I don't think we are a "multicultural society", I think the more appropriate description is "blended society". There is no adaptation or assimilation from strictly one side or another. Canada changes the immigrants and the immigrants change Canada.
I doubt many Canadians have left Markham due to immigration. Up until the mid-sixties, it was a farm town in a largely agricultural setting. Urban sprawl brought many newcomers
I'll have to disagree to some extent. And I'll cite Markham Ontario as an example of how Asian immigration has changed the face of a community, while the inhabitants only change enough to get by, minimally at best.
Am I misunderstanding or is that contradictory? If the immigrants (the Asian's in this example) change the community they come into doesn't that mean that the inhabitants (the population that existed prior to the immigration) have therefore changed since they are the community?
I'm basing my perceptions on my own experience of interacting with individuals who have immigrated (who often identify solely with the culture they immigrated from) versus the offspring of immigrants (who tend to indentify themselves more as Canadian) and my own perspective of how much a place (city, town, province) has changed over time, usually due to immigrant influences.
My biggest problem is with the label of multiculturalism itself. It does not exist. Multiculturalism implies that we have many different cultures co-existing, where we don't really. I think what we have is a constantly changing and evolving culture. At least that's my perspective.
I've been in the area since the late 90's Lone. I can assure you, I've watched it change hands. I watched strip mall after strip mall, covered in everything but English signage.
I'm not necessarily complaining. I actually love real Asian cuisine. But when you have zero English signage, you really aren't inviting anyone but your fellow ethic group, and the bravehearted gastronomically adventurer like myself.
No real biggie.... Farms sprouted houses for the affluent middle class getting out of Toronto. In the mid sixties, they were mostly white. Markham is still sprouting houses. Hell, I can remember apple orchards and horse farms all along Highway 7
I didn't take your commentary as in positive change, as in growing together. Displacement and taking over an area. Making it language inaccessible to the host nation. Isn't what I classify as positive growth or change.
I gotchya now.
I don't think our culture is changing. Unless slowly becoming a doormat is what you are referring to.
Coming to a new land, and setting up in a specific area, and catering almost exclusively to your "culture". Isn't going to change the over all culture, it's just going to displace it.
Unless you mean that the original culture will eventually tire of that and become more rigid about immigration.
But I do believe Canada has changed culturally. Not necessarily solely due to immigrant influences but that's a factor. How can it not? When you add people from different backgrounds, with different perspectives are you going to continue to get the same old, same old?
Yup, it's just terrible. A real shyte hole. Turning into a terrible place to live. Can't understand why so many choose to stay.
I agree, we've changed a little.
But at the same time, we have enclaves of singular groups, that set up shop, displace the previous inhabitants. And then for all intents and purposes, make their community uninviting to the host society.
That is essentially multiculturalism to a "T" in Canada.
"Come to Canada, bring the baggage that made your homeland a sh!thole, set up shop and don't worry about us. We can shower after you wipe your feet on us."
New comers have no need, no pressure and no want, to assimilate, integrate or in some case participate, beyond the absolute minimum.
I wonder though if it would actually be better to force new immigrants into established more "Canadian" communities or would it just cause other problems, like extreme isolation? Maybe it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario?
I can't really say that I blame them either since I'm sure if I were to immigrate to another country I probably would want to be in a community with other ex-pats as well, especially if the country were vastly different from Canada.
I do find that given a generation or two that no longer is an issue and these are the young generations of Canadians who are redefining the cultural landscape alongside our own children.
Basically I say, let's not look to encourgage any further segregation (via the article originally posted) but essentially I'm not too worried about it in the end. Maybe that's naive but that's what I think.
Personally, signage that doesn't carry one of the official languages bothers me. If they aren't familiar with the place, how are Emergency responders supposed to find &%*&(@?
Child labour? Yes it is still in fact happening. iPhones, soccer balls, athletic shoes, you name it.
Go to the Google home page, click the news tab, and then write "child labour" in the search bar.
What's wrong with that? At least, people are beginning to be more honest about these things and having First Nations' blood is no longer taboo.
I think the actual number could be higher. I have spent a lot of months in Europe and a lot of supposed 100% European Canadians in Canada couldn't pass the "local" test in Britain, France, Central and Eastern Europe.
Men like Tim McLean (the one murdered on the bus) are otherwise typically looking Canadian (light complexion) but otherwise you couldn't pin him down anywhere in Europe and that's because of the Amerindian ancestry.
Historically, the first Canadians married Amerindian women because there were few European women around.