Canada Multiculturalism

Why We Must Ardently Defend Multiculturalism in Canada

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

Unless we, as a society, systematically protect the right to reasonable accommodation of expression of religion in all arenas of Canadian life, others that would be in a case similar to that of El-Alloul will be systematically unwelcome form fully participating in the judicial system.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism Asks Iranian-Canadians "Why Are You Here?"

Susan Khazaeli | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Khazaeli

Mr. Leung asked a member of the audience, "If you like Iran so much then why do you come to Canada?" He then demanded to know: "Why are you here?" Some audience members were so offended by his comments and his dismissive attitude -- which one attendee characterized as "arrogant" -- that they decided to leave the event. Mr. Leung is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. It kind of sounds like a bad joke, doesn't it?

Why You Should Appreciate Life in the GTA

Blair Mlotek | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Blair Mlotek

People are always going on about how Canadians aren't patriotic enough, saying that Canada doesn't have something to identify it. They think that sinc...

You Don't Have to Remove Christmas From the Public Square

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The irony is that it seems to be some Christians themselves who, in an effort to show respect for non-Christians, often pre-emptively remove "Christmas" from their greetings, events, and public symbols. While the intention is laudable, the effort is largely unnecessary. I appreciate and welcome the deep connection Christians have to the symbols of their holidays.

Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Practice?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

A celebration of our history brings us to reflect on the present. There are certain questions we must ask ourselves. What challenges do Norway, Canada, and other like-minded countries face in our efforts, for example, to promote democracy, protect, and live in an inclusive society with equal rights and non-discriminatory practices? What is our role in the global picture?

The Month I Spent Living on a Mattress

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

When I am nine, my parents and I immigrate to Canada from the wet, hot, and hurricane-ridden island of Cuba. Before May 31, 2002, I have never stepped beyond my beautiful little island, have never seen a landscape without palm trees or the ocean, have never smelt air that isn't rife with humidity with a hint of dog piss, sea salt, and garbage, and I have never wanted to.

I Don't Know What To Say When People Ask 'Where Are You From?'

Marina Rogers | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Rogers

I have thus alienated myself from the convention of associating a cultural, national identity to my name. I do not feel like a citizen of said country, but rather, a denizen of the world. I realize my situation is rare and privileged, but I am not insensitive to the many problems revolving national identity around the world.

It's Time To Stop Black And Orange Day And Let Schools Celebrate Halloween

Buzz Bishop | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada
Buzz Bishop

So when the traditional North American holidays roll around, don't expect me to sanitize them. I don't expect my brother-in-law to dial down Hannukah thinking I'd find it offensive. I don't expect my mayor to skip Eid because I don't celebrate it. I look forward to the Chinese New Year parade and so do my kids. They shouldn't stop it because I'm not Chinese.

Why Are Black People So Committed to Supporting Rob Ford?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

It benefits us all to be honest with ourselves and recognize that adopted in 1971, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and further enacted in law in 1988, Canadian multiculturalism is a socio-economic failure that now stains our national mosaic. There is nothing new in pointing out the failure(s) of multiculturalism. However, what has yet to be engaged as a public conversation is the consideration that, as our society's seeping open secret, the socio-economic failure of multiculturalism is what explains the festering phenomenon of black support for Rob Ford.

Where Are All the Role Models For Girls?

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Amira Elghawaby

If young women and girls can't find role models within the pages of typical teen magazines, or in most mainstream books and film, then where can they find them? The answer should be: within their communities.

7 Things Canadians Might Not Know About Canada

Johanu Botha | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

If beer companies advertised countries, Dos Equis would rep Canada -- it is the most interesting country in the world. But many of those living here would never guess it. Hence the need for an internet list to all Canadians. You're welcome.

The Problem With Black History Month

Bianca Pang | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada
Bianca Pang

The amazing thing about our country is that we're still young. Compared to other countries we're like barely-legal young. We're still losing our baby teeth, learning how to walk, working out the kinks and growing into our clothes. And from what I see, the core of what Canadian-ness is, is multiculturalism. So I have problem with Black History Month, and the reason is this: I don't believe we should assign one month out of the year (and the shortest month, mind you) to one race. Why? Because although, yes, it brings awareness to the history and celebrates its triumphs, it sets them apart from the norm, reiterating this whole notion of "otherness."

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

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

Black History Month is Not a Feel-Good Mass Therapy Session

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Until we find concrete and genuine ways to take into account cultural differences and the institutional power relations that inform that reality in Canada, Black History Month, like multiculturalism, will continue to be sidelined and watered down to satisfy Canada's mythical narrative of togetherness, racial justice and equality.

Arti Patel

This Is Why Toronto Is So Multicultural

HuffingtonPost.com | Arti Patel | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Living

If you're ever in Toronto and talk to strangers on the bus, chances are you'll find most people are originally from another country. In an effort ...

If We Can't Say 'Merry Christmas' in Canada, Multiculturalism Failed

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I wonder: since when did "Merry Christmas" become a political statement especially in multicultural Canada? Multiculturalism is a complete and utter failure in Canada when it is politically incorrect to say "Merry Christmas" without pausing and wondering if they may or may not be offended?

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Why is it that the U.K.'s newspaper is willing to publish a painfully honest editorial about race in Canada but Canadian papers aren't? Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he submitted his personal op ed to Canadian newspapers. None of them thought this perspective was fit to print.

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...

Canada's Sri Lanka Case and The Trouble With "Whitelists"

Dana Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The Sri Lanka case shows that the declared safety of a foreign country depends on Canadian politics instead of evidence like returned Sri Lankans experiencing torture and possibly worse. Politicians are not an authority on persecution. When they act like one, friends are called safe. Then domestic demands shift and suddenly they balk, tugging along lives with whims.

Shad Takes A Swipe At Jay Z, Canadian Government

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Music

Shad, perhaps not surprisingly for a guy whose last album "TSOL" beat Drake for the 2011 best rap Juno, is one of the most openly optimistic artists w...

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.

Secularism and Canada's Divided Left

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

There are many differences between the platonic idea of secularism and the secularist statute proposed last week in Quebec. These differences will doubtless count against the Charter of Values, especially in English Canada, where a discrete conception of religious freedom and suspicions of sovereigntist motivations have elicited much scepticism.

Why the Quebec Charter of Values may just save Canada: Part 1 of 2

Abi Paul | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

During my several visits to Quebec, I have been spit upon, hurled insults at my face, not served at restaurants, and ticketed by traffic police for driving while being Ontarian. I do not speak French and I am not a Francophone. If my experience of Quebec ended with just this story, and with the recent developments of the minority Parti Québécois proposed plan to introduce the Charter of Values as law in Quebec, I would not be hard pressed to imagine the people of Quebec to be one of the most bigoted and unfriendly specimens of the human race the world has ever seen. But I love Quebec.

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.