2010: Lt.-Commander Wafa Dabbagh is the first member of the Canadian Forces to wear a hijab

The first member of the Canadian Forces to wear a hijab

A Tenacious Spirit; As the first member of the Canadian Forces to wear a hijab, Wafa Dabbagh is a pioneer and has risen to the ranks of lieutenant-commander.

By Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen December 7, 2010 7:24 AM

Lt.-Commander Wafa Dabbagh was the first member of the military to wear a hijab. Her latest challenge is battling cancer, something the busy, energetic woman treats like a bothersome cold. Photograph by: Chris Mikula, The Ottawa Citizen

Spencer Fernando: “This is why I oppose the creation of a Racialized Representative.”

We are more than the colour of our skin

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Spencer Fernando
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verb (used with object), ra·cial·ized, ra·cial·iz·ing.

1: To impose a racial interpretation on; place in a racial context.
2: To perceive, view, or experience in a racial context.
3: To categorize or differentiate on the basis of race.

CIR’s suggestions for new banknotes to reflect Canada’s diversity and multiculturalism

Toronto: Black students Devon Morris and Loyan Issa graduate from UCC after the school pays full freight for both

Principal Jim Power-The school hopes to see about 20 per cent of its 1,150 students on financial assistance in the next few years.

Two black youth graduate from UCC after studying there through a special scholarship
Published On Wed May 23 2012

Donovan Vincent
Staff Reporter

Devon Morris and Loyan Issa have the smarts to succeed at Upper Canada College in Toronto, but they didn’t have the financial means.

But thanks to a special scholarship launched by the prestigious school in 2007, the two young black men graduated Wednesday night and plan to move on to university educations.

Both started at the all-boys school in Grade 8. They learned about UCC’s financial assistance program through the African-Canadian Christian Network, which represents churches and support organizations in the black community.

A primary focus of the group is helping black youth succeed in school. The network has already sent 11 boys to UCC, and seven more will attend in September.

Under the program, UCC paid the full freight for Morris, 17, and Issa, 18. Tuition for the day program runs up to $30,000 a year, while the boarding program costs as much as $53,000.

Immigrants should learn English to join civic culture

Immigrants should learn English to join civic culture

Harry Reid

By: | TriCities.com 

Published: April 08, 2012

Canada was settled by both English and French. It had no choice but to be a bilingual nation. By contrast, the United States was originally blessed with a single common language.

Canada has experienced social unrest, threats of separation and a referendum that came within a hair’s breadth of breaking up the nation.

One of the major reasons for America’s great success as the world’s first “universal nation,” for its astonishing and unmatched capacity for assimilating immigrants, has been that an automatic part of acculturation was the acquisition of English.

When it was proposed to make English the “official” language, to be used in business with the government, tax forms, court proceedings, ballot boxes, etc., the best the Senate could do was pass an amendment to the immigration bill declaring English to be the “national” language. Even that was too much for Senate leader Harry Reid who called the resolution racist.

“Champion for diversity”: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair holds on to his chair while promoting diversity

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair holds on to his chair while promoting diversity /DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair honoured as ‘champion for diversity’
Published On Mon, 19 Mar 2012

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair will be honoured on Friday for his efforts in promoting diversity.
Kirsten Parucha
Staff Reporter

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is being honoured as a “champion for diversity.”

The award, to be presented Friday by the Diversity Business Network, honours Blair for his success in the implementation of diversity strategies. Blair is credited with promoting diversity in the workplace and for his commitment to building positive relationships with the diverse communities across the city, the business group says.