background preloader

Immigration & oppression

Facebook Twitter

Immigrants Explain What Shocked Them the Most About Canadian Culture. "We're not a melting pot, we're a cultural mosaic!

Immigrants Explain What Shocked Them the Most About Canadian Culture

" is one of the most common things any kid growing up in Canada will have pounded into their brain from a young age. We are a diverse country, we're told. We are accepting of all cultures, religions, and political ideologies (*cough*). Truly, you can go to most major cities in Canada and find a significant portion of the population wasn't born in this country. It's easy to get lost in how diverse we say we are. To find out what Canada looks like both from the outside in, and the inside out, we asked some folks who immigrated here about the most shocking things they experienced after moving to the Great White North. Photo by the author Zeinab, Lebanon I was in Grade 7 when I first came to Canada.

Also, the drive-thru line for every Tims, McDonalds, Starbucks (or whatever joint that sells coffee) is unbelievably long. Dana, United Arab Emirates. Many more apologies are owed to Canada's Muslim community. On Wednesday, Joël Lightbound, Liberal MP for Louis-Hébert, apologized to the families of the six men murdered in Quebec and to the Muslim community in Canada.

Many more apologies are owed to Canada's Muslim community

“For the past few years, I have observed their ostracization and their stigmatization; having seen root in the hearts of my fellow men, fear, mistrust and hatred,” he said. “I have done my best to answer them, but I have not done enough.” Many more apologies are owed. The Muslim community in Canada has been treated appallingly. A peaceful, kind and diverse community has been treated as a pawn in a craven political strategy, and their faithful citizenship has been rewarded with a cruel lack of loyalty.

During the 2015 federal election, the Conservative leadership used Muslims as a ploy for getting votes. Stephen Harper, then the leader of the nation and his party, owes the Muslim community an apology. That strain of calculated Islamophobia didn’t go away with the party’s electoral loss. File. Dr. Prof. Hon. Couns. Kellie Leitch, MD, MBA, PP, QC, RSC, BBQ, GST, vows to protect Canada from elites - The Beaverton. 1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests. A "significant segment" of Canadians say Canada's 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban.

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid Institute poll that looked at Canadians' attitudes toward the federal government's handling of refugees. "We tend to, when we are looking at numbers, look at the majority view. But the fact that one in four Canadians are of the mind that we should be looking to our own travel ban is significant and is part of a red flag that is starting to emerge in terms of refugee policy," said Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute. Overall, 47 per cent of Canadians surveyed said Canada is taking in the right number of refugees, while 11 per cent said 40,000 is too low and Canada should take in more. But 41 per cent say the 2017 target is too high and fewer refugees should be allowed to enter the country. Working hard to fit in. Canada the contradiction: What have our blessed lives cost other people?

This story is part of The Globe’s coverage of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Canada the contradiction: What have our blessed lives cost other people?

It’s easy to forget, but the Earth is a physical thing, a bright blue ecosystem making a little circuit in an enormous dark space. So a country is also physical, a three-dimensional body of water, plants and dirt, with wounds and curves and a distinct, recognizable profile. Canada is an intensely physical country – huge, green, rocky and wet – but I am new to appreciating this. Until fairly recently, I mainly considered a country a set of ideas: you know, rights and freedoms, crime and punishment, allocation of resources and trying to squeeze into the international spotlight.

Vistas and vegetation do not come naturally to me, and for a long time I was totally fine with that. I was born in downtown Toronto and mostly raised on its northeastern edge. When I was four, my dad worked for Bell Canada and took a contract to help develop telecommunications in Saudi Arabia. Canada can no longer consider the U.S. a safe country for refugees and immigrants: Mochama. It is time for Canada to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement.

Canada can no longer consider the U.S. a safe country for refugees and immigrants: Mochama

In fact, it is past due. With its policies, Donald Trump’s government has declared open season on Muslims and immigrants. The courts struck down the initial travel ban, yet the Trump administration has doubled down on its commitments. Now the dangerous rhetoric and policy from the West Wing has filtered down to its citizenry. Jewish community centres and cemeteries are receiving threats. The American government looks set to formalize a system of oppression directed at its racialized citizens and at migrants searching for safety. The uptick in migrants claiming asylum by walking across the border is a direct response to the climate of fear that migrants face under Donald Trump. As Vice reported, asylum claimants who mistakenly apply at an official crossing actually risk deportation back to the original country they are fleeing.

Only a broken process penalizes people for using it.