COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Impact on SSHRC programs, experts database and perspectives from our community.


Perspectives on COVID-19

Stay tuned for spotlights on key related topics from our research community

Follow the journey of two SSHRC-funded researchers as they contribute to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Check this page regularly to hear updates directly from the researchers. If you have questions for them, share them with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Eric Kennedy
York University


Over the next two years, Assistant Professor Eric Kennedy and his team, including Associate Professor Claudia Chaufan of York University and Associate Professor Kieran O’Doherty of the University of Guelph, will carry out a cross-Canada survey to document how Canadians understand the outbreak. Who do they trust for information? How are they adapting their behaviours? Is their perception of risk changing? The research will help better understand the social dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak and inform response efforts. The team invites practitioners and international researchers to participate in this project.

Publications

Myles Leslie
University of Calgary


Professor Myles Leslie, associate director of research at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and his team are assessing how COVID-19 preparedness and response policies are being transmitted to, and implemented in, hospital and family health centres in Alberta. Through interviews with public health workers and site visits with front-line clinicians, the team will better understand how policies, protocols, priorities and communication channels are functioning. Together, they will help identify opportunities for improving response efforts in real time—and for future public health emergencies.

Publications

Browse through this set of articles by SSHRC-funded researchers about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. From federal pandemic response policies to the impacts on our behaviours, the economy, cities, workplaces, employment, education and social media, find out how our researchers are applying a social science and humanities lens.

These articles were published in The Conversation Canada, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.

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Articles

May 24, 2020

We need inquiries into why coronavirus is ravaging long-term care homes

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Pat Armstrong

Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University

Bruce Campbell

Adjunct professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Mark Winfield

Professor of Environmental Studies, York University

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May 24, 2020

Coronavirus halted years of research and Canada needs a strategy to fight back

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Loleen Berdahl

Professor and Head, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Jonathan Malloy

Professor of Political Science, Carleton University

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May 22, 2020

How the movie industry is fighting lockdown

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Sarah Atkinson

Professor of Screen Media, King's College London

Helen W. Kennedy

Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Nottingham

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May 21, 2020

Cell tower vandals and re-open protestors—why some people believe in coronavirus conspiracies

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jeremy Cohen

Doctoral Candidate, Religious Studies, McMaster University

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May 21, 2020

The chronic stress of coronavirus is affecting your mental health. Here’s how exercise can help.

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jennifer J. Heisz

Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence, McMaster University

Maryam Marashi

Master's Student, Kinesiology, McMaster University

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May 21, 2020

How Central Asia’s authoritarian regimes have used coronavirus to their advantage

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jonathan Fisher

Director, International Development Department, University of Birmingham

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May 14, 2020

Coronavirus crisis shows ableism shapes Canada’s long-term care for people with disabilities

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Gillian Parekh

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Inclusion, Disability and Education, York University

Kathryn Underwood

Professor, Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University

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May 14, 2020

After coronavirus: Global youth reveal that the social value of art has never mattered more

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Kathleen Gallagher

Distinguished Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

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May 13, 2020

Ces travailleurs jetables qui deviennent « essentiels » en temps de crise (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Yanick Noiseux

Professor, Département de sociologie, Université de Montréal

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May 13, 2020

Returning to ‘normal’ post-coronavirus would be inhumane

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Paul R. Carr

Full Professor, Département des sciences de l'éducation and Chair-holder, UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT), Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

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May 12, 2020

The coronavirus reveals the necessity of Canada’s migrant workers

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Bethany Hastie

Assistant Professor, Law, University of British Columbia

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May 11, 2020

Retour en classe : comment les profs peuvent réagir aux cas de maltraitance (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Delphine Collin-Vézina

Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University

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May 11, 2020

What Canada knows about food crises can help prevent shortages and protect workers during coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Donica Belisle

Associate Professor of History, University of Regina

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May 10, 2020

Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Elizabeth Lunstrum

Associate Professor, Boise State University

James Stinson

Postdoctoral Fellow, York University

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May 7, 2020

Music helps us during difficult and traumatic times

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Emily Abrams Ansari

Associate Professor, Western University

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May 7, 2020

Canada needs to see the U.S. and its trade motives clearly

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Blayne Haggart

Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University

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May 7, 2020

South Africa has raised social grants: why this shouldn’t be a stop-gap measure

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Christopher Webb

Instructor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University

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May 6, 2020

Keeping fish local can help feed communities and support economies

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Charles Z. Levkoe

Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University

Kristen Lowitt

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environment, Brandon University

