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
One of the workshops I attended at the Nov. 9th Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change was by Nadir Shirazi. He spoke about dedicated spaces in offices for quiet time, prayer, meditation etc. Nadir’s presentation was very interesting; he shared the challenge for companies to name … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work II
This week’s article in the Toronto Star about the changes in Canadian workplaces for LGBT employees is encouraging. It is good to hear from large corporations who are making a difference in the daily lives of their LGBT employees. In our quest to further inclusion, invisible diversity is often … [Continue reading] LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces
Last week Wednesday I was at the Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change about faith in the workplace. It was a thought-provoking day. The next few posts will share some of the things that stood out for me. What struck me most about the panel discussion was the theme of getting to … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work I
Tomorrow I’m going to the day-long conference http://www.diversityatwork.org/ put on by Skills for Change. The topic is faith in the workplace – an issue that is on the radar more often these days in the world of diversity and inclusion. I’m looking forward to the panel discussion on the … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work…?