TV - OMNI 1 TV 8:00 PM Italian News - Toronto, 17/06/2020 - FEATURE, Italian
Summary Translation: Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino addressed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Immigration to address how his department has been affected by the pandemic. He spoke about the refugees and asylum seekers who worked on the front-line in the fight against COVID-19. He said these uncommon acts of sacrifice and heroism should embolden us to fight against the stigma that refugees and asylum seekers are merely a burden. They are not. They are here to contribute. He said they are putting forward in the supplementary estimates proposed $102.5 million reprofiled from the previous fiscal year for the interim housing assistance program.
WEB - Vansky - Vancouver, 15/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: No Byline - After a 15-year-old Chinese boy was beaten by a White man for no reason, the Chinese in Saskatchewan finally stood up to fight against racial discrimination in relation to the coronavirus. On June 14, 200-300 Chinese residents of Saskatoon gathered in Kingsman Park to oppose racist behavior in the province. According to participants of the rally, there was more racial discrimination against the Chinese community since the pandemic, and some people accused the Chinese of being carriers of the virus. Earlier on May 22, a 15-year-old Chinese boy who lived in Saskatchewan was beaten by a 40-year-old White male while he rode his bicycle in the park. According to the media, the boy’s father, Mr. Chen said the man pushed his son to the ground, punched him in the head, and accused him of bringing the COVID-19 to Saskatchewan. In order to prevent more Chinese from being bullied, the Chinese community in Saskatchewan decided to unite against racial discrimination. Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark made a speech at the rally, expressing his anger about this incident and hoped that Saskatoon will be a harmonious society again. Netizens who participated in the rally said it was very well organized
Link to original article: https://www.vansky.com/news/soci/177620.html
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
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/
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.