Canada Immigration

Our Mixed Heritage Comes Alive At My Family's Dinner Table

Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Esteireiro

Food is how I think of my cultural identity. It's like a table of food. It has plates of cozido and chow mein, but it also holds the new dishes that my parents have picked up in Canada. Just because there are new plates on the table doesn't mean I have to take any of them away. It just means I need a bigger table.

Why Do Filipino-Canadians Send Boxes Of Spam Back Home?

The Huffington Post Canada | Russell Sabio and Al Donato | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living

Two Filipino-Canadians open up about a packing tradition that connects them to home.

'Hyphenated Canadians' Can Thank Opponents Of Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

A term associated with dual and/or multiple expressions of identity alongside national identification, "hyphenated Canadian" identities are now an important part of our diverse ethnic landscape - and we owe it to the efforts of the very same individuals who regarded such multiple identities as a source of division.

How Drugs, Gangs, And Rob Ford Inspired This Toronto Crime Drama

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 10.10.2016 | Canada

The show premiers Monday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m. ET

Relearning My Grandmother's Language Taught Me Where My Roots Lie

Hamza Khan | Posted 10.10.2016 | Canada Living
Hamza Khan

Learning my grandmother's life stories helped me to reconnect with my own Indian-American and Indian-Canadian identity in a way that Bollywood movies never could. If you're the first-generation child of immigrant parents, you owe it to yourself to learn the language of your grandparents. Spend some time with them and ask them about their life. Go deeper than the mere sequence of events you might've never ventured beneath because of language barriers. It could just be the key to unlocking dimensions of who you are. And if history is cyclical, perhaps who you might become.

Why Americans With DUIs Can't Enter Canada

Henry Chang | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Henry Chang

Canadians may be surprised to learn that United States citizens who have been convicted of (or who have committed) a single instance of Driving under the Influence ("DUI") will actually be barred from Canada. Some U.S. citizens may believe that this is unfair also, especially since Canadians who have DUI convictions are generally not barred from the United States.

I Regret 'Doing More' To Fit In As A Minority In Canada

Brian Trinh | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Brian Trinh

I made a choice to abandon learning Vietnamese as a kid. Part of it was me being lazy. I didn't want to spend Saturdays inside another school. Three hours learning about the Vietnamese alphabet can seem like prison when you're six or if you're 12. But another part of it was me wanting to fit in. To stay at home. To watch weekend morning cartoons. To have stuff to talk about during recess come Monday. I made a choice to turn my back on part of my identity. In return, I got to fit in within a multi-ethnic schoolyard in a suburban Ontario neighbourhood circa 1995. Today, that decision would make a majority of Canadians pretty happy.

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Deserve Right To Call Canada Home

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

For 10 years, 20, maybe 40 years, you spend more of your life away from your family than with them. You pay into that country's taxes and employment insurance programs, but you are denied access to any benefits. You're seen as a labour commodity, not a person -- permanently "temporary," forever a "foreigner."

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maryam Monsef?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

After reporters revealed the mismatch between Minister Maryam Monsef's stated and actual birthplaces, a politically-motivated "outrage" ensued. Did she purposely mislead her colleagues, her constituents? Was she a fraud? Could her Canadian citizenship be revoked?

I'm A Chinese-Canadian ‘Banana' And Proud Of It

Isabelle Khoo | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Isabelle Khoo

My mother calls me a banana. In her words, I'm white on the inside, but yellow on the outside. She's not wrong. As a Chinese-Canadian, I often call myself the whitest Asian you'll ever meet. While this used to stem from a rejection of my Asian culture, being a banana has become my identity as a child of a Chinese immigrant.

Billionaire To Help Take Canada's Refugee Sponsor Program Global

The Huffington Post Canada/CP | Althia Raj and The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"... this is a good model which is exportable to other countries."

We're Marrying Our Two Cultures Into Something Uniquely Canadian

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Keeping relationships within a culture can be convenient, comfortable and maybe even somewhat expected of you -- but it also makes it easy to keep one's culture alive. Our parents had a clear blueprint for passing on their traditions, something the growing number of culturally mixed couples like us simply don't have.

Conservatives Double Down On Divisive Policies Canadians Rejected

Michel Picard | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Michel Picard

The wedge politics and fearmongering of the Conservatives in the last election were resoundingly rejected by Canadians. Whether it is Kellie Leitch playing to xenophobia with her values test or Tony Clement gleefully trampling our rights, it seems the Conservative Party still hasn't gotten the memo.

Discrimination Against Immigrants Is Nothing New In Canada: Trudeau

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics

He compared the current discrimination against Muslims to what Italians and Greeks faced in the 1950s.

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.

Why That One Time You Smoked Pot Can Get You Banned From The U.S.

Henry Chang | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Henry Chang

Matthew Harvey, a British Columbia resident, was permanently banned from the United States because he admitted to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officer in 2014 that he had previously smoked marijuana. But why does this occur and what can be done if it happens to you?

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

NEXUS And Trusted Traveller Programs Face Possible Overhaul

Henry Chang | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Henry Chang

Among other things, CBSA is proposing significant changes to the eligibility criteria. The current regulations only require applicants to be of "good moral character." Unfortunately, this term is not defined and it has sometimes resulted in inconsistent adjudications.

Don't Expect Americans To Rush The Border If Donald Trump Wins

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

There has a fair bit of talk about the possibility of Americans flocking to Canada in the event of a Donald Trump presidency. At present, a Trump victory is a long shot. Yet, even if many Americans were contemplating some escape to Canada in the wake of "Trumpism," doing so would be more complex than might be assumed.

My Parents Are Proud Of Me Even Though I've Never Heard Them Say It

Russell Sabio | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Sabio

I knew it was something parents said to their kids, a thing friends said to each other, and I wanted someone to say it to me.

Many Canadians Don't Realize They're Part Of A Majority-Minority

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

There are multiple ways to identify as a minority in Canada with language, ethnic, religious and/or racial/racialized status amongst the principal basis. Even if in certain situations you identify as a minority, that may not be how you're seen by others and/or how you feel in day-to-day interaction.

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.

Minister Goodale: Immigrant Detainees Are Running Out Of Time

Syed Hussan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Late on Tuesday afternoon, minister Goodale -- or likely his staff -- issued a press release that appears as a blog on the Huffington Post Canada. In it, the minister says he has heard the concerns and is working swiftly to remedy the problem -- but he just needs more time. Yet, under his watch as minister of public safety, three people have died in immigration detention in the last five months. This is a tragedy and a political crisis. These three, Francisco Romero Astorga, Melkioro Gahungu and an unidentified man, all ran out of time. And so has the minister.

Working Toward A Better, Fairer Immigration Detention System

Ralph Goodale | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

CBSA carries a serious and difficult responsibility under the law - to protect the integrity of Canada's borders and to keep Canadians safe, while also facilitating the free and legitimate movement of both people and trade. The vast majority of border encounters are brief and routine. But a few present serious problems.