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Hassan Arif

PhD Candidate - Sociology, University of New Brunswick

Hassan Arif is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton where he is specializing in urban sociology and local government. He is also a columnist, having published for the Telegraph Journal in Saint John, the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, as well as the Huffington Post, Sustainable Cities Collective, and Spacing. He has also contributed to Insight articles for the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute and has published a paper on economic development in smaller jurisdictions for the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine.

Hassan is active in his community, being involved with Transition Fredericton, a group promoting environmental sustainability in the city. Also, Hassan has done consultation work in the areas of transportation policy and legal aid reform with the Province of New Brunswick.

You can follow him on twitter at @HassanNB
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Canada Must Champion Diversity In Face Of A Trump Presidency

Many of us are angry, hurt, and afraid. However, we must channel this into action. We must make our voices heard and press policy makers here in Canada to uphold the values of diversity and multiculturalism, to not be tempted to pander to xenophobic elements. We must condemn those politicians who try to play on ethnic and social divisions.
11/10/2016 12:12 EST

Consequences Of Brexit: No Country Is An Island, Not Even Britain

Many observers did not expect it. Former British prime ministers, academics and other experts warned about the negative consequences of a vote for Brexit, but nonetheless a majority of the voting public ignored this advice. While it is too soon to fully judge the implications of this vote, it does not bode well for Britain.
06/27/2016 08:50 EDT

It's Long Past Time for Harper to Go

Stephen Harper is campaigning on fear, using the niqab as a wedge issue scapegoating Muslims. It is no coincidence that a senior adviser on the Conservative campaign is an Australian strategist known for dogwhistle politics against cultural minorities.
10/05/2015 05:06 EDT
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Leonard Nimoy Showed Us Heroes Still Exist

Nimoy seems a genuinely decent person who, while not Spock, did live up to a high standard of wisdom and integrity. This is refreshing in a world where it seems there are no heroes left, where facades removed reveal disturbing realities.
03/02/2015 05:20 EST
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Nelson Mandela: A Towering Figure of Our Time

Mandela was a towering figure of our time, a key person in the struggles for human rights and social justice. The 20th century was a century that saw some of the worse violence in human history, two world wars, brutal dictatorships, colonization of developing countries by imperial powers, and threat of nuclear war.
12/08/2013 11:20 EST

Sorry Rob, Toronto Desperately Needs a Leader

Toronto is a rapidly growing city, one facing pressures on infrastructure, concerns about congestion of cars on roads, and the need for better mass transit. Toronto is a city beset by economic inequality. These are all issues that need to be seriously dealt with, not sidelined by the distractions of a mayor clearly unfit for office.
11/12/2013 07:56 EST
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What Does the NDP's Defeat in Nova Scotia Mean?

What went wrong for the NDP? In the aftermath of their stunning 2009 win, their popularity dramatically slipped. The NDP became the first government in Nova Scotia, in 131 years, to not win a second term, being relegated to third place in the Nova Scotia Legislature.
10/14/2013 10:53 EDT

A Suburban Revolution?

The Suburban Revolution conference held at York University in Toronto highlighted the diversity of suburbs in the Greater Toronto Area and around the world, emphasizing an area too often neglected by policy-makers, academics and journalists. Toronto's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, has asserted that suburbs are not dying, but rather changing.
10/07/2013 05:30 EDT

New Brunswick: Avoiding Defeatism in Economic Development

There seems to be a prevalent trend in media and political commentary about New Brunswick; that our province is falling behind, in decline. There are no doubt serious challenges facing New Brunswick, including recent unemployment numbers that are the highest in the country, and a recent increase in outmigration rates.However, it is not all bad news.
09/17/2013 12:18 EDT

What Detroit Can Learn From Canada

Detroit's declaration of bankruptcy has shed new light on the problems afflicting the city. Detroit's population has dropped precipitously, from a height of 1.8 million in 1950 to 951,270 in 2000, to around 700,000 by 2013. Empty lots and abandoned buildings are a prominent sight around the city. Unemployment stood at 16 per cent in April 2013, while the state-wide rate was 8.4 per cent.
08/19/2013 06:00 EDT

A New Direction Needed For Detroit

Detroit-the-city and Detroit-the-auto-industry too often are conflated in media commentary, thought of as the same entity, when they are not. Where the City of Detroit faces financial crisis, is unabl...
08/05/2013 01:56 EDT

Are We Paying Enough Attention to Municipal Politics?

Nonetheless, despite the many good examples of Canadian mayors, some of the bad examples -- especially those like Rob Ford who cast a bad reputation on their city -- raises the question, are we paying enough attention to municipal politics? And, especially, are we paying enough attention to who gets elected to municipal office?
07/29/2013 12:34 EDT

Cabinet Shuffle and the Road to 2015

A cabinet shuffle can be a means to revive a political brand. In the case of the Harper Conservative government, the recent cabinet shuffle was an attempt at renewal, bringing in new ministers -- incl...
07/22/2013 05:09 EDT