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  1. I believe that 92 percent of China's population is ethnically Han. That's actually not reflective of much diversity. And it's also my understanding that minorities are expected to conform to majority customs, laws and expectations. Witness the treatment of its Tibetan and Muslim Uyghur minorities, as illustrated in the links below. My strong suspicion is that China has few lessons to teach the West about either diversity or multiculturalism. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/world/asia/china-tibet-language-education.html https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-glo
  2. As irritating as the U.S. government can often be, in general we should be thankful that the U.S. is our neighbour. You might want to ask those in countries bordering other superpowers what they think. You might want to talk to Tibetans or Ukrainians, for instance, before slagging the Americans. If you were to poll Canadians as to which of the superpowers they would choose as their neighbour, my guess is that the U.S. would overwhelming win the contest.
  3. The U.S. will have a presidential election in less than two years. No political regime is permanent in that country and the Trump era will likely end fairly swiftly. Could China's "basic dictatorship," as Trudeau has fondly albeit bizarrely described it, change that quickly? Of course not. And where would most of those around the world who would like to leave their own countries move if afforded the opportunity? Well, mainly to the good ole U.S., that's where, according to a 2017 Gallup study - and by a good margin. In fact, China (#18) is precisely nowhere among the top ten preferred destinat
  4. Are there foreign-language ethnoburbs in China? Just wondering? People do move for all sorts of reasons, of course, and obviously you didn't intend to remain in China permanently and no doubt had no access to government funded benefits nor to government-sponsored integration programs. In fact, as a good friend of mine who is Chinese tells me with a chuckle, the Chinese don't believe in diversity and certainly not in multiculturalism, at least not for China.
  5. This kind of blatant, knee jerk anti-Americanism is tiresome and pointless. The U.S. may not be perfect, but it is our ally and trading partner and many of us have relatives and close friends in that country. The main problem with American foreign and trade policy is grounded in its practice of exceptionalism, an approach by the way that's replicated by the other two major military powers, China and Russia, neither of which is in any normal sense a healthy, functioning democracy. Americans are not generally, as you put it, "criminals." My mother was an American and I am a dual Canadian-America
  6. Please suspend those who repeatedly pursue 'ad hominem' attacks.
  7. Actually, I think it a fair question in response to your bizarre comment. In any case, quid pro quo...
  8. Pot, again meet kettle. After the deluge of scurrilous insinuations you cast against me yesterday, I think it only fair to offer assistance and support to others who are being similarly bullied. This is an open forum.
  9. Is 'north99' an objective and/or independent media source? I suspect it might offer the comfort of bias confirmation to those who already subscribe to its point of view, but a 2018 Macleans article (link below) suggests it may be a partisan pro-Lib outlet. Sometimes doing a little research can be very helpful. Nice try, but no cigar. https://www.macleans.ca/politics/the-two-ex-political-staffers-behind-the-ontario-elections-most-digital-savvy-outside-groups/
  10. Given the recent deterioration of our relationship with China, should we not simply withdraw our missions and officials from that country and suspend all other formal relations until the situation is normalized via negotiations? Reportedly, we're sending a parliamentary delegation to China although its leader apparently doesn't intend to raise concerns about Canadian detainees. (See link to news item below.) Why bother, then? The U.S. has issued a warning for its citizens traveling to China, noting in particular the risk of arbitrary detention. But Canada has apparently issued no such warning
  11. You're clearly not familiar with the emerging sociology of 'ethnoburbs', are you? It's becoming increasingly clear that the emergence of this model of linguistic, cultural and religious segregation is impeding the integration of immigrants into Canadian society. A fairly recent federal government analysis, reported on in the media after it was obtained via an access to information request, confirmed as much. (Link below.) Shockingly, the analysis notes that close to a third of students requiring ESL training in one Toronto area school board were born in Canada, suggesting that such children ar
  12. Oh, come on. What what happened to German in Toronto and indigenous languages in B.C.? That's really the salient issue. Those who spoke such minority languages integrated into an English-dominated milieu, and probably pretty quickly, as was entirely predictable. I grew up and went to school in an area featuring multiple ethnicities and languages other than English, including French (my paternal grandfather's language), Polish, German, Dutch and Russian. Whatever the languages spoken at home, everybody spoke English in public and at school. Outside of Quebec and a few isolated pockets elsewhere
  13. But why move to another country if you don't want to integrate? My sister, who's been living in the U.S. for decades, asked me this when visiting Toronto a while back. While on a shopping excursion with a friend she noticed women wearing traditional ethnic garb and conversing among themselves in their native language(s). Living in a large U.S. city with a significant Asian immigrant population, she was surprised by this. "Our immigrants want to become like Americans" she noted, pointing out that this didn't appear to be the case in Canada. Who would move to another country and not learn or use
  14. The media reports, including those citing police sources, are entirely anecdotal. I believe the police simply confirmed they were aware of the shooter and that he'd been detained in the past for observation due to his bizarre and/or erratic behavior. This in no way confirms a mental health diagnosis. Only a qualified mental health professional can render such a diagnosis and there's nothing in anything you provide to indicate that such a diagnosis has been confirmed. Further, you seem quite willing to stigmatize those living with and/or with a history of mental health issues, which would incl
  15. And yet, the topic keeps arising despite the passage of time. Perhaps because the Danforth shooting was among the top stories of the year and therefore garnered year-end media interest and coverage, some people starting paying attention again. An SIU report will eventually have to be released, of course, but can you think of another democratic country in which such a delay would be tolerated. I can't.
