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Background On April 29, 2021, the Government of Ontario introduced “COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit,” a paid sick leave plan through Bill 284, Covid-19 Putting Workers First Act. This Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), requiring employers to provide employees with up to 3 days of paid infectious disease emergency leave (also known […]

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Many community organizations and legal clinics are pushing for access to CCB for all children in Canada, regardless of their parents’ status in this country. Earlier this month, the Willowdale Community Legal Clinic initiated a petition that was endorsed by their local MP, Han Dong.  The petition calls on the government “to to reduce child poverty […]

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Prepared by: Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic Current as of: April 15, 2021 OVERVIEW On April 14, 2021, the Government of Canada announced public policies that create new pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates. This time-limited program will grant permanent status to temporary workers and recent graduates who […]

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By Angelyn Francis Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Sat., March 27, 2021 After an alarming uptick in hate crimes over the last year and the mass shooting that left eight dead in Atlanta, Asian communities are speaking up about anti-Asian hate and people are listening. Racism against the Asian community is by no means new, but one of […]

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By Olivia Bowden Staff Reporter Tue., March 23, 2021 Avvy Go was walking home from work on a summer day in Toronto last year when a group of young people blocked her route on the sidewalk. Without a word, one person spat at her, the spittle landing at Go’s feet. Horrified, Go yelled, “Excuse me!” but the […]

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Isabelle Docto Updated March 3, 2021 n recent weeks, disturbing stories about violence against elderly Asians have emerged out of the U.S., prompting a call for action from the Asian-American community. But Canada isn’t immune to these acts of hate. In fact, we have a higher number of reported hate crimes per capita than the U.S. Since COVID-19 was first identified in […]

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By Avvy Go  Contributors Debbie Douglas, Shalini Konanur, Leila Sarangi Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 As COVID-19 rages on, the federal government has rightly extended several emergency benefits, including the Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB) — though not to all in need. This is welcome news for many Canadians, particularly women and racialized community members, who are among the […]

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