Author: Hon. Joe Volpe

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Unanimous Supreme Court bombshell decision in the “flag debate”

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) would seem to have laid down the ground rules for any discussion on the legitimacy of Catholic schools in Ontario’s “public education systems”. In a unanimous decision, rendered May 21, 2021, it essentially said secular courts have no business in the affairs of religious organizations. (more…)

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“Equity advisors” turned hate mongers erode and destroy systems and rights

You may have noticed that schools are closed. Children (that is the legal definition for people under the age of 18) are “studying remotely”, if at all. Distance learning is all the rage. Contagion, vaccination, “herd immunity” have displaced math, science, technical know-how, development of social skills, and critical thinking. (more…)

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Disculpas oficiales: es la hora de hacer lo correcto

Articulo escrito por Joe Volpe — Video: Lisa Picerno

Mañana el primer ministro Trudeau se levantará en la Cámara de los Comunes y pedirá las disculpas a una clase de canadienses que este gobierno de la época ha cometido contra ellos hace 80 años. En resumen, los declaró “enemigos alienígenas”. (more…)

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TCDSB management from bad to worse

Who in the heck is running this place?

TORONTO – As organizations, Catholic school boards have a specific Constitutional role to play in Canadian society. The one in Toronto seems to be obsessed with things sexual, be they substantive issues like curricula or symbolic ones like flag-waving. (more…)

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Sources of military actions in the Middle East: Power and Bibi

TORONTO – Whatever one might hazard to say about Israel… it would be wrong, the moment a “shot” is fired. There have been many “shots” fired in the last week. In fact, as of May 19, the overall death toll in Gaza stood at 197 people, including 58 children and 34 women, with 1,235 injured and about 70,000 displaced.

A word of caution, the foregoing numbers vary according to their source (Hamas/Palestinian or the Israeli Defense Forces), and reporting agencies like Al-Jazeera, the BBC or the Associated Press. (more…)

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Ortadoğu’da askeri harekatın kaynakları: Guc ve Bibi

Translation & Video: Betul Sarikaya

Israili savunmak icin kim ne derse desin, Israil yaptigi kabul edilemez siddeti durdurmadikca ve masumlara ates etmeyi kesmedikce, Israil yanlisi denilecek her sey yanlis. Geçen hafta çok sayıda ates atildi. Aslında, 19 Mayıs itibariyle, Gazze’deki toplam ölü sayısı, üzere 58’i çocuk ve 34’ü kadın olmak üzere 197 kişiydi 1.235 yaralı ve yaklaşık 70.000’i yerinden edilmiş oldu. (more…)

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Sources of military actions in the Middle East: Power and Bibi

TORONTO – Whatever one might hazard to say about Israel… it would be wrong, the moment a “shot” is fired. There have been many “shots” fired in the last week. In fact, as of May 19, the overall death toll in Gaza stood at 197 people, including 58 children and 34 women, with 1,235 injured and about 70,000 displaced. (more…)

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İzinsiz giris yapanlara ne yapacağız? Onları dışarı atmak makul

Translation & Video: Betul Sarikaya

Toronto Katolik Bölge Okul Yönetim Kurulu (TCDSB) mütevelli heyeti, Kardinal’e “dikkatli dinlemesini” söylediğinde, bir reddedilme fırtınasiyla karsilastilar. Halk, dini ve yasal haklarının giriş seviyesi politikacılar tarafından gasp edilmesine itiraz ediyor gibi görünüyor. (more…)

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What do we do with trespassers? Throw them out

TORONTO – When the trustees at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) told the Cardinal to “stick it in his ear” they touched off a firestorm of rejection, local and beyond. The public would seem to object to their religious and legal rights being usurped by entry-level politicos. A blogger from far-away Texas […] (more…)

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What do we do with trespassers? Throw them out

TORONTO – When the trustees at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) told the Cardinal to “stick it in his ear” they touched off a firestorm of rejection, local and beyond. The public would seem to object to their religious and legal rights being usurped by entry-level politicos. A blogger from far away Texas has initiated an online petition calling for the ouster of these “pretenders”. (more…)

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Political Fraud in Schools and the Church

How odd. Thanks to the nonsensical, even inane musings (but they are done with passion) of trustees in Catholic school boards, the real Human drama of life is taking place within the Catholic Church.  It’s the stuff of movies. The moral and legal authority of Canada’s premier prelate, the one eligible to be Pope or vote for the next one, is being publicly challenged. (more…)

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Rule # one In Track and Field or politics: stay in your lane.

I stopped in a Dollar Store to pick up two cards: one, a birthday, the other, a Mothers’ day – both for the same person. Most of the store was dutifully sectioned off, even the card rack. I picked up the two cards anyway and proceeded to pay.

