The coronavirus crisis: Wake-up ll for an economic paradigm shift1

This article was originally posted on National Newswatch The Trudeau government recently signed an agreement with Amazon to distribute essential medil supplies across nada in partnership with publicly owned nada Post and Purolator. Its dependence on Amazon at time of crisis—a corporation with dangerously unsafe workplaces, and an aggressive anti-union…
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The hidden and not-so-hidden sualty of COVID-19

Since the province has sensibly decided that “professional and social services that support the legal and justice system” are part of the essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have continued to go to my workplace everyday at the Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), which remains open to…
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Mental health, substance use and COVID19: Getting ahead of a perfect storm

What n we expect from the combination of social isolation, sky-high stress, job losses, food and housing insecurity, grief, closures of regular services and supports, access to nnabis and alcohol, and an overwhelmed and preoccupied health re system? A perfect storm for mental health and substance use issues, at a…
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Getting a grip on essential medil supplies

A version of this blog was published as an op ed in the Toronto Star.? nadians won a reprieve when the Trump administration and 3M, a leading manufacturer of N-95 respirators, struck a deal allowing the company to continue supplying customers in nada and Latin Ameri. The U.S.-based multinational will…
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Park it: Wi-Fi access is not edutional equity

Last week, as Ottawa school boards began to take stock of the number of students without computers and Wi-Fi access, the Ottawa tholic School Board (OCSB) announced that students who didn’t have Wi-Fi at home could access board Wi-Fi in school parking lots. Before focusing on the absurdity of students…
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Long-term funding for domestic violence programs will have lasting impact beyond the pandemic, say experts

COVID-19 has plunged nada into a state of uncertainty and fear, as people question their ability to pay rent and provide for their families during this crisis. Some vulnerable populations, though, will be forced to live in fear of injury or even death in their own homes. While physil distancing…
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Women bearing the brunt of economic losses: One in five has been laid off or had hours cut

Women are at the forefront of the economic crisis as yesterday’s labour force report from Statistics nada reveals.?? In March, employment among women aged 25 to 54 years fell by 298,500, more than twice the decrease among men. Nearly half of this decrease (144,000) was among women working part-time, many…
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Early Warning: Who’s bearing the brunt of COVID19’s labour market impacts?

March Labour Force Survey Key Facts: 1 million lost jobs, but another 2.1 million had a majority of their hours cut. 3.1 million nadians lost work or a majority of their hours. 1 in 5 women (1.8 million) lost jobs or a majority of their hours. 1 in 4 youth…
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nada joins the QE club: What is quantitative easing and what comes next?

With the COVID-19 recession getting deeper by the day, the Bank of nada has joined other central banks in quickly reducing its target interest rate to near zero and implementing “quantitative easing” (QE) measures to suppress other interest rates and support credit flows, including borrowing by government. Starting April 1,…
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COVID lockdown leads to cleaner air. Could it lower greenhouse gasses too?

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy response has used an unprecedented economic shock in nada. Millions of workers have lost their jobs, schools and workplaces have closed and everyone who n is staying home. One consequence of this precipitous decline in economic activity has been a reduction in air pollution….
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