COVID-19 Updates

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  • Living in the COVID Era - THE NEXT NORMAL

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  • Part 2 - What’s next in the workplace?

    What does the future of work look like in this COVID-19 era? Lisa Taylor - President of Challenge Factory and author of the Talent Revolution. She and her team are on the forefront of helping Canadians prepare for the Future of Work…   In part two of our conversation, Lisa says our initial reaction to the pandemic was a crisis response and we reacted without a full understanding of expectations of both the technology and outcomes. As an example, she points to the challenges we faced trying to educate our kids in a virtual space.
  • What is the Future of Work in the COVID era?

    The pandemic has disrupted every part of our lives. None more so than your work life. Many of you have lost your jobs. Many others have had their hours reduced and almost everyone  who is still working has been working remotely from makeshift home offices.   Is this a glimpse of the future of work? Is the home office really going to be default posture for you and your colleagues?   This is the first of two parts of my conversation with Lisa Taylor - President of Challenge Factory and author of the Talent Revolution. She and her team are on the forefront of helping Canadians prepare for the Future of Work.  
  • Part 1 - What is the Future of Work in the COVID era?

    The pandemic has disrupted every part of our lives. None more so than your work life. Many of you have lost your jobs. Many others have had their hours reduced and almost everyone  who is still working has been working remotely from makeshift home offices.   Is this a glimpse of the future of work? Is the home office really going to be default posture for you and your colleagues?   This is the first of two parts of my conversation with Lisa Taylor - President of Challenge Factory and author of the Talent Revolution. She and her team are on the forefront of helping Canadians prepare for the Future of Work.  
  • Ethics in the pandemic: What's the value of a human life?

    COVID-19 has tested our resilience – the resilience of our economy, of our businesses, of our families health and well-being, and the resilience of our leaders.   And the greatest tests are still to come, particularly as we wade through the process of re-opening economies across Canada and around the world. One of the major challenges will be balancing public health concerns with economic well being.   And that will pose a number of ethical conundrums. In many cases, our leaders will have to assess the value of a human life.   Kerry Bowman is a bio ethicist and professor at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. He says we can't have ethics that apply during "normal" times and a different set of ethics in the face of an emergency.
  • How we use our outdoor space will have a direct effect on public transportation

    Don't Fence Me In was written by Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher and Roy Rogers sang in the 1944 movie – Hollywood Canteen. The idea of wide open spaces has always been a metaphor for freedom and healthy living…   But here we are in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and we are rethinking the safety and security of our open spaces. Even when we stroll in the park, we’re told we need to keep our distance.   It’s forced us to rethink how we use outdoor public space, how we re-organize our urban infrastructure. It won’t just change the way we use our parks and parking lots – it will have a direct effect on the way urban transportation – both public and private – as we learn to live in the COVID era.   John Surico is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He writes about urban spaces and public transit for CITYLAB and the New York Times. He joins us from his office in London.
  • The success of the economic recovery during COVID-19 depends upon your behaviour

    Whether it’s re-opening our economy, getting the kids back to class, or keeping your regular dentist appointment – the recovery and success will depend on your comfort and your confidence that we will be able to do all of this safely as we face the challenges of COVID-19.   Sarah Thorne, President and CEO of Decision • Partners is a behavioural researcher. She says we are all in a state of adaptive management. As much as we may think things have changed quickly, Thorne says our collective experience during this pandemic has been one of “slowing things down”. It’s causing us to think of what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and re-evaluating our values.   As it stands now, her research suggests most Canadians are becoming active risk assessors and will make decisions now based on their own comfort and confidence that they and their families will be safe.
  • Re-Imagining Recovery - Standing our cities back up in the COVID era.

    The effort to restart and regenerate economies across the country is proving to be more art than science. It’s But it’s a choreography that leans towards improv over planning.  We’ve never faced this before.   So governements, public health authorities and business are having to process this as we go. And there’s only one opportunity to do it right.   How do we do that?   Well, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has laid out a series of measures to help local economies re-open safely.   The report is called RE-IMAGINING RECOVERY….and we’ve assembled our Round Table to explore the ideas.   We are joined by Richard Joy Executive Director Urban Land Institute Toronto, Scott Beck President and CEO Tourism Toronto and Jan De Silva President and CEO Toronto Region Board of Trade  
  • COVID-19 hits Canadian agriculture hard and threatens the food supply chain

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the areas of neglect and concern that have been hiding in plain view. That includes the matter of FOOD SECURITY. The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the pressure on an already pressured food bank network across Canada. FOOD SECURITY at the dinner table is one thing.   But what about the SECURITY of the FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN? How do we ensure the food we grow gets out of the ground from the farm, onto the truck, to your local grocer and to your front door in this age of COVID?   Keith Currie is the Vice President the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. He spoke to us from his office in Collingwood, Ontario  

Reshmi Nair, host of "Outbreak: The Facts and Fiction of the Coronavirus" asks Dan Riskin, Bell Media science expert and Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious disease physician at Toronto General Hospital YOUR questions about COVID-19