WEB - Pride (web version) - Ajax, 30/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, English
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Summary: Sachil Singh - A few local Canadian authorities have started tracking the racial data of those infected with COVID-19. However, when race data is collected, to understand the social determinants of health, it could inadvertently, legitimate biological understandings of race. Further, when race data is used in these circumstances, it creates more scope to arrive at racist responses to a pandemic, than it does to address social vulnerabilities, like the poor work conditions of minority populations in essential services. Ontario now says it will collect race-based data during the pandemic, and Dr. David Williams’ revised position certainly eases tensions, with a coalition of Black health leaders that has called for attention to race. Endorsed by 192 organizations and 1,612 individuals, the coalition wrote an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other provincial officials. It argues for “the collection and use of socio-demographic and race-based data in health and social services … as it relates to COVID-19”. But the use of race data may be problematic, because links between health conditions and race have been connected to discriminatory outcomes, in the past. If race-based data collection is to be attached to COVID-19 in Ontario, then attention should be given to what happens, when medical conditions are associated with one’s race. A call for increased racial surveillance potentially fuels racism.
TV - OMNI News: Punjabi Edition - Toronto, 02/06/2020 - FEATURE, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Gautam Arora - Tuesday was Blackout Tuesday after the death of a Black man in the US. It was a world-wide initiative on social media started by two Black women in the US music industry who decided #theshowmustbepaused. Instead of posting photos and other images, people posted black posts. This was meant to intentionally disrupt the workweek. Simon Fraser University social media expert Sun-Ha Hong said black squares were all one could see on Instagram. This can bring attention to what's going on to people who are not aware because they are not in the same networks. The initiative spread very quickly. Hong said this shows that a lot of people are concerned and a lot of people want to say something in support, but they don't always know how to do it. The black squares are very easy to do, so people feel they can join in. Sp!ce Radio started the 'Raise Your Hands Against Racism' logo. CEO Shushma Datt said they support Blackout Tuesday and Black Lives Matter, but not violence. Amy Go of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice said we have to call out racism. Calling for these changes will end up benefiting all Canadians. Fareed Khan of Canadians United Against Hate said he doesn't know what it's like for Black parents to be afraid when their children go out the door and to have to instruct their sons on how to behave if they are stopped by police so they don't get harmed. However, all the different communities understand racism because they have all experienced it. Thousands of Canadians protested last weekend. Amy Go said the systemic change would benefit all of us and is urgent. Anti-Asian racism in COVID-19 calls for urgent action. Anti-Black racism due to police actions calls for urgent action. All these calls for action will only lead to better systems.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 03/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Career Engine - African American George Floyd’s death has led to a series of protests in the United States. Recently, this movement has made its way to Canada. In the video footage, the viewers can clearly hear Floyd crying: “I can’t breathe, please.” Unfortunately, the cop was not moved by his plea and Floyd passed away as a result. The image of a black man being knelt to death by a white cop was too symbolic, it has angered the black community. What should Chinese people do? There are currently two types of trending calls to action. One calls for Chinese people to step up and support the Black community and say no to racial discrimination. Racial discrimination will only be eliminated when all discriminated races come together to fight. Another voice suggests that the Chinese are in a lower class than the Blacks in North America. If the Chinese stands up for the blacks, then who would stand up for the Chinese? This year is the American election, who knows if these protests are organized as a trap? When there is news about the Chinese being discriminated against, the community is always very fragmented. There are two reactions, the Chinese people either speak up immediately or pretend they don’t know anything. The author says if Chinese people value their Canadian identity, then they should value peace in the community and say no to racial discrimination.
