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A second COVID-19 wave? Here are 6 lessons from the first

Aug 7 2020 — Loren Falkenberg — As COVID-19 spread across the globe, governments looked to epidemiologists to slow its transmission. Without a vaccine, large-scale testing capacity and sufficient critical-care beds, epidemiologists pushed countries to enact social distancing measures and to lock down economies. These policies saved lives and bought time to better understand the virus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]

A second COVID-19 wave? Here are 6 lessons from the first

Aug 7 2020 — Loren Falkenberg — A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past a temporary Pride art installation in Vancouver on Aug. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Loren Falkenberg, University of Calgary As COVID-19 spread across the globe, governments looked to epidemiologists to slow its transmission. Without a vaccine, large-scale testing capacity and […]

The business of sports resumes amid COVID-19, but at what cost?

Jul 29 2020 — Cheri L. Bradish — Professional sports are a multi-billion-dollar business, including the revenues generated by sports advertising and sports media organizations. One Canadian example of the size and scope of pro sports is the $5.2-billion deal Rogers Communications signed in 2013 for the rights to broadcast NHL games across the country until 2025. But the current COVID-19 climate has […]

The business of sports resumes amid COVID-19, but at what cost?

Jul 29 2020 — Cheri L. Bradish — A New York Mets employee places cutouts of fans in the seats before the team’s first game of the year on July 24. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Cheri L. Bradish, Ryerson University Professional sports are a multi-billion-dollar business, including the revenues generated by sports advertising and sports media organizations. One Canadian example of the size and […]

Addressing anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions can transform Canada after the COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 20 2020 — Neil Price — Post-secondary institutions reflect Canadian society at large. Addressing racism can help work towards social justice. (Shutterstock) Neil Price, University of Toronto COVID-19 has brought issues of racism and inequality in our education systems into stark relief. We must now consider the role of colleges and universities in transforming Canada for the better after coronavirus. Some […]

Facts or fake news: Revealing patterns in the COVID-19 tweets of Trudeau and Trump

Jul 13 2020 — Anthony Bonato and Alex Nazareth — From its ostensible origins in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, COVID-19 has spread across the globe. There are now a staggering 11.5 million cases worldwide, resulting in over half a million deaths. March saw the pandemic’s beginnings in Canada and the United States, followed by widespread lockdowns meant to slow the progression of the virus. […]

Facts or fake news: Revealing patterns in the COVID-19 tweets of Trudeau and Trump

Jul 13 2020 — Anthony Bonato and Alex Nazareth — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump have had different approaches to tweeting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here the two talk during a NATO session in December 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Anthony Bonato, Ryerson University and Alex Nazareth, Ryerson University From its ostensible origins in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, COVID-19 has spread […]

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

Jul 7 2020 — Rumina Dhalla — Despite unrelenting pressures from passenger rights advocates, intense media scrutiny and strident demands from passengers, Canadian airlines have remained largely immutable in refusing to issue cash refunds for cancelled flights. Passengers are offered future travel vouchers and options to convert to loyalty air miles. Airlines’ immediate focus is on financial survival, arguing that returning passengers […]

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

Jul 7 2020 — Rumina Dhalla — Airlines are risking alienating customers and permanent reputational damage due to their refusal to issue refunds after cancelling flights mid-coronavirus. (Pixabay) Rumina Dhalla, University of Guelph Despite unrelenting pressures from passenger rights advocates, intense media scrutiny and strident demands from passengers, Canadian airlines have remained largely immutable in refusing to issue cash refunds for cancelled […]