Highlights of Challenges Facing Ontario’s Language Services Sector

By: Craig Carter-Edwards The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stress test for many essential services offered in Ontario. It has brought to light the challenges, inequities and structural flaws within systems designed to support the health and well-being of Ontarians. These challenges, of course, existed before COVID-19, but this crisis has increased the level of public’s awareness of them. Among these are translation and interpretation services. Many Ontarians with limited knowledge of English and/or…

COVID Stories: Translators: The behind-the-scenes crew of the COVID-19 pandemic

By: Nicole Anichini, Translation Manager It has been almost a year since COVID-19 started spreading around the world like wildfire. In this time, the importance of language services has become more apparent than ever. ICES, a non-profit research institute that focuses on public health-related data in Ontario, published a report in September 2020 showing that, in Ontario, COVID is disproportionately affecting immigrants, refugees and newcomers to Canada. While immigrants, refugees and newcomers only make up…

COVID Stories: An Interview with Project Abraham

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist As a part of our COVID Series blogs, MCIS recently interviewed Debbie Rose, Executive Director of Project Abraham. Project Abraham’s mission is to provide aid and assistance to refugees and immigrants who are in need and who are victims of war, persecution, unfair discrimination, or natural disasters. They does this by operating a sponsorship program to Canada. Once the refugees and immigrants come to Canada, Project Abraham’s mission is to…

COVID Stories: COVID-19 and the Limits of Machine Translation

By: Sara Parker-Toulson, RFP Coordinator Public displays of information on COVID-19 seem to be everywhere now, reminding us to wash our hands, keep six feet between one another, and to wear our masks. Information about how COVID-19 is quickly spread, about signs and symptoms we need to watch out for, and the latest data on infection rates and mortality is now widely available in a variety of formats. But what if you don’t speak one…

Covid Stories: Giving Voice to Victims of Human Trafficking

“Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.” (George Steiner). By: Dusan Matic, Training Department Manager Human trafficking, especially labour trafficking, remains a major problem in Canada to this day. Sometimes it can be difficult to process that in a progressive and open-minded country such as ours, thousands of foreign workers face victimization, abuse and trafficking. We tend to believe that labour trafficking happens somewhere far away from our homes. How many times have we…

COVID Stories: Highlights of Challenges Facing Ontario’s Language Services Sector

By: Craig Carter-Edwards The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stress-test for many essential services offered in Ontario. It has brought to light the challenges, inequities and structural flaws within systems designed to support the health and well-being of Ontarians. These challenges, of course, existed before COVID-19, but this crisis has increased the level of general public’s awareness of them. Among these are translation and interpretation services. Many Ontarians with limited knowledge of English and/or…

The Elephant in the Room

By: Sarah Haque It affects all of us. Public Health Agency of Canada findings indicate that 1 in 3 of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime. So chances are someone we care about might be suffering right now. Today, I want to talk about the importance of being aware of mental health issues in our work lives. Research shows that half a million Canadians miss work every year because of their mental health….

Appreciation for Community Feedback

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator MCIS is happy to announce that in the past month, we have received a lot of good reviews on the services that we provide to various communities. As a celebration of our achievements, and as encouragement to keep delivering the same outstanding performance, we would like to share them with you. COVID-19 has been an immense challenge for those working in health care services. Individuals working in those fields…

COVID Stories: A Conversation with Social Planning Toronto

By: Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that has been working on improving equity, social justice and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting. The organization is committed to building a “civic society,” one in which diversity, equity, social and economic justice, interdependence, and active civic participation are central to all aspects of life. As…

7 Must-Read Books in Translation

By: Sanskriti Ravi, Communications Intern COVID-19 has reshaped our world in many ways and has forced people to spend a lot more time at home. While it has been a difficult transition, it has offered all of us an opportunity to slow down and refocus our attention on hobbies we had become too busy to prioritize; to call friends we haven’t spoken to in a while; to start that fitness journey we had been postponing;…