Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-Semitism

The way to combat these racist abominations is to speak truth, and to speak it persistently in a loud and unified voice

Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-SemitismJust when we thought we had advanced as a society, putting disgraceful intolerance behind us and embracing and celebrating our ethnic diversity, we realize we still have a long way to go. The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver received bomb threats on March 8 and March 12. These threats coincide with other anti-Semitic behaviour and…

Parliament debating legislation to curb genetic discrimination

While genome analysis can alter the very practice of medicine, there is a fear it can be used to discriminate on the ground of genetic characteristics

Parliament debating legislation to curb genetic discriminationDoctors are frequently demoralized when they believe their patient has a treatable disease or condition but the patient won’t take the diagnostic test. For example, patients suspected of being HIV positive have refused the diagnostic blood test because they feared being discriminated against. In the much broader context of genetics, this problem arises daily as…

Why Canadians are resisting Motion 103

Given the existing protections against unwarranted discrimination in Canada, Motion 103 clouds rather than clarifies the Islamic question

Why Canadians are resisting Motion 103It's been decades since there was a discernibly white Canada, even longer since there was a predominantly white Anglo-Saxon Protestant version of the country. In the past half century, the country has embraced multiculturalism. Many religious groups make up the cultural mosaic of Canada: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and others, including many of the Islamic faith…

Franklin Graham an odd choice for Festival of Hope

Graham’s negative comments on Islam, immigration and homosexuality have ruffled more than a few feathers

Franklin Graham an odd choice for Festival of HopeFranklin Graham, son of the highly regarded evangelist Billy Graham, is in the gun sights of Vancouver city council. Graham is scheduled to speak at the Festival of Hope in Vancouver in early March. Organizers expect the crusade to attract about 25,000 people. Together with a growing number of Christians, city officials want to “no-platform”…

Lesson from the tragedy of the MS St. Louis

We turned away a ship full of gifted souls, ready and willing to use their talents for the betterment of Canada, before because of our irrational fears

Lesson from the tragedy of the MS St. LouisHistory too often repeats itself, to the detriment of us all. In the months before the start of the Second World War, more than 900 Jews boarded the MS St. Louis in Hamburg harbour in hopes of escaping the racism of Nazi Germany. All of these people had witnessed Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and…

Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

The increased popularity of halal foods could help to offset the mounting cases of hatred towards Islam

Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?How do we reconcile the growing popularity of halal foods in North America with the increasing number of attacks on mosques and the dreadful shootings in Quebec City? In the United States alone, more than 120 mosques have been attacked in the last two years. Regrettably, we're seeing the same pattern in Canada. But as…

Cracking the glass ceiling takes time

Changing the status quo also takes honesty, decency, conviction, perseverance – and a united effort on the part of others

Cracking the glass ceiling takes timeThere were lots of good speeches at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but it was Michelle Obama’s that stayed with me. I took an important message from the First Lady’s words that has little to do with the American presidential election. Obama told a story that was both personal and social. As she talked about…

Food service industry’s disconcerting glass ceiling

Gender equality in restaurant management makes strategic sense - how else do you fully understand markets and see new opportunities?

Food service industry’s disconcerting glass ceilingGender imbalance within its leadership ranks is holding back Canada's restaurant industry. Restaurant Brands International Inc., the Canadian-based parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, was recently criticized by a Canadian investment fund for having an all-male board. The board's response? To carry on with its business without any changes, thus missing an opportunity to send…

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfires

Fort McMurray fire ignites the wrath of useless idiots from both sides of the ideological divide

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfiresNo one knows what caused the Fort McMurray fire. But that hasn’t stopped too many people – on both sides of the ideological divide – from assigning blame. From pointing fingers, and recklessly accusing others. It’s happened on the ideological left and on the right. Early on, former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt posted this on…

Of Popes and American politics

If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell

Of Popes and American politicsIf you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell. Once upon a time, the loyalties of Roman Catholics were deemed suspect, and savvy churchmen learned to be wary of overt partisan involvement lest the fire be inadvertently stoked. Pope Francis seems to have…