Posts Tagged ‘Edmonton

COLUMN: Gunter – Zero teacher policy a failure

- June 29th, 2012

Zero controversy won’t go away

by Lorne Gunter

All the Edmonton Public School Board trustees did at their meeting on Tuesday was punt the issue of the no-zero policy into the fall.

The trustees may have voted unanimously to review whether or not high school teachers should be prohibited from giving zeros to students on assignments they fail to hand in or exams their fail to write, but not a single trustee spoke against the wishy-washy, feel-good policy. Read more…

Racism Free Edmonton doesn’t back down

- November 9th, 2010

I’m sure that the people at  Racism Free Edmonton meant well when they set out to get people to think about the issue of racism but apparently they can’t see that using certain language like “White privilege” will make the situation worse not better.

Yesterday I told you about the spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney denouncing the language. You can find Alykhan Velshi’s comments here but the summary is, the federal ministry funding this program is not too impressed. Then this morning in the Sun my colleague Ezra Levant wrote a column about the campaign. Here’s a sample of that column.

What is Racism Free Edmonton’s advice for stopping racism? You must “acknowledge your white privilege.”

They say white Canadians “have likely harmed non-white people with our own whiteness.” Sorry, the only people I know who talk that way are race-obsessed bigots.

And in case you aren’t willing to be called a racist just because you’re born white, Racism Free Edmonton has another insult for you: You’re just a racist in denial of your racism. And denying your racism “perpetuates racism.”

Well instead of making the people at Racism Free Edmonton see the light and admit that their choice of words may not be the best, all of this attention just made them double down. Did you know that white people get served faster in convenience stores because of their “Whiteness?” I didn’t but it must be true, it is in a letter to the editor from Charlene Hay at the Centre for Race and Culture in Edmonton. The letter is below.

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Fighting racism with racist language

- November 8th, 2010

Grade 8 student Shyanne Ewaskow, 14, (in pink, at left) watches as Shemona Prince, 12, (centre) signs an "I'm Committed to a Racism Free Edmonton" scroll, during an anti-racism campaign launch at Edmonton City Hall, on Nov. 5, 2010. (DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN)

A group in Edmonton is promoting an end to racism by promoting racism.

Well, that’s how some are interpreting a campaign by a group paid for by the city, local police and the federal government.

From the Edmonton Sun,

“Controversy is brewing over a city-sponsored anti-racism campaign that calls on Caucasians to recognize their “white privilege”.

At least one Edmonton city councillor says the campaign makes a point, while a Conservative politician is saying the wording is all wrong.”

A spokesman for the Conservative government thinks the campaign has it all wrong as well.  Alykhan Velshi, director of communications for immigration minister Jason Kenney denounced the language of “white privilege.”

“It’s jejune, sophomoric, retro class warfare. Do you want to know how generations of immigrants have succeeded in Canada? They worked hard and played by the rules. They didn’t blame “white privilege” and “whiteness” for any setbacks they might have experienced,” Velshi said.

“We have reviewed their original proposal for funding. Nowhere in the application form does it indicate they would be using that kind of inflammatory language in their programming. Fortunately, our officials believe the bulk of their anti-racism programs seem to be less inflammatory.”

The overall program is aimed at getting 30,000 people to commit to end racism in Edmonton. Of course the comments about “white privilege” may have turned 30,000 people off the campaign as well.

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