The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was announced in March 2020 to support Canadians struggling financially due to COVID-19. Since then, 8.46 million Canadians have applied for the benefit, and 86 per cent of Canadians have agreed the CERB is a necessary and useful aid. However, while the federal government has extended COVID-19 support to countless Canadians, those with disabilities were left in the lurch.
Due to COVID-19, the majority of Ontario universities are only offering remote learning, administering their classes online. As in-person examinations for the Fall 2020 semester are unlikely, the Ontario government and eCampusOntario have provided access to the online proctoring service ProctorTrack.
OnlyFans may have become a trendy topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rapidly-growing site emphasizes how the sex work industry is evolving. While some services can’t be substituted with an online experience, avenues like OnlyFans allow workers to exercise greater control over their bodies and their sexualities from the comfort of their own homes.
Many Toronto residents are frustrated that borrowing books isn’t as easy under COVID-19 restrictions. To them, a closed library is an inconvenience. But for people experiencing homelessness in Toronto, being able to access library services is often crucial.
In March, when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the emergency shutdown of all non-essential businesses in the province, farmers’ markets were deemed essential food services. Ottawa Public Health guidelines for farmers’ markets, however, meant these spaces would not be operating normally.
With COVID-19 forcing countless Ontario businesses to shutter, one of Thunder Bay’s safest spaces is facing closure.