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PRINT - Correio da Manha - Toronto, 02/06/2020 - EDITORIAL, p. 2 Portuguese
Summary Translation: Just when we thought that South African apartheid practices or the times of racial segregation in the US were “out of fashion”, we face the death of George Floyd. When we thought that there was no room for other issues today other than the Covid-19 pandemic, we remember that structural problems may be temporarily hushed up, but they are still there. It's ironic that the United States simultaneously holds the flags of racial reconciliation and violent racism. How can a nation led by a former black president which highlights African-American pride with Oscars and Emmys also be the scene of a savage death like that of George Floyd? It's not easy to understand. The only certainty is that the US, like many other countries, is far from homogeneous and this division has been sadly evident.
Link to original article: https://www.correiodamanhacanada.com/a-pandemia-do-odio/
TV - OMNI News: Punjabi Edition - Toronto, 01/06/2020 - FEATURE, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Sumeet Dhami - Protests were happening around the US, and on the weekend, a protest by about 4,000 people was also held in Toronto. 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet died in Toronto when she fell from her balcony. Five police officers were in her apartment and had been informed of her mental health condition. The protest in Toronto was under the motto 'Not another Black life.' Loveleen Kaur, a Punjabi woman who participated in the protest, said she attended because this is her community. They need to open their eyes and see how they are treated. If they do not not support one another, who will support them? After all, this happened in Brampton. The reporter agreed with Loveleen that it was not just Regis. Two month ago, 26-year-old D'Andre Campbell was killed by police in Brampton. In 2014, police shot Jermaine Carby at a routine traffic stop. PdD student in Global Affairs & Public Policy Amrita Kumar-Ratta said this is not an issue that started a week ago. It is ongoing. People should talk with their family members at the dinner table about how we are complicit. The reporter said this starts in the school system, and parents should go to the school board meetings and listen to the perspectives of Black parents.
Challenging Shadism and Anti-Black Racism in Muslim Communities: Responding to the Killing of George Floyd - Muslim
WEB - Muslim Link - Ottawa, 29/05/2020 - Analysis, English
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Summary: Wati Rahmat - “The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”- Ijeomo Oluo, African American anti-racism activist I want to be brutally honest. When a heinous crime like the death of George Floyd happens, we see Muslim community members come up readily in outrage and you see posts crying for justice. This is great and it is what should happen. As I too grieve this senseless loss of life and as George's pleas of "I can't breathe" repeat painfully in my head, I grieve a bigger blight in our Muslim community - the prevalent, deeply entrenched anti-Blackness. No, it's not a leap to link a public lynching to the whitening Instafilters. No, it’s not a stretch to compare all the “Karens” who call on Black bodies for simply existing to you comparing which of your siblings was fairer as a baby. Stop! Anti-Blackness starts with ending adulation of fairness. By valuing fairness, Blackness and shades of darkness are denigrated and looked down upon. It is a slippery slope when you regard someone with a darker skin as inferior or less desirable to tragically de-valuing Black lives. I had to confront my own shade-ism just this weekend. Over Eid, our family had enjoyed a beautiful sunny picnic by the lake. I came home with a darker complexion due to the natural sunlight.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 01/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Translated Summary: Yorkbbs - Recently, there is an increased number of protests happening in different regions. Some of these protests even evolved into robbery. After the death of the 29 year-old black female, a series of protests also launched in the Canadian community. What is more worrisome is, Canada’s anti-racism conflicts involving African-Canadians are escalating. The tension between protesters and police officers are also growing. The rally began at 5:30 pm on May 31, and people began to gather outside the Montreal Police Station to march along the main street. The rally, which lasted for nearly three hours, was peaceful for the most part. When part of the rally group returned to the Montreal Police Department, the police claimed that someone in the rally threw something at them, so the police sprayed pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the group. As the night fell, the police tried to disperse the remaining protesters on St. Catherine Street. A group of people smashed the windows of the Steve Music Store and stole a guitar. The author thinks that Canada has always been a friendly, kind and diverse country. The fuse of Canada’s protest is the accidental death of a 29-year-old African-Canadian woman. Before things are clear, people should be reasonable and fair. At present, the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is still not under control. If demonstrations or looting occur at this time, it will be worse for the Canadian economy that has just restarted.
