This legislation is the first of its kind in Canada. Collecting longitudinal data – data collected over a long period of time – could lead to policy changes that centre equitable access, in sectors such as policing, housing and education. However, legislation that is rooted in data must also centre transparency and ownership.
There’s been an ongoing increase in violence and hate towards Muslims across Canada. The 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, the murder of a mosque volunteer in Toronto in 2020 and the London, Ontario van attack in 2021 are just some of the hate crimes that have occurred in recent years. Moreover, Bills in Quebec, such as Bill 21, have caused backlash in the form of discriminating against Muslims.
In 2022, the rollback of women’s rights made headlines around the world and it was hard not to be disheartened by the feeling of the ground shifting under us. But as we mark International Women’s Day 2023, we see signs of stabilization and the emergence of new pathways to regain yesterday's losses and set ambitious goals for the coming year.
Sexually and gender diverse youth in Canada are reported to be more prone to bullying and experiencing suicidal thoughts. Since most youth spend time in primary and secondary schools across the country, studies recommend making schools more inclusive towards 2SLGBTQ+ students to reduce the harm they experience.