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Making the case for a green stimulus

Many academics and economists are saying that the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to fix the economy and address climate change.

Governments around the world are rolling out economic stimulus plans worth trillions of dollars. Instead of returning to a pre-crisis status quo, why not commit to programs that bring better living and working conditions, and address the larger ecological crisis at our doorstep?

Today in The Conversation Canada, we have a couple of stories that argue for green stimulus packages. Kyla Tienhaara, from Queen’s University, looks back at the response to the 2008 global financial crisis and offers some tips and advice for an effective green stimulus. And Carolyn Whitzman, from the University of Ottawa, notes that while the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in our social safety net, past pandemics have often brought social reform.

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Green energy can be at the heart of government stimulus plans. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Coronavirus and the economy: We need green stimulus not fossil fuel bailouts

Kyla Tienhaara, Queen's University, Ontario

Governments can staunch the current economic collapse without returning to the status quo.

Past disease outbreaks improved the way we lived. If governments are smart, COVID-19 could do the same. (Shutterstock)

Silver lining: Could COVID-19 lead to a better future?

Carolyn Whitzman, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Historically, pandemics have brought about profound societal improvements. Will that happen this time?

Pay attention to scientist-driven recommendations. There is no evidence that kissing through a mask — as depicted in this image— is a safe practice. Now is a good time to exercise your imagination and practise a different kind of safe sex. (Street art in Bryne, Norway, by Pøbel. Photo by Daniel Tafjord/Unsplash)

Coronavirus and sex: Dos and don'ts during social distancing

Gonzalo R. Quintana Zunino, Concordia University

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual activity may pose risks of transmission. A sex researcher shares information on how sex relates to the current pandemic, and how to prevent transmission.

A man takes a selfie with the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo on the same day the International Olympic Committee announced the 2020 Summer Games would be postponed. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Postponing the Olympics is the right call — curbing the coronavirus pandemic matters more than money

Maxwell J. Smith, Western University; Laura Misener, Western University

The decision to reschedule the Olympic and Paralympic Games was the right move. But how should we decide whether and when the Games should now be held?

Research on coronaviruses and their enzymes informs responses to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Funding basic science research is crucial to our coronavirus pandemic responses

John Bergeron, McGill University

Previous and current research on coronaviruses helps inform the response to the current pandemic, but funding cuts could threaten these programs.

We’re best able to tailor our acts of kindness to the needs of those around us when we see from others’ points of view. (Anastasiia Pyvovarova /Unsplash)

‘Quiet kindness’ can bolster well-being during coronavirus pandemic

John-Tyler Binfet, University of British Columbia

One way to maintain our well-being might be to reflect on others' needs and devise ways to be quietly kind.

African Canadian communities in Nova Scotia use community green spaces like parks, parking lots and other open spaces to gather, celebrate and strengthen community ties. (Shutterstock)

Why Nova Scotia has to take environmental racism seriously

Richard leBrasseur, Dalhousie University

Nova Scotia's African Canadian communities have grappled with racism for decades. By looking at community green spaces, we can see how they serve the community's unique needs.

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La recette pour bien vivre cette période de confinement est simple : bouger, bien manger, dormir, relaxer, gérer ses écrans et… s'amuser. shutterstock

Voici comment rester en forme et en santé avec ses enfants

Tegwen Gadais, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Maud Deschênes, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Le confinement modifie radicalement notre mode de vie avec nos enfants. La recette pour bien vivre cette période est simple : bouger, bien manger, dormir, relaxer, gérer ses écrans et... s'amuser.


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