How COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women


New data shows not only is women’s participation in the workforce is at a historical low, but racialized, low-income and immigrant women have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impacts. In today’s This Matters, the Star’s business reporter Rosa Saba talks about how the pandemic has been another setback for women and what can be done to regain lost ground.
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Explosives team called to Lethbridge home as police execute drug search warrant
Officers were executing a search warrant for drugs at a home in Lethbridge on Thursday afternoon when they found some "concerning" packages and the Explosives Disposal Unit was brought in to investigate.
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RCMP investigate boater’s death in northern Alberta
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San Francisco sues 28 alleged drug dealers in effort to curb overdose deaths
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Retired Ontario Teachers Asked To Come Back To Work Amid Pandemic
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Greens reinstate leadership candidate expelled over tweet critical of provincial party
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