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Is immigration just child’s play economics

2012-05-26T00:26:43.268-05:00

Immigration as bad economics seems to belie the story that immigration is good for the economy.  Recent developments saw Greek citizens give 7% of their votes to the neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party.  One wonders if not for economics if the Golden Dawn party would have ever seen the light of day? Funny, or perhaps tragic that societies once harmonious with great economies are singing Kumbaya, holding hands on a mountaintop, with a coke and smile, with nary a racist word by the majority.  Then as the economy hits the proverbial crapper, once harmonious societies look for someone to blame, usually a race, culture or religion as the scapegoat.Of course politicians looking for power prey on the feeble minded telling them what they want to hear. Hitler and other dictorial nutjobs monopolize on that facet of human frailty with the masses when a economy goes South. Human nature, ain't it fickle? As European economies lay in tatters racists attitudes towards immigrants seems to be the catchall in solving a countries economic woes between the have and the have not. While racism has no place in any society, certainly reverse racism is an issue which shows its ugly head. Some may not call it reverse racism but more class against class which traverses all cultures, unfortunately brought to a new land by those looking for a better life. During the 1840s Irish potato famine Irish citizens flocked to North America, much to the outrage of North Americans. Irish Ghettos formed, riots ensued and culture shock was something North Americans found distasteful against their former countrymen, albeit European countrymen. Granted, some could say it was more about class versus class, but eventually the Irish assimilated into society reaching political office and attaining influence, despite those who were against them. In the 1989, East Germans were enjoying the fall of the Berlin wall, with west Germany celebrating in the streets at reunification of their fellow countrymen.  A mass exodus of east Germans to the west soon followed as east Germans went to where the jobs were, well paying jobs the west had to offer.  Celebrations soon turned to anger as west Germans saw their fellow east German countrymen taking over, certainly employers benefiting on paying less wages to east Germans had many west Germans rioting over losing jobs as natural born west Germans. An economic downturn was commencing.In 1997 Hong Kong, once a British colony reverted back to the Communist Chinese.  Since the mid to late 1980s a decade previous to this handover, Hong Kong citizens fearing the worst once under Communist Chinese rule swarmed to British Columbia and settled in Metro Vancouver. British Columbia (BC) citizens described in derogatory terms that these Hong Kong citizens drove up land prices as BC citizens found it increasingly impossible to purchase a home due to inflated real estate prices.Past and present BC governments of the day only too happy to secure Hong Kong investment chastised British Columbians for their racist attitudes, touting Diversity and Multiculturalism is what Canada is all about. In 2012, as in the past decades Hong Kong citizens are said to display culture shock forming into racist attitudes against mainland Chinese citizens. Certainly the Pot calling the Kettle black. An attitude similar to British Columbia’s citizens past and present against Hong Kong citizens who immigrated to British Columbia, though in this case most likely a class versus class culminating into reverse racism practiced by Hong Kong citizens. Hong Kong citizens are showing venomous outrage against millions of mainland Chinese who annually migrate to the city of Hong Kong, describing fellow countrymen as swarms of locusts descending on the city of Hong Kong consuming virtually everything in its path and then some.  Hong Kong citizens, who abhor their fellow countrymen, state their inability to speak their language, culture and manners, ranging from spitting in [...]



Immigration: Is the Canadian honeymoon over?

2012-05-26T00:10:54.253-05:00

Doug Sander's Globe and Mail piece on a theoretical infusion of ramping up immigration to 400,000 people annually in Canada is being met with harsh commentary by Canadians.Whose fault is it when Canadians are fed a steady diet by politicians and special interest groups that Canadians and Immigrants are enjoying a fairytale Honeymoon?Canadian comments  suggest Canadians are tired of constantly hearing about this mythical fairytale Honeymoon they are paying $23.6 billion dollars every year for year after year.Canadians it appears by a vast majority according to polls, may have decided the Canadian and Immigrant honeymoon is over and to cut our losses.Doug’s Saunders on the other hand proposes Canada increase immigration, not reduce it.  Doug feels our Canadian population should be 100 million people by the 22nd century and in order to achieve this we need to increase our current immigration numbers up to 400,000 immigrants each and every year. Statistics shows Canadians are paying $23.6 Billion dollars annually just to maintain our current level of just 250,000 immigrants a year. Increasing immigration to 400,000 people would cost the Canadian taxpayer around $37- 40 billion dollars each and every year. Canadians may have woken up as they fail to see the return on investment promised by every previous federal and provincial government.It is also believed that an additional 500,000 illegal immigrants are spread throughout Canada’s major cities blending into ethnic ridings such as Metro Vancouver and Toronto.Many believe government inaction in the past and present of finding illegal immigrants is due partly that illegal immigrants reside in large Liberal and NDP voting strongholds, and these politicians are reluctant to stir the melting pot within their own ethnic ridings.If estimates of $23.6 billion dollars for 250,000 legal immigrants are accurate, it is fair to say 500,000 illegal immigrants are costing the Canadian taxpayer $40 billion dollars or more, since they will most likely receive all the social benefits without paying taxes.Immigrants to Canada cost the federal government as much as $23-billion annuallyand “impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers,” according to a think-tank report released Tuesday that was immediately criticized as telling only part of the story.The Fraser Institute report (download the PDF hereor see it below) says newcomers pay about half as much in income taxes as other Canadians but absorb nearly the same value of government services, costing taxpayers roughly $6,051 per immigrant and amounting to a total annual cost of somewhere between $16.3-billion and $23.6-billion.Fraser InstituteJudging by the massive majority of negative responses to Doug Sanders story, those opposed would not even be alive once we make the 22nd century mark.  Canadians are looking out for the welfare of their own future progeny in the hopes they will enjoy better times ahead as we approach the 22nd century.Currently governments across Canada are professing they are in the poorhouse when it comes to delivering social programs. Programs ranging from Health Care, School funding to Welfare programs, including Unemployment Insurance as it appears unemployment is higher in many regions in Canada.While this shortfall cannot all be blamed on immigrants, it does show that Canadians and governments are strapped for cash to pay for these programs.  If our current level of 250,000 immigrants in Canada costs the Canadian taxpayer $6,051.00 for each immigrant man,woman and child, it is easy to see why Canadians would be adverse to ramping immigration to 400,000 immigrants annually.It seems likely an additional 150,000 immigrants a year will only add to the current burden to the Canadian economy.It is said we already have way too many immigrants who fail to have any language or job skills, other than menial labour skills, with very few with coming here with professional skills.  These are the primary detractors many C[...]



