Xenophobia

Let's Celebrate Immigrants This Canada Day

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.30.2016 | 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 05.03.2016 | 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 03.23.2016 | 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 03.11.2016 | 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 11.24.2015 | 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 11.17.2015 | 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 10.21.2015 | 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 10.16.2015 | 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 10.07.2015 | 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 09.16.2015 | 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.

Teaching Newcomers How to Complain

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

I heard a story this week about a civics lesson. It did not take place in a high school. It was a lesson both learned and taught by some elderly newcomers who were participants in a civic awareness project. Along with learning to speak English and finding out about the systems and the laws of Canada, these folks are being challenged to engage with their new communities.

Is Quebec Fostering Religious Radicalism?

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

When the state takes an interest in regulating religious expression, it invites religious institutions to reply by using their force of numbers to remake government policy. More seriously still, excluding people of faith from the mass of society is the surest way to isolate and drive them into the arms of radicalism.

It's Only Monday and I've Already Read Romney's Obituary

Todd Herron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Todd Herron

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg In the modern world of reporting news before it happens, conservative bloggers are already writing Mitt Romney's political obituary. Conservatism in the USA will face an unprecedented crisis. It is no longer a proud animal; it is a fearful one.

The Real Threat to Quebec's Heritage Is Not a Hijab

Nora Loreto | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Nora Loreto

In the election, the xenophobic comments and party promises such as banning religious symbols among public service workers all say, very clearly, that to truly be a Quebecer, you must be Francophone, white and Catholic. Bonus points if your family descended from the Filles du Roi. This is textbook intolerance and xenophobia.

Ford and Kenney Stoop to GOP-Style Racial Slurs

Jamil Jivani | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada
Jamil Jivani

As a Canadian, I often balk at examples of racism and discrimination so explicit in American politics.In the fallout of Toronto's recent shootings, however, Mayor Rob Ford and Minister Jason Kenney's comments about reviewing "immigration law" (Ford) and "foreign gangsters" (Kenney) are guilty of exactly what members of Mitt Romney's team have done -- attempting to turn certain communities into "others" who are somehow less American or Canadian because they are racial minorities.