Haitian: Mobilisation contre le racisme...derrière des portes closes
Haitian radio station CPAM 1410 AM - Reveil Matin in Montreal reports:
On apprenait la semaine dernière que c’est au tour d’Ottawa de lancer des consultations sur le racisme. Or voilà, la part du lion de cet exercice se déroulera à huis clos. D’ailleurs, c’est presque en catimini que le ministre du Patrimoine Pablo Rodriguez a lancé sa « mobilisation contre le racisme » sur le site de son ministère. Pourquoi donc a-t-on si peur de parler du racisme et de la discrimination au pays ? Nous avons beau nous réconforter collectivement de vivre dans une société tolérante et inclusive. Ce n’est pas une raison pour s’imaginer que tout va pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes. Au bureau du ministre Rodriguez, on défend le choix de tenir ces consultations à huis clos. On explique que l’on veut avant tout s’assurer que les organismes et intervenants qui viendront témoigner se sentiront à l’aise de parler librement. On comprend surtout qu’Ottawa a tiré des leçons des dérapages passés. Rappelez-vous la tentative avortée du gouvernement Couillard de s’aventurer sur ce terrain l’an dernier. Jean-François Lisée était allé jusqu’à accuser le gouvernement de vouloir « faire le procès des Québécois », alors que la CAQ craignait que ça ne se transforme en « dîner de cons ». Surtout qui a oublié la famille Pineault-Caron lors des audiences sur la Charte des valeurs ? Ou encore les dénonciations virulentes sous le couvert de la liberté d’expression lors du débat sur l’islamophobie à Ottawa? Les groupes identitaires de droites en étaient rendus à organiser des manifestations dans les rues. (05/11/2018)
Caribbean: Square off over sick days
Caribbean source from Toronto G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning reports:
The Trudeau government is poised to give federally-regulated workers more paid personal leave days just as the Ford government is taking away two paid sick days and a minimum wage hike. The host said he can't believe what some people are expected to live off. Some workers in Ontario may be getting the sick days back, and equal pay rules, as Ottawa is weighing in on the debate. A Trudeau government bill was tabled that will force federally-regulated businesses like banking, shipping and telecommunications to give all their workers paid sick and leave days and to give their workers equal pay for equal work. The labour minister took aim at Doug Ford, saying: "I can't speak for Doug Ford's motivations, other than to say that an attack on workers is an attack on the Canadian economy... when everybody has a fair chance to succeed, ... it's good for our entire country." (01/11/2018)
MIREMS' sister company in the US, MIREMS International Inc., is headed to Miami Beach for the ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference this weekend.
We've published a special series of blogs with story collections from the ethnic media discussing automotive, food and beverage, entertainment, retail, banking and finance and consumer goods industries.
From Coca-Cola to Wells Fargo, Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Toyota and more are featured in the collection of stories; represented in languages such as Polish, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and more.
Somali: The care of rheumatoid arthritis in Somali patients may be subject to implicit bias
Somali source Hiiraan from Ottawa reports:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect people of all ethnicities. There are no published studies that attempt to identify disease-specific characteristics of Somali immigrants. In this paper, Paul Waytz, MD, Andrew Forsberg, BA, and Abdi Mohamed, MBA, attempt to better categorize various aspects of rheumatoid arthritis int the Somali population. A database of 40 Somali patients with rheumatoid arthritis was compiled. Several cultural differences and other potential barriers emerged, including the possibility of implicit bias. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the world outside of Somalia or refugee camps, with a population now approaching 40,000 residents by conservative estimates. The majority live in the Twin Cities. The current Minnesota population also reflects a substantial number of second-generation Somalis. During this review, it quickly became apparent that socio-cultural factors played an important role in the evaluation and management process, a role that might well be associated with implicit bias. The study demonstrates that the population of Somalis with RA is 98% female, distinctly different from the standard reported percentages of nearly 3:1, female to male. Furthermore, implicit bias may be just as unacceptable and harm just as much if not more than explicit bias. One of the authors suggests that one might also wonder if underlying reasons like financial issues, image, self-esteem, or the social expression of masculinity associated with the stress and mental health status of immigrants contributes to the observed disparity. Physician education and self-reflection are essential to solving serious problems with healthcare delivery. (16/10/2018).
As election results became known last weekend, media outlets across the province reported onthe news.
MIREMS highlights three stories that share unique reactions that are common among Chinese print, online, TV and radio sources reacting to the election results.
