Category Archives: Canada

Tired of Tears


For those of you who cried when the towers fell, and cried again when it kept happening. Cried for Charlie, cried for Nice. And now you cry for Quebec.

Isn’t it time to figure out a serious plan to stop terrorist events as they happen?

I’m done crying.

In my old church, usually at least three men are carrying under they jackets each Sunday. I don’t know about the ladies, but maybe one or two. We don’t expect anything, but I don’t expect anything would last more than a few seconds.  

Terrorists want to make people afraid and fragile. I think the plan must be to make people fearless and strong. Cowards demand the rest of us become sheep.  

No more sheep. I don’t know the solution, but some of the things we’ve tried have failed. Crying won’t make the terrorists shudder in fear. 

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Some words about sheep, the sheepdog and the wolf here.

There Shall be No Civics in Civics Class!


From Wintery Knight, comes an example of Shutuppery in a Canadian school:

The 44-year-old teacher, who has asked that he not be identified to protect what’s left of his career, was teaching “the criminal law unit, a lesson on vice, ethics, morality and the law” to his small class in the Vancouver-area school in late November.“I was working my way through examples of how some people’s sense of personal ethics was more liberal than the letter of the law,” he said in an email.

For example, he told them, many people might roll through a stop sign on a deserted country road, deeming it morally acceptable, even if unlawful.

In other words, he said, in a pluralistic democracy, there’s often “a difference between people’s private morality and the law.

“I find abortion to be wrong,” he said, as another illustration of this gap, “but the law is often different from our personal opinions.”

That was it, the teacher said. “It was just a quick exemplar, nothing more. And we moved on.”

Well. some people moved on.  One student couldn’t move on after the emotional ‘triggering.’ And eventually, the teacher did move on, as in was fired.

The rest of the story was interesting, but you can read it at the link.

 In these troubled times, there are very few safe statements about some topics.  While we must fight for the right to speak freely, in school the deck is stacked against the teacher who weaves outside the liberal lines.  Professor Mike Adams was able to sue his university for the right to be both successful as a professor, and a conservative. Not everybody wins these kinds of cases.

By the way, the frequency with which you become ‘triggered,’ is a function of your own fragility, not a measure of the meanness of others. — Dave Alexander, Humorist, Teacher and Presidential Historian

 

 

It’s Metaphor, or Something


Guy feeds bears to prevent them from killing his dogs.  Gentle bear pets dog. Internet coos.  The next day, the guy forgets to feed the bears.

Sorry to ruin your dreams, but that dog-petting polar bear just ate a husky alive

Science Alert (h/t Instapundit)

…just hours after this footage was released, that very same polar bear ate another dog alive.

“That was the only day we didn’t feed the f–king bears, the only night we didn’t put anything out,” Churchill resident Brian Ladoon told Bryce Hoye at CBC News.

 

No Smudging in School, eh.


A mother in British Columbia has lodged a legal challenge against her local school district, alleging that an aboriginal ceremony at her children’s school infringed on the family’s right to religious freedom.

Candice Servatius, whose two children attend an elementary school in Port Alberni, a small city on Vancouver Island, is seeking to have the supreme court of British Columbia ban indigenous ceremonies – and all other expressions of religion – from the public school district.

Not being Canadian, or aboriginal for that matter, I don’t really know the law on the matter.  On the other hand, since kids are essentially forced to be at school, it seems unfair to push a particular religious ceremony on them.  

Court documents point to a letter to parents, sent home at the start of the 2015 school year, that explained that a member of Vancouver Island’s Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous community would visit the school and lead students in a traditional smudging ceremony.

During the ceremony students would hold a cedar branch while smoke from burning sage would be fanned over them, the letter explained. “This will be our opportunity to learn about Nuu-chah-nulth traditions and experience cleansing of energy from previous students in our classroom … and cleanse our own spirits to allow great new experiences to occur for all us.” Details on when the ceremony would be held were not included in the letter, but a contact was offered for any parents with questions.

I mean no disrespect toward Native Americans, but would anybody have suggested all the kids enjoy The Lord’s Supper in an assembly?  Only Native American mysticism can be considered appropriate in public for some odd reason.  I think it’s a backhanded insult.  This spiritual cleansing thing is just vague enough to appeal to folks who want spirituality without religion.  

What were they thinking?

You Talk Like This, and People will Walk Away Slowly


Milo Yiannopoulis.net:

A Canadian English professor says that because canoers are generally white men, the boats are a symbol of ‘colonialism, imperialism and genocide.’

