Systemic 'isms' are often hard to detect. Sometimes because we have grown up with these policies, laws, and ways of doing things - and so don't critique them (like the fact that until 1990 only Canadian women were able to take time off when their children were born). Sometimes because … [Continue reading] Systemic “isms”
This week Michael Bach (Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at KPMG) spoke with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning. In 7:19 minutes he covered a lot, but the thing that struck me most was in the first minute. Hats off to you Michael, for astutely pointing out that workplaces accommodate … [Continue reading] Taking another look at Accommodation
Ugh. Black History Month. For the next 22 days, venues across the city will pack as many Black, Black-focused, Black-directed events as they can on stages, and behind podiums and microphones. For this month I can easily jam my social calendar with plays, movies, interviews, readings, musicians, … [Continue reading] Black History Month Rant
A couple of weeks ago I received an email suggesting that CBC had opened the debate about keeping "God" in the Canadian National Anthem, and most of those polled were in favour. My reaction: "Really?!" (But a weary one.) Whether or not this is actually true (and I wasn't able to find it when I … [Continue reading] Oh God!
No, I'm not 23 days late. Today is Chinese New Year - celebrated by about 1 in 7 people worldwide. So while 2012 began 23 days ago, it's wasn't the new year for everyone. Although the Gregorian calendar is used and recognized by people, businesses and schools around the world, and New Year's Eve … [Continue reading] Happy New Year!
It's that time of the year. There are a few celebrations converging, even though in Toronto we are only really bombarded with one. Everywhere. From the music in the shopping malls, to the beer ads in the bus shelters, you can't get away from Christmas. And if you step into a dollar store, you might … [Continue reading] Happy Holidays…?
I first heard Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on the radio on Monday night, talking about his decision that women wearing a niqab must show their faces during the citizenship ceremony in order. I couldn’t believe my ears when he used the fact that women are required to be unveiled when they … [Continue reading] The niqab and Canadian citizenship
Sometimes at a conference, we are challenged by the people in the seats, as well as by those on the stage. The Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change on November 9th was no exception. The panel discussion (When is a hat not just a hat?) was interesting; we heard from a Minister, a … [Continue reading] Faith at Work III
Language is an important part of creating and sustaining safe and inclusive space. It’s also relatively easy to change, so can start to make a difference quickly (unlike some changes that require policies, or that can get stuck in organizational red tape). Checking your language requires awareness … [Continue reading] The Power of One Word