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Dropping the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) this spring is an easy way to lessen the pandemic recovery burden on students and educators. (Shutterstock)

Pause PISA international standardized student testing

Let’s not burden 15-year-old students with a low-value test that does a poor job of evaluating learning.
Viewing immunity as a carpet that we weave together evokes labour and artistry, and suggests we have a role in crafting something rather than simply being acted upon by a virus. (Shutterstock)

How we think about immunity can help us navigate COVID-19 risks together

The metaphor of a collective “carpet of immunity” invites us to imagine immunity as a collaborative project, spreading out to protect those for whom the end of mandates means increased vulnerability.
Québec Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge speaks during a news conference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID-19 reopening: How public trust can erode

Given the harmful consequences of trust erosion, leaders must consider how they can maintain trust. The two trust dimensions, knowledge and emotions, can provide a helpful guide.
Responding to the mental health needs of people who are unjustly disadvantaged by the pandemic in Canada will require accurate data. (Shutterstock)

4 ways to address mental health inequities magnified by the pandemic

The mental health impact of the pandemic has not affected everyone equally. An equitable approach to mental health promotion, prevention and treatment can help ensure equitable access to services.
B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon has his COVID-19 vaccine QR code scanned in September, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pandemic vaccine passports in Canada: A brief history and potential future

Vaccine passports became one of the most divisive issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. These policies were affected not only by public opinion but by new variants and changing goals for herd immunity.

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