Zaid Noorsumar

Zaid Noorsumar is a journalist who has contributed to CBC, The Canadian Press and Rankandfile.ca among other news outlets on issues spanning labour, politics, social justice and sports.

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Nov 21, 2019
Image: Natalie Guitead

Working as a janitor: Natalie

Zaid Noorsumar
Ottawa janitor Natalie Guitead works three jobs; moonlighting as a nanny and an event planner to make ends meet.
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Nov 18, 2019
Image: Lyle Skrapek

Working as a janitor: Lyle

Zaid Noorsumar
Canadian janitor Lyle Skrapek talks about injuries, the physical toll working takes on his body, and the invisibility of his job.
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Nov 8, 2019
Natalie Guitead (left) and Lyle Skrapek (right). Images: Used with permission

The daily grind of working as a janitor

Zaid Noorsumar
The physical challenges of custodial jobs are hard to overstate. Lyle Skrapek says that sometimes at the end of the day, he feels like he has played a game of hockey.
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Oct 31, 2019
Enrique Turnainsky (left photo) and Martin Echevarrieta (right photo). Image: Zaid Noorsumar

These Canadian janitors live to work

Zaid Noorsumar
Unions have improved job conditions for many janitors, but spiralling costs of living require people in the low-wage sector to work themselves to exhaustion and forgo time with their families.
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