PRINT - Contacto Directo - Vancouver, 22/05/2020 - EDITORIAL, p.12, Spanish
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Summary Translation: Canada took a pioneering decision in 1971: the adoption of multiculturalism as a state policy. Over 45 years later, cultural diversity is one of Canada's identity markers. "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Like other American countries, present day Canadian society is the result of a mix of Indigenous and colonial cultures, as well as those brought by immigrants during different historical time periods.
RADIO - CHTO AM 1690 Bhakhde Mudde - Toronto, 28/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
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Description: Arshdeep Singh - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t ruling out the idea of a four-day work week in Canada as a way to boost the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if we talk about immigrant communities, they come to Canada to strengthen themselves financially. Many people from Punjab, India who come to this country, whether as international students, on a work permit or as skilled immigrants, have a dream of a better life including strengthening their economic situation in Canada. Economically, they start from scratch here. They need to work hard for 7 days a week to establish themselves in this country. Less working days would mean less money for them. Therefore, a four-day work week may not suit them.
RADIO - Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto - Brampton, 28/05/2020 - PHONE IN, Punjabi
Summary Description: Dalhousie University will be moving most of its fall courses online as physical distancing restrictions remain in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the international students' program is facing challenges due to a drop in applications. University President Deep Saini spoke with Red FM radio host on this situation. Saini said that the Halifax university closed its campus in March and moved its courses online until its fall semester amid rising COVID-19 concerns. However, Saini said that the university is considering resume in-person classes for some programs requiring experiential learning, like medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and agriculture, but in a safe environment that abides by Nova Scotia's public health protocols. Saini further said that the university has received more applications than the past year from both domestic and international students and the offers are also being accepted. However, the students are waiting for the travel restrictions to be lifted. He also said that a large number of students come from India and China, but they are unable to travel at this time. According to Saini, the September enrollment is expected to drop, but how much will be clear in June, when the registrations start. Saini said the university is investing more than $1 million on "technology development, additional online instruction training and increased online supports for students" to make the transition easier for students and faculty. Saini also gave an update on the COVID -19 vaccine project at Dalhousie University.
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.
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.
WEB - Canadian Filipino Net - Vancouver, 26/05/2020 - EDITORIAL, English
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Summary: Maria Veronica Caparas - Many Filipino women who come to Canada to work as caregivers are highly educated in their native country. A number of Filipinos in Canada answer to the title of “caregivers” and/or “nannies” to the extent that long-time Canadian immigrants from Europe and England think that any highly skilled Filipinos move to Canada to work as nannies. Training in caregiving counts as one of the skillset programs that the Philippine government’s labour export policy made accessible to Filipinos in the early 2000s. Caregiving skills matched the needs of Canada’s graying population, and opened wide Canada’s gate to highly skilled Filipinos or those educated in professional degrees such as commerce, education, nursing, or physical therapy. Despite their home-earned professional degrees that Canada has yet to recognize, many Filipinos remain nannies for a number of reasons. First, Filipinos find it hard to start from scratch. Earning another degree, taking courses, or writing exams for better paying jobs requires a lot of time and money. Second, Filipinos take pride in their skills as caregivers. Such skills expand their social capital, i.e., they bring their families, relatives, and friends to Canada and establish a wide social-cum-political network for timely appropriations and interventions. This social capital likewise translates into financial capital not only for their next-of-kin but also for the Philippine coffers. It appears that Filipinos, consciously or unconsciously, are complicit in the making of abusive, exploitative, and unjust European-Canadian employers. It also appears that some European-Canadian employers milk their Filipino caregivers dry, silence them through exhaustion in manual labour, and perpetuate the colonizer stance toward the once colonized and subdued. This case extends to the larger political spaces where Canada and the Philippines wield their wares to the advantage of the powerful and the detriment of the powerless.
WEB - Noticias Montreal - Montreal, 26/05/2020 - NEWS, Spanish
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Summary Translation: María Gabriela Aguzzi V. - The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that many of the workers in long-term senior care homes are asylum seekers with irregular status. Therefore, many people have been advocating in recent weeks for the government to allow the asylum seekers to stay in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he is not opposed to this option, recognizing that exceptional situations require exceptional measures. Trudeau said that the federal government could find a way to regularize the status of these people. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino is already in charge of finding a way forward in accordance with what the prime minister said: "We are analyzing how we can recognize this work in order to be able to accelerate the process." Meanwhile, the Quebec government said that it expects to consider the applications of asylum seekers who work in care homes as a priority.
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 - 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.
Recognizing history of Black nurses: A first step to addressing racism and discrimination in nursing - Caribbean
WEB - Pride (web version) - Ajax, 12/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, English
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Summary: Keisha Jefferies - During the coronavirus pandemic, nurses are among the nation’s front-line workers. Over the years and to this day, the contributions of Black nurses are hard-fought, unrecognized and under-appreciated. The year 2020 is the year of the nurse and midwife. Yet, Canada’s history of racism and segregation has contributed to residual anti-Black racism that remains present in Canadian nursing. Overall, Black nurses are largely absent from leadership positions and specialty practice areas such as intensive care. Instead, Black nurses are often streamlined into areas that are more physically demanding and strenuous. At the same time, Black people are concentrated in entry-level positions, non-specialty roles or in non-licensed clinical roles such as personal care workers. Beyond physical challenges and visibility, Black nurses are subjected to micro-agressions and racism from patients, colleagues and superiors. Men who enter nursing usually ride the glass escalator: leadership, higher wages and other substantial advantages. It’s a marked contrast to Black women who do not encounter a glass ceiling but rather they hit a concrete wall from simultaneous racism and sexism; their existence is invisible, yet their mistakes and flaws are amplified. Anti-Black racism in nursing is detrimental to Black nurses and to the health of all Canadians, especially since Black folks suffer from high rates of chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and mental illness. Despite the persistence of anti-Blackness in society, nursing education and health care, Black nurses continue to provide care. Now, more than ever, we must recognize and celebrate their contributions.