Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons
With glowing hearts, we see
thee rise, the True North strong and free!
that is the national anthem of the country; we call home, the True North
strong and free.
Michel and roughly 100 other black guys went to work in Quebec in 2000
through to 2001, they found that there was a cafeteria for the whites and
a cafeteria for Blacks. And
as Mr. Michel puts it, as soon as he arrived he had the sense that he
could not go to the whites only cafeteria. This is the beginning of the
new millennium and there is much talk in Canada about diversity and the
supporting of other cultures so that they can be part of this great
country call Canada.
we are no further ahead, when an employer in this Canada can hire two
superintendents for cleaning, one for the whites and one for the blacks,
something is radically wrong. Mr.
Michel and three of his brothers complained to the Quebec Human rights
Commission and won, Judge Pauze in giving her ruling heaped scorn on the
defendants in their treatment of Blacks.
The Clerk of the Commission said that she thought that this was the
worst case of discrimination that they have ever seen, commenting that it
seen liked a movie about the way Blacks were treated in the United States
won their case and was awarded $12,000, this just shows that racism is
still a major issue in Canada. While
we continue to aspire towards a civil society, incidents like these
reminds us of the harsh realities we as Black people have to face.
diversity of Canada is exploding. This
diversity includes not just characteristics such as age, education,
gender, language, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability,
religion, ethnicity but most importantly race.
Diversity is all the differences and dissimilarities among people.
These differences and expectations are based on characteristics that help
shape a personís attitude, behavior and perspective.
Diversity should be inclusive.
manage this explosion of diversity will have a direct impact on the future
of Canada. Canada is uniquely
positioned to adopt and pursue this new proactive paradigm of diversity in
innovative and creative ways. The
new thinking must move beyond the old and limited paradigm of merely
reacting to and addressing in an inadequate fashion the present and
residual effects of discrimination and inequalities.
The utilization and enjoyment of the positive attributes of
diversity requires the pro-active efforts of the government of Canada to
not merely recognize and tolerate this diversity, but to respect, value
and nurture it.
On the other
hand, the negative attributes of diversity-the inequality and
discriminatory practices- requires the proactive efforts of the government
of Canada to address and eliminate them.
My Name is
Clyde Mc Neil for viewpoint.