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By Aritha Van Herk

The 5th name in our provincial histories sequence, Mavericks is an idiosyncratic and episodic historical past of what's arguably Canada's such a lot unconventional province. From mapmakers to ranchers, Stampede Wrestling to Stockwell Day, acclaimed author Aritha van Herk brings the drama and combative fantastic thing about this irascible province to attractive life.van Herk's portrait of her domestic province embraces all its extremes, from lethal and remarkable climate to dinosaur graveyards, and from oil gushers and geysers to barnstorming social reformers and political haymakers. Bronc-riders of increase and bust, Alberta's individuals are a beguiling mix of opinionated extremists, hardy pioneers and delicate sinners. Alberta is a province that almost all Canadians easily don't comprehend, the province such a lot Canadians like to hate. it really is considered as a land of reckless, redneck and ignorant individualists. however it can be the province the place the recognized 5 fought the landmark Person's Case, giving Canadian girls an analogous prestige as males within the eyes of the legislation, a province that actually believes in loose speech. Albertans tolerate of their midst humans whose severe perspectives on any demeanour of matters may lead them to outcasts in other places. And Albertans perform the creed of western neighbourliness, giving assiduously to charity and consistently lending a hand the place assistance is wanted. they seem to be a tricky, gentle bunch, squinting into the wind of decided distinction. If you're an Albertan, you'll realize your self and your house during this publication. If you're now not an Albertan, this publication could be an schooling for you. Mavericks will open your eyes to the genuine Alberta, as she was once and is.

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The tsunami briefly brought together students from CUTAM and Tamilagam, who collectively raised $10,000 in humanitarian aid for victims in India and Sri Lanka. 1). 1 Tsunami memorial in Montréal, Québec. 25 Introduction • 25 Muthu invited me to attend the memorial as well as a private party held afterwards for high school and college student leaders at the Ganesh Party Palace in Ville St-​Laurent. Entering the auditorium of École Secondaire Marie-​Anne at 6:30 pm, I see many high-​profile faces from the Canadian government on stage.

These contestations fuel heated discussions about what constitutes “good” or “bad” speech and highlight the public’s growing awareness of arbitrary linguistic standards. Hyperawareness of arbitrary linguistic standards also extends to adult community leaders who design and implement curricula to teach heritage languages to children growing up in Montréal. Since choosing a medium of instruction is tantamount to endorsing a standard language, leaders carefully base this decision on consensus or precedent.

Other asylum seekers accuse the LTTE of kidnapping child soldiers and extorting money from civilians. Since many Canadians regard the LTTE as terrorists, this narrative also proves convincing. In the 1990s, 90 percent of Sri Lankan Tamil applicants received political asylum in Canada (International Crisis Group 2010). Toronto’s Sri Lankan Tamil population, which at two hundred to three hundred thousand is ten times larger than Montréal’s, is indisputably the largest in the global diaspora. Toronto is also presumably the LTTE’s diasporic headquarters, with Montréal acting as an important auxiliary office.

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