Newcomer women stitch masks that allow new Canadians, deaf people to read wearer’s lips

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A Winnipeg social enterprise has turned into a full-time mask-making operation and is offering creative face coverings that show the wearer’s lips, making it easier to communicate.

The Cutting Edge, which trains newcomer women to work as sewing machine operators, has made thousands of masks so far, and the orders keep coming.

“There has been a lot of interest, a lot of inquiries,” said Anne-Lydie Bolay, operations director at the Cutting Edge program run through the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute.

“As we’re going into fall and schools are going back, many orders are being placed by some of the colleges, also some of the groups that are advocating for accessibility.”

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