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  1. Why not make the world a better place? It seems like the right thing to do. Do you have any better ideas?
  2. Good questions. Sometimes, yes, I want to live for my own happiness and pleasure. But you are right, this is not enough. I want to live so that I can contribute, to the best of my abilities, to making the world a better place.
  3. Non-business people are usually 100 % invested in themselves... I agree with income splitting for all Canadian families, and yes it does save real money for the middle class. Of couse any business can split income with family members that work in the business (incorporated or not). RRSPs do reduce taxes if you deffer to later years when you are going to be in a lower tax bracket. The "problem" is that some people accumulate so much wealth that they make more money in retirement than what they did while working.....
  4. Closing these loopholes will not take any significant money out of the pockets of people making less than $150,000 per year. Under this amount it is not feasible even under the current rules to incorporate to avoid taxes because of the benefits of RRSPs and TFSAs. I can't think of a reason why incorporated small businesses should use these loopholes to pay less taxes than salaried people that have the same net income.
  5. I am certain that immigration has reduced crime rates in Canada over the years. If it were not for immigration there would be a greater proportion of natives in Canada...
  6. FDK is at best wasteful and possibly regressive. It's no secret that the best practices in education are in Finland, we should be copying them: "In Finland, children don't receive formal academic training until the age of 7. Until then, many are in day care and learn through play, songs, games and conversation. Most children walk or bike to school, even the youngest. School hours are short and homework is generally light." http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0318-doyle-finnish-schools-20160318-story.html Kindergarten starts at age 6 - where a typical school day is just four hours long. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-joyful-illiterate-kindergartners-of-finland/408325/
  7. "new immigrants do not have a significant impact on the property crime rate, but with time spent in Canada, a 10% increase in the recent-immigrant share or established-immigrant share decreases the property crime rate by 2% to 3%. Neither underreporting to police nor the dilution of the criminal pool by the addition of law-abiding immigrants can fully explain the size of the estimates. This suggests that immigration has a spillover effect, such as changing neighbourhood characteristics, which reduces crime rates in the long run." https://a4039938-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/haiminzh/research/Immigrant Crime - 20140109.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cpIQyQSG4gjh06WqjIqsVnCUehokZNidKtUdK4oTisSwATNfKEHX_6I_hWNbPy2-No5LOqGhEcMhElrajJLD8MKsAcqs6H5zKh-SOXPL1q4BnyvyG5s-ihR4sxnLWH1aDOykDlUYtv1GZNdi_dkDa9zAaUPEzyMl687ekZGMUnu9aQaPFJ-TN4jlKsjCdAWc0_DAGtTPihzPzwfa6ZlZwDZCwLRocZCP2rnvO-2blrPiLvp8OZAk3Ivxsqki7TzNwqk9-nQ&attredirects=0&revision=1
  8. This is a good point. Job interviews are certainly important but is hiring an employee analogous to accepting an immigrant? I'm not so sure, the main difference I see is that when hiring you are typically filling an immediate or near term need whereas immigration is a much more long-term investment - even multi-generational. What would be the "job description" of a good Canadian citizen?
  9. The studies in my previously linked sources show that today we are at around the break-even point. This includes refugees and family re-unification. Simply increase economic/skilled immigrants and we will be clearly in the black.
  10. First there are net gains for Canada, albeit a very slight positive increase in GDP per capita and therefore standard of living. However - remember that the average standard of living of new Canadians is lower than old stock Canadians, therefore old stock Canadian standards of living increase further. The new people invited to dinner bring more food but eat less than those already there. By far the top three sources by far are the Philippines, India and China. These are not third world (is that still a valid term?) It is in Canada's interests to diversify our trading partners. In general, and specifically with immigration, I will only trust sources that objectively report both the costs and benefits. To me another sign of a good report is that it acknowledges uncertainty. Overconfidence in an economic model is a red flag. What I'm understanding is that: -In the past, immigration has been a huge benefit to Canada and has contributed to the impressive growth in our standard of livin. -Today the benefits have decreased and we are at or just slightly above the economic break-even point. -Going forward, if we do nothing we risk drifting into a net loss. With more economic immigrants (educated and skilled) and better integration we will see strong net benefits. Yes, incomes of new Canadians are taking longer to catch up to the average, but you are exaggerating the difference and importance of this. Besides, as I've mentioned, average Canadian wages are increasing, so if immigrant wages are decreasing old-stock are increasing even faster. One day we will have driver-less cars but Canada needs truck drivers now. Canada needs meat packers now. Canada needs... Some people may say, well if these jobs paid more, more Canadians would do them. Maybe, but if it is no longer feasible to operate a meat packing facility in Canada, the entire operation will move South.
