Another Commemoration

This year, Canada celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth birthday. a century and a half as a nation based on immigration. There will, of course, be other public milestones marked this year, some of which will receive little recognition,but which, nevertheless,...

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...

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...

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,...

“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...

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,...