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啊,加拿大!短篇小說,作者楊開明,RicePaper Magazine 2017-05-22 13:35:43

Oh Canada!

 

Fiction, by Caiming Yang

 

19 May, 2017 

https://ricepapermagazine.ca/2017/05/oh-canada-by-caiming-yang/

 

June 15, 2006.

A friend had sent the Kangs an email from Nantong, China: “If you watch your lives and care about things that happen around you, you will find you cannot live your life without being cheated every day here now.”

The friend went on to describe how they had joyfully bought a new home, but when they went to the developer to get the keys once the home was ready, they were informed that they had to pay a 70-year garbage handling fee and five-year tap water fee first. They had already paid 95,000 Chinese yuan for a parking stall, but they still had to pay a 100-yuan monthly fee on top of that. “How lucky you are living in Vancouver, the world’s most liveable place, never having these ridiculous problems.”

“Lucky we’re here now. We won’t have to deal with this kind of stuff anymore,” Gaojian said to Malay, relieved.

“Sure, here’s Canada!” she echoed proudly.

Gaojian and Malay Kang were a middle-aged couple who came to Canada from Dalian in late 2001. Gaojian never denied that he was stubborn, strict, and detailed, while Malay was flexible, gentle, and easygoing.  It happened to be quite a match, although there were occasionally some sour times. Gaojian had fought some good fights for their consumer rights when they were still living in China, and he had unbelievably won most of them, partly because he was a bit of a bad guy himself, according to Malay. In some cases, Malay did not believe he could win. Put things in writing, step by step, have patience, give the other party reasonable time to respond… Malay could never remember his mantra.  But both Gaojian and Malay had not had any major problems adapting to this new country, this adopted homeland.

 

June 16, 2006.

Malay dragged Gaojian to The Stone. One of their Chinese immigrant friends from Shanghai had introduced Malay to another Chinese immigrant Angie from Tianjin, who worked at the store. Angie had shown Malay some furniture there one day and Malay was very interested in it. Since moving to Canada five years ago, the Kangs have not bought any furniture except for two SleepCity mattresses—one for their daughter Kaveer and one for themselves; all their second-hand furniture had been picked up here and there. Now, their daughter was away, on her own, attending U of T. They had recently taken out a mortgage on a new one-bedroom condo unit built by Bota Properties Inc.—a very famous developer in the Vancouver area— and were scheduled to have the home key and move in within two weeks. Since Malay insisted on buying new furniture to match the new home, and she’d found some good yet inexpensive pieces at The Stone, Gaojian agreed to go have a look.

Angie was about 35, and looked good—although not very beautiful, nor sexy—with some traces of life’s bitterness on her lightly powdered face. Malay heard that Angie had separated from her Chinese policeman husband before coming to Canada.

Angie led the couple into the showroom, “This bedroom set sells really well. Solid oak. I can take the federal tax off for you,” she said.

Gaojian noticed a sign set on the top of the five-drawer chest: “OAK QUEEN.” He asked Angie: “Where were they made?”

“In your neighbouring province.”

“Alberta,” Gaojian said.

He checked them carefully. Chestnut colour, the kind of fashion reminiscent of old times. Solid wood chest and night tables. High, solid wood headboards, with two queen-size mattresses covered with light cream bedding. He even checked the bottom of the bed and saw there were some cross-supports under the mattresses. “Everything looks okay. We’ll take it,” he said.

They then moved to some other areas and chose a couch, a coffee table, a dining table and chairs and other items that Malay was looking for. But she was agonizing about one more item. “We want to have this sofa bed, but we’re not quite sure if we have enough space in the living room. If we find no place for it after you deliver it to us, can we return it?” she asked Angie.

“No problem,” Angie said, “as long as you tell me within a week. I’ll arrange the pickup for no charge.”

Everything went smoothly, including delivery time, delivery charge and paperwork. Malay got what she wanted and she was happy. They left The Stone. Malay started singing a Chinese song, following the CD, while Gaojian was behind the wheel driving home. The sky was still bright at 9 p.m. “Wow, so beautiful! Look at the sky! I really love Vancouver’s summers,” Malay said. “And winters, too.”

But Gaojian was quiet for quite a while. “I think this woman was not telling us everything.”

“Why? I was about to praise your gentlemanly style tonight.”

“Yake’s home delivery charge is $38.” Gaojian insisted on going to Yake before heading to The Stone to get more information. “$38 should be the market price. But Angie said they normally charge $70 for each delivery and she gave you 50% discount. That’s $35 to make you happy. Clearly, that ‘50% discount’ is not true. Yes, you saved $3 comparing to Yake’s price.”

“Don’t think of things like that. I’d rather believe people. This is Canada!”

“Okay, this is Canada,” Gaojian said.

      

Gaojian worked at a B.C. coastal forest company in downtown Vancouver, commuting by Skytrain. When he came back from work, Malay’s complaint greeted him. “Gaojian, you bought the wrong home! We can’t use that parking!”

“What’s the matter, Malay?” Gaojian asked.

