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In 1967, the birth of modern Canada - The Globe and Mail

1967 is the hinge upon which modern Canadian history turns and, in certain respects, the key to understanding the challenges of the next half-century.

Today, we live in the country shaped by the decisions and transformations of 1967, far more than by the events of 1867.

Let me make the case, then, that 1967 was Canada’s first good year. We should spend this year celebrating not the 150 th year of Confederation, but the 50th birthday of the new Canada.

But let me also make the case that our conventional story about the birth of second-century Canada is largely wrong. We like to believe that starting in the late 1960s, a series of political decisions, parliamentary votes, court rulings and royal commissions descended upon an innocent, paternalistic, resource-economy Canada and forced upon it an awkward jumble of novelties: non-white immigration, bilingualism, multiculturalism, refugees, indigenous nationhood, liberation of women and gays, the seeds of free trade, individual rights, religious diversity.

But the explosions of official novelty that were launched in and around 1967 weren’t a cause; they were an effect of profound changes that had taken place in Canadians themselves during the two decades after the war, in their thinking and their composition and their attitude toward their country, in Quebec and English Canada and in indigenous communities.

There is a solid line leading from the events of 1967 to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982: It was impossible to have a Canada of multiple peoples, as we discovered was necessary in the late 1960s, without having a Canada of individual people and their rights.

....Individual rights, Quebecois consciousness, indigenous shared-sovereignty status and cultural plurality weren’t the only inevitable outcomes of the 1967 moment. What Canada witnessed over the next two decades was a self-reinforcing spiral of events that often sprung directly from the centennial-era awakening of a postcolonial consciousness.
Doug_Saunders  anniversaries  1967  nostalgia  nationalism  '60s  turning_points  centenaries  pride  Pierre_Berton  Canada  Canada150  national_identity  aboriginals  postcolonial  symbolism  John_Diefenbaker  Lester_Pearson  multiculturalism  Quebecois  Quiet_Revolution  monoculturalism  land_claim_settlements  immigration  royal_commissions  sesquicentennial  Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms  Confederation  retrospectives 
january 2017 by jerryking
For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance
JULY 13, 2016 | - The New York Times | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE.

The resentment among whites feels both old and distinctly of this moment. It is shaped by the reality of demographic change, by a decade and a half of war in the Middle East, and by unease with the newly confident and confrontational activism of young blacks furious over police violence. It is mingled with patriotism, pride, fear and a sense that an America without them at its center is not really America anymore.

In the months since Mr. Trump began his campaign, the percentage of Americans who say race relations are worsening has increased, reaching nearly half in an April poll by CBS News. The sharpest rise was among Republicans: Sixty percent said race relations were getting worse.

And Mr. Trump’s rise is shifting the country’s racial discourse just as the millennial generation comes fully of age, more and more distant from the horrors of the Holocaust, or the government-sanctioned racism of Jim Crow.
Campaign_2016  Patrick_Buchanan  decline  deindustrialization  multiculturalism  globalization  race_relations  Donald_Trump  resentments  grievances  political_correctness  white_identity  identity_politics  bigotry  race_card  birthers  Colleges_&_Universities  whites  working_class  blue-collar  racial_resentment 
july 2016 by jerryking
'Heaven was the word for Canada:' race in Martin Luther King's 'North Star' - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 24 2013 | The Globe and Mail | John Ibbitson.

....Racially, the single greatest achievement may have been the decision by the government of Lester B. Pearson in 1967 to introduce the points system for choosing immigrants, sweeping away policies that had kept non-whites out of Canada for generations.

The following half-century of wide-open immigration and entrenched multiculturalism forged Canadian cities so cosmopolitan, diverse and tolerant that they come closer than any to Dr. King’s dream of harmony and equality....

But only for some. Black Canadians make up 2.5 per cent of the population, but fill 9 per cent of the spaces in the country’s prisons, according to the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator. Too many poor non-white neighbourhoods are unstable and, for many of those trapped in them, unsafe
MLK  John_Ibbitson  anniversaries  speeches  Underground_Railroad  geographic_segregation  North_Star  marginalization  1967  Lester_Pearson  African_Canadians  overrepresentation  disproportionality  immigration  multiculturalism  Canadian  cities  cosmopolitan  exclusion 
august 2013 by jerryking
Another perspective on apps
Nov. 23, 2011 |The Financial Times. p14 |
Bernard Simon.

"Games are the driving force of the app economy," Mr Sharma says, citing sources such as Nielsen, ABI Research and PwC. One chart shows that games make up 60 per cent of apps with the highest revenues. Another shows that playing a mobile app game costs 5 cents an hour, versus 18 cents to watch a film on TV or $6.25 for an hour at the cinema.

Mr Sharma, who came to Canada from India as a child, worked as a technology analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston in San Francisco, before moving to BMO Capital and GMP Securities in Toronto.
mobile_applications  mobile_phones  Bollywood  games  Xtreme_Labs  venture_capital  Toronto  multiculturalism 
november 2011 by jerryking
When we fear to speak our minds on black and white
Thorsell, William. The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 18 Nov 2002: .19.

Canada is a famously functional multicultural society, at least in the ambience of its major cities. It is our habit to celebrate the delightful variations in dress, cuisine, rituals and appearances that grace our major cities, and why not? They provide interest and sensual pleasure to an otherwise predictable landscape, however fleeting such pleasures may be.

Of more significance are the varied sensibilities among these communities -- loyalty, altruism, ethics. We often express admiration for the particular strengths of certain communities, evident in the success of their children in universities or their eminence in certain economic fields (construction, small business, security). On these grounds of observation, we are usually safe from charges of racism.

