Archive for April, 2006

An inauspicious beginning

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

The firing of Bill Stairs as communications director for Prime Minister Harper just days after the latter’s swearing-in must surely be one of the most rapid on record. (more…)

Would this move give a boost to anti-semitism?

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

A large number of ethnocultural organizations are petitioning the Prime Minister. All represent cultures that have suffered genocide. They’re asking him to deny funding to the proposed Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg unless it abandons the idea of a single Holocaust Centre at the Museum. (more…)

Further Notes on the Holocaust

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

I recently expressed the opinion that the proposed Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg should not receive government support if it confined its condemnation of genocide to a single Holocaust Centre. (more…)

Journalists’ Group Renamed

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Canscene) — Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) is the new and snappier name of the 28-year-old Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club.

Its new website / much information of interest to all Canadians concerned with the future of Multiculturalism.

CEMA's New Logo

CEMA’s new logo


A Quintessential Canadian at 70

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Canscene) — If there’s a more prolific writer – -editor — anthololgizer alive in Canada today, I’d like to know. In my book, John Robert Colombo holds the record until further notice.
John Robert Colombo
John Robert Colombo

In March this year, he celebrated his 70th birthday, along with his wife Ruth, born same month, same year. (more…)

And for John, it was a different April

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Canscene) — Don’t introduce a Holocaust denier to my brother
John. What happened to him in April 1945 two days after my experience related in Remembering Another April is living proof of the unspeakable horror of Nazi death camps. (more…)

NDP Honours Ontario Trailblazers

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Canscene) Last month, at the 10th Annual J.S. Woodsworth Awards, the Ontario NDP honoured Stanley G. Grizzle and the Somali Youth Association of Toronto (SOYAT) for their significant contributions towards eliminating racial discrimination

Stanley G. Grizzle –Labour Hero
Stanley G. Grizzle is a well-known figure within the Canadian labour movement and wider Canadian society as a whole. From 1946 to 1962, he served as an officer of the Toronto CPR Division of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Railway porters were allowed only 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night, and expected to eat the leftover food from the passengers on the train. (more…)

Canadian Wins Stockholm Water Prize

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Canscene) — Professor Ajit K. Biswas, a tireless water proponent who constantly challenges the “status quo“ and who helped foster a critical re-think among United Nations agencies, national governments, professional associations and others about how to improve delivery of water and sanitation services and management of our water resources, was today named the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. (more…)


Saturday, April 1st, 2006

(Images) that might spring to the mind of the world’s most knowledgeable inhabitants might be images of immense natural resources and of Western-style industrialization….capitalist affluence coupled with socialist planning….free enterprise linked with social welfare….a democracy with a monarchy…. peacekeepers to the world….a just society….a nation founded on the principle of free but responsible expression of opinion and action….a multicultural society….a varied people rather too deferential to ideas not their own… a somewhat unsure people….but for all that and– sometimes because of that –a place of promise on a troubled planet.

John Robert Colombo from 999 Questions About Canada.