McMaster student groups notify Chinese government about campus speaker critical of China’s internment camps
Several student groups on the McMaster University campus notified the Chinese consulate after they learned that a speaker who was critical of the government’s treatment of religious minorities was going to appear on campus.
The speaker, Rukiye Turdush, delivered a presentation on the mass internment of Muslims in China on the campus.
The Uighurs are an ethnic and religious minority in China who face prosecution for their religious beliefs. According to estimates nearly two million religious minorities have been detained by the Chinese government and forced into re-education camps. Chinese officials have resorted to torture and brainwashing techniques in an attempt to reform undesirable elements in their society.
Soon after the speaker was announced, Chinese students and affiliated groups spread the information on the Chinese messaging app WeChat to spark outrage among their peers.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) notified the Chinese consulate in Toronto about the speaker’s appearance and criticism. Several students also appeared at the talk to film and shout down the speaker. According to WeChat records, the students were told to notify the consulate which academics were present at the event.
The CSSA has been a source of suspicion for Western intelligence agencies. The group has been tied to funding from the Chinese government in the United States and is speculated to be a source of espionage for the country, while also keeping tabs on international students and controlling their speech.
Ron MacLean was on Sportsnet after the first intermission during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday without Don Cherry, and people were not pleased.
A somber MacLean tried to explain why Cherry, 85, was fired by the network for his contentious comments he made a week prior.
“There were steps that needed to be taken after what he said, and he didn’t want to take those steps,” said MacLean between the first and second period of NHL games Saturday night.
Many hockey fans were displeased and angry with MacLean this week because of the apology he gave last Sunday after Twitter exploded with people upset with Cherry’s comments about how not enough immigrants are wearing poppies for Remembrance Day. Many people on social media claimed what Cherry said was racist and xenophobic. Many fans of Coach’s Corner felt that MacLean had betrayed his co-host and friend of over 30 years.
“I Sat all week long reflecting, listening to you, and I have heard you. I mean you the viewer. I’ve reflected by listening to my own heart. I’ve struggled mightily to find the words, and I’m not sure I even have them now. But they say it’s a good thing because when you can find the words it’s dead in your heart. And it’s not dead in my heart,” said MacLean in the intermission which some commented on seemed like eulogy at a funeral.
“By the way, Don Cherry. We have communicated. We talked a lot on Monday, by phone. I was there in person, and then by phone. He sent me a note yesterday–I phoned you by the way, Don, at 9:30 when we normally talk and you didn’t [answer], I don’t know if you’re at the cottage or just couldn’t.”
Cherry’s comments that caused a firestorm and ultimately led to Cherry being fired from Coach’s Corner after hosting it for over 30 years were as follows: “You people love–they come here whatever it is–you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.”
The response to MacLean’s monologue were swift and heated from hockey fans online:
“We are all hurting. Bobby Orr is disappointed in me. I’m disappointed in me,” MacLean also said in his monologue. He also explained that he had to choose principle over friendship in making his decision to apologize on behalf of Don, but that he also loves Cherry and its the end of an era.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has some impassioned words for Quebecers and some fighting words for the leader of the Bloc Quebecois, Yves-François Blanchet.
As first reported in the National Post, Kenney has told Quebecers to ignore the “arrogance” of Blanchet. “We Albertans are friends with Quebecers. … I say to the people of Quebec: Reject this arrogance, this idea that Quebec should be able to take the benefit of our resources without allowing us to develop it,” Kenney said. “Let us be partners in prosperity.”
It’s fair to say that Kenney and Blanchet have been at each other’s throats over the last few weeks after Blanchet made insulting remarks about the Alberta oil industry:
“If they [Albertans] were attempting to create a green state in western Canada, I might be tempted to help them. If they are trying to create an oil state in western Canada, they cannot expect any help from us.”
CN Railway revealed on Saturday that the Teamsters have provided notice that they plan to go on strike beginning November 19.
CN’s Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly released a statement today that read in part: “If a settlement cannot be reached this weekend, we will once again encourage the union leadership to accept binding arbitration as an alternative to disrupting the Canadian economy. We remain committed to constructive talks to reach an agreement without a work stoppage.”
Reuters reports that “CN’s estimated 3,000 conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons voted in favor of strike action in September, after negotiations failed to produce a contract. The previous collective agreement expired on July 23, 2019.”
Recently The Globe and Mail reported that CN will be eliminating both management and union jobs to the tune of almost 2000 as a result of an economic downturn.
According to a new study by Statistics Canada this week, the number of immigrants who go all the way to becoming Canadian citizens has dropped significantly. But the bigger picture is more complicated than it seems.
“There are a number of factors that created the decline,” former director-general with Immigration Canada, Andrew Griffith, told CBC.
The decline is significant: from 75 percent in 1996 to only 60 percent in 2016. Factors such as processing fees, complicated language in the citizens’ guide and citizen test difficulty have contributed to the decline.
CBC reports that “the processing fee for citizenship used to be $200, but the amount was increased to $630 under the previous Conservative government, Griffith said.
“If you look at a family of four, you’re talking about $1,500 or so. That’s a significant burden.” Griffith added.