There are concerns about the impact Alberta's relaunch could have on vulnerable workers including those employed in lower-paying sectors with little job security. >> COVID-19-related
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
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
Lyft, Uber and Airbnb depend on travel, vacations and gatherings. That’s a problem when much of the world is staying home. >> COVID-19-related; Driving-taxi and rideshare.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred an enormous demand for security guards, whose job descriptions have been expanded to include temperature checks, grocery store crowd control and – in at least one case – removing bodies from a morgue. But would-be guards can’t take licence tests because government offices are closed. >> COVID-19-related; Security
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
Mohamad Fakih lived through civil war in Lebanon, and came to Canada with $1,200 in his pocket. But the worst experience of his life, he says, was the first few days after restaurants were forced to close to limit the spread of COVID-19. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.
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.
Premier Doug Ford and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton unveiled scores of new rules and regulations that businesses will have to abide by once health officials deem it safe to reopen. >> COVID-19-related; Entrepreneurship.