The Legacy of Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Canada’s First Asian City
By Brad Salzberg, April 2015
Sir John A. McDonald. Sir Wilfred Laurier. Two of the founders of our country, often referred to as “forefathers” of our nation. In modern Canada, however, we have forefathers of a different variety.
Take Richmond B. C. Mayor Malcolm Brodie. He is a forefather of a new variety. Richmond is known as the most Asian city outside of Asia. It is a Canadian municipality in which white Canadians are a minority, and it shows. Within Richmond’s business districts, Chinese languages dominate the billboards, store fronts and public advertising. Many do not include an English equivalent. When English is included, it often appears perfunctory, with Chinese characters dominating the messaging.
It’s an unusual phenomenon, and rather controversial. Community leaders, responding to community dissatisfaction, recently organized a public meeting to better understand public sentiment, and to hear from both proponents and detractors.
Mayor Brodie was in attendance, but refrained from making a formal statement. At issue is the method to resolve the conflict. Some local residents promote public education as a remedy, an expensive and time-consuming endeavour. Others call for passing a by-law, which another Richmond- Richmond Hill, Ontario- implemented several years back. Mayor Brodie, however, feels the by-law may be a violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, though it is difficult to find the logic in his thinking, considering the existing Richmond Hill bylaw.
Dear friends of the Roma community,
by Brad Salzberg, April 2015
It is well known that the founder of multiculturalism is former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. What is not so well known are the circumstances under which this maverick prime minister formulated multicultural ideology, and it’s eventual legislation.
Trudeau was the first western leader to meet with Mao Tse Tung, founder of the People’s Republic of China, in the year 1970. Subsequent visits to China would follow, including a walk along the Great Wall, during which the Prime Minister did a ballet pirouette, subsequently explained as a way to break the formality of the occasion.
Less than one year after Trudeau’s first visit to China, he introduced multicultural ideology to Canada. His intention, as he publicly stated, was for multiculturalism to “function within a bi-lingual framework”. It would take seventeen more years for multiculturalism to achieve “official” status. In 1988, the policy was entrenched in our constitution as the Multicultural Act of Canada. By 2008, largely due to the influx of foreign money, the “function within a bi-lingual framework” component had all but disappeared.
Exclusif - Une manifestation prévue samedi par le groupe controversé Pegida Québec a été vivement dénoncée à Montréal, à Québec et à Ottawa. Mais le porte-parole de Pegida Québec affirme que le rassemblement sera pacifique et que son groupe veut tout d’abord stopper « l’islamisation de l’Occident ».
En entrevue téléphonique avec Radio-Canada, Jean-François Asgard indique que le SPVM a été informé du trajet de la manifestation. M. Asgard dit que son groupe compte se réunir dans le secteur du « Petit Maghreb », au nord-est de Montréal. Le cortège passerait ainsi devant le Centre Communautaire Islamique de l’Est de Montréal.
« Ça va de soi que, d’après l’itinéraire qu’on a déposé, sur notre chemin, il y aura la mosquée d’Adil Charkaoui. On a l’intention de faire un arrêt là pour pouvoir dénoncer, lancer un message », dit-il.
M. Asgard estime qu’il est important de dénoncer « l’islamisation » de l’Occident en général et du Québec en particulier. « L’islam doit se réformer ou quitter l’Occident », dit M. Asgard, qui se décrit comme un « patriote ».
Le conseiller municipal de Projet Montréal, Sylvain Ouellet, a dénoncé la tenue de l’événement. Après avoir reconnu que le « droit de manifester est garanti par la Charte des droits et libertés », M. Ouellet a poursuivi en faisant valoir que « l’incitation à la haine est non seulement illégale, mais inacceptable ».
Elsa Naccarello and Aizah Brohi both born within first hours of the new year
Jan 02, 2015 10:15 AM ETCBC News
Quebec’s first babies of 2015 have been born, one of whom entered the world just seconds after midnight.
Elsa Naccarello was born at the McGill University Health Centre less than half a minute into 2015. She was born 18 seconds after midnight.
She and her mother, Rahela Akter, are both doing well.
Akter and Elsa’s proud father, Giovanni, are from Terrebonne, Que.
St. Mary’s Hospital also welcomed its first baby of 2015. Aizah Brohi was born at 1:47 a.m. to proud parents Zarmeen Maqbool and Asim Raza Brohi. The couple live in Laval.