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High-touch surfaces in grocery stores were tested as a potential transmission point for SARS-CoV-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov 

Testing high-touch surfaces in grocery stores for COVID-19

The risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within grocery stores is low if physical distancing guidelines and recommended cleaning protocols are followed.
A waitress wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., in July 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Worker shortage? Or poor work conditions? Here’s what’s really vexing Canadian restaurants

Should the chronic hiring struggles of Canadian restaurants be referred to as a labour shortage, or can it be more accurately portrayed as a retention issue fuelled by a lack of decent work?
An effective approach to allergy communications is for servers to ask customers about food allergies. (Shutterstock)

3 ways restaurant staff and customers can communicate to prevent food allergy reactions

Dining out can be risky and stressful for people with allergies, in part because many restaurant employees lack the training, skills and confidence to manage food allergies safely and effectively.
Some programs or activities may inadvertently help curb greenhouse gas emissions or help communities adapt. Countries must take stock of these if we are to fully understand how close we are to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. (Shutterstock)

COP26: How the world will measure progress on the Paris climate agreement and keep countries accountable

Every five years nations must evaluate their progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. But this “stocktake” lacks detail making it difficult to measure progress on climate action.
Une peur des aiguilles non maîtrisée est très pénible à vivre et peut influencer les choix en matière de soins de santé. Des méthodes fondées sur la science peuvent aider les gens à surmonter leur phobie et à se faire vacciner. Shutterstock

La peur des piqûres peut freiner la vaccination contre la Covid-19. Mais il existe des stratégies pour la gérer

Une personne sur 10 a une grande peur des aiguilles, au point de perturber les campagnes de vaccination. Mais il existe des moyens efficaces de gérer la douleur et l’angoisse.
Anishinaabe musician Melody McKiver. plays at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax, May 2018. (Steve Louie/Flickr)

Musical communities and improvisation: ‘Finding a way out of no way’ in this year of precarious living

Meditations on improvisation in a year of both COVID-19 and what some called ‘the other pandemic’ of racism push us to go deeper to find ways to sustain healthy public common life.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole greets supporters at a campaign event in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Who is Erin O’Toole? The answer is key to Conservative election chances

The dominant issue of the 2021 election is Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery. For Conservatives, it’s also about Erin O’Toole and whether his masculine brand can win votes.
The village of Westport, Ont., northeast of Kingston, is like many vibrant rural communities in Canada that deserve to be heard on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian election 2021: Why rural Canada must play a central role

Whether Canada is able to address the most pressing challenges of the next several generations requires the full participation and support of rural people and places.
Unmanaged needle fear is very distressing for those affected and can influence health-care choices. Science-backed methods can help people manage their phobia and get vaccinated. (Shutterstock)

Needle fears can cause COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, but these strategies can manage pain and fear

For the one in 10 people with a significant fear of needles, getting a vaccination is distressing. This can disrupt vaccination campaigns, but there are effective ways to manage pain and fear.
Les cas de la sculptrice Camille Claudel (1864-1943) et de Britney Spears révèlent des situations où des femmes talentueuses ont été déclarées mentalement inaptes après des interventions familiales. (Wikimedia Commons/CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Paul Chiasson)

Contrôle et mise sous tutelle : Britney Spears et Camille Claudel, même combat ?

Il y a cent ans, des médecins ont estimé que la sculptrice Camille Claudel pouvait être libérée de l’asile, mais sa famille a refusé. Son histoire rappelle celle, contemporaine, de Britney Spears.
In the cases of both sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) and Britney Spears, we see situations where talented women were declared mentally unfit after family interventions. (Wikimedia Commons/CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Paul Chiasson)

Britney Spears’s conservatorship alludes to an older story of controlling women artists

Family members seeking to control women artists isn’t new. In the 1920s, doctors thought sculptor Camille Claudel could be released from the care of an asylum, but her family refused.
The German gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics wore full-legged unitards that went down to their ankles, eschewing the traditional bikini cut that ends high on the hip. The athletes said they were trying to combat the sexualization of young women and girls in their sport, which is trying to recover from a decades-long sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Tokyo Olympics are billed as the first gender equal Games, but women still lack opportunities in sport

The Tokyo Olympic Games are being called the most gender-equal Games ever — but does that label hold up under scrutiny?
Migrating monarch butterflies rest at Pismo Beach, Calif. on their way to Mexico. (Shutterstock)

Monarch butterflies raised in captivity can still join the migration

Raising monarch butterflies is a popular hobby, but concerns have been raised about its contribution to population decline. Research shows that monarchs raised in captivity are still able to join the migration.
Deux infirmières de la santé publique vaccinent des adultes dans une clinique de vaccination contre la polio à Southey, en Saskatchewan, en 1960. (Association des infirmiers et infirmières du Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada )

Vaccination : quelles leçons tirer de la polio et de la grippe H1N1 ?

Au plus fort de la polio et de la grippe H1N1, les Canadiens étaient impatients de se faire vacciner, mais l’enthousiasme est vite retombé une fois la crise passée.
When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire. (Shutterstock)

Is quitting contagious? Depends on who else leaves and who’s in charge

When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.

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