Canada Diversity

Why We Must Teach Our Kids to Be "Culturally Bilingual"

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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.

Has Steve Paikin Looked Hard Enough for Female Pundits?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Since females make up 52% of the population, can women pundits be so difficult to find? In a city oozing with competent women in practically every field of activity, it begs the question: how hard are TVO's The Agenda producers really trying?

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

One can easily see the allure of focusing on millennial entrepreneurs. Their youth and inexperience allows them develop innovative solutions and ideas and their low overhead enables to them to work on what Y Combinator's Paul Graham famously called the "ramen diet" where the only food entrepreneurs can afford is ramen noodles.

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

If You're Rich and White the Newspapers Want You

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

In terms of visible minorities, the Globe and Mail is doing no better than its national print-based competitors in providing a forum for ethnic Canadian voices. This diverse demographic is projected to grow to a third of the Canadian population by 2030. Is traditional Canadian media doing anything to include, reflect or address their experiences in the multicultural mosaic, building on the wave of the present and future? The examples are few and far between.

Supreme Court's Chief Justice Forgets Diversity

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the country, and the final court of appeals in the Canadian justice system. That's why the latest SCC appointment by Stephen Harper has ruffled so many feathers, as he appointed yet another male to replace Marie Deschamps on the bench, bringing the total count to three women, six men.

What Award-Winning Companies Do Right

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I recently served on a governance awards judging panel assembled by the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS). Winners of the awards were announced at this organization's annual conference in Halifax last month. I participated in a plenary discussion to discuss some of the winning practices.

What The Census Shows So Far

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - If the reams of statistics released from the 2011 census and its controversial new cousin, the National Household Survey, teach us anything, ...

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.

For Once, Let's Celebrate ADD

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

ADD is constantly in the news, and the news is never good. Some of these issues are very real and very serious. However, I will not address any of them today. Instead, I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate the very things that drive some people crazy. Let's shout a big "hurray" for the following:

Has Multiculturalism in Canada Lost Its Way?

Omar Alghabra | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

Multiculturalism is not about dwelling on our differences. It is about emphasizing our commonality. Unfortunately that principle gets lost when multiculturalism gets viewed as a foreign phenomenon designed to "tolerate" immigrants. Policies that nurture interaction between the various communities will reduce suspicion and finger-pointing.

Making Entrepreneurs out of Indian Housewives

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png I believe that women entrepreneurship will not only give a boost to the economy by increasing the number of employed people and leading towards a more gender-equal growth. Not being financially independent is one of the main factors that prove as a hindrance in self-empowerment of women, especially in patriarchal societies like India.

Why Turbans Have No Place On The Soccer Field

Rachel Décoste | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Fédération de soccer du Québec (FSQ) caused quite a stir when it announced that a ban on headgear -- religious or not -- would be upheld. If a soccer club makes an exception for the turban, what other exemptions follow? The yarmulke? The kirpan? Why would regulations apply to some but not to others? As FIFA struggles to address persistent racism exhibited in the sport, is it wise to add additional bias to the field? By eliminating a religious symbol, the FSQ strengthens this cherished sporting sanctuary to which congregate almost half of all Canadian kids. In this oasis, there is room for only one religion: the one called "soccer."

Blackface Breakdown: Welcome To Race Relations In Quebec

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Earlier this month Huffington Post blogger, Nydia Dauphin, wrote a post entitled, "Why The Hell Are Quebec Comedians Wearing Blackface?" She was referring to Mario Jean's "impersonation" of Boucar Diouf at the Gala des Oliviers, in which Jean used black makeup to portray Diouf. This would have been an opportune time to have a constructive dialogue concerning race relations in Quebec. Quite predictably, however, the discussion has resorted to accusations of overzealous political correctness on one side to indictments of overt racism on the other, which is simply indicative of the sad state of the discourse surrounding ethno-race relations in Quebec.

When You Commit a Crime, Your Race Matters

Rachel Décoste | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The individuals who admit selling illegal narcotics to the Mayor of Toronto were repeatedly referred to as "Somali drug dealers." Senator Mike Duffy, (former) PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford all boast heritage from the British Isles. How different would the national conversation be if the foursome had another ethnic lineage?

Rob Ford: It's Not Just the Crack That's Whack

Rachel Décoste | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

What's troubling is that the homophobic and racially slanted comments allegedly made by Rob Ford have received little or no scrutiny. The biggest stain this scandal brings isn't the possible addictions of a well-known politician. It is the fetid stench of acceptance and normalization of blatant bigotry that stinks to high heavens. Have we become collectively complacent in the face of bigotry?

Diversity at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Toronto's 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games is in the process of asking the public to help it choose a mascot design. We are only just over two years away from what will surely be a movement of sportsmanship. Toronto's 2015 PAN AM Games is intent on leaving a legacy found in the essence of human diversity.

Let's Present the Voice of the First Generation Immigrants in the Media

Lily Pourzand | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada
Lily Pourzand

On April 1, TVO broadcasted another episode of The Agenda, as it does every evening. That night, the show focused on "Reflecting Today's Ontario" and ...

Lessons From Holocaust Remembrance Day: Don't Just Remember, Take Action

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Jeffrey Bernstein

If we Jews and all other citizens of humanity actually mean the words we speak when we say, "never again," then we must take a stand, today, and actively choose to care and to defend justice by celebrating the uncelebrated and by protecting and giving voice to the voiceless among us, and to say that hatred and intolerance, in any shape or form, no matter how small, has no place in this world.

Our Home and Unequal Land?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

For many Canadians, racial discrimination is a ghost they've only seen in movies or sporadic outbursts inevitably baptized "isolated incidents". While this has become a part of everyday life for most Aboriginals and Canadians of colour, there is a persistent incredulous strain that refuses to acknowledge a problem exists.

The Great Black North: B.C. Tweets Black History

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

As the fog around black Canadian history dissipates, a clearer picture emerges: there is no need to revert to African-American historical heroes because we have our own crusaders. Black Canadians pioneered B.C.'s very foundation, and they still contribute to the cultural fabric of the province to this day.

Don Cherry Is Holding CBC Hockey Back

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Don Cherry's regressive rhetoric betrays Canada's reputation as a nation of inclusiveness and cultural tolerance. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has tolerated this treatment for too long. Don Cherry's distasteful diatribes belong in hockey's past, not in the Canadian national pastime's present or future.

How Germs Can Ruin Your Smile

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA trip to the dentist is for many a stressful event, especially when accompanied by the dreaded words: "You have a cavity." Naturally, you can blame germs for this aggravation. The main cause is a group of bacteria known for their ability to grow on hard surfaces, such as the enamel of the teeth.

Canada's First Racial Discrimination Trial

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

It is oft-implied that the United States had segregation while Canada was above this racial retardment. Hollywood movies dramatize the plight of Afric...

The Whitewashing of Canadian Currency

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Today, it was revealed that not only were Asian features deemed unworthy of appearing on bank notes, but also Black, Aboriginal, South-Asian and Gay ones, as well. A pattern of institutionalized xenophobia is emerging, and it ain't pretty. The Bank of Canada fiasco is only the latest incident in a long chain of slights.