Count me in
I was hugely amused to read the profile of me in your Arts section under the heading "Canada's celebrated literary editor is no "Mr. Fancy Pants". And I must add that my time at the Cabot Trail Writers Festival was a constant delight, as I met dozens of Cape Breton people who loved books, and the authors who came from home and away to talk interestingly about their books, and what writing them was like.
In short, the whole weekend was a great pleasure for Jane and me.
But even better was to see me being used, to very good effect, in the Editor's Commentary "Immigration based on foresight, not fear".
That piece made the point that on September 8, 1967, this young Scotsman crossed the border from the United States by Greyhound bus "broke, with only a vague idea of what he wanted to do for work". It went on to say, accurately:"if the young Douglas Gibson who came to Canada in 1967 tried to enter today"-- without, I should add, all of the proper papers, which I promised to get in a few days, which was fine -- "he would almost certainly be denied long-term stay."
And this is serious, as we learned from the story "More delays for Syrian Family". Incredibly, the Esmaeels, the Syrian refugee family expected in Baddeck this month, sponsored by the Syria-to-baddeck Committee, has had their acceptance by Canada delayed by another year and a half. As Jennifer Macdonald tells the story, the delays by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada come across as infuriating. For the good people in the community who raised $40,000 to sponsor these refugees it must seem like a slap in the face. For the Esmaeels, and their children in a refugee camp in Jordan where their kids can't attend school, the price of this delay is much higher.
I hope that you can put the Government's feet to the fire here. If I can help in any way, count me in.