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Unsightly lots really get council’s goat

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arksville is puling its hair out over what to do with property owners who let their land go to pot. It seems these unsightly lots raise the ire of other residents, prompting complaints to city hall. After all, we all know the lot owners would be left alone if no one said a word — the city enforces its bylaws on a complaint basis. That being said, it’s a constant problem and city hall wants something done Have a herd about it. This usually means sternly-worded letters, of goats chow lawyers and a lot of money. down on the How about a different approach? We all know how popular the Coombs Market’s tall grass of goats on the roof are during the summer. Why not unsightly apply that success in Parksville and have a herd properties of goats chow down on the tall grass of unsightly properties. Property owners wouldn’t have to lift a finger other than to grant permission. Goat herders would have a free food source (assuming goats eat the stuff) and the city would have two things: cropped lots and perhaps a tourist attraction. Call it the Unsightly Goats. Or, Goats on the Lots. How about Getting Their Goat? Then, throw our abundant Canada geese into the mix. Sure, they’re harder to control, but they’ll eat anything, right? It’ll plump them up for a solution to Parksville’s geese problem — Cook Your Goose. — editorial by Steven Heywood

The colour chart invents even more ways to divide us

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his is a column about something I have been mulling over for some time because it’s surrounded by minefields of political correctness. This fairly recent phenomenon has grown rampant these past years and now encompasses virtually all subjects from gender through religion, colour, ethnicity, etc. You can see why I was hesitant to talk about racism. There is another reason for my timidity and that’s because I don’t want to sound like some sanctimonious twit. OK, I’m launched now so here goes. On a news channel from the republic south of here, I heard a TV host refer to “brown” people as opposed to white or black people. My first thought was, my The Parksville Qualicum Beach News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to: B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

God, they have found yet another way to divide us. The term down there refers to Hispanic people but has lately morphed into including people from the middle east. I then envisioned a giant colour chart such as one would see at the paint store so we could classify everyone from black, beige, sepia to pink and white. One day they will come up with shades of blue or green, just wait. Many of us, those of a certain age, were reared by parents who were born in an era when white Europeans subjugated whole continents and there was a vast gulf between the conquerors and their subjects, the first group considered superior in all

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By Harvey Dorval

ways to the second. It was a case of might makes right. I’m pretty sure our parents never thought of themselves as racists. It was just the way the world was ordered and was accepted by governments, clergy, educators

and so on. As technology made the world smaller and more accessible to more people, the fallacy of this doctrine became clear to more and more educated people. I stress the word educated deliberately because ignorance breeds racism. No group has been more adept at exploiting this ignorance than the politicians who use it to enflame old hatreds and garner votes.

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This point was amply shown when the results of the last presidential election in the United States were released. I was shocked to read that only 10 per cent of southern white electors voted for Barack Obama despite how clearly he qualified intellectually over Senator McCain. That’s the face of racism, folks. Have you ever noticed little kids playing in a sandbox or listening to stories at the library? They are totally unaware of pigmentation or ethnicity. They have to be taught this poison. I recall a dark, wet Halloween night with our then three year old son. We canvassed our block and when we came to the cross street, I asked him if he wanted to go into the next block. To my surprise, he didn’t

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want to go there. When I asked why he said a neighbour had told him that those people were French and they didn’t give candy to kids. When I told him his grandfather was French-Canadian he was a puzzled little boy. That’s also the face of racism. It has to be taught to the kids, it’s not inherent in them. Is Canada free of racism? Of course not; there is more of it around than most of us want to admit but I do believe that Canadians in general are more tolerant due to the large number of people who have joined us to escape intolerance in their homelands. One thing I do hope for from our new citizens (demand) is that they leave their old clan, tribal, religious and medieval hatreds buried deep in their past.

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