On the importance of tolerance
Peter Wade wrote an article with the premise that, “reaction against the niqab, may not be (as claimed) primarily motivated by religious intolerance,” but rather an instinctive discomfort with faces being covered. So, the author is trying to say that Canadians, who spend most of the winter with their faces covered, are uncomfortable with a few niqab wearing women, simply because they can’t read their faces. Seriously?
If the motivation of this article wasn’t a very weak attempt to rationalize religious intolerance, it is still a very questionable
2) Residents should have the opportunity to present their questions, views, and concerns.
D) Before major decisions are made by council, TBL residents should be properly informed and consulted. In particular, from time to time their vision for the future of TBL should be obtained (or updated) in a fully professional manner, presenting alternative views, with the costs, pros, and cons. Full resident participation such as that which occurred with Imaginaction should be organized when major changes to the existing vision and ill-advised article, that didn’t merit to be published once, never mind twice. This type of article gives the ignorant a pseudo-scientific justification for intolerance; “I’m not intolerant, it’s just human nature. I read it somewhere.”
Empowered racists become more emboldened. We all see what is happening south of the border, as hate groups climb out of the shadows. We should not be doing anything to encourage that happening here.
E) When surveys of residents are carried out to determine opinions regarding proposed projects, they should be conducted professionally, and only after residents have been provided in writing with credible details regarding costs and benefits, which they have had ample opportunity to read.