While some sources focused on praising the winners, some criticized their community's voters and others raised the point that voting within your community can weaken democracy.
What can Chinese people learn from the municipal elections this time?
Chinese Source Van People reports:
Ontario municipal elections were held on October 22. A total of 17 Chinese candidates have been successfully elected. The number of Chinese candidates has set a new record high when it comes to political participation (of Chinese people) in recent years. There's no doubt that the increase in election enthusiasm and candidate numbers are good - it shows that new and old immigrants are starting to pay attention to public events, local politics and taxation policies. The Chinese community's enthusiasm in political elections is worthy of recognition. In the past, the Chinese community was indifferent. However, the chaos and farce within the Chinese community are concerning. From the removal of (campaign) signs, to bribery, to scams and rumours circulating in WeChat groups, the Chinese community still has a long way to go if it wants to form a more mature political ecosystem. (23/10/2018).
Vancouver election: It's narrow minded for Chinese people to blindly vote for Chinese people
Chinese Readers in Vancouver reports:
Chinese voters often look at who is against building affordable housing for the homeless, who is against sex ed courses in school, who is against cannabis legalization, and vote for those people. (They) don't understand the various aspects that have to do with the development of the Metro Vancouver region, and happily take $20 to vote for someone. How many of them actually vote with multiculturalism and multi-ethnic friendship in mind, and vote for someone who is truly capable? After the election, we need to cool down. We need to understand Vancouver and integrate into the Canadian society. The election process is also a learning process - we can make a comeback in four years, with a new way of thinking. (23/10/2018)
2018 Vancouver municipal election results are finally out!
Van People reports: The author felt disappointed. Ken Sim failed to become the first Chinese mayor in the history of Vancouver! If Sim had been elected, the author thinks he would have made some positive changes to Vancouver's real estate situation! Many Chinese people feel sorry that he lost. There were many Chinese candidates this year, but they received few votes. Isn't it time for Chinese voters to reflect? (21/10/2018)
South Asian English: Canada consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors
A South Asian English daily source from Mississauga, The Pavarsi Daily, reports:
The federal government is consulting experts and community leaders ahead of a new national anti-racism strategy, but in a series of secretive meetings to avoid them turning into public shouting matches. Four meetings have already been held — all in southern Ontario — and another 19 are to take place nationwide before the end of the year. However, the government is not publicizing who attended, who will be at future meetings or even where those meetings are taking place. Participation is by invitation only. There are still Canadian communities where people face systemic racism, oppression and discrimination, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said. The minister has not, however, directly explained why he told The Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this week that systemic racism was not “part of his vocabulary” and that Canada was not in fact a racist society. New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan asked Rodriguez this week multiple times in the House of Commons to explain and apologize for his comment, to which Rodriguez only said racism does exist in Canada. Last February, an anti-racism town hall hosted in Toronto by several Liberal MPs and members of the Ontario legislature ended up with a call to police. It was derailed by a number of people Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says were white supremacists bent on shouting down speakers demanding a definition of Islamophobia. (20/10/2018)
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Chinese: Must read: advance voting begins in some Metro Vancouver municipalities
Online Chinese source Van People reports:
Advance voting begins in Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey! Voting is not only an opportunity for Chinese people to exercise their civic rights and responsibilities, but also a good opportunity for us to vote for a political figure who can represent the Chinese people, and be our voice in the Canadian society. A total of 158 candidates are running for 27 positions in Vancouver this year, which is considered the most complex election. Readers are reminded that the names of these candidates will be listed in random order, not alphabetical order on the ballot.(06/10/2018).
Korean: 'White-dominant' in Metro Vancouver politics
Commentary in Vancouver's Korean Vancouver Chosun Ilbo says:
Although almost half of the population of Metro Vancouver consists of visible minorities, it turns out the portion of minorities in politics is less than 10 per cent. In particular, there is not a single minority MLA in six Metro Vancouver cities, including Coquitlam, where many Koreans reside. This is mainly due to the election system in British Columbia municipalities, which does not provide a specific ward where immigrants are dominant and would like to elect a candidate representing them. (12/10/2018)
Spanish: Municipal elections and mental illnesses
A column in monthly Los Hispanos Vanguardia says:
We are living in apocalyptic times and our youths are developing new mental illnesses and anxieties due to their worries about the future. It's unknown how long the Earth will last in its current state. At the municipal level, electoral campaigns are in full swing. In addition to being concerned about climate change, voters are anxious due to the high cost of housing. Beyond worrying about natural disasters, millenials have to worry about high living costs and never-ending debts. Kennedy Stewart is leading the polls and is the favourite to win. The candidate who wins on Oct. 20 will have to deal with poverty, housing and drug problems, and money laundering. (17/10/2018).
