The difference in responses to tragedies reflects how immigrants are valued by their potential benefit to Canadian society, but this is not the only way to think about their worth as human beings.
Canada's goal of increasing immigration to drive economic growth could be hampered if borders remain closed due to COVID-19. How then can the country attract the best and brightest workers to Canada?
Canada's decisions about its border closures prompt us to reflect on how we should apply measures of social distancing that are not harmful to others and that still protect human dignity.
In 1914, a ship carrying more than 300 immigrants from India wasn't allowed to dock in Vancouver. A new mural tells an unverified story about Indigenous paddlers bringing food to the stranded ship.