Canada Diversity

Solidarity With Muslims Must Last Long After The Headlines Fade

Colin Walmsley | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Colin Walmsley

With the last candles extinguished, the country will move on. The vigils will end. The cameras will stop rolling. The faces of the victims will disappear from our newsfeeds, though the face of the accused may linger a few weeks longer. And bit by bit, the tragedy will fade from the national memory. This is the familiar script of tragedy.

Canada Visits Sweden To Talk About Inclusiveness

David Johnston | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
David Johnston

Immigration is a basic fact of Canada, as old as the country itself. Indigenous peoples were the first inhabitants of our land, followed by generations of newcomers who came in search of peace and prosperity. This continues to the present day with the arrival of immigrants and refugees from around the world. Newcomers are a source of strength for Canada. Everything in our history shows this to be the case. Diversity is a source of insight, ideas and energy that deepens our ability to solve problems and to engage with the world.

M-103 Ensures Diversity Can Continue To Be Canada's Strength

Raj Grewal | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Raj Grewal

If some of our fellow Canadian brothers and sisters are living in fear of being attacked, verbally or physically, because of their identity, we need to do better as a nation, and M-103 is a step in the right direction.

Sticky Situation: A Lesson In Handshaking For The Trumps Among Us

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

With direct eye contact and a confident handshake, Trudeau firmly placed his left hand on his host's right shoulder to quickly define "his bubble." We almost heard him say, "This, is my border Mr. President." Trump's handshake talks. Trudeau's does, too. And yours, do you know what it says about you?

'OITNB' Star: Representation In Hollywood Needs To Be Intersectional

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living

"You have a Hispanic female lead, you have a transgender female lead..."

This Is Why Diversity Is Good For Business

Dr. Steven Murphy | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Business
Dr. Steven Murphy

In the past few days, business leaders across the U.S. have spoken out against President Trump's executive order on immigration. Indeed, the business case for diversity is compelling. Having different opinions at the table is critical for innovation in the information age.

Our Pursuit Of A More Perfect Canada Must Continue

Ujjal Dosanjh | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Ujjal Dosanjh

An immigrant from India, I arrived in Canada in May 1968. Canada is my chosen home. It is not perfect. No country is. But it is more perfect than most. For me, Canada 150 is about making Canada, in the years ahead, an even more perfect confederation - a more just, egalitarian, prosperous and inclusive society.

Why We Must Maintain Tolerance As A Canadian Value

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

During a recent visit to my hometown of St. John's, I went to a busy restaurant to meet friends for lunch. The hostess asked my name. "Bolu," I started. After she refused to take my first name, I began with my last name. "O-g-u-n ..." but was abruptly cut off by the visibly irritated hostess. My name was an inconvenience to her -- too foreign, apparently.

Diverse Toys Could Help Children Become Compassionate Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Kids connect with characters who look like them, even if those characters are sidelined. But during playtime, your kid is the casting director. A toy they can identify with makes them the hero of their own story, and could overcome what we call 'activist's block,' the self-diminishing excuse we hear often: "I'm just one person. What can I do?"

How Ontario Is Changing Lives With Construction Job Opportunities

John Cartwright | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Business
John Cartwright

On December 7th, Premier Wynne was joined by four of her cabinet colleagues for an announcement about a unique agreement for "Community Benefits" for the Eglinton Crosstown transit project. The room was crowded with representatives from Metrolinx, the builder, community groups and unions.

'Rogue One' Fan Reminds Us Why Representation Matters In Hollywood

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Living

''He has a heavy accent.' I was like, 'Yup.'"

Canadians Have A Lot To Celebrate And Be Grateful For This Year

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Clare Beckton

A new year is always a time to reflect and think about the future. This is a special new year. As Canadians, we are fortunate to celebrate our 150 anniversary. In so many ways we are a young country built by immigrants and the existing indigenous populations.

Sponsorship Can Drive Diversity In The Workplace

Carolyn Lawrence | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Business
Carolyn Lawrence

Both in terms of formal programs and corporate philosophy, genuine sponsorship is known to be effective at accelerating careers; but, unlike more established mentorship programs, is not at all widely used.