“I can’t use that parking! I got stranded in the middle of the stall when I came back from grocery shopping this morning. I don’t know why I always touched the car—the middle part on the right side—against the edge of the wall. I just don’t know how to avoid it.”

“You hit the right side of the car?”

“I…”

“I told you if you have difficulty parking the car, you park it at the visitor parking first and then—”

“I couldn’t get out of the stall after I struck the wall,” she almost cried. “I couldn’t move the car. I managed to get out of the car and stood by the car watching, I saw so many Chinese and Korean people coming and passing by but no one stopped to help me. I waited and waited and didn’t know what to do.  Finally a white man with a bicycle came and helped me move it out.”

“Where is the car now?”

 “In the visitor parking. The guy asked me if I needed help. I said yes and he asked where I wanted to put the car. I told him visitor parking….”

Gaojian went down to the visitor parking and found their silver 2003 Toyota Corolla. The damage was on the right side, from the middle to the rear end. There were deep scratches. Malay was a new driver, and it was a bit much for her although Gaojian had given her some training for parking. Gaojian went to their stall. It was on P1, close to elevator. Malay liked how accessible it was. However, although it was not that narrow compared to the other stalls, it had a big column on one side and a concrete wall on the other. The column was about two metres long and 40 centimetres wide; it took almost one-third of the stall length on the column side, standing like another concrete wall. But Gaojian thought it should have been okay when he saw it the first time; he had not doubted that a developer like Bota would design and build some parking stalls that did not work. It appeared he had apparently missed it.

“Tell them we can’t have this strange stall. We spent that much money for a home with parking like this. It’s totally unfair.”

“Calm down and listen. We don’t have a chance to change the parking, most likely. There are several stalls with exactly the same layout in the parkade. They must have all been given to the one-bedroom units; all the other better stalls are for the two or three–bedroom units. Anyway, I will give it a closer look, but for now, we must learn to use this parking first.”

Malay sighed deeply. Gaojian thought of all the money the car damage was going to cost.

That evening, Gaojian took out the Homeowner Manual and read carefully, looking for information on parking, but he found nothing.

He pulled out a Service Request form provided by Bota Properties in the manual binder and wrote after the printed words, “I/We have the following concerns regarding our home. I/We request that you review our concerns and advise when and how they will be resolved:”

 

Our parking stall (No. 359) is too narrow to park a small car; passengers cannot get out after properly parking (head-in); driver cannot get out after backing in. This contravenes Bota Properties’ “tradition of excellence in the development industry” and “quality in all aspects of the building.” (West Larca At HighSky Village – Homeowner Manual)

 

He then faxed Bota Properties the Service Request.

 

July 2, 2006

Angie phoned the Kangs, apologizing. The delivery had to be delayed because the items they had ordered were not ready yet. They had originally hoped that The Stone would have delivered all what they had ordered by the end of June—after they got the new home key and before they moved in from their rental—but it had been impossible for The Stone to do it, so July 4 was the date they had agreed on. They had decided to move in to this new home on June 30 and thought waiting for furniture until July 4 was acceptable. Now the Kangs had no choice but to continue waiting. Their new home remained in a miserable status: numerous unopened boxes in the rooms, the TV on the floor, and small things spread all around, blocking passages.  

Malay was very patient in waiting for the furniture, but one week, then the second week, she became anxious. She began to sigh, murmur, and even regret buying furniture from The Stone, but she did not blame Angie for the delay.

Gaojian called Angie on July 12. He told her they were going to cancel all the items if The Stone didn’t deliver them by July 18. Angie showed sympathy and promised to make every effort to deliver the

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如何看待加拿大工会、罢工、工人运动及其发展 2014-09-11 10:31:12

我最近在万维网上就加国老边的博文《如何降服教师工会这个怪兽》http://blog.creaders.net/jiaguolaobian/user_blog_diary.php?did=190802)跟了几回帖,发现在如何看待工会、罢工、工人运动及其发展方面,大陆移民或华人与西人或本地人有很大区别。

博主加国老边以及多数跟贴者将加拿大BC省的教师工会及其罢工看成是洪水猛兽和社会毒瘤,但我的看法绝然相反。我的看法的形成主要源于一个时期的观察及思考,也不一定对。但是,进一步看一下这些讨论,或者十年、二十年、三十年后回过头来看一下,觉得可能还是挺有意思的。加国老边的这篇博文据他本人讲还刊载在他本人在《环球华报》的一个专栏里。不过,后来我去加国老边的博克目录看到了他的一篇写给BC教师工会的“感谢信”,得知他有上学子女,因此觉得加国老边的心情可以理解。

现将加国老边、我以及另一名主要跟贴者greatina就加国老边的该博文的互动转贴于下:



如何降服教师工会这个怪兽 2014-09-08 07:25:31




卑诗教师联会的罢工已经持续快三个月了。昨天,上百名以华裔为主的家长和市民聚集在温哥华市中心,希望教联尽快复工,让孩子们尽早返课堂。我知道,工会这帮孙子是不会轻易妥协的。

一己之私和社会公德以及教师师德相比,太微不足道了。然后,当50万卑诗公校学生被当做人质无法按时上学的时候,我们才深深感到,政府和民众已经被教师联会这个怪兽彻底绑架了。

当一个号称代表劳工权益的团体逐渐走向反动的时候,当一个群体不惜牺牲大多数人的利益专注于谋取财富的时候,当一个斯文扫地的组织罔顾社会承受能力,不达目的决不罢休的时候,我们难道还需要继续隐忍下去,任凭他们无情地去消费西方的民主制度吗?

