Harper, Trudeau try to quiet the rhetoric

Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper de­fended his gov­ern­ment’s stand by quot­ing mod­er­ate Mus­lim or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­portthe gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on the niqab. He used in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage to il­lus­trate his point, John Ivi­son writes.

Adam Smith once said the real and ef­fec­tive dis­ci­pline ex­er­cised over a work­man is that of his cus­tomers — it’s fear of los­ing their cus­tom that “re­strains his frauds and cor­rects his neg­li­gence.”

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Harper and Trudeau: At the very least, we ex­pect them not to make things worse

It has been a dis­tress­ing spec­ta­cle all round. It isn’t that our politi­cians have not been “de­bat­ing” the “is­sues.” By now we have a fair idea of where they all stand on the threat of ter­ror­ism and how a free and demo­cratic so­ci­ety should re­spond to it. Nor can any­one com­plain that the ques­tion of how to rec­on­cile re­li­gious obli­ga­tions and in­di­vid­ual rights, di­ver­sity and unity, has not re­ceived a thor­ough air­ing. I would even go so far as to say there have been valid points made on all sides.

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2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

Two men who were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant have apologized for their actions, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

The University of Oklahoma expelled two leaders of the chant Tuesday, without naming them publicly. The singing happened "as members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon rode in buses to a party at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club to celebrate the fraternity's founding," according to The Oklahoman.

University of Oklahoma fraternity's 'house mom', 79, says she's 'heartbroken' to be portrayed as racist after being caught

The 'house mom' from University of Oklahoma's disgraced Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said she's 'heartbroken' about being portrayed as a racist after being caught on video chanting the n-word.

Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s

The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to watch. We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in Ferguson, Mo. We are not the only ones to think this. In the recently released Social Progress Index, Canada is ranked second amongst all nations for its tolerance and inclusion.

Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse race problem than the United States. We just can’t see it very easily.