June 25, 2011

"The time has come," the Walrus said....

"To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings."

The time has come to address yet another nonpology. It's official (in my world): it's a word. More and more people behaving badly, more and more nonpologies taking the place of the more time -honoured and -tested apology that our parents demanded - and received - when we were young saplings. Try to teach your kids that today, surrounded by the lying sacks of examples they have before them.

Not that I couldn't close my eyes, spin around, and stab an example in the eye from 40 paces, but this one, from Toronto Catholic School Board Trustee Frank D'Amico is a gem. When faced with a dilemma of a student who lacked immigration papers applying for school (a right guaranteed by provincial law), his sympathetic response was thus:

D’Amico replied that the student’s aunt was “lucky I didn’t answer the phone because my first call would be to Immigration Canada.” He said in the email he wanted to remind her of “911. September 11, the day that changed the world” and he added “I am (sic) forward your concern to the RCMP and to Immigration Canada.’’

Classy, that. I am thoroughly stoked that my tax dollars pay this man to represent. But of course, it couldn't end there. No, there has to be the requisite nonpology to follow. Where he says the usual: his comments “may have caused some distress to families who wish to register with the TCDSB and to our school communities and I apologize.”

No, Frank. That is not an apology. That is an ass-covering nonplogy that means nothing. Less than nothing. You are practicing that awesome new form of the apology, where a leader or role model gets caught with their pants around their ankles, their mistress in their bed, or their hand in the till, and they say they're sorry if anyone was offended. If it's possible, your nonpology is more offensive than your original remarks.

I don't care if you're sorry your words hurt someone. I'm care that you could occupy the position you do, and that you made them in the first place. And lucky for Frank that he's surrounded by nonpologists, his fellow board who throw this out to him: "...one of the things that’s different about a Catholic institution is that “we learn by our mistakes and we are forgiven. I will give Trustee D’Amico the benefit of the doubt … I feel for him.’’

Lovely sentiment. Too bad Trustee D'Amico has decided to paint an entire sector of our population without dipping his brush in the same vat of forgiveness.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Actually, on our tax form we can select whether we want our tax dollars to go to Catholic schools or not. I say excercise your right to choose where your dollars go. I certainly don't want mine going to an organization staffed with bigoted trustees like Frank D'Amico. Note to Frank, a few generations ago, your parents were in the same situation. How quickly you forget.

June 25, 2011 7:45 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Yeah, I do check the 'public' box. Don't get me started on the whole separate school board issue....

Good point about history.

June 25, 2011 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Stretch said...

,,, not to mention "...one of the things that’s different about a Catholic institution is that we learn by our mistakes..." Seriously ? So, in their minds, non-Catholics don't learn from their mistakes ?

If, in fact, they did "learn by their mistakes", they would know by now that when you hit rock bottom, it's time to STOP DIGGING !

June 25, 2011 8:31 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

I am busy battling a volcano in Chile which seems to put me dramatically closer to the place that is reserved for certain priests who enjoy the company of young boys. Now there's a mega-nonpology just waiting to happen. And if it never does happen then I have the gateway to their resting spot right at my finger tips.

June 26, 2011 10:54 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Hmmm. I should, perhaps, explain that I am not standing at the edge of this volcano attempting to extinguish it with a garden hose. I meant that I am battling the effects of it. It is actually about 200 km from me. That would be one heck of a garden hose.

June 26, 2011 10:59 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

While you're in Chile, why not visit Easter Island? That's the closest you'll ever get to it in a long time. You'd have one heck of a set of pictures and a real travel story to go with it. Besides Thor Heyerdahl hasn't done bugger all lately...

June 26, 2011 12:26 PM  
Blogger DJW said...


Once we get done bashing the Trustee for a poor (Ok, really bad) execution of a good intention, lets remember that illegal immigration is a real problem in The Big Smoke.

According to a Sun Media article in 2009, there are over 85,000 illegal immigrants in T.O. alone.

The school boards there are stretched to the max now, and extra brains to feed are not in the budget.

Yes, he's an insensitive boob, but he was attempting to protect the taxpayers interests.


June 27, 2011 9:47 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Just to be sensitive to your suggestion, I brought back a bottle of Pisco that is in the shape of the Easter Island Heads. Pisco sours are the drink of choice down there. They seem to be hooked up to a time machine as drinking them makes portions of your evening disappear. Tourism and alcohol. I never would have thought of it without you.

June 27, 2011 2:48 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Hmm, Chris, I can see a new slang word forming here. "Last night I got absolutely Piscoed." Woke up next morning buried up to my chin in dirt."

June 27, 2011 3:56 PM  

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