We need more positive Indigenous-settler alliances like the one with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which created 24 km Freedom Road to provide access to the Trans-Canada Highway. Here a teepee frame sits beside Shoal Lake. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The COVID-19 crisis calls us towards reconciliation

Scène d'un lac des Laurentides. Les propriétaires de chalet et les villégiatures veulent profiter de la nature cet été, mais les résidents des zones touristiques craignent les risques de propagation de la Covid-19. Shutterstock

Chalet : y aller ou pas ?

L'absence de réflexion sur les inégalités structurelles de genre, comme ce fût le cas lors des épidémies de l'Ebola et du Zika, pourrait contribuer à renforcer ces inégalités. shutterstock

Covid-19 : un impact plus grand chez les femmes

Empty shelves in a grocery store in Toronto on March 22, 2020 as customers stock up on dry goods and shelf-stable foods. (Shutterstock)

Supply chain innovation can reduce coronavirus food shortages

Using innovative technologies like Bitcoin and automation can help protect our food supply chains from disruptions like the one caused by the current coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for us to rethink and redesign how schools support children’s social connections and opportunities for informal play and recreation. (Shutterstock)

Kids will need recess more than ever post-coronavirus

Global experts in child development say recess will be critical for children’s well-being when schools reopen, so education authorities should see planning recess as a high priority.
Recommendations suggest babies be introduced to food allergens around age six months. (Pixabay)

How to introduce food allergens during the coronavirus pandemic

Introducing food allergens early is the best way to prevent food allergies from developing. Even in a pandemic, the benefits outweigh the very small risk of a severe reaction requiring emergency care.
Parents are missing in-person supports for children. Here, MaShel West holds her son Lucas’ hands while talking with his certified behaviour analyst at their home in Layton, Utah, March 5, 2020. (Ivy Ceballo/The Deseret News via AP)

Distance learning poses challenges for families of children with disabilities

Connecting with school staff, community groups, family and friends may look different right now for families of children with disabilities, but some benefits remain.
Wheelchairs sit behind Camilla Care in Mississauga, Ont., on May 12, 2020. Fifty residents from the long-term care home have died from COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

We need inquiries into why coronavirus is ravaging long-term care homes

The extraordinary scope and scale of the COVID-19 disaster at Canada's long-term care centres would seem to warrant a public inquiry. But there are no guarantees there will actually be one.
A boutique owner in Montréal arranges clothes at her store on May 24, 2020 as she prepares to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Small businesses must focus on easing employee, customer fears

As small businesses reopen, they'll need to engage the hearts and minds of both employees and customers by recognizing that they feel emotions differently than they did before COVID-19.
New research suggests many Canadians cannot afford to forgo public transit during the COVID-19 pandemic — or ever. Jed Dela Cruz/Unsplash

Giving up public transit is a luxury many Canadians can’t afford

Many of Canada's residents, including essential workers, have no choice but to ride transit. Service cuts may cripple their access to essential destinations if governments do not intervene.
A migrant covered with a blanket passes in front of dumped garbage outside the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Refugees at increased risk of coronavirus due to barriers to healthcare

Based on how other diseases have moved through refugee camps, there is an urgent need to protect refugees in camps and informal settlements from COVID-19.
People gather on the rocks outside the famous Fogo Island Inn, part of a social enterprise aimed at helping local communities hit hard by the collapse of the cod industry. (Alex Fradkin, courtesy of Shorefast/Fogo Island Inn)

Fogo Island shows how social enterprises can help rebuild communities post-coronavirus

Social enterprises like the one in Fogo Island, N.L., offer hope in a world turned upside down by the current pandemic.
It’s not yet clear whether antibodies in the blood of patients who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 indicate immunity. Above: blood specimens for COVID-19 antibody tests. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Can antibody tests tell us who is immune to COVID-19?

Immunity to COVID-19 may be complicated. Here are the promises and pitfalls of antibody tests.
A woman uses her feet to pull herself along in a wheelchair among cherry blossoms at a homeless camp at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver in April 2020 that was recently evaculated due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has exposed and fed upon other societal issues in true ‘syndemic’ fashion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The coronavirus doesn’t exist in isolation — it feeds on other diseases, crises

When two or more epidemics co-exist and compound one another to worsen health, they are said to be syndemic. COVID-19 is feeding on other crises and diseases.
Children wait to wash their hands before going into class at their school in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, on May 14, 2020, as some schools started reopening after COVID-19 lockdowns. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

After coronavirus closures, reopening schools demands collaboration

A national task force could help educational leaders develop their plans to reopen schools.

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