One of the most common reactions during a crisis is the urge to help others. Here a health-care worker watches as the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are delivered to a long-term care facility in Montréal.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
While the world is dealing with the biggest health emergency in more than a century, the way people have reacted to the crisis is familiar and predictable.
Anxiety and other negative emotions can cause us to spread misinformation.
As fake news and propaganda increase, a worthwhile New Year's resolution is getting out of the habit of spreading misinformation. And like any habit, becoming aware of triggers is the first step.
In lieu of in-person gatherings, holiday and end-of-year celebrations will be virtual because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The second (and third) wave of the pandemic continues as the end-of-year holiday season approaches. Here are strategies to fight Zoom fatigue while staying virtually close to your loved ones.
Young people don’t pay attention to government communication on COVID-19 because they don’t like being talked at rather than listened to.
Communicators must listen to the frustrations, fears and concerns of young people about COVID-19. Then they need to speak to them like human beings, rather than talk at them.
Acquiring digital literacy skills is taking on increasing importance.
Teaching children digital literacy skills is essential to help them learn how to navigate and respond to misinformation. It also helps them grow into adults who can participate in digital democracy.
Eighty-five per cent of Ontarians support organ donation, but only one-third have opted in under the current system.
Thousands of Canadians are on waiting lists for life-saving organ transplants. An opt-out organ donor system, like the one Nova Scotia is implementing, could reduce avoidable deaths and suffering.
The beach at Port Radium, where uranium ore used to be loaded onto barges for shipment. The townsite for the mine used to stand on the pit of land on the right.
CP PHOTO/Bob Weber
Seventy-five years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the people of Délı̨nę remain affected by Canada's role in the attack. A documentary presents their stories.
It’s likely that most universities will be conducting classes online in the fall. That doesn’t mean learning will suffer.
Research shows few differences in academic outcomes between online and face-to-face university courses. A professor who's been teaching online for years offers advice on good online courses.
A worker takes the temperature of a visitor to Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn., April 10, 2020.
(Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP)
One of the first tasks of disaster management is to listen to those affected. When the pandemic forced courses online, I turned to my students to adapt the program in a way that would work for them.
A child in The Willows land-based program in the Humber Valley, Toronto, walks with his group alongside GabeKanang Ziibi (Humber River).
In a land-based early childhood program sustained and enriched by relationships with Indigenous Knowledge Holders, children learn that 'water is us.'
Online misinformation can, to some extent, be addressed. But what is of concern to health-care communicators are the private communication pathways.
Online news sources continue to grow as a primary source of information and misinformation. But private platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are harder to monitor.
Universities and colleges cancelling in-person classes will need more than technology to have the capacity to offer flexible education.
Online learning can help universities quickly adapt to COVID-19, but policy makers must pay careful attention to student experiences and take a critical view of technology companies' claims.
Children in a forest nature program learn about the ‘mitigomin’ (red oak acorns) not buried by the ‘miadidamoo’ (eastern grey squirrels).
Earth-centred children's programs that seek to build ethical partnerships with Indigenous communities have an important role in learning about weathering climate change.
All is not well in the world just because stock markets are up – particularly when it comes to climate change.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Don't let stock markets reports convince you that when the markets are up, all is well in the world. When the market is up, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is up, and the global environment is down.
Children in the Willows forest nature program in the Humber Valley in west Toronto are drawn to water and sticks, simple materials for exploring and investigating. Here the children explore water accumulated from spring rains.
When parents walk in the forest with their children and us and see how children are drawn to spiral snails, together we see how connections with the land are critical for the Earth's future.
The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news.
Local news is in peril. Here's what can be done to save it.
A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Local news is as important to communities as clean air, but the failing business model of traditional journalism has left the local news industry in rapid decline.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees arriving in Canada in December 2015.
News organizations have a powerful role in informing the public about refugee and migrant issues. Research shows they've struggled to do so in a way that humanizes Syrian refugees.
Universities portray campus life as idyllic, but may be missing an opportunity to truly connect with students.
Universities could dramatically transform their role in society through better use of social media
We can be more imaginative.
The belief that technology can automate education and replace teachers is pervasive. Framed in calls for greater efficiency, this belief is present in today’s educational innovations, reform endeavours…