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The mood was bleak in 2023, but fret not - we’ve been here before

Canadians will find some way to get through this with their penchants for tolerance, equality and inclusion intact

The conversation around immigration in Canada is shifting

Canadians' focus is now shifting beyond concerns about what type of immigrant is accepted, to how many are arriving in their communities.
July 4, 2023

Canada is sorry – a lot. We shouldn’t apologize for that

Time will tell whether a national willingness to apologize for the past is merely a cultural quirk, or a resource we can draw on to create a better future.

One issue on which Canadians aren't polarized — the U.S.

Before we conclude that our politics is more polarized than ever, let’s remember it is possible to overcome even long-standing divisions and find common ground

The differences between Canada and the U.S. remain significant

A new survey from the Environics Institute confirms Canadian Conservatives have bigger differences with U.S. Republicans than Canadian Liberals

Surveys show Canadian are less polarized and angry than Americans

The gap today between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. is about twice as wide as that in Canada between Conservatives and Liberals

Canadians need to keep talking about racism

Social norms play a key role in the dynamics of racism and prejudice because they establish the boundaries around which people act toward those they see as “the other.”
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.
September 25, 2020

New survey shows Canadians want lasting change to accompany economic recovery

A new Environics Institute survey confirms that, by a wide margin, Canadians want change

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