Herouxville Town Charter

2010-04-16T11:42:28.794-05:00

Municipalité HérouxvillePublication of StandardsThe social development and territory security are some of the major objective goals of the democratically voted individuals in our MRC. Hérouxvillebeing part of the MRC, we share these same objectives.To do this, we would like to invite, without discrimination, in the future, all people from outside our MRC that would like to move to this territory.Without discrimination means to us, without regard to race or to the color of skin, mother tongue spoken, sexual orientation, religion, or any other form of beliefs.So that the future residents can integrate socially more easily, we have decided unan-imously, to make public, certain standards already in place and very well anchored in the lives of our electors.These standards come from our municipal laws being Federal or Provincial, and all voted democratically. They also come from the social life and habits & customs of all residents of our territory.Our objective is to show that we support the wishes of our electors and this being shown clearly by the results of our poll regarding this issue. And our goal is to inform the new arrivals to our territory, how we live to help them make a clear decision to integrate into our area.We would especially like to inform the new arrivals that the lifestyle that they left behind in their birth country cannot be brought here with them and they would have to adapt to their new social identity.Published by The Mayor and 6 city counselors of Hérouxville, democratically elected. Municipalité Hérouxville The StandardsOur Women;We consider that men and women are of the same value. Having said this, we consider that a woman can; drive a car, vote, sign checks, dance, decide for herself, speak her peace, dress as she sees fit respecting of course the democratic decency, walk alone in public places, study, have a job, have her own belongings and anything else that a man can do. These are our standards and our way of life.However, we consider that killing women in public beatings, or burning them alive are not part of our standards of life.Our Children;Our children are required to attend public or private schools to insure their social development and to help integrate into our society. Any form of violence towards children is not accepted.Our Festivities;We listen to music, we drink alcoholic beverages in public or private places, we dance and at the end of every year we decorate a tree with balls and tinsel and some lights. This is normally called “Christmas Decorations” or also “Christmas Tree” letting us rejoice in the notion of our national heritage and not necessarily a religious holiday. These festivities are authorized in public, schools, and institutions and also in private.Our Health CareIn our old folks homes men and women are treated by responsible men and women. Please note that there is no law voted democratically that prohibits a woman treating a man and a man treating a woman. In our hospitals and CLSC’s woman doctors can treat men and women and the same for the men doctors. This same principle applies for nurses, firemen and women, ambulance technicians. These responsible people do not have to ask permission to perform blood transfusions or any task needed to save a life. For the last few years men have been allowed into the delivery room to assist in the birth of their baby. They have been with their wives to prenatal courses to help them in this task. In the said establishments the patients are offered traditional meals. There is often music playing in the background. There are magazines or news papers available and any other form of multimedia that shows our community spirit and our way of life.Our Education;In our schools certified men and women teach our children. The women or men teachers can teach boys or girls with no sexual discrimination. They do not have to dress any different to accomplish their tasks. In our schools the children cannot ca[...]



Peers or Jeers: Muslim women celebrated in new calendar.

