PRINT - Nawa-i-Pakistan - Montreal, 25/06/2020 - NEWS, p. 7, Urdu
Summary Translation: Nawa I Pakistan News - Toronto was the fastest growing city in Canada and the U.S. last year, thanks to immigration. A recent analysis out of Ryerson University concluded that Toronto saw the most growth in terms of the city and the metropolitan area, which includes municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Metropolitan Toronto grew by approximately 130,000 people in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2019. Most of these gains were led by immigration. Though the coronavirus has seen Canada’s immigration numbers fall in recent months, Toronto is still expected to see growth driven by immigration once Canada’s newcomer levels recover. Immigrants are attracted to a particular community based on a number of factors including jobs, community, settlement supports, and infrastructure such as transportation, access to housing and education. Jobs, community, and family ties, are the most important drivers, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
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WEB - Ahram-Canada - Toronto, 24/06/2020 - News, Arabic
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Summary Translation: The Ontario Premier Doug Ford said at his daily press conference that “an immigrant worker who has been wronged to contact my office, and I will take care of the issue myself.” The press conference today witnessed a long discussion about the inhumane conditions that immigrant workers are exposed to on Canadian farms in Essex-Windsor. The issue had been raised due to the spread of Coronavirus in the region, which also caused the delay in its transition to the second stage. It is reported that the Coronavirus spread occurred among immigrant workers on the farms. Ford said that a foreign worker will not be allowed to be humiliated and that they are protected just like Canadians, adding that any worker who feels wronged should contact Ford's offices and he will take care of the matter himself. It is known that there are temporary immigrant workers who come to Canada for seasonal work on farms and these are not entitled to permanent residence in Canada and will return to their country upon the end of their contract.
Link to original article: https://www.ahram-canada.com/176029/
WEB - Torontovka.com - Toronto, 16/06/2020 - NEWS, Russian
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Summary Translation: Mexico's ambassador to Canada said that Mexico won't send any more temporary foreign workers to Canada until it has more clarity on why two died due to COVID-19. That means as many as 5,000 temporary foreign workers expected to arrive in Canada in the coming months are being held back, for now. "It's so we can reassess with the federal authorities, provinces and farmers why this happened and if there is anything to correct," said Juan Jose Gomez Camacho. The two men were employed by different farms in the Windsor, Ont., area, a farming heartland in southwestern Ontario that has seen ongoing outbreaks. The article says that the decision to hit pause is a further blow to the agriculture industry, which has been struggling to find enough labour to handle this year's planting and harvest season. Mexicans make up about half of the temporary foreign worker population employed in the agriculture sector, which in 2018 meant there were 25,060 people employed on farms, in greenhouses and other related jobs.
Link to original article: https://www.torontovka.com/news/canada/2020-06-16/31610.html
PRINT - Iran Javan - Toronto, 11/06/2020 - NEWS, Farsi
Summary Translation: They call them the “guardian angels,” the thousands of personal support workers (PSWs), orderlies, cooks and janitors who have been toiling for months in Quebec’s beleaguered and often overwhelmed long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent days, one subset of this overworked, underpaid work force has received a lot of attention – asylum seekers. Why? Because, despite doing essential work that no one else would do and literally putting their lives at risk, juggling multiple part-time gigs for as little as $13 an hour, many of these front-line workers could face deportation. That is disgraceful and un-Canadian.
WEB - Canada Alyoum - Toronto, 10/06/2020 - NEWS, Arabic
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Summary Translation: In recognition of their efforts during the outbreak of the coronavirus, the federal government is developing a special program to grant permanent residence to asylum seekers who worked on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic. This interim measure is expected to cover all regions of Canada. Still, it is unclear how many asylum seekers will benefit from this program, as most of them are likely to be from Quebec. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino submitted a proposal on this program late Tuesday to the Coronavirus Cabinet Committee. This federal proposal is awaiting approval by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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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.
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 - 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.
TV - OMNI 1 TV 8:00 PM Italian News - Toronto, 23/05/2020 - FEATURE, Italian
Summary Translation: Valeria Lorenzetti - The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the situation for asylum seekers in Canada. A lot of asylum seekers work as front-line workers in Quebec. According to the Maison d'Haiti, at least 1,000 of the 5,000 Haitian asylum seekers who crossed at Roxham Road work in seniors' long-term care homes. One Nigerian lady who crossed at Roxham Road in 2018 with her husband and three children works in a long-term care home seven days a week. She has contracted COVID-19 due to a lack of personal protective equipment. She had wanted to leave the job because they were not given proper protective equipment, but she changed her mind because of the impact that would have on the seniors. Now that she is COVID-positive, she is home without any income and her employer does not return her calls. Refugee advocates including the Maison d'Haiti have presented a petition to the federal government to give status to asylum applicants who are front-line workers. Maison d'Haiti Director General Marjorie Villefranche said you are not going to say to all those people on the front line during this terrible situation, "Thank you very much, now go back to your country." Premier Legault's CAQ was the only party in Quebec to vote against a motion to ask the federal government to give preferential treatment to front-line workers who are asylum claimants.