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Sat Sep 11, 2021, 09:48 PM

Book burning at Ontario francophone schools as 'gesture of reconciliation' denounced

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/book-burning-at-ontario-francophone-schools-as-gesture-of-reconciliation-denounced

A book burning held by an Ontario francophone school board as an act of reconciliation with Indigenous people has received sharp condemnation from Canadian political leaders and the board itself now says it regrets its symbolic gesture.

The “flame purification” ceremony, first reported by Radio Canada, was held in 2019 by the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, which oversees elementary and secondary schools in southwestern Ontario. Some 30 books, the national broadcaster reported, were burned for “educational purposes” and then the ashes were used as fertilizer to plant a tree.

“We bury the ashes of racism, discrimination and stereotypes in the hope that we will grow up in an inclusive country where all can live in prosperity and security,” says a video prepared for students about the book burning, Radio Canada reported.

In total, more than 4,700 books were removed from library shelves at 30 schools across the school board, and they have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled, Radio Canada reported.

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nycbos Sep 11 #1
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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sat Sep 11, 2021, 10:04 PM

1. Book burning?

When I think of book burning I have images of Nazi Germany. I forgot where but in Berlin there is an underground memorial to the books that were burned.

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Sat Sep 11, 2021, 11:39 PM

2. Of all the places I would have imagined reading of thousands of books being burned, Canada

would have been quite low on the list. It appears I was wrong....

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sun Sep 12, 2021, 12:15 AM

3. This is one of those appalling ideas that could only be concived

By a well meaning committee each trying to out do each other in how sensitive and victimized they were. I notice most of the books buttered were history books and biographies.

Like Bill Mahr recently stated if your actions or point of view sounds like an Onion headline....

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