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News Round-Up: Jim Carr Remembered By TheJ.ca

Also: Ottawa school, U of Toronto medical college fail to curb antisemitism

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Jim Carr z’l” (center) is flanked by Manitoba colleagues Daniel Vandal (St. Boniface-St. Vital, left) and Terry Duguid (Winnipeg South, right) after voting to approve his private member’s bill C-235 in the House of Commons last week. (Photo: Jim Carr Facebook)

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On behalf of our publisher Ron East and myself, we wish to extend our personal condolences to the family and friends of Jim Carr upon his passing at age 71 on Monday. A long-time key Liberal figure in Winnipeg and former federal minister, we both got to know Jim before his career in politics even began.

“Right up until the very end of his remarkable life, he was fighting for Winnipeggers, Manitobans and Canadians,” his family said in the statement. “As a dedicated elected official, business, and community leader in Manitoba for over 30 years, Jim was loved and respected by so many and we know he will be profoundly missed.”

“Jim was my colleague on the editorial board of the Winnipeg Free Press before he re-entered politics to become a member of the federal cabinet,” tweeted former WFP editor-in-chief Nick Hirst. ”He was intelligent, wise, thoughtful and a passionate Liberal Manitoban. My condolences. We will miss him and his counsel.”

Jim Carr’s career in journalism was concurrent with the arrival in Winnipeg of Israeli journalists Yoram Hamizrachi and his wife Beate with their 3 children, with Ron the middle child. “It was among the very first friendships my parents formed” when they tried to make a new life for their family in a freezing cold prairie Canada in the mid-1980s, Ron recalled. Yoram Hamizrachi and his wife Beate were for a moribund Winnipeg Jewish community, an injection of vigour and ingenuity the Jewish community needed and that Carr found refreshing.

“With Jim’s outgoing and friendly manner, he and my parents just hit it off and had so much in common to talk about, including of course journalism,“ remembered Ron. “So many lively talks about arts, music, culture and Israel and world politics. It was around that time Jim helped save the Winnipeg Symphony, and he certainly galvanized support from the Jewish community. They became good friends.”

Jim’s affection for Yoram and Beate was magically reflected in one of his Winnipeg Free Press columns, written after their Winnipeg experiment had ended and the couple took on new careers in First Nations and rural communities. “I shared a meal with them at the Chinese restaurant here,” he wrote of re-uniting with his friends.  

The column “No peace like Russell’s peace” described how school principal Beate was straightening out the 600 students at the K-12 Major Pratt School in small-town Russell, Manitoba. “In a single academic year, she has firmly established a reputation as a tough but caring disciplinarian…. Among the first rules imposed was a no-hat policy,” which Beate described as showing kids, “We’re not interested in your macho games in this place.” 

Carr went on to describe how “Yoram, who likes to wear hats, was caught donning a cap at a school function. He took it off — pronto.”

The clipped-out 1995-ish column by Jim Carr, has resided for over ten years within arm’s reach of my desktop with other memorabilia of Yoram, of which the centrepiece is — one of his hats.

The column explained that Beate reinforced academic basics: “all overdue assignments must be handed in.” For his part, “Idleness is the enemy. Yoram coaches drama and videos, there is line-dancing over the noon hour. Recreation is encouraged; the principal shouts the loudest at school hockey games.”

Jim’s column also provided recounting their history – how Yoram and Beate met and where they went, their backgrounds in the IDF, as authors and as journalists, harassment in Cairo, and why they changed the family name to East. “From the battlefields of South Lebanon, the Easts have landed happily in picturesque western Manitoba.”     

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I first met Jim in the long-ago era of civic activism in Winnipeg that preceded their new  adventures that he wrote about. I was basically Yoram’s administrative assistant/press attache and frequently their number one babysitter for the growing trio. We’d have upbeat talks, at  the conferences and receptions and in their living room. As the Hamizrachi/Easts left Winnipeg to change careers, Jim and I crossed paths again.

Shortly following his election as a Liberal MLA, I was hired as Legislature Reporter by MTN-TV. Jim was always pretty willing to talk after Question Period, with the upstart Sharon Carstairs-led Grits (does anyone ever say that anymore?) looking to score points on Gary Filmon’s administration. He helped me a lot as a greenhorn reporter and with the CRTC. About 20 years after that, I interviewed him again, on radio with KICK-FM about the Manitoba Business Council and his role as Founding CEO. 

We were fortunate to have known him as part of key stages of our lives and as a valued friend of Yoram and Beate. 

For both Ron and myself, we wish to acknowledge the important role Jim Carr has played for the Jewish community and the state of Israel, the community-at-large, in business, and as an elected official on Broadway and Parliament Hill. 

