On one of the final stops during its two-year, cross-country “Our Canada” workshop series, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) held an open conversation about faith and social inclusion in Montreal last month. According to…View More Religious Accommodation Still a Struggle in Quebec
The difference between empathy and sympathy was at the heart of the conversation on Sunday, May 31 at the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill. Celebrating five years since the opening of the MARC (Mulla…View More Thornhill Event Fosters Empathy for Other Cultures
Legal prostitution. Assisted suicide. Decriminalized pot. Gay marriage. Our society is undergoing a breathtaking transformation, hurried along by the influence of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the court that interprets it, and the…View More Enhancing our Multicultural Heritage
Microaggressions are those subtle slights that occur daily for so many people from diverse communities, backgrounds, and identities. The slights can be so subtle that they are hard to identify or “prove”. Yet the affected…View More “Microaggresions”: Buzzword or something to think about?
Naheed Nenshi’s meteoric rise – from relative obscurity to being the new face of Western Canada – was fodder for international media when he first became Calgary’s mayor in 2010. Since then, he has orchestrated…View More In Conversation with Naheed Nenshi
Years ago, my Somali colleague Abdi Yunis and I were deciding how to help the managers at an Ottawa corporation learn how to accommodate its Muslim staff. Abdi’s idea was to include a prayer demonstration…View More Accommodating Different Faiths Begins from Within