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Radio Canada International : The Link

The nakbeh is Arabic for catastrophe.  It is day where the Palestinian people remember their displacement and dispossession as a result of their defeat in the 1948 Palestinian war. For Jews, the war has allowed them to establish a homeland, for Palestinians it meant hundreds of thousands of their people had to flee their homes. It was the beginning of the Palestinian Diaspora, which numbers in millions now, spread all over the world.
A young woman of Palestinian origin talks about her perspective and her efforts to keep the memory of her ancestors alive through her art and one uniquely Palestinian symbol.

Helping International Students Stay in Canada

Radio Canada International : The Link

International students who want to stay in Canada once they finish their studies now have a new option: thanks to a new pilot program in Ontario

Changing Communities one Project at a Time

Radio Canada International : The Link

Lifemakers projects are not well known in Canada, but they’ve been making waves in the Middle East for several years now. They group’s philosophy is to encourage youth to volunteer their time, skills and energy for projects aimed at improving some aspect of life in their communities.

Sugar Sammy pokes fun of ethnic minorities

Radio Canada International : The Link

They say laughter is the universal language. It’s also the language that lets some comedians get away with talking about taboo subjects or poking fun at ethnic minorities.  Sugar Sammy understood that very well.

Ramadan Baskets

Radio Canada International : The Link

For most Muslims who observe the month of fast, Ramadan isn’t only a month where they abstain from eating and drinking, it’s also a month where giving and sharing is important. The Muslim Welfare Center in Toronto is making sure that needy families are getting food on their table for their sunset Ramadan meal known as Iftar.

Course about the Armenian Genocide

Radio Canada International : The Link

A new course about the Armenian genocide will be offered in Toronto’s high schools this fall. The massacre and the deportation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire between 1915-1923 claimed the lives of over 1.5 million people.  This history course is creating a lot of controversy.


Radio Canada International : The Link

In a city as multicultural as Toronto, many people intermix English and their mother tongue in their conversations.  Linguists call this phenomenon code switching.  Popular culture calls it Hinglish, Chinglish, Spanglish and Arabizi, and the list can go on.

Bindi Dates

Radio Canada International : The Link

Finding love and getting married is a great event in one’s life. But if you’re part of Canada’s South Asian community, finding that match can be challenging. Especially since often, your choice has to please not only you, but also your family and community.  In the past, young people relied on relatives, the informal auntie-and-uncle networks to find a suitable match. But nowadays, more and more South Asian singles are being pro active and use other methods to meet that significant other.

Wearing Abayas in the Summer

Radio Canada International : The Link

Summer has finally arrived in Canada. For most people, it means we can finally peel off all of those layers of clothing we’re forced to wear in the winter and wear shorts and T-shirts and light summer dresses. But that’s not an option for some Muslim women. No matter how hot it gets outside, some of them prefer to wear abayas, long enveloping garments popular in the Gulf countries. Have you ever wondered how these women cope with the heat?

Journey of a Lifetime

Radio Canada International : The Link

Each year, 3 million Muslim men and women from all over the world make a pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Muslims call that journey “Hajj”, and for many it is one of the largest gathering they will ever experience. 

Beauty and the Bleach

Radio Canada International : The Link

These days, bleaching is more than a good way to get your shirts white, or even the way brunettes become blonds.  Some people are bleaching their skin to make it look lighter in color. In certain ethnic communities, the use of skin bleaching creams is becoming increasingly popular.  But how safe is this trend? 

Looking for a compatible donor

Radio Canada International : The Link

Thousands of Canadians suffering from Leukemia are waiting for a matching stem cell donor.  Carolyn Tam, a young Chinese-Canadian woman is one of them.  She’s suffering from Leukemia and needs a stem cell donor from the Chinese community. 

The chance of finding a compatible donor increases if that donor is of the same ethnic or racial background as the recipient. However, very few of ethnic minorities are on the international bone marrow register, which means the chance of a match is as low as 10%.

Medical Partnership with India

Radio Canada International : The Link

A new program at Toronto’s hospital for sick children has changed the usual model of international medical partnerships.  Instead of sending western doctors to train their counterparts in third world countries, the hospital brings those foreign doctors to Canada and offers them expertise they can take back to their country. 

Hire an Immigrant

Radio Canada International : The Link

Many Ontario companies are encouraged to hire immigrants in order to remain competitive in today’s markets. Here's how.

