Karen Woods is a Senior Associate at Solstice Public Affairs. She is a political strategist, former School Trustee Candidate, Public Education Advocate. She writes with a Zinger. And she is an avid salsa dancer.
Karen Woods is a Senior Associate at Solstice Public Affairs. She is a former school trustee candidate in 2014. She finished a close second place to the incumbent. She is a seasoned media professional, public education advocate and a political organizer/activist. She publishes a weekly column in two of the most influential and popular Chinese newspapers in the GTA.
She serves on the board of Ontario Autism Coalition. She is the vice chair of the National Education Society.
She is a practitioner of Conservative Liberalism. She writes with a zinger. And she is an avid salsa dancer.
On May 29, a large group of Chinese Canadians, descended upon Queens Park in the number of thousands, (according to organizers, 1500 + registered participants) to show solidarity and support for Bill 79, An Act to proclaim the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day.
The Nanjing Massacre saw 300,000 innocent civilian lives killed by the Japanese army within six short weeks. Bill 79 will provide a unique opportunity not only to remember the innocent lives that were lost, it also invites Canadians to become involved in remembrance activities that will help preserve their legacy.
Some of the organizing tactics that Conservative supporters are using to target ethnic communities are particularly problematic. To many people's surprise, a candidate with the name Brad Trost has become hugely popular in the Chinese community, especially with the Chinese evangelicals.
Given what is happening right around us and in the world at large, means that it is high time to pause and talk about things bothering some Canadians, and doing it without a political agenda, without interference, and without shouting down the other side.
Donald, you tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. But you also opened the Pandora box of hatred xenophobia and bigotry. Your campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" feels a lot like "Make America White Again" these days.
As China flexes its muscles and embarks on its territorial ambitions, it has quietly tried its hand at influencing the Chinese diaspora abroad. From the much disgraced Confucius Institute to pressuring a Vancouver based Chinese newspaper to dismiss their writer because he consistently produces what the Chinese government considers "Anti-China" content, I am starting to feel the anxiety of Beijing looming over my shoulder. And I don't like it.
When Byron MacDonald said a 14-year-old Chinese swimmer "died like a pig" during the course of the women's 4 X 200m swimming relay race at the Rio Olympics, it created an uproar in the Chinese community here. Some felt he was a downright racist.
We have to recognize that, as a rising super power, China does not always have to do what Canada wants it to do. Our press has to stop getting into the habit of being self-indulgent or exhibiting a moral superiority complex.