But if multiculturalism justifies happy observations about collective virtues, it must logically sustain generalizations about social vices, too. And, of course, it does -- in private. Only the dumbest hypocrite would deny holding attitudes that are less than flattering about various communities within our midst.
racism  ethnic_communities  ProQuest  multiculturalism  William_Thorsell  race_relations  Canada  Jamaicans  political_correctness 
october 2011 by jerryking
Blaming the rest of the world
Jun 6, 2006 | The Globe and A.17 | Irshad Manji.
With the bust of a suspected terror plot in Toronto, amateur jihadists should expect more questions. For example, if they're so outraged by images of Muslim corpses in the dusty streets of Baghdad, where's their fury over black Muslims dying at the feet of Arab militias in Darfur? Or democracy activists being clubbed by Mubarak's riot police in Cairo?

In the past 50 years, more Muslims have been raped, imprisoned, tortured and murdered by other Muslims than by any foreign imperial power. Does that matter to the would-be jihadists ? If not, aren't they doing exactly what they claim the West does -- demeaning Muslim victims of oppression?...multiculturalism, like any belief system, becomes a stale orthodoxy if taken literally. By definition, orthodoxies anesthetize our brains, deny our consciences, suppress our voices and compel us to abandon the critical spirit that keeps any open society open. This past weekend, Canadians received a wake-up call. Let us all re-discover our spines -- and our minds.
The rest of us should expect questions, too. Ordinary Muslims have a duty to challenge any clerics and civic leaders who make excuses for Islamist terror. After last year's bombings in London, the Muslim Council of Britain insisted that the real culprit was economic discrimination. Soon after, I travelled to Leeds and Bradford -- home of the alleged bombers -- to speak with average Muslims.
Irshad_Manji  ProQuest  jihad  self-criticism  multiculturalism  moderates 
october 2011 by jerryking
Diverse, talented city a laggard on innovation; Other North American metropolitan areas such as Boston and Seattle are doing better at commercializing the ideas generated by their creative class
Aug 17, 2009 | Toronto Star. pg. A.11 | Kevin Stolarick. "We
share the concerns of our colleagues at the University of Toronto Cities
Centre whose recent report, The Three Cities within Toronto, showed
that the city's core is becoming gentrified, with visible minorities
moving to the fringes along major transportation arteries." "As we move
into the creative age, Toronto must continue to build on its strengths -
its multicultural and talented workforce - and leverage these to become
more innovative."
downtown_core  Roger_Martin  Rotman  Toronto  creative_economy  economic_development  strengths  multiculturalism  gentrification  income_inequality  commercialization  visible_minorities 
september 2009 by jerryking First ‘postnational' state? Baloney!
March 13, 2009 | Globe and Mail Update | JENNIFER WELSH
reviews "Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto", by Rudyard Griffiths,
Douglas & McIntyre, 232 pages, $29.95. [ Agincourt District 971 GRI ]
The central myth that Who We Are sets out to challenge is the one that
describes Canada's essence as its diversity and lack of a single
"national" story. In Canada, national identity plays second fiddle to
ethnic and regional loyalties, and citizenship is a ticket to
entitlements, demanding very little in return. This at a time when
Canada, is confronting a host of challenges which will require a
collective will and purpose.
book_reviews  multiculturalism  Rudyard_Griffiths  immigrants 
march 2009 by jerryking
Down the memory hole
Nov. 11, 2008, Globe and Mail, pg. A 19, by MARGARET WENTE .
Laments the disappearance of military history and values from Canadian
schools and their replacement with a preoccupation with oppressed groups
Canadian  History  multiculturalism  Margaret_Wente  values  education  militaries 
march 2009 by jerryking
(1) Two confusions, and counting (2) How do we thwart the modern version of the Persian?
August 23rd, 2006 | Globe&Mail | Jeffrey Simpson. (1) Two confusions, and counting
(2) How do we thrwart the modern version of the Persian?
Iran  Hezbollah  geopolitics  Jeffrey_Simpson  multiculturalism  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2009 by jerryking
Capital C: Why can't Canada get it in gear?
Jennifer Wells interview with Tony Chapman of Capital C.

"I look at Canada and I think, why aren't we doing global brands here? We have a multicultural society, we are one of the earliest adopters of new technologies in the world. We have so many things going for us, but no one's come up with a strategy that says, how do we become a superpower in creativity?"
Capital C has proved a creative power in the advertising world. That unbranded "Wig-out" viral video – the one in which a bride goes nuts over hair unhappiness – was revealed to be the work of Capital C for Sunsilk shampoo. The agency counts Frito Lay Canada among its client base, and Dove among its brands.
"We won the global retail strategy for Dove worldwide two weeks ago," Mr. Chapman says. "The retail footprint for Dove around the world will now be coming out of Capital C. That's the kind of work we need to get."
By "we" he doesn't mean his own shop, but the agency world in Canada.
"Could you imagine if we had, for example, the ability to do predictive modelling against every marketplace in the world?" In other words if Canada sold itself as the world's test market, with the capability of measuring the relative impact of a product in marketplaces from Shanghai to Mumbai to London.
"A big part of the future of creativity is understanding the consumer – how they think, feel and behave," he says.
"I want every agency in Canada and every head office in Canada to have access to the technology and tools to invent, create, test, prototype, validate and implement. … If we're the test market for validating brands, head offices around the world are going to send their best people to Canada."
He envisages university alliances and the development of a student population where the learning is more about entrepreneurship and less about the standard marketing precepts of product, place and promotion.
Tony_Chapman  branding  innovators  Jennifer_Wells  design  national_identity  predictive_modeling  thought_leadership  advertising_agencies  Frito_Lay  Bolthouse_Farms  global_champions  brands  multiculturalism  advertising  creativity  test_marketing  innovation  Capital_C  cultural_creativity  Canada  customer_insights  consumer_research  head_offices 
january 2009 by jerryking

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