Canadian Culture

It's 'Older White Canadians' Who Want Minorities To 'Fit In'

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

So there was this CBC-Angus Reid poll. You may have heard about it, or at least seen it while scrolling through your social media feeds this week. It was called the "Canadian Values" poll and it found, according to the original CBC headline, that Canadians want minorities to do more to 'fit in.' This poll made news because it revealed 68 per cent of Canadians thinking minorities should be "doing more to fit in" with mainstream society instead of keeping their own customs and languages. But what I found out after contacting Angus Reid was that 87 per cent of those respondents were white.

Canadians Say 'Thank You' More Than 'Sorry' – And Mean It, Too

Teri Currie | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Teri Currie

Canada has a well-deserved reputation as one of the friendliest, most polite countries in the world, and you don't have to look far to see why. Yes, we say "I'm sorry" a lot, but we actually say "Thank you" a lot more -- almost twice as often as "I'm sorry," in fact.

My Mixed-Race Family Has No Set Culture, But We Have Each Other

Mike Sholars | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

No one knows what my family is, or how exactly we all relate to each other at first sight, but it's always been a question of where we come from, and implicitly, a question of what we're doing here at all. I have never met someone who shares my ethnic mix (outside of my brother) in my entire life. My grandma divorced her husband. My mom ran off and married a black dude. They've never said it to my face, but I've figured that a lot of the amazing and independent choices my parents made as women didn't totally click with a lot of what India was telling women to be back in the day.

The Unspoken Reason Why Canadian TV Lacks A Canadian Identity

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Is the problem deeper than faceless executives supposedly redacting Canadiansms from scripts? Maybe too many of the writers and actors and directors themselves don't know any better. And they don't care.

Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

There are different ways we define our society: One: the way we genuinely perceive it. Two: the way we want to perceive it (and how we want others to perceive it). Three: the society we want it to become. The Canada I perceive, the values I think it represents -- might not be yours.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Does No Wrong Accepting Designer Gifts

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Style
Nicholas Mizera

A citizen's advocacy group has recently called Sophie Grégoire Trudeau out for accepting gifts and loans of clothing from Canadian fashion labels, deeming her "for sale" for daring to wear support for our country's industry on her sleeve. I can see how gifts and loans can make for some bad optics, even if the role of prime minister's wife has little real political oomph behind it. However, in a world where few powerful individuals direct their influence toward social good like Grégoire Trudeau does, Democracy Watch's threadbare argument seems to be more about populist-pleasing celebrity shaming than hypothetical conflicts of interests.

Government Support Could Have Saved Toronto Fashion Week

Ashlee Froese | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Style
Ashlee Froese

I speculate that Toronto Fashion Week was unable to secure a key sponsor, which significantly impacted its operating budget. It is a shame that it was unable to secure a new sponsor. Perhaps an alternative sponsor opportunity may come to fruition. Unfortunately, there is another type of funding that is not available.

Politicians Warned 'Us-And-Them' Narrative Only Hurts Canada

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics

The data was presented to the then-Conservative government shortly before the election campaign.

2016 Should Be The Year Canadians Get Over Ourselves

Rondi Adamson | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Rondi Adamson

The Canadian propensity for self-aggrandizement is in form these days. It started with the massive coverage of the arrival of Syrian refugees at Pearson International Airport in December. While many were drowning in self-congratulations, all I could think about was a scene from Woody Allen's 1973 film, Sleeper.

Trudeau's Decision To Stop Bombing ISIS Isn't Political

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

The new light in which his decision is inevitably being seen after the despicable acts in Paris makes it important to revisit the issue, which is bigger than the press sometimes lets on. Because Trudeau's decision is not a political one. On the contrary, it is cultural. His decision to stop bombing speaks to what can only be seen as a fulfillment of national identity. Even before Paris, it seemed that nothing in the world could divide Canadians as definitively as their opinion of whether Canada should be dropping bombs in the Middle East.

What Does Being a Hyphenated Canadian Really Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

Should we choose to embrace our traditions, or let them fade? I choose to embrace them because I want that left side of the dash to remain part of who I am, and as I continue on each year commemorating these events, I want to be celebrating them whole-heartedly and meaningfully.

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

'Where Are You From?' Is Clumsy, but Not Racist

Deena Douara | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Living
Deena Douara

There are a range of reasons people have asked me about my background and reasons I'm curious about yours. Maybe I've traveled to your country of heritage and would like to share my experience; I'd like to visit one day and would welcome your insights. We shouldn't have to pretend not to see skin colour, hear accents, or recognize features. No, we're not all the same -- but why is that the goal?

We all Need to Atone for Canada's Mistreatment of Aboriginals

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

You simply cannot live in Canada and ignore the past. It's a pretty strong statement but reading the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Aboriginal residential schools, that's the conclusion I've come to. The truth may be out but the reconciliation is going to take a while. So just as all Canadians share accountability for what is past, we also share a responsibility for making things better.

Do Canadians Care About The Grey Cup?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Alberta

More than half the Canadians who took part in a recent online survey agreed the Grey Cup is an important national symbol but less than half that numbe...

6 (Polite) Reasons to Love Canadians

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

I'm not Canadian, but I have been living in the heart of Toronto for nearly four years now and I can guarantee that Canadians truly are the most polite people on earth. Here's some of the sweet, sweet ways in which they brighten my every day.

Canadian Embassies are Interested in Business, Not Culture

Will Straw, PhD | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada
Will Straw, PhD

I attended a conference on Canadian culture to which several dozen undergraduate students came by bus from cities several hours away. They had learned about Canada from teachers who themselves had benefited from the tiny grants which once allowed them to visit Canada or order the books and other materials on which their teaching depended.

Bieber Uses Canada as a Marketing Tool and Makes Us All Look Bad

Tom Kott | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Music
Tom Kott

Bieber doesn't seem to know anything at all about Canada or its history. Maybe it's from being on the road too much and away from a Canadian classroom. If he wants to use his country as a marketing tool, he should learn something about it first.

What I Think of Culture in Canada

Rob Feenie | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada
Rob Feenie

2012-09-21-culturedays1.jpg As a chef, culture is an inspiration. Food is such a huge part of what is known as "culture" and I feel blessed to have learned about and experienced so many impressive cultures through their food. From Jamaican jerk spice to traditional Korean kimchi, whenever you think of culture, food is intrinsically tied to its experience -- and these experiences have inspired my cooking, which has had an incredible impact on my career and my life.

A Pioneer of Canadian Culture Dies

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada
M. Michelle Nadon

Jacques Bensimon, former head of the National Film Board, passed away on Sunday. Jacques had astonishing generosity of spirit. No matter if you were an executive, a junior producer, the editor on the night shift, or a new international contact or a Board Member, Jacques spent his lifetime leading and guiding creatives and broadcast executives alike towards one goal: the preservation of Canadian culture.

Finding Tony 2012

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

So I'm standing outside "The Barn" restaurant ("It's called The Barn because all the animals go there" I was once told), having a smoke, and some hapless soul walks up and asks me for a cigarette. That'll teach me to open up a full pack on Queen Street. As I hand this guy his smoke, he looks at me, and in all sincerity asks "Do you know Tony?".

VOTE: What Should Be Canada's National Symbol?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.31.2011 | Canada

In honour of Canada Day, we've pulled together some of the nation's most treasured symbols. If you had to pick a national symbol for this country, wha...

Why The Heck Is The Beaver One Of Our National Symbols?

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 08.31.2011 | Canada

An industrious, semi-aquatic mammal with excellent engineering skills. A furry, monogamous creature that smacks its tail on the water when frightened....