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Why have Uber drivers been regarded more favourably than taxi drivers? Lexi Anderson/Unsplash

How Uber drivers avoided — and contributed to — the fate of taxi drivers

Taxi drivers and Uber drivers perform the same work, but Uber's categorization as a tech company has contributed to the historical stigma against taxi drivers.
A voter waits to enter a polling area to cast his ballot for Assembly of First Nations National Chief on July 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous communities should be able to choose online voting, especially during COVID-19: Report

The federal government needs to amend the necessary regulations of the Indian Act and First Nations Elections Act to allow First Nations to choose their own voting methods.
A woman is pictured at the window of her west Toronto apartment in March 2020 as her landlord issued eviction notices at the start of the pandemic. Secure and affordable housing is a big concern of those collecting social assistance, whether it was CERB or provincial programs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

CERB was luxurious compared to provincial social assistance

CERB was a lifeline but no paradise, highlighting the struggles of social assistance recipients to get by on much less.
COVID-19 lockdown measures have been much harder on those with pre-existing anxiety issues or in lower-income demographics. (Unsplash)

COVID-19 has been much harder on those who already had anxiety and financial issues

Canadians who had poor finances and health were more likely to report financial stress across the first several months of the pandemic.
Veronica Lopez, who has spina bifida, gets vaccinated at COVID-19 vaccination site at the East Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

COVID-19 amplifies the complexity of disability and race

Using an intersectional approach will help bring visibility to diverse disability communities and provide the support they need to be safe, recover and rebuild their lives.
La donne a changé et le déploiement mondial, même réussi, des vaccins actuels ne garantit plus la victoire. Daniel Cole/AP

Les vaccins ne suffiront pas contre les variants. Il faut une stratégie mondiale de « suppression maximale » du virus

Les variants ont changé la donne. Nous devons agir en conséquence pour éviter de nouvelles vagues d’infections, de nouvelles fermetures, restrictions, hospitalisations et décès évitables.
Daniel Cole/AP

New COVID variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

COVID-19 variants of concern have changed the game. We need to recognise and act on this to avoid future waves of infections, yet more lockdowns and restrictions, and avoidable illness and death.
A woman who said she’s a medical worker who works directly with COVID-19 patients is stopped by police outside of the public Rebagliati Hospital in Lima, Peru, in February 2021. She complained that some people getting vaccinated don’t work directly with COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru’s COVID-19 vaccine scandal shows the shady deals made with pharma companies

A vaccination queue-jumping scandal in Peru has caused a massive uproar in the South American country. It could also be a wake-up call for all nations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks with scientist Krishnaraj Tiwari at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Royalmount Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre facility in Montreal, Aug 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

How Canada can become a global leader in health innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

To continue the fast-paced collaborative research and innovation we have seen during the pandemic, here are five ways universities can support health research that responds to societal needs.
A protester holds up a placard with an image of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an anti-coup rally in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo)

Internet blackouts in Myanmar allow the military to retain control

Internet shutdowns and social media bans in Myanmar have helped the military retain control after the Feb. 1 coup. Here's why ISPs should develop clear policies around forced internet shutdowns.
Layering face masks has been suggested as a way to increase protection against COVID-19 variants that may be more transmissible. (Shutterstock)

Are two cloth masks better than one for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Are two face masks better than one? Adding layers of filtration by double masking is a way of using the masks that we already have, possibly to better effect.

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