RADIO - East FM 102.7 - Toronto, 21/05/2020 - Analysis, Tamil
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Summary Translation: If Canadians want to avoid more pandemic-induced lockdowns, they need to do their part in keeping an expected second wave of COVID-19 infections under control by wearing masks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. As authorities prepare for a possible new surge of COVID-19 infections in the fall, key to controlling future outbreaks will be individual actions that citizens take, including wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible, Trudeau said. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer for Canada, has recommended Canadians wear non-medical face masks in public when they aren’t sure they will be able to physically distance. Meanwhile face masks are dangerous to the health of some Canadians and problematic for some others say Dr. Tam. “Be very aware of those with different types of cognitive, intellectual disabilities, those who are hearing impaired and others,” Dr. Tam said. “Don’t assume that someone who isn’t wearing a mask or is wearing something different doesn’t have an actual reason for it,” she added. Meanwhile, Asthma Canada‘s president says that simply wearing a mask could create risk of an asthma attack.
TV - Fairchild TV British Columbia - Vancouver, 21/05/2020 - News, Cantonese
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Description: No byline - B.C. Liberals held a round table conference to talk about the several cases of racism against Chinese people in the province in the wake of COVID-19. They suggested that the media should use a more objective tone when reporting news about COVID-19. This could be the first step in helping to stop hatred towards Chinese people.
RADIO - Red FM 93.1 Punjabi Morning - Vancouver, 20/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Harjinder Thind - This pandemic caused immense sorrow - people got sick and died. However, some good things also happened like in relation to the environment and spending time with family. This has been a great time to boost the contribution and image of women in society. Women are included only in small numbers in the decisions made in board rooms. Boardrooms are usually predominated by middle-aged balding men. Now you will see that, since Prime Minister Trudeau made the first move towards gender balance, the number of women in boardrooms is increasing. During this COVID-19 crisis, women have shined. Of the 14 top healthcare officers, seven are women and they have done their job wonderfully. While they have shown excellent leadership, they also did not shy away from showing their emotions. Two names are worth mentioning here. One of them is Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and the other is BC's Dr. Bonnie Henry. When at the height of difficulty Ontario's care homes were overwhelmed with death, Theresa Tam, despite criticism, stood her ground with a steely voice, keeping her emotions in control - even a man may not have been able to do so. On the other hand when Dr. Bonnie Henry appealed to people to maintain a distance of six feet with tears in her eyes, her request was adhered to in a way that maybe could not have been achieved even with a martial law in place. Dr. Bonnie Henry's tears were not a symbol of her weakness but a symbol of her passion with which she maintained firmness. Now, in the post-corona world the value of female leadership may increase. The expression of emotions by leaders should not be deemed their weakness. People will demand more such female leaders and male leaders who do not hide their true emotions from people. We congratulate these female leaders.
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 - Torontovka.com - Toronto, 19/05/2020 - NEWS, 1 page web, Russian
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Summary Translation: no byline - LuxMea, a multidisciplinary design studio with offices in Toronto and Boston, is working with Health Canada and testing their products at the University of Toronto so they can distribute them to frontline healthcare workers. LuxMea has an idea for a face mask that goes beyond the usual cotton or polyester varieties. They have raised over $100,000 to begin the mass production of masks made by 3D printers. What sets these masks apart is that they will be made using AI (artificial intelligence) technology so that they are individually tailored to each wearer. Each mask will be lightweight, flexible and glasses-friendly to prevent fog — a common issue with many cotton masks. They will also come with replaceable filters, making them reusable, durable and washable. The way personalization will work is that measurements for each individual customer will be taken online to generate the desired fit. The masks with then be 3D-printed by LuxMea's partner Shapeways, the largest 3D printing manufacturer in the world, and delivered directly to the customer's home.
RADIO - 1350 AM Ramz Punjabi - Brampton, 14/05/2020 - TALK SHOW, 10 mins, Punjabi
Summary: Bobby Sidhu, a guest on the show said that Peter MacKay, a Conservative leadership candidate is a big name in Nova Scotia and in Atlantic Canada. He held a number of portfolios under former prime minister Stephen Harper. When the leadership election was called, it was thought that it is going to be more like a coronation for Peter MacKay. Erin O’Toole was a veteran minister in the Harper cabinet. He has served in the Canadian army. He has also worked as a corporate lawyer. Both the candidates - MacKay and O’Toole - are considered front runners. Other leadership hopefuls, Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan are big names among social conservatives. Another guest, Harry Dhaliwal said that Peter MacKay is the founding member of the Conservative Party, and most people know his name. Erin O’Toole came into the picture after 2012. Lewis represents minorities. Dhaliwal said that there were 7 leadership candidates, but the fee of $300,000 has made it difficult for some candidates to qualify. However, MacKay and O’Toole are popular in our community. We do not need to tell the community members who to vote for, but candidates should talk about their plans and policies and let the community decide who they want to vote for in this leadership race. Host Harjinder Gill said that the enthusiasm about the Conservative leadership race that used to be very high in the Brampton community has been observed to be very low this time, maybe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
Black nurses meet a number of barriers in health-care practice. Photo credit: (c) Can Stock Photo / michaeljung
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.
WEB - Wiadomosci - Toronto, 16/05/2020 - NEWS, Polish
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Summary Translation: No byline - Air Canada will lay off more than half of its 38,000 employees next month as it grapples with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada, the country's largest airline, has - along with its competitors - seen demand for air travel evaporate amid ongoing border shutdowns and confinement measures, prompting the airline to ground some 225 airplanes and slash flight capacity by 95 per cent. Although air travel is expected to pick up somewhat before year's end, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said recovery will be slow, with at least three years of subpar earnings.
WEB - Darpan Magazine - Vancouver, 15/05/2020 - News, English
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Summary: British Columbia's minister responsible for multiculturalism says she can no longer remain silent about the rising number of hate crimes toward people of Asian heritage during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Anne Kang says she is deeply saddened by the recent rise in physical and verbal attacks as well as an increase in vandalism. Kang says she is "compelled as a government representative, immigrant and British Columbian to speak out against these vicious acts." The Vancouver Police Department has reported that the number of anti-Asian, hate-related crimes spiked in April, with 11 occurring last month, compared with 12 for all of 2019. "Chinese Canadians have deep roots in this province," Kang says. "Over many generations, Chinese Canadians have worked alongside all British Columbians to build the vibrant, multicultural society we enjoy today" she added. Kang has called on victims or witnesses to report hate crimes to police and urges all B.C. residents to "stand together and condemn these actions that seek to divide." Meanwhile NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Bowinn Ma has also spoken on the importance of inclusiveness with a jump in anti-Asian hate crimes during COVID-19.
RADIO - CJMR 1320 Apna Punjab - Toronto, 14/05/2020 - TALK SHOW, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: Host Davinder Bains talked about the Conservative Party leadership race. Co-host Charandeep said that the deadline to become a member who is eligible to cast a ballot is May 15. He urged community members who want to vote to elect a new Conservative leader, but are still not a member of the Conservative Party they have until Friday, May 15 to obtain a membership. Charandeep shared his contact details and said that those who have any questions regarding membership may call him. Discussing the leadership candidates further, Charandeep said that Erin O’Toole is leading the race. However, he is supporting Peter MacKay to lead the Party. He said that he appreciates Andrew Scheer, but his efforts didn’t work. Bains and Charandeep urged community members to participate in the leadership vote.