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May 5, 2020

How coronavirus is changing the rules on foreign investment in essential areas

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jing Li

Associate Professor of International Business, Simon Fraser University

Daniel Shapiro

Professor of Global Business Strategy, Simon Fraser University

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May 5, 2020

More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jennifer Black

Associate Professor of Food, Nutrition and Health, University of British Columbia

Jennifer Brady

Assistant Professor, Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

Elaine Power

Associate Professor in Health Studies, Queen's University

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May 4, 2020

How governments can make public health decisions when some information about coronavirus is missing

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jane E. McArthur

Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University of Windsor

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May 4, 2020

Why religious freedom stokes coronavirus protests in the U.S., but not Canada

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Pamela E. Klassen

Professor of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

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May 4, 2020

Coronavirus shows why Canada must reduce its dependence on the U.S.

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Philippe Lagassé

Associate professor and Barton Chair, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Srdjan Vucetic

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

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May 4, 2020

Réouverture des écoles primaires : mode d’emploi (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Arvisais

Professeur, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Patrick Charland

Full professor, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 30, 2020

It could take two years for the economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Steven Salterio

Stephen JR Smith Chair of Accounting and Auditing, Professor of Business, Queen’s University

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April 29, 2020

How to build more resilient cities post-coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jino Distasio

Professor of Geography and Vice President of Research and Innovation, University of Winnipeg

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April 28, 2020

Covid-19 : pourquoi il faut rouvrir les écoles maintenant (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Arvisais

Professeur, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Jonathan Bluteau

Professeur agrégé, Département d'éducation et formation spécialisées, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Patrick Charland

Full professor, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 27, 2020

A shout-out to teachers: Why their expertise matters in the coronavirus pandemic, and always

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Arvisais

Professeur, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Patrick Charland

Full professor, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 27, 2020

People freed from prison during coronavirus may face big risks on the outside

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Daina Stanley

PhD Candidate in Anthropology of Health; Part-time Professor University of Ottawa, McMaster University

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April 21, 2020

Children's privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jane Bailey

Professor of Law and Co-Leader of The eQuality Project, University of Ottawa

Jacquelyn Burkell

Associate Vice-President, Research, Western University

Priscilla Regan

Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Valerie Steeves

Full Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa

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April 20, 2020

Réduire la pauvreté avec le revenu minimum garanti? Pas si sûr… (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Jacques

Candidat au doctorat, département de science politique, spécialiste en politiques publiques, McGill University

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April 17, 2020

Les préposés aux bénéficiaires, ces employés « invisibles » du secteur de la santé (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Nicolas Fernandez

Professeur agrégé en pédagogie des sciences de la santé, Université de Montréal

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April 17, 2020

Le coronavirus, révélateur retentissant des valeurs et des injustices de notre société (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Bonnie Campbell

Professeure d'économie politique. Directrice sortante du Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en développement international et société (CIRDIS) et spécialisée sur les activités minières en Afrique et les enjeux de développement, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 17, 2020

When will we return to normal after coronavirus? The data will tell us

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Mark Daley

Special Advisor to the President (Data Strategy), Western University

Ted Hewitt

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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April 16, 2020

Canada must act globally in response to the coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

John D. Cameron

Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University

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April 16, 2020

Housing is health: Coronavirus highlights the dangers of the housing crisis in Canada’s North

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Julia Christensen

Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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April 14, 2020

Politicians and scientists need strong connections during the coronavirus crisis—and beyond

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Kin Chan

Assistant Professor in Biochemistry, University of Ottawa

Jackie Dawson

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics, University of Ottawa

Angela Kaida

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives in HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health, Simon Fraser University

Catherine L. Mah

Canada Research Chair in Promoting Healthy Populations, Dalhousie University

Heather Sparling

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology; Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions, Cape Breton University

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April 14, 2020

Coronavirus bailouts won’t save startup workers from layoffs

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Lisa Cohen

Associate Professor, Business Administration, McGill University

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April 14, 2020

As coronavirus threatens seafood economy, community fisheries find ways to stay afloat

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Emily De Sousa

MA Geography Student, University of Guelph

Hannah L. Harrison

Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Geography, University of Guelph

Philip A. Loring

Associate Professor and Arrell Chair in Food, Policy, and Society, University of Guelph

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April 13, 2020

Les systèmes éducatifs sont en crise partout sur la planète. Voici comment ils se relèveront (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Arvisais

Professeur, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Patrick Charland

Full professor, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 13, 2020

Why Canada needs the United States to fight the coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Julien Martin

Associate professor, ESG UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Florian Mayneris

Associate professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 8, 2020

Covid-19 dans les camps de réfugiés : vers la catastrophe humanitaire (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Olivier Arvisais

Professeur, Département de didactique, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 8, 2020

War metaphors used for COVID-19 are compelling but also dangerous

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Costanza Musu

Associate Professor, Graduate Scool of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

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April 7, 2020

Courts are moving to video during coronavirus, but research shows it’s hard to get a fair trial remotely

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Meredith Rossner

Professor of Criminology, Australian National University

David Tait

Professor of Justice Research, Western Sydney University

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April 7, 2020

What will happen to school grades during the coronavirus pandemic?

