Canada Immigrants

New To Canada? Your First 100 Days Matter

Ivy Chiu | Posted 05.25.2017 | Canada Living
Ivy Chiu

The first 100 days in a new country are often the most important. Getting acclimatized to your new surroundings, meeting new neighbours, and getting a better sense for how everything from health care to grocery shopping is done in your new home would enable an easier transition.

Modern Labour Needs Leaders That Reject Right-Wing Rhetoric

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

Kicking out Harper was only a beginning to rebuilding a progressive vision in this country. We must push back as a united voice against the politics of division, racism, Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia and sexism that right-wing populists stir up in their cynical quests for power.

My Canadian Immigrant Story Begins With The Loss Of My Father

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Living
Surjit Singh Flora

Today, I'm 47 years old and Canada has been my home for almost 28 years. To this day, whenever I experience difficulties in life or in my career, I feel sadness and regret at not having my father me to help me through the difficult times.

End All Thinly Disguised Wars On The World's Most Marginalized

The Alitaptap Collective | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
The Alitaptap Collective

They launch crusades of violence against the easiest of targets: the racialized Other, the immigrant, the slum dweller, the refugee. They promise a return to a Utopian past at the expense of their chosen scapegoats - each one of a certain colour, geographic origin or religion - only to guarantee an impoverished future for us all.

ISIS Stole This Family's Home, Don't Let It Take Their Baby's Life

Drowster | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Drowster

In March 2014, Mustafa heard three bombs near his home in Sheran located in the province of Aleppo, Syria. At that precise moment, he knew his biggest fear was real: ISIS was at their door. This was his tipping point; his family packed a few belongings and tried fleeing to Turkey.

What Happened To The Country That Welcomed My Immigrant Grandparents

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

Very sadly, large numbers of Canadians are turning their backs on the principles and values I hold dear, the principles and values of which I am so proud. The principles and values that paved the way for my family, and so many others, to have that better life they craved.

As Part Of An Immigrant Family, Trump's Travel Ban Feels Personal

Mike Rowlands | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Mike Rowlands

There are those who dismiss President Donald Trump's travel ban as an everyday security policy. I say by proposing it in the first place, and by arguing for it so vehemently in the face of massive, vocal opposition, the Oval Office is betraying America's commitment to be "the home of the brave."

I Rejected My Cuban Identity Out Of Fear

Daniela Sosa-Roque | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Daniela Sosa-Roque

The long years of communist leadership in Cuba and the violation of human rights, specifically the attacks on freedom, have pushed many to pursue a life elsewhere. The way I saw it, there weren't any reasons to be proud.

10 Things That Made Me Feel At Home As A New Canadian

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Heather Mallick's latest column on how new Canadians can learn to like it here falls short. If she really thinks all it takes to make immigrants feel at home in Canada is a conversation with a pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart or getting lost at a Canadian Tire franchise, perhaps she is living in a bubble.

How Canadians Can Resist Trump

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Andrew Tumilty

Canadians cannot support dissent against Trump without supporting dissent here, especially when it makes you uncomfortable. If Black Lives Matter or Idle No More, leave you feeling defensive, ask yourself why? Seek out voices from underrepresented communities and listen to what they have to say. By encouraging people to speak out against our own injustices, we show resistance to a president who ignores injustice.

Ontario Health Care Leaving Poor And Immigrants Behind

Tara Kiran | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Tara Kiran

Primary care is considered the front door to our health-care system. Whether you're going for a general check-up or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need. But not all family practices in Ontario are created equal.

Immigrant Mental Health: Strengths And Resiliency

Robert Whitley | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada
Robert Whitley

The mental health of immigrants has been an abiding concern for policy-makers, health practitioners, as well as a small community of psychiatric resea...

What You Should Know About Nail Salons And Reproductive Health

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Many workers in nail salons have heard stories about friends who had trouble getting pregnant or who had multiple miscarriages. Ideally, nail salon technicians should be able to plan their pregnancies for times when they are not working. But one of the reasons they work in these risky entry level jobs is because they have to.

The Melting Pot Is Rapidly Becoming American Fiction

Jack Jedwab | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

You don't have to look very far these days to challenge the melting pot idea. All that is needed is a glimpse at the racial divisions that have marked the 2016 United States presidential election and others prior. In fact, those who boast about the American melting pot are generally thinking about the successful assimilation of white Americans in a society with perpetual racial divisions than run deep across the country.

I Negotiated My Identity Between Two Cultures And Generations

Fatima Reyes | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living
Fatima Reyes

Although I've lived essentially my whole life here and received my Canadian citizenship in kindergarten, not having a Canadian birth certificate separates me from second-gen Canadians. At the same time, I don't have vivid memories of growing up anywhere else, like my parents and other first-gen Canadians. Sometimes, I feel like generation 1.5.

How Global Events Change Our Eating Habits

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Much of what we eat is reflected in how we live. Like it or not, globalization has arrived on our dinner plates big time. The palates of today's families are much more educated in terms of foreign foods and eating habits than ever before. All kinds of ethnic delicacies have become staples in households that were limited to locally grown basics just a generation ago.

Our Mixed Heritage Comes Alive At My Family's Dinner Table

Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Esteireiro

Food is how I think of my cultural identity. It's like a table of food. It has plates of cozido and chow mein, but it also holds the new dishes that my parents have picked up in Canada. Just because there are new plates on the table doesn't mean I have to take any of them away. It just means I need a bigger table.

Why Do Filipino-Canadians Send Boxes Of Spam Back Home?

The Huffington Post Canada | Russell Sabio and Al Donato | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living

Two Filipino-Canadians open up about a packing tradition that connects them to home.

Relearning My Grandmother's Language Taught Me Where My Roots Lie

Hamza Khan | Posted 10.10.2016 | Canada Living
Hamza Khan

Learning my grandmother's life stories helped me to reconnect with my own Indian-American and Indian-Canadian identity in a way that Bollywood movies never could. If you're the first-generation child of immigrant parents, you owe it to yourself to learn the language of your grandparents. Spend some time with them and ask them about their life. Go deeper than the mere sequence of events you might've never ventured beneath because of language barriers. It could just be the key to unlocking dimensions of who you are. And if history is cyclical, perhaps who you might become.

The Best Career Advice I'll Ever Get Came From This Photo Of My Mom

Maham Abedi | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Living
Maham Abedi

My mom grew up in the 1970s in Pakistan, at a time when women -- if they studied past high school -- were expected to get married right after college. What my mother did was very different. And the story's best told with this photo of my 25-year-old mom working as a chemist in Pakistan. The only woman among men.

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.

Kevin O'Leary Writes Off Tory MP's Leadership Bid

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics

The celebrity businessman is still deciding whether he wants to join the Conservative leadership race.

Pride Looks Different For Second-Generation Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | HuffPost Canada Editors | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living

Five simple words some kids — and parents — don't hear often enough.

What Does The Statue Of Liberty Think Of Donald Trump?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

One thing is certain. If he gets elected, she'll be out of a job. There won't be any immigrants to welcome, the Donald will see to that. And the very values America was founded upon, the very values that have made it the greatest, most powerful nation on earth, the very values that have attracted millions of foreigners in search of the American dream will cease to exist.

Canada Can Help Support The Long-Term Success Of Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada is a young country and we lack the long history and cultural heritage like European countries. We do not share the American Dream nor America's melting-pot culture. Thus, we provide better ground for multiculturalism to flourish; we let refugees and immigrants from around the world preserve their culture and heritage.