Xenophobia

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.

Anti-Semitism Is A Resurging Reality I Have To Explain To My Son

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Anti-Semitism used to be theoretical to me, a thing that happened to my grandparents. Now it's become a reality I have to explain to my son. There are people saying that we deserve a right to attack people not because of anything they've done but because of their religion.

Embracing My Polish Heritage Also Means Confronting Its Demons

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Busy celebrating the best of what Polish culture had to offer, I rarely paused to think about the darker parts of my heritage. But moving out from my childhood home and joining a Polish community during a formative time of my life brought this willful ignorance into stark relief.

Joshua Ostroff

Nelly Furtado On Being Told To 'Go Back To Portugal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Living

"We were exposed to this duality that we could embrace being Canadian and embrace our roots which was very empowering."

If Trudeau Really Blames Corporate Elites, Why Did He Sign CETA?

Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Business
Daniel Tencer

The Trudeau government has been calling CETA the "most progressive" free trade deal ever. But the deal does not require the payment of living wages; it does not mandate a crackdown on tax evasion; and it certainly does not try to guarantee the "peace of mind ... that come[s] with stable, full-time contracts."

Denying Islamophobia's Existence Keeps Hate Alive In Canada

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos

Like many diseases, Islamophobia is curable and its treatment is more simple than one may imagine. The first step to attaining this cure is by recognizing that one is afflicted by the illness. We must all recognize that Islamophobia is not only a threat to Muslims, but to our entire society.

How Will You Stand Up To Canada's Homegrown Racism?

Trevor Wilson | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Trevor Wilson

I was standing at an intersection. I glanced over at the post on the corner to be greeted by a flyer entitled "Hey White People." It was an invitation to join the "alt-right" white supremacist movement for those "sick of being blamed for all the world's problems caused by minority groups and immigrants." What had changed?

Canadian Politicians Need To Stand Up Against Growing Xenophobia

Monia Mazigh | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

The world is changing rapidly. We have witnessed the success of the Brexit campaign in the UK, and the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. Amid the social and political turmoil, some political groups and social movements are emerging to exploit this climate of tension and fear and make political and financial gains out of it. Canada has not been immune of this.

Canadian Communities Must Unite Against Hatred

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Unchecked hatred that appears in blogs and other online venues has the potential to lead to ugly incidents. We cannot allow such darkness to destroy the social fabric of Canada. Indeed, it was this unchecked hate speech that has indoctrinated many in Pakistan to turn a blind eye to the oppression of Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities.

Dictionary.com's Word Of The Year Captures How Much 2016 Has Sucked

CP | Leanne Italie, The Associated Press | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada

"It's a word not to be celebrated but to be deeply concerned about."

Are Canadian Trump Supporters Creating A Divided America At Home?

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Somewhere deep inside I knew he would achieve this goal, but I didn't expect it to completely uncover the true face of America that many have long ignored and continue to ignore. Trump not only won over the hearts of many Americans, but he pulled all the champions of hate and division out of their holes.... I fear that this Trump "movement" will slip its way into Canada and fuel the fire in those who have long remained quiet or polite about their shared vision for a divided community of people where only some lives matter and deserve basic human rights.

Trump And Clinton's Divided House Threatens Their Entire Country

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When civilized society feels OK about demonizing others in the name of tolerance, you have a problem that doesn't necessarily require Donald Trump to become president to alienate much of the population. When the politics of resentment comes from the Left, the Right, and even the Centre, the road to democratic decline appears like an open freeway.

Let's Celebrate Immigrants This Canada Day

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Anti-immigrant xenophobia is usually tied to nationalism, and nationalism tends to spike during independence celebrations. So here's something to think about this Canada Day: everyone in this colonized land that is not First Nations or Inuit is an immigrant. I'm fourth generation myself. Three of my four grandparents were born here. My wife's relatives immigrated to North America from Denmark and Scotland. Every single other citizen that is not indigenous immigrated here, too, be it from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America or wherever else.

