New arrivals come burdened with the past, fearing for the future, not yet understanding that it will be unimaginably different from everything they left behind.They cling to the hijab or the ceremonial dagger, sometimes beyond reason.“We’re in the business of giving advice, and that requires trust.” RBC has also launched a reciprocal mentoring program called Diversity Dialogues that pairs senior managers with visible minority employees several ranks below. The social imperative and the business imperative are two sides of the same coin.” Visible minorities already constitute 43 per cent of RBC’s 13,000 Toronto-area employees.
Toronto famously blazed the way for same-sex marriage.
Today, it turns out to be a Petri dish for innovative people combos.
At Montreal West High, a public Anglo school, there were just three non-WASPs in my entire grade: a black girl, a Jewish boy and myself.
As my graduation prom neared, my mother began pressuring me to go with a nice Chinese boy.
The much more impressive stat is how many young visible minorities are marrying outside their tribes.
In what the census bureau calls the Metropolitan Area of Toronto (which includes Pickering and Ajax to the east, Milton and Oakville to the west, and Georgina on the shores of Lake Simcoe to the north), 45 per cent of second-generation immigrants who are married or living common law are doing so with someone of a different race or ethnicity.
Looking at the latest stats, I have to pinch myself.
I was born in Montreal more than half a century ago, and at the time it was Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. Let’s put it this way: I was the one and only vis min in my church choir.
Until now, Toronto’s diversity has been viewed in terms of silos: a Chinatown here, a Tamil enclave there.
But true diversity occurs when we interact—and there’s nothing more interactive than sex.
According to the latest Statistics Canada data, nearly twice as many Toronto couples are in mixed marriages, legal and common law, as the rest of Canadians, 7.1 per cent versus 3.9 per cent.