Diversity In Books: Kind Of A No-Brainer

Romi Moondi | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Romi Moondi

We, as a society, are on a streak of consuming content based on totally imagined, impossible-to-relate-to worlds. Indeed, this is us, a human race that's fully accepting of bug-eyed, slimy aliens. And yet... a story that involves a different culture or a different skin colour is simply a little too..."out there?"

Donald Trump's Win Demands That We All Fight Harder

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Hillary Clinton has been called shrill and cold, where a man might be called firm and resolute. Her election journey was paved with sexism and impossibly high standards, and she had to prove her worth repeatedly despite Donald Trump's evident lack of competence and experience in politics. Never before has there been such a clear example of an underqualified man getting the job over a highly competent woman.

We Need To See More Diverse Faces, Stories And Voices In Film

Louanne Chan | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Louanne Chan

During the 80s, there were few memorable Asian female characters in the mainstream media and certainly any Asian male characters on TV were always reduced to the geeky nerd with the thick accent who made a fool of himself. The protagonists from the movies I saw were the opposite of Asian. TV heroes were almost always tall and blond white boys.

How We Can Build Strong, Diverse Female Characters In Our Stories

Fallon DeMornay | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Fallon DeMornay

We live in a world of bold, dazzling Technicolor. Feel and emote in an array of vibrancy and texture. So it's important that our characters reflect that same richness all around us; otherwise, the alternative is to fade away into the desolate landscape of the white default.

4 Steps To Falling In Love With Your Body

Tia Duffy | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Style
Tia Duffy

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the relationship is between your mind and body? We read so much about it but actually taking the time to sit in silence with a pen and paper may be a once in a lifetime experience for some, most wont ever do it at all. Reflecting psychologically on your body can positively change your friendships, relationships and even your career.

Diversity Requires Effort For All Canadians

Raj Grewal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Raj Grewal

Discrimination still exists and the racist posters that surfaced across the University of Alberta campus this week were a reminder of that fact. The posters featured a picture of a Sikh man and disparaging captions targeting Sikh values. As a turban-wearing Sikh, the hatred and ignorance that motivates such material is very close to home for me and the broader Sikh community.

The Best Canadian Value Is Not Putting Up With Crap

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

As the former director of education for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, I have had to stand up for the rights of people I don't like very much, people who say and write things that I had hoped never to hear or read. But I have also taken the opportunity to let them know that, just because I will fight for their right to free expression, I have no intention of respecting what it is they say or represent. I am going to use MY free speech to let the ugly, abusive, and racist people out there know that they are wrong.

It's Time To Start Talking About Second-Generation Canadians

Arti Patel | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Arti Patel

Introducing Born and Raised. A Huffington Post Canada series that will delve into culture and language, growing up in Canadian cities and the responsibility some of us feel when we think about our parents' future. The stories are told by our editors, writers and by Canadians from coast to coast. We explore the effect of parents who never told us they were proud of us, what it means to be mixed-race in blogs, features, and through video and Facebook Live segments with our editors. These are daily conversations second-generations have with each other, but this time, on a larger platform.

'Died Like A Pig' Outrage Raises Questions For Chinese Canadians

Karen Lin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

When Byron MacDonald said a 14-year-old Chinese swimmer "died like a pig" during the course of the women's 4 X 200m swimming relay race at the Rio Olympics, it created an uproar in the Chinese community here. Some felt he was a downright racist.

In Diversity There Is Strength

David Suzuki | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's been shocking to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I'm not a political or social scientist, but my training as a biologist gives me some insight. Within ecosystems, species diversity provides greater flexibility to adjust to disturbances. Around the planet, ecosystem diversity has enabled life to flourish under different conditions.

3 Easy Steps To Build Diverse (Read: Normalized) Teams

Alyssa Altman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Business
Alyssa Altman

Creating diverse teams, at all levels of the organization, is necessary to do our best work. It allows us to be nimble, creates an environment for cutting-edge thinking and reflects the customers, clients and communities we serve. We've been talking about this for far too long, it's time to take ownership and it can start with these three easy steps.

Improve Your Business By Fighting Unconscious Bias

Seema Dhanoa | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Business
Seema Dhanoa

In a corporate setting, it's surprising that gender parity forecasts continue to be so dismal when more studies are finding that diverse companies outperform businesses that aren't as inclusive. So why is this the case? And what does it have to do with changing a couple gender-specific words in the national anthem? The answer has to do with a term called "unconscious or implicit bias."