Jewish: Mayor debate all over the map
The Jewish Independent reports:
The refracted nature of Vancouver’s civic politics was on full display at a candidates' meeting featuring six of the perceived front-running candidates for mayor. The near-implosion of the governing Vision Vancouver party, combined with divisions among erstwhile Non-Partisan Association members, has led to a race with both the left and right sides of the political spectrum divided and struggling to gain traction in a campaign with 21 contenders. The afternoon event on September 23 was co-sponsored by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the multicultural organization SUCCESS, which is rooted in the Chinese-Canadian community. Housing affordability topped the list of issues. Kennedy Stewart, a former NDP MP, said his plan to attack unaffordability calls for building 85,000 new homes over the next 10 years. Ken Sim, an entrepreneur who is candidate for the centre-right Non-Partisan Association, responded by claiming that the construction industry does not have the capacity to meet Stewart’s construction schedule. Wai Young, a former Conservative MP running with Coalition Vancouver, said there is no housing supply issue. Independent candidate Shawna Sylvester said she would create a 3% vacancy rate by supporting more co-ops, cohousing and what she called “gentle densification.” (12/10/2018)
After a hundred years of prohibition, cannabis joins the ranks of things in Canada that are no longer illegal. (Alongside Margarine, women’s right to vote, alcohol and business on Sundays.)
News outlets across the country have been pouring coverage efforts into the pot-stock munchies. There are new publications and new staff reporter positions, think pieces and blog posts galore—and Canada’s ethnic media has joined the conversation.
MIREMS has been following coverage of cannabis legalization since it was announced: "Bill C-45: Ethnic Media’s diverse reactions to Cannabis Legalization" and a year ago: "Canada moves toward Cannabis legalization-coverage from ethnic media"
This special story collection highlights some stories about legalization day now that it's finally arrived. From different multicultural and multilingual communities across the country. From Cantonese to Tamil; editorials and commentary the ethnic media weighs in. Safety and uncertainty are the chief concerns.
Cantonese: "Quebec's higher minimum age for cannabis could help organized crime: Trudeau"
Cantonese Fairchild TV Ontario reports:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the incoming Quebec government's plan to raise the legal age for smoking cannabis to 21 could leave an opening for organized crime. Speaking to reporters on the last day of a trip to Armenia, Trudeau said increasing the legal age could undermine one of the federal law's key aims - eliminating the black market. (13/10/2018)
Chinese: "Marijuana legalization, good or bad?"
Toronto's Chinese Canadian Times reports:
In this article, the author discusses the upcoming marijuana legalization date and its impact on the Chinese community. Liberal MP Shaun Chen talked about marijuana legalization and his experience with marijuana use at schools at Export Minister Mary Ng's press conference with the Chinese media. Chen said that marijuana legalization will effectively destroy the black market and control the access to marijuana. Roy Hu, candidate for TDSB Trustee for Ward 21 Scarborough North, also remarked at a press conference on October 9 that he opposes marijuana use, but he does not oppose marijuana legalization. Hu said that the best way to protect marijuana users is through governmental regulations, and the best way to help people to stay away from marijuana is through education about the negative impacts of marijuana use. At the end, the author says that the Liberal government proposed marijuana legalization in 2015 to win over votes from marijuana users, and some of the municipal candidates are proposing to get marijuana out of schools and communities to woo voters for the upcoming municipal elections, especially in cities like Markham and Richmond Hill, where the Chinese population is high. The author says that the marijuana bill will need to be improved over time with its implementation, and she is hoping that it is going to be done not only for the sake of votes. (12/10/2018)
Filipino: "Liberals eyed rules for cannabis use by workers, drug testing, documents show"
National source the Philippine Canadian Inquirer reports:
Federal officials have quietly probed possible new workplace rules for employees who show up to work high after cannabis is legalized next week, newly released documents show. The documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law show Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was given options to deal with cannabis impairment in the workplace in early June as officials ironed out the details of any new policy. Federal departments were wrestling at the time with their own response to workers who may smoke or vape pot, but were also quietly told Hajdu was considering changes to the Canada Labour Code – including whether and how to allow for mandatory drug testing for employees. That work is ongoing: Employment and Social Development Canada says federal departments and agencies are still swapping information with each other, along with provinces and territories “to better understand the potential impacts of cannabis legalization and regulation on workplace health.” “Federally regulated employers do not tolerate impairment on the job – that does not change on October 17th,” Hajdu said in a statement. (11/10/2018)
Italian: "Cannabis Day Cometh"
Toronto's weekly Italian print newspaper Lo Specchio reports:
