PRINT - Probashi Kantho - Toronto, 23/05/2020 - ARTICLE, Bengali
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Summary Translation: No byline - According to CBC News, people from specific socio-economic conditions or socio-economic communities in Toronto are being infected with the coronavirus to a greater extent than others. Toronto Medical Officer Eileen de Villa said. She told reporters that people in low-income areas of Toronto who are recent immigrants and people with high levels of unemployment are more likely to be affected by corona than others and have a higher rate of hospitalization. The same picture has been seen in Montreal. According to a report by CBC News, the worst affected areas are the poorer areas of Montreal. And most of the people living in these poor areas are from immigrant communities in Asia or Africa. They work mainly on the frontline and on low pay. Many of these health workers live in those poor areas. About half of Toronto's residents live in places where maintaining social distance is a really difficult task. If you need to get out of the apartment for an emergency, there is a chance that someone will come too close. And in that case, the level of risk also increases.
RADIO - WTOR 770 AM Radio South Asian Pulse Prime Time - Mississauga, 25/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Host Yudhvir Jaswal talked about the issue of women being harassed by Punjabi males. He said that it has become increasingly difficult for women and girls to do groceries at three strip malls in Brampton, including the famous Sheridan College plaza near McLauglin and Steels. The same situation is occurring at anther plaza located at Ray Lawson and McLaughlin. Jaswal said that women being harassed in these areas is not new. He has talked about it to the Peel Police. Jaswal said that he will share a report on the issue soon to tell what local authorities - Brampton MPs, MPPs, the mayor and councillors - are doing about this. Jaswal said that he doesn’t know whether the Mayor of Brampton is aware that Brampton has been included in the “Hall of Shame” and that women are scared of doing the groceries amid the COVID-19 crisis.
TV - Zee TV Canada - GTA Round Up - Toronto, 21/05/2020 - FEATURE, Punjabi
Summary Description: City Councillor Rowena Santos recognized the significant strain COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families across Brampton. As Co-Lead of the Social Support Task Force, together with Councillor Jeff Bowman, she has seen the dedication and support of so many who have stepped up to serve those in need. Residents are being challenged because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and the disruptions to daily life. These challenges can result in a low mood, worry, anxiety, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. It's important for people to realize that they are not alone and that there is help available. Councillors struggle as well and reach out for support, so viewers should do the same. There are numerous organizations in Peel who provide support and information for mental health, including Peel Public Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin. Several organizations offer free meals and food hampers.
TV - OMNI TV Focus Punjabi - Toronto, 19/05/2020 - FEATURE, 5 min, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: The Region of Peel is working with Peel Police, the school board and community partners to develop a Community Safety and Well-being Plan. Facilitator of the Plan Manvir Bhangu said there are three areas of focus. One is mental health and addictions. Many in the community use alcohol or drugs, and this is a big issue to address. Another area is discrimination and racism. This also has a gender angle. The third area is family violence. They want to understand these areas better, including the reasons, and how to prevent the issues. The Region is holding consultations through virtual sessions and will prepare a report. The reporter passed on the PeelCSWB social media handle and email. Indus Community Services CEO Gurpreet Malhotra said services addressing violence in the home have not grown with the population. We erect barrier upon barrier and then act surprised when our families face horrible challenges. Bhangu said they are doing research and talking to families, youth and service providers and will write a report addressing actions that youth, families and organizations can take. People can come forward and talk to them one-on-one about their needs and the gaps they see.
WEB - Urdu Times - Toronto, 09/05/2020 - NEWS, Urdu
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Summary Translation: No byline - Canada Post's main plant in Calgary has six confirmed cases of COVID-19. That news was confirmed by Dr. Deena Hinshaw. "I understand that there are six cases at that location," she said, before adding that the process was being followed to determine the identities of the cases, the timeframe of transmission and anyone else who's had close contact with that person, who would then be required to be home and undergo self-isolation for 14 days. Canada Post issued a statement Friday evening, where they said the cases occurred at separate times over a three-week period, starting April 20. "Some of the employees have not been in the building since early April," it said. "In the most recent case, the employee hadn't been in the building since May 5."