  11. Yes, how was Nenshi re-elected in 2013 with 74% of the vote?
  12. Immigration is a net positive top our economy and our standard of living. Here are three sources: "“immigration produces net economic gains for domestic residents, for several reasons.”" "that immigration increases employment in the destination countries in the North one for one, implying no crowding-out of natives. This result implies that immigration increases the total GDP of the receiving country without affecting average wages or labor productivity" "Countries could also benefit from immigration through its effect on international trade. An important channel through which immigrants influence international trade is the knowledge they have of their home economies, as well as expertise, linguistic skills and personal connections with their home country which facilitates the international trade. International Trade accounts for 36% of the Canadian GDP and plays an important role in Canadian economy. A study by Head and Ries (1998) suggest that “immigration has a significant positive relationship with Canadian bilateral trade.”” " http://www.sfu.ca/~pendakur/Fiscal Effects of Immigration_V5.pdf "“Does [immigration]have a positive impact? The answer is probably yes,” said University of Toronto economist Peter Dungan. " "Studies show that immigration can also foster innovation. A Conference Board of Canada study found immigrants make up 35 per cent of university research chairs in Canada, much higher than their 20 per cent share of the population... The same study argued that immigration has a significant impact on Canadian trade links. It proposed that a 1-per-cent increase in immigration from a specific country would lead to a 0.1-per-cent increase in the value of Canadian exports, largely as a result of the international networks that immigrants bring with them. They also bring with them a desire for goods from their home markets, which would contribute to a 0.2-per-cent rise in the value of imports, and a more interesting and varied market for all consumers." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/how-immigrants-affect-the-economy-weighing-the-benefits-and-costs/article4106049/ "A growing economy in the period ahead will require full realization of the untapped potential of Canadians of working age as well as raising immigration targets to between 300,000 and 400,000 new immigrants per year." http://www.rbc.com/diversity/pdf/diversityAdvantage.pdf
  13. What do you think about Naheed Nenshi?
  14. Thank for clarifying your position. I noticed that it has softened over time... Thanks also for the reference to Irshad Manji. Needless to say, I disagree with your judgement on what makes a "good Muslim", and also think that Pakistani immigrants have had an positive impact on Canada. Yes, I do find beleifs highlighted in the pew study offensive and troubling, however these beleifs change upon integration into Canadian society: "Pakistanis have integrated well into Canadian society..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_Canadians
  15. An educated person is more likely to be tolerant than an uneducated person. Here is the link I shared in my first post on this thread: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamism Islam can be political and often is, but it is not necessarily political: SEPARATION OF RELIGIOUS AND STATE AUTHORITIES We believe that freedom of conscience is not only essential to all human societies but integral to the Qur’anic view of humanity. We believe that secular government is the only way to achieve the Islamic ideal of freedom from compulsion in matters of faith. http://www.mpvusa.org/mpv-principles/
  16. What about Progressive Conservatives?
  17. There is about a 50/50 chance that Muslim-Canadians think that homosexuality should be acceptable in society. This is to low and should be improved. Here is another example of diversity in Islam: http://www.mpvusa.org/mpv-principles/ I am not responding to your examples of educated intolerant Muslims. I acknowledge that they exist, there are far too many intolerant people in the world and Muslims are very likely over-represented in this group. I also agree with Shadi Hamid that Islam is different from other religions and appreciate these discussions as they have inspired my to learn more and hone my opinions. The pew survey is an eye opening source for just how intolerant people can be but also shows diversity: The importance Muslims place on religion varies significantly by region. In addition, in some countries younger and more highly educated Muslims assign less importance to religion than do older and less educated Muslims. http://www.pewforum.org/2012/08/09/the-worlds-muslims-unity-and-diversity-2-religious-commitment/ How about you, do you acknowledge that there is diversity in the opinions and practices of Muslims? Do you think that a person can be both a Muslim and a good Canadian citizen?
