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Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 4

Every year thousands of migrants come to work in Canada. From harvesting the food in our stores to caring for the elderly, these workers form a vital part of the economy. Yet despite being critical, they often face harsh conditions, isolation, abuse, injury and even death as a result of…

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COVID-19’s impact on migrant workers adds urgency to calls for permanent status

Migrant workers in Canada have suffered tremendously during COVID-19. Each year, some 85,000 low-wage migrant workers come to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. They do essential work in many fields including health care, in-home care, agriculture, food processing, cleaning services, delivery services and construction. Thousands more are undocumented.…

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COVID-19 lessons from Southeast Asia

Many public health researchers have looked to the Asia-Pacific region, including countries like Thailand, for lessons on successful pandemic management. These countries have demonstrated how it is possible to minimize community spread and thus also reduce the need for lockdowns. However, recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Thailand and nearby countries also…

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Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 4 transcript

Episode 4: How we treat migrant workers who put food on our tables. NOTE: Transcripts may contain errors. Please check the corresponding audio before quoting in print. Vinita Srivastava (VS): From The Conversation, this is Don’t Call Me Resilient. I’m Vinita Srivastava. Min Sook Lee (MSL): Worker rights under the…

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AI facial analysis is scientifically questionable. Should we be using it for border control?

Developments in global border control technologies are providing innovative ways to address issues relating to migration, asylum-seeking and the introduction of illegal goods into countries. But while governments and national security can benefit from this, advanced surveillance technology creates risks for the misuse of personal data and the violation of…

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how does our brain know to make immediate decisions?

How does your brain tell you to stop if you’re crossing the road and you have to stop quickly? – Ruby, aged nine, Rochester, UK The human brain is really clever. It keeps our heart beating, it allows us to see and hear the world around us, and it also…

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why so many of us have it, and how to get over it

Staying in touch with loved ones without seeing them in person has become even more important during the pandemic. But for some people, making or receiving calls is a stressful experience. Phone anxiety – or telephobia – is the fear and avoidance of phone conversations and it’s common among those…

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why Facebook is beyond our control

What’s the difference between Google and Facebook? One difference is that in the past week Google more-or-less agreed to pay Australian news outlets for their content faced with the threat of government action to force it to. Facebook did not, temporarily removing Australian news sources from its feeds, a decision…

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