Douglas Todd: Racism, A Word To Use With Care

The Chinese head tax. The Komagata Maru incident. Japanese internment camps. Aboriginal residential schools.

These four events are often highlighted by academics and activists as the key elements of B.C. history; illustrating how the province’s residents were essentially racist.

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Group receives funding to combat racism

Teresa Wat, minister of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, announced $240,000 of grants to 24 communities that participate in BC Organizing Against Racism and Hate.

“Cultural diversity is vital to a strong and vibrant social and economic future for BC and acts of racism threaten that future,” stated Wat in a media release.

“Organizations like these funding recipients know the most effective ways to combat racism in their communities and I thank them for bringing the message of inclusivity to life throughout BC.” Read more

Hold a Referendum In North East BC on Syrian Refugees

I [Petition creator Bailie Hambrook] will send this petition to Bob Zimmer our current M.P. and Pat Pimm the local MLA and request that they help us set up a referendum.  It is my hope that a country wide referendum would occur as well.

The people of Canada should be asked if we would like to accept refugees or if we would rather send support in another form. Read more

Christy Clark creates $1-million fund to help Syrian refugees who settle in B.C

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has announced a $1-million fund to assist Syrian refugees who settle in her province, saying Canadians have a duty to share the good fortune with which they’ve been blessed – and she isn’t the only provincial leader unveiling new plans …

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