这次罢工最可笑的就是拿学生做挡箭牌。谁都知道,加拿大的中小学教师不少“教而不专”,与学生间也鲜有师生情谊,可教联在谈判过程中却屡以学生利益为借口,意图达到提高自身福利待遇的目的,这就叫厚颜无耻。试问,不含薪酬和福利提升内容的班级人数以及学生构成调整方案教联会接受吗?自己有点墨水,就把全民当傻子,这也太弱智了吧。

教联成立20多年了,四五年就折腾一次,过去的数次劳资纠纷除了一次以外,其他全部闹得鸡飞狗跳。近年来,这个团体的脾气越来越坏,逐渐成为社会的一个“乱源”。大牌工会逐渐从为劳工者谋福利变成社会秩序的破坏者,他们专注于小团体的利益,置政府民众利益乃至社会游戏规则于不顾,沦为劳工群体中的“贵族”。平均年薪七八万,还在哭爹叫娘要奶吃,你这不是叫唐人街没工会的苦力揭竿而起吗?

从某种意义上说,工会运动不只是一个经济运动,同时也是一个政治运动。工会除了维护会员的利益、努力提高群体的劳动素质之外,它首先应该是一支维护社会稳定和推动经济发展的重要力量。可是,如今的工会逐渐地变成带有“帮会“色彩,他们利用自由民主的制度、利用民众的忍耐,做法越来越嚣张,完全不理会社会的感受。这些年,诸如公共交通、邮电、教育、医护、社会服务、警务系统的公营机构工会,已经把自己打造成拉帮结伙、扰乱社会、保护落后,抗拒竞争的另类角色。若对其不加以约束,则国无宁日、省无宁日、民无宁日。

其实,这些工会在西方日渐边缘化,工会以罢工或其他强制性手段,争取群体财富和利益,满足自身需要的做法已经越来越不得人心。在这种情况下,工会影响力的式微早已是不争的现实。于是,一些工会拼命增加表现机会,说到底就是为了延续本团体的香火。

必须明白,任何事物都有一个发生、发展、高潮、衰弱、消亡的过程,工会也不可能万岁万万岁,就当下教师联会这样的工会团体给社会带来的硬伤,其最终被扫尽历史的垃圾堆只是时间问题。省府应该尽快制定相关的法规,严格限制涉及社会民生和大众利益的行业工会滋扰社会。当然,这会有法律风险当然,教师联会依旧会通过司法程序来给自己寻找台阶。但我们对加拿大的司法有信心,咱就不信打着民主的旗号肆意扰乱社会的行为,真的就能够畅行无阻。从长远来看,公营机构工会的存废,也应该提到议事日程。

长痛不如短痛,我倒是建议这次让教联彻底闹个够,直接闹到整个社会群起攻之,闹到教师揭不开锅,闹到他们变成过街老鼠, 或许到那时这个怪兽就彻底寿终正寝,被乖乖关进西方民主制度的笼子里了。

刊载于本人《环球华报》专栏




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作者:秋念11 留言时间:2014-09-08 09:42:09

西方民主制度只能产生无赖


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 11:12:36

这篇博文有点像国内环球时报的风尚,惊人地体现了众多华人不求甚解、一己私利的方面。


博主是否听说了过去十年BC高院两次判定省府犯规,而始作俑者乃现省长?


我历来都投自由党,但自由党却是错了。太明显地偏向富人。省长间惠芝把自己儿子送入私校,而置公共教育不顾,这些都是事实。


我一开始也以为教联在谋略上出了差错,现在看来没大错。


当然,最简单的方法就是请中国共产党来领导,把所有不愿意听到的民众的声音全压下去。或则采用博主的主张,剿灭所有的民众组织。


我们当然希望学校尽快恢复上课,也同情有孩子的家长。但是,一个健康的社会常常会有阵痛。只有我的母国中国没有这样的阵痛。爽吧,博主?


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 12:24:26

消费民主和享受民主是两回事。省高院两次裁决省府败诉,并不意味着教师联会就站在正确的一方。教师联会提出超过全省公务员两倍以上的加薪幅度,假若省府同意,其他工会立即效仿,那岂非天下大乱?


