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Racialized immigrant parents in a study had to find ways to navigate the education system as newcomers, while also addressing intended and unintended effects of special education programs for their children. (Mche Lee/Unsplash)

Navigating special education labels is complex, and it matters for education equity

A study of newcomer Latin American and Black Caribbean parents in Ontario schools found many parents felt excluded from processes surrounding assessments for their child’s learning needs.
One of two digitally drawn murals that are part of the installation and exhibit ‘who claims abstraction?’ by Toronto-based Guatemalan artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. (Rachel Topham Photography)

How art can challenge election-time rhetoric about immigrants

2024 is expected to be a year of elections around the world, and as often happens, anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise. Art can play a critical role in challenging that rhetoric.
Analysis of participants’ photos demonstrated hybrid cooking practices, with a combination of ingredients and cooking methods and/or techniques.

Why traditional cooking isn’t always healthier: the case of Ghanaians in Manchester and in Accra

To better understand Ghanaian women in Manchester, England, we asked them to tell the “stories” of their everyday cooking through photographs.
People line up to take part in a Canada Day citizenship ceremony before the start of a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox in Toronto on Canada Day, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

What’s behind the dramatic shift in Canadian public opinion about immigration levels?

The number of Canadians who believe there is too much immigration to Canada rose sharply in 2023. Why have public opinions changed so much in the last year?
Blaming international students for Canada’s problems distracts attention away from finding genuine solutions. (Shutterstock)

International students are not to blame for Canada’s housing crisis

International students frequently face challenges finding suitable places to live. Instead of blaming them, the government should be helping them.
Too few children means China needs to look outside the country for new blood. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

China needs immigrants

Chinese politicians have looked toward policies to encourage couples to have more children to offset population decline. It hasn’t worked.
Immigrant chefs feel more constrained in how their food is valued. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

How fine dining in Europe and the US came to exclude immigrant cuisine and how social media is pushing back – podcast

Immigrant chefs and cuisines are often constrained by Eurocentric definitions of what constitutes good food. As immigrant groups become more assimilated into US culture, so does their food.
Canada is generally viewed positively for its immigration policies, but more can be done to welcome those seeking to make Canada their home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As Canada welcomes historic numbers of immigrants, how can communities be more welcoming?

To make a success of Canada’s immigration targets, we must all work to make communities more welcoming to newcomers.
Lewis Wickes Hine, ‘A little spinner in a Georgia Cotton Mill, 1909.’ Gelatin silver print, 5 x 7 in. The Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (P545)

The US has a child labor problem – recalling an embarrassing past that Americans may think they’ve left behind

While Lewis Hine’s early-20th century photographs of working children compelled Congress to limit or ban child labor, the US Department of Labor is now under fire for failing to enforce these laws.
New Canadians take the Oath of Citizenship during halftime at a Redblacks and Montréal Alouettes CFL game in Ottawa in July 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How smaller cities can integrate newcomers into their labour markets

Canada is counting on immigrants to drive economic growth. Smaller urban communities can help take pressure off Canada’s most heavily populated regions by attracting and retaining newcomers.

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