National Newswatch

The startling impact of COVID-19 on immigrant women in the workforce

Oct 21 2020 — — While the mantra for the COVID-19 crisis has been “let’s build back better,” it will be impossible to do so without acknowledging that this pandemic has hit demographic groups unequally. Immigrant women faced many challenges in the workforce before COVID, but this pandemic has had a way of further exacerbating existing social and economic inequities. […]

A drug, dental and mental health plan for uninsured Canadians

Oct 20 2020 — Colin Busby — As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, more and more people are losing their workplace health insurance. Even before the pandemic, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of Canadians were not enrolled in either public or private drug plans and 35 percent lacked similar coverage for dental care. 1.6 million Canadians reported unmet mental health needs. The […]

The missing voice of women in COVID-19 policy-making

Oct 14 2020 — Ivy Lynn Bourgeault — Women remain conspicuously absent from decision-making tables across Canada despite being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 at work and at home. Women’s voices in policy-making would amplify the message that the overwhelming burden of “care work” women shoulder, especially during this pandemic, makes all work and our recovery from COVID-19 possible.

Recovery plans must be built on a foundation of economic growth

Oct 8 2020 — — The recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country is a sober reminder that a return to normalcy is still far away. But that doesn’t mean that policy-makers shouldn’t be planning ahead. There’s already a nascent debate about what priorities ought to guide our post-pandemic recovery. Some, for instance, have argued for an ambitious “green” […]

Single workers are Canada’s forgotten poor

Oct 6 2020 — Sherri Torjman — Early 2020 sent COVID-19 shock waves around the world. The devastation saved its knockout punch for groups already struggling to find steady ground: racialized communities, Indigenous Canadians and persons with disabilities. Many individuals living on their own were at special risk due not only to low and unstable incomes but also to anxiety and the […]

Current tax system won’t pay for COVID recovery

Oct 5 2020 — — COVID-19 has imposed a global economic shock the like of which hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. Pre-COVID, the world was just starting to come to terms with the extent of change needed to avoid widespread ecosystem collapse due to climate change.

Disabled Canadians ignored in policies on COVID-19

Oct 2 2020 — — Despite their status of being at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, people with disabilities have largely been left out of the conversation around supporting Canadians throughout this global pandemic. Perhaps we can start by talking about the short-sightedness of the federal government’s original plan for a one-time payment of up to $600 for people […]

Rural Canadians need to be included in pandemic recovery plans

Oct 1 2020 — Ray Orb — As the Rural Forum Chair with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), I’ve seen first-hand how rural communities have shaped Canada’s pandemic response. I’ve seen them protect frontline services and take extraordinary steps to keep people safe. Canton De Gore, Que., set up a home-delivery service for vulnerable residents. In northern B.C., Fort St. John […]

Proper funding for women’s health research could save lives during pandemic

Sep 28 2020 — Liisa Galea and Victoria Gay — Women’s health research is chronically underfunded, and women’s health receives little attention across the spectrum of health research, from funding to academic opportunities. Although steps have been taken to incorporate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research in Canada, there is a continued lack of analyses of sex and gender across health research areas. This […]