The self-serve kiosk would not accept the birthday card purchase. The young lady assistant who came to my aid, said “I’m sorry sir, the rules don’t allow us to sell any cards except these. You cannot buy and I cannot sell the other.” The card was worth $1.13, tax included. (more…)

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Symbols of “Progress” from Classrooms to Altars

It was a Shakespearean “et tu Brute” moment. Catholic Archbishop Cardinal’s “guidance” on issues of religion and faith suffered an utter defeat. In the wee hours of Friday morning, the very school board trustees who swore an oath to uphold his [the magisterium’s] teachings in Catholic schools thumbed their noses at him, and by extension at all those who support the Church. (more…)

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Toronto Catholic District School Board like Molière’s Tartuffe

TORONTO – Whenever I attend (virtually or in-person) meetings of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, I picture myself in the audience of a performance of Moliere’s comedic production, Tartufe. It is not a compliment.

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This is to say: it is difficult to take these people seriously. Tartufe, the character and the play, have become synonymous with hypocrisy, duplicity, pious fraud and treachery. (more…)

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Eğitim Politikalarında Gucu olanin Sozu Geciyor- Peki Bundan Kim fayda sağliyor?

Those with Power in Education Policies Speak – So Who Benefits From This?

Günlük basmakale toplantılarımızda, çalışanlar herhangi bir pozisyona karşı olan argümanlarla ilişkili “erdemleri” kabul etmeden önce sağlıklı dozda şüphecilik gostermeleri teşvik edilmektedir. (more…)

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God, do “the Mainstream Press” and its Sycophants Love to Hate Italians

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – There is no other point to a story that appeared in an English language medium on Easter Saturday, titled, in part, “Friends with Benefits?” (more…)

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Provincial Lockdown plan disseminates fear, panic and disdain for political leadership

TORONTO – With all due deference to the thousands of fellow citizens who have expired “because of” of Covid-19 or “with” the virus present in their system, my confidence in the political system’s ability to confront and overcome the medical challenges is no longer unshaken. (more…)

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Draghi the white knight

TORONTO – Leadership is defined by how individuals spontaneously respond to unanticipated stimuli. Intuitively, we recognize the astuteness, sagacity, “class” and courage inherent in the response. This is especially so when the individual cannot be held to account by a political obligation. Last week, Mario Draghi, former governor of the Bank of Europe, selected by […]
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Mario Draghi, former governor of the Bank of Europe and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey

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Trustees losing faith in their own Board

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian If they had taken place in a Parliamentary precinct, Daniel Di Giorgio’s motions at the Catholic school Board’s meeting on Thursday, March 25, would have amounted to a Motion of non-confidence against a minority government. The government either survives those motions, or it collapses and is replaced. In either case, the target of the motion of non-confidence suffers severe reputational damage. (more…)

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TCDSB Mahkemede: Hayat Durmaksız Bir Fikir Alışverişidir

Tcdsb Mahkemede: Hayat durmaksiz bir fikir alis verisidir

Yazar: Joe Volpe — Tcdsb in court: Life is a constant exchange of ideas and points of views

TORONTO – Fikirlerin sadece mahkemede cozulucekse konusmanin hic bir faydasi yok.  Bu durumda, idolojiler para, maliyet ve haklarla olculmek zorunda kaliyor. O noktada, kisi artik fikir alis verisi yapamaz hale geliyor. Ornegin, katolik egitimciler kamu tarafindan finanse edilen kurumlarin varliklarinin ozunu korumaya ve gelistirmeye haklarinin olmadigini dusunen kisiler tarafindan zor duruma sokulur oldu. Başka bir deyişle, senin kendi cabanla elde ettigin bi hak, senden daha guclu bir ses tarafinda elinden kolayca alinabilir. Acik konusmak gerekirse Bunun tek nedeni sadece bu kisilerin senin cocukalrini yetistirmek istedigin sosyal yapiya karsi bir antilpatileri olmasidir.

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Pope to “Counter-Culture Catholics”: are you in or out?

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – Even if you are the Pope, you can go from hero to goat faster than a superstar who misses scoring a goal on an empty net. Fair-weather friends abound. (more…)

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A sad, painful and classy farewell

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – When rules do not make sense, disappointment can turn to bitterness. How cruel, I thought, that extended family, friends, business partners, employees neighbours and others could not participate in what supportive people need to do by nature – rally around those who suffer great personal loss. (more…)

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Who stands with papal leadership on sexuality and purpose?

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – I mean no disrespect to the followers of religious ideologies whose detailed philosophic tenets are unfamiliar to me as I speak about the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our Western culture. Without false humility, I can recall the years spent in the “public spaces” dominated by, and reserved for, religious minorities from other places. It was my duty as a public official to help the integration process where reciprocity, inclusion and rule of law were and are values common to us all. (more…)

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Tempest in a teapot or strained Global relations?

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – Integrating people of diverse backgrounds is neither easy nor quickly accomplished. Corriere Canadese and the Italian diaspora are no strangers to that process. It is generational, to say the least. Perhaps that explains why Corriere received a copy of a letter purportedly issued by the High Commission of India (Embassy) in Ottawa to Global Affairs Canada, addressed to Director General for South Asia, David Hartman.

The letter dated March 2, 2021, and referenced below, draws attention to an escalating rift between Hindus and other unnamed Indian nationals in Brampton, Ontario. Couched in the niceties of diplomatic language is a concern that Hindus are being targeted for violence and that the perpetrators may be aided by local law enforcement officials.

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Contributions by Priscilla Pajdo, journalist/researcher at CNMNG.ca  (more…)


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