Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

While most of the world seems to fear immigration, Canada takes pride in its multiculturalism. My week in Toronto, reacquainting myself with my hometown, has been eye opening. This city is absolutely incredible in terms of its religious and ethnic diversity. That leads to both incredible richness but also significant challenges. For example, eastern Canada excels at word-free communication in its signage.No littering It simply has to.

Of course, if you ask anyone in Toronto “who is the most multicultural?” you’re not going to get an unbiased opinion. So I asked it on Google. Apparently, it’s a complex question, because everyone has a different criteria. Here are the top answers in terms of countries.

1. One site says the United States, because the U.S. has a total foreign born population of 12%. I don’t think that one’s going to stack up well with other entries.

See source

2. Canada, because the Canadian immigration rate is the highest per capita in the world. The multiculturalism act of 1991 made it law to encourage immigration and prohibit assimilation of the people.

See source

3. Luxembourg

4. Singapore

5. Australia

6. South Africa
You get the point. They’re all multicultural. You get even greater disparity when you look up cities. So here’s another take on it. If you look up on Wikipedia the definition of factoid — something most CEOs are well-acquainted with — you’ll see the following definition:
A factoid is a questionable or spurious—unverified, incorrect, or fabricated—statement presented as a fact, but with no veracity. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context.[1]
To illustrate the point, Wikipedia offers the following example:
The media in Canada have often reported that Toronto was named by UNESCO as the most multicultural city in the world. Although there have been some reports suggesting that Toronto may be one of the world’s most diverse cities (see Demographics of Toronto), the United Nations agency has never designated any city as being the most multicultural or diverse.[7] Nonetheless, the belief in this status persisted for years, even finding its way onto UNESCO’s own web site,[8] into the pages of the New York Times[9] and The Economist,[10] and into international media reports in respect of Toronto’s two Olympic bids.
Sure enough, I found a UN paper that cites UNESCO as saying that Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. So there you go. If the UN says it, it must be true.

Read Full Post »