Canada Discrimination

I Won't Vote For Anti-Islamophobia Motion Because All Canadians Are Equal

Deepak Obhrai | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Deepak Obhrai

What needs to be made clear is that most Canadians challenging this motion are not challenging the issues facing the Muslim communities, or that racism does not exist; what they are uncomfortable with in this motion is the fact that it is favouring one community over others.

I See A Chance To Fight Bigotry. Liberals See A Political Play

Garnett Genuis | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.

We Ignore The Hate In Our Politics At Canada's Peril

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeewan Chanicka

While many Canadians look at the politics in the U.S. with confusion and frustration, a more informed reading of our Canadian context highlights our reality may be heading in a similar direction. Silence by the political centre can lead us down the same road as our neighbours south of the border.

Ending Discrimination Against Indigenous Children Requires More Than Money

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Our government has set aside $200-million this year to end discrimination against First Nations children in our child welfare system -- and Budget 2016 committed to increasing that amount for the next five years. Next year we are investing almost $250-million to end discrimination. But putting more money into the existing system simply isn't enough.

White People See A Lesson In Manners. I See A Racist Assault

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

It's getting pretty frustrating having to tell people, especially white people, what racism looks like. As a black woman, it's heartbreaking to see how such incidents are handled and how they are reported and discussed in the media. Most frightening, is the direction in which Canada is going regarding race relations.

M-103 Can Ban Islamophobia, But Only Honest Dialogue Will End It

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

Beyond law, we need merciless introspection, critical thinking and honest dialogue on part of both conservative and Muslim Canadians that would draw the two communities together and isolate hateful people. We cannot afford to lose more lives to radicalization and supremacism.

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Kokulan Mahendiran

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.

Don't Blame Mosque Attack On Myth Of A 'Racist Quebec'

Yves-François Blanchet | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Yves-François Blanchet

In politics, it is useless to cast off on others the responsibility for failure, retreat or tragedy. On the contrary, it is necessary to always and without complacency ask ourselves, each one of us and together, what we could have done otherwise to avoid such a tragedy and what could be done to prevent it from happening again.

What Some South Koreans Think Of Black People

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living

Their answers reveal how the media shapes their perspectives.

Trump Isn't Solely To Blame For The Quebec Mosque Shooting

Davide Mastracci | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Davide Mastracci

Trump has undoubtedly emboldened Islamophobes across North America, but Canada has our own history with Islamophobia that we need to talk about. From 2012 to 2014, we saw hate crimes against Muslims in Canada double - and this is all while most of us knew Donald Trump as the host of The Apprentice.

Dear Canada, Please Stop Calling Quebec City Racist

David Chabot | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
David Chabot

Please, don't paint us as a racist, intolerant community - it will simply add to the fire we are already battling. Canada is a multicultural and inclusive society, a fact a small part of my province hates. By pushing us all aside and characterizing us all as something we are not, you will increase that resentment.

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.

I'm Standing Up To A Lifetime Of Anonymous Online Racism

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Indigenous people are subject to racism, whether they are professors, authors, award winners, self-made or struggling. Our voices won't be silenced. I say: name your culprits and give them the exposure they desire.

Althia Raj

Tory Leadership Hopeful Says Trans Rights Bill Attacks Free Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics

Lemieux promised to scrap the bill if he forms government.

Let's Work Together To Bring Down Canada's Hierarchy Of Prejudice

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

Two year-end surveys of Canadians, respectively conducted by Forum Research Group and by Abacus, provide some potentially useful insights into the relationship between discrimination and prejudice. The surveys remind us that prejudice is uneven, and that some groups are viewed less favourably than others.

Don't Give Up On Your Dream Of Education

Street Haven | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada
Street Haven

In high school, I was placed in a special education program instead of regular classes because I couldn't learn like the other students. I felt I was ...

It's Time Canadians Started Practicing Systemic Inclusion

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Even a few minutes of putting oneself in another person's shoes (or wheelchair) could make a big difference. Accessibility is a right. Just by being born we all have human rights. We don't need to do or be anything special. Equality is - or should be - ours, just because we exist.

How Will You Stand Up To Canada's Homegrown Racism?

Trevor Wilson | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Trevor Wilson

I was standing at an intersection. I glanced over at the post on the corner to be greeted by a flyer entitled "Hey White People." It was an invitation to join the "alt-right" white supremacist movement for those "sick of being blamed for all the world's problems caused by minority groups and immigrants." What had changed?

Wake Up, Trump Just Put A White Nationalist In The White House

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

There have been many calls to better understand the white working class voter and placing blame on "political correctness" for what Van Jones dubbed on election night "a whitelash." In other words, that the real problem was that we weren't paying enough attention to straight, white people and shouldn't have been calling for diversity, equality and respect. But arguing that if you just didn't challenge straight white male supremacy then they wouldn't have elected a straight white male supremacist is no different than blaming a rape victim for what she wore, or a gay-bashing victim for kissing his boyfriend, or a Jew for wearing a Star of David necklace.

White Canadians, Be Honest: Do We Need To Be Afraid Of You?

Niki Sharma | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Niki Sharma

I worry that you can too easily find comfort in your privilege and wrap it around you like a blanket to filter out the horror that we feel. That this comfort will allow you to move on and become silent on the terror in Trump's plan and the voices of racism. White Canadians, we need to know now.

Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

Samer Majzoub | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

Black Woman Doctor Told By Flight Crew They Need An 'Actual Physician'

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 10.15.2016 | Canada Living

"Mind blown. Blood boiling."

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.

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.

Racist Mascots Remind Indigenous People We Aren't Seen As Equal

Brad Gallant | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

We have been forced to the farthest reaches of the continent, evicted, killed, induced to deny our heritage and starved out to make way for Canadian "progress." Native mascots are a lingering reminder that the Indigenous cannot participate in Canadian society equally.