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HEADLINEQuebec relies on hundreds of asylum seekers in long-term care’s battle against COVID-19
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CBC
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May 08, 2020
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Asylum seekers make up a large portion of the "guardian angels" Quebec Premier François Legault has praised in his daily briefings — the orderlies, or préposées aux bénéficiaires (PABs), working in long-term care homes — who have no guarantee they'll be allowed to stay in Canada. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Personal care

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CBC Radio
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May 07, 2020
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A new video called 'Je Me Souviendrai' brings together voices of essential workers here in Quebec. It was created to raise awareness about the contribution newcomers and refugees are making in the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. One its creators, Fabrice Vil, spoke to Breakaway's Alison Brunette about why these frontline workers need to be recognized. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Security

HEADLINEColleges and universities quietly preparing to take all classes online this fall amid COVID-19
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Toronto Star
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May 04, 2020
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Ontario colleges and universities hope students can attend classes on campus this fall — but professors have been told to prepare for online learning. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the move to virtual learning until the end of the year, at least, is required to ensure staff and student safety — but it’s also a move fraught with uncertainty.>> COVID-19-related; Bridging; OSLT.

HEADLINERestaurants try to stay afloat as rent relief falls short
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Globe & Mail
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May 02, 2020
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The federal government’s recent announcement of a large-scale rent-relief program seemed to offer what restaurants had been asking for, but many are discovering that the program may not be enough – and in some cases may not help at all. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEAsona Fagan is a personal support worker. PSWs are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 in long-term care home settings. GTA Until COVID-19 hit, PSWs went virtually unnoticed. That’s changed and some say we have a lot of lessons to learn about the trials they face
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Toronto Star
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May 01, 2020
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Support workers, many of whom are ethnic minorities, help dress, feed, clean and toilet residents, tasks that many Canadians, even the families of the frail, find unpleasant. They occupy the lowest rung of the health-care professional ladder and get little glory and recognition for looking after society’s most vulnerable people. Advocates say it’s overdue that personal support workers are afforded the same safeguards and oversight other workers receive. >> COVID-19-related; Personal care; Health care.

HEADLINEProvince expands pandemic pay increases to more front-line workers including paramedics, public health nurses
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Toronto Star
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Apr 29, 2020
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The province has expanded the $4 an hour pay increase to more front-line workers combating COVID-19. Paramedics, public health nurses and addictions and mental health workers in hospitals and congregate care settings, and respiratory therapists will now be eligible to receive the expanded pandemic pay. The pandemic pay was initially announced Saturday and eligible workers included staff working in long-term care and retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, home and community care providers, and some staff in hospitals.>> COVID-19-related; Health care; Nursing

HEADLINEOttawa expands interest-free loan program to more businesses
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Globe & Mail
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Apr 16, 2020
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The federal government is expanding its Canada Emergency Business Account to allow more companies to qualify for interest-free loans of as much as $40,000 and will launch a new rent-relief program for Canadian companies affected by the pandemic. >> COVID-19-related; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEEight U.K. Doctors Died From Coronavirus. All Were Immigrants.
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New York Times
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Apr 08, 2020
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For a country ripped apart in recent years by Brexit and the anti-immigrant movement that birthed it, the deaths of the eight doctors — from Egypt, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan — attest to the extraordinary dependence of Britain’s treasured health service on workers from abroad. It is a story tinged with racism, as white, British doctors have largely dominated the prestigious disciplines while foreign doctors have typically found work in places and practices that are apparently putting them on the dangerous front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. >> COVID-19-related; Health care

HEADLINEFederal small business loan program set to launch Thursday, but wage subsidy faces political impasse
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Globe & Mail
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Apr 08, 2020
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A $25-billion federal loan program for small business is ready to launch but the government and opposition parties are at odds over legislative plans to pass separate wage subsidies for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s largest banks will start taking applications for no-interest loans of up to $40,000 for small businesses starting on April 9, 2020.>> COVID-19-related.

HEADLINEProvince recruiting retired, internationally trained healthcare workers in fight against coronavirus
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CityNews
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Apr 07, 2020
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The Province of Ontario is now actively recruiting healthcare workers, including retired and internationally educated professionals in the fight against coronavirus, in an attempt to boost frontline capacity at hospitals, clinics and assessment centres. A new online portal called Health Workforce Matching Portal will help match health care professionals including students and volunteers with suitable experience with potential employers. >> Health care; COVID-19-related.