Weighty decision: I feel safe back at the gym, but I’m not working out quite as much as I used to
With gyms reopening in Ontario over the last few weeks, people are wondering how safe that can be. I went to my local gym to find out what safety measures they have in place.
I downloaded the ‘COVID Alert’ app: Here’s how it went on the first day
Tracking whether you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 in Canada became a lot easier on Friday. Well, only if you’re in Ontario. On Friday, the federal and Ontario governments launched COVID Alert, the app which notifies users if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. “Together, let’s limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future…
‘I’m not embarrassed or ashamed’: Talking about mental health in the world of sports is a winning strategy
For far too long there has been a stigma around the discussion of mental health in sports. Some people still feel that opening up about their struggles equates to weakness. Others who hear about those struggles too often reinforce judgmental attitudes and outdated stereotypes. After all, in the world of professional sports, the most important thing to a lot of…
Super Felix Brothers: Gatineau author — and mom — addresses sickle cell anemia, diversity in her storytelling
GATINEAU — When Nahomie Acelin and Ronald Felix discovered two of their three sons had sickle cell anemia it would have been natural for them to focus on the negative. But they chose a different way of coping with the diagnosis. “We made a family decision last summer that, instead of complaining, we will talk about (the diagnosis) and turn…
High-profile changes to voicing of non-white characters draws animated response from Black Canadians
With The Simpsons announcing that white voice actors will no longer portray non-white characters, Black Canadians want to see better representation throughout the entire animated industry.
Canada Day, your way: How these patriots are celebrating their Maple Leaf pride during the pandemic
With major celebrations cancelled across the country, Canadians are finding different ways to celebrate Canada Day during the current pandemic.
Teachers, parents, health experts share mixed feelings about plans to reopen Ontario schools in September
As the talks about reopening schools in September are underway, teachers and parents try to figure out what’s best for students and society.
Circle Concerns: Some Ontarians are wary of expansions to social gatherings
With Ontario allowing residents to form social circles without social distancing with up to 10 people, some Ontarians are wary of a potential COVID-19 spread.
BIPOC students want action at Carleton’s J-School, not just words — and I’m one of them
While it’s nice to see Carleton University’s journalism programs vowing to make courses more inclusive for BIPOC students, we need to see action first.
Ottawa community centre keeps seniors connected despite pandemic
COVID-19 is preventing seniors from meeting each other in-person, but Ottawa West Community Support has found different ways to make sure their clients stay social.
Silver lining: Teen robotics team wired to work on after competition scuttled by COVID-19
“The main takeaway of it all is what we learn,” he added, citing the team’s preparation along the way, including the thrill of past competitions. “It’s not really about competing or winning, but the experience that we get from it, and the fun — it’s actually a lot of fun doing all of it.”