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Refugee Rights day

Since refugees are commanding so much attention these days, it’s appropriate that Canada celebrates Refugee Rights Day annually on April 4. It marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s far-reaching 1985 Singh decision. This landmark decision takes its...

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Canada’s Proposed Immigration Ban

Has Canada ever implemented or attempted to implement an immigration ban similar to US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order prohibiting the entry of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries? The answer, unfortunately, is “yes.” In 1911, steps...

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Conspicuous Consumption

On of the many things that we invariably associate with this holiday period is food — and lots of it. Whether we are celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, which this year began on the evening of Saturday, December 24 and ends on the evening of Sunday, January 1, 2017,...

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“Canadianization”

Conservative leadership contender Kellie Leitch has certainly ignited a controversy with her suggestion that prospective immigrants to Canada should be vetted for “anti-Canadian values.” In making this pitch, she’s probably trying to enlist the...

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The “Trump Bump”

This past February, an enterprising and cheeky Cape Breton radio announcer set up a website entitled “Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins.” By this means Rob Calabrese sought to poke fun at the narcissistic buffoon and presumptive Republican nominee for president and,...

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Parks Canada Honours Cairine Wilson

Yesterday, May 3, 2016, was memorable not only for its idyllic spring weather but also for a moving ceremony at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orleans, Ontario. During the ceremony assorted speakers, including Andrew Leslie, the local MP, lauded Canada’s...

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Let’s Become Informed About Canada’s Immigration Policy

The topic of refugees has commanded a great deal of attention in recent years. Refugees, however, represent only one category of newcomers admitted to Canada. Lacking has been an informed debate in Parliament and a sustained discussion in the press about the overall...

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Senator Cairine Wilson

February 15, 1930 saw the appointment of Canada’s first woman senator. When remarking on Cairine Wilson’s elevation to the Senate, the Ottawa Journal observed,  “As for the appointment itself, it is an excellent one. Mrs. Wilson is the very...

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Sir William Van Horne

On February 3, 1843, one of North America’s most accomplished men was born. Born and raised in Illinois, William Van Horne started working in the railway business at a young age. After an impressive railway career in the United States, he was lured north to...

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Van Horne

Did you know that one of Canada’s great builders was born on February 3, 1843? Discover more about Sir William Van Horne in a subsequent blog.

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