Canada Stereotypes

Lessons I Learned in My Dad's Taxi Cab

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Growing up, I was often embarrassed that my dad sometimes drove a taxi because I thought it was not "prestigious." Ironically, it was during my research on motivation at the prestigious Harvard Medical School Addiction Research Program that I realized that much of what motivates me (and all people) comes from lessons I learned from him in that taxi. Here are some of them.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Helping Kids Turn Othering into a Critical Discussion

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

An African-Canadian woman I know became very tired of being asked which "island" she came from. Her family had lived in Canada for many, many generations, so her answer to this question was "Toronto Island." But what happens when a child is quizzed in this way? If we are not careful, our children will learn to internalize the assumptions that others make about them.

Why Black History Month Matters

Carla Beauvais | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Carla Beauvais

Black History Month began Saturday. Officially celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, Black History Month -- which takes place in February in Canada -- is a time to pay homage to members of Black communities who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

Political Correctness: Too Much and Not Enough

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Rondi Adamson

She explains what the "Shoah", or Holocaust was. She states that the reason she is being so slow and re-explaining basics to a room full of adults is that there are a lot of 'Orientali', or Asians, in our class, and they don't know about this period of history, especially the Chinese. She says this several times. I can hardly believe what I'm hearing.

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?

Why We're Still Talking About the Zimmerman Verdict

Farzana Hassan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

The fact that the George Zimmerman verdict is still drawing huge controversy is telling of the deeply-rooted pathologies that still plague American so...

Canada's Dopey Reputation Needs to Change

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

2013-06-21-blog_canada_day_v02.gif The reaction of the populace to Calgary's flooding, particularly the city's ballsy mayor Naheed Nenshi, painted Canada as tough-as-nails action figures fighting World War H20. Despite this, the majority of non-Canadians still see us more as that somewhat dopey, big obliviously-smilin' guy portrayed on the cover of Bill Mann's book than they do us as the fearless, hip, smart folk we know we are. Which is why, if I could change anything about our country, it would be the symbols that define us to others.

What Escobar Did Is Stupid -- But I've Been Stupid Too

Reid Price | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
Reid Price

Earlier I was called out for using the words "retarded" and "handicapped" in a couple of tweets which referenced Yunel Escobar, the Blue Jays shortstop in hot water for writing the words "Tu ere maricon" ("You are a faggot") in his black eye. I offended someone. I apologized, and after an honest, open, and level- headed conversation concluded that I should be more conscientious. I wasn't foolish enough to write the words across my face, but still, for what I did in the first place, I suppose I'm pretty stupid as well.

What Do Other People Think Of Your Province? Ask Google.

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada

Ever wonder what other people think about where you live? Take a cue from Renee DiResta and use Google's autocomplete tool. DiResta, an associate a...

Dispatches from Down East: When Seeing is not Believing

Lori Gard | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada
Lori Gard

Why in this day and age do we still form quickly arrived at, negative first impressions about people? And why do we so undeniably feed into stereotypical patterns of labelling people based on appearance, confidence levels, fashion sense and charisma, among other equally irrelevant character traits?

Dolls For Girls, Trucks For Boys: What's Wrong With That?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Living

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has a motto in her household: the awkward conversation is way better than the silence. No, she isn't talking about that c...