2010-04-16T11:38:39.560-05:00

Shazia Javed a local photographer will be featuring a calendar of local Canadian Muslim women of distinction. Muslim women will be showcased as intelligent, thinking human beings, both as educators and in the everyday workforce. Ms. Javed's intent it seems is to dispel rumours about Muslim women, Muslim women many of us have witnessed as subservient females seen in Middle Eastern media footage. Some women, but not all, will wear head coverings. This story today will centre on the societal effects of the Hijab, Canadian teen females, body image and fashion in society, marketers and peer pressure all young ladies face. It is yet to be seen how this calendar will play out among younger pre and teen Canadian Muslim girls in Canada. Without the head covering or Hijab, could any Canadian tell the difference between a Canadian Muslim woman or any non Muslim Canadian woman? It is highly doubtful anyone could. Will a Canadian female Muslim teen look to this calendar as a role model to follow, which photo will she look upon favourably, the Hijab or the non Hijab photo? If a Canadian Muslim teenager, without her families strict influence were to choose, without interference or discipline, which photo would a young Muslim teen identify with? If the public reaction to Burka Barbie is any indication, young ladies may go with the non Hijab photos in order to conform to Canadian society. Teen girls, by and large are Daddy’s girls, the apple of a father’s eye, they can do no wrong. Yet when out as a group of female teens, for some reason the claws of conformity come out. Sometimes this extends to adulthood. There is a reason why girls are called “Catty”! What chance would a young Canadian Muslim girl have wearing a Hijab, growing up, wanting acceptance, especially in a public high school setting? Young ladies today, trying to fit in, regardless if they are Muslim, wear a Hijab or anything that singles them out as different can be the victim of jeers amongst their female peers, including boys, a mother and a father’s worst nightmare. It would be nice if those who throw cruel taunts at others could see the consequences of their actions through a parent's eyes. Unless a young Muslim girl attends a Muslim school, much like the Catholic schools and school uniforms of old, they will be seen as different. Some in society forget that! Little of us remember a time pre 1970s, head coverings were the norm for women, especially many women would don them when entering church on Sunday. My, how times have changed. We all remember media stories and Canadian public outrage when it was reported that Canadian Sikh school boys wearing a dagger (Kirpan) for religious purposes was seen by some as a danger to their non dagger carrying children. Yet for many Canadian and American baby boomers, Boy scouts included, carrying a pocket knife to school was a normal everyday occurrence, a rite of passage to manhood. Were mass murders committed? Hell No, maybe a few school yard foot injuries from knife throwing games, but rarely were knives used in anger. 1960’s Liberal policy changed all that, in their quest to protect society from anything sharp and pointy. It is yet to be seen how this Muslim women calendar will play out, some men in particular some Muslim men on the extreme side may take exception to any women shown in photos, but if it takes a calendar to show Muslim women in Canada in a positive light, showcasing a woman can be anything they choose, then, perhaps it is a calendar whose time has come. Time will tell if this calendar will be a big seller marketing wise amongst young Muslim teens who wish to fit in among their Canadian teenage peers. Society and Abercrombie and Fitch style marketing and other Tween fashionista's have ensured of that. As parents, not matter what we say or do, we may find all young ladies growing up will be reluctant to walk down the road less traveled, but if their independenc[...]



Obama war on terror: Will Islam ever stand up to Islamic extremists?

2010-04-16T11:37:44.352-05:00

The United Nations (U.N) food aid program in Somalia has been suspended indefinitely due to concerns of food aid worker safety and increased demands for security payments to Islamic militants operating in lawless Somalia. This may result in the starvation of a million people caused by these Islamic militants. Though there are different Islamic militants worldwide, they all seem to have a different agenda. One thing is clear, the agenda is not peace, but terror. Many Islamic terrorists feel they are freedom fighters for the people. Which people the terrorists are referring to is anyone's guess, certainly not innocent Muslim women, men and children gathering in the marketplace who all share the Islamic faith. They seem to thrive on terrorizing innocent Muslim people who on a daily basis take their lives in their hands not knowing if they will get home alive, when all they are trying to do is to get groceries as they walk around with an imaginary bullseye on forehead. Terror comes in many forms, from bombing innocent men, women and children, to placing countries on high alert and forcing society to profile for the public good or paranoia, it is all terror in some form or another. Psychological terror also comes to countries such as Canada, far removed from the violence, bullets and suicide bombers. Though have had our share of so called Canadian terror cells and humanitarian agencies masking their true intent, as cultural groups who take to the streets in protest over the drop of a Hijab. All groups fall under suspicion whether they like it or not. Terror does not always have to end in death, inconvenience can be a form of terror, as many subconsciously submit to hours standing in airport line ups or border crossings as armed guards question and second guess if your belongings contain explosives. Terror profiling comes with questioning or detainment by authourities as agencies look to weed out terrorism and never assume innocent until proven guilty, it is a reversal brought on by suspected acts of terror. Ottawa's Somali community have charged profiling of their young males who always seem to get picked out of the blue by our Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agency for questioning. This inflames the sensibilities of Somali's who feel they are being unfairly looked at as subversives or terrorist groups. The recent story of Somali extremists in Canada being suspected of terrorist activities during the Obama Inauguration added fuel to the fire. There is also the question that many non Somali Canadians who made a run for the border to attend Obama's Inauguration may not have undergone similar profiling or questioning. Islam profess to be a kind and benevolent religion, with over a billion followers in almost every country around the globe. Islam also condemn these terrorist acts. Many question now, if you are a billion strong and such a tight knit community, why have Islamic groups not put a stop to the terrorism? Terrorism in which your own Muslim brethren are starved, imprisoned, terrorized or killed by these Islamic terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia, an Islamic state has more money than GOD, certainly they along with other Muslims (a billion strong) who follow the Islamic faith could kick in a few bucks and a couple of million of God's soldiers to fight these Islamic terrorists and put a stop to all this? Many feel that an immediate call to arms is in order, an easy accomplishment if you are truly horrified by these terrorist acts, especially against the West as you say! This, considering many make the West their home, so we must be doing something right? Notwithstanding the West sending our Western sons and daughters to fight and die on your behalf for your fellow oppressed Islamic citizens in order to help preserve your Muslim way of life in your own domain. Remember and never forget, it was your followers of the Islamic faith [...]