October 17, a day when Canada goes Uruguayan, will be the first day for legal marijuana. How the whole thing will be managed remains an open and thorny question. Customers will have to be 19 or over. The panoply of cannabis-based products in the legalization includes the drug itself (fresh or dry), oil, plants and seeds from an authorized retailer. The federal tax will be $1 per gram or 10%, with Ottawa keeping 25% and turning the rest over to the provinces. In Ontario, the government has opted for a public-private venture. Cannabis for recreational use will be available for sale legally online by the government-run agency, and delivery is by post. By April 19, 2019, private marijuana shops will be able to sell but will require municipal authorization. While a marijuana overdose should not be lethal per se, a 2012 study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction found that driving under the influence was responsible for 75 deaths and 7,794 victims of collisions and property damage, with an estimated cost of about $1 billion. (12/10/2018)
Korean: "Whereabouts of Alberta’s cannabis warehouse will be secret"
Calgary's weekly Korean source CNDreams reports:
Alberta is starting to stockpile marijuana but is not saying where it is being kept. Finance Minister Joe Ceci said cannabis shipments have begun but for security reasons, the province will not be revealing the location. Ceci also said he is pleased with the progress preparing for the October 17 legalization date and that Alberta is ahead of other provinces on it. (28/09/2018)
Polish: "Attorney General for Ontario announces an information campaign on cannabis laws"
CHIN FM 100.7 Polish radio reports:
In connection with the legalization of marijuana on October 17th, Attorney General for Ontario Caroline Mulroney announced a campaign that will inform Canadians of the laws that will apply to smoking cannabis. The chief of the Toronto police Mark Saunders stressed that the legalization of marijuana does not mean that everyone will be able to use the drug without consequences - for example, police officers will not be able to use cannabis within 28 days before reporting for duty. So far, authorities from other regions of Ontario have not released their version of changes to the regulations. (14/10/2018)
Portuguese: "Doug Ford does not want to allow cannabis use close to children"
A weekly Portuguese newspaper Sol Portugues reports:
It appears Premier Doug Ford doesn't approve of his own government's new rules that would allow people to smoke cannabis in public parks. With marijuana set to become legal on Oct.17, Ford is vowing Friday to have his finance minister and attorney general take another look at legislation unveiled two days ago that allows cannabis use wherever people can currently smoke cigarettes. Ford directly contradicted that plan while speaking with reporters, saying: "We won't be allowing [cannabis use] close to parks. That's unacceptable, our priority is to keep children safe." Following the news conference, officials from the premier's office said Ford was only referring to playgrounds. "Premier Ford was clear in his remarks today — under our proposed legislation — individuals will not be permitted to smoke cannabis in playgrounds around children," Simon Jefferies, a spokesperson for Ford, wrote in an email to CBC Toronto. (05/10/2018)
Punjabi: "Marijuana legalization and its danger"
Weekday Punjabi radio show Gaunda Punjab CIRV FM 88.9 reports:
Starting October 17, 2018, Canadians will be able to legally use recreational marijuana. They will also be able to grow four marijuana plants per household. Journalist Balraj Deol criticized the coming law and expressed his concerns over it. He said though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is claiming that law will make children more safe, how can he assure that children will not consume marijuana grown in their backyards. And how are police going to make sure that each household is growing just four plants and not more than that, Deol said. The law can also increase illegal growing of marijuana plants, he said and added legalizing marijuana is a very dangerous law. (03/10/2018)
Russian: "The legalization of cannabis in Canada"
Russian Chin FM 91.9 in Toronto reports:
The radio host discussed the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes on October 17. It will allow Canada to become the second country after Uruguay to take this step. The total sales of marijuana in Canada, including medical, illegal and legal recreational, should increase sales revenue in 2019 to $7.17 billion. The Ontario government has announced that it will control online sales of recreational cannabis after its legalization on October 17, and private retail stores should appear by April next year. Bruce Chapman, president of the Police Association of Ontario, said in an interview that police are concerned about the upcoming legalization. According to him, this concern is caused by the experience of US police, including in Colorado and Washington, where the use of drugs was legalized and the number of fatal accidents caused by drivers with drugs in their blood increased. The federal government also reported that $4.1 million will be spent on three cannabis information campaigns prepared for Toronto youth. The report on federal funding came the day after the Ontario government announced that an advertising campaign would be launched to raise social responsibility and highlight the danger of recreational cannabis. (14/10/2018)
Spanish: "Close to two million people have driven under the influence of marijuana"
Toronto's weekly Diario El Popular reports:
An investigation published by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has found that 1.9 million Ontario drivers have driven under the influence of marijuana. More than 735,000 of them have done so in the last three months. The fact that those who drive under the influence of cannabis are young novice drivers with less experience on the road is something that should concern us all, according to CAA spokesperson Elliott Silverstein.
