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An emerging school of thought suggests a larger Canadian population will help the country’s media landscape and enhance its democracy. In fact, a smaller population could likely better achieve those goals. (Shutterstock)

Size doesn’t matter? A small population may enhance Canada’s media — and its democracy

Paying closer attention to the dangers of growth, especially the modern threats to democracy posed by the internet, allows us to best plan for a brighter future in Canada — not just a bigger one.
Every year, hundreds are held arbitrarily in provincial jails. The Canadian government must take action to end the jailing of migrants. (Shutterstock)

The detention of migrants in Canadian jails is a public health emergency

Migrants and refugee claimants in immigration detention continue to face serious trauma and abuse. The federal government must take action to stop migrant detentions.
Eight migrants from Somalia cross into Canada from the United States by walking down a train track into the town of Emerson, Man., in February 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

How the Canada Border Services Agency tolerates and even encourages refugee mistreatment

A report finds that Canada’s flawed deportation process undermines refugee protection. Here’s why it must be reformed so that it meets Canada’s human rights obligations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with families who had resettled from Afghanistan in Hamilton, Ont., in May 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How Canada plans to break records with its new refugee targets

If the Canadian government sticks to its new plans for refugee resettlement, the next three years could have significant implications for refugees and refugee policy beyond Canada’s borders.
Millions have lost their homes in flooding caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan this year that many experts have blamed on climate change. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

The unfairness of the climate crisis — Podcast

Does the Global North have a moral responsibility to protect and compensate those in the Global South that disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change devastation?
In this picture taken Sept. 29, 2022, Rohingya refugees line up to gather relief supplies at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images

Generous aid to Ukraine is diverting resources away from other refugee crises around the world

The international response to the refugee crisis in Ukraine has been impressive. But humanitarian aid is falling short to help refugees in other countries such as Bangladesh, Yemen and Ethiopia.
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.
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.
People walk on the road near Kibumba, north of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, as they flee fighting between Congolese forces and M23 rebels in May 2022. (AP Photo/Moses Sawasawa)

Why Canadians should be concerned about intensifying violence in Congo

Canada is connected to the Democratic Republic of Congo through the global economy, international peacekeeping efforts and migration. We must not ignore violence because it’s far away.

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