Canada Citizenship: Rule of Law

2010-04-16T11:36:39.467-05:00

Let’s face it, western countries have rules of law, whether in the home or society, without rules there would be chaos. Some rules seem just, some unfair, majority rules, our rights and freedoms and laws are what makes Canada one of the greatest democracies in the world. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Minister Jason Kenney has modified a new set of rules for newcomers to Canada to follow in the Discover CanadaThe Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship in a special section on "The Equality of Women and Men." The news breaking story is featured in the Ottawa Sun, titled barbaric rituals, a no-no feds warn. The new rules were put in place as it seemed that barbaric rituals such as honour killings, genital mutilations and other horrific acts against persons and young women in particular, though rare, were starting to become media headlines, suggesting this was becoming too commonplace in Canada. Canada decided (it seems) to reiterate the what most of us know is common sense and unacceptable in a civilized society and not to be tolerated. Strangely enough, these new set of rules seem to mirror, in part, a rule of norms established three years ago by the citizens of Herouxville, Quebec. Herouxville, Quebec, a small rural farming village of 1,300 people had passed a town charter in 2007 with a rule of norms titled Our way of life in Quebec, of which one section states barbaric rituals against humanity will not be tolerated in Herouxville. Rules, which the Herouxville citizens led by town councilor Andre Drouin, needed to include in their town charter so newcomers would know in advance what is expected of them before making a decision whether to live and work in Herouxville. Needless to say once this rule of norms was made public, Herouxville soon found itself suffering the slings and arrows of ridicule, being the butt of jokes with accusations of racism from the media, the public and politicians alike. Herouxville town councilor Andre Drouin soon found him giving media interviews and defending their town’s charter to the world. Surprisingly, the world listened, and the response was mind boggling. Worldwide responses from both Canadians and the world for the most part was positive, squelching the race baiting voices of Canadian media and politicians who previous screamed to the rafters that Herouxville attitudes have no place in world affairs, yet alone trying to make a difference. The end result culminated into a provincial election issue with Quebec Premier Jean Charest setting up the provincial Taylor Bouchard commission on reasonable accommodation for newcomers to Canada. This firestorm of controversy continued when Andre Drouin suggested that the federal government’s Citizenship and Immigration Canada would do well to include a similar rule of norms in Canadian Consulates the world over so newcomers would be informed in advance what Canada is all about before deciding if Canada is to their liking. In ending: Too many newcomers it seems get their ideals of the West from television series such as old 1980s-1990 reruns such as Dynasty, Dallas and Baywatch are still shown and quite popular in their countries. Though these are American shows and really, really cheesy ones at that. It seems some citizens in these countries know the difference, western society is all much the same to some. But then did we all believe Borat? Apparently some did! One has to wonder, is this what we wish to convey what our society is like to the world? Let’s face it, one only has to pick up a paper or watch reality TV today to see why most newcomers have an unrealistic view of the west. So now in 2009, we come full circle, it seems the federal government department Citizenship and Immigration Canada has had a rethink and decided that perhaps outlining what Canada is all about is a good thing. To quote Margaret Mead a noted anthropologi[...]



Ann Coulter's O Canada

2010-04-16T11:34:05.854-05:00

Ann Coulter, a smoking hot, legs to eternity U.S. right wingist, lawyer, conservative entertainer and political dancist is making headlines this week in the Canadian and US media. Ann Coulter, always a treat to those who follow her antics, seems to enjoy taking her well manicured fingernail in picking at the scabs of liberal hypocrisy. One example of liberal hypocrisy seems to stem from Ottawa University's Provost Francois Houle letter apprising Ann Coulter in advance of her arrival to the great white north, warning Ann to tone it down a notch so as not to contravene Canada's hate laws. Ann took this letter to heart and filed a human rights complaint, outlying that her rights to free speech were being violated. After all, Ottawa University routinely brings in speakers who speak in similar tomes against Israel, western conservative values, except Muslim ultra strict conservative values, or anything remotely right of centre. The difference being, free speech is only free if those ideals are shared by the student body whose ideology is taught and ingrained by University academics who misdirected goal in life is to mold tomorrows young minds with their own personal political ideology. Decades ago this used to be called cult brainwashing, but in universities it seems to be an accepted norm, as long as it is in an educational setting.A mass protest at the University of Zero certainly did not wane Ann's attempt to dispense her unique spin of "How she would rule the world, even if for one day" to the media and to her followers, as Parliament Hill was on her bucket list. Ms. Coulter certainly has a lot to say in her O Canada, refuting free speech, a mainstay of Canada and universities, especially Ottawa University or in her words a bush league University of Zero. Ann Coulter certainly gets paid handsomely as speaker, up to $10,000 a pop, by those attendees who faithfully gather to hear her speak her mind on various diverse topics ranging from liberal governments, religion,environment, politicians, middle east, social programs, multiculturalism and anything that comes to her mind at the moment. Vancouver's average Joe or Jane six pack also speak publicly on similar topics, though are not paid as handsomely, nor amass a similar national following and if so, most likely would be regaled to the local street corner protests on Hastings street or the Vancouver public library square, masked, with protest signs in hand. So what is the difference between the two? Entertainment, Marketing and a ready and willing liberal and conservative audience waiting to either protest or attend her functions, either way Ann has cornered the market on controversy, with media outlets eagerly looking to fill a slow news day and protesters looking for the next excuse to take to the streets. In the end, security concerns for Ann's safety resulted in her speech being canceled, though it is said she still collected her speakers fee, said to amount to 10K. Calgary, Alberta is her next whistle stop and believed to be more receptive to hear Ann's wisps of wisdom. To be sure, Ontario, in particular the University of Zero will be one topic Ann will discuss at length, with thundering applause by Albertan's who since the Trudeau implemented National Energy Program of the 1960's are tired of Easterner's suckling at the Western Financial Teat. With Ann's anti Canadian stance it is not known if Ann accepts her fee in Canadian or U.S. funds, but the saying when "Money Talks, Bullshit Walks". Love Ann or hate her, one thing for sure is Ann wins regardless.[...]



