Ontario’s ‘long-overdue’ recognition of foreign credentials met with skepticism

The government is planning on finally recognizing foreign credentials of internationally-trained immigrants in Ontario. This would mean that newcomers would be able to practise their profession rather than be forced to take up unrelated, precarious employment, as has been the norm. But the move has been long overdue. So, why now?

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MULTICULTURALISM @50: Everybody benefits from overcoming discrimination

Canada has come a long way in 50 years of official multiculturalism. Around the world, it is considered a beacon of diversity. But was that always so? Is it even so now? As we begin delving into the Metropolis conference on multiculturalism, the NCM’s News Desk looks at the battles immigrants have had to fight to overcome discrimination and forge their place in Canadian society.

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MULTICULTURALISM @50: “Inclusion is the opposite of assimilation”

Yes, Canada is diverse. Yes, for the most part, people are free to enjoy and practice their culture and religion. But is that all ‘inclusivity’ means? This year’s Metropolis conference dived into the meaning of that word by looking at whether immigrants have enjoyed the same access to supports and services as the rest of Canadians.

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Fighting systemic racism using her “immigrant experience”

The new independent commissioner on systemic racism in New Brunswick, Manju Varma, is taking a very different approach to her mandate. For example, she wants to ensure that foreign credentials are privileged — not discounted — for immigrants arriving in her province.

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Filipina journalist’s Nobel Peace Prize highlights struggle for democracy

Filipina journalist Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize and her courageous reporting helps put a spotlight on the Philippine’s struggle for democracy and widespread criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte, Veronica Cusi writes.

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Islamophobia must remain top priority for Liberal government

Polls show most Canadians think racism is a problem in this country. While the Liberal government has taken certain positive steps toward addressing different kinds of racism, including Islamophobia, it needs to take more concrete action to cement itself as a leader and defender of human rights, not just domestically but globally, writes Reyhana Patel, the Islamic Relief Canada’s head of communications and government relations.

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