• Grandparents at Home: A Blessing
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    By: Asfia Yassir in Toronto, ON Grandparents can be gems to have as part of any family unit. Regardless of their day-to-day contributions, their mere presence can have a positive effect on all those around them. Within a family household, this could range from eliminating loneliness, creating bonds or conveying culture through generations. But for many immigrants, in a practical sense, grandparents play a unique role in offsetting the financial burden of childcare. For Ritu Ganesh, the cost of daycare…
    Written on Friday, 30 March 2018 02:46
  • Diversifying Canada's Literature
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    By: Tazeen Inam in Toronto, ON Canadian literature continues to diversify as more stories look to include a wider range of content set locally and abroad. Language barriers, migration trauma, cultural discrepancies and family responsibilities; women authors of diaspora are defying the odds, breaking through different obstacles to have their voices heard. Ayelet Tsabari and Fartumo Kusow are two examples of determined women whose journeys outline what so many must overcome to become Canadian authors. Breaking through Language Barriers Ayelet…
    Written on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:07
  • Let’s Temper the Gaga over Black Panther
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    Commentary by: Mohamed Hammoud in London, ON A little bit of racism is okay seems to be the message coming out of the runaway success that is Black Panther. Let's all admit this is a great movie, a testament to a first in Hollywood where we can finally celebrate a black superhero. Movies need to bring in the crowds and cash at the box office, and with $192 million in the first week alone, Black Panther is doing just fine.…
    Written on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:05
  • Justice for Jassi
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    Ever since Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu met and secretly married his one true love, his life has been one of pain, torture and false imprisonments in Punjab, India. This week as the architects of his misery are extradited back to India, Sukhwinder aka Mithu has a message for them: “Was our love a crime that Jassi had to be her killed?”. Speaking to Jupinderjit Singh, one of the authors of the book Justice for Jassi, Mithu said; “Finally, my wife’s killers…
    Written on Friday, 15 September 2017 19:07
  • Celebrating Diversity Through Living Books
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    By: Sam Minassie in Toronto The Institute of Canadian Archives is gearing up for its feature event of the year, which will showcase a number of speakers who will host open discussions on a range of topics. With over 30 diverse faith and non-faith based leaders, the event looks to send a strong message against xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The “Hearts & Minds Living Library: Compassion Catalogue” is slated to take place at Toronto’s City Hall. Multiple presentations will take…
    Written on Friday, 08 September 2017 14:50
  • Memoirs of a Muhindi: Fleeing East Africa for the West
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    By: George Abraham in Ottawa In 1972, President Idi Amin expelled residents of Indian descent from Uganda. The move's impact was felt throughout the region as Indian-Africans in surrounding countries found they were met with the same hostile environment. Faced with theft, vandalism, and government seizures; a mass exodus ensued that forced hundreds of thousands to leave the only homes they had ever known. Mansoor Ladha, who was living in Tanzania at the time, remembers the experience vividly. His novel,…
    Written on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:32
  • Canada’s (M)other Tongues
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    By: Caora Mckenna in Halifax If you’ve ever travelled or worked abroad, speaking and listening in a language that isn’t your own, you know the feeling of lying down at night exhausted. Your brain worked all day fumbling from one language to another. Every ounce of energy is drained. When your brain is that exhausted, you call home. You listen to your mother tongue. You listen without thinking – it’s a relief. For Canada’s consistent stream of immigrants and their…
    Written on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 22:37
  • The Loneliness of Being an Immigrant
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    By: Lu Xu in Halifax “I don’t have anything else to do,” says Keith Bi. He is cleaning pig intestines—a tedious job. In the sink of his café in downtown Halifax sit two bowls filled with cold water and floating chunks of pig intestine that he bought from Toronto. Bi’s back is arched forward. He selects one of the intestines and turns it inside out so that he can see where the fat is, and carefully cuts out the white…
    Written on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:48
  • Ethnic Media in Nova Scotia: A Niche Need Waiting to be Filled
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    By: Caora Mckenna in Halifax Inside the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Halifax’s waterfront you’ll find a stack of the Dakai Times newspapers. Printed in Chinese and English, the quarterly newspaper is a tiny nod to the growing immigrant population in the area. On Saturday mornings, the market fills with sounds, scents and accents from all corners of the world. The lone stand of newspapers tells a different story. Local ethnic media - integral to community integration for newcomers -…
    Written on Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:50
  • Black Prince Rescues Duleep Singh, but Does Not Set Him Free
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    By: Jagdeesh Mann in Vancouver To be the “last king” of anything means you left this world either a legend or a tragic figure. Maharajah Duleep Singh, the final monarch of the Punjab kingdom, who was forcibly separated from his family as a child, dispossessed of the Koh-i-noor diamond, converted to Christianity as a teenager, died a penniless, broken man in Paris, and is today buried in England, clearly falls into the latter category. But just as some within England’s…