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 13:35:09

分割利益这块蛋糕,必须顾及各个群体富人利益,不能倾向某一单一群体,这不符合加国多元文化的精神。


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 13:56:33

1. 我理解的两次高院判决,皆因间惠芝一刀切地砍、猛砍公共教育并全面剥夺教师权利,有显失公平的方面。这种理解与我不喜欢NDP的比较左的政策无关。反过来,如果省长自己的儿子也在公立学校就读,而不是在私校,我就没有话说,尽管我的孩子早已大学毕业、就业了。

2. 我所理解的工会工资、福利要求,好像是5年期间工资共涨7% (省府大致同意)。5年涨7%,低于一般的通胀率,我在一个大型上市公司工作,去年一年就给涨了10%。工会另外要求福利涨7%,对此省府可以砍半谈,但省府拒谈,相反,省府花巨资在媒体做广告,说工会要求工资福利涨20%。实际上,掩盖的真相却在于与班级规模有关的成本这个成本一说是2.5亿加元,一说是0.75亿加元。间惠芝因承诺了平衡预算,她就不管一切地坚持砍。

3. 教师的工资比全社会高一点,或者搞出许多,这个社会会不会乱套?根据邓小平理论,一点也不会,相反,整个社会会更加稳定,会更崇尚知识。一点声明:我家没有一人在公共教育部门工作、领饷。我也痛恨增税。

4. BC自由党执掌省府15年,社会的公平性被砍掉得太多了(我说的公平,不是指平均主义)。一个惊人的、不被华人注意的是,省府过度保护雇主和一切工商业主,部分的目的是保护、鼓励和创造就业(这本来无可厚非),而无视消费者和社会个体成员的利益诉求。有些惊人的例子可以在我的博克http://caiming-yang.blogspot.ca/ 中看到,但你不一定有兴趣、有时间, 说句刻薄的话,因为你是华人,当然我也无意将自己排除在外。这么说,苦涩得很。


作者:SerenaCH 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:00:48

学生受教育的权利谁来保证?


作者:SerenaCH 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:03:05

我就不相信除了罢工没有更有建设性的方式!撩挑子不干是哪门子的解决问题的办法


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:44:18

回复开明先生:工会提出的工资涨幅没错,但其中福利的那块高达21亿元,这笔开支只能用加税来偿付,这个纳税人会同意吗?任何撇开社会观感的福利增加要求,其实都是一厢情愿的事情。这个和有人是不是在上市公司没有关系。省府是民选的,理应是纳税人的代表,现在的劳资纠纷就是教师和普罗大众之争,不看到这一点就容易别白花花的银子迷住了眼睛。


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 18:16:23

1. 百年工人运动造就了今日之加拿大,促使加拿大拥有了许许多多的社会主义因素。人类近代史基本上证明了这样一个事实:工会运动促成的社会进步远远大于暴力革命、武装夺取政权(后者多半成了人类文明的毁灭者)。而工人罢工则是工人运动一个不可或缺的方面。而在我们的母国,想罢工,就得先进监狱。

2. 学生受教育的权利谁来保证?当然是政府。政府(省府)高唱确保学生受教育权利,但省府15年来没有下力气确保学生受好的教育的权利,恰恰相反,削减开支一直是其主要执政目标,而其他一切都是其辅助目标。而政府高官、省营企业高官的薪金、奖金是否得到了有效监控,不得而知。本质上,一切具有偏右色彩的政党都不出其左右。

3. 不排除我的看法也有偏颇之处,但我感觉现在的教师工会领袖 Jim Iker (?)很理性:有理、有利、有节。现在许多意见倾向于劝说省府和工会尽快就工资、福利达成协议并复校,班级结构问题推后,这种可能性还是有的。在谈判协商、调解均告失败后,工会提出第三方有约束性仲裁,这些都使工会一方处于理性的上方。省府不排除立法命令教师复工的可能性,但这需要的时间可能更长一些,因为还需要劳动关系局确定哪些是教育必修课等等,且因失信而对自由党下次选举不利。

4. 我个人希望一个月内开学。但世事难料。BC自由党的幕僚更具狡猾性和谋略性也未可知。


作者:greatina 留言时间:2014-09-08 18:44:00

1. 总的来说,工会是社会毒瘤,越早除去,越好。看看Walmart为什么能做到行业最大,就是坚决不让我工会,原则就是工会我斗不过你,你来我走,不行宁可把店给关了,也决不让工会存活。美国的汽车厂为什么曾经要破产保护,就是让工会给折腾的。

2. 工会是一个奖懒罚勤的组织。我以前在downtown一公司上班,老板是创业者,做得非常成功,他曾经在BC省的电信公司工作(好多年前就关门了),是工会控制的工作,这老板以前在BC的电信做得很卖力,所以头就找他谈话,跟他说: you work too hard, you make others look bad. 他听了这么说,他跟想这公司怎么生存,就离开了。现在的BC的老师也是这么一群人,都是吊儿朗当的一帮人,这是工会工作所要求的。

3. 工会制造社会不公。你想想,同样的工作,那些工会的政府工要拿同样工作人工资的几倍,这钱哪来,都是纳税人的钱。钱总共这么多,教师的,工会的多拿了,用到其它地方的钱就少了。这是不公平的。


