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dear-editor-typewriter-featureDear Editor:

Once in a while an event occurs that reveals the political character of a society; our MP Larry Miller's recent comments on the niqab are a case in point. In an interview on CFOS, Miller said: "I'm so sick and tired of people wanting to come here because they know it's a good country and then they want to change things before they even really officially become a Canadian... Like, frankly, if you're not willing to show your face in a ceremony that you're joining the best country ... if you don't like that or don't want to do that, stay the hell where you came from."
Miller's comments carry several racist assumptions that require unpacking. First, does Miller seriously think that a drive to 'change things' is entirely new within Canadian society? Miller ought to consider the place that his neck-tie, cowboy hat, or blue jeans, have in the history of this country. Reaching out to Chiefs Chegahno or Roote and asking them just how much settlers have changed the country would be a good place to start. Miller ignores the fact that Canada exists solely as a result of people coming here from elsewhere and changing what they found upon arrival. It is laughable at best, and colonial at worst, for someone as deeply embedded in the Canadian settler-colonial project as Miller to decry the way others comport themselves.

Larry-Miller-TwitterIn a March 16th article we transcribed MP Larry Miller's comments on the case of a woman who had earned her Canadian citizenship and wished to wear her traditional niqab at the ceremony.   He was speaking on a local radio phone-in show.  He has since confirmed his views, but apologized for and retracted his further comments.

We asked you if you felt "most Canadians" agreed with Mr. Miller's opinion. 

You have begun to respond....


gallery-board-featDear Mayor Boddy and Council Members,

I have followed the news of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board's plans for expansion with interest and enthusiasm, understanding the value that this wonderful art collection brings to life in Owen Sound. Like many Owen Sounders, I take pride in the City's designation as a "Cultural Capital." and supporting the creative arts has always been important to my family.

After attending last year's public meeting held by the Gallery Board, reading various newspaper articles, and hearing Michael Warren's recent radio comments on the subject of expansion, I am wondering if a different plan than the one that has been articulated might be considered...

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women-regAn Open letter to Prime Minister Harper:

Why should Canada have an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women? Somewhere in the deep dark history of this nation, the First Peoples of this land were relegated to the status of tenants as white European interlopers usurped their indigeneity. We can see the resounding echoes of that crime reflected in how non-native society interacts with the First Peoples of Canada. The marginalization and belittling legislative attacks on hearts, minds and souls of aboriginal peoples continues unabated here in Canada.


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