invaded: october

posted by missmsian

How we appeared in North American media in October.

Calgary 1, Toronto 0

On Oct. 18, Calgary elected its first South Azn Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi. Nenshi, panned at first as a fringe or idealistic candidate, ignored the haters and ran a solid campaign on, SURPRISE, a painstakingly researched platform.

Sure, he threw around buzz words like “sustainability” and “diverse communities,” but he also proposed, SURPRISE AGAIN, real ideas: low-income transit passes, a non-residential commercial property tax to replace the separate and confusing business and business property taxes and funding for a new library branch, to name a few.

His election doesn’t throw the city into post-racial bliss, but it’s definitely a few steps up from Toronto, which elected this on Oct. 25. Here’s how a Montreal Gazette piece summed up Toronto’s new mayor: “Rob Ford, who appears better suited to run a roadside diner than a city, swept to victory this week.” Ouch.

We could take a few hints from Campbell, CA.

This is what solidarity looks like

Quebec’s Jewish Orthodox Council for Community Relations has joined the fight against the province’s proposed bill that would ban niqab wearers from receiving government services.

“While the bill focuses on the controversy over the wearing of the niqab by Islamic women, Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish leaders expressed fear their community may also be targeted eventually,” the article says. Exactly.

Canadian Conservatives love immigrants

Who knew? The best part about this story is that the Globe and Mail ran a front-page photo of Cowin and Helen Poon, probably one of the first times the paper has run a photo of Azns (i) not named Kim Jong-il and (ii) not running naked from a Vietnamese village. Just saying.

U.S. conservatives hate soup

Especially Campbell’s. They like tea, though.

Racist and badly Photoshopped. Double ew.

Justice at work …

Ontario has no fully accredited Mandarin interpreters for our courts. [Insert sarcastic “hun hao!” here.]

Forget it. There is no justice …

Child soldier Omar Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in prison by U.S. military jurors after pleading guilty to several “war crimes,” including the killing of U.S. soldier Christopher Speer.

Let’s get real: almost 300,000 U.S. soldiers died in combat during WWII and you don’t see their widow(er)s crying in court (Tabitha Speer sounds like a total b*tch to me) and uniformed officers giving their murderers harsher sentences than even prosecutors demanded. Sorry, I thought the U.S. was at war. I thought it was kind of understood that soldiers sometimes die in wars.

Sex, and lots of it

Shigeo Tokuda is a 76-year-old porn star apparently making enough of a splash in Tokyo to be noticed in Canada.

A gushing white woman describes various sexual encounters with “uber-sexy” Chinese men.

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