A student association in Trent University is rightly feeling the heat over a gathering they’re planning later this month.
The event, titled “It’s OK to be Against Whiteness,” is scheduled to take place March 12 at the Trent Central Student Association in reaction to “It’s OK to be white” posters that appeared around Canadian university campuses last year.
To counteract concerns about racism associated with the “It’s OK to be White” posters, the student association invited Michael Cappello, a Regina University professor who bills himself as “ anti-racist/anti-oppressive/teacher educator” to deliver a guest lecture on campus about “white privilege.”
Unfortunately, the students chose to adopt divisive, racist tactics to get their message out.
Universities should be places where ideas are challenged regardless of whether they offend or not.
Free speech is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
But the “It’s OK to be Against Whiteness” is not a debate over free speech, nor is it about racism as most understand the term — as discrimination or antagonism directed toward someone of a different race, or the belief one’s own race is better than another’s.
It’s not about fighting the naked hate of neo-Nazis or rooting out the hidden contempt of a cop who pulls over a black kid because he’s black.
“Whiteness is an academic term for the ideologies that describe the practices, beliefs, habits and attitudes that enable the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin colour,” the Trent student association wrote in a statement explaining the purpose of the event.
More plainly, it’s about a toxic and divisive ideology steeped in the intolerant loathing inherent in postmodernism and cultural Marxism that divides the world into us versus them groups, into victims and oppressors.
It is the definition of bigotry, not the antidote to it.
There is no “we” in “us and them.”
The young social justice warriors at Trent swallowed the lie that a democratic society should create equality of outcome for all people, not equality of opportunity.
It’s an ugly and corrupting belief that divides us based on sex and skin colour and class status.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that,” Martin Luther King taught us. “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
a father of two will appear before judges on Friday following his arrest on suspicion of murder after his wife disappeared from a luxury Mediterranean cruise.
Daniel Belling, 45, was arrested earlier this week at Rome’s Ciampino airport as he was about to board a Ryanair flight to Dublin with his two young children.
He and his Chinese-born wife, Li Yinglei, together with their children aged six and four, were on an 11-day cruise around the Mediterranean when she disappeared.
She has not been seen or heard from since. The cruise began on February 9 in the Italian port of Civitavecchia, north of Rome, and took them to Malta, Greece and Cyprus.
When the passenger liner, the MSC Magnifica, arrived back in Civitavecchia on February 20, Mr Belling’s 36-year-old wife was nowhere to be found. He allegedly failed to tell the ship’s crew that his wife, who had adopted the English name Angie, was missing, a fact which aroused the suspicions of Italian police.
German by nationality, he worked as an IT consultant in Ireland, where his clients included Apple. The last time she was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise, when the family went into a tourist souvenir shop.
“I remember it well, we had just opened and it was 10am. First she entered with the two children, then he came in. He was agitated, he pulled out of a rucksack a pair of gym shoes and yelled at the woman. He said ‘Put these on instead of your sandals and shut up,’” the owner told La Stampa newspaper.
Cruise ship records show that Ms Li returned aboard the Magnifica after the outing in Genoa, meaning she disappeared between then and the end of the cruise, either at sea or in one of the vessel’s destinations. Her absence was only noticed when she failed to leave the ship at the end of the cruise on Monday.
Maritime authorities alerted the police, who eventually traced Mr Belling to Ciampino airport, bound for Dublin. He was arrested and remanded in custody in Regina Coeli prison in Rome.
“I can’t say anything about the circumstances of his wife’s disappearance until he appears in front of the judges tomorrow,” Luigi Conti, his lawyer, told The Telegraph. “He is keen to speak to the judges, to explain what happened. His behaviour after disembarking was not that of a person who was trying to flee. He simply headed to Ciampino airport with his children to catch the flight that he had booked when he first organised the cruise.”
The couple’s children have been placed in the temporary care of Italian social services. A cruise ship passenger said she had seen Mr Belling and his children on board the ship on several occasions.
