Pandemic pressures: “Thrifting” on the rise saving money and the environment
Thrift shopping has increased in popularity since the pandemic began, especially with young people.
COVID consequences: Pandemic puts pressure on plans to cut plastic waste
Canada has a goal of zero waste plastic, but the pandemic has put this goal in jeopardy.
Despite pandemic, Ottawa library branches connecting with patrons — one database at a time
The Ottawa Public Library has experienced some positives since the pandemic began, including an increase in users.
Pandemic compounding mental health concerns on both sides of the psychologists’ table
Many people’s mental health has worsened due to COVID-19, but how are mental health workers fairing?
Small business adjusting while building community
Small businesses have had to adjust because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A local Ottawa business called Oat Couture had to adapt in many different ways because of lockdown measures. This photo essay was produced in the fall of 2020 and gives an in-depth look at the changes that the business had to make.
Lookahead ’21: Alberta seniors club helps community battle pandemic isolation
For many members of the Okotoks and District Seniors Club, which serves the town of 31,000 south of Calgary, the pandemic has meant learn how to use technology or face long stretches of loneliness. “The main thing for the seniors is the social aspect,” said Valerie Thom, the club’s outreach co-ordinator. And connecting people remains the ODSC’s priority today. Even…