Most of the international students were deprived of financial support - Punjabi
PRINT - Hamdard Daily - Toronto, 23/06/2020 - News, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: The majority of international students did not receive the federal aid package for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian government notes on its website that CERB is available for those residing in Canada who are at least 15 years old, have stopped working for COVID-19-related reasons, have earned at least CAD $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application, and who have not quit their job voluntarily. However, international students do not earn enough from their part-time jobs to make them eligible for the scheme. Only 20% of foreign students have received the benefit. Akash Sharma, who came to Canada three years ago on a study visa, said that the government had allowed international students to work for 40 hours a week after the spread of the coronavirus. However, he said that businesses closed due to the pandemic and many international students have lost their jobs. Foreign students who do not qualify for the COVID-19 emergency benefit are expressing their dismay over the lack of support because they have to pay rent and get groceries.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 18/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: No Byline - Although some countries shut themselves down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada believes that we must now work more closely with international trading partners than ever before to allow small businesses, families, workers and all Canadians to benefit. On June 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Ng had a virtual summit with 12 international partners of the Ottawa Group. The Group worked together to maintain trade in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, smoothen the supply chain, and support inclusiveness and sustainability. Ng said: “There is no doubt that Canadians rely on trade, whether you are a manufacturer who needs certain materials to produce a ventilator, or a family that needs life-saving medicines. Bringing our Ottawa Group partners together through a virtual network is an excellent opportunity. This summit will let us discuss how we can work together to keep the goods and services unimpeded, promote the rule-based trading system to be more modern, and support our people. Canada will continue to play a leading role on the world stage, so that our businesses, workers, and all Canadians can benefit from trade. More importantly, Canada will pave the way in the world after the COVID-19 pandemic towards more sustainable and prosperous development.”
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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.
PRINT - Goniec - Toronto, 27/05/2020 - NEWS, p. 5, Polish
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Summary Translation: No byline - Public Safety Canada and the RCMP have confirmed there are systemic sustainability challenges impacting the whole of the RCMP. The RCMP‘s costly contract policing obligations across Canada are draining resources from the force’s federal duties. Over 60 per cent of the RCMP’s budget and over 70 per cent of the force’s officers are assigned to contract policing in 153 municipalities, the three territories, and all provinces but Ontario and Quebec.
Trudeau open to regularizing status of asylum seekers who work in CHSLD - Spanish
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.
WEB - Dushi.ca - Markham, 24/05/2020 - NEWS, Chinese
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Summary Translation: With women bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal officials are trying to figure out how recovery efforts can help get women back to work, earning more money and securing more stable jobs. Jennifer Robson, a social policy expert from Carleton University, says temporary layoffs and reduced hours could quickly turn into permanent layoffs if businesses are ready to reopen but parents who don't have child care can't go back. Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen has been leading an internal effort to determine how federal spending on child care can be better targeted. Experts and stakeholders have told him Ottawa can help provinces and territories address the patchwork of child-care options across the country.
TV - OMNI 1 TV 8:00 PM Italian News - Toronto, 22/05/2020 - FEATURE, Italian
Summary Translation: Canadian Medical Association's Dr. Sandy Buchman has warned that more needs to be done to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus infection as the country proceeds with the gradual opening up. He said unless we take additional precautions and gather more information, we won't be prepared for a second wave. For example, we need more PPE, a better understanding of the exposure of front-line health care workers and information on whether grocery clerks or transit drivers are becoming infected because they are exposed to large numbers of people. He also said testing and contact tracing needs to improve. In addition, he pointed out that doctors and other healthcare workers experience high levels of burn-out at the best of times. A survey 1 1/2 years ago showed that 80% of doctors reported high resilience, and yet about a third of them were experiencing significant burn-out. The first wave of the COVID-19 has been likened to the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919. University of Ottawa Math Professor Robert Smith said with the Spanish Flu, the second wave was 45 times larger than the first wave, and the first wave for COVID-19 looks very similar to the first wave of the Spanish Flu. Dr. Doug Manuel of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Clinical Epidemiology research program said people have a range in their optimism. When people said at first that 50-70% of people would get COVID, he didn't think that would happen because people were going to clamp down as the numbers increased. This is not destiny, it's in our hands, and we have successfully flattened the curve.
RADIO - CJMR 1320 AM Radio 7 Zycie - Mississauga, 25/05/2020 - NEWS, Polish
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Translated Summary: Tomasz Piwowarek - Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President Dr. Sandy Buchman warns that Canada is not fully prepared for a second wave of COVID-19. Dr. Sandy Buchman told the Senate's social affairs committee that Canada cannot handle a second wave of COVID-19 cases. A shortage of personal protective equipment and poor testing numbers are leaving Canadians vulnerable. British Columbia's top doctor says that a second wave of COVID-19 is inevitable in Canada.
PRINT - Hamdard Daily - Toronto, 24/05/2020 - News, p. 5, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: The Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic and Green parties are all leaning on the 75 per cent federal wage subsidy program to keep staff on amid the COVID-19 crisis, CTV News has confirmed. The Bloc Québécois, however, has not applied and does not plan on applying, it says. The party is critical of the other major political parties for accessing the aid program. The NDP filed their application on Friday, and shortly afterwards, the Liberal Party of Canada, Conservative Party of Canada and Green Party of Canada confirmed they had applied as well. Both the Conservatives and Liberals have already received funding to allow them to keep paying their employees’ salaries after seeing political donations dry up. Conservative Party spokesperson Cory Hann told CTV News that the federal party — which is in the middle of a leadership race — is also accessing the program to help supplement the wages of its staff, which between full-time and part-time include around 60 people. “Like many Canadians, organizations, and not-for-profits, COVID-19 measures are having an impact on our team, party, and operations, and we’re doing our best to adjust to this new reality. This has meant incurring unexpected expenses that ensure our staff have the ability and technology to work remotely for an extended period,” Hann said.
Trudeau says citizens should wear masks to stave off second COVID-19 wave - Tamil
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.