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January 2, 2022

We’re witnessing the continuing cultural divergence of Canada and the United States

The centre of gravity in each of our cultures is in a radically different place, and each is moving along a different trajectory
November 11, 2021

Canadians are waking up to the reality of racism. Now is the time for leaders to act.

Reflecting on the findings from the Race Relations in Canada 2021 Survey
October 7, 2021

50 years of multiculturalism

Michael Adams, president of the Environics Institute, says most Canadians view multiculturalism as an important symbol of what we aspire to as a society
September 30, 2021

Having an election that changes nothing is not such a bad outcome after all

The election may have been unnecessary. It may have been tedious and uninspired. It may have changed little as far as the composition of the House of Commons is concerned. But it did not leave us more polarized or divided than ever before.
September 20, 2021

Don’t let angry protestors fool you — Canadians still trust in our democracy

Angry antimask or antivaccination protestors fuelled by misinformation are currently a security and public health risk, but they are not the tip of a larger iceberg that reflects broader public opinion.

Private sponsorship is much more than a feel-good project

As we mark World Refugee Day, it is important to recognize that many Canadians have stepped up to sponsor refugees, and many more are keen to do so.

Changing social norms is the key to addressing racism

Social norms exert a powerful influence on how people interact with others, and deserve greater attention in addressing systemic racism
January 4, 2021

COVID-19 changed everything, except Canada’s values of inclusiveness

While populists around the world have used the pandemic’s many upheavals to sow fears against newcomers, Canada might never have been more sure of its broadly welcoming spirit than now
November 3, 2020

Thanks to Quebec millennials, another referendum isn’t looming

The differences between the outlooks of young adults in different parts of Canada have never been as small as they are today.

Yes Canada, we too have an anti-Black racism problem

Canadians should challenge themselves to look past the deeply disturbing American news clips and reflect on the situation here at home
May 21, 2020

All Together Now?

A special Environics Institute Insight by Michael Adams and Andrew Parkin: As Canadians face the COVID-19 crisis, research shows we bring three vital social strengths (and have one important opportunity to improve)

The shifting lens through which Canadians see the Wet’suwet’en crisis

Canadians don’t just want things to get back to normal; they want things to get better.
September 12, 2019

Are Canadians losing confidence in their democracy?

While views on the economy are mixed, the general trends in Canada, especially on attitudes towards democracy and diversity, remain positive