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ROTHENBURGER – The next time you worry about immigrants, spit into a tube and send it to the lab

My grandmother, Justina Schultz, came to Canada from the Ukraine when she was 13. She helped build this country.

My grandmother, Justina Schultz, came to Canada from the Ukraine when she was 13. She helped build this country.

I SPIT into a plastic tube a few weeks ago and popped it in the mail. This week, I got the results and the verdict is in — I am a classic universal Canadian.

Mel columnhed-27jan2017DNA testing for ethnic origins is popular these days, and discovering who you are and where you came from is fun stuff.

What I found out has made me think about the conversation involving immigrants.

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mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca

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About Mel Rothenburger (4813 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

3 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – The next time you worry about immigrants, spit into a tube and send it to the lab

  1. When I was a boy in Vancouver living next door to the firehall at 12th and Quebec St our old neighbour Mr. Layburn across the alley once said to me ,” one day we,ll all be chocolate coloured”.I,ve never forgotten that. A wise old man to be sure.

  2. Acceptance goes a long way, it creates positive feelings all around.
    Aversion of course does the exact opposite. It’s beyond me as to why anyone would feel any resentment towards a deviation from perceived norm.

  3. Wonderful editorial, Mel.

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