作者:greatina 留言时间:2014-09-08 19:16:04

请教 開明

1. 我历来投自由党,坚决不投NDP。说实话,我是确确实实的穷人。你说省府太明显地偏向富人,请具体说,我想清楚一下,如真象你说的,我以后投票就人从新考虑一下。

2.再问,你说 BC自由党执掌省府15年,社会的公平性被砍掉得太多了,能不能也具体举点例子。我也来加十几年了, 没怎么感觉变化。你说一个惊人的、不被华人注意的是,省府过度保护雇主和一切工商业主。具体点说一下呢。

3. 有一点大家要认清,没有好的经济发展,其它一切都是空谈。经济不好,就没有钱,没有钱政府怎么服务社会。经济好了,企业能健康发展,才能增加赢利,才能给政府多交税,企业才能多增员公工资,才能多招人,这样个人才能多交所得税,也能增加个消费税,政府不能大大增加税收就不能提高服务社会。 NDP经常在选举时说怎么花钱服务社会。花钱谁
























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如何看待加拿大工会、罢工、工人运动及其发展 2014-09-10 21:57:14

我最近在万维网上就加国老边的博文《如何降服教师工会这个怪兽》http://blog.creaders.net/jiaguolaobian/user_blog_diary.php?did=190802)跟了几回帖,发现在如何看待工会、罢工、工人运动及其发展方面,大陆移民或华人与西人或本地人有很大区别。

博主加国老边以及多数跟贴者将加拿大BC省的教师工会及其罢工看成是洪水猛兽和社会毒瘤,但我的看法绝然相反。我的看法的形成主要源于一个时期的观察及思考,也不一定对。但是,进一步看一下这些讨论,或者十年、二十年、三十年后回过头来看一下,觉得可能还是挺有意思的。加国老边的这篇博文据他本人讲还刊载在他本人在《环球华报》的一个专栏里。不过,后来我去加国老边的博克目录看到了他的一篇写给BC教师工会的“感谢信”,得知他有上学子女,因此觉得加国老边的心情可以理解。

现将加国老边、我以及另一名主要跟贴者greatina就加国老边的该博文的互动转贴于下:



如何降服教师工会这个怪兽 2014-09-08 07:25:31




卑诗教师联会的罢工已经持续快三个月了。昨天,上百名以华裔为主的家长和市民聚集在温哥华市中心,希望教联尽快复工,让孩子们尽早返课堂。我知道,工会这帮孙子是不会轻易妥协的。

一己之私和社会公德以及教师师德相比,太微不足道了。然后,当50万卑诗公校学生被当做人质无法按时上学的时候,我们才深深感到,政府和民众已经被教师联会这个怪兽彻底绑架了。

当一个号称代表劳工权益的团体逐渐走向反动的时候,当一个群体不惜牺牲大多数人的利益专注于谋取财富的时候,当一个斯文扫地的组织罔顾社会承受能力,不达目的决不罢休的时候,我们难道还需要继续隐忍下去,任凭他们无情地去消费西方的民主制度吗?

这次罢工最可笑的就是拿学生做挡箭牌。谁都知道,加拿大的中小学教师不少“教而不专”,与学生间也鲜有师生情谊,可教联在谈判过程中却屡以学生利益为借口,意图达到提高自身福利待遇的目的,这就叫厚颜无耻。试问,不含薪酬和福利提升内容的班级人数以及学生构成调整方案教联会接受吗?自己有点墨水,就把全民当傻子,这也太弱智了吧。

教联成立20多年了,四五年就折腾一次,过去的数次劳资纠纷除了一次以外,其他全部闹得鸡飞狗跳。近年来,这个团体的脾气越来越坏,逐渐成为社会的一个“乱源”。大牌工会逐渐从为劳工者谋福利变成社会秩序的破坏者,他们专注于小团体的利益,置政府民众利益乃至社会游戏规则于不顾,沦为劳工群体中的“贵族”。平均年薪七八万,还在哭爹叫娘要奶吃,你这不是叫唐人街没工会的苦力揭竿而起吗?

从某种意义上说,工会运动不只是一个经济运动,同时也是一个政治运动。工会除了维护会员的利益、努力提高群体的劳动素质之外,它首先应该是一支维护社会稳定和推动经济发展的重要力量。可是,如今的工会逐渐地变成带有“帮会“色彩,他们利用自由民主的制度、利用民众的忍耐,做法越来越嚣张,完全不理会社会的感受。这些年,诸如公共交通、邮电、教育、医护、社会服务、警务系统的公营机构工会,已经把自己打造成拉帮结伙、扰乱社会、保护落后,抗拒竞争的另类角色。若对其不加以约束,则国无宁日、省无宁日、民无宁日。

其实,这些工会在西方日渐边缘化,工会以罢工或其他强制性手段,争取群体财富和利益,满足自身需要的做法已经越来越不得人心。在这种情况下,工会影响力的式微早已是不争的现实。于是,一些工会拼命增加表现机会,说到底就是为了延续本团体的香火。

