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kcantor

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What kind of country doesn't provide safe streets and public spaces for women? What kind of country allows children to be buried in unmarked graves over the course of 100 years or more and then expresses shock and dismay when what we should have known becomes public? What kind of country allows foreign students to be stabbed on our transit systems? What kind of country allows families to be run down in broad daylight? What kind of country can't provide clean drinking water and education and health care to large numbers of its citizens. What kind of country allows swastikas to be graffities on to mosques and synagogues? What kind of country allows the flying of Confederate and Nazi flags?

I like to think I am an educated and informed and caring person but I feel more and more adrift not so much because I am changing but because of an ever-increasing awareness of the on-going failure of those we elect and charge to protect us - to protect all of us - and to care more about their responsibilities than their being reelected. I used to think we were long past the attitudes that led to Chinese head taxes, that refused entry to Jewish immigrants on the MS St. Louis and sent them back to die in concentration camps, that established internment camps for Japanese Canadians... I don't consider myself to be willfully blind or ignorant but it appears that I was and that it may still be the case. And that makes me angry as well as sad and disappointed. We all deserve better and I don't know how to deliver that.

Muslim women call for increased protection following latest Alberta attack | CBC News


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Muslim women call for increased protection following latest Alberta attack | CBC News
 

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Islamaphobia is a huge issue, racism in general. We as a society need to be a better job of educating and understanding other cultures. I am incredibly lucky not to have to deal with any sexism, racism, homophobia etc. as a white cis-het man. I feel like I said earlier the source of these issues is a lack of understanding among those who have these types of prejudices caused by parents have a similar lack of education and right wing media like Fox News and others who severely mislead these people towards hatred. As with most things proper education is the key. It's incredibly hard to change minds as people usually only hear what they want to, but really driving ideals of diversity and inclusion into peoples skulls is the only way to do it. It might be uncomfortable at times and emotions might run high but it's time we had a reckoning in this world and I think now a lot of people myself included are waking up and beginning to grapple with the problems that we have.
 

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City is looking for people to serve on various civic boards including The Edmonton Design Committee. Seems like some people on this forum might be a good fit and much needed.
Deadline to apply is Jan. 16.



Board
The Edmonton Design Committee reviews and provides recommendations to applicants and the City regarding development applications.

3 Positions Available
1 - Architect Member
1 - Public Member
1 - Post Secondary Faculty Member

2022-2023 Term
Recruitment Profile

To Apply
T-42347

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Civic Agencies Coordinator
Office of the City Clerk
300, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-442-4395
Fax 780-496-8175
Email civic.agencies@edmonton.ca
 

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Wasn't sure where to put this.

Coun. Janz to make motion to direct city to up its game on excessive vehicle noise.

“I don’t even like going to patios anymore because I can’t hear anything,” Janz said. “I want to throw everything we can at this problem. We’re trying to build a liveable city for people of all ages.”


 

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