TOLERANCE

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Teaching Tolerance In Small Town B.C.

My hometown wasn't a particularly tolerant place when I grew up there. Squamish in the 1990s was a logging town of roughly ten thousand people, often referred to as the "McDonald's pit stop on the way to Whistler." Despite being less than an hour away from a diverse and progressive urban center, many of the kids I grew up with didn't have access to experiences that might expand a young person's view of the world. And many of the ones who did seemingly weren't interested.

Circling The Wagons

In ancient Israel, there was a period of time when the society was beneficially directed, in the development and practice of the law, by two houses of scholarship- the House of Hillel and the House of...
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My Grandmother Recognized Me As Trans The Day We Said Goodbye

I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.
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Dear Syrian Refugees: Canada Is Not Immune To Racism

I am sorry to say that no one can promise that you will not face discrimination again as you re-establish yourself in this country. But I know that there will be many of us that will stand with you when it happens. You will be among those fighting to ensure our handling of this humanitarian crisis does not seed future shame and add to the list of times that fear and intolerance guided our actions.
Carol Todd

Happy 19th Birthday, Amanda

This was one of the anticipated birthdays you were looking forward to other than 16 where you could finally learn to drive. But sadly, it was not a milestone you would ever reach. I often wonder what you would be like as an adult in our ever changing world.= What would the future hold if you hadn't had that awful Thanksgiving weekend and that horrible experience you came home to tell me about. If you had been able to sleep better that weekend. If others had just left you alone.
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These Are All the Election Issues More Important Than the Niqab

Canada must talk about the real challenges facing our country -- our response to the greatest threat humanity faces, climate change. We should be talking about trade deals, endangered species, protecting water resources, our responsibilities to the rest of the world and so much more. Instead, this election has bogged down into "dead cat" distractions like niqabs, an issue that affects almost no one!
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Why I Love Same-Sex Parents

Evidence shows, and I find to be true, that same-sex parents tend to be highly motivated, involved, and committed, as they "chose" to be parents and often did a lot of work to become parents. Same-sex parents rarely become pregnant by accident, compared with approximately 50 per cent of accidental pregnancies among heterosexual partners. Children of gay parents may have advantages in open-mindedness, tolerance and equality, though of course many kids of heterosexual parents may have the same.
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As a Parent, I Support the New Sex-Ed Curriculum

The new, modernized Physical Education and Health curriculum is supported by the overwhelming majority of Ontario parents. However, there remains a small, yet vocal few, who strongly oppose any changes. Although I currently serve as a School Board Trustee, it's as a parent that I wish to engage in this debate. There is rarely a week at home when my kids don't speak of things I never would have touched at their age. As a father, raising my children in these times, I'm happy to be able to count on the support of professional educators who can complement what my kids learn and discuss at home.