It Costs Us All When Media Fails to Reflect its Audience

In a city already lacking local media, failing to represent Brampton’s diverse population could lead to lost opportunities for residents, said participants at a recent town hall on media diversity in Brampton. New Canadian Media…

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Hamilton City Hall More Diverse than Ottawa, London

A study led by Western University researchers Stelian Medianu and Victoria Esses has found that visible minorities are significantly under-represented in senior leadership positions at City Halls in London and Ottawa, with Hamilton faring better.…

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NewsBriefs: Immigrant-Centric Show Launches in GTA

“New Canadians”, a television show about newcomers in Canada, has now launched in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Produced by New Horizons Media in association with the New Canadian Media Professionals Network (NCMP), the show…

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The “Ethnic Vote”: All Over the Map

Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau notoriously blamed the separatists’ defeat in the 1995 Quebec referendum on money and the ethnic vote. When it comes to money, the Harper Conservatives have a distinct advantage over their…

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Race Affects How Media Cover Canadian Political Candidates

With October’s federal elections inching closer, there will be a steady stream of coverage in mainstream newspapers across the country of the candidates vying for a seat in Parliament. As journalists and newspaper editors put…

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All New Entrants Face Barriers, Not Just Viz Mins

Economist Andrew Jackson of the Broadbent Institute in Ottawa has argued that visible-minority Canadians earn less money, and have higher unemployment rates, than is the case for white Canadians (“Canadian-born Visible Minority Youth Facing an…

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Our Homegrown Pigmentocracy

A couple of years ago, I was interviewed by student Nayani Thiyagarajah at Ryerson University for a video documentary entitled Shadeism. I spoke about shadeism in a Caribbean context, and used the term “pigmentocracy”.   The…

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