  18. My neighbors 2 houses down are Muslims. They are great people, I borrowed a compressor from the guy the other day. They have 4 kids and are probably way too busy to be political. I have no opinion regarding Rob Ford, however Naheed Nenshi is arguably Canada's greatest mayor ever. In my experience tolerance is directly correlated to education. Again, it is about interpretation. Also, there is a whole spectrum of "devoutness" with the extremeis/literalists at one end and the casual observers at the other. Wrong on both counts. There are plenty of Communists in China that believe in Capitalism. And there are plenty of mainstream Muslims that believe in gender equality and gay rights. Islam is not political - Islamism is. Not all Muslims are Islamist. What basic tenets are you referring to, I only know of 5 - all religious: 1.1 Shahada: Faith. 1.2 Salat: Prayer. 1.3 Zakāt: Charity. 1.4 Sawm: Fasting. 1.5 Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca. One example of a liberal Muslim is Shadi Hamid, I heard him speak on cbc Ideas: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/islamist-persistence-the-rise-and-reality-of-political-islam-part-1-1.4055299 https://nervana1.org/2017/02/27/shadi-hamid-and-the-infantilization-of-muslims/
  19. Argus, two somewhat reasonable people (you and I) read the same report (the Environics report on the survey of Canadian Muslims) and came to polar opposite conclusions. It is inconceivable that 1.6 billion Muslims have the same interpretation of the Quran. Yes, too many support violence, homophobia, oppression of women, etc... but many follow the teaching of Islam in a personal spiritual manor and are completely tolerant of others. I accept your bet - what do Communists believe? Finally, not all people emigrating to Canada from Communist countries are/were Communist. Not all people immigrating to Canada from Islamic countries are Islamist.
  20. Sure, for the most part, it is free speech, but IMO, more often than not it is counterproductive - it amplifies the speakers popularity and message.
  21. This is an interesting article that supports Euler: "Note also that no empirical study has backed the idea that limiting someone’s speech advances the causes of those at society’s margins or inhibits the formation of hate groups. In Baer’s native Germany, as well as a number of other European countries, it is a crime to deny the Holocaust; until recently Germany barred publication of Mein Kampf. None of that prevented the rise of neo-Nazis there or the advent of a virulent strain of xenophobia directed against foreign laborers and other immigrants. Barring speakers or preventing hate speech does not safeguard the oppressed. It empowers the oppressors, and it suggests that their words are to be feared for a compelling, persuasive power that, absent the muzzle, might infect others." http://www.chronicle.com/article/Free-Speech-but-Not-for-All-/239909?key=gsJGLTrc0E7aWqq9G6kbgV9K8e4jNa2bn-kThO-jWSeTQW7ucDGmLbY4qBrfU85bRzhzb3RzLXFNODJlTUpsdlJHeGxSTk1ZeDBnVmV2MzVWcmlYWmNWYURfNA
  22. I do not recommend this line of argument. After all two wrongs don't make a right. IMO, the failure of the Canadian Muslim community to accept homosexuality is a valid criticism.
  23. "Muslims truly stand out as being among the most enthusiastic group of Canadian patriots. More than eight in ten are very proud to be Canadian (more so than the nonMuslim population) and this sentiment has strengthened over the past decade, especially in Quebec. Strong religious identity notwithstanding, Muslims are as likely as others in this country to say their Canadian identity is very important. And they agree with other Canadians on what makes Canada a great country: its freedom and democracy, and its multicultural diversity. Their greatest dislike, not surprisingly, is the cold climate. Muslims increasingly express a strong sense of belonging to the country, and one manifestation is a high level of participation in last fall’s federal election. They also stand out as being upbeat about the direction of the country overall: nine in ten say it is moving in the right direction, a 10 point increase since 2006 and in contrast to declining confidence expressed by the non-Muslim population.... ...Muslims are as likely as nonMuslims to place strong value on diversity and connections between cultures. And they agree with other Canadians about the values that immigrants should be adopting when they settle in Canada – language fluency, tolerance and respect for others and different cultures, appreciation of Canadian history, and respect for the law." http://www.environicsinstitute.org/uploads/institute-projects/survey of muslims in canada 2016 - final report.pdf As you can see (by my bold excerpts) it is much more than just pride in Canada, clearly Muslim Canadians are not forming a nation within a nation.
  24. My interpretation of the Canadian Muslim survey shows that there is no evidence of the existence of a Muslim nation within our nation, and even less concern for a future development of such a nation. Besides, Canada already has multiple "nations within our nation", while this poses challenges it is not a threat.
  25. Thanks, but I was wondering more specifically: if the fact that the commanding officer was British, would it still be true that "... it was Canadians that lead their own troops into battle for the first time, instead of some other nation.....it was the first time we were not subservient to the British army......it was the first time we marched to our own drum...... "?
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