Journalist Adam Shares his MigrahackTO Experience

Journalism Master’s Student from Ryerson, Adam Chen, shares how #MigrahackTO helped him learn a useful skill for his career and helped him get a head-start on data visualization. We Interviewed Adam after MigrahackTO, and here’s what he had to say.   What made you interested in Migrahack and what were you hoping to get out of it? I was interested in Migrahack because I’m a journalist who is interested in learning the ways we use…

MCIS 2017 International Translation Day Event – the Future of Work 101.2

As conflicted as we may be about technological disruption in the translation industry, technology is here to stay. So in the second part of our International Translation Day Event, I really wanted to give an opportunity to all translators who had joined us to really voice their concerns and challenges, but also think about ways in which they can embrace technology to make their own work better, more efficient and productive. This had to be…

MCIS 2017 International Translation Day Event –the Future of Work 101.1

“Each culture in the world should be in control of its destiny. By promoting diversity of cultures and  languages, we can hope to create a world full of possibilities for learning, growing and sharing a peaceful vision for humanity based on mutual understanding and respect.”  –International Federation of Translators International Translation Day, celebrated on September 30th every year, is always such a special day for us, language professionals. But this year was all the more special…

MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Does Canadian education help International students? Statistics Canada study elaborates

“It is when the moon covers the sun that you see a solar eclipse,” says a mother turning to her son in Hindi on the way to the Ontario Science Centre. On the left, traffic is blocked, as everyone is scrambling to check out the one of a kind solar eclipse viewed by thousands on Monday afternoon. A block away from the centre, a Chinese couple walks fast towards the centre holding special glasses meant…

Haitian Asylum Seekers Gather in Montreal

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has new tenants! Born and raised in Montreal, I have many fond memories of watching the Expos from the nose bleed section. Built to host the 1976 Summer Olympics it was revered for its “unique” architectural design but also loathed for that very reason and the astronomical cost to have it built. The stadium houses a very complicated legacy. Currently, it also houses hundreds of Haitians that have migrated to Canada from…

Things are Changing in Montreal

“Where do you want to go again? Do you know how to get there? Looks like my app is not working,” as the Uber driver asked me these questions on the busy streets of Montreal, I gave him a puzzled look as every anxious traveler should. “Could you restart it again?” I asked nervously. I had ten minutes to catch my train and the situation was not helping. The driver turned around and then said…

Canada and the Child Labour Problem

“Ever wondered who makes the shoes you wear? It is probably a small child working in a factory somewhere,” an activist friend of mine once scornfully said, during a dining table conversation. As the feeling sunk in, things became clear; as a community, we are as much responsible for the child labor problem as a socio-political system which allegedly chooses to look the other way when children suffer in silence. The recent World Vision report…

Lady Justice May Be Blind, But She Can Hear You!

The cover of Ingrid Piller’s 2016 book, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice, features an interesting twist on the iconic image of blindfolded Lady Justice holding her scales while wearing earmuffs because she “would have to be deaf as well as blind to be truly impartial […] As long as Lady Justice can hear, she will be able to form a view of the speaker’s socioeconomic status, their level of education, their ethnicity, their gender, their…

The Story of A Rape

During Sexual Assault Prevention Month, I thought I would relay this story of a rape (some facts have been modified), so we never lose sight of the immense harm it does.  I refer to it by the old term rape and not by the legal term sexual assault.  I believe most people have more of a visceral reaction to the term “rape” – I may be wrong.    We read gruesome tales of rape every day…