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Heather Mallick's latest column on how new Canadians can learn to like it here falls short. If she really thinks all it takes to make immigrants feel at home in Canada is a conversation with a pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart or getting lost at a Canadian Tire franchise, perhaps she is living in a bubble.
Calling an editorial "offensive" simply implies hurt feelings, which implies cruel motive, which demands censorship. Not a string of conclusions I'm eager to draw in a society with constitutionally-protected freedom of expression. No, the following five editorials are merely "outrageous," in the sense they got a great many folks riled up, shocked, annoyed, or befuddled. That's not always a bad thing.
Maybe it's Heather, maybe it's Maybelline. Did that sentence not make any sense? Good. Fully suspend any attempt at reason and logic, because your brain is about to be Mallicked. Toronto Star columnis...
Education is a hot topic in Canadian editorial pages at the moment, following some recent hullabaloo of parents demanding their kids be able to opt-out of classes involving various ungodly topics, like sex and global warming. All columnists, of course, dance around the awkward fact that this story is as much about immigration as education.