Sherif Emil: Tolerating the intolerant

2010-04-16T11:31:09.959-05:00

Sherif Emil, a Montreal physician and freelance writer knows firsthand about Canada's futile attempts in trying to accommodate the unreasonable when it comes other cultures who demand Canadians be tolerant of their customs and views. The biggest issue facing Canadians is the issue of the niqab, which is gaining infamy in western countries who are implementing laws to ban it. Canada on the other hand is not banning it, but requesting those who don it, must remove it when requesting government services or banking. While many Canadians see the niqab as an affront against women, many women of Muslim faith feel it is their choice, not Canadians. Then there is the issue of Canada's Multiculturalism and Diversity used by groups for their own agenda and a sore point for many, Canadians, who feel it is not being used as it is intended. Many Canadians feel it is being misused by cultural groups and human rights tribunals as loopholes and catch-22s in achieving their goals which may be contrary to Canada's law or social mores. Everything from special meals demanded for those of a culture who are incarcerated for crimes committed in Canada, to showing ones face on a drivers licence to arranged marriages all go against the grain of Canada's sensibilities. This also includes wanting to govern people of their own culture an religion accordingly, without Canadian laws interfering with their decision, Sharia law is one example which raises the cackles of many Canadians. It seems while some cultures enjoy the benefits of Canada, like freedom and democracy, there are cultures who do not desire to put Canada first when it comes to loyalty or adhering to our laws. Cultural groups whose organizations are banned in Canada as fronts for terrorist organizations has many of these organizations up in arms, as they feel since their organization is not a threat to Canada, Canada should stay out of it. The problem being setting up terror cells to organize to terrorize another country far, far away and in relative safety and out of gun shot range in Canada is not something Canada wishes to be known for in Western Society. Many cultures to this day, disregard our laws in this and continue to operate trumping their own cultural laws over ours. On the other hand certain cultures abhor women's rights, abortion, gay lifestyles, freedom of expression or Canada's laws or lifestyle choices, ye tll choose to immigrate to Canada knowing full well of our society, yet wish to change it to their liking either through legislation or protest. Cultures, which express through the human rights tribunal, the media, or in protest and demand Canada and all Canadians must accommodate their whims or religious ideology, for Canada's Multicultural and Diversity ideals state we must. What is good for the goose, does not seem good for the gander when it comes to religious tolerance or ideologies of other cultures here and abroad. The issue of some cultures have towards other cultures indifference showing a hypocrisy if brought to their attention, can and has resulted in these same cultures to bring charges of intolerance, extending to hate crimes or discrimination to those who point out such hypocrisies. The issue of Islam and the Judeo christian theology in Canada and the world over shows Islamic Muslims are not tolerant of any other religion but their own. Muslims are traditionally Conservative in their beliefs, with Islamic Muslims Ultra Conservative, yet both Conservatives ally with Liberals, who by all rights and sensibilities should be adversaries at every turn. But, the liberals invented the ideals of multiculturalism and diversity, though these conservative Muslims abhor these ideals, they are free to pick and choose what suits their goals for the interim. This alliance between the two strange bedfellows seems to be [...]



Hérouxville spreads to rest of Canada

2010-04-16T11:41:33.428-05:00

Herouxville, a small Quebec village, just north east of Montreal was virtually unknown to many Canadians and the world a scant three years ago. Herouxville with a population of 1,200 people is not unlike many of the small quaint farming communities which dot the Canadian landscape. The landscape and culture which Herouxville hold dear was interrupted when Herouxville became worldwide news in 2007, when the townspeople watching the world around them change, and not for the better, decided they wish to maintain their own little piece of god's green earth. The townspeople spoke and the town's councilor Andre Drouin listened, a rarity amongst most politicians. Herouxville decided to implement a code of conduct in their town charter. Now as town charter's, bylaws, rule of norms go, every town, city and society have them, these charters are implemented by the people for the people for their elected representatives to draft and put into law. Granted some bylaws and charters may go against the grain of other citizens outside Herouxville town boundaries, but the town charter must be respected. Tofino, British Columbia, West Vancouver to name a few drafted a bylaw forbidding large commercial coffee and food chains from entering their towns, much to the dismay of the coffee culture seen everyday in downtown Vancouver, where one would be hard pressed not to see a pedestrian walking around with an ever present cardboard Starbucks cup in hand or a McDonald's bag. Big box store protests, building height restrictions, a thorn with many Vancouver's citizen is another, by those who do not wish to change their landscape or block their sea or mountain views, thus changing their neighbourhood charm. Not to mention those who want no part of replicating US cities and their thirst for culture of consumerism. Herouxville wishes the same in some respects, though culturally speaking were adamant at keeping cultures whose practices and norms were not in keeping with the town's values. Once Herouxville made it known that cultures whose past, present and future barbaric practices such as honour killings, niqabs, sharia law, kirpans or it's harsh treatment of fellow human beings, such as stoning women, or religious mantras which claim religions not in keeping with theirs are to be considered infidels are not welcome in their community. Now Canadians abhor violence against women, children and men, we are a generous nation when it comes to immigrants. It is a given, cultural or religious inspired violence against people in Canada is rare and seldom practiced, with laws in this country to mete out harsh punishments for such actions. So why implement a Town Charter forbidding such acts, if our laws already state it is illegal and not in keeping with Canada's culture? Well if truth be known, contrary to our laws, it goes on with some cultural groups in other parts of the world and yes, even in Canada. Notwithstanding, worldwide media, public and politicians jumped on the Herouxville story once town councilor Andre Drouin let the townspeople's wishes be known to the world. Accusations of racism, bumpkins, Not in my Canada and other diatribes soon found Herouxville front and centre in the world news. Canadian Politicians postulated, Commissions, commissioned reports on Reasonable Accommodation, armchair pundits, punditted, national polls, polled, immigration groups screamed from the rooftops and religious and cultural groups theorized what this meant for them, while some Canadians ranted pro and con on the Trudeau inspired Multiculturalism and Diversity, the Canadian charter of rights etc. It seems everyone had something to say, with the majority not listening to Herouxville's side, leading many Canadian's to take media reports, rumour and innuendo at face value, such as[...]



