VICTORIA, December 13, 2002 ( – A school board superintendent in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island wrote an email memo discouraging school principals from using the word “Christmas” in referring to the holiday season.  Carola Lane sent the e-mail to principals and vice-principals, underscoring the district’s “strong commitment” to diversity. “As we look at the celebration of ‘Christmas Concerts,’ we need to be sensitive to ensure that no one feels excluded,” she wrote. “I appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that holiday festivities at schools do not discriminate against any students or their families,” she said.  In response to public outcry, Ms. Lane dug in her heels two weeks later, writing:  “It is the unique quality of Canada to bring people of many views together and let them all celebrate together at the same time despite different religious and cultural backgrounds.”  To read the full story, use the keyword “Nanaimo” in the search engine at


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