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COVID-19 and African Canadians: a festering, unresolved problem

By Donald Oliver      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should establish, this June, a committee under the Inquiries Act to study the various systemic problems in Canada that make African Canadians more vulnerable to COVID-19.  

Former Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver says the prime minister should also establish a new federal government Department of Diversity headed by an eminently qualified African Canadian. The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright

PLEASANT RIVER, N.S.—COVID-19 has bluntly shown all of us that African-Canadian front-line essential workers have been disproportionally affected with this highly contagious and deadly virus, even without supporting comprehensive scientific data. We now know that visible minority researchers throughout Canada have been demanding the collection of race-based and socio-economic data for years, because it is required to determine future public policy and, specifically, now for the containment of COVID-19.

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