We're told that we all have them; those preconceptions about someone's ethnicity or colour. It's hard for some of us to admit, to be sure, but studies show that they exist. Even in the most open-minded of us.
But where and when do these preconceptions become racism? That's what we'll look at this week as we tackle the third in our three-part exploration of clause 15. (1)...
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 15. (1) - Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability
From dealing with the legal system to entering the job market, new Canadians face a number of potential problems.
Although comedian, Ali Hassan, has a humourous take on it, his experiences with crossing international borders aren't that funny at all. We'll also delve into racial profiling - specifically in Montreal - with three very distinct voices. Curtis Nash shares his story of being pulled over "driving while black". Fo Niemi has a very poignant question for the Montreal Police, and Fady Dagher answers it.
In a visit to the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic I learn about the unique challenges that some people have when entering the workforce.
I'll also chat with lawyer, Selwyn Pieters, who fell victim to a very surprising act of racial profiling, and youth leader, Aamir Sukhera assures us that there is reason to have hope in the next generation.
(Check out The Fine Print for some background information on this week's show.)