Canadian Identity

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.

What 8 New Canadians Moms Did With Emotional Letters To Their Kids

CBC | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Impact

A group of 18 newcomer moms has written a book describing the emotional decisions to uproot their lives and come to Canada. Letters to Ou...

The Ugly Canadian Mindset

VICE | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
VICE

I don't understand why we can't just let ourselves be what we are: a weird little country with issues. Like Belgium or Switzerland or something. That's a great thing to be! It makes people curious. It would fit us so much better. Just a funny, comfortable nation that happens to have national debates about things like cereal box fonts. Why do we need to be the sort of place whose flag is featured on beer shirts? I don't know if the world really loves Canadians. I'm not about to get wasted and tell it that. But we haven't pissed it off that much -- not yet. We're kind of under the radar, you know, arguing about street signs and putting gravy on things. It could be worse.

The Black Canadian Activist Who Was Never a Citizen

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Canada has lost one of its fiercest, most uncompromising, contentious and passionate pursuers of justice and equality, Mr. Charles Roach. On October 2, Roach passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Of all his pursuits for a fairer and more just society, however, the most controversial of Roach's advocacy efforts was his push, since 1988, to get a Canadian court to recognize that it is a violation of individuals' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience to require prospective Canadians to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

An Africentric School Will Teach the Community Too

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

There are many misconceptions about black Canadians and where they "belong." For this reason, I am a strong supporter of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) decision to open an Africentric high school for this coming September. What better institution than our public schools to dispel the widely held misconceptions that black people are inherently violent, criminal, loud, aggressive, hyper-sexed, unintelligent and lazy?

Canadian Citizenship -- What's the Queen Got to Do With It?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?

True Patriot Love Shows For O Canada: Anthem Voted Above US, UK

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

Right on the heels of National Flag Day, Canadians get confirmation of what we've always believed -- our national anthem is among the best. At leas...

100 Days That Changed Canada: Donovan Bailey Owns the Podium

Brian_Williams | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada
Brian_Williams

100 Days That Changed Canada: Mackenzie King Opts for Conscription

J. L. Granatstein | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada
J. L. Granatstein

Canada's soldiers suffered heavy casualties in the second half of 1944 in Normandy. Infantry units operated at half strength of less, their platoons frequently reduced to a dozen soldiers instead of the normal 30. And, the soldiers, grumbled, there were thousands of 'zombies,' or home defence conscripts, safe in Canada.

100 Days That Changed Canada: "You Had an Option, Sir!"

Peter Mansbridge | Posted 01.27.2012 | Canada
Peter Mansbridge

Should the Canada Goose Be Our National Symbol?

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

My choice for a national symbol 30 years ago -- and remains so today -- is the Canada Goose. Critics fret that Canada Geese are a nuisance in parks, that they are messy, and take over areas, like grubby Wall Street occupiers. But the Canada goose has a curious nobility.

The Closing of the Canadian Mind? Readers Respond

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

I do not know the solution to small-mindedness as a part of conservative political strategies, but at least part of the answer requires progressives to ask some rather basic questions about what they believe and why. Here are a few starters.

On Canadian Values

Alexandre Brassard, Ph.D | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada
Alexandre Brassard, Ph.D

If, like most voters, you didn't vote Conservative in the last election, your values are un-Canadian. At least, that's what our prime minister thinks.

Judging Nycole Turmel: Shall We have a Stoning?

Donald Lenihan | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada
Donald Lenihan

I have no desire to defend Nycole Turmel or to apologize for her political choices and loyalties, except to say that if being Canadian means being free of emotional conflicts around identity, we are a nation of traitors.