New poll reveals Canada’s story is still being written
A new poll conducted by Forum Research between June 25th and 27th, showed that 80% of Canadians would fail the citizenship test we give to prospective nationals if they took it today, according to Global News.
As much as this is bad news in some ways, I can’t help but be reminded that we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants. Our story, in the grand scheme of civilizations, is a young one. As much as we should know our nation’s history, we must also understand that our founding mythos is still being written today.
So, on this Canada Day, I salute all Canadians. Whether your citizenship has been fated unto you by your knowledge, by your birthright, or by your burgeoning aspirations, we are all proud to be Canadians today.
Happy Canada Day!
A Syrian refugee has become a Canadian citizen today and a celebration was held at Halifax’s Pier 21. Tareq Hadhad is the founder of Peace by Chocolate, a company out of Antigonish, N.S. that has been quite successful.
Tareq Hadhad was elated to be called up to officially receive his Canadian citizenship. “It’s the biggest day of my life, full of emotions, absolutely,” Hadhad said following the ceremony. He is the first of his family to become a Canadian citizen.
“It’s certainly an honour, I feel that I belong to this amazing nation. I feel that I am free and I will go out of this place so proudly saying that I am so honoured to be a Canadian at this moment.”
Hadhad will waste no time integrating himself into the Canadian culture, saying a top priority is to pick up “a double-double with a toonie and [fly] to watch a hockey game on the weekend.”
Making chocolate is a part of Hadhad’s family history as his father, Assam Hadhad, made chocolate back in Damascus for two decades, employing 30 people in his factory according to CBC. The factory was tragically bombed amid the turmoil and warfare.
Prior to the outbreak of war the company used to ship specialty treats across the Middle East.
Hadhad’s family settled in Antigonish in 2016 after fleeing from Syria. They opened Peace by Chocolate —which ships products throughout the country and employs about 55 people, including other refugees as well.
Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship spoke at Wednesday’s ceremony, “With all the complexities in the world, I think this is just a wonderful silver lining and positive story. It demonstrates that immigration is a true hallmark of our history, but also the key to our future,”
Hadhad passed his Canadian citizenship test with a perfect score, a fact he proudly shared via Twitter. The post went viral, even attracting attention and congratulations from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Lucille Harper of Antigonish was instrumental in bringing the Hadhads to Canada. She was thrilled to see their successful immigration story. “It’s just all we could ever really hope for,” she said.
Hadhad’s family has applied for Canadian citizenship and they are hoping to be able to take the test within the next couple of months. Alaa Hadhad, Tareq’s sister said it would mean the world to her and her children to join Tareq’s family as Canadian citizens.
Canada’s corporate and media elites are more supportive of the Iranian regime than the Iranian people.
We are seeing that as the inescapable conclusion of recent events, which have revealed to us a stunning contrast in how the Iranian people and Western elites have responded.
Remember how the CBC first started the blame-America messaging shortly after the Iranian regime finally admitted to shooting down a plane with 57 Canadian citizens onboard?
That was increasingly echoed by much of the establishment media, despite a clear consensus among Canadians that the Iranian regime bore the responsibility.
And then, Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain bizarrely used the company’s corporate Twitter account to Tweet out a series of messages that echo the propaganda line of the Iranian regime:
“I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry. A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran…”
“…U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes. The world knows Iran is a dangerous state, but the world found a path to contain it; not perfect but by most accounts it was the right direction…”
“..A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region. US now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch. Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are a hundred like him, standing next in line”
“…The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)! We are mourning and I am livid. Michael McCain.”
In all of his remarks, McCain fails to mention that Iran shot down the plane.
He also fails to mention that events didn’t magically start with the U.S. strike on Soleimani. As we all know, Iran had violated repeated U.S. red-lines, including attacking U.S. personnel in the region and attacking the U.S. Embassy. Considering that the U.S. is a close ally of Canada, it makes sense that Canadians would be supportive of the U.S. responding to attacks on their people, rather than condemning the U.S. for responding.
Of course, the big issue with what McCain said is that he is saying things very similar to the official Iranian regime propaganda line.
The Iranian regime has repeatedly said that the U.S. is to blame for “escalating,” while ignoring Iran’s initial escalation against the US and violation of US red-lines.