必须明白,任何事物都有一个发生、发展、高潮、衰弱、消亡的过程,工会也不可能万岁万万岁,就当下教师联会这样的工会团体给社会带来的硬伤,其最终被扫尽历史的垃圾堆只是时间问题。省府应该尽快制定相关的法规,严格限制涉及社会民生和大众利益的行业工会滋扰社会。当然,这会有法律风险当然,教师联会依旧会通过司法程序来给自己寻找台阶。但我们对加拿大的司法有信心,咱就不信打着民主的旗号肆意扰乱社会的行为,真的就能够畅行无阻。从长远来看,公营机构工会的存废,也应该提到议事日程。

长痛不如短痛,我倒是建议这次让教联彻底闹个够,直接闹到整个社会群起攻之,闹到教师揭不开锅,闹到他们变成过街老鼠, 或许到那时这个怪兽就彻底寿终正寝,被乖乖关进西方民主制度的笼子里了。

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作者:秋念11 留言时间:2014-09-08 09:42:09

西方民主制度只能产生无赖


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 11:12:36

这篇博文有点像国内环球时报的风尚,惊人地体现了众多华人不求甚解、一己私利的方面。


博主是否听说了过去十年BC高院两次判定省府犯规,而始作俑者乃现省长?


我历来都投自由党,但自由党却是错了。太明显地偏向富人。省长间惠芝把自己儿子送入私校,而置公共教育不顾,这些都是事实。


我一开始也以为教联在谋略上出了差错,现在看来没大错。


当然,最简单的方法就是请中国共产党来领导,把所有不愿意听到的民众的声音全压下去。或则采用博主的主张,剿灭所有的民众组织。


我们当然希望学校尽快恢复上课,也同情有孩子的家长。但是,一个健康的社会常常会有阵痛。只有我的母国中国没有这样的阵痛。爽吧,博主?


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 12:24:26

消费民主和享受民主是两回事。省高院两次裁决省府败诉,并不意味着教师联会就站在正确的一方。教师联会提出超过全省公务员两倍以上的加薪幅度,假若省府同意,其他工会立即效仿,那岂非天下大乱?


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 13:35:09

分割利益这块蛋糕,必须顾及各个群体富人利益,不能倾向某一单一群体,这不符合加国多元文化的精神。


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 13:56:33

1. 我理解的两次高院判决,皆因间惠芝一刀切地砍、猛砍公共教育并全面剥夺教师权利,有显失公平的方面。这种理解与我不喜欢NDP的比较左的政策无关。反过来,如果省长自己的儿子也在公立学校就读,而不是在私校,我就没有话说,尽管我的孩子早已大学毕业、就业了。

2. 我所理解的工会工资、福利要求,好像是5年期间工资共涨7% (省府大致同意)。5年涨7%,低于一般的通胀率,我在一个大型上市公司工作,去年一年就给涨了10%。工会另外要求福利涨7%,对此省府可以砍半谈,但省府拒谈,相反,省府花巨资在媒体做广告,说工会要求工资福利涨20%。实际上,掩盖的真相却在于与班级规模有关的成本这个成本一说是2.5亿加元,一说是0.75亿加元。间惠芝因承诺了平衡预算,她就不管一切地坚持砍。

3. 教师的工资比全社会高一点,或者搞出许多,这个社会会不会乱套?根据邓小平理论,一点也不会,相反,整个社会会更加稳定,会更崇尚知识。一点声明:我家没有一人在公共教育部门工作、领饷。我也痛恨增税。

4. BC自由党执掌省府15年,社会的公平性被砍掉得太多了(我说的公平,不是指平均主义)。一个惊人的、不被华人注意的是,省府过度保护雇主和一切工商业主,部分的目的是保护、鼓励和创造就业(这本来无可厚非),而无视消费者和社会个体成员的利益诉求。有些惊人的例子可以在我的博克http://caiming-yang.blogspot.ca/ 中看到,但你不一定有兴趣、有时间, 说句刻薄的话,因为你是华人,当然我也无意将自己排除在外。这么说,苦涩得很。


作者:SerenaCH 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:00:48

学生受教育的权利谁来保证?


作者:SerenaCH 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:03:05

我就不相信除了罢工没有更有建设性的方式!撩挑子不干是哪门子的解决问题的办法


作者:加国老边 留言时间:2014-09-08 15:44:18

回复开明先生:工会提出的工资涨幅没错,但其中福利的那块高达21亿元,这笔开支只能用加税来偿付,这个纳税人会同意吗?任何撇开社会观感的福利增加要求,其实都是一厢情愿的事情。这个和有人是不是在上市公司没有关系。省府是民选的,理应是纳税人的代表,现在的劳资纠纷就是教师和普罗大众之争,不看到这一点就容易别白花花的银子迷住了眼睛。