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RADIO - Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto - Brampton, 01/06/2020 - News, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: Red FM radio host Shameel Jasvir initiated a discussion over the recent protests in the US and Canada. The callers were saying that what happened due to police action was unfortunate and people from all communities should come forward to condemn such acts and show peaceful protests rather than violence. One caller said that proper investigations should be done before resorting to protests. He gave an example of an old prisoner who gunned down soldiers and was captured by the US. The same person was extradited to Canada and the Canadian government gave him millions of dollars. The caller said that such actions only encourage violence and terrorism. The caller said that the man who was caught by police was doing something wrong by tendering fake currency but when he was caught, he did not cooperate with police, which was wrong. Another caller was of the opinion that racism is not very easy to part with. He said although the politicians are saying and supporting the antiracism sentiments, the fact is that racism does exist in every community to some or larger extent. He gave an example of racism here in Canada and in the Peel region saying students of the Black community are given more detentions and they are held back from choosing better academic subjects. He said that miscreants from all communities take advantage of such violent incidents, like some community members tried to resort to breaking buildings after the protesters held their protests in Montreal. He said the mentality of police is very bad and is very much prevalent even at higher levels in government. If the victim had been a white person then the action of police would have been different. Another caller said that the police is to enforce the law and not to deliver justice. The host said that the Black community needs a powerful leadership. Racism is widely prevalent in each community.
RADIO - G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning - Toronto, 01/06/2020 - FEATURE, English
Summary: Mark Strong - “Justice for Regis” chants echoed throughout the streets of downtown Toronto Saturday afternoon as 4,000-odd people or more demanded answers in the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from her apartment balcony in High Park while police were present. The host said he was part of the protest with his kids and that it's important for the kids to be part of this moment. His daughter is part of the organization of the protest and he is proud of her for that. The protesters were originally going to go to Queen's Park. The reason they went to the police department was that a protest was happening at Queen's Park already by White supremacist groups who were protesting about opening the economy. They were doing that every single Saturday. So the protesters didn't want to dilute their cause or have any confrontations, so they went to the police department. Most people in the crowd wore a mask, which is what organizers asked them to do. Their message for police was that they want justice. What that means will be up to the SIU to determine. The host said it was a peaceful protest but very impactful. He said they have a lot more work to do and this was just the beginning of the mobilization. Anti-racism protests in Montreal demanded justice for different reasons, between George Floyd, Regis and problems in policing in Montreal. Unfortunately, the protest turned to violent ends. Montreal police declared the gathering illegal after projectiles were thrown at officers, who responded with pepper spray and tear gas. Store fronts were broken and merchandise stolen. Thousands marched to stand up for Canadians targeted for no other reason than the colour of their skin. Montreal police have been plagued by allegations of racial profiling and excessive force for years. Last fall, an independent study showed a Black person was four times more likely to be stopped by officers. Tensions are still lingering after 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed when police broke up a dice game more than a decade ago. For officers of colour, the protests are a painful reminder of the healing that needs to be done.
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Blacks, Latin Americans and South Asian Canadians are most at risk of losing their jobs and incomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic - Bengali
PRINT - Probashi Kantho - Toronto, 23/05/2020 - NEWS, Bengali
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Summary Translation: No byline - A national-level survey of Canadian studies was released last Monday. The study is based on people's ability to pay rent, pay other bills and help their families financially. The survey was conducted among 3,700 people between March 26 and April 5. Among the six ethnic groups, the most economically vulnerable Canadians are South Asians. Then there are blacks, Arabs and Chinese. Caucasians will have the least problems. About 45 per cent of South Asians, blacks and Latin Americans say they will have trouble paying rent and mortgage instalments. In comparison, 20 per cent of whites will have such a crisis. Seventy per cent of blacks, Latin Americans, Arabs, and South Asians say it is now difficult to provide financial support for their family members. In comparison, 40 per cent of Chinese and Caucasians say they are in crisis.