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Will precarious alternative forms of work, like gig platform jobs, become the norm for immigrant care workers? (Shutterstock)

Gig platforms help immigrant care workers find jobs, but they are only a temporary solution

Alternative working arrangements like gig platforms might help immigrant workers find temporary work, but many care professionals are still unable to find permanent jobs in their industry.
Bill 23 proposes to eliminate or weaken many housing development regulations including site plan controls, which keep us and our natural environment safe from the negative effects of poorly controlled development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario’s Bill 23 proposes more homes built faster, but this comes at an environmental cost

Poorly regulated housing is leading to more greenhouse gas emissions through energy loss, increased energy requirements and greater exposure to weather extremes.
‘Lamartine rejects the red flag in front of the town hall,’ a painting by Henri Félix Philippoteaux (1815–1884), captures a seminal moment in the second French Revolution in Paris in 1848, when revolutionaries demanded human and civil rights. (Les Musées de la ville de Paris)

Note to Québec’s premier: French is the language of human rights, not xenophobia

French has historically been a language of human rights. That’s why the Québec government should promote it as a tool of a human rights-based civic education, not force it on newcomers.
Canada’s Latinx community is growing fast. That signals a greater need for Latinx studies at Canadian universities. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s Latin American community is growing, and universities must improve teaching about the region

As Latin American communities continue to grow, universities must teach students about Latin America and Latinx communities in interdisciplinary ways.
An asylum-seeker crosses the border from New York into Canada at Roxham Rd. in March 2020 in Hemmingford, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Migrants deserve the right to make decisions about where they live

People don’t give up their right to be mobile or their right to make decisions about their lives simply because they are forced to flee untenable circumstances.
Filipino Americans are less likely to seek mental health help than average Americans. LPETTET/E+ via Getty Images

When Filipino parents in the US encourage their children to talk about their feelings and promote cultural pride, their children’s mental health improves

Workshops that focus on the needs of one particular immigrant community improve mental health for parents and kids and provide an example for other programs to follow.
Immigrant advocates protest near the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022 Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Young immigrants are looking to social media to engage in politics and elections – even if they are not eligible to vote

The number of immigrant voters is on the rise – and research shows that for young immigrants, social media is where they are primarily wading into politics.
Although well-intended, sometimes employers can unintentionally undermine the agency of refugee employees by victimizing them. (Shutterstock)

4 strategies for hiring refugees successfully

Managers can play a key role in helping refugee employees thrive in their new workplaces, instead of robbing them of their autonomy.
In this 2016 photo, Syrian refugees and migrants walk along a path near the Greek border used by thousands to walk to central Europe. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Here’s why Canadian-style multiculturalism probably isn’t possible in Europe

Could Europe embrace a multicultural model like Canada’s? It’s unlikely unless a new form of multi-ethnicity, in the shape of countries or empires, makes a comeback.
IRCC should rethink how to protect our chosen families and value the interdependence inherent to couples as much as the independence cherished in friendship. (Joshua Sazon/Unsplash)

Canadian immigration: We sponsor spouses — why not friends?

Canada’s immigration system should accept our chosen families and unconventional forms of love, such as friends with deep bonds.
People stand on Parliament Hill in July 2021 alongside a makeshift memorial for children who died at Indian Residential Schools during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Newcomers to Canada support Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation

Newcomers to Canada tend to be more supportive of Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation than other Canadians.
Community health workers assist patients as they gather their medications and supplements to discuss them during remote visits with pharmacists. Photo courtesy of Khmer Health Associates

Scientists at Work: How pharmacists and community health workers build trust with Cambodian genocide survivors

Studying medication use in a traumatized population of immigrants required pharmacists to listen to and learn from trusted community health workers.

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