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Statscan predicts that one third of Canada’s population will be a visible minority by the year 2031. The largest minority group is projected to be South Asian.
The Globe and Mail
In Canada, anyone who considers themself neither white nor aboriginal is classified by the government, for a number of purposes, as a visible minority. It is an artificial concept that has become unnecessary and counterproductive.
Ultimately, the dividing line is arbitrary. For example, Arabic people from North Africa and the Middle East are counted as “white” in the U.S. Census. Yet anyone who ticks the Arab box on Canada’s National Household Survey is counted as a visible minority – unless they tick both the white box and the Arab box. Then they’re white.Indeed, there is something almost racist about the assumption that whites are the standard against which anyone else is noticeably, visibly different. That may be why the United Nations Council on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has asked Canada to reflect upon its use of the term visible minority.
A new report by Social Planning Toronto shows about two-thirds of a $128-million fund meant to help students overcome demographic hurdles is instead being channeled into general expenditures by the Toronto District School Board. By this measure, about $40 million is actually used to help kids in need. School board officials challenged that Monday, arguing that poor kids directly get most of the money, with only (only!) $40 million shifted to general expenditures.
Either way, this arrangement is a win-win situation for both the school board and Queen’s Park. Ontario’s Liberal government gets an opportunity to highlight how much it’s spending to combat poverty. Meanwhile the school board receives millions more for what it really needs — help with keeping the lights on and the doors open.
The only losers are poor kids. But they’re easy targets. When deprived of millions in publicly promised funding they don’t complain with a very loud voice..
Many highly educated immigrants are working in low-paying, low-level jobs and increasingly feel frustrated. Others, who represent a burgeoning undocumented class, are forced to work in precarious jobs due to their lack of status.
On the surface, all seems calm.There have been no race riots here as in France, no formation of anti-immigration parties as in Britain and the Netherlands.
But some experts worry the increasing creation of an immigrant underclass will brew trouble — sadly ironic in a region that for decades has taken pride in and built a reputation on its multiculturalism and acceptance of immigrants from around the world. By 2017, the GTA is forecast to become home to a predominantly non-European population.
A recent backlash over the Royal Bank of Canada’s move to replace Canadian workers with foreign workers, and a battle in Brampton over a townhouse development that erupted along cultural lines with accusations of shady “Indian politics,” reveal simmering tensions. And the Conservative Party’s recent attempt to crack down on abuses to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has done little to appease critics.
“While immigrants and immigration is the heart and soul of the country, if you look at the main basis of inequality in Canada, along with gender, it’s based on race and immigrant status,” said Yogendra Shakya, senior research scientist at Access Alliance.
Giving the poor access to affordable financial services enables them to seize livelihood opportunities, manage cash flow spikes, and mitigate risks…
12 things to know about microfinance.
Source: Asian Development Bank:http://www.adb.org/features/12-things-know-microfinance