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Une toilette fermée sur une plage publique à Rivière-Ouelle, dans le Bas-Saint-Laurent. Leur fermeture à travers le Québec ne répond à aucune logique sanitaire. Martine Turenne

Trouver des toilettes publiques pendant la pandémie ne devrait pas être aussi difficile

Les espaces publics où l’on n’a pas aménagé de toilettes ne sont ni gratuits ni accessibles. Le manque d’investissements dans des commodités, comme des toilettes, diminue la valeur de ces espaces.
Airlines are risking alienating customers and permanent reputational damage due to their refusal to issue refunds after cancelling flights mid-coronavirus. (Pixabay)

Airlines should rethink their refusal to refund passengers during COVID-19

Airlines seem largely unconcerned about the long-term implications of their refusal to issue refunds to passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and risk alienating customers permanently.
Finding a washroom during either a pandemic or a protest within a pandemic is an issue about how free and accessible our urban spaces are. (Shutterstock)

Finding a place to pee during a pandemic or a protest shouldn’t be so hard

Public washrooms are an essential service and the people who maintain them are essential workers. But what happens when a pandemic closes public bathrooms and a civil rights protest breaks out?
The 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of our food system, including the treatment of migrant labourers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

100 days of coronavirus has sent shock waves through the food system

COVID-19 has given society a teachable moment, and we should now establish the policies, programs and technologies to ensure our food system becomes stronger, more resilient and more equitable.
An Islamic Society of North America Mosque community member hands out candy to children in a drive-through Eid celebration in Mississauga, Ont., on May 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Allowing the call to prayer in Canada spurred complaints — but not about noise

The public broadcast in Canada of the call to prayer during Ramadan this year caused some tensions. What the preliminary research has shown however, is that it wasn't the noise people objected to.
Young people have labour market advantages that will allow them to survive the pandemic if they keep an open mind about location and job offers. (Piqsels)

Young workers can thrive after coronavirus layoffs by leaving big cities

Being flexible about both location and the nature of employment will help youth make the most of the current challenging labour market situation due to COVID-19.
Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation. (Shutterstock)

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
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.
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 ?

Les conflits entre propriétaires saisonniers et résidents ruraux à l’année mettent en évidence la dualité entre le « droit d’être rural » et l’embourgeoisement provoqué par l'arrivée des citadins.
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.

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