More needs to be done to help refugees find work

By 2034, newcomers to Canada will account for 100% of our population growth and an increasing proportion of our workforce

More needs to be done to help refugees find workIKEA Canada’s recent commitment to hiring 250 refugees in the next three years is welcome news indeed. Newcomer unemployment in Canada overall was at its lowest rate in more than a decade in 2017, but refugees continue to face real challenges finding work. The unemployment rate for refugees has consistently been the highest among all…

Canada, a land of immigrants, should continue to welcome newcomers

As a backdrop to the disheartening anti-immigration rhetoric, let’s reflect on the enormous contribution of newcomers to Canada

Canada, a land of immigrants, should continue to welcome newcomersHaving observed the jarring debates over immigrants in Brexit Britain and border walls in the United States, I found myself reflecting on how differently Canadians are responding to their own border crisis. Is there a crisis? It depends who you talk to, but yes, even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges there's a difficulty, particularly…

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beer

James and Deborah Fallows hopscotched across America to understand what makes the best of Our Towns thrive

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beerMy son, the thoughtful curator of my must-reads non-fiction list, has done it again. For Christmas, he gave me the American bestseller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. The book, published in 2018, was written by award-winning The Atlantic Monthly journalists James and Deborah Fallows. The Fallows have made significant public…

There’s a place for religion in common and public life

At a time of heightened social divisions and isolation, not to mention divisive politics, religious illiteracy is costly

There’s a place for religion in common and public lifeChristmas often brings out the best in Canadians. We dig into our pockets for charity a little more. We volunteer more. And we make more time for friends and family than at other times of the year. But the holiday sometimes brings out our weirder side, too – especially when it comes to Canadian hang-ups…

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?

As with many new technologies, there are limits as to when this software can and should be used

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?Omar Cruz-Zamora was pulled over by police while driving in Kansas City in October 2017. The police officer used Google Translate to ask if he could search the car. Cruz-Zamora said yes, the officer found drugs and Cruz-Zamora was arrested. This officer is just one of the more than half a billion people worldwide who…

Entry wages of immigrant tax filers in Canada on the rise

The wages of immigrants increase with the number of years spent in Canada across all admission categories: StatsCan

Entry wages of immigrant tax filers in Canada on the riseStatistics Canada reported on Monday that immigrants admitted to Canada in 2015 earned the highest entry wages of any cohort admitted since 1981. The federal agency said the median entry wages of immigrant tax filers admitted in 2015 was $25,400 in 2016, with the previous high $24,800 for those admitted in 2014. Median entry wages…

Revoking birthright citizenship affects everyone

Stateless persons have difficulty accessing education, employment, health care, social services and freedom of movement

Revoking birthright citizenship affects everyoneThere’s been a lot of talk about getting rid of birthright citizenship. U.S. President Donald Trump announced he will issue an executive order that would do away with automatic citizenship for babies born in the U.S. Conservative Party of Canada members passed a motion that would end birthright citizenship unless one parent is a citizen…

Excluding irregular migrants from health care violates international law

People with irregular legal status generally receive no health benefits whatsoever and must pay out of pocket or rely on charity to cover their health needs

Excluding irregular migrants from health care violates international lawShould migrants living in Canada without legal authorization be entitled to health care? The answer according to a decision issued by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in August was clearly yes, especially if lack of health care threatens migrants’ lives. Sadly, the government of Canada has yet to respond. People living in Canada with…

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli

For either her strengths or weaknesses. The owner of the Italian Centre Shop will keep building the business based on her family's traditions

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa SpinelliTeresa Spinelli is owner of the Italian Centre Shop. Tell me how you came to be running the business? Spinelli: How I came to run the business is really because of family misfortune. Very traditional Italian family and my brother was supposed to take over the business. Unfortunately, he passed away just before his 33rd…

What comes after multiculturalism?

Of all the alternatives that have been tried and rejected, nationalism seems like the best possibility

What comes after multiculturalism?You don’t have to be an anthropologist to understand that multiculturalism as the cohabitation of multiple distinct cultures is a non-starter. If ‘culture’ is understood in its simplest meaning, as a distinct way of life, then the idea of many distinct and mutually contradictory ways of life sharing the same space is obviously nonsensical. One…