Forced to Marry

Radio Canada International : The Link

Some men and woman from the South Asian cultures are forced to marry people their families have chosen for them. For some, those forced marriages can turn into nightmarish situations with no way out.

This is the story of one young woman who was forced into such a union and who is now trying to raise awareness about the situation she and others have endured. 

Fighting Sexual Terrorism

Radio Canada International : The Link

The University of Toronto is offering a workshop on the human rights of women.  A key aspect of the course teaches professionals from around the world how to help victims of rape reclaim their place in their communities. 

Remembering Air India Flight 182

Radio Canada International : The Link

The documentary film that looks at the bombing of Air India flight 182 premiered this month.  When that flight went down in 1985, it claimed the lives of 329 people, including 280 Canadians. Until it was surpassed by the events of 9/11, the bombing of that Air India flight from Canada was the worst act of terrorism in history.


Radio Canada International : The Link

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease. Symptoms include loss of memory, difficulty with day-to-day tasks, and changes in mood and behavior. According to the Canadian Alzheimer Society, 97 000 Canadians will develop Alzheimer this year, and most of them are women. This is the story of a woman originally from Columbia whose mother is suffering with this disease.

Minority Teachers

Radio Canada International : The Link

According to the Toronto District School Board, 40% of students from the city’s black community drop out of school.  One of the solutions proposed by the school board is to set up the city’s first alternative black-focused school starting next year.  But some educators believe that hiring more teachers from diverse communities is a better solution.

Asian Eyes

Radio Canada International : The Link

Standards of beauty vary from culture to culture. Some people prefer a pale skin; others prefer a more exotic look with olive skin and almond-shaped eyes.  Plastic surgery has become a very common trend among Canadians of various ethnic backgrounds, especially among the Asian community. Some women go as far as undergoing an eye surgery to change the shape of their Asian eyes. 

My Top Stories

Radio Canada International : The Link 2008

From organ trade, surrogate motherhood to ethic humour, here are some of my favorite stories I covered in the year 2008.

Rooftop Farm

Radio Canada International : The Link

Finding healthy fruits and vegetables can be a challenge for many Canadians. By the time the produce reaches their table, it often has travelled many miles, losing taste and nutrients along the way. Reporter Oussayma Canbarieh tells us about Mohamed Hage, a young Montrealer, who has found a creative solution to the problem. He started farming in the heart of the city... on the roof of an industrial building.

Bathing in History

CBC'S Dispatches 2009 

In the Syrian capital of Damascus, a bathing complex built by the Romans is still steaming away all these centuries later.

Ironically enough, this monument of the past, frees women from some cultural restrictions of the present.

It's also a field day for mothers who go wife-spotting on behalf of their bachelor sons, as we heard from Canadian journalist Oussayma Canbarieh, at the door to delight.

Story of Courage

Radio Canada International : The Link

Mariatu Kamara had her hands amputated by child soldiers in her native Sierra Leone. In this documentary she shares her experience as a survivor of war.


From Damascus to Montreal - Part 1

Radio Canada International : The Link

Thousands of Iraqi refugees have settled in Canada since the beginning of the war in Iraq, with many first finding refuge in Syria. This summer, reporter Oussayma Canbarieh went to Syria where she met a family of Iraqi refugees who are in the process of applying for re-settlement in Canada and who will soon be making the journey from Damascus to Montreal.


From Damascus to Montreal - Part 2

Radio Canada International : The Link

Thousands of Iraqi refugees have settled in Canada since the beginning of the war in Iraq, many of them after transiting through Syria. Reporter Oussayma Canbarieh documents the challenges faced by a family of Iraqi refugees, as they begin their new life in Montreal.

Little Baghdad of Syria

CBC's Dispatches

Sanctuary can be a double-edged sword, as some Iraqis are finding out.

When Baghdad became a war zone, some fled the country and most ended up in neighbouring Syria, which generously offers them safety and social benefits as they wait out the danger.

But life in the Syrian capital is leaving many Iraqis under-employed and underground, as we hear from Canadian journalist Oussayma Canbarieh in a Damascus beauty parlour..

First Female Emirati Mechanic

CBC's Dispatches

Maryam Darwish is a dab hand with a wrench. Fixes engines. There are thousands of auto mechanics just like her all over North America.

But there's only one female Emirati mechanic in the whole United Arab Emirates.

Maryam Darwish is single-handedly dismantling a long-standing cultural barrier, as we hear from Dispatches contributor Oussayma Canbarieh, on the shop floor.

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