Trudeau heads back toward his three-car motorcade that stops at all red lights. In the hall, a couple hundred kids hold signs that say "Hope" and "Respect." They grab his sleeve and then skitter away wearing giant smiles. It would have been corny if it had not been so goddamned beautiful. This is Trudeau's vision of what a country can be. His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain't coming back. At this moment, Justin Trudeau's Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm.
In other news, Trudeau "regrets" his remark in the Rolling Stone article about Brazeau, but didn't say so until after some First Nations activists spoke up. I know I raised my eyebrow when I read that passage, and although Brazeau has said he considers it a compliment, Trudeau should've known better given the larger context. There's a limit to how many times you can do and say stupid things, and I think soon an apology will no longer be enough.
I'm not condoning what Trudeau said but I don't think it will hurt him.
Also not widely recognised is that Canada has a high level of migrants in its school population.
More than a third of young adults in Canada are from families where both parents are from another country.
But the children of newly-arrived, migrant families seem to integrate rapidly enough to perform at the same high level as their classmates.
So how has Canada overtaken so many other countries in education?
Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's education director, says Canada's "big uniting theme is equity".
Despite the different policies in individual provinces, there is a common commitment to an equal chance in school.
He says there is a strong sense of fairness and equal access - and this is seen in the high academic performance of migrant children.
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind
They are increasingly being threatened
by the Trump administration with deportation to countries they may not remember or remember indistinctly, where likely they have few or no close relatives, and whose language they may not even speak
Chiming in rather late, but it won't be a bad idea to drop Murphy. Arsemault is one of the best out there. I gather that she got tired of being out in the field. I wonder who they will send for the Olympic opening ceremonies? That was always Manbridge's gig.I don't know Chang but applaud the other choices. Barton is excellent on her politics show, so glad she's moving up. Arsenault is a serious journalist, which is what we need more than ever right now. Hanomansing has that reassuring air of old time newsmen that again, I think we need right now. I also like the idea of a team - there's a lot going on out there, so a broad and balanced approach is needed.
Wonder if they will continue the At Issue panels that Mansbridge always hosted, and Rex Murphy?
Just read the article. I think that this makes a difference:
Another distinguishing feature is that Canada's teachers are well paid by international standards - and entry into teaching is highly selective.
Chiming in rather late, but it won't be a bad idea to drop Murphy. Arsemault is one of the best out there. I gather that she got tired of being out in the field. I wonder who they will send for the Olympic opening ceremonies? That was always Manbridge's gig.
He lost his co-founder, Brian Lilley, an Ottawa radio host who wrote Monday that if The Rebel’s “lack of editorial and behavioural judgment” is left unchecked it will destroy the site and all those around it.
“People didn’t just cross the line there,’’ he told me, “they jumped over the line.’’
On Tuesday, Rebel freelancer Barbara Kay tweeted she too had resigned.
Conservative politicians, notably Michael Chong and even Chris Alexander of “lock her up” fame in Alberta, have vowed to shun The Rebel.
Is this the beginning of the end of Rebel Media?