Canada Diversity

#FlexinMyComplexion Wants To Bring Darker Skin Tones To Mainstream Media

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Style

Because ALL skin tones are beautiful.

How Far Should We Go to Accommodate Religious Requests?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Last week, a woman travellingon a Porter flight from New York to Toronto was asked to move to another seat to accommodate an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man. The woman was very upset. She said that the man never looked at her nor spoke to her. It may be rare for Porter Airlines, but our public schools, like our airplanes, trains, busses, theatres and other public venues are facing a an increase in such requests.

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

Toon Dreessen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Toon Dreessen

Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture.

Closing the Gap Between Aboriginal Business Leaders and Corporate Canada

Jean Paul Gladu | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jean Paul Gladu

Last week, we hosted the first of two joint Summits in Vancouver between our organizations, The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC). Both Summits focus on board governance, kick starting a critical national dialogue about the merits of strengthening these communication lines between Corporate Canada and aboriginal business leaders.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.

The Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Saeed Selvam

A ceremony designed to showcase our national values of freedom of religion, expression, accommodation and speech? Well, let's just say that this election year, the Prime Minister should focus on reaching elsewhere for points rather than conjuring fear from diversity at a time where cultural understanding and unity are desperately needed.

Leadership Skills Learned From Cinderella

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

In an era where women are still struggling to be recognized and paid for their leadership skills, it is a frustrating message that one's best shot at elevating her status is to wait patiently for opportunity to appear. Rather than sitting around waiting for a Fairy Godmother to magically deliver your next promotion, here are five movie-inspired steps you can take to prove you are a capable leader and elevate your status at work.

Canada's TV News Networks Have a Diversity Problem

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

CBC Television went national in 1958. The CTV Television Network followed three years later. Both TV networks have grown into a Canadian staples. Over a half century, consumer habits have changed. But have the networks evolved with the changing face of the viewership? The best Canadian content is the one which reflects the full spectrum of the Canadian identity -- before and behind the cameras.

Why We Need Better Dark-Skinned Dolls

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Both American and Canadian media have showcased the new wave of ethnic Barbie-sized dolls. The culturally-attuned figurines fill the gaping void in a transforming consumer base. Dark-skinned dolls with Aryan noses, Elizabethan hips, and Caucasian hair fail to capture the magic that Barbie has brought to little white girls for over 50 years.

A GM Director's Advice to Women in Business

Lina Duque | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Lina Duque

GM Board Director & former Ivey Dean Carol Stephenson tells women: "Know your why." The boardroom is Carol Stephenson's playing field. The veteran ...

Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Practice?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

A celebration of our history brings us to reflect on the present. There are certain questions we must ask ourselves. What challenges do Norway, Canada, and other like-minded countries face in our efforts, for example, to promote democracy, protect, and live in an inclusive society with equal rights and non-discriminatory practices? What is our role in the global picture?

Why Do Schools Implement These Ridiculous Rules?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A rule that has an unclear or ridiculous purpose is, on its face, unfair. A rule that cannot possibly achieve its purpose is pointless. A rule that has more negative than positive effects is unfair and undemocratic. Discipline or punishment that does not address the behaviour it purports to correct is tyrannical.

How Does Diversity Boost Your Career?

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Business
Gil Laroya

It is said that "necessity is the mother of invention." This refers to the drive to create a solution to a problem, like a caveman making a spear to ...

Important Lessons From the Bacterial Equivalent of Human Society

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

In terms of statistics, 12 per cent grew antibiotic resistance and became marginalized from others. Twenty-eight per cent of the population chose a wealthy style, happily living in their gated biofilms. Half of all the bacteria decided to take a middle-class lifestyle, choosing an easy nutrient source and never engaging in any extreme activity.

Why Are There Mostly White Males on the Canadian Heroes List?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Make no mistake, everyone on that list is worthy of inclusion. They all made great contributions to our country and our world. But where are the women and non-whites who have contributed just as much? A pantheon so steadfastly monochromatic and male hardly reflects the diverse and multicultural nation we claim to be.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

Everybody Has A Story: Books For Each And Every Family Situation

Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living

Is there anything more exciting and comforting for a child than to open up a book and read about another kid just like them? There’s a story for eve...

Why We Must Teach Our Kids to Be "Culturally Bilingual"

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

The fact is our student populations are becoming more diverse, though that's barely mirrored in the staff make-up of most urban schools. And while there is recognition of a need to hire teachers that better reflect the student population, reaching that goal remains a long way off considering the comparably low number of teachers who self-identify as visible minorities. In the meantime, we need to foster culturally sensitive and inclusive schools where student engagement leads to higher graduation rates, the de-glamorization of gangs, and the nurturing of productive citizens of all backgrounds.

Has Steve Paikin Looked Hard Enough for Female Pundits?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Since females make up 52% of the population, can women pundits be so difficult to find? In a city oozing with competent women in practically every field of activity, it begs the question: how hard are TVO's The Agenda producers really trying?

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

One can easily see the allure of focusing on millennial entrepreneurs. Their youth and inexperience allows them develop innovative solutions and ideas and their low overhead enables to them to work on what Y Combinator's Paul Graham famously called the "ramen diet" where the only food entrepreneurs can afford is ramen noodles.

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

If You're Rich and White the Newspapers Want You

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

In terms of visible minorities, the Globe and Mail is doing no better than its national print-based competitors in providing a forum for ethnic Canadian voices. This diverse demographic is projected to grow to a third of the Canadian population by 2030. Is traditional Canadian media doing anything to include, reflect or address their experiences in the multicultural mosaic, building on the wave of the present and future? The examples are few and far between.

Supreme Court's Chief Justice Forgets Diversity

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the country, and the final court of appeals in the Canadian justice system. That's why the latest SCC appointment by Stephen Harper has ruffled so many feathers, as he appointed yet another male to replace Marie Deschamps on the bench, bringing the total count to three women, six men.

What Award-Winning Companies Do Right

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I recently served on a governance awards judging panel assembled by the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS). Winners of the awards were announced at this organization's annual conference in Halifax last month. I participated in a plenary discussion to discuss some of the winning practices.