  16. As you're continuing your strategy of hurling scurrilous insinuations and engaging in 'ad hominem' attacks rather than in rational debate, there appears to be little point in engaging you further. As for goofy Trudeau, it's an observation supported by objective evidence. An editorial published yesterday in the generally pro-Lib Toronto Star advised Trudeau to stop preening and also to treat his opponents' views with more respect. (You might learn something there.) The guy got where he is is on the basis of image far more than substance, one pair of fancy socks and self-absorbed photobomb at a
  17. One of the troubling aspects of the ethnoburb phenomenon is that many of these communities are being established as new-build projects. Nobody is moving out but those moving in are often overwhelmingly of singular ethno-racial and/or religious backgrounds, which is the genesis of the "ethnoburb" designation. Some apologists for modern immigration and open-ended multicultural policies compare these ethnic suburbs to the so-called "receiving" neighbourhoods established by immigrant groups in previous generations. But there is actually a big difference. The receiving neighbourhoods were located i
  18. I'm saying that the reports simply amount to anecdotal evidence and in some cases are contradictory to other reported anecdotal evidence, therefore establishing nothing as fact. You haven't, by the way, pointed to a single report confirming the existence of an actual psychiatric diagnosis. Hmmm....
  19. As I believe any sensible and objective voter should do, I vote differently in elections depending on party platforms and the quality of local candidates. I've been voting for more than four decades, never missing the opportunity to cast a ballot in every federal and provincial (Ontario) election during that period, and have at different times voted for candidates representing all three major political party brands. In the last federal election, convinced that Harper's time was up and utterly unimpressed by Trudeau (my instincts were good there), I voted for the local NDP candidate, whom I qui
  20. And, how, exactly, do you "know" this? Such medical information is inherently private. There were reports, mainly from family members and a few others who knew the shooter, that he had mental health challenges, but these do not constitute evidence per se of any specific medical diagnosis. Further, some of the anecdotal reports publicized following the shooting were challenged by others who knew the shooter. Being detained for observation under the Mental Health Act does not constitute proof of a diagnosis and being released rather than hospitalized following an observation period suggests that
  21. It's interesting that Machjo has no concerns about living in an ethnoburb. I suspect that most multi-generational Canadians wouldn't be overly concerned either. But I wonder whether his neighbours are so welcoming of him? I only ask this because, as I noted in a post earlier in this string, several years ago when my parents still resided in the Toronto area they spent a year living in a rented home in a newly constructed middle-class ethnoburb. At first they felt comfortable although my mother noted that nobody spoke to them. And then one night they had their car, which they'd left in the driv
  22. I don't know much about the economics of bike share programs. But I do know that in Toronto, where I live and where serious snow and cold keeps people off their bikes for, perhaps, a few weeks each year, a lot of people who use them own them. In the mid-city apartment complex in which I live, the demand for secure bike storage overwhelms the supply, often forcing tenants to take their bikes up the old elevators, which inconveniences everybody else. Our underground parking lot is generally half-empty and would be much more so if the landlord didn't rent parking to nearby businesses as well as t
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