Some people can look away from the killings and attacks on innocent people in Syria. And then there are the Canadians.
In the past 14 months, Canadians have welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees.
Some have settled in Yellowknife, one of the coldest cities on the planet.
“I love Yellowknife,” Mustafa Alhajy tells The Guardian in an article today about adjusting to the Canadian cold. “Everyone knows we are Syrian refugees. They stop and shake hands with us and ask us how we are doing,” said Mustafa. “Here it’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions and feelings.”
Stephen Jones, the school superintendent in Little Falls, Minn., pushed back and pushed back hard this week against criticism that his school system is making accommodations for Muslim students. Read more →
If you’re at all a fan of the First Amendment, there was plenty to like about today’s decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a Florida law that prohibited doctors from asking whether there are guns in the home. Read more →
While the Minnesota Legislature tackles the thorny issue of portraits of ex-governors, the scandal that is the mental health system continues relatively unabated, as just about anybody who’s tried to get access to it can attest. Read more →
Wearing brown shoes with a blue suit — or even wearing a blue suit — can cost you a job, at least if you’re a Rutgers University student, which was under fire this week for turning people away from a job fair for their fashion choices. Read more →
For all of the Minnesota Supreme Court cases that I see in which justices try to figure out what the Minnesota Legislature intended when it passed a law, I rarely see the Legislature subsequently take up the law again.
Today, sort of, was an exception when a committee at the Minnesota Capitol considered whether to tighten the law that the court ruled on when it overturned the expulsion of a student for bringing a knife to school. Read more →