Harper pins ‘downturn’ on global trends

The self-styled great steersman of the Canadian economy, Stephen Harper, selects a Saturday on the first day of Pan Am Games competition to acknowledge that he has no idea how to navigate to calm economic waters. If they miss the top three they do not get a medal but the accomplished athletes we are watching do not blame the track or water. But Harper of course blames those devilish global forces,...

Betting on the casino

Wow. We are going to expand the casino facilities at Woodbine. Millions in additional municipal revenue. Millions invested in new construction. Millions for hundreds of new jobs. Millions in a bribe to the city for the approval. Many millions flowing to the US owner/operator. Wow. And where are these dazzling millions of dollars coming from? The expected millions of winners? — Edward Collis, Burlington

Gas pains at the pump

On Fridays and Saturdays,  I often leave a disco at 11.40pm. On Friday May 22, at 11.45pm, I noticed Petro Canada had gouged up the price to $1.179/litre, but Esso, Shell, Husky had put theirs at $1.149. The next day, Saturday, during the daytime Petro Canada reduced its price to $1.149 but at about 11.45pm again had it up at $1.179. But the others kept to $1.149, and so Sunday Petro Canada also reduced...

Hate crimes project

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) joins representatives of diverse Canadian communities to urge elected officials to do more to educate Canadians about the ramifications of hate crimes and to help find ways to address this phenomenon. To bolster this effort, timed with the release of the latest police-reported hate crime data by Statistics Canada, NCCM has unveiled a national hate crime...

Carding’s efficacy irrelevant

First of all, it is amazing why it took so long for the noise against the practice of carding of innocent citizens reach the tipping point. Thankfully it has, but in a country like Canada, where protection of the personal rights and freedom in entrenched in the constitution, this debate should have been a non-starter. Apparently the debate has now taken a new shape and we now learn that the police...

A wish for all faiths to find space to celebrate

Recently anti-Islam demonstrations in Australia were shunned by anti-racist (most of them Muslim?) Australians. Most Western countries have religious holidays for Christians only. Interestingly, recently  the public school board in New York has declared that from this year onwards, schools will be closed on two Muslim religious days — although none for any other religion. As we all know, Hindus...

Tomorrow’s role model?

It is amazing how some humans can escape unscathed from horrendous experiences in life. Omar Khadr’s life and his story should be seriously scrutinized and studied by psychiatrists and psychogists in order to learn to help troubled souls of this world. — Mimi Khan, Scarborough

Wynne shocked at Karachi violence

I am shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence last week in Karachi, which has left at least 43 innocent people dead and many others wounded. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who perished in this attack, and the entire Ismaili community. Across the globe, Ismaili communities are renowned for peacefully coexisting with their neighbours. As Premier, I have...

Heaven or hell – right here on Planet Earth

ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban are calling for “lethal  attacks on schools, colleges, sports, non-Muslims and those Muslims who do not agree with them” as their duty to Islamic Jihad. The words ‘Shahid’ and ‘Jihad’  are powerful in Urdu, hence teenagers go for it. Also Asians/Mideasterners have large house parties and religious gatherings — and if parents praise any of the Jihadi activity...

Meeting Modi

First of all, on behalf of myself and my family I would like to extend our warmest felicitations to Desi Express on its first very successful year of publication to serve the Canadian South Asian community with news and views in its special way and style. Our heartiest congratulations to all involved with Desi Express. We are impressed and wait eagerly at Shri Vishnu Mandir to get a print copy when...