Herouxville Wins: One group of People Can Make a Difference in Canada.

2008-11-01T13:34:34.460-05:00

http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=921413A ground swell of support by Quebecers over reasonable accommodation by those who wish to impose their views on La Belle Province has changed Quebec as a force to be reckoned with forever, with the introduction of a New Quebec Immigration Bill, introduced by the Quebec Provincial Government in October 2008. Many have said, one person or group of individuals cannot make a difference in the World. The small town of Herouxville and it's citizens have proved the World Wrong!It is a hard fought day for all people who feel Right Makes Right, regardless of what those who wish to change the cultural landscape of Quebec to suit their self perceived political gain or media opinion to sell newspapers.Other provinces across Canada, as well as citizens, politicians and media from all over the world took notice when in 2006 Herouxville "Dare State the Obvious. "Reasonable Accommodation" was not Reasonable at all when it is "complicit" in "losing our Cultural Identity,Customs, Language and National Identity as Canadians." For 400 years, We fought and died for those rights, and do not wish them to be taken away by anyone! Not now or ever!Time will tell if other Provinces and Countries will take a cue from Herouxville's "Motto" ... When in Rome.... You are Roman......Our Laws, Our Culture, Our Country, If you wish to immigrate here,and live amongst us,then all are welcome, just do not try and change us, for we are Quebecois, We are Canadian, we are a country of two languages French and English. No Canadian would ever think of changing your customs, religion, language or laws if we chose to immigrate to your country. Again, When in Rome....Live as a Roman.Either Love us, or Leave us, the Choice is yours."Immigration" to any country is a "Privilege, not a Right!" "Please Remember that!"Herouxville winsAnd that's a good thingNational Post Published: Friday, October 31, 2008So it becomes official: The tiny town of Herouxville has won the great argument over "reasonable accommodation" of immigrants to Quebec.In 2007, Herouxville's municipal council passed an official code of "life standards" designed to advise new Quebecers (though there were none in town yet) of the province's culture norms. We do not, the code said, practise polygamy, separation by caste, sex discrimination or segregation or honour killing. Although it is a secular society, Quebec does observe traditional Christian holidays and has buildings and streets named after great Christian figures. Boys and girls play together in our parks and public facilities, and your doctor or lawyer or MP might be a woman. Get used to it.Herouxville's code is rambling, deliberately provocative and in parts just plain weird. But what mostly made it controversial -- in this culturally relativistic age -- was the core idea that Quebecers had the right to consciously impose any cultural expectations at all upon immigrants. And that idea has now been taken up by the government of Quebec, which announced Wednesday that it will require newcomers to sign a declaration promising to participate in the "shared values" of the Quebecois people.The province's neo-Herouxvillian document is simpler and much less objectionable than the original model -- but it surely never would have been adopted in the first place if the little community hadn't thrown down the gauntlet. From now on, immigrants entering Quebec will have to indicate their understanding and agreement that Quebec is a pluralist, liberal-democratic society where French is the official language, the sexes are equal, church and state are separate and secular law takes precedence over religion, though everyone is free to observe his own faith.If a sign of liberalism's lamentable journey from egalitarian origins to cheap identity politics were needed,[...]



