Op-eds & statements
Click below to explore our op-eds.
Please note: the links are to .doc and .pdf files, as well as external website sources.
June 5, 2020
MOSAIC stands in solidarity with black communities. We feel the pain, fear, and outrage and know that we need to do more to support Black communities as more Black lives are taken at the hands of police.
May 11, 2020
This is the time to rethink and rebuild a new Canada where everyone has an equitable chance to succeed. A new Canada where all voices are heard in shaping our communities, cities, and country. A new Canada where robust practices ensure our workplaces and decision-making tables are truly reflective of our diverse population.
Dec. 3, 2019
Unpaid leave for people facing domestic and/or sexual violence is already in the BC Employment Standards Act, however our province lags behind others across Canada in making this a paid leave. In October 2019, the BC government led a province-wide consultation on paid leave for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. MOSAIC shared its expertise and made recommendations that employers need to be proactively developing policies, education and training to promote a work environment of dignity and respect for all at their workplaces.
Feb. 7, 2019
On the heels of IKEA Canada’s announcement today that it is committing to hire 250 refugees over the next three years, MOSAIC’s CEO Olga Stachova is calling upon governments and the employer community to work together to more rapidly integrate refugees into the workforce.
With the labour market projected to experience a severe worker shortage, and the proportion of refugees increasing to 14-17% of all newcomers over the next few years, it makes sense to invest in and support initiatives that will help both refugees and the communities they live in.
MOSAIC has piloted and participated in a few employer-refugee training initiatives over the past three years, which have met with great success. We hope to see more programs initiated by the key stakeholder groups who would benefit most.
Dec. 11, 2018
MOSAIC CEO Olga Stachova wrote an Op-Ed about Google Translate that was distributed in publications across Canada. With Google Translate and other instant translation apps used so frequently and in so many situations, the article sounds a caution that there are many instances where professional translators and interpreters are appropriate and necessary. Read the op-ed in any of the links here:
WestCoast Crossroads – Dec. 13, 2018
The Afro News – December 12, 2018
La Jornada– December 12, 2018:
Calgary’s Business – December 11, 2018
Kindersley Clarion – December 11, 2018
Niagra Falls Review – Jan. 1, 2019
North Bay Nugget – Dec. 28, 2018
(Victoria) Times Colonist – Dec. 19, 2018
Slave Lake Lakeside Leader, Dec. 19, 2018
Winnipeg Free Press – Dec. 17, 2018
Red Deer Advocate – December 12, 2018
The Afro News – December 12, 2018
Hamilton Community News – Jan. 1, 2019
Waterloo Region Record – Jan. 1, 2019
Aug. 29, 2018
On August 21st, the Angus Reid Institute released a poll indicating that 49% of Canadians favour a decrease in immigration levels, marking the first time that resistance to immigration levels is being expressed by almost half the population. Olga Stachova, Chief Executive Officer, has sounded an early alarm about the significance of this surprising poll result, stating that support for diversity can no longer be taken for granted, but that Canada still has the capacity to “inspire the world” if we can encourage a dialogue to promote greater cultural understanding.
Troy Media – August 31, 2018
Thunder Bay News – September 2, 2018
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. – August 29, 2018