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CSJ Lenten Journey - Alleluia! He Is Risen!

Jesus’ resurrection teaches us not to be afraid of death and change; that the end of life as we know it is the beginning of new life. 

In the midst of this upheaval, we are being offered a time to reflect, rethink, and reorganize our society.  What will our post-pandemic world look like? It’s time to shift our society’s principles, processes, and practices to a regenerative economy that is just and equitable, redressing past harms and creating new relationships rooted in love, solidarity, and justice.  Let Jesus’ resurrection inspire us to think of new ways of living and being that bring us into right relationship with our God, our neighbours, and ourselves. Another world is possible!

Let us pray Tim Graves’ Call to Worship: When God Imagined Me.

 
 

 

CSJ Lenten Journey - Week Six: Support Essential Workers

During the pandemic, one thing is certain: the essential importance of low-wage workers for the economy and the health of Canadians. 

Many businesses have ceased their operations. And yet, hospital and store cleaners, cashiers, truck drivers, personal support workers, agricultural workers and others continue to perform their daily duties to keep all of us safe and fed. 

Despite their importance, most of these jobs are precarious, part-time, seasonal, low-wage and performed by already marginalized groups such as migrant workers, immigrant women and people without immigration status. Workers have to endure harsh working conditions, exploitative employers, flawed Personal Protective Equipment, and endless streams of anxious customers. Most face racism and xenophobia. 

Due to lack of legislative protections, many such workers are exposed to wage theft, unsafe work conditions, unfair dismissal and harassment. 

“The work is very, very heavy, and no one is helping us... Sometimes they ask us to stay for longer but don’t pay extra time,”  says Marin, a store cleaner originally from Colombia who was interviewed by The Toronto Star. This article illustrates how she does not receive a face mask and has to wash and reuse her plastic gloves for each shift; how she has been made to use new cleaning agents without training that make her feel ill. 

Sadly, this is a common reality of so many frontline workers who risk their lives to protect ours. 

It is our responsibility as a society to ensure the safety and financial stability of these workers and their families. Recent measures such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced by the federal government should be inclusive of all residents of Canada regardless of their immigration status and income. 

The provincial government should step up and implement an emergency Ontario Workers for All program and strengthen labour legislation by providing a guaranteed paid sick leave and living minimum wage among other much needed protections. 

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