作者:開明 留言时间:2014-09-08 18:16:23

1. 百年工人运动造就了今日之加拿大,促使加拿大拥有了许许多多的社会主义因素。人类近代史基本上证明了这样一个事实:工会运动促成的社会进步远远大于暴力革命、武装夺取政权(后者多半成了人类文明的毁灭者)。而工人罢工则是工人运动一个不可或缺的方面。而在我们的母国,想罢工,就得先进监狱。

2. 学生受教育的权利谁来保证?当然是政府。政府(省府)高唱确保学生受教育权利,但省府15年来没有下力气确保学生受好的教育的权利,恰恰相反,削减开支一直是其主要执政目标,而其他一切都是其辅助目标。而政府高官、省营企业高官的薪金、奖金是否得到了有效监控,不得而知。本质上,一切具有偏右色彩的政党都不出其左右。

3. 不排除我的看法也有偏颇之处,但我感觉现在的教师工会领袖 Jim Iker (?)很理性:有理、有利、有节。现在许多意见倾向于劝说省府和工会尽快就工资、福利达成协议并复校,班级结构问题推后,这种可能性还是有的。在谈判协商、调解均告失败后,工会提出第三方有约束性仲裁,这些都使工会一方处于理性的上方。省府不排除立法命令教师复工的可能性,但这需要的时间可能更长一些,因为还需要劳动关系局确定哪些是教育必修课等等,且因失信而对自由党下次选举不利。

4. 我个人希望一个月内开学。但世事难料。BC自由党的幕僚更具狡猾性和谋略性也未可知。


作者:greatina 留言时间:2014-09-08 18:44:00

1. 总的来说,工会是社会毒瘤,越早除去,越好。看看Walmart为什么能做到行业最大,就是坚决不让我工会,原则就是工会我斗不过你,你来我走,不行宁可把店给关了,也决不让工会存活。美国的汽车厂为什么曾经要破产保护,就是让工会给折腾的。

2. 工会是一个奖懒罚勤的组织。我以前在downtown一公司上班,老板是创业者,做得非常成功,他曾经在BC省的电信公司工作(好多年前就关门了),是工会控制的工作,这老板以前在BC的电信做得很卖力,所以头就找他谈话,跟他说: you work too hard, you make others look bad. 他听了这么说,他跟想这公司怎么生存,就离开了。现在的BC的老师也是这么一群人,都是吊儿朗当的一帮人,这是工会工作所要求的。

3. 工会制造社会不公。你想想,同样的工作,那些工会的政府工要拿同样工作人工资的几倍,这钱哪来,都是纳税人的钱。钱总共这么多,教师的,工会的多拿了,用到其它地方的钱就少了。这是不公平的。


作者:greatina 留言时间:2014-09-08 19:16:04

请教 開明

1. 我历来投自由党,坚决不投NDP。说实话,我是确确实实的穷人。你说省府太明显地偏向富人,请具体说,我想清楚一下,如真象你说的,我以后投票就人从新考虑一下。

2.再问,你说 BC自由党执掌省府15年,社会的公平性被砍掉得太多了,能不能也具体举点例子。我也来加十几年了, 没怎么感觉变化。你说一个惊人的、不被华人注意的是,省府过度保护雇主和一切工商业主。具体点说一下呢。

3. 有一点大家要认清,没有好的经济发展,其它一切都是空谈。经济不好,就没有钱,没有钱政府怎么服务社会。经济好了,企业能健康发展,才能增加赢利,才能给政府多交税,企业才能多增员公工资,才能多招人,这样个人才能多交所得税,也能增加个消费税,政府不能大大增加税收就不能提高服务社会。 NDP经常在选举时说怎么花钱服务社会。花
























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10 misleading food product labels in Canada

Marketplace investigation reveals dubious health and nutrition claims

CBC News

Posted: Feb 3, 2012 8:56 PM ET

Last Updated: Feb 3, 2012 11:11 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/02/marketplace-lousy-labels-full.html


A number of companies tout the supposed health benefits of their food products but the claims don't resonate with nutrition and medical experts, a CBC Marketplace investigation has revealed.

Package labelling often promotes "all-natural" ingredients or the presence of valuable nutrients and minerals. Alternatively, companies often focus on the absence of preservatives and substances linked to serious illnesses and diseases.

Others suggest consumers will become smarter or healthier, including providing a nutritional or immunity boost, as a result of using the products.

Marketplace contacted a doctor who specializes in healthy eating, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, to examine a number of claims found on the labelling of food products and created a Top 10 list of lousy labels, packaging that might have consumers shelling out cash for little or no benefit.

1. Maple Leaf Foods' Natural Selections

Maple Leaf Foods offers its Natural Selections line of deli meat products as having "no added preservatives" when in fact it contains nitrite — a preservative that may be linked to cancer according to the Canadian Cancer Society — in the form of cultured celery extract.

When asked about the packaging, the company denied that it was being misleading.

"We care deeply about the integrity of the products that we produce and the labelling is accurate," said Randy Huffman, chief product safety officer with Maple Leaf Foods.

However, this week the company informed Marketplace that it would include a reference on Natural Selections packaging to say that it does contain nitrite.

