Social Isolation

Penticton, B.C., pen pal project between students, seniors stems social isolation amid COVID-19

Seniors at Charles Manor Assisted Living present the letters and cards they’ve received from their pen-pals at KVR Middle School.

Students and seniors in Penticton, B.C., are creating connection and community while staying apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. KVR Middle School and Charles Manor Independent Living Facility teamed up to launch a pilot pen-pal program. The initiative matched up 50 Grade 6 students with seniors and the pairs have …

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40% of Canadians struggling with mental health, addiction amid coronavirus pandemic: Ipsos – National

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Amid a year of job loss, social isolation and travel restrictions, the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Canadians, as many struggled with mental health and addiction issues, according to recent Ipsos polling. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found that nearly four in 10 respondents …

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Coronavirus: Ozarks partygoer tests positive for COVID-19 – National

Kenney says many Alberta school boards were planning layoffs before his government announced them

By Staff The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2020 9:37 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Health officials said Friday that they were seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended …

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Coronavirus: Google travel data shows movement in U.S., compliance in Brazil, Japan – National

Coronavirus: Google travel data shows movement in U.S., compliance in Brazil, Japan - National

More people stayed home in Brazil, Japan and Singapore in April as those countries’ novel coronavirus cases surged, while people in the United States and Australia returned to parks and jobs as infection rates flattened, data from Google show. The latest weekly update of aggregated travel patterns Google collected from …

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B.C. family credits video messages with helping grandfather survive COVID-19

B.C. family credits video messages with helping grandfather survive COVID-19

Just how important is staying virtually connected during the COVID-19 pandemic? One North Delta, B.C. woman credits it with saving her husband’s life. Angela White’s husband Jerry was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. Because of strict isolation rules, none of the family was able to visit him at Surrey …

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Montreal experts advise how to help elderly loved ones through coronavirus pandemic – Montreal

A granddaughter visiting her grandparents.

For many elderly people in Montreal, being confined to their homes and physically distanced from those they love has been difficult. In some cases, it has even been crippling. “A lot of seniors are losing their mobility very quickly, because they’re confined at home, so they’re getting weaker, they’re walking …

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COMMENTARY: Could the coronavirus fundamentally change the way we date? – National

COMMENTARY: Could the coronavirus fundamentally change the way we date? - National

We are lovers in a dangerous time. Thanks to the novel coronavirus, millions of people are now navigating the dating world in a society defined by social distancing, working from home and virtual hangouts. We are forced to be apart, so new relationships must actually go through an extended “courting” …

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Crisis contacts up 40% says executive director of Sexual Assault Centre Kingston – Kingston

Crisis contacts up 40% says executive director of Sexual Assault Centre Kingston - Kingston

Brea Hutchison, executive director of Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, says calls to their crisis and support line have increased dramatically since people have been told to stay home during the current pandemic. “We’ve seen about a 40 per cent increase in crisis contact,” Hutchison said. “That’s enormous; we’ve haven’t seen …

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