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A Canadian version of the classic fable...



Classic Version:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


The Canadian Post-Modern Version:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come
winter, the ant is warm and well fed.


The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know
why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less
fortunate like him are cold and starving. CBC shows up to provide live
coverage of the shivering grasshopper, with cuts to a video of the ant
in his comfortable warm home with a table filled with food. Canadians
are stunned that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is
allowed to suffer so while others have plenty.


The NDP, the CAW and the Coalition Against Poverty demonstrate in front
of the ant's house. The CBC, interrupting an Inuit cultural festival
special from Nunavut with breaking news, broadcasts them singing "We
shall overcome". Svend Robinson rants in an interview with Pamela
Wallin that the ant has gotten rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and
calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair
share." In response to polls, the Liberal Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti-Discrimination Act, retroactive to
the beginning of the summer. The ant's taxes are reassessed and he is
also fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as helpers. Without enough
money to pay both the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes,
his home is confiscated by the government.

The ant moves to the US, starts a successful agribiz company. The CBC
later shows the now fat grasshopper finishing up the last of the ant's food, though Spring is still months away, while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he hadn't maintained it. Inadequate government funding is blamed, Roy Romanow is appointed to head a commission of enquiry that will cost $10,000,000.


The grasshopper is soon dead of a drug overdose, the Toronto Star
blames it on obvious failure of government to address the root causes
of despair arising from social inequity. The abandoned house is taken
over by a gang of immigrant spiders, praised by the government for
enriching Canada's multicultural diversity, who promptly terrorize the
community
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The abandoned house is taken
over by a gang of immigrant spiders, praised by the government for
enriching Canada's multicultural diversity, who promptly terrorize the
community

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I don't like this part of the story.

"terrorize the community"

interesting, someone still has this idea.


Well, not to "terrorize the community" is to change the
immigrant into Canadian.

How?

20 years ago, I could not get a job because I did not have
the "Canadian work experience"?

I asked my brother what "Canadian work experience" is, he said
"strike" and "packet line".


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hi, mukluk,

One more thing, I don't know if you live in Toronto,
if not, good, don't go to Toronto.

There are so many non-white people (terrorists - "people who
terrorize the community", I think you consider them as immigrants)that "Toronto is terrorized".

Mukluk, how do you know someone is immigrant or Canadian?
There are so many non-white Canadian in Toronto.

Oh, I know, just like I said in the previous message, you have to act
like a Canadian to become a real Canadian, not just holding a passport.
Start eating western junk food, and doing "strike" and "packet line".

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It was not my intention to offend anyone -- in fact, until you pointed it out, I didn't notice the "i" word in the story. I had hoped to make people smile.

Oh well.....
Mo.

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mukluk: I am the least prejudice person on the planet! That was just plain funny!!Though the oversensitive among us may see otherwise, It was OBVIOUS<<<<<<<<<< that there was no intent to offend anyone!!

Attaboy
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Attaboy,

First,

Although it was OBVIOUS, he still overlooked it, I just pointed it out.

"in fact, until you pointed it out, I didn't notice the "i" word in the story."

He should thank me for pointing this out.


Second,

"It was OBVIOUS<<<<<<<<<< that there was no intent to offend anyone!!"

so.....

OBVIOUS does not mean you can do it. Try to tell a OBVIOUS sex joke
to the women in your office, when they complain to the human resource
deparment, just tell the human recource that the women are
oversensitive.

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I came to Canada in May this year on a "PR" visa. I am IBM Mainframe programmer with more than 10 years of experience with more than 4 years of US experience. I am also told that without Canadian work experience I will not get work in Canada. That came as a rude shock. We are talking about software. Is not USA Mecca of software industry? I thought experience in USA would be counted as comparable to similar experience in Canada. But apparently no!

Now I am going back to India (my home country). Whose loss is it? Certainly mine because I am poorer by several thousand CDN. But also Canada's. Because I am confident that I will get a decent job in India. I will probably also get another chance to work in USA.

On the mukluk's story:

There are no spiders. There are some grasshoppers who look, sound and behave like a spider. There are some ants who look, sound and behave like a spider. Unless if I have got your symbolism wrong. I do not understand the symbolism mukluk uses. Why instead of using symbolism make any comment you like about modern times in terms of modern concepts? That way you have better chance of being understood.

-Bakulesh
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what! After so many years, they still use "Canadian work experience"
as an excuse to hire non-white. Come on, use another excuse.

"I thought experience in USA would be counted as comparable to similar experience in Canada." - may be in US, their computers are faster.
So you need "Canadian work experience" to write faster code to run
on slower Canadian computers. I think this is a better excuse. No,
China and India may have even slower computers..... I need another
excuse....

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I came to Canada in May this year on a "PR" visa. I am IBM Mainframe programmer with more than 10 years of experience with more than 4 years of US experience. I am also told that without Canadian work experience I will not get work in Canada. That came as a rude shock. We are talking about software. Is not USA Mecca of software industry? I thought experience in USA would be counted as comparable to similar experience in Canada. But apparently no!

Now I am going back to India (my home country). Whose loss is it? Certainly mine because I am poorer by several thousand CDN. But also Canada's. Because I am confident that I will get a decent job in India. I will probably also get another chance to work in USA.


Bakulesh,
I share your pain, I am/was (now retired) a mainframe programmer (both IBM and Unisys, also have 5 years Oracle experience). I worked in Germany for 13 years because there simply seems to be too many programmers in Canada for the number of decent paying jobs. I returned and retired at 53 because my wife was homesick for Canada.

Good luck in India

Tim
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