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Old 06-10-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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There's a good reason to call Toronto a multicultural city. In terms of diversity, there's no big difference between TO and other metropolis in NA, like NYC, Chicago and LA. But there's a big difference in the way the minorities integrate into society.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The marketing of the concept is different depending on the country you are in:

Canada: we are a multicultural mosaic, and immigrants are encouraged to retain their old identities while integrating into the Canadian one, enriching the mix.

U.S.: we are a melting pot, check your old identities at the door and embrace the new American one, or at least jump into the bowl and mix in with everything else that is there.

On the ground, what happens is pretty much the same. You have people in Canada (both born here and immigrant) who consider that a Canadian is a white person. You also have this in the States, although perhaps American is a bit wider and encompasses both blacks and whites as Americans.

In both countries you have people first, second, third generation and even born abroad who consider themselves or are considered to be Americans or Canadians. And you have lots of people with hyphenated identities as well.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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Canada has always been a mixed nation, the country was founded on british(irish), french and native peoples, and mixing and diversity has always been part of it. Whereas in the states there has always been a "white" majority, dominating a given area.

It shouldn't been a surprise, with a mixed heritage that we have. Metis peoples settled western canada, the french the east, with the british being an ingredient everywhere.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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Do you think you would find a multicultural town of this size in Canada?

In small-town Missouri, a collision of cultures - KansasCity.com

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CKB
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Do you think you would find a multicultural town of this size in Canada?

In small-town Missouri, a collision of cultures - KansasCity.com

God bless,

CKB
This would be quite rare. With only a few exceptions, small towns in Canada are very white. When there is diversity in the area, it is usually an aboriginal population, and more often than not they live in their own community on a reserve outside of the "white" town.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Do you think you would find a multicultural town of this size in Canada?

In small-town Missouri, a collision of cultures - KansasCity.com

God bless,

CKB
Brooks, Alberta. Changing face of Canada 'cowboy city'
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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This would be quite rare. With only a few exceptions, small towns in Canada are very white. When there is diversity in the area, it is usually an aboriginal population, and more often than not they live in their own community on a reserve outside of the "white" town.
Rural Australia is the same, although even that is changing. I lived in a small town with just under 2,000 people, and there were a handful of 'non-white' people, include an Asian family that owned the bakery, a few other Asians and even one African family who actually lived on my street. For the most part, I wasn't treated any differently.

Perhaps the government should try to encourage new immigrants to settle outside the metropolitan areas in many of the country towns which are losing population. We need people to keep the rural industries alive, even as the rural workforce is downsized, and I feel the metropolitan areas are getting crowded enough.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Rural Australia is the same, although even that is changing. I lived in a small town with just under 2,000 people, and there were a handful of 'non-white' people, include an Asian family that owned the bakery, a few other Asians and even one African family who actually lived on my street. For the most part, I wasn't treated any differently.

Perhaps the government should try to encourage new immigrants to settle outside the metropolitan areas in many of the country towns which are losing population. We need people to keep the rural industries alive, even as the rural workforce is downsized, and I feel the metropolitan areas are getting crowded enough.
To my knowledge, in Canada only Quebec has an active policy to try and "regionalize" immigration. 20 years ago, close to 90% of immigrants in Quebec settled in Montreal. Today that proportion is under 80%.

Of course, most immigrants who settle outside Montreal don't go to small towns, they go to other medium-sized cities like Quebec City, Gatineau and Sherbrooke. Don't know if it is the result of the policy but the number of immigrants in my city of 250,000 has increased remarkably in the last 10 years or so.

Of course, it is unrealistic to expect most immigrants to settle outside of large cities anywhere. So the vast majority will always go to Montreal (in Quebec's case) no matter what you do.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Canada has always been a mixed nation, the country was founded on british(irish), french and native peoples, and mixing and diversity has always been part of it. Whereas in the states there has always been a "white" majority, dominating a given area.

It shouldn't been a surprise, with a mixed heritage that we have. Metis peoples settled western canada, the french the east, with the british being an ingredient everywhere.
This is what makes Canada so diverse. In the US you had the "whites" dominating everyone, unlike Canada which was founded by all those colored folk from France and Britain.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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"Canadian" has nothing to do with race.

In my office, there is a Japanese Canadian who is the 6th generation living in Canada, longer than any of the Irish Canadians, British Canadians, Italian Canadians, German Canadians etc. All the white folks agree he is more Canadian than everyone else.

You either think all of them are just Canadians, or they are Japanese Canadians, Italian Canadians, and Irish Canadians. Being white doesn't make anyone more Canadian than others.
It does say something about assimilation when this man has been in Canada for 6 generations and he is still not of mixed ancestry......
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