People challenge my Canadian-ness all the time. It’s an unnerving microaggression that comes with the business of being a Canadian person of colour among white Europeans for whom citizenship – especially achieved through naturalisation, not birth – is somehow not enough. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is the context in which I lost my Charter-protected right to vote four years ago.Read More »
Nachdem die AfD ihren Beitritt zum Bundestag gesichert hat, wurde es mir klar, dass ich ihre Politik – abgesehen von ihrer allgemeinen Fremdenfeinlichkeit und ihrer dämmlichen Euroskepsis – fast gar nicht kannte. Bisher war ich nur der Meinung, dass sie die allerschlimmsten Wahlplakate hat. Aber warum genau wurde sie als populistisch und faschistisch bezeichnet?Read More »
[This text was written on November 11th, 2016. I wanted to flesh out that last point before posting, but nine months later, it’s become clear that I don’t know how to. But the rest is still relevant, I think.]
Although I’m a woman and a person of colour, I have the luxury of not having to fear more than before for my personal safety due to the outcome of the US presidential election since I don’t live in the US. Those who are worried about their safety have every right to be so; their fear has unfortunately been validated by now countless reports of verbal and physical assault by white males who align their attacks with the new US president-elect. But since I don’t have to worry about getting deported, incarcerated, tortured, raped, or being attacked in countless other ways any more than I usually do, my reaction to the election can be cerebral and detached rather than instinctive, emotional or based on survival. For that I am grateful and I acknowledge that others in the US may not have this luxury.Read More »
Wow, his previous job experience as a drama teacher is really paying off right now. I actually believe that he actually believes that Canada is better served with a smaller number of larger political parties instead of a larger number of smaller political parties. He comes from a political dynasty, with a father having served as prime minister. He comes from a party that has governed the country for at least half of all its history, and he believes it’s done quite well, thankyouverymuch.Read More »
On 18 May 2017, I emailed each of Canada’s 183 Liberal members of parliament. The emails addressed the member personally (e.g. “Dear Mr. Aldrag”) but were otherwise identical. The subject line read: “I support ERRE recommendations – please vote YES on May 31st”. The text provided reasons why the member should vote ‘yes’ to concur with the recommendations of the all-party committee on electoral reform that were published on 1 December 2016.
The four charts below summarise their response as of 28 May.
Here’s a secret: I’m obsessed with Facebook’s On This Day blasts to the past. It’s narcissism, but so is reading old diaries, right? So seven years ago last week I was in Germany for the first time and my 20-year-old self was blown away by the ultra-coolness that was Berlin. I’m not going to romanticise it into a “and at that moment I knew I would be back” thing, but it sure was the perfect icing on my exchange semester cake. (Carrot cake. Obviously.)
Many years ago a Canadian friend opined, with innocent gravity after his cliche of a summer trip backpacking through Europe:
Europe changes lives.
The statement itself is a cliche as well but it keeps cropping up, even among my friends now who are 30 rather than 20 years old who are on the continent for the first time. Because it’s true! I don’t know if Europeans can appreciate what a special place this is.Read More »