Tamil: "Ontario's cannabis education campaign: 'Just because it's legal it doesn't mean it's safe'"
Daily Tamil radio show East GM 102.7 reports:
The Ontario government has launched a campaign to educate Ontarians about important information about the drug, including potential health effects, and where and when it can legally be purchased and used. “We can’t just legislate, we have to educate,” Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said during an interview. To that end, the government has launched an advertising campaign, looking to “educate and communicate” important facts about marijuana use in the province. She says that the government has been working with several ministries to ensure that the awareness campaign hits several key points to ensure safety on the roads and in communities. (15/10/2018)
Poor healthcare in a city with a population of 625,000
Toronto's Punjabi Radio Khabarsar reports:
Brampton has a population of 625,000 but has only one hospital that is suffering from a shortage of beds. It has 608 beds, more than 200,000 emergency visits annually which is highest in GTA. Mississauga on the other hand has two hospitals and has 1,234 beds. Both cities are under one regional government but still there is a huge difference between the health care in both cities, said the host. Due to the crowded hallways in Brampton hospital, the former Liberal government announced $100 million for healthcare, however, the way this money was allocated was such a big joke with Brampton that it deserved to be recorded in history, said the host. With this money, while Mississauga got 100 new beds, Brampton was given only six new beds. Now Doug Ford's government has announced $90 million for health care and it is still need to be seen how Brampton going to benefit with this money. The host criticized politicians for not doing anything and urged people to ask their elected members for all these issues. He also criticized Brampton 2040 vision. (04/10/2018)
Les consultants MIREMS ont suivi de près l’élection du Québec. Nous avons partagé des histoires concernant l’immigration, le séparatisme, le système politique, les médias arabes et le compte rendu final, avant le vote, à partir des communautés multiculturelles et multilingues, et de leurs journaux, leurs stations de radio et leurs chaînes de télévision, en plus de sites de nouvelles en ligne.
MIREMS a analysé 20 articles présentant la couverture des résultats post-électoraux. L'immigration était certainement le sujet brûlant, avec 14 des 20 reportages portant comme sujet l'immigration, sous le nouveau gouvernement. Les symboles religieux et les liens avec les conservateurs fédéraux ont également été discutés par les médias.
MIREMS consultants followed Quebec’s election closely. We’ve shared stories on immigration, separatism, the political system, Arabic media, and final wrap up reporting before the vote from multicultural and multilingual communities and their newspapers, radio and TV stations and online news sites.
MIREMS analyzed 20 stories featuring post-election results coverage. Immigration was certainly the hot-topic, with 14 of 20 stories discussing immigration under the new government. Religious symbols and connections with the federal Conservatives also got coverage in these outlets.
