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DIASPORIC CONVERSATIONS

Did you know that immigrants make up nearly half of Toronto’s population, at 47%? In The Green Line's May Action Journey explainer, our engagement reporter James Westman breaks down what diaspora looks like in Toronto, the idea of “othering” in Canadian politics and the struggle for immigrants to participate in local democracy.
In three feature op-eds, Sabreena Delhon looks at the civic impact of online hate targeting local diasporic communities; Susitha Wanigaratne explores the healthcare impact of the lack of research into immigrants’ diverse experiences with health issues; and Maria Cheung and Kawser Ahmed write about the democratic impact of foreign interference on diasporic communities.
In partnership with The Samara Centre for Democracy, our event will look at how diasporic politics shape our local democracy, and explore hopes, solutions and concrete steps for managing this complexity. Featuring panelists Jaskaran Sandhu (State Strategy, Baaz News), Cheuk Kwan (Toronto Association for Democracy in China) and Ryan Singh (Indo-Caribbean Association).
Our community members brainstormed solutions for getting diasporic communities more involved in local politics. Solutions that emerged emphasized the importance of building trust within a diasporic community, and better education and awareness surrounding local politics.
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