2. Danone's DanActive

Danone promotes this product as a "daily pick-me-up probiotic drink to help strengthen your natural defences." However, it found a place on Marketplace's lousy labels list for saying its claims were "scientifically proven."

The company was forced to pay a $21-million settlement in the U.S. for claiming that it prevents colds and flu without any proof.

Marketplace also learned that Danone didn't get approval from Canadian regulators to make similar claims here.

3. Carnation Breakfast Essentials

Carnation Breakfast Essentials is promoted as a healthy morning drink which is loaded with vitamins and minerals but it contains 38 grams of sugar, which warranted a third-place position on Marketplace's lousy labels list.

The company that makes the drink, Nestle, defended its product, saying it provides "a good breakfast choice with energy, protein and other nutrients for the often rushed and on-the-go consumer.”

4. Oasis Health Break CholestPrevent juice

This product contains references to its health claims all over its packaging and used to contain a line implying that drinking two glasses of juice was equivalent to eating 80 oranges or 22 kilograms of broccoli.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently asked the company to take that claim off its packaging.

Companies are allowed to add plant sterols to juice and make a cholesterol claim.

In a statement to Marketplace the company that makes the juice, Lassonde, said its juice is "intended for people who are concerned about their cholesterol level or have a family history of this condition."

However, to gain the required health benefits a person needs to drink two glasses every day, which works out to more than 1.5 kilograms of sugar every month.

"If you’re worried about your cholesterol, I’m not sure that taking your medicine with sugar is a wise plan," Freedhoff said.

5. McCain Pizza Pockets

McCain Foods has recently reframed its Pizza Pockets as a healthy food option, pointing to the fact they are baked instead of fried and made with "wholesome ingredients that contain no artificial colours or flavors," according to its website.

However, one Pizza Pocket contains 11 grams of fat, which is more than a Boston cream doughnut, and 470 milligrams of sodium, more than a large serving of French fries at a fast food restaurant.

When asked why it promotes Pizza Pockets as wholesome, McCain said "consumers told us they wanted food made with real ingredients that are recognizable and pronounceable."

6. Praeventia cookies from Lecher

These heart-shaped cookies from Lecher, which the company says are a tasty, nutritious snack, made it onto the Marketplace lousy labels list for touting the benefits of antioxidants, which have dubious medical benefits according to Freedhoff. And because the product name — Praeventia — implies that the cookies prevent disease.

"We run the risk of people thinking that now they can eat as many cookies as they want because here, these are healthy cookies," he said.

However, the company said Health Canada allowed the product on the market because the "information was true and not misleading."

7. Kraft Canada Inc.'s KD Smart

There is a more expensive version of the popular macaroni and cheese product that is supposedly healthier and has "no artificial flavors, colours or preservatives." The line of KD Smart products includes an omega-3 option, which Kraft promotes as a way to get the fatty acid that has been linked to brain and heart benefits.

But that last claim didn't check out with the Marketplace investigation.

"The studies on omega-3 show that there is benefit to the consumption of fish-based omega-3, but those same studies show that there’s not the same benefit with the plant-based stuff," Freedhoff said.

Accordingly, a person would have to eat approximately 177 servings of KD Smart to ingest the same amount of omega-3 found in just a single piece of fish.

Kraft said its KD Smart was "simply another way for moms to get some omega-3 into their family's diet."

8. Wonder Plus White Loaf With Fibre

The iconic bread company touts a special product line which "provides Canadian families with the taste and softness they love plus added fibre and the nutrition they need."

However, the White Loaf With Fibre product from Wonder Plus has a label that may go too far in terms of promoting its nutritional qualities, Marketplace discovered. The bread actually contains the ground-up hulls of whole oats only.

Weston Bakeries Ltd., which creates the bread, had this to say when informed it had been selected for Marketplace's lousy labels list: "Oat hull fibre adds fibre to bread. We agree … that it does not have the same nutritional benefit of whole grains."

9. Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars

Kellogg's found a place on the Marketplace lousy labels list for its Nutri-Grain bars. The company promotes the health benefits of its cereal bars by making reference to a "golden baked crust of wheat and whole grains mixed with a variety of fillings made with real fruit" on its website.

However, each bar contains more than 12 grams of sugar, which certainly adds up if it is eaten every day. And the first ingredient, listed by weight, is regular, white flour.

When Marketplace called to ask about the Nutri-Grain products, the company simply stated that “nutrition has been the driving force behind Kellogg's since its founding in 1906."

10. Campbell's Healthy Request soup

The popular company has a special line of healthy soups that contain whole grains and vegetables, along with a label that says the product contains 25 per cent less sodium compared to other soups.

However, Campbell's Healthy Request soup uses two-thirds of the 398-millilitre container for its serving size. If a person were to eat the whole container they would ingest 750 milligrams of sodium, or more than half the daily recommended amount, Freedhoff said.

"The amount Canadians choose to eat will vary depending on their individual lifestyle and dietary needs," the company said






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