Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugees

The only way to stop people from fleeing their countries is to hold their governments' culpable for their citizen's suffering

Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugeesEven when boundaries define arbitrary lines between territories, they embody deeper symbolic, cultural, historical and religious meaning that’s often contested for legitimacy. Our belief that borders are indisputable has at times led to remarkable efforts to establish permanent barriers as statements of sovereignty and against foreign intrusion. The Great Wall of China, built for defence…

Is Canada on a well-worn path to destruction?

There are surprising commonalities in the rise and fall of 11 historic empires. Canada is on the same path

Is Canada on a well-worn path to destruction?Could Canada soon meet its end, given its many divides and increasing public debt? If Sir John Glubb is right, the answer is yes. Glubb’s 1976 work, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, found surprising commonalities in the rise and fall of 11 historic empires. Although they spanned 3,000 years and varied geography,…

Supporting vulnerable migrant children now living in Canada

Supporting vulnerable migrant children now living in CanadaOf more than 33 million international child migrants, most are from Africa and Asia, according to UNICEF estimates. Many carry the scarring trauma of war, gun violence, poverty and human trafficking. Some travel with their parents, some alone. But not much is known about how these children fare once displaced. As a result, their physical…

How to help young immigrants reach post-secondary education

Arts-based research project will help young Syrian women articulate the challenges they face – and the supports they’ve found

How to help young immigrants reach post-secondary educationJasmine Nathoo considered herself fortunate as she joined high-school classes after moving from Kenya to Canada as a teen. She already spoke English and came from an academically strong program. Yet it was still a challenge. “I had to repeat some courses which weren’t recognized. I was having to advocate for myself in the school…

How to put Canada’s post-pandemic recovery on the right track

Four areas of focus – now and in the coming years – are interprovincial trade, streamlined taxation, immigration and innovation

How to put Canada’s post-pandemic recovery on the right trackSocial engineers are eager for Canadians to buy into the same madness touted across the globe for post-pandemic recovery: more government spending. Now is precisely when technocrats must take a back seat and let markets take the wheel. On Nov. 30, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2020 Fall Economic Statement to Parliament. The report…

Economic growth for its own sake is misdirected

Economic growth for its own sake is misdirectedTwo centuries ago, clergyman Thomas Malthus expounded the proposition that population always outruns food supply. He said population increases geometrically while food supply increases, at best, only arithmetically. Half a century ago the Green Revolution, enabling massive increases in agricultural production, allayed such fears. Arguably, however, it will be impossible to repeat that revolution. Even…

Extra support needed for ESL students in junior high, study shows

English language learners in Grades 7 to 9 perform worse than monolingual classmates in vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension

Extra support needed for ESL students in junior high, study showsA sizable proportion of junior high school students whose first language is not English are falling behind in oral language and literacy skills, according to a recent linguistics study. After testing 227 Edmonton and Vancouver English language learners in Grades 7 to 9, University of Alberta's Johanne Paradis and her colleagues found that many performed below…

Some doctors forced to sit on sidelines during pandemic

For too long, Canada has failed to embrace many foreign-trained physicians. COVID-19 has exposed serious flaws in the system

Some doctors forced to sit on sidelines during pandemicA corner has been turned in the COVID-19 pandemic, even if serious questions linger. Although we still don’t know how long the pandemic will last, we’re beginning to see more ideas on what the world will look like once we’ve put this behind us. When that will be or how we will get there is…

Increasing immigration increases prosperity

A more open immigration policy is one of the easiest ways a government can increase economic freedom, improve growth and cut poverty

Increasing immigration increases prosperityOne of the big policy issues for the federal government this year, as well as in the Conservative leadership race, is immigration. It’s an area worthy of attention. By a margin of 63 to seven per cent, according to a recent Leger poll, Conservative voters want their new leader to decrease rather than increase immigration…

Humanity faces a huge and growing crisis

The number of displaced, marginalized and impoverished people continues to grow. How we handle this will determine mankind’s future

Humanity faces a huge and growing crisisAt any given time, there are about 20 million people on the move in the world. When there’s war, terrorism, extreme weather events or other disruptions, this can grow to 80 million people trying to get to safety. We hear of illegal immigrants crossing borders and thousands of people walking north through Central America to…

Gender-based violence tears at society’s fabric

A call to action for employers to join in implementing paid leave for workers dealing with domestic and/or sexual violence

Gender-based violence tears at society’s fabricFor over 25 years, MOSAIC has worked with immigrants and refugees who have been impacted by gender-based violence – including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, bullying and personal harassment – by offering wrap-around support and counselling services to those who are abused, and for those who use violence against their partners. Unpaid leave…

Cherry’s rant closes curtain on his career

Cherry was fired for making controversial remarks about immigrants; Trudeau was re-elected after it was revealed he wore blackface 3 times. Ironic?

