In Ontario, the vaccination campaign is well underway. In our recent webinar, a common question that was asked was whether an employer could force an employee to get vaccinated. Click here to watch the webinar that deals with that question.
(PHOTO: Rodney Diverlus photographed by Robin Pueyo) Building on its successful fundraising at the height of the pandemic in Toronto, BLM-Canada has launched the Canada Black Mutual Aid Fund nationwide. These are micro-grants offered to Black people across Canada, who have experienced hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Prime Minister has a media availability for you tomorrow at 8:30 am,” said the voice on the other end of my phone. I was momentarily stunned into silence because no one on my team had requested an interview with Justin Trudeau.
“Black lives are so incredibly valuable and no effort must be lost to reduce the risk; you come from a culture where respect for others is a permanent value so protect your elderly because elders are encyclopedias for family and community and we have lost too many elders in the past year. The loss is immeasurable.”
Dr. Akwatu Khenti, Chair of the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity
Thiana Richards (photo left) is the founder of TRPR & Events and co-founder of BLACQ. BLACQ (Born leading African-Canadian Queens) is a Scholarship Organization that assists African-Canadian women entering post-secondary education and or those who are already pursuing one. The scholarship launched this year. However, due to gathering restrictions, BLACQ fundraising events were put on hold and another vision was born. The Feast launched in October 2020, and it has done an amazing job assisting others during these hard times. I spoke to Thiana about the positive changes she and her business partner, Champagne Johnson (photo right), are making.
This month marks nine months since the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially impacted small businesses, including those in Toronto who are currently subject to a grey - lockdown period which began on November 23 and was extended until January 21, 2021.
What determines parents’ decisions on virtual or physical back-to-school options for their kids? How has the pandemic impacted aid workers and their families so far? In this piece, Brenda Uji spoke with some Long Term Care workers who share their experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19, and why they look forward to physical classes despite the realities they’ve seen.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to question how their lives will move forward and the process of adjusting to “the new norm”. Many people were hit hard, however, students have it especially difficult as they prepare to enter an ever-changing workforce due to the pandemic along with changes to their style of learning. Many programs have now transitioned to remote-only learning, introducing a new set of challenges.
At the outset of the pandemic, the Court ordered a ban on the enforcement of residential evictions tribunal orders. This ban ended on July 31, 2020 and evictions are now enforceable as of August 4, 2020.
At 16 years old, Marcus McGowan is quickly becoming a serial entrepreneur with the launch of his third company, Glovely. It’s a PPE supply company that allows people to put their own safety kits together with high-quality gloves, face shields, masks, hand sanitizer. You can also create safety gift baskets for loved ones.