Bouchard Taylor Commission

2007-11-01T04:18:46.891-05:00

The Bouchard-Taylor Commission, was established as an inquiry criss-crossing Quebec to hear from the public on "reasonable accommodations" of religious and ethnic minorities. Following the inquiry Mr. Andre Drouin on behalf of the citizens of Herouxville spearheaded Reasonable Accomodation and after the inquiry Mr. Drouin was interviewed on National Television to state the case on behalf of the Citizens of Herouxville, Quebec and on behalf of all Canadians who feel strongly about the following Commission on Accommodation. The response from the national television interview was to say the least a resounding success, garnering a positive viewer response not only from Canadians but from viewers via emails from around the world.The following was presented to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission Consultation on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences on October 24, 2007.BY: MR. ANDRÉ DROUIN AND MR. BERNARD THOMPSON CITIZENS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF HÉROUXVILLE, QUÉBEC. Hérouxville, September 6th 20071. FOREWORDWe wish to thank the members of the Commission for giving us the opportunity to propose a viable solution to the numerous interrogations raised by reasonable accommodations.In reference to his mandate, last February 19th, the co-president of this Commission, Mr. Charles Taylor declared to Mr. Antoine Robitaille, journalist at Le Devoir “I am thinking more in terms of a limited formula that will allow us to conclude our mandate within the anticipated one year time-limit.” It’s goal will not be to end the debate, nor define the solution, but rather to provoke discussion. Recently, last August, Quebec’s Prime Minister, Mr. Jean Charest once more stated this Commission would not bring any solution. Therefore our report will not be an extension of the actual debate nor a census tool for religious or other assented accommodations in Quebec’s recent history.The study of cause-effect relationships brings us to realize that the question of accommodation is a consequence as such of the perverse effect caused by the absence of clear policies in matters of social management. In our view, a Commission having as its main mandate the discussion of the symptom will never be able to establish the corollaries between the said symptom, it’s effect and the presence of a solution. It would be necessary, first of all, to define the causes that brought such a political situation in Quebec. It is those causes that we will strive to present to you, and particularly the solution we recommend. We thus present this report following the large popular support we received within Quebec and other Canadian provinces.2. OUR APPROACHHaving been closely involved in the famous “Hérouxville Affair”, we believe that we have the necessary argumentation to demonstrate the vast majority of Quebec citizens will soon loudly call for a solution identical to ours, and such, regardless of their country of origin, their culture or their religious adherence.We do not represent the opinion of any political parties present in Quebec, and would be unable to clearly define ourselves as communitarists, liberals, conservatives, pluralists, right wing, left wing, multi-culturalists, not even as agents of positive or negative liberty.We have been called names such as morons, liars, xenophobes, fascists, selfish, obscurantists, dictators, nationalists, secularists, nazis, racists, bizarre, idiots, anti-everything, hollow, a nuisance for regional development, mentally deficient, intolerant, stupid, retarded, one step behind, an isolated case, and a shame for Quebec abroad. Oddly enough, most of these names came from people of the ruling classes, the elected and the non-elected, and from people considered to be part of the intellectual elite. We would also like to menti[...]



Herouxville Lifestyle

2007-04-18T22:04:39.935-05:00

Herouxville Photographer and Naturalist François Gervais shot this beautiful pastural vista titled 'Rang des Pointes' near his mother's home in the summer of 2003. The citizens in the Town of Herouxville, Quebec for over a century have enjoyed a quality of life in peaceful beautiful rural pastural settings, with clean crisp air, country roads, farmers markets, country stores, community events, music, dances, festivals and celebrations, complete with old homesteads and ranches, rolling hills,bowhunting and fly fisherman's paradise with unspoiled crystal clear lakes and streams, reminiscent of memorable times past in what some describe as a Andy Griffith Mayberry County style existence, a naturalist’s and artist’s dream. Hokey as it may sound, it is true in most respects of most rural Canadian and American small towns everywhere, a safe and peaceful community with minimal crime, hard working, church going people, who are quick to smile and laugh as well as help one in need. As a Town we are a close knit neighbourly community who cherish our longstanding values, morals and traditions which have maintained us in a way of life envied by many crime ridden, traffic congested cities where most citizens live side by side with others for years and yet never congregate, support or get to know their neighbours and get involved in their communities. Granted our Town Charter drafted with the assistance of our townsfolk has been portrayed by some as racist. The Citizens of Herouxville are extremely upset by this comment as it is contrary to our Christian values and would like to emphatically state nothing could be further from the truth. As Quebecois Canadians we are only stating to the world informing them of our way of life is vitally important to us, much like the way of life amongst other cultures is important to them. For us to change our ways and tradition to accommodate others who wish to live here is like asking our country’s respected founding First Nation’s Culture to incorporate Dutch traditions and wear wooden shoes and erect Windmills in their community. Our requests we feel are quite reasonable for anyone who wishes to live amongst us and no more unreasonable than if we were to live in another country and insist a Catholic Church, Saint Jean Baptiste, Wine Harvest celebrations are to be included in their customs and beliefs. A wise Huron elder once stated; A starving Family does not complain about the bounty of the hunt if they chose not to contribute to the hunt. Wise words spoken by our First Nations about community and an analogy similar to our beliefs. Gays are human beings,they have the right to love each other in peace and not judged by the public. We are much better off with that situation than with countries at war. A police woman in Montreal that can't arrest a man because of his religion, or young girls that can't swim in the same pool where young boys are, or a woman doctor that can't touch a male patient because of his religion, or women that can no longer take their men to pre-natal course because some religious groups stop them, all these so called exceptions are direct infringements to our Canadian basic principles of men being equal to women. I am proud that our Canada Prime Minister travels to China to invite them to have more respect towards Human Rights. Our Prime Minister should also travel across Canada to promote the same vision.Herouxville would like to reiterate that all are welcome to live here, just know who we are, assimilate, respect and not change our way of life, traditions and values and live amongst us as a welcomed and valued member of our community. If we were in your country we would strive to do the same. In ending we offer a wonderful rural way of life to all those who[...]