Additionally, McCain’s comments fail to recognize the nature of the regime in Iran, which regularly spreads state-sponsored lies in order to advance their narrative and influence people in the West, while butchering protesters, executing gay people, oppressing women, threatening to destroy Israel, and sponsoring terrorism around the world.
There is simply no moral equivalence between the democratically-elected U.S. government, and the un-elected ruthless Iranian regime.
Amazingly, McCain’s position is far more similar to the Iranian regime propaganda line than the Iranian people themselves. Iranians have been protesting in droves, and they’re not blaming the U.S. Instead, the blame is being put solely where it belongs, on the same Iranian regime that has regularly shown contempt for the lives of the Iranian people.
That contempt can be seen and felt clearly, as the Iranian regime shoots live ammunition at grieving protesters in the street.
And if that isn’t enough, consider that even members of Iran’s official State Propaganda machine are quitting, unable to stomach all the lies.
One TV news anchor, Gelare Jabbari, quit and apologized for pushing the initial regime denial of responsibility:
“Iran State TV’s anchor resigns saying, “It was very hard for me to believe the killing of my countrymen. I apologize for lying to you on TV for 13 years.”
So, what we’re now seeing and hearing is the Iranian people condemning their regime and holding their regime responsible for shooting down the plane, while corporate elites like Michael McCain blame our closest ally–and the leader of the free world–and barely even mention Iran at all.
What an upside-down world we’re living in…
According to the Associated Press, Iran has taken responsibility for shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, claiming that the tragedy was a result of “human error.”
Yesterday Iran said, “What is obvious for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane.” according to Axios.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement following Iran’s admission that they shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. saying in part, “Our focus remains closure, accountability, transparency, and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims. This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together.”
Iran’s foreign minister tweeted:
176 people died in the tragedy including 57 Canadians.
Here is the video of the plane right after being struck by the missile:
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
A mother, Sahar Haghjoo, and her daughter Elsa Jadidi were among those who lost their lives on Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752.
Sahar texted her father “Still haven’t taken off, so at least 30 min. Delay.”
Sahar took a picture of herself and her 8-year-old daughter shortly before the flight took off. After sending the picture to her father, Habib Haghjoo, Sahar texted, “taking off now.”
Haghjoo responded, “Good.”
Not long after sending the last text the plane went down claiming both of their lives along with the rest of the passengers on board.
Global News reported Sahar’s father responded, “I am broken.”
Sahar travelled to Iran with her daughter and husband. They were on vacation there for many weeks and visited family. Her husband came back to Canada early for work while the two stayed in Iran.
Sahar sent another picture back to her father while the two were travelling the country by train.
When talking about his granddaughter, Habib said, “She was an amazing girl.”
Elsa went to Al Haadi school in Scarborough. She was a grade 3 student there. The school released a statement on their website honoring Elsa.
The Statement read, “Elsa was a bright, beautiful and brilliant student who was loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a kind, compassionate soul who lit up our classrooms, and held so much promise as a stellar student and impeccable leader at such a young age.”
“Our school will be much dimmer without Elsa to warm the hallways with her smile and laughter.”
Sahar was previously interviewed in May of 2018. The interview was regarding a case of anti-Muslim graffiti.
Sahar was at the school dropping her daughter off. She told Global News, “We live in Canada so we appreciate the diversity and it’s just horrifying.”
“We’re seeing it more and more, unfortunately. So I would discuss it with her in case she’s exposed to it again, so it doesn’t frighten her, so she has an understanding— but it’s just a sad truth.”
Sahar was employed at the YMCA in Toronto. She worked with women that are immigrants and refugees and helped them make a life for themselves in Canada.
Dolores Montavez-Ruz was a colleague of Sahars. She gave her condolences and said, “She was bright, full of life, witty and funny and smart,” and added, “She was so devoted to assisting and helping newcomer women.”
“Green was her favourite colour and she wore it so well.”
Sahar was successful and hosted a Iranian television program called Pure Home: Family Standards in Islam before moving to Canada.
Her father said, “Still she was sending narration for some English program in Press TV … They wouldn’t let her off with all her busy life.”
“She was an exceptional lady and glowing all her short life.”