PRINT - Can India News - Mississauga, 08/05/2020 - Editorial, P.3, English
Summary: Pradip Rodrigues - Last week Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga and other cities in Ontario began granting for the first time all local mosques permission to broadcast the call to prayer called "the Azan" over speakers at sunset every day during Ramadan for a maximum of five minutes. Municipalities are mindful of the fact that Muslims are unable to get to their mosques as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown thought this was a good gesture. Mayor Bonnie Crombie managed to pass a unanimous resolution amending the city noise bylaw that will legalize the blaring of loudspeakers at all Mississauga mosques. Cities have suspended their Noise Control By-Law up to May 24 and by and large, most people are too preoccupied with their changed circumstances brought about by COVID-19 to bother with protesting the Muslim call for prayer, but in cities like Mississauga and Brampton, there has been a swift backlash in the form of fierce online protests and petitions not to grant mosques permission to broadcast the Azan for several reasons. They fear that this could become a permanent and symbolic thing. If it was possible to congregate, hundreds would be out protesting outside Mississauga’s City Hall. Mississauga resident Ram Subramaniam who is part of the Peel Region group Keep Religion Out Of Peel Region Schools (KROOPS), announced a plan to launch a constitutional challenge against the change of Mississauga’s noise laws and is receiving plenty of monetary support for this cause through a Facebook page that has a growing number of followers. “This is not about religion or being against Islam. This is about the separation of religion and state and preventing any group trying to throw their religion on others via loudspeakers that blare religious messages into the privacy of homes,” he said. In places like Mississauga, which is home to a large South Asian population, this controversy is the latest to divide people along religious lines.
WEB - Gazeta - Toronto, 09/05/2020 - NEWS, Polish
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Summary Translation: The ActiveTO plan is under development in Toronto to help people move more while maintaining social distance. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) spokesperson Stuart Green said the transit service does not have immediate plans to increase service levels despite the expected increase in ridership. The transit agency has been operating service levels at between 70% and 80% of regular capacity throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, even as ridership plunged by at least 80% and about 1,200 employees had to be temporarily laid off. Earlier, it was reported that Toronto is beginning to reduce the restrictions that have kept residents at home for most of the past two months and that the TTC is preparing to increase passenger numbers. Ideas are being considered, such as ordering passengers to wear masks, modifying stations to allow distancing, and asking employers to hire employees for shifts so that some passengers use the TTC during off-peak hours.
PRINT - Hamdard Daily - Toronto, 07/05/2020 - NEWS, p. 1, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: At least ten taxi drivers who operate taxis from Pearson International Airport in Toronto have lost their lives due to coronavirus infection so far. The president of the Airport Taxi Association, which has 350 taxis and 700 member drivers, Rajinder Aujla, has expressed anguish at the tragedy saying no effective measures have been taken for the safety of drivers while we know people from all over the world have been landing at the airport.
PRINT - Contacto Directo - Vancouver, 01/05/2020 - NEWS, Spanish
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Summary Translation: No byline - In Montreal North, a culture of helping others, combined with close living quarters, has led to the creation of a hot spot in Quebec for COVID-19. Almost a quarter of the 1,100 people infected are health workers. The area is home for many new immigrants attracted to working as assistants for nurses and caregivers. The residents of the city have been sent in recent weeks to long-term care homes without staff in the province where the virus has been the worst. "These people arrive in Canada and Quebec and want to work, and it's the first job that is offered to them. And then the government, or the placement agencies for which they work, send them to seniors' homes, often totally unprotected, and then they get infected and return to their small apartments. It's very sad," said Paule Robitaille, MNA for Bourassa-Sauve and opposition critic for international relations and La Francophonie.
WEB - Philippine Canadian Inquirer - National, 06/05/2020 - NEWS, English
Summary: Joanna Belle Deala - A young Asian woman was suddenly punched in the face by an unidentified man while she was just standing at a bus stop in downtown Vancouver, according to Vancouver Police. In a media briefing on Tuesday, May 5, Sergeant Aaron Roed, media relations officer for the Vancouver Police Department, said the assault happened last April 12 near Granvill and West Pender Streets. In the footage released by the authorities, the suspect was seen walking towards the direction of the 22-year-old woman when he suddenly punched her in the face, making the victim fall to the ground. The motive behind the assault is yet to be identified. Although this happened amid the rising reports of incidents of discrimination and unfair treatment against people with Asian heritage as they are being wrongfully blamed for the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Roed said they refuse to speculate on the suspect’s motive. “This is why we want to identify the attacker, so we can rule anything out and find out if this is a hate crime,” he said. Roed said the VPD’s diversity and hate crime department is already working with major-crime detectives on the assault.
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Link to the original article: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2020/05/06/unidentified-man-punches-young-asian-woman-in-the-face-in-vancouver/