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COVID-19 more likely to affect marginalized communities in Canada

Last week, Innovative Research Group published the results of a recent study they conducted into how COVID-19 has affected marginalized populations in Canada.

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Trudeau replaces CERB with 3 new programmes and updated EI, but still no UBI

The federal government announced upcoming changes to income support benefits it’s providing to Canadian workers. But something’s still missing.

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AHS document surfaces on how to apprehend & detain COVID-19 patients

An anonymous source forwarded a document to me that indicated Alberta Health Services can detain people they think might have COVID-19 but who refuse to get tested.

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UCP government announces new COVID-19 relief for businesses

Last week, the provincial government announced additional relief for businesses affected by COVID-19, especially those trying to reopen.

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New at-home learning hotline to replace educational assistants

Last week, the provincial government announced a new helpline parents can use to find answers to questions they have about at-home learning.

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Alberta announces $17M for cattle backlog. How much will go to workers?

Ensuring that companies can still cut up animals is more important than acknowledging the more than 1,500 meat packing workers affected by COVID-19.

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$68M for continuing care pandemic funding isn’t enough

This week, the Alberta government announced pandemic funding for continuing care. It’s 36% less than what it should be.

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UCP raised health spending by 2.4% for COVID-19, after slashing it by 5.2%

The UCP government recently increased the health budget by $500 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This sounds impressive, but context reveals more about that increase.

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Blame capitalism, not carpooling, for the Cargill COVID-19 outbreak

Implying that carpooling is responsible for the outbreak is a way for Cargill to move blame for the outbreak away from the company and onto the workers.

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Alberta pledges $2.99 per meal for food banks

Last week, Alberta announced $5 million to “support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts”. This sounds like a lot, but we must keep it in context.