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Canada’s emergency powers evoke reflections on democracy, freedom

By Fernando Arce, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As the world woke up to breaking reports of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, Canada’s short-lived Emergencies Act has evoked memories of Eastern European dictatorships among some communities and ignited reflections about ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ among ethnic media commentators. 

A number of ethnic media outlets have pointed to what they see as hypocrisy and double standards from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for supporting disruptive protests around the world but cracking down on similar ones at home.

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Ethnic media brings ‘lived experience’ lens to coverage of ‘Freedom’ protests

By Fernando Arce, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Even as law enforcement prepared to move in to tackle the demonstrators in downtown Ottawa Friday morning, ethnic media platforms across Canada this past week focused on hardships to newcomers, a division within trucker ranks, splits within communities and the absence of people of colour in most of the footage from the “Freedom Convoy”.

Another issue that found resonance mainly among Filipino outlets is the continuing nursing shortage, caused partly by the refusal to recognize the credentials of those educated abroad.  

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