The education minister is concerned about claims a mosque connected to an elementary school in Montreal’s west end has been distributing literature that some say promotes a radical view of Islam.
Yves Bolduc said he is extremely concerned, and wants to know if the writings are influencing the school’s curriculum.
The Ecole Musulmane de Montreal at 7445 Chester Ave. receives a subsidy from the Quebec government.
A side entrance to the school connects to a small mosque called the Muslim Centre of Quebec.
Inside, they give out several leaflets on Islam, including one called ‘Controversial Questions about Islam and Comments.’
One passage suggests a person might use violence to defend property and the innocent if they’re motivated by divine teachings; the booklet calls that type of jihad “courageous.”
Another passage explains why in Islamic countries, the law permits the cutting off of a thief’s hand, while another discusses how a man can marry four wives, provided he is fair to them.
The rapid pace of condo development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown has prompted a local advocacy group to start petitioning for a moratorium on new building.
“We’re seeing a wave of development that is changing the character of Chinatown. It’s become another Gastown or Yaletown,” said King-mong Chan, who works with a Chinatown planning group through the Carnegie Centre Action Project. “And it’s condos and luxury hotels, when there’s a wait list for affordable housing here.”
Mr. Chan and his group, who were out collecting signatures this week, are not alone in being worried about the transformation of Chinatown in the past two years, with 780 units of new housing developed or proposed since a new neighbourhood plan went into effect in 2012.
Former city planners, people whose families have a long history in Chinatown, and heritage advocates have expressed concern about the wave of building because it is not bringing the community benefits they thought it would and it does not mesh with the neighbourhood’s historic architecture.
Documents show Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s office intervened to save bureaucrats from answering part of a formal question from an NDP MP
New Democrat MP Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe submitted a question about processing times for visa applications but received information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in response to only some parts of the question.
OTTAWA—Newly released documents suggest the office of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander intervened to save bureaucrats from answering part of a formal question from an NPD MP about wait times for visa applications.
NDP immigration critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe submitted an order paper question, which is like an access-to-information request for MPs, about the budget and processing times for applications for temporary and permanent residents.
The department provided information in response to some parts of the question — mostly by linking to details already available on its website — but said they would not be able to break down wait times for applications by fiscal year and processing centre.
Following the launch of its new Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has stated its intention to perform the first draw from the Express Entry pool before the end of January, 2015. This news may benefit candidates who create their online profiles before the first draw is made.
How may this benefit candidates?
From the outset and for some time to come, CIC expects that a significant proportion of invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence will be issued to people without job offers from Canadian employers. This is because the job matching facility for Canadian employers is unlikely to be in place for a number of months, yet the government of Canada aims to admit approximately 180,000 new immigrants in 2015 through the economic immigration programs: theFederal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Provincial Nominee Programs.
Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang had asked university to investigate teachings of sociologist Ricardo Duchesne
CBC News Posted: Jan 07, 2015 9:34 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 08, 2015 12:54 PM AT
A University of New Brunswick vice-president is defending a professor’s academic freedom in the wake of a recent complaint of racism.
Jang contends the sociology professor’s comments constitute hate speech.
“He was drawing comparisons to say Hong Kong and Japan, its teeming dirty cities and things like that — saying all Asians are dirty,” he said.
Last summer, Jang complained to Robert MacKinnon, a UNB vice-president in Saint John, and said Duchesne was damaging the university’s reputation.
“He was pushing one perspective and using his university affiliation to get it across,” said Jang. “That is not proper academic work. Period,” he said.
by Jay Currie
It is a rather sad fact that my generation of Canadians, as Mark Steyn puts it, couldn’t be bothered to reproduce. Which leads to the grand issue of what to do about the missing babies of the Boomers given that those boomers want things like pensions, health care and the pleasures of the welfare state.
The answer which we have been given by out political elite for the last thirty years is “immigration”. Essentially, Canada will fill its baby gap with immigrants and all will be well. Last year we naturalized 260,000 people. As Frau Katze at BlazingCatFur.ca points out, that means that 3/4 of 1% of our total population became citizens in 2014. Which is, by any measure, a lot.
Obviously that level of immigration changes Canada quite radically. Various bits of culture fall awaywhen your city is 50% Chinese. Which is not the end of the world and, for the same reason, the Vancouver Symphony goes from strength to strength. But we are rapidly running out of high end, well educated, entreprenural Chinese and Sikh immigrants. China and India are presenting huge opportunity while Canada is looking economically sluggish.
IAN BAILEY, VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
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The University of New Brunswick, citing academic freedom, is supporting a professor who claims that Asian immigration has damaged Vancouver.
In a statement issued Wednesday on sociology professor Ricardo Duchesne, a university vice-president said the school’s mission and values support freedom of thought and expression while maintaining the highest ethical standards and a respectful environment.
Robert MacKinnon also said a complaint about the issue by Vancouver city Councillor Kerry Jang has been “carefully reviewed and addressed.” However, the statement provides no detail on that process or outcome.
The university declined to provide more detail Wednesday or an interview with a university official.
Mr. Jang scoffed at the response, calling it “vague,” and said he has never heard from the University of New Brunswick about the issue, which first flared up last summer when he became aware of Prof. Duchesne’s views.
“I don’t know if they actually did anything and this is just a way of defending a faculty member, circle the wagons,” said Mr. Jang, who is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.
He said Prof. Duchesne is using academic freedom to hide poor scholarship. “He’s only providing one view to students and shaping their minds,” he said. “That whole academic enterprise of why we send our kids to school to become broad thinkers is not being upheld.”