Thursday, December 19, 2013

Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing, XIV

the Maple Leaf
flapping in summer heat
no Canadian experience
no job... no job
no Canadian experience

Atlas Poetica, 15, July 2013

Note: you can read its preceding tanka or the whole sequence here

1 comment:

  1. The National Flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf and l'Unifolié (French for "the one-leafed"), is a flag consisting of a red field with a white square at its centre, in the middle of which is featured a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. Adopted in 1965 to replace the Union Flag, it is the first ever specified by statute law for use as the country's national flag. The Canadian Red Ensign had been unofficially used since the 1890s and was approved by a 1945 Order in Council for use "wherever place or occasion may make it desirable to fly a distinctive Canadian flag".

    -- excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, titled Flag of Canada

    'Canadian experience' is a coded phrase, mainly used to exclude non-white immigrants from finding suitable jobs.

    For more information, see a Toronto Star piece, Demanding ‘Canadian experience’ from newcomers may breach Ontario’s human rights code, which can be accessed at