admin, on 13 February 2012 - 01:42 AM, said:
You've stated your opinion but you haven't explained why. I call it incrementalism. Sure, in isolation it may not amount to much but it is simply another, in a series of steps, towards ghettoization.
If you look at the sociology, you see that its the economy that propels most immigrants to speak English fluently, and to participate independently in Canadian life. It's the ones who stay home, particularly wives and older parents (grandparents) that remain in ghettos.
I think an ethnic press that took the issues fairly to these people, isolated in their own neighbourhood ethnic enclaves, would have some marginal effect is bringing them out of their mindset, and ending their isolation.
I don't really understand why you are so concerned about this issue. Sure, some ethnic groups prefer to live with each other, but as long as they aren't compelled to, what's the harm? And these groups have gone a long way towards assimilating. It isn't, after all, the immigrants that come here who assimilate. (Has there ever been a European immigrant that didn't think they did things better in the old country that the way we do things here? Maybe, if they were behind the Iron Curtain.)
It's their kids that matter. They are the ones who become Canadian -- and this will continue until the time another bone-headed, John Tory type steps with the brilliant idea of letting every group run its own schools. There are lots of things to criticize our schools for -- the declining standards, the political indoctination, the failure to instill character -- but the one place they do excel is in assimilating all of their charges into a multicultural creature.