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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the many ways in which inequality is baked into our economy and institutions. The crisis in care work predates the pandemic, rooted in the deeply gendered treatment and positioning of care work, intersecting with racist and ableist stereotypes and immigration policies designed to service Canada’s care deficit. A structural re-think and systemic change is needed.
Premier Heather Stefanson began her tenure with a promise to listen to Manitobans. Her predecessor, Brian Pallister, had become identified with the chaos in Manitoba's healthcare system and its often contradictory, and at times confrontational, pandemic messaging and policy. As premier, Pallister led these initiatives from the front. When he decided to step aside, few doubted that health care had led to his political demise.
On March 15 - the day that the Government of Manitoba lifted all remaining public health measures including mask mandates, vaccine passports and isolation requirements - the "COVID-19 Health System Recovery Plan" was released. The Manitoba Health Coalition was encouraged to see a document put forward which could act as a road map for the coming months in Manitoba.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2022  
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press February 24, 2022
Staffing shortages in Nova Scotia’s healthcare care system have become a full-fledged crisis. In particular, the need for continuing care assistants is urgent.  Several recruitment strategies have been put in motion, including immigration streams to entice foreign healthcare workers and refugees already living in the province into these positions. This paper critically examines the province's recruitment plans and the growing reliance on newcomers to address staff shortages. 
TORONTO—Selon un nouveau rapport du Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (CCPA), les travailleurs autochtones et racialisés ont été plus nombreux, tout au long de la pandémie, à occuper des emplois les mettant en contact étroit avec d’autres personnes, ce qui a augmenté leur risque d’infection par la COVID-19.
TORONTO—Throughout the pandemic, a larger share of racialized and Indigenous workers have been in jobs that put them in close proximity to others, increasing their risk of COVID-19 infection, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
VANCOUVER—Eighty four signatories to an open letter published today say they want the BC government to show national leadership because its actions will set the bar for other provinces and territories at a time when the right to paid sick leave is more important than ever. The signatories include ER doctors, family physicians, retired medical health officers, university professors, economists and researchers. 
This report, titled No Nova Scotian Should Have to Work Sick, The Urgent Need for Universal and Permanent Paid Sick Leave Legislation, examines the need for paid sick leave in Nova Scotia and what it should look like.

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