Cherry’s rant closes curtain on his careerDon Cherry, one of Canada’s best-known media personalities, was fired by Sportsnet after a rant about immigrants, poppies and Remembrance Day. His termination shockingly happened mere hours after the memorial ceremonies had ended. Was it justified? When it comes to this bombastic, politically incorrect and controversial figure affectionately known as “Grapes,” shades of grey barely…

Don Cherry is long past his due date

As Sportsnet trims costs and their cantankerous commentator missteps, the outcome seems likely

Don Cherry is long past his due dateYou have to hand it to Don Cherry. Only the bombastic star of Coach’s Corner could give the cause of the war dead a bad name. Cue Saturday night’s Hockey Night In Canada. Cherry had exchanged his usual floral table cloths for a blazer with a military crest to recall Remembrance Day. Much to the…

Don Cherry is long past his due date

As Sportsnet trims costs and their cantankerous commentator missteps, the outcome seems likely

Don Cherry is long past his due dateYou have to hand it to Don Cherry. Only the bombastic star of Coach’s Corner could give the cause of the war dead a bad name. Cue Saturday night’s Hockey Night In Canada. Cherry had exchanged his usual floral table cloths for a blazer with a military crest to recall Remembrance Day. Much to the…

Is Canada just a good place to be from?

We were once the envy of the world. Now, talented young people and entire businesses are leaving for better prospects elsewhere

Is Canada just a good place to be from?I think Canada is the best country in the world. I’ve always lived here but I’ve travelled extensively. Most people from other countries seem to share a positive opinion of Canada, though a few who live close the equator think of Canada as ‘instant popsicle.’ Climate aside, Canada is seen as a haven of freedom,…

Immigrant earnings gap costs economy $50 billion

While Canada draws some of the best and brightest, our success in integrating those newcomers into the labour force falls short: RBC

Immigrant earnings gap costs economy $50 billionFailing to address the earnings gap among immigrants may be costing Canada $50 billion, or 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product, according to a new report by RBC Economics. The Untapped Potential report says the immigrant wage gap isn’t just a problem for immigrants.  “It has a broader economic impact, in terms of not…

How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?

It’s a mistake to assume that recent immigrants to Canada, who make up 20% of our population, will easily understand and embrace the Indigenous, who make up 4.3%

How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?Two powerful, painful and potentially course-changing reports on the Indigenous should impact how Canadians view our past and present, and how we chart our future. But much work remains. Most recently, there’s been much reflection, assessment and discussion on the report from the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). It’s…

Diversity in the media safeguards democracy

Diversity in the media safeguards democracyMedia’s role in society is integral for a healthy democracy. However, a lack of diversity within journalism is a significant detriment. Since Sept. 6, social media has been abuzz after an op-ed arguing against ethnic diversity was published by the Vancouver Sun and The Province – two of British Columbia’s largest newspapers. The op-ed sends…

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economy

The job market will be flooded with cheap labour and Canadians will be denied spots at university

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economyRecruiting and teaching international students in Canada is big business for private universities, and the federal government has backed a scheme that puts more cash in the pockets of university administrators and wreaks havoc with the Canadian job market. In 2000, some 122,665 people held study permits in Canada. In 2018, that number reached 572,415.…

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experiment

It would be foolish to ignore the growing public unease that has followed increased levels of immigration

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experimentNot long ago, Quebec was among the most intensely Catholic jurisdictions in the world. The church played a huge role in the province’s politics and social life; attendance at mass was extremely high; and large families (heeding the church’s mandate against birth control) contributed sons to the priesthood and daughters to the nunnery. The Quiet…

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunch

Due to its aging population and low fertility rate, Canada needs new sources of talent: Conference Board of Canada

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunchImmigration is central to countering the impending labour market crunch in Canada, says a report released on Friday by the Conference Board of Canada. The report, Can’t Go It Alone, said that by 2030 all 9.2 million of Canada's baby boomers will have reached retirement age – placing Canada under economic and fiscal pressure. “Can't…

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusions

Canada is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door.

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusionsBy Jamie Liew University of Ottawa and Shauna Labman University of Manitoba Canada is celebrating a milestone – the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime that has resettled 327,000 refugees. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door. Canadians most recently helped resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Indeed,…

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusions

Canada is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door.

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusionsBy Jamie Liew University of Ottawa and Shauna Labman University of Manitoba Canada is celebrating a milestone – the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime that has resettled 327,000 refugees. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door. Canadians most recently helped resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Indeed,…

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrants

Windmill Microlending increasing the amount of funds available by 50 per cent

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrantsWindmill Microlending, Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees, is increasing the amount of funds available to skilled immigrants and refugees by 50 per cent. It is now offering low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees obtain the credentials they need to continue their careers…

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…