Misao Dean, who teaches at the University of Victoria, made her remarks during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a very privileged place in society,” she said. “They’re frequently highly educated people. They’re almost completely white.”

Jeez Misao, you teach kids with that mouth? (Image via FacesOfUVicResearch)

“We have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into something that seems ordinary,” she also stated. “But I think if you look a little further that narrative obscures or erases another narrative – and that narrative is about, to be blunt, it’s about theft and genocide.”

I trusted the source, but extraordinary stupid requires extraordinary investigation.  Or at least another snippet from an article.  The CBC Radio article makes it clear that Dr. Dean is not just weaving off course into topics she has never thought about:
Dean is the author of the book Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism. In this interview, Dean asks us to consider the canoe, and what it really represents in Canadian society, and whose symbol it is. To Dean, the story Canadians tell themselves about the canoe is one of European colonialism, while ignoring the role the canoe played in displacing and harming indigenous people.
Now, I’m just a radio guy, blogger, teacher and Presidential Historian, but I have to jump in here.   A canoe — like the good professor here — can be considered  a tool.  It makes travel over smooth water swift and relatively safe.
Canoe at waterhole 1
It’s not something which holds a “narrative” just because white folks love to splash around in them.  I’m sure lots of canoes were used in the battle over North America, and as it turns out (or ouwt, if you are Canadian) the Native Americans lost that battle.  I woulda thought folks would be over that by now.
 
The narrative that matters is how we treat each other.  Great-great granpa might have rowed out to ambush the folks who were here first, but I’m not going to consider my trips through the Adirondack lakes anything other than fun.
Travel tips: Bring bug spray, suntan lotion, water and if you’re a big guy like me, sit in the middle.  On the floor if you can.  

Hate Speech in Canada? Don’t They Have a Law?


Professors Sign Letter to Protest Hate and Threats, Struggle to Find Time for Grading Midterms:

Over 250 University of Toronto faculty members have signed a letter to the administration, condemning hate speech and threats to trans and black students

Short version: A professor says something that angered the typical college professor and his/her students.  Actually, that was a hint.  The professor posted some remarks and videos against the ever-expanding collection of new pronouns covering the vast array of sexualities.

The professor is roundly criticized and somebody — somebody writes hateful and actually threatening things about transgendered and/or minority students.

Really shorter version: This crap is happening everywhere.  When will people realise that when someone says something you disagree with, they are NOT responsible for other people’s hate and threats.  It also is rarely a crime to speak out against the latest trend in leftism.  [I spelled ‘realize’ the Canadian way. — Dave]

Over 250 faculty members at the University of Toronto have signed a letter condemning hate speech and threats directed against black and trans students.

Professor Deborah Cowen said a response from the faculty was

Deborah Cowen, who bravely signed a letter denouncing violence and hate, which we all actually denounce, because everybody does.  I mean, hardly anybody ever says, yeah!  I support violence and hate. Oh, and she’s cute. Little make-up.  Let her hair grow. 

The letter is the latest in the saga of psychology professor Jordan Peterson, whose comments about transgender students have raised the ire of the university community.

[Holy CRAP!  It raised their ire? — God help up!]

 

Geography and planning professor Deborah Cowen is one of the professors who signed the letter. She said faculty have been trying to figure out a way to respond since the situation “erupted” earlier this fall.  

Peterson has defended his comments as free speech, but in the wake of the controversy, several transgender and black students have reported receiving crude and violent messages on social media.

 

May I just say, I regularly get crude and violent messages on social media, and those things are from my friends on Facebook.

Reached by phone, Peterson told Metro he “unreservedly condemn[s]” those making the threats, but said he will not apologize or retract his comments, including statements critical of efforts to amend the Human Rights Code to include protections for gender identity.

What dis Peterson need?  Professor Peterson needed Prophylactic Denunciation Insurance from The Craft Blog’s attorneys, Bob Null and Bill Void.

If you plan to make public statements which will inspire lesbians transgendered  hate-mongering gay  conservative people to make fake hateful messages on social media to create a firestorm, then you need to file a letter with Null & Void, so that you can denounce it all ahead of time.

Prophylactic Denunciation Insurance: Denounce anyone who agrees with you, should they take it too far.

And, if a left-winger tries to frame you for something some other guy/girl or whatever says…you’re covered.  Just say:

I already denounced it already.  Now, make me a sammich.