Beyond Brexit, Let's Take A Cue From Our Youth

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.

We Will Not Be Fooled By The Lies Of Today's Far Right

Niki Sharma | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

To those politicians today with the power to compel people to your will with fear and anti-immigration sentiment -- stop blaming immigrants for neoliberal policies that relentlessly concentrate wealth at the top while leaving the majority with weakened social programs, poverty, uncertainty and fear.

Meet Canada's Donald Trump: PM Robert Borden

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

As Canadians look down upon the severe tone of the Republican primary season, they might console themselves by saying: "We would never resort to that kind of hateful dialogue, and it would never work here -- in the multicultural haven that is Canada." Prime Minister Robert Borden might prove them wrong.

Marine Le Pen: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Visiting Canada on a European Parliament membership technicality with no federal or provincial parties willing to engage given her bigoted views (and possible stench of sulphur) has not prevented her from criticizing Canada's policies on immigration and multiculturalism. The terror attacks in Brussels have only added more ammunition to a sharp tongue already loaded with nationalist, nativist and jingoistic diatribe.

The Rest Of The World Needs A Backup Plan If Trump Wins

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 03.12.2017 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Building progress and trust, as the U.S. did, takes a long time to accomplish far more than constructing a building. But Trump will help destroy such progress if he is elected as the president of the United States. All the respect and admiration the world used to have towards this great country will vanish into thin air.

Umpteen Condemnations Do Not Stop Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The power of small acts of kindnesses should not be underestimated, for they are more powerful than military expeditions. Indeed, it is not the youth who are loved that are prone to radical indoctrination but those who are forsaken at the margins. It is also important to understand that strength lies in diversity, for if we unconditionally reach out to others, they will likely reach out to us in our time of need.

Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

A vicious cycle of hate seems to have been engendered where hatred of the West feeds the hatred of Islam. The way out of this hate is by looking within instead of pointing fingers at others. Some people do not care for such a nuanced understanding. They look for simplistic answers to complex problems.

What You Have Taught Your Teens About Strangers Is All Wrong

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

While we may find that there are some dangerous strangers, to decide that we should make negative assumptions about everyone we do not know is downright foolish. It is time to go back to celebrating the fact that our Canada is a welcoming and tolerant country in which we raise our children to respect and include all of us.

Understanding Hate Groups and Haters

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

New journeys often create surprises. Over the last few months, as I've gotten increasingly stuck on issues of Islamophobia and the fringe, extremist xenophobia in the Muslim world, this journey has been true to form. I've been struck by both the similarities between the two hate camps and their sheer resilience.

The Tory Tip Line Will Turn Canadians Against Each Other

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

The issue here is that such a tip line will do nothing but draw deeper lines in the ground between race, religion, and so on. We will notice that "barbaric cultural practices" is a purposefully vague descriptor that could encompass a plethora of different acts, yet Canadians are only left guessing as to what Kellie Leitch and her party would classify as such practices. This proposed tip line has already been compared by some to similar situations in place in interwar Germany and the Soviet Union.

Canadian Lives Will Not Be at Risk by Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Sandy Kovacs | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Sandy Kovacs

The Harper government's attempt to frighten voters should be recognized for what it is -- baseless propaganda designed to woo votes in the midst of an election. While there will undoubtedly be some undesirables in the refugee crowd, our immigration processes are perfectly capable of flagging and filtering out those risks. Canadian lives will not be threatened if we let in Syrian refugees. The irony, however, is that the lives of Canadians and our European friends may well be threatened if we do not. The tide of undocumented refugees will continue to flow into Europe if we fail to provide an alternative exit to those refugees still struggling to survive in camps in Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Breaking Down 5 Misconceptions About Muslims

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada
Saqib Qureshi

In both the U.S. and Canada, Muslims face real scrutiny, fanned by politicians out to earn xenophobic votes and media folk out to sell copies. North American society, on both sides of the border, needs to get to grips with five key misconceptions if it wants to contribute to a clean, prejudice-free society.