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CBC
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May 12, 2020
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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

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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

HEADLINESecurity guards in high demand, face more stress on job during COVID-19 pandemic
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Globe & Mail
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May 03, 2020
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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

HEADLINEPandemic complicates life for hundreds of refugees hoping to stay in Sudbury
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CBC
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Apr 24, 2020
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An estimated 500 refugees, most from Africa, came north to Sudbury in recent months because the wait list for social housing was much shorter than in southern Ontario. Immigration system still working during the pandemic, but much slower than before... Experiences of two newcomers in the fields of personal support worker and security described. >> COVID-19-related; Health care; Security.

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Globe & Mail
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Mar 27, 2020
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As hundreds of thousands of Canadians join the ranks of the unemployed amid the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, some companies are seeing increased demand – and hiring accordingly... Among those hiring are Walmart Canada, Amazon and Dollarama, along with some grocery and drug store chains, medical supply makers, some cleaning and security services and IT firms that enable remote work. >> COVID-19-related; Food processing and production; security; retail

HEADLINEThe quiet guardian of a Toronto tower
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The Toronto Oberserver
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Jun 11, 2019
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Condo security guard keeps watchful eye at 4 a.m. as the city sleeps. He is one of more than 27,000 people working as security guards or in related security service occupations in the Toronto region as of May 2019, according to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). >> Security

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CBC
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Jan 17, 2019
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Alain Arakaza arrived in Canada in 2009 as a refugee. Now, he's about to become a Toronto police officer. >> Security

HEADLINEThe Immigrants Fueling the Gig Economy
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The Atlantic
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Jun 20, 2018
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A U.S perspective: The short-term promise of easy cash can trap individuals in bad long-term conditions. When a 30-year-old Somali refugee, first arrived in the U.S. he found work as a shelf stocker in retail and then as a security guard. His main goal, though, was education. He began taking classes, but it became increasingly hard to align his class schedule with his work schedule. He started driving for Uber and now balances a 34-hour work week for Uber with a full load of classes. >> Driving-taxi and rideshare

HEADLINESt. James Town program helps immigrant medical workers find meaningful jobs in GTA
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Toronto Star
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Jun 14, 2018
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After he noticed how many doctors, dentists and other medical professionals were working as security guards and store clerks, a community worker helped create the International Educated Professionals Program. The program helps immigrants repackage their squandered skills for meaningful employment in health care. >> Health care

HEADLINEAn immigrant security guard’s triumphant homecoming (Nov 21/16, Toronto Star)
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Toronto Star
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Nov 21, 2016
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Mayank Bhatt returned to the warm embrace of residents of a Forest Hill condo where he once worked as a security guard. But this time he was there to do a reading from his newly published novel. >> Security