RADIO - CHHA AM 1610 Voces Latinas - Toronto, 19/06/2020 - NEWS, Spanish
Summary Translation: The Ford government plans to reduce the number of statutory holidays for frontline retail employees from nine to three. Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi said the union participated in a technical meeting with the office of Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson. They were told the number of holidays would be reduced to three: Christmas, Good Friday and Canada Day. The two-year pilot project proposed by the government would allow retail stores to stay open six additional days to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rizvi said these holidays are often the only time off retail workers are guaranteed. She informed Thompson's office that the union is completely opposed to the proposal. The union was told that municipalities can choose not to participate, but they would have to approve regulations to opt out. The proposal comes right after Loblaws, Metro, Walmart and Sobeys ended pandemic pay increases for their employees. Unifor represents about 2,000 retail workers and leads the effort to make fair pay permanent.
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.
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.
PRINT - Le Franco - Edmonton, 14/05/2020 - ARTICLE, French
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Summary Translation: Anam Kiani - The Réseau santé albertain and Alberta Health Services are improving access to health services in French and are showing solidarity with all the francophone organizations. Director of the Réseau santé albertain Paul Denis thanked all health care providers. He particularly appreciated the remarkable work of Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and of Alberta Health Services in keeping Francophones informed. He emphasized that "Alberta Health Services have made a considerable effort to provide services and information in French during the pandemic. AHS has translated many of its COVID-19 resources in the most in-demand languages, and French was one of the first languages in which the material was made available. They published seven documents and a video on social distancing in French, according to Media Relations Consultant Sabrina Atwal. New advice becoming available is sent to translation services right away. AHS also offers medical interpretation services 24/7 in 300 languages.
Alberta’s anti-racism advisory council member speaks about racism in the province - Cantonese
RADIO - Fairchild Radio FM 94.7 Focus - Calgary, 11/05/2020 - COMMENTARY, Cantonese
Summary Translation: Teresa Woo-Paw and Forest - Teresa Woo-Paw, former MLA, active member of Alberta’s anti-racism advisory council and president of the Action Chinese Canadians Together Foundation, was invited to speak about the current racial discrimination behaviour in Alberta and Canada. The host, Forest, brought up that the recent Cargill plant outbreak caused the Filipino community to be discriminated against. Since the plant was mostly occupied by Filipino workers, the Alberta community blamed the outbreak on them. Woo-Paw said it is a growing phenomenon across Canada. Forest is wondering if Canada has any plans to address this situation. Woo-Paw’s foundation is currently working with the Chinese senior community to gather support and create education materials for Albertans. This will help Chinese Albertans know what resources they have if they are experiencing racism. Woo-Paw also wants to take this opportunity to engage Caucasian community members to teach them how to be allies of the Chinese when they see racist behaviour occur. With the provinces slowly reopening, Woo-Paw said they will continue monitoring the situation by seeing if companies will stop hiring racialized employees after the pandemic. She also said it is important to promote the mechanism of reporting a complaint. Most Chinese Canadians are afraid to report an incident because of the fear of retaliation by the abuser. Woo-Paw said the reporting mechanism is also critical to inform all levels of government on priorities of addressing racism in the province.
RADIO - Red FM 106.7 Roshni - Calgary, 08/05/2020 - NEWS, Punjabi
Summary Translation: Amanjot Singh Pannu - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said that small businesses are worried about various factors with regard to the economy resuming. According to the federation, Alberta's small businesses are troubled by how much their work structure will be impacted when they reopen their businesses. The biggest concern regards maintaining social distance in the workplace, with 56% of businesses rating this as their number-one concern, while 54% are concerned about understanding the new rules and 53% about providing services to customers in the workplace. CFIB Executive Vice President Laura Jones said that three-quarters of the businesses want to give up government help as soon as possible and begin their own sales. CFIB also said that all small businesses want to ensure everyone's protection from the coronavirus.
Victoria group to lead anti-racism program amid recent attacks during pandemic - Chinese
WEB - Sing Tao Vancouver - Vancouver, 06/05/2020 - News, Chinese
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Summary Translation: No byline - The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society has been tapped by the province to help communities deal with hate activity and racism amid what the B.C. government describes as a rise in attacks against people of Asian heritage. Executive director David Lau said the group "is very proud to lead the important work being done in B.C. communities to stop the spread of racism and end the recent spikes in hate crimes." The society has been given $240,000 for the year. The group hopes to meet with community leaders from around the province. B.C.'s Minister of Citizens' Services Anne Kang said recent allegations of racially motivated attacks toward people of Asian heritage during the COVID 19 pandemic have been very concerning.
Finger pointed at the province: ‘We have to protect the most vulnerable’ - Italian
PRINT - Corriere Canadese- Toronto, 22/04/2020 - NEWS, Italian
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Translated Summay: No byline - According to the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the province must do more to protect the most vulnerable. CEO Doris Grinspun said residents of long-term homes, the homeless, and Indigenous communities require greater protection in the battle against COVID-19. We are ensuring that long-term care residences have the personal protective equipment they need, Premier Doug Ford said Monday. Meanwhile, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa is continuing to put pressure on the province to conduct further testing in facilities that host large numbers of people, like refugee shelters.
What risks do Alberta taxpayers bear from the provincial government’s pipeline investment? - Cantonese
RADIO - Fairchild Radio FM 94.7 Focus - Calgary, 20/04/2020 - COMMENTARY, Cantonese
Translated Summary: Forest and Teddy - Both the Alberta and federal governments believe the project will provide material benefits to both the province’s government revenues and the wider Canadian economy. In addition, TC Energy plans to purchase the provincial government’s equity once the project is complete. As long as the pipeline generates revenue for the provincial government, then the government will be at low risk. However, Alberta’s energy sector is also contingent on the political climate in the US. Currently, the US Republicans' policies resonate most closely with Alberta’s vision for the energy sector. But with calls for more environmental protection, energy sector policies will be further impacted. For example, more consultation with Indigenous communities will be required before a project gets approved. Forest said the Alberta government wanted to take this opportunity to demonstrate leadership by making an investment and boost investors’ confidence in the oil and gas industry. They want to show that Alberta is fully in support of the development of the energy sector. Teddy said if the Alberta government didn’t make an investment, it is unlikely the pipeline construction would begin. Forest pointed out that the current bill C-48 and C-69 will also impact the energy sector. Both hosts agree that the long-term concern is the oil price. Newfoundland attempted to invest in their own energy sector once but overestimated the return on investment. Consequently, the province was not even close to reaching their projected goal. Forest said the provincial government should be held responsible for making an unrealistic projection. Lastly, the international market also has a significant impact on North American oil prices. It is evident that Saudi Arabia's and Russia’s oil price war has impacted North American oil prices. The hosts said we will have to wait until after the summer to see how long-lasting the international impacts will be on the oil and gas industry.
Mexican and Guatemalan heroes help Canada in the midst of the pandemic - Spanish
WEB - La Prensa - Calgary, 12/04/2020 - ARTICLE, Spanish
Migrant farm workers pick peas on a farm near London, Ont. POSTMEDIA FILES
Translated Summary: Sofia Verde - 1,600 Mexican and Guatemalan migrant workers will be in the midst of the pandemic helping in the fields to grow and harvest food so that the food supply chain to Canadian supermarkets is not interrupted. The workers will arrive in Montreal on April 16. Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba also receive significant help from seasonal agricultural workers who come from Latin America year after year to help with the growing and harvesting of crops. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, these workers are heroes who help so that our tables are not short on food. Organizations like The Latin Section in British Columbia are organizing to bring food to these heroes of the fields on weekends.