First the Monty Robinson debacle - now this ... :
Surrey's mega-home controversy becoming culture war
Indo-Canadian driven Surrey Ratepayers Association wants more floor space in homes
By Kent Spencer, The ProvinceNovember 19, 2009 7:15 AMComments (127)
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South Westminster Ratepayers Assoc. pres. Grant Rice is opposed to plans to increase house sizes by 25 per cent across the board in Surrey.
The ProvinceSurrey faces a “cultural divide” over monster homes, says Rick Hart, president of the Fleetwood Community Association.
Hart said Wednesday that “agitation” has been evident at public meetings between Indo-Canadians, who support mega-houses, and other residents, including Caucasians. “I’ve heard choice words used,” said Hart, a 30-year resident who has attended public meetings for years.
“It is disheartening to see. This is not a good thing. Nobody wants to see a division of cultures.”
Mayor Dianne Watts acknowledged that mega homes are becoming a cultural issue in Surrey. “I don’t think it’s healthy,” she said Wednesday. “We need to take into consideration the diverse cultures and make sure we are doing all the right things. The issues are not easily resolved. They have been around 20 years.”
The Surrey Ratepayers Association, a 4,200 member group which is largely composed of Indo-Canadians, wants to increase house-size maximums by 1,000 square feet across the city.
“In some cultures, nobody wants to talk about a cultural divide. You think it will go away, but sometimes it doesn’t. Even if you put a lid on top of this thing, it just boils and it will blow,” Hart said.
Harpreet Singh, a host at Radio India, said there is “very definitely” a cultural divide in Surrey. “The reason for this is the needs of the family in the South Asian culture. Their needs are different than the mainstream,” he said.
“This is not a good trend for the community. It needs to be sorted out as soon as possible,” said Singh.
“New immigrants come from a background where they live with extended families,” he said. “It’s unfair for the city or anyone else to break them up because of zoning bylaws. . . . this is not the way many of these families live.
“The family concept for new immigrants is different, they live with extended families for a variety of reasons, including money issues. There are strong cultural and racial tones to this issue,” said Cheema.
Surrey Ratepayers vice-president Kalvinder Bassi admitted he has heard “some people voicing strong opinions” at meetings, but he doesn’t believe there is a cultural schism.
“This is more about a genuine need than a cultural thing. We should be able to live and let live,” he said.
“I understand the cultural need for extended families’ living quarters. It doesn’t mean everybody in Surrey needs to accept their lifestyle,” he said.
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I quote Harpreet Singh: “The reason for this is the needs of the family in the South Asian culture. Their needs are different than the mainstream,” he said.
SO I ask you all:
Should Canadian values and trends bend and conform to suit all of the whims and whirls of all the newcomers coming here who may believe different things, or hold differing lifestyles values - or should, perhaps, the newcomers (from WHERE-EVER they may be coming from) be required to adopt to Canadian ways and perspectives and 'values' ... ?
What are an individual's "needs" ?
Are we as Canadians a 'value-less culture/society', having been beaten into total submission, confusion and fear by political correctness run amok ?
Sheesh - we wonder why nobody cares about all the other stuff going on around us ... there's so much bullshit one doesn't know which way to turn.