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By moylek (registered) - website | Posted June 16, 2010 at 11:02:21

Interesting article and I'll have to read it again more carefully when I'm not just on a coffee break.

But one thing comes to mind when I head people shake their head at "lack of diversity": time.

When the Italians came to Hamilton in large numbers in the50s, 60s and 70s, they were not represented on councils and boards. For all sorts of reasons: other priorities, lack of experience, language problems, lack of personal investment in their new home. But take a look at Hamilton city council now: the children and grandchildren of those immigrants seem pretty well represented.

Time is not the only answer: people from some groups gain prominence in the broader community more quickly than others for reasons that are sometimes clear and other times baffling.

Nevertheless, I think that it's a little bit early to start wondering why there are no Tamils or Afghanis on city council - about two generations too early.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-06-16 10:02:51

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