A public memorial service for Jim Carr will be held on Saturday December 17 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg (555 Main St) at 10 AM. The family gratefully declines flowers. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Jim Carr Foundation c/o the Winnipeg Foundation – https://www.wpgfdn.org/giving/memorials-and-tributes/

A Jim Carr newspaper column about Yoram and Beate Hamizrachi East, set atop one of Yoram’s legendary hats, is displayed in the editorial office of TheJ.ca. (Photo: John Ethan)

Another antisemitic incident in an Ottawa school

A Twitter thread on Erev Shbbas Dec. 9 almost immediately forced an Ottawa school division to admit it was investigating an antisemitic provocation that occurred on December 1 and had been kept secret. Originally, rumours alleged a number of Grade 10 and 12 students marched around a classroom in Sir Robert Borden with a homemade Swastika flag, yelling “Heil Hitler” and stating that they hate Jews. 

A parent of 2 students there, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, tweeted: “Disappointing that Jewish parents are just hearing about this now and via grapevines and tweets rather than from the school directly. I have 2 kids there. I’d have wanted to know about what happened and what’s being done. I’d still like to hear from them.”

In response to Dr. Freedhoff, at 7.39 pm on Friday @OCDSB confirmed: “An active investigation into an antisemetic act is currently underway at SRB. The school is working to reduce trauma to those directly affected and to take appropriate disciplinary action. More direct communication with the school community will occur upon completion of the investigation. Learn more about our stance against antisemitism. https://ocdsb.ca/news/standing_up_to_antisemitism

Not so fast, suggested Neil Orlowsky. 

“Once is a concern, twice is an issue, & multiple without intervention is condoning behaviour,” he tweeted. “What does @OCDSB mean by standing up to #antisemitism, as hate-based incidents, targeted intimidation, coercion & violence continue to be experienced by Jewish students in the schools?”  

The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation echoed Orlowsky:

“As Amb Hoffman @IsraelinCanada said #riseupottawa  @EndJewHatred  No one should have to hide who they are in public schools but that’s just what Jewish kids have to do at @OCDSB & other boards to get by. This is wrong! Let’s start with real consequences.”

Michael Teper noted: “This is the same @OCDSB whose superintendents barred Irwin Cotler from speaking at a PD session because he supports IHRA WD of antisemitism and whose former director covered up the reasons in a misleading memo to the board.”

A letter from school principal Matthew Gagnier to SRB parents, sent on Monday after the Twitter outrage exploded, portrayed the incident as being somewhat less outrageous: two students who had stayed after school were called into a room where a swastika was on the floor. Simultaneously another student made a Nazi salute gesture. No flag, no marching. 

The Ottawa Citizen reported that police had been notified on December 5 and a hate crime investigation was undertaken. The father of one of the students who saw the swastika said, “They (the school board) have allowed hate to fester in their hallways and they’ve done very little.” 

“Calling someone a Zionist in the Canadian context is almost the same as calling them a Jew,” Dr. Ayelet Kuper says in her headline-provoking paper about academic Jew-hate in Toronto. (Image: Google search) 

BB challenges status quo at U of T med school

B’nai Brith Canada is asking Ontario’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities to implement the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism at the University of Toronto. This was precipitated by the release of a damning pre-published paper by Dr. Ayelet Kuper, who served as U of T’s Senior Advisor on Antisemitism last year.

The paper, pre-published in the Canadian Medical Education Journal, addresses chronic antisemitic incidents and punctuates B’nai Brith’s previous findings of serious antisemitism at U of T dating back over a decade. She described the imposition of a distorted definition of Zionism to justify antisemitic behaviour against Jewish students and faculty members under the cloak of “anti-Zionism”. This was foundational to why radical students and faculty members would demand that Jews disavow Israel.   

 “Had U of T adopted and implemented the IHRA definition, the university would have provided some hope to Jewish students and faculty facing ongoing antisemitism on campus that there was a brighter path forward,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “Instead, Dr. Kupfer’s documentation of the crisis at the U of T medical school confirms what B’nai Brith has been arguing for years – that U of T has a serious antisemitism problem.” 

“The Province of Ontario adopted the IHRA definition some time ago, and yet the University of Toronto remains comfortable with having absolutely no definition of antisemitism while its Jewish community members continue to face hostility on campus. This is an untenable situation. U of T requires an intervention by the provincial government.” 

Another incident Dr. Kuper cited was a presentation on antisemitism given by Irwin Cotler, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism. The protest letter sent by a 45 member faculty group afterwards was “seen as blatantly antisemitic,” according to Dr. Kuper’s paper.  

TheJ.Ca has contacted Mr. Cotler for a year-end interview. Just this weekend he was again the target of anti-Zionist radicals, who tried to shout down his participation in a panel at the premier of First to Stand:The Cases and Causes of Irwin Cotler.

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Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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