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Louis Volante

Professor of Justice Research, Brock University

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April 6, 2020

Coronavirus isn’t the end of ‘childhood innocence,’ but an opportunity to re-think children’s rights

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Julie Garlen

Associate Professor, Childhood and Youth Studies, Carleton University

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April 5, 2020

After the plague, Shakespeare imagined a world saved from poison, slander and the evil eye

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Paul Yachnin

Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, McGill University

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April 3, 2020

Déjà fragilisées, les résidences pour aînés étaient-elles prêtes à affronter la pandémie ? (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Nicolas Fernandez

Professeur agrégé en pédagogie des sciences de la santé, Université de Montréal

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April 2, 2020

Covid-19 : comment aider en temps de crise ou le grand défi de la philanthropie (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jean-Marc Fontan

Professeur titulaire, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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April 1, 2020

The limits of Canada’s federal emergency law during the coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Amy Swiffen

Associate Professor of Sociology, Concordia University

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April 1, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to create affordable cities

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Jill L. Grant

Professor Emeritus, School of Planning, Dalhousie University

Howard Ramos

Professor of Sociology, Dalhousie University

Alan Walks

Professor, Geography, University of Toronto

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March 31, 2020

Anti-Asian racism during coronavirus: How the language of disease produces hate and violence

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Paula Larsson

Doctoral Student, Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford

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March 30, 2020

Covid-19 : quatre actions à prendre dès maintenant pour protéger les enfants vulnérables (in french only)

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Delphine Collin-Vézina

Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University

Tristan Milot

Professor, Département de psychoéducation, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

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March 30, 2020

Comics vs. coronavirus: Comics industry shut down for the first time in almost a century

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Bart Beaty

Professor of English, University of Calgary

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March 29, 2020

How to address coronavirus misinformation spreading through messaging apps and email

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

George Veletsianos

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, Royal Roads University

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March 26, 2020

During the Second World War, BBC listeners kept calm and listened to an unlikely star

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Christina Baade

Professor in Communication Studies, McMaster University

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March 25, 2020

The coronavirus is changing how we work — possibly permanently

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Lisa Cohen

Associate Professor, Business Administration, McGill University

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March 24, 2020

‘Quiet kindness’ can bolster well-being during coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

John-Tyler Binfet

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

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March 24, 2020

Postponing the Olympics is the right call — curbing the coronavirus pandemic matters more than money

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Laura Misener

Associate Professor and Director, School of Kinesiology, Western University

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March 23, 2020

5 ways to keep human connections when moving learning online due to coronavirus

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Erika E. Smith

Assistant Professor and Faculty Development Consultant, Academic Development Centre, Mount Royal University

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March 22, 2020

#COVID19: Social media both a blessing and a curse during coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

S. Harris Ali

Professor, Sociology, York University

Fuyuki Kurasawa

York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University

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March 18, 2020

Apocalyptic fiction helps us deal with the anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Katherine Shwetz

PhD Candidate and Course Instructor, University of Toronto

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March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Canada’s response hits a turning point

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Kevin Quigley

Scholarly Director of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Dalhousie University

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March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: The perils of our ‘just enough, just in time’ food system

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Evan Fraser

Professor, Director of the Arrell Food Institute and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, University of Guelph

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March 16, 2020

Should elections be postponed because of coronavirus?

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Toby James

Visiting Academic at International IDEA and Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of East Anglia

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March 16, 2020

Coronavirus event cancellations: Communication is key to retaining public trust

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Christine Van Winkle

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba

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March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Q&As: Answers to 7 questions your kids may have about the pandemic

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Sheri Madigan

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary

Nicole Racine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary

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March 12, 2020

Coronavirus pushes universities to switch to online classes — but are they ready?

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

George Veletsianos

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, Royal Roads University

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February 26, 2020

Coronavirus: How behaviour can help control the spread of COVID-19

SSHRC-Funded Author(s):

Peter Hall

Professor, University of Waterloo

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