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Flags fly outside of Montréal City Hall in June 2018. Health Canada has suspended official languages rules on bilingual labelling in an effort to speed up the importation of certain disinfectant and cleaning products during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sidhartha Banerjee

Coronavirus: Importing products without bilingual labels endangers francophones

Seven million French-speaking Canadians shouldn't have to decipher English-only labels during the pandemic. Ottawa must take into account the fundamental rights and safety of all Canadians.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (coloured yellow) enmeshed within a human white blood cell (coloured red). MRSA is a major cause of hospital-associated infections. (NIAID)

Drug-resistant superbugs: A global threat intensified by the fight against coronavirus

Antimicrobial resistance is a public health and economic disaster waiting to happen. If we do not address this threat, by 2050 more people will die from drug-resistant infections than from cancer.
Air raid wardens in Washington, D.C., conduct a practice air raid. Office for Emergency Management, Office of War Information/National Archives

Cold War-style preparedness could help fight future pandemics

Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.
When word of COVID-19 spread, consumers started stockpiling goods like toilet paper in their homes, both disrupting the supply chain system and creating living spaces crammed with paper products. It isn’t necessary. (Erik Mclean/Unsplash)

Coronavirus hoarding: Why you can stop amassing toilet paper

Bulk buying disrupts the balance of the supply chain. Here's how supply chains combat hoarding of products like toilet paper.
A woman buys hand sanitizer made by Spirit of York Distillery in Toronto on March 19, 2020. The distillery switched their production over to hand sanitizer following the coronavirus shutdown, with all proceeds going to charity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The coronavirus crisis: A catalyst for entrepreneurship

It's clear that our post-pandemic future will be different. Current signs of good will amid entrepreneurial initiatives give us some cause for optimism.

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