RADIO - CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish - Toronto, 09/06/2020 - TALK SHOW, Spanish
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Summary Description: Fabian Merlo - There is sad news out of Windsor because a young 24-year-old Mexican temporary migrant worker has died. According to radio host Fabian Merlo, there are still some myths surrounding the coronavirus, namely that young people can't get it. Syed Hussan from the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change said that this wasn't an unavoidable tragedy, adding that it's a direct result of provincial and federal immigration laws. Fabian Merlo hopes that there will be a change and that the authorities and media pay attention to this. Rogelio Muñoz Santos, who died on Friday, was diagnosed with COVID-19 just over a month ago. He left the hospital and continued having a lot of complications. They carried out a lot of tests but unfortunately nothing could be done and he died at a hospital in Windsor. Fabian Merlo wonders if his death was preventable. In a recent interview, a representative from the United Food and Commercial Workers union said a call was received about a month ago from workers at Woodside Greenhouses who said they were worried because they didn't have information or adequate equipment to protect themselves against the coronavirus. There are accusations of low pay, overcrowding, inadequate housing, and abuse, according to Fabian Merlo, who hopes that this worker's death will be a breaking point. However, he pointed out that that this worker's death has not made a major headline or impact in the media.
Communication urged to bridge the gap between international students and established citizens - Punjabi
RADIO - 1350 AM Ramz Punjabi - Brampton, 09/06/2020 - TALK SHOW, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: Host Harjinder Gill said that the gap between international students, newcomers and established citizens is a very debatable issue. Co-host Prabhjot Kainth called for communication between students and new immigrants and Canadians. She said that we need to listen to all the groups. Most students are very hard working, but any wrongdoing by a student brings a bad label to the whole community. Kainth also hinted how students in Brampton are facing issues in renting an accommodation. Gill emphasized that new immigrants, PRs, refugees or any other group should not be categorized as ‘bad’. Balwinder Gill, a guest, businessman and established citizen, said that 16 international students are working for him. He highlighted their needs and hardships and said that the students need to be supported and guided. He said that almost 90% of students come to Canada after completing grade 12 and have no idea about Canadian society and culture. He talked about language issues and said that many students also do not want to come out of their comfort zones. A former international student said that the Punjabi community in Canada has created a sub-community called international students. He called for an end to this gap. Another guest on the show also echoed the same thoughts and said that the difference between PRs and international students should end. He also highlighted the contribution of students to the Canadian economy.
As racial discrimination escalates, overseas Chinese media asks Chinese people to speak up - Chinese
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 09/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
Summary Translation: Star Net - Canada-based Chinese media Sept Days president Yin Ling said Chinese media outlets are calling on the Chinese community to be brave and fight against racial discrimination. Recently, the US has been experiencing a series of protests due to the death of a black American man, George Floyd. These protests have expanded internationally. With the outbreak of COVID-19, racial discrimination against Asian populations is more prevalent abroad. Many overseas Chinese media are hoping that they can encourage the Chinese community to speak up through reporting and following the George Floyd incident. Yin said: “Canada is a multicultural country and racism happens every now and then.” Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Asians are experiencing more unjust treatment, such as verbal abuse and twisting of the truth. Yin added: “When facing false information, the individual should respond immediately and try their best to explain.” Yin said overseas Chinese are used to remaining silent when they experience any incidents abroad. Yin is asking the overseas Chinese community to speak up and fight back, and is hoping this will inspire relevant legislation to be announced to protect the rights and interests of overseas Chinese.
Link to original article: https://info.vanpeople.com/?action-viewnews-catid-51-itemid-1083914
PRINT - South Asian Post - Vancouver, 02/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, English
Summary: Don Curry - Canada offers opportunities for everyone and the COVID-19 pandemic is not going to change that. Some have argued that it’s time to close our borders, but they aren’t looking at the big picture. The pandemic has shown us how much we rely on immigrants—working in nursing homes, hospitals, farmers’ fields, canning factories, meat packing facilities, and driving the transports that deliver our food. They own many of the restaurants that are providing take-out food. The seafood industry in the Maritimes and the agricultural sector across Canada are in peril if travel restrictions seriously affect the number of temporary workers arriving this year. Attempts to hire locally are dismal failures. In a recent interview with Toronto Star journalist Susan Delacourt, Mendicino said: “We are at a moment where we are responding to COVID-19, but we are also planning for the future. The future of this country depends on immigration. We need to continue to grow because we have an aging population, an aging workforce.” In the short term, with our economy in tatters due to the pandemic, it is somewhat understandable that some people feel we should slow down on immigration. But, this too will pass, and the need for more immigration will become more obvious.
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Link to original article: https://www.southasianpost.com/article/7649-immigrants-backbone-canadian-prosperity.html
Environmental organizations and Indigenous groups ask when monitoring of oilpatches will resume - Punjabi
RADIO - Red FM 106.7 The Evening Show - Calgary, 05/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: Monica Oberoi - Since the emergence of COVID-19, the monitoring of oilpatches has stopped in Alberta. The monitoring is conducted to determine how much smoke is being produced, to ascertain the need for repairs if greenhouse gas methane is leaking, and so on. Some First Nations and seven environmental groups have written a letter to the Energy and Environment Ministries asking when they will restart the oilpatch monitoring that had been suspended because of COVID-19. The Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, said that they want to know when monitoring will be restored. Last month, the province's energy regulator suspended environmental monitoring requirements. The regulator said the decision was made in order to protect workers from COVID-19. The NDP's Rachel Notley had even asked then for the decision to be changed because this would stop foreign investment in the energy sector. She also said that while it was considered acceptable for workers to work closely in plants, it was strange that experts' testing of air and water was not considered safe. Foreign investment will not come in if monitoring is not done regularly.
Universities could suffer a huge income deficit because of the absence of international students - Punjabi
RADIO - Red FM 106.7 The Evening Show - Calgary, 03/06/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Monica Oberoi - RBC has published a report regarding international students and people who complain about international students should listen to this report carefully. RBC has reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is a lot of strain on Canada's international student sector. There is a drop of 45% in the number of international student permits issued in the month of March 2020 as compared to the number of permits issued in March 2019. What will be the immediate impact of this? The impact of this will be evident in many areas. Higher education institutes will not receive their yearly income of $6 billion. Its ripple effect will be on Canada's GDP as well. The total spending of international students in Canada is $22 billion. Canada's economy benefits from international students even after they finish their degree - 11,000 new permanent residents every year were former students. Immigration is at a standstill and the labour force without immigration is dropping. It will be very difficult for Canada to sustain its economy without introducing new workers.
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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.
Link to original story: https://info.vanpeople.com/?action-viewnews-catid-51-itemid-1081773
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/