A regional court in Cologne, Germany has effectively banned the circumcision of young boys, subject only to medical exception. Such a position has been proposed by various individuals and groups throughout the Western world, and can be refuted along several lines. Male circumcision does not belong in genital mutilation category so long as both parents consent to the procedure and, most importantly, it is performed competently.
It is precisely this welcoming, heterogeneous Canada that makes the contrast with elements of our past so stark. And as our nation's birthday approaches, it would perhaps do us some good to remember how recently our ideas about immigrants changed.
A timely report on electoral successes among visible minorities found the GTA has 40 per cent of its population as visible minorities while 11 per cent of our elected officials consist of a multicultural background. But many great efforts have been made and achieved in Ontario to elect new Canadians.
Author Malcolm Gladwell understands the importance of countries remaining open to newcomers during times of economic hardship
Minister Kenney has worked hard to strike the right balance between promoting Canadian diversity on the one hand, and identifying the shared requirements and responsibilities of all Canadians on the other. Multiculturalism cannot condone breaking the laws of Canada, which no cultural or religious tradition can excuse. Honour killing is murder.
It's official: We love our ethnic food. That's not to say Canadians have grown tired of our old standby favourites like poutine
The Catholic school boards take our taxpayer money and use that to create environments that disregard the rights and values that bind us together as a province and nation. As long as we're the ones footing the bill for your little 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve' sideshow, there is no debate.
Whenever someone asks me, "Where did you grow up?", I take a deep breath and usually say, "It's a long story... do you have
Taking Internet access from poor people should quell the fires of revolt. Soon, they'll respect their betters. They won't mind the bank bailouts, the crooked media that allegedly tapped people's phones, the hard-wired class structure that cuts down people with the wrong background, the wrong accent, the wrong education.
If you favour superstition over science, ideology over evidence, and ego over empathy, you might be a small-minded Canadian. Are we witnessing the closing of the Canadian mind? What about the Alberta tar sands, G20 protests, and prison instead of prevention?