Amber Ruddy speaks at Radio Calgary
Calgary's Punjabi radio talk show Red FM 106.7 Good Morning Calgary reports:
Amber Ruddy, the director of Provincial Affairs with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in Alberta, talked about the province's minimum wage hike and its impact on Alberta's businesses. Ruddy said that small business owners are very concerned about this recent hike. Half of the Alberta businesses say that they are going to be increasing their prices, many say that they are going to reduce their expansion plans, which means it will hit future jobs. Ruddy said that according to CFIB’s recent report, employers are facing about $11,000 increase annually per entry-level, minimum wage job under the NDP government. She also said that CFIB hasn't seen too many promises made by this government to the business owners, except 1 percent cut in taxes. CFIB continues to call on the AB Government to release economic impact analysis related to raising the minimum wage to $15 and show how it will reduce poverty as claimed. When asked if she attributes the increased wages to an increase in job postings, Ruddy said that if you look at the whole economic picture, immigration and many other factors fit into this equation. You can't pinpoint the rise of the minimum wage to the job creation. (03/10/2018)
Quebec's provincial election is three days away, ethnic media have this to say:
CAQ and QLP neck and neck
A column in Montreal's Italian source Corierre Italiano reports:
On Monday October 1, just over 6 million voters will be called to renew Quebec’s 125-seat National Assembly. This will be the 42nd provincial general election in the history of the province, the first to be held, following the amendment of the 2013 law, on a fixed date, i.e. the first Monday in October, every four years under the First-Past-the-Post system. When Premier Philippe Couillard dissolved the chamber, his party, the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) held 68 seats; the Parti Québécois (PQ), 28; the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), 21; Québec solidaire (QS), 3; plus 5 independents. Out of 125 MNAs, 87 were men and 38, women. The threshold to form a majority government is 63 members. The latest polls suggest a statistical tie between the incumbent Liberals and the CAQ (28.6% against 29.1%). The other two major parties, PQ and QS follow with 21.5% and 17.1% respectively. A minority government seems a strong possibility. The most distinguishing feature of this election is the fact that the PQ (unlike the QS) decided not to include a referendum on independence in its platform. Thus, this will be the first election in a long time not centred on the national question. The pledges the various parties have made revolve around the same issues: healthcare, education, jobs, immigration, transportation, environment, the family: each party with its own recipe. Whoever wins though, some promises will be kept; others won’t. (27/09/2018).
Quebec Election 2018: Survey by “Sada Al Mashrek” newspaper on the participation of the Arab Community
An editorial in the twice-monthly Sada Al Mashrek comments on their election survey.
Increased political awareness and the willingness to participate in the democratic process. 346 people participated in the survey, which was conducted by Sada Al Mashrek Newspaper. Participants were randomly selected by phone in different parts of Montréal, and results showed the percentage of Arabic speaking voters in the general elections in the province Quebec is remarkably increasing compared to previous years. The survey was conducted between September 12 and 22, 2018 with 192 men and 154 women participants. The results indicating which parties were supported are as follows: 53.22% will vote PLQ, 0.322% will vote PQ, 0.65% will vote CAQ, 5.8% will vote QS, 40% refused to answer. On what basis they will vote, the results are as follows: the party’s agenda: 61.85%, the party itself regardless of their agenda: 24%, the candidate, regardless of his party: 0%, others: 0%, upon community leaders' recommendations: 2.9%, no answers: 10.6%. These figures, which Sada Al Mashrek has consistently surveyed occasionally, may not influence in the decision making nor give the opinion of the Arab communities, but it is a serious practice, since the election is a legitimate exercise, and it gives the voters the opportunity to express their views without any fear or hesitation. We at the newspaper kindly request all Arab community members go to the ballot boxes if you have not yet done or go and vote for whichever party you feel is good for you and your community and country, or whose ideas correspond to your principles and aspirations, regardless of any external influence whatsoever. (25/09/2018)
Kenney mistaken as minister on his visit to India
South Asian English source India Journal from Mississauga reports:
United Conservative Party of Alberta leader Jason Kenney is getting great publicity in India. Kenney recently attended many meetings there, where he discussed everything from oil export to immigration, security and foreign policy involving Middle East dictatorships. Surprisingly, there is ample evidence of media and Indian leaders being confused about what exactly he is - an opposition politician, a government leader, a Canadian federal minister, a former minister or what? At home, Rachel Notley and the New Democrats have been increasingly jumpy about this. (21/09/2018)
MIREMS' spotlight on the Quebec Provincial election continues:
Quebec elections: Issue of independence absent this time
An opinion piece in Mississauga's Canadian Asian News:
Summary: The Quebec elections are approaching fast and the more than two dozen political parties of Quebec are hot on the campaign trail. Only about half a dozen parties, however, are seriously contesting on issues like good governance, better economy, improved health care and better immigration policy. Looking at the trends of some recent polls, of all the political parties contesting in the Quebec elections, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) and Quebec solidaire (QS) will grab most of the seats in the 125-seat Quebec National Assembly. The most interesting thing in the Quebec election this time is that the issue of Quebec independence is not on election platform for any contesting party. This is a healthy sign. Quebec, in spite of being bilingual, wants to stay within the Canadian federation! (22/09/2018).
Members of the Haitian community should vote in upcoming Quebec elections
Montreal's CFMB 1280 Pitit Kay twice-weekly talk show reports:
Cross-cultural translation: The columnist urges members of the Haitian community to vote in the upcoming Quebec elections, and to support candidates of Haitian origin. Greater representation of Haitian-Canadians on the Quebec political scene will result in the needs of the Haitian community being taken into account in the decision-making process.