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What's your reaction to the Nolan situation?
Fri, August 17, 2007

Believing he was subjected to a "racist comment" and "treated like a criminal" a native-Canadian hockey player wants answers why he was "harassed" and denied entry into Canada at a border crossing this week.

What everybody wants to know is what it was about Brandon Nolan that border officers at the crossing at the Ivy Lea Bridge, between Brockville and Kingston, didn't like?

Ted Nolan's kid felt humiliated


This comment is FULLY MODERATED.


For Dave, Wayne and O'Neill: this is the third time I've tried a response to you.

The moderator won't allow me to say what is needed.

There really is no freedom in this country any more.

This is beyond sad, it's disgusting.

Claudia, 2007-08-29 07:35:26

TO Cave, O'Neill and Wayne:

I posted a note to you and it was smothered, censored again.

If anyone knows where a message board is where one can freely, openly exchange ideas, let me know otherwise this will be my last post as the moderator is too much like a dictator.

Claudia, 2007-08-28 15:54:39

For O'Neill: I am not surprised at your comment not being posted.

For Wayne: you are right-discrimination comes 'on purpose' as well as from ignorance.

By ignorance I mean 'without knowing', I prefer people to talk from a naive, not knowing stance. It shows me that what they might say is not meant to be rude or hurtful.

But what bothers me most of all is the censorship, the muzzling of free thought and ideas because it is not the state sanctioned politically correct point of view.

Is there some message board where people can exchange our thoughts without the Canadian version of the KGB censorship?

We cannot exchange our ideas here, too many people are afraid, cowardly, spineless, weak.

This is weakening our country.
Claudia, 2007-08-28 14:50:49

Claudia, for the record, I am First Nations, so you can see how there is now way I can have any white man's guilt. That being said, I do try to see all sides of an argument, and I do have to admit that a lot of times it is easy to throw out the race card and claim discrimination. Just being of a certain race doesn't make one right all the time. I think I've experienced a lot of discrimination myself, but there are a lot of times where I just think that it is not intentional or it is just based on ignorance, and I move on, because I know I've done nothing wrong.
Wayne R, 2007-08-27 19:58:16

Very interesting Claudia,i wrote a response to a guy who wrote about the Micheal Vick incident insinuating that race was a factor in the prosecution of Vick .I used a analogy that black dogs and cats were killed as well as white.It never got posted.
O'Neill, 2007-08-27 14:03:29

This is for Dave, Wayne and O'Neill:

I posted a response that was for you all, but it was not politically correct and the moderator censored it, forbidding that it should be posted. He is afraid of truth, and he is afraid of exposing the lie that multiculturalism is good for this country.

I wrote a clear answer to you Dave, and I clearly spelled out what I felt was what made this country great, if it helps you to understand my position it is like yours, but the moderator didn't like it written clearly, truthfully.

O'Neill, I agree that you write that the country that is written about, but no longer exists. I wrote about that too, and also included that line. Again, it was censored by the moderator who is afraid.

Wayne - I wrote to you as well, and finished by showing delight at your 'gotcha' to me as you said you were not white. I asked you if you were Metis like me. The moderator seems not to like one minority asking the colour of another.

I would like to be able to speak with you all and exchange ideas, but obviously this is not the place as fear has kidnapped rational thought.

Does anyone know where people can exchange ideas without the suffocating muzzle of censorship?

This country is not free anymore, we are slowing, surely becoming a totalitarian regime where one cannot speak without fear.

Claudia, 2007-08-27 13:05:44

Not letting Nolan in because he is Native was prejudicial, but "Where's Cornwall" was a racist statement, made because the some of the people of his race are causing hell in the area. What people have to stop doing is being scared to call a spade a spade.

Canada itself is in a catch 22 situation. The government promotes the country as a great place to immigrate to, they can't exactly tell everyone to adapt as soon as they land, because it may just push people away. But, that does not give immigrants the right (for lack of a better word) to complain or even be offended when our values/traditions/beliefs are promoted, and that's where our government needs to take a stand.
Dave, 2007-08-26 14:27:24

Racism or Prejudice?Just prejudice comments or practices.Talk about ambiguity when a comment of "where's Cornwall" is classified as racism.Calling Racism all the time serves only to devalue an already mis used word.Real Racism and predudice does exist in Canada with fringe groups and lunatics but in a very low percentage.I've been finding that our multicultural chinatown,little Italy,little lebanon,little first nations,tend to be more exclusive than little whitey town.As for French ,the problem is Quebec has facist language laws and the rest of Canada does not.Lots of complaints starting to form on Christmas-Christmas trees being taken down because of our "sensitivety" towards other religions and our multi- cultures.I believe Ontario was going to pass Sharia law for Marriage consulting moslems before a backlash prevented them from doing so.Your name is Dave and you are Canadian but the country you write about no longer exists.
O'Neill, 2007-08-25 16:32:09

well said Dave!
Wayne R, 2007-08-25 09:35:57

Geez, an open and honest way to approach this is look at the facts as we know them right now - Brandon Nolan did not play a race card that was hidden up his sleeve, it was dealt to him with the snide comments the border guards made...allegedly. If his account is ultimately the correct one, all the white guilt, etc. is irrelevant because he was the subject of racism.

The true point of all of this is simply that no matter what an individuals point of view or personal belief is, all that needs to be checked at the door when you clock in for your 8 hours. Anyone who brings their personal feelings or emotions to the office should clock out and go home for the day, or find a job where they are so isolated they do not run the risk of messing up.

Now, to play devils advocate, I do feel for the Border Guards. I wouldn't to be the one who let my guard down and let someone in who shouldn't be here, espcially since 9/11 and I'm sure the US has their radar up on them. How much would they love if a terrorist got into Canada? It's a sad state of affairs, but unfortunately a reality.

Now Claudia, unless I missed something, your positions and comments are somewhat ambiguous. You want to have an honest conversation about how people feel with the current state of our nation and how it shuold return to what made it great, but what is your deifinition of when it was great. Personally, just to get the ball rolling, is all this BS about same sex unions and polygamy and essentially pulling away from the values of God. In terms of racism, I find nothing wrong with our multicultural society, let the Little Italy's and Chinatowns grow and thrive, but as they do they must remember that they are in Canada, where Christmas and Easter are celebrated, the national languages are English and French so they need to be learned, where people are free to believe what they want, but have to accept what the rules are and abide by them. My name is Dave, and I am Canadian!!!!!
Dave, 2007-08-24 22:56:35

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