The Target Trump Is Afraid to Attack? Liberal Corporate Multiculturalism

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Donald Trump is known as a straight-talker. He is beloved by his fans for not being politically correct, for saying what he thinks and not caring who he might offend. 

Yet, Trump is still pandering, despite his reputation, because he does not have the guts to tell his followers the real Tea Party truth: Its not just the liberals in Washington that offend their core values, but the inexorable march of corporate cultural power. Like it or not, corporate America domesticates or marginalizes many traditional currents of American culture.

The anti-PC movement, like the Tea Party, is not just anti-liberal and anti-Washington, it is also, sometimes only subconsciously, anti-corporate. Read more

What Canadians really think about the refugee crisis

A new Ipsos poll, conducted Sept. 11-13, found that despite all the bad publicity, nearly four in 10 Canadians (38 per cent) still think the Harper Conservatives would “make the best decision for Canada on the Syrian refugee situation.” Thirty-two per cent named the NDP, and 30 per cent named the Liberals.

This doesn’t mean that people want Canada to take in more refugees immediately; a whopping 61 per cent oppose Mr. Trudeau’s proposal to bring in 25,000 refugees by year’s end.

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Opinion: Let’s welcome refugees generously, but abandon multiculturalism

What attitude should be taken when we face an immense refugee wave? Clearly, generosity is in order. Had the world applied this rule in the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of Jews may have escaped from genocide. Had generosity prevailed on all sides in the 1940s and 1950s, the Palestinian predicament, which is one of the root causes of the Middle East’s instability, may have been solved.

Unfortunately, most citizens are not very open to taking refugees. Except when a dramatic photo of a toddler on the beach stirs the conscience of the world or when the refugees are relatively few in number and very similar to the hosts, like the Hungarians of 1956 or the Huguenots in the 1680s, people fear for their jobs, worry about social unrest and simply have other priorities. Read more

Migrants are buying fake Syrian passports — and it could disrupt an already fragile political climate

The preferential treatment given to Syrian refugees has led migrants trying to reach Europe to try and pass as Syrians, precipitating a boom in the traffic of fake passports, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Because of the war that has raged in Syria for the last four years, most Syrians are automatically given refugee status under international law. Others have to go through a lengthier process and face having their request rejected.

The head of Europe’s border agency, Fabrice Leggeri, already warned about the emerging fake Syrian passport market a few weeks ago.

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Surrey British Columbia population almost doubled in two decades: United Way

“Surrey’s population growth appears to be occurring for a few reasons: birth rates that are higher in Surrey than in any of the four comparison municipalities in this report [Burnaby, Richmond, Vancouver and Metro Vancouver as a whole]; mortality rates that are slightly lower than in the rest of British Columbia and high immigration rates, where immigrants make up 40.5% of Surrey’s population with almost 36% having arrived in the last ten years,” the United Way said in the report.

The birth rate in Surrey is 13.5 births per 1,000 people. Across the province, the rate is 9.9 births per 1,000 people. In all, one out of every 10 births in B.C. takes place in Surrey.

 The city also had the highest proportion of multi-family households in Metro Vancouver.

In the 2014/15 school year, more than half of all students in the city spoke a language that was not English. The most common languages, besides English, were Punjabi, Mandarin, Tagalog and Hindi.

The survey also found that between 2010 and 2014, 929 government-assisted refugees settled in Surrey, comprising 27% of the total number of government-assisted refugees across the province.

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Sweden’s ugly immigration problem

In Europe, refugees from Syria and Iraq have been cramming the ferry-trains heading from Germany to Denmark. But once in Denmark, many refused to get off. Where they really want to go is Sweden, where refugee policies are more generous. When the Danes said no, they hopped off the trains, and began heading toward the Swedish border by taxi, bus, and foot.

Sweden has the most welcoming asylum policies and most generous welfare programs in the European Union. One typical refugee, Natanael Haile, barely escaped drowning in the Mediterranean in 2013. But the folks back home in Eritrea don’t want to know about the perils of his journey. As he told The New York Times, they want to know about “his secondhand car, the government allowances he receives and his plans to find work as a welder once he finishes a two year language course.” As a registered refugee, he receives a monthly living allowance of more than $700 (U.S.).

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Court clears way for Zunera Ishaq to become a Canadian citizen with her face covered by a niqab

OTTAWA — A Federal Court of Appeal panel has dismissed a government appeal over a ban on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies in what amounts to a major policy rebuke of the Harper government.

The three justices ruled from the bench, saying they wanted to proceed quickly so that Zunera Ishaq, the woman who initially challenged the ban, can obtain her citizenship in time to vote in the Oct. 19 federal election.

Ishaq, a 29-year-old woman with devout Muslim beliefs who came to Ontario from Pakistan in 2008, refused to take part in a citizenship ceremony because she would have to show her face. Read more

Charlie Hebdo stirs new controversy with migrant cartoons

PARIS: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is courting controversy again by running cartoons deriding the response of predominantly Christian European countries to a flood of migrants from mainly Muslim war zones such as Syria and Iraq.

The magazine became a symbol of freedom of speech after it was the target of a deadly attack by Islamist militants in January for publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

The latest edition has attracted renewed attention…

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Harper at odds with Canadian instinct to help in Syrian refugee crisis

The Globe and Mail is hosting a debate on the economy among the leaders of the three main political parties on Thursday at 8 pm (ET). 

Gerald Caplan is an Africa scholar, a former NDP national director and a regular panelist on CBC’s Power & Politics.

God knows he’s tried his best. Stephen Harper always said he intended to change the face of Canada if he could. He’d turn us from peacekeepers into warriors. But now we know he couldn’t.

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Syrian refugees: Are they really a threat to Canadian security?

Ron Atkey teaches national security law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is a former minister of employment and immigration, and was the first chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (1984-89).


There is something organic and uniquely Canadian taking place across this country as public support grows for decisive action in the wake of the photo of a body of a Syrian refugee child washed to shore on a beach in Turkey.

Yes, the faith-based groups have been out in front. And provincial governments are jumping on board with significant financial contributions toward Syrian refugee resettlement in Canada. Mayors of Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are sticking their necks out by encouraging private sponsors to partner with the federal government to make sure we do our part to assist in resolving one of the most serious refugee crises in our time. And the general public is clamouring to jump on board.

But there’s an elephant in the room: security. Are Syrian refugees potential threats to the safety of Canadians?

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