Friday, May 08, 2009

When Journos Get it Wrong

They can be completely wrong. Or spectacularly wrong.
Cosh may be right on the law, but his history is flawed. Yes. Phoenix is hurting now because of the housing collapse, but the team hasn't made money through the entire decade, not as a novelty act or as a draw for Canadian ex-pats in the boom years. Calling the GTA-Hamilton-Kitchener area Ontario's "rust belt" is just stupid. And, by the way, the Red Wings, in a real rust belt, are doing OK.
As for Martin, he's chosen to leave out some very pertinent facts: The nannies say Dhalla herself kept the workers' passports. They say Dhalla paid them in cash under the table, and gave them pathetic wages. They say Dhalla promised to use her influence as an MP to change their immigration status.
Dhalla denies having anything to do with their employment. They were hired and supervised by her brother, Dhalla and her lawyer say.
Yes, servants can be asked (or told, I suppose) to clean things, shovel snow, and shine shoes. But that's not the point. Twelve-hour days, seven days a week for $250 a week is the point.
Whether Dhalla did something wrong or did not, there is a lot to this story that needs to be probed. It can't be brushed away as a non-story or some kind of set-up.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that whole "care-givers" program is sketchy and a big indictment of Boomers who don't want to take of either their parents or kids, but I think we should wait for Dhalla's ethics probe or legal proceedings before we pass judgment.

As for the Member from Calgary Southeast, I think he is joke. He defended the program this morning on CBC radio, calling it a "treasure" for immigrant Filipino women.

Anonymous said...

Liberal Multiculturalism critic?!?,Ruby Dhalla and the rest of her Flinstone culture clowns should be given a copy of that little red book called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms upon their their way into Canada. And especially so when immigrating here so that they are not confused by the freedoms and privileges unfamiliar to them here in the 21st century.

Multiculturalism as per our government's official website proclaims it to be intergration of cultures..a harmonious blending of all cultures together. But, whats actually happening in Canada now via the immigration policies is an entrenchment of their little states within our state -enclaves or carbon copies of their original states.

Ruby and her gang?
Well they are soo comfortable in their new Indian/Brampton enclave/state that they are NOT going to miss a beat when they import their indentured slavery caste system with them. Its how they do things. Re: Slum dog Millionaire is just scratching the surface.

rebel
ex bramptonian
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Ottawa Watch said...

Domestics have been exploited for years. As Minister of MultiCult, Ruby should be aware of the abuse of low-skill immigrant women.
Plus her mom, who's in need of a "caregiver", seems to be in good enough shape to travel. The Toronto Star story today says Nanny Victime No. 3 was hired by Ruby's brother, then met Ruby and Momma when the two women returned from a trip to India.

Anonymous said...

In the late 1970's my mother fled India with me and my sisters, because our father had abandoned the family and ran off with another woman. If she had stayed in India we would have been left as slaves to our paternal grandmother, and eventually married off to the highest bidder. My mother's lot would have been even worse ... Even though we came to this country to escape the mass corruption, enslavement of people, and complete disregard for most human rights of poor citizens in India we increasingly find that the same corruption, enslavement of people and disregard for human rights becoming entrenched here in Canada as the South Asian communities rise in this nation goes unchallenged ... Individuals cannot be expected to learn the values of a nation such as Canada via osmosis, or due to taking a plane flight over the atlantic ocean ... There should be a mandatory training course of substance that teaches Canada's basic national values to all new immigrants who wish to become citizens and there should be a mandatory 90% pass rate. Learning one of the national languages should be mandatory. Furthermore, mass immigration (with most of it appearing to be South Asian immigrants coming from India, Pakistan as well as secondary countries such as England, Italy, Australia, etc ...) needs to be controlled otherwise every second person will soon be of South Asian origin ... where is the multiculturalism in that? Immigration in general needs to be more clearly thought through and public input and feedback allowed.

Me and my family didn't immigrate here to simply end up in a smaller version of India, we came here to escape from that hell.

Ottawa Watch said...

Good point.
Maybe this situation will be a bit of a lesson to those who feel so entitled that they can keep others as virtual slaves.

dizzy said...

" some very pertinent facts: Dhalla herself kept the workers' passports. Dhalla paid them in cash under the table, and gave them pathetic wages. Dhalla promised to use her influence as an MP to change their immigration status."

You KNOW all this?

Anonymous said...

Hope those statements are provable in court. Seems like libel to me. J-skool 101.

Ottawa Watch said...

I'll be around most evenings to accept a writ.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha.

Ottawa Watch said...

Well, Ruby is fighting back.
The whole thing stinks. I'd say it's a career-killer. Her Multi-Cult critic post is gone. And this thing won't die, since she's being hauled into a Parliamentary committee hearing.

Anonymous said...

If the yocals investigating Ms. Dhalla at the Ethics commission dig deep enough they will soon find what we already know in Brampton-Springdale a.k.a "Singhdale". They'll discover that usually an unfortuante Indian will be shipped in direct from the beehive itself- India locked in for 10 years plus to do their nanny crap jobs..and if they complain their families back home locked in some evil caste/slavery pact forever in a servitude role will suffer some unimagineable result.Its all based on of all things 'honour'
Our working person's friend, Dhalla made the mistake of hiring outside of this evil cult of hers.

India... the worlds largest democracy?!?!? Right! Slave camp rivaling only China.
Our fair lady, Queen, MP, porn star will soon be able to apply as a faithful nanny serving people as shes strived sooo awfully hard for. And if their is any retributive justice left in this world please let that family she serves be Phillipino.

rebel
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Ottawa Watch said...

I wish there was an investigation of the entire domestic slavery racket. The Star has started opening a rea can of worms. I hopeit doesn't stop.

Anonymous said...

Speakin of worms did ya get any on yer bug hunt?

rebel
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Ottawa Watch said...

Not yet. I'm at home with the kiddies. Are you up north?

Anonymous said...

Mmmm hmmm
Everyday's a holiday when U live in Georgian Bay ;) but, not much left of the beach we once roamed
:o
rebel
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Ottawa Watch said...

All fenced off?
I must dig out those sstories from the early 1990s where they said they would never do that. Oh, no. It was just about the legality of deeds on one small piece of beach.

Anonymous said...

When you have some time to waste, take a stroll through the Tiny Cottager archives from the early to mid-90s, where they fulminate about those awful rumour mongers who were warning backlot cottagers and inland residents that their day at the beach is going to be a thing of the past. They sneered at the thought of wholesale moves to private beaches, to fences running to the water's edge - "impossible,' thundered one Patricia O'Driscoll - and to any suggestion that anything would ever be different for people who like a day at the beach. I am surprised no one else has ever made any use of those archives ... and I am surprised FoTTSA has left them up.

Ottawa Watch said...

They trash me for my (very accurate) predictions.

Anonymous said...

The timing of this expose so much later from the time it happened is worrying -- it don't smell right. Who will look into this?

Ottawa Watch said...

Sure hit at a fortuitous time, taking some of the bizz off the Mulroney testimony and the Ottawa mayor's trial, which are both Bad Things for the Tories.

JA Goneaux said...

Indeed. But the question is: how and when did the the Toronto Star come into the Tory fold? AFAIK, this was their "expose". Any Commons stuff came after.

Ottawa Watch said...

True.
Amazing, though, how fast Dhalla was hustled into a committee. Still, that's fair play. Fortuitous timing, perhaps.