Canada Discrimination

Why 'Privilege' Is Condescending and Manipulative

Angela Hartlin | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

As an evolved species, we can do better than repeating the same patterns of discrimination that feed into a looping and segregating cycle. Let's lay out all issues on the table, educate, and not stamp prejudice onto those who suffer greatly for various other reasons because they fit in with the white/ straight/ rich categories.

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

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

There's No Shame in Shaming An Asshole

Brett Caron | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

Who cares if an asshole is feeling ostracized for being an asshole? Isn't that sort of the point? If they stew on it and distance themselves from other people, that's a win. Who wants to spend time with an asshole? If they revisit their thinking in order to avoid being shamed again, so much the better; either way, we lose one asshole.

Looks Like 'Serve and Protect' Doesn't Extend To Toronto's Black Community

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

All I could see was my dad attempting to move past the first officer and that officer not moving, continuing to block the door way and then preceding to hold back my father. I screamed, "Daddy, just wait! Just wait! Don't move any further." I was reminded me of the rash, fatal shooting and tasering of Sammy Yatim and feared that my father could too have suffered a similar fate

The Importance of Minority Women Role-Models for Young Women and Girls

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Systemic discrimination expands beyond our general scope of understanding. Behind every young man that is criminalized there is a community that is affected, and half of that community is female. These women are all affected by the higher likelihood of their community's men being criminalized. It is fundamental to our Canadian values to make all members of society feel at home, and that requires addressing the systemic discrimination that exists in our nation.

Visible Minority Youth Aren't Getting Adequate Access to Legal Aid

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

When an at risk visible minority youth comes into contact with the law they often cannot afford the high cost of legal counsel and are forced to apply for legal aid. But what happens when they are unable to access the essential legal aid program? The fact of the matter is that many at risk visible minority youth come from backgrounds of poverty where they are unable to afford their own legal counsel which means they must rely on the government legal aid program. Federal government funding to provinces and territories to provide legal aid services has not changed in 10 years.

Toronto's Carding System Is Basically a 'Stop and Frisk' Program

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

On March 3, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights discussed the issue of visible minority youth and their interactions with the criminal justice system. In Toronto, the police have implemented a carding system where police forces stop, question and document people during non-criminal encounters on the streets. Statistics about carding in Toronto tell us that people who are black or brown are more likely to be carded than whites. Essentially this means that a brown or black person is more likely to be seen as suspicious by the police than someone who is white.

Understanding Systemic Discrimination in Our Criminal Justice System - Part 1

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Visible Minority Youth Need Our Support On March 3, 2014 the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met to discuss the issue of visible minority y...

Why I'm Boycotting Tim Hortons

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Like many Canadians I love to indulge in a cup of Tim Hortons coffee. They're Canadian, there are lots of them, and they're affordable. And who doesn't love their infamous Rrrrollll Up The Rim to Win contest? But I am willing to put my pride aside and in fact boycott Tim Hortons indefinitely.

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.

Getting Our Kids to Ask Critical Questions About Discrimination

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Last week I was speaking about rights and freedoms to a high school law class. I asked the students if they could think of any laws that had changed in their life time. They knew that the alcohol limits for driving had changed. But when it came to changes that had brought about legislation against racial, gender, and other discrimination, they had to be reminded or even simply informed.

Don't Just Talk About Diversity, Implement It

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

For those who hold the largest piece of the communal pie ― more than their fair share― making room for everyone at the decision table is intrinsically off-putting. Plurality is for bureaucratic hundred-page diversity plans, not for implementation.

Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

How the Values Charter Will Affect Quebec's Children

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Imagine your child's favourite teacher. This teacher is known to provide her students with an enriched classroom. Now imagine that this exemplary teacher is a person who subscribes to a religious faith for which she dresses in a particular fashion. Should she remove the outward signs of her faith so that she can keep teaching?

Charter Doublespeak Endorses Poverty Not Equality

Elvira Truglia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Elvira Truglia

The notion that equality between women and men will be served through banning religious symbols in the public service has so many ripped seams that ev...

Actual Things Doctors Have Said to Overweight Patients

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

That we have a widespread anti-fat bias and discrimination out there is no secret. But when this comes from the very people who should be there to provide help and support to those struggling with excess weight, I guess we really have a problem. I asked readers to share the stupidest remarks they have ever heard from a health professional about their weight -- the response was overwhelming.

The Most Discriminatory Laws in Canadian History

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Québec's credo is "Je me souviens", which loosely translates to "I will remember". But there is never a bad time to appropriate this mantra in the rest of Canada, to understand where we've come from and appreciate how far we've come as the world's first nation to adopt a federal multiculturalism policy. To that end, here are some low-lights of Canadian history.

Pauline Marois Just Doesn't Get Multiculturalism -- or Canada

Saeed Selvam | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

Premier Pauline Marois' proposal to ban religious symbols in public sector settings like schools, hospitals and daycares is as unconstitutional as it is offensive to every religious minority in Quebec and across the nation. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms under Section 2 specifically states a Canadian's right to freedom of religion and expression among others, no matter where you are.

When the Canadian Forces Used to Recruit Minorities

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The last time the Canadian Forces made a huge effort to integrate a minority, there were serious concerns. There was a demographic forming 28 per cent of the Canadian population, which was said not to fit into the traditional military mould. They were seen as too "different", too "rebellious", too contrary to ever enter the fold of the military elite. They were French-Canadians.

There Is Some Logic to Marois' Uniform Quebec

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Quebec's Premier Marois is proposing legislation that, in the interest of uniting the province, would include a ban on religious headwear for public employees. This type of argument -- that greater uniformity within a given population would foster unity within that population -- actually has historical precedence. The reality is Marois is not necessarily incorrect.

Quebec Bans Cowboy Hats

The Lapine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

On the heels of the Quebec Soccer Federation banning children from wearing turbans while playing in kiddie league games, the Province of Quebec has extended the ban to include cowboy hats being worn anywhere in public by adults or children. "Cowboy hats are destroying our natural French love of toques," said Premier Pauline Marois, making the announcement from the steps of the Assemblee Nationale (National Assembly) in Quebec City, wearing a green paisley beret to match her business suit.

This Author Fights Racism With E-Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Impact

Most people have been in a situation where they have faced discrimination in one way or another — some from a very early age. Many of us survive the...

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Suzanne Ma

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.

Is "Pay-As-You-Weigh" an unfair Pricing Strategy?

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Business
Arya M. Sharma, MD

This week the wires were active with suggestions that people with obesity pay more for airline travel. The assumption underlying the "pay as you weigh" pricing strategies is that body size is a matter of choice and responsibility. Unfortunately, for most this is not the case.