Herouxville's Open Letter to Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

2007-04-06T22:44:12.950-05:00

Mr. Jean Charest (Premer of Quebec)I am Andre Drouin, town councilor for Herouxville. The electorates democratically elected me to represent them. They have also elected me in charge of project "Herouxville".This project started with our long term (10yr.) development planning for our municipality and our forecast for what was needed to do so. One piece of information that stood out was the . After studying this situation we’ve decided that the cause is that the new immigrants don’t know our habits and customs before choosing Canada for their new home.After summarizing who we are in a document of three (3) pages, we sent this document along to five (5) of your ministers and to two (2) Federal ministers requesting that it be incorporated into the information process for future immigrants to Canada. Being in charge of this project for the Herouxville electorates and knowing the modern methods of communications, this request should have taken five (5) seconds to execute. More than Thirty (30) days have passed and I have only received message received confirmations. Coming from a remote village, I now realize that this problem is global (worldwide). I find it worrisome that we refuse a people the right to describe and affirm just who they are here in Quebec, Canada, and anywhere else in the world. In ten (10) days, and only in Quebec, 6 of these requests (reasonable accommodations) have been accepted, which I find more and more absurd. Generally people talk and criticize about the problems facing them. Being in charge of this project, I’ve clearly described the problem, and have proposed a potential solution. "Proposed Solution" which you can find along with this document.I hope that you don’t slow this project down by deviating from the principal subject, as I must remind you that my electorates and 85% of the citizens of Quebec await your answer. To know the difference between an isolated case and a global situation seems very important to me and must I remind you, the people of Herouxville await my answer, and I will get my answer. I leave you in charge of this project, project "Herouxville". We believe that with your success you will make Herouxville the cradle of the Democratic Renascence.Thank-you for your collaboration.Andre DrouinN.B If you were to find that you are not responsible for the actions needed to settle this, please forward it to the person that will, and inform those who await an answer.Actual Situation People decide to move to another country. The people of the country of choice welcome them. The new comers ask that we adapt to them.Results Totally absurd situation where the founding population auto-destruct. Destruction of the patrimony of welcoming country. Creation of social tensions. (We have not seen anything yet….) Forming of ghettos. (We have not seen anything yet….) Unbearable conditions for all. Division urban centers / regions. Country unstable and weak. Why the accommodations A) The immigrants do not know our customs before leaving their country. Probability = 100% B) The integrating immigrants want to provoke us. Probability = Unknown (to be analyzed) To be analyzed when = Now Note: 1) Global phenomenon. Why? 2) Come mostly from 4 groups. Why? In Quebec 85% do not agree to this and it continues. Why? Globally. Why? Desired Situation People decide to move to another country. Other people welcome them in their country. The new arrivals adapt to the host country.N.B If necessary the new arrivals can ask of their God to accommodate them in t[...]



Reasons in Part why Herouxville decided to ACT Now to preserve our Town, Lifestyle and Beliefs.

2007-04-13T21:53:33.132-05:00

Dear Visitors to our Town Charter weblog. The face on the woman in the Photo speaks volumes about the loving doctrines of Islam.What started Herouxville drafting a Herouxville Town Charter this year,began in part due to a number of issues reported in the media this year (2006-2007) affecting all Canadians, below is just a small brief summary of the Canadian media reported FACTS;FACT # 1Ms. Manji an outspoken and practising Canadian Muslim woman and authour in the media has received numerous death threats from Islamist organisations and or members of the Muslim community. Herouxville citizens were dismayed that in this day and age a Canadian who speaks her mind frankly would be targeted by a so called benevolent religion of Islam. FACT # 2Quebec Bureaucrats felt a similar threat from Imams and the Muslim community over Veils not being removed during voting at the polls, Herouxville stated in the media, to install female polling members at voting stations would resolve all this, but of course that story never made the light of day in the media.FACT # 3Canadian Politicians were actually serious in considering allowing Shari Law in the Canadian Courts to accommodate Muslim Men, anyone who knows about Sharia Law, knows it's brutality. FACT # 4Accommodation for certain religious cultural issues in the media reported that Female Police officers, Female Prison Guards and female Military personnel must use discretion when dealing with men of certain religious cultures who do not wish females in authority to question them, touch them, arrest them as it is demeaning to their religious belief, and to "Please call a man to do this"! Herouxville citizens as well as Canadians were outraged by this, and feel any person male or female who risk themselves and put themselves in harms way to protect our way of life and country must submit to such disrespect and degradation in not allowing to fulfill their sworn duties as policewomen, soldiers and other enforcement personnel is a travesty to all of us in Canada. Herouxville felt if this type of accommodation were to continue against women, they would be reduced to a laughing stock by men who would relish in seeing women go back to the dark ages. FACT # 5Cultural and Honour Killings of women in Vancouver, and Toronto a few times a year featured in the media. Well being a small town where everybody knows one another, a meeting was held as Herouxville felt if this a vision of things to come, when the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms state all are equal in the eyes of god, well Herouxville watched that little piece of paper go right into the toilet as Politicans were considering Sharia Law which state not all are equal in the eyes of God, because religious beliefs insist on special treatment and accommodation of Muslim men. Again, Herouxville felt if this type of accommodation were to continue against women, they would be reduced to a laughing stock by men who would relish in seeing women go back to the dark ages. FACT #6A Female teacher who disciplines a Muslim boy must respect his belief women are inferior to men, because of his culture. Once again,Herouxville citizens felt if this type of accommodation were to continue against women, they would be reduced to a laughing stock by men who would relish in seeing women go back to the dark ages. Herouxville are not against any religious faith per say. as long as it does not degrade or prevent others from living in peace and prosperity. But the Islamic faith not allowing children, boys and girls to socialize, swim together, interact as human beings. By prohibiting this boys will think they are special, and later superior and grow up to treat all Canadian women as subservient and as second[...]