Steele’s lawyer expressed disappointment at the ruling.