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(PHOTO: SUPREME CUT BARBERSHOP) As lockdown restrictions begin to ease up around the province, barbershop owners are preparing themselves for opening day as soon as they receive their greenlight. Supreme Cut Barbershop owner, Flory Wembolwa, said that he won’t have a problem filling the shop once it’s open. “Some people are requesting to be first when we get back from quarantine,” said Wembolwa. “So it’s something that’s high in demand.”

Add this to the “racism is inescapable” files. Even when you are going out of your way volunteering your time, risking your health by being outdoors to give back to your community, racism is just waiting for you right around the corner where you least expect it. That’s what a group of five volunteers was faced with earlier this week when they received a hateful message from someone in the community who they had actually just helped.

ByBlacks.com chatted with the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM TO) Pascale Diverlus to find out about the COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund organized to support Black Canadians severely financially impacted by the global pandemic.

There is a lot of confusion these days about what we need to do to avoid being afflicted by the new Coronavirus. Guidelines and recommendations from our public health agencies are changing rapidly, and rightfully so – we are living in unprecedented times and information is being updated constantly and in real-time as we find out more about how the coronavirus acts and what works best to combat it.

Ontario's NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has proposed a plan to help small and medium-sized businesses, charities and community-based non-profits, including a designated fund for Black businesses and entrepreneurs, and others who face historical barriers to financing.

With this ever-extending lockdown, we’re all driving our cars a lot less. You could even be planning to leave your vehicle in the garage or on your driveway for a couple of weeks at a time or even up to 30 days. Here are some tips for keeping your car healthy during quarantine:

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit? If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in housing insecurity for many Ontarians. While we are all experiencing heightened stress and anxiety in various areas of daily life, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is acutely aware of the specific pressures and differential impact COVID-19 has on Black people and their housing – specifically on Black renters.

After toilet paper, our food supply is potentially the next shortage many of us are facing. Going out to buy groceries is akin to entering the coronavirus battlefields; no idea what you will arrive to find or what price will greet you when you get there. Rather than rushing to the grocery store to grab that missing ingredient for the ideal dish, we’re making what we can with what we have. 

Scammers don’t quit during quarantine. They’re looking for new ways to take advantage of you during this covid19 crisis.

 

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