Read School moves imperial Japanese flag after student's protest draws almost 10,000 supporters online | CBC News by Rafferty BakerRafferty Baker (CBC)
A Langley Grade 9 student is claiming victory after an online petition with nearly 10,000 supporters resulted in the relocation of a Japanese Imperial flag in a history classroom.

The Japanese fascist flag has been successfully removed from public sight in this school. Ironically, the teacher appealed to the argument that such flags are tools for instruction. In no rational universe would such argument hold. According to such flawed logic, the teacher might have the Nazi flag hung up on the hallways as a tool of elucidation.

Great move and victory by the students.

On the other hand, I am still gathering signatures to submit my e-petition to the House to have this symbol of fascism banned from public display in our country.

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I am looking for signatories for an e-petition I intend to submit to the House of Commons to ban the Rising Sun Flag from public display in Canada, in the context of its fascist relationship.

Project updates located here.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to be added to the list of signatories.

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Read APEC: A family feud with no end in sight by Karishma Vaswani Karishma Vaswani (BBC News)
Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation smiled for the camera - but not all of them were happy.

Note the U.S. representative, VP Pence, fourth from the right relative to Chairman Xi, and the Canadian PM Trudeau, third from the right. Needless to say, the U.S. shall continue to be sidelined for its increasingly rowdy behavior.

Today, I signed a petition to the Government of Canada sponsored by MP Jenny Kwan to establish December 13 as the commemorative day for the Nanjing massacre perpetrated by fascist Japan 81 years ago.

I have been advocating for awareness of the Rape of Nanjing since reading Iris Chang’s book on the matter. Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago on the massacre:

A loathsome, overlooked holocaust of WWII

Posted on December 5, 2012 by William Borix

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The Canadian identity did pick up over a century ago.

In Trudeau’s words back in 1970, and in a slightly different, but related, context:

Canada remains one of the most wholesome and humane lands on this Earth.

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Liked Canadian becomes 1st woman in 55 years to win Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with 2 others | CBC News by an author (CBC)
Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, became the first woman in 55 years and the third ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with a scientist from the U.S. and another from France for their work in laser physics.

Congratulations, Donna! The third woman to win the Nobel Prize, the first woman in 55 years, and the first Canadian woman. 🇨🇦

As a resident of the North Shore, I find it but deferential to explore the culture of the people on whose traditional, historical land I, a modern settler, am honored to reside.

The Squamish people, or nation, as it were, have been living here for centuries. While they live, their language, the Skwxwú7mesh sníchim, is nearly dead. That is why I invite you to learn it, or to promote and support its teaching.

As the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger puts it, Squamish is a ‘severely endangered’ language. However, the picture is not so gloomy. Current efforts to revitalize the Skwxwú7mesh language, and culture, include the amazing work by Kwi Awt Stelmexw, which has been collaborating with SFU for a full-time immersion program that produces fluent native speakers. Obviously, the venerable goal of this initiative it to ensure future Squamish generations speak their language and live their culture, as their natural, historical right.

As a passionate lover of languages, I was curious on how to read the language and how the Squamish people count, greet and give gratitude. Everyone gets curious — Why is there a ‘7’ in Skwxwú7mesh, the Squamish word for ‘Squamish’? That’s how I ran into Kwi Awt Stelmexw’s language resources page. As you shall see, it is challenging to produce some sounds, and it is sad that they have adopted Latin letters, since with such a small number of letters and such a larger number of phonemes, the alphabetic principle has been violated considerably. (Perhaps the Squamish people should develop their own script.) But that’s the beauty of this endangered language — the challenge to learn it, as well as the eerie fact that it is so ancient and so tied to the land and sea.

I then got a copy the Squamish-English-Squamish Dictionary, compiled by the Squamish Nation. It enumerates all possible terms the authors were able to collect and jot down. With a dictionary in place, the preconditions to allow the Squamish language to prosper have been set.

Despite my curiosity and passion to get interested into learning Skwxwú7mesh, what added to my motivation was this one well-articulated paragraph by Zack Simon:

If he would like to teach his children a language whose speakers have committed the fewest moral transgressions, Mr. Mullone would do well to browse through UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger and choose from among those. Speakers of those languages have experienced history as a negative experiences its photograph. Consequently, their numbers are dwindling and their mother tongues are likely to find themselves in the dustbins of history by the conclusion of this century.

Which is why I invite you to learn the Skwxwú7mesh language.