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Big tech giants have become not just omnipresent but omnipowerful. Will their might be reined in in 2021? (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Why we should rein in the big tech giants in 2021 — and beyond

Tech giants are not just surviving the pandemic; they're thriving. In 2021 and in the post-pandemic era, anti-trust regulations in tech must be revamped.
Mink can be readily infected with SARS-CoV-2 and then pass the virus to humans. (Shutterstock)

The mink link: How COVID-19 mutations in animals affect human health and vaccine effectiveness

In the disturbing scenario of human-to-mink-to-human COVID-19 transmission, the virus may mutate in mink prior to re-infecting people. That possibility makes vaccine design even more crucial.
Farmers, cottagers and small business organizations are among the groups clamouring for better broadband in Ontario, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pexels)

Building back better, during and after COVID-19, with faster broadband

The need for much-improved internet connectivity exists across Canada. Will the Ontario government's recent announcement of $1 billion and the federal government's announcement of the Universal Broadband Fund of $1.75 billion for improved broadband be enough to make a difference?
Un employé inspecte des fioles d’un vaccin contre la Covid-19 produit par SinoVac dans son usine de Pékin le 24 septembre 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Le futur vaccin contre la Covid-19 doit déclencher une mémoire immunitaire… en vue d’une prochaine pandémie

Notre exposition à un agent pathogène, que ce soit naturellement ou par la vaccination, peut affecter la manière dont notre système immunitaire réagira à l’avenir à des agents pathogènes similaires.
One-year-old Quentin Brown is held by his mother, Heather Brown, as he eyes a swab while being tested for COVID-19 at a new walk-up testing site at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle on Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

6 tips to prepare your child for easy COVID-19 testing

Child health psychologists offer research-based strategies to prepare kids for pain-free and distress-free COVID-19 testing.
‘Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family,’ Swabian artist, c. 1470, and a picture showing a fly on U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during the Oct. 7 debate at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (Wikimedia Commons/AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mike Pence’s fly: From Renaissance portraits to Salvador Dalí, artists used flies to make a point about appearances

Flies have long held symbolic meaning in the history of art. In portraits made in Renaissance Europe, the presence of a fly symbolizes the transience of human life.
A worker inspects vials of a SARS CoV-2 vaccine for COVID-19 produced by SinoVac at its factory in Beijing on Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Training our immune systems: Why we should insist on a high-quality COVID-19 vaccine

Our first exposure to a pathogen, either naturally or via vaccination, can affect how our immune system responds in the future to the same or similar pathogens.
Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures. (Shutterstock)

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Education Minister Stephen Lecce, right, on July 30, 2020, before announcing the government’s plan for reopening schools in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Are local shutdowns effective, or should COVID-19 lockdowns be in lockstep provincewide?

With sufficient testing and co-ordination, reopening schools and businesses in areas without active outbreaks can be as effective as a wide lockdown in minimizing COVID-19 cases, according to a new model.
A woman walks through Pearson International Airport in Toronto at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadians are less willing to fly during COVID-19 than Americans

Citizens of the United States and Canada have both had the exact same information regarding the spread of COVID-19, but their attitudes about flying are very different.
The cast of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2019 — that year, the show won Best Comedy Program or Series. (Shutterstock)

‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Letterkenny’ are love letters to rural Canada

Shows like 'Schitt's Creek' and 'Letterkenny' upend how we imagine rural Canada to be. The small-town dynamics represented are wonderful presentations of what it means to be human.
Vaccinologists have not focused their research on tailoring vaccines to induce robust immune responses in the elderly. (Shutterstock)

Why vaccines are less effective in the elderly, and what it means for COVID-19

Immunosenescence — the decline of immune system function with age — means that vaccines are not as effective in older adults, the demographic most susceptible to many diseases, including COVID-19.
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.

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