Canada Immigrants

Here's Why Your Islamophobic Intolerance on My Newsfeed Is Hypocritical

Crystal Langille | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Crystal Langille

Stop with the ignorant posts, people. Think about it before you blindly share some meme, or post that's not even accurate. You sound stupid. We share this planet with 7 billion other people -- some estimates suggest that 2.2 billion of them are Muslim. Enough with the "If we went to your country, we'd have to live by your rules." Stop. Muslim is not a country. I'm sorry if pointing out your religious intolerance has offended you, but it was the same type of ignorance and vitriol that eventually caused the slaughter of millions of Jews in the Second World War. Before you're too quick to defend your hate speech, marinate in that for a minute and think about if you want to contribute to that kind of hate.

Migrants Risking Their Lives Need Your Help, Not Just Your Sympathy

Stephen Cornish | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Thousands are dying at sea, in detention and on the way to what they hope are better lives. They deserve more than our empathy, understanding and compassion. They also deserve -- and need -- a helping hand.

Canadian Immigrants Reveal Why They Chose This Country

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living

For some people who were born and raised in Canada, July 1st is little more than a day off work and a night sky filled with fireworks. But for those w...

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

How I Finally Embraced Being Korean

Jason Lee | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Lee

If someone said to me 15 years ago that I would be talking publicly about my Korean cultural identity today, I'd have been the first person to say: "You must be kidding." Until recently, despite having been born in Korea, I would not have called myself a Korean-Canadian.

Great Entrepreneurs Don't Just Rely on "Luck"

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Sharon Vinderine

Luck is a word that very often is used with a negative connotation. "Oh, she's so lucky she had the chance to..." or, "He's so lucky he was at the right place at the right time." Jealousy comes to mind quite often when I hear the word "luck" used. Luck as it relates to business is something I think can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

How Egypt's Conscription Generates Unemployment and Refugees

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Maikel Nabil Sanad

Many International actors, including the U.S. government, support the Egyptian military, in the belief that Egypt's army can restore stability, and, in doing so, stem the flow of refugees out of Egypt. But it's the Egyptian military, through its stubbornness dealing with the conscientious objection issue, which generates refugees every day.

Though I Keep Getting Detained, I'll Never Stop Being an Activist

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Maikel Nabil Sanad

I was sitting on a bench inside the military court that day, accompanied by a military intelligence agent, waiting for my military judge to arrive in the courtroom. It was a spring day, in April 2011, just few months after the revolution started. It was the fifth time I was detained in Egypt because of my activism. It isn't that I can understand the situations of people facing injustice from afar, I can feel their pain, because it's my pain as well.

17 Signs You're A Pakistani Who Grew Up In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

You love your Pakistani heritage and culture, and you're especially grateful that you got to grow up in a country like Canada. For the most part, it's...

Will the 'Culturally Compatible' Immigrant Please Stand Up?

The Nudge Report | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
The Nudge Report

PM Harper, Kenney and his crew have been careful not speak publicly on immigration matters. But Kenney slipped up while unrolling the red carpet for the Irish, not long after he cancelled 300,000 patiently-waiting skilled workers' applications. "The employers in Canada are increasingly identifying Ireland as a great source of talent, hard-working, highly-educated folks who are culturally compatible," Kenney said.

Canada, Stop Denying Migrant Workers Health Care When They Need It Most

Ritika Goel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Ritika Goel

We must face the reality of people like Kenroy and Denville who are punished as a result of laws that do not recognize the situation on the ground. We must address the unfair conditions under which we bring people over for this program, and provide them the services they are due. Canada set out to have a universal healthcare system that covers everybody, and it's about time that we did just that.

Same Same But Different: Growing Up As A Brown Girl in Canada

Jugni Style | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jugni Style

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speeches, the Dark is Beautiful campaign in India, and Anita Majumdar's play, Same Same But Different, have me in a different frame of mind as we approach International Women's Day. I'm not just thinking about women's rights and battles. I'm thinking about what it means to be a woman of colour in Canada.

Racially Profiled for "Walking While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

How long does it take a new immigrant to be profiled in Montreal? Before you hazard a guess, place "black male" in front of immigrant and "racially" in front of profiled. The answer in my husband's case? One week. Bob crossed an intersection beside two white pedestrians. Singled out by a white, French-speaking police officer, Bob was asked to produce his identification without an explanation of his "offense." By the way, the two white pedestrians with whom Bob crossed the intersection were not stopped and interrogated.

I Grew Up in South Africa During Apartheid

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I was born in South Africa, under apartheid -- a white child with every privilege. It was the year 1969, five years after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. In my first year at Queen's University, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison. My classmates were euphoric about what this would mean for South Africa. My optimism was more cautious.

The Racist Talent Show Judge Who Makes Simon Cowell Look Good

Suzanne Ma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Suzanne Ma

A somewhat awkward, bespectacled Chinese man by the name of Xiao Wang wandered onto the stage of Holland's Got Talent. The PhD student announced he would perform a rendition of "La donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto. And that's when Judge Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, who goes by the nickname Gordon, cracked his first joke: "Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?"

'Forget Your Experience'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Samer Elbanna left Egypt in search of a better life for his family. But leaving a job in procurement — one that had him dealing with compan...

Canadians Are Too Insecure to Be Proud

Rikia Saddy | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada
Rikia Saddy

To be Canadian is to always feel just a little different than the cool kids. How can we compete when every one of us is an immigrant, or descendant of immigrants, and the mix of who we are changes constantly? Maybe we're asking the wrong question. If we took a closer look, we might find that we're cooler than we realize. Canadians have a unique relationship with our history. We're proud of the country we built, but ashamed of the steps we took to get here. For many of us, the easiest solution is to try not to look back at all. But when we don't know our history, we don't just miss out on a dusty old past. It makes it hard to imagine our future.

Our National Anthem Does Not Represent Me

Doug Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians cannot sing the words to "O Canada" without being hypocrites. They are atheists; "O Canada"'s words are theist in both languages. The words to "O Canada" need updating in both languages. This should not be difficult if we accept the notion of separation of church and state.

Surprised The Liberals Won? It's The Chinese, Stupid!

Mark Hasiuk | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Hasiuk

Obviously, the face of B.C., quite literally, is changing. Immigrants account for 45 per cent of the population in Vancouver, 52 per cent in Surrey, 59 per cent in Burnaby and 70 per cent in Richmond. Immigrant populations are rising everywhere, even in the whitest regions of the province. And they aren't buying what the NDP is selling. Big government. Vast social programs. Union allegiance.

Canada's "Mosaic" Has Racist Cracks

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

Here in the "Canadian Mosaic," issues of race are largely stricken from the language of the everyday. We prefer not to speak openly about racism, for deconstructing it might chip away at that illusory façade of Canada as a nation of perpetual tolerance and chronic multiculturalism -- a delusion we all hold dear to our glowing hearts. Unfortunately for all those "liberal-minded" Canadians out there who view our country to be so forward thinking and accommodating that racism is a non-issue, institutionalized multiculturalism is not the same thing as social racial equality.

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.

Canada's Immigrant Population Surges

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - The debut of Canada's controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a ...

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 ...

Does Canada Need More Safety Programs For Immigrants?

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - A coroner in Saskatchewan wants more water safety programs to target new Canadians after an immigrant man drowned.Muhammad Naqash Ali drow...