    Written on Friday, 28 July 2017 12:53
  • Jim Wong-Chu: A Visionary for Asian Canadian Writing
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    By: Ted Alcuitas in Vancouver Jim Wong-Chu 1949-2017 The ‘paper son’ who became a community leader and literary pioneer “Knowledge does not set you free – it enslaves you.” Strong words from a strong man. Jim’s insatiable appetite for history and what he learned motivated him to “create a new reality”, giving birth to such organizations like the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) which he co-founded. The 68-year old Wong-Chu died on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a stroke he…
    Written on Saturday, 22 July 2017 13:41
  • Carnaval Del Sol Vancouver 2017
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    By: Sam Minassie As an integral part of Latin American Week, Carnaval Del Sol has returned for another year with an even larger assortment of activities, vendors and events. Initially established in 2009 with approximately 500 attendees, it has evolved into an annual pillar of the community. In comparison, the festival now hosts up to 100,000 guests annually. The festival is slated to take place across 7 plazas: The Food Plaza, Kids Plaza, AON Family Plaza, YVR Travel Plaza, Urban…
    Written on Saturday, 08 July 2017 03:27
  • Revisiting Canada’s Immigration History One Story at a Time
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    by Anita Singh in Toronto In 1904, there were only 40 immigrants from India living in Canada, mostly from the Punjab. Largely based in Vancouver and surrounding areas, these pioneers came to Canada as labourers, in farms, on the railroad and in factories, creating a foundational community for South Asian immigrants in future decades – which has grown to nearly 1.4 million since the turn of the century. As described in a brand-new podcast called ‘The Nameless Collective,’ produced by…
    Written on Sunday, 11 June 2017 15:21
  • Polish Sunday - Annual Pilgrimage
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    By: Fred Mercnik in Niagara-on-the-Lake In 1918, 26 Polish soldiers were buried in the Polish Military Cemetery behind St.Vincent de Paul Church.The small plot of graves is immediately distinguishable from the others in St. Vincent de Paul cemetery. Surrounded by a small iron fence, the 25 graves bear the emblem of a white eagle, the symbol of a free Poland. The soldiers were newly emigrated Polish-Americans when they traveled from the U.S to Niagara-on-the-Lake to train for an independent Polish…
    Written on Monday, 26 June 2017 13:55
  • Bridging the Gap for Newcomers starts with Perception
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    In partnership with Apathy is Boring, New Canadian Media will be posting first-person accounts from the 150 Years Young Project, a campaign that highlights the positive impact youth are making throughout their communities. Aanjalie Collure, Scary Immigrants “Why should pictures of normal people doing normal things attract any news? The fact that something like #ScaryImmigrants did, reminds us that we have a long way to go to break the stigma with new immigrants and refugees.” Aanjalie is a global health…
    Written on Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:16
  • How do you Build Healthy, Connected Communities? Start with Dignified Spaces
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    By: Nick Saul in Toronto The first thing you notice when you walk into the light-drenched main room at Calgary’s The Alex Community Food Centre is the promise written in loopy script above the open kitchen: “Good food is just the beginning….” Or maybe it’s the bright chairs in Crayola red and blue and green. Or the large family-style tables where everyone gathers to eat delicious homemade meals together. Wherever your eyes happen to land, it’s clear the entire centre…
    Written on Friday, 16 June 2017 13:19
  • Exploring Toronto's Most Diverse Community
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    By: Sam Minassie in Toronto "The World in Ten Blocks" is a two part documentary that offers viewers an in-depth look at one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto. Bloorcourt is home to a wide range of immigrants from across the world, which is inherently reflected in the small businesses that line its busy streets. Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal originally moved into the community back in 2011 while studying Documentary Media at Ryerson University. Inspired by residents'…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:09
  • WeBelong Photo Series
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    by Tanya Mok (@loqtm) in Toronto, Ontario The Canadian immigrant experience is often dependent upon a number of different factors. Although our country extends a welcoming hand to a multitude of international citizens, personal adjustment periods amongst immigrants are still unique. As society looks to continue making improvements with diversity and inclusion, it is important to understand which aspects ultimately lead to an internal sense of belonging.
    Written on Monday, 05 June 2017 15:12
  • The Appropriation Prize Controversy: A Timeline
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  • Embracing Gratitude over Guilt
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    By Laska Paré in Toronto Trunk Tales: Leaving home … finding home is an exhibit that recently opened in Toronto. Through a variety of heirlooms — trunks, clothes, photos and letters—stories of Ukrainians immigrating to Canada are told. My great-grandmother, Sophia Lysy, was part of the second wave (1918-1939) of Ukrainian immigrants to reach Canada. In 1926 at the tender age of 16, she left her home in Tyahliv, Ukraine, to live with her Aunt and Uncle in Point Pelee,…
    Written on Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:02