As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, many businesses are finding ways to serve their customers within the new normal. However, independent movie theatres are in an interesting position. Without any real way to generate revenue comparable to pre-COVID averages, most had to sit still and wait for good news, hoping for the best.
Kyla Gutsche is a medical tattoo artist and owner of Cosmetic Transformations in Peterborough, Ont. Her small business provides permanent makeup services to disguise unwanted scars. Breast cancer scarring can threaten a woman’s body and her sense of self-control. Tattooing over the wound is one way to regain that power.
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered all major in-person sporting events, the running community saw no exception. This year, some major races, like lululemon’s SeaWheeze, are going virtual instead. The organizers moved the party completely online, offering both a half marathon and a 10km race.
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.
In Canada, abortion has not been restricted federally since 1988. While the essential nature of abortion was quickly reaffirmed by policy-makers at the beginning of the pandemic, providers had to adjust the way they delivered health services so patients could continue to access abortion at the peak of regional quarantine measures. While the types of services patients need haven’t changed dramatically, the pandemic has altered the way clinics and hospitals think about accessibility of care.
As a Canadian, I’m no stranger to the stereotype of how the word ‘Sorry’ dominates our vocabulary. Politeness has become the dominating characteristic of Canada’s global reputation, but in many ways the stereotype is true. Our culture is so apologetic that the word seems to have lost its meaning. It’s reached the point where the automatic response to any scenario is an apology, even if it’s unnecessary. So where does the need to apologize come from?
To anyone outside of the two countries, the difference between a Canadian and American accent is non-existent. To the average non-Canadian, the pronunciation of “about” as “aboot” is the only Canadianism they know. Then enters Canadian English. This unique dialect separates Canada from the US, but many Canadians will tell you that they don’t always notice the difference.
Dr. Seirian Sumner, a Reader at University College London, believes that most people don’t properly understand the function of wasps. In 2018, she published an article for the Royal Entomological Society titled, ‘Why we love bees and hate wasps.’