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Jack Jedwab

President of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration

Dr. Jack Jedwab is currently President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration. He has served in that capacity since 1998. He previously served as executive director of the Quebec branch of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1994 to 1998. He holds a PhD in Canadian History from Concordia University.
Let's Work Together To Bring Down Canada's Hierarchy Of

Let's Work Together To Bring Down Canada's Hierarchy Of Prejudice

Two year-end surveys of Canadians, respectively conducted by Forum Research Group and by Abacus, provide some potentially useful insights into the relationship between discrimination and prejudice. The surveys remind us that prejudice is uneven, and that some groups are viewed less favourably than others.
01/16/2017 01:39 EST
Canada's Brand Remains Strong Despite Reduced

Canada's Brand Remains Strong Despite Reduced Outreach

In 2016, an index that ranked the world's best countries placed Canada in second behind Germany. Published by U.S. News and World Report, this index saw Canada take the top spot amongst among the nearly 6000 millennials that it surveyed (18-35 years old). Other assessments of Canada's international image have yielded similar results.
12/12/2016 03:43 EST
The Melting Pot Is Rapidly Becoming American

The Melting Pot Is Rapidly Becoming American Fiction

You don't have to look very far these days to challenge the melting pot idea. All that is needed is a glimpse at the racial divisions that have marked the 2016 United States presidential election and others prior. In fact, those who boast about the American melting pot are generally thinking about the successful assimilation of white Americans in a society with perpetual racial divisions than run deep across the country.
11/14/2016 03:53 EST
'Hyphenated Canadians' Can Thank Opponents Of

'Hyphenated Canadians' Can Thank Opponents Of Multiculturalism

A term associated with dual and/or multiple expressions of identity alongside national identification, "hyphenated Canadian" identities are now an important part of our diverse ethnic landscape - and we owe it to the efforts of the very same individuals who regarded such multiple identities as a source of division.
10/11/2016 11:54 EDT
Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.
09/16/2016 04:29 EDT
Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In

Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In Society

It's too much to ask French citizens to explain how banning the burkini in any way diminishes security threats. If bans on religious attire that are so popular in France were indeed so constructive in the fight against terrorism why are the levels of anxiety continually on the rise in the country?
08/29/2016 04:40 EDT
Don't Expect Americans To Rush The Border If Donald Trump

Don't Expect Americans To Rush The Border If Donald Trump Wins

There has a fair bit of talk about the possibility of Americans flocking to Canada in the event of a Donald Trump presidency. At present, a Trump victory is a long shot. Yet, even if many Americans were contemplating some escape to Canada in the wake of "Trumpism," doing so would be more complex than might be assumed.
08/15/2016 12:17 EDT
Many Canadians Don't Realize They're Part Of A

Many Canadians Don't Realize They're Part Of A Majority-Minority

There are multiple ways to identify as a minority in Canada with language, ethnic, religious and/or racial/racialized status amongst the principal basis. Even if in certain situations you identify as a minority, that may not be how you're seen by others and/or how you feel in day-to-day interaction.
08/08/2016 03:29 EDT
Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.
08/02/2016 09:31 EDT
Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never

Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

Many Americans likely realize that actually putting this thing into effect risks compromising a Constitution that Americans greatly value. The idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, while attractive to many Republicans, is surely seen as unrealistic by members of the GOP.
07/18/2016 03:33 EDT
Broken Melting Pot Is No Alternative To Canadian

Broken Melting Pot Is No Alternative To Canadian Multiculturalism

These days you don't hear a great deal of praise for the American melting pot. Perhaps it's because there is a growing realization amongst Americans that historically the melting pot was more virtual than real. A frank look at the evolution of the race relations across America's history throws the melting pot idea into question.
07/12/2016 11:58 EDT
Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The

Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The Country

Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.
07/04/2016 05:37 EDT
Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.
06/29/2016 11:06 EDT
It Is Time To Redefine Canada's Vertical

It Is Time To Redefine Canada's Vertical Mosaic

The growth in the visible minority population has seemingly changed the nature of the vertical mosaic and the portrait of inequality in Canada. The question that preoccupies researchers is whether the upward mobility experienced by most European origin groups can be replicated by non-European immigrants and their children.
06/24/2016 12:35 EDT
Yes, Mr. Trump -- Saying Racist Things Makes You

Yes, Mr. Trump -- Saying Racist Things Makes You Racist

It's never easy to defend politicians that repeatedly utter racist remarks in public. In Canada doing so would likely disqualify someone from holding the highest public office. Currently that does not appear to be the case in the United States.
06/16/2016 01:39 EDT
No Community Should Have To Publicly Denounce

No Community Should Have To Publicly Denounce Extremism

By virtue of a shared language, religion, skin colour or ethnic background, should we feel compelled to publicly denounce an individual that commits a criminal offence? Is it fair to assume that the absence of such a denunciation implies a tacit endorsement of the offender?
05/24/2016 08:49 EDT
Immigrants Feel As Canadian As The Rest Of

Immigrants Feel As Canadian As The Rest Of Us

Some observers insist that Canada's multicultural policies encourage newcomers to maintain their attachment to their countries of origin. This in turn makes it difficult for them to establish a proper connection with Canada. Defenders of this view rarely provide supporting empirical evidence.
05/11/2016 11:22 EDT