Volume 95, Issue 89

Thursday, March 21, 2002
 
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News Briefs

It's official: London 'all mixed up'

Jillian Van Acker
Gazette Staff


Canada prides itself on being multicultural, but an attempt to celebrate diversity here in London has caused quite a "mix" of controversy.

"All Mixed Up!" is the new slogan developed by a sub-committee of the London Race Relations Advisory Committee, as part of a public relations campaign to celebrate diversity in London.

The signs have the title London, Canada with the slogan "All Mixed Up!" beneath it. In the centre is a picture of people from various cultural backgrounds standing in a circle around a bouquet of different kinds of flowers. At the bottom is the phrase, "Together We're Better."

"The posters have a mixed diversity of people around a mixed bouquet," said Shelley Stuart, vice-chairwoman of the LRRAC. "It's a beautiful bouquet of mixed citizenship."

Stuart said the sub-committee "pretty much jumped" on this slogan, adding while there were other ideas, they were comparatively boring.

"We want to show that London is home to a variety of people," Stuart said.

Ward 4 councillor Bill Armstrong said he feels the slogan is quite controversial and people are using it for other reasons.

"[The posters] are getting a lot of attention, but it's taking away from the message," Armstrong said. "It's become a joke – Canada is all mixed up."

Armstrong added he has received several calls from media outlets interested in the slogan – even a few from the United States.

Signs bearing the slogan were put on London streets yesterday and Armstrong has sent a letter to the Board of Control asking them to review the new motto.

"We need to see things before publication," he said.

"I think it's fine," said Natalia Rodriguez, a fourth-year kinesiology student and a member of the Association for Bahá'' Studies. "It's a catchy phrase and when taken in context, it makes sense," she said.

People shouldn't be overly sensitive, she added. "These days you can't say anything."

"It's kind of confusing," said Katrina Chua, a first-year administrative and commercial studies student and social representative for the Western Ontario Organization of Filipinos.

"The slogan sounds a lot like a jigsaw puzzle that needs to be pieced together," she said.


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