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Maryam Sadat Montajabi, centre left, and her daughter Romina Khaksar, 15, who both moved to Canada from Iran in 2015, wait to have their photo taken with dignitaries after becoming Canadian citizens during a special Canada Day citizenship ceremony, in West Vancouver on July 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Immigrants are worrying about social ties and finances during coronavirus

Immigrants and other newcomers to Canada are worried about maintaining their relationships and staying afloat, and need government consideration and support.
Third places are most effective when, like Waverley Community Garden in Sydney, they appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. d-olwen-dee/flickr

Many people feel lonely in the city, but perhaps ‘third places’ can help with that

Third places are shared spaces where people can informally socialise. As a potential antidote to the modern scourge of loneliness, it's worth asking what makes the best of these places tick.
Social isolation is linked to increased blood pressure and depression. Mindmo/shutterstock.com

Loneliness is bad for your health

Social isolation is linked to higher blood pressure, lower cognitive abilities and even increased chances of premature death.

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