“They were always scruffy and bare-footed, always wearing the same clothes,” she told “Chi l’ha Visto?” (Who Saw Them?), an Italian television programme about missing persons cases. “Then we saw them at Ciampino airport, but the mother was no longer with them.”
The funding model for B.C.’s school districts is under review from the province, and members of the Surrey Board of Education fear their school district will take a financial hit.
Last week, B.C.’s education minister announced the province’s decades-old K-12 public education funding model is being reviewed by a panel of experts, with plans for a new model to be introduced by the 2019-2020 school year.
Under the current model, schools districts across the province receive funding based on the number of students that are enrolled.
The province says the per-pupil funding model is necessary to reflect the modern needs of B.C. school districts, many of which often struggle to balance their budgets.
But according to Surrey School Board vice-chair Terry Allen, larger districts like Surrey could end up losing money, if the funding model changes.
“If there’s no more money going in, the only way you can fund any changes is taking from those that already have it,” Allen told CBC News.
“We simply see it as robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
Is Sweden diverse enough yet? No. There will be much, much more of this. With Muslim migrants comes Sharia, which some will wish to implement in their new land. Multiculturalist dhimmis will be only too happy to oblige, although in this case one of the judges appears to be a hijab-wearing, Sharia-observant Muslim herself. Islamic law allows a man to beat his wife (in accordance with Qur’an 4:34) and devalues a woman’s testimony. Hence this ruling.
“‘Hair-Raising’: Sharia Law Makes Its Debut in Swedish Court,” Sputnik, March 6, 2018:
“The man stems from a good family, unlike the woman.” With this argument, a Swedish court has acquitted an Iraqi man charged with abusing his wife, sparking outrage over the first instance where “Sharia Law” was applied by the Nordic nation’s legal system.
In a landmark case, the Solna District Court has acquitted an Iraqi man suspected of abusing wife by pushing her against furniture, pulling her hair and hitting her face with a shoe. The court called the credibility of the woman’s testimony into question, stressing her “lowly” parentage, the daily newspaper Aftonbladet reported.
In addition to stressing that the man “came from a good family,” unlike the woman, the court ruled that the fact that the woman turned to the police instead of the husband’s family “further” undermined her credibility. According to the court, “the normal thing” to do “in these circles” would be to try and resolve the conflict within the family.
The ruling, adopted by a divided court, triggered an immediate response from Sweden’s legal circles.
“This is one of the most prejudiced and strange judgments I have read. Not completely unexpectedly dictated by two lay judges. Still no one in charge who wants to do something about the lay judge system?” former Swedish Bar Association president Bengt Ivarsson tweeted.
Prosecutor Josefine Dahlqvist appealed the ruling straight away, claiming that the ruling violated the foundations of Sweden’s legal system.
One of the two lay judges who freed the man is Center Party veteran Ebtisam Aldebe, who is known for having advocated special legislation for Sweden’s Muslims (especially in divorce and inheritance rights) in a 2006 interview with Swedish broadcaster SVT. Aldebe ran for parliament in 2014 and is a member of the social committee in Solna. Aldebe also played a key role in rejecting at least three Christian converts asylum during her time as board member in Stockholm’s Administrative Court, according to the Christian newspaper Världen Idag.
“I’ve ruled in many cases. I’ve ruled in favor of men in some cases and in favor of women in others. In this case, I followed the law. Swedish law,” Ebtisam Aldebe argued in her defense.
However, Center Party leader Annie Lööf condemned the ruling and called for both lay judges to leave their roles.
“Horrendous judgment in Solna. Hair-raising reasoning and values that have no place in a state built on legal principles. These values have no place in our party. Our politics are based on all people’s equal rights and value, and being equal before the law,” Lööf tweeted.
Roger Haddad, justice spokesman for the Liberal Party, which alongside the Center Party is part of the four-party center-right Alliance opposition, stressed that “politically appointed lay judges” were unacceptable.
“I definitely do not want those who are in favor of sharia laws in Sweden,” Haddad tweeted….