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Trust our multicultural maven Andrew Griffith to wade into the antisemitism/Islamophobia waters just as we’ve been enduring yet another round of name-calling in the wake of the Israel-Gaza conflict. He thinks both these characterizations are “mirror images,” having much in common. Generally, though, their use is ammunition to shut down debate, rather than initiate dialogue, he argues.

Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney is offering no apologies for stepping into America’s immigration mess and trying to get their best-and-brightest, the ones who find themselves in limbo after waiting for the highly-prized green cards. We suspect, like us, you were slightly surprised by this rather forthright quote: “We’re seeking very deliberately to benefit from the dysfunctional American immigration system. I make no bones about it."

Our top story for the week: a well-articulated account by Zoran Vidić about the joblessness that has lasted one full year. Lots of readers found his plaintive ending particularly powerful: “[F]or the sake of this country’s future, don’t listen to how I speak. Listen to what I am saying.” And, just as we were figuratively putting this edition of NewsFeed to bed, our Multimedia Editor Amira Elghawaby pointed us to a telling video that supports some of Vidić’s assertions. Please view the video here. 

 

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Ripples

Over five hundred people died in the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit China’s Yunnan province Aug. 4, and several thousand are injured. Images from the mountainous township show collapsed buildings, ruined roads, and utter devastation. Rescuers are scrambling to find survivors amid the rubble. According to the Canadian Red Cross, there have been no requests for international assistance. However, the relief organization says it remains on standby with “staff, stock and our emergency field hospital, if needed.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that it will explore the ethics of providing experimental drugs to those suffering from the life-threatening Ebola virus. WHO delegates were meeting in Geneva to discuss whether the outbreak, which has already claimed close to a 1,000 lives in four African countries, should be declared a global health emergency. Two American health workers who were infected with the virus in Liberia are improving after receiving experimental drugs.  There is no known cure, or vaccine.

Harmony Jazz

Some helpful points on how to handle situations when one is having difficulty understanding someone’s accent, whether in person or with a call centre in Ethically speaking: Discuss communication issues around accents with respect

A reminder of the challenges faced by cancer patients who come from minority communities where the number of donors is relatively limited in Cancer fight puts focus on lack of minorities on stem-cell donor lists. So, please consider donating your stem cells to OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

Back Pocket

The name Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish should ring a bell. In 2011, he wrote a highly-acclaimed book “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.” An associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and ever the bridge-builder, Dr. Abuelaish sees a role for Canada in helping heal the divided Holy Land by sponsoring wounded children for treatment.

Lastly, our friends at The Caribbean Camera are reporting that green tea is a healthy elixir with all kinds of medicinal uses for heart disease and potentially cancer. You might want to give it a try. 

 


With that, have a great weekend and don’t forget to look up the next edition of NCM NewsFeed every Friday morning! If you’d like to subscribe to our to-be-launched e-mail version of this newsletter, please click here.

Publisher’s Note: This NewsFeed was compiled with input from our Newsroom Editors and regular columnist, Andrew Griffith. We welcome your feedback.

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