Just as Schrodinger’s cat was theoretically both alive and dead, it seems we are currently in a pandemic and yet simultaneously out of it. The term “post-pandemic” keeps popping up to describe the present, in which most restrictions are lifted, some provinces have stopped reporting daily COVID-19 data in favour of weekly updates, testing is limited and people are trying to return to a sense of normalcy. At the same time, omicron BA.2 continues to circulate widely, new variants are emerging and case counts remain high.

How are we to navigate Schrodinger’s pandemic?

Today in The Conversation Canada, Dasantila Golemi-Kotra of York University writes about what it means when government leaders ask us to learn to “live with the virus.” Individuals need resources to be comfortable managing current risks, which include BA.2 and new variants, as well as the potential impact of high infection rates on things like absenteeism. “We are not in a position to predict the future of this pandemic, just yet,” she writes.

Also today:

Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore arrives to speak at a press conference at Queen’s Park on April 11, 2022. Ontario lifted most COVID-19 restrictions in March. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves

Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, York University, Canada

Instead of minimizing current or future waves of COVID-19, we need for strategies to deal with new variants efficiently. Only then can we live with the virus in a healthy way.

This generation finds itself part of a problem it did not create, but it is also part of the solution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

6 ways to build resilience and hope into young people’s learning about climate change

Simon Appolloni, University of Toronto

There are ways to convey the hard scientific facts about climate change and help young generations adapt in the face of adversity and manage change over time.

Parents in households that spoke languages other than English expressed concerns over their children’s English-language development. (Shutterstock)

Immigrant families had to fend for themselves during online schooling

Emma Chen, University of Saskatchewan

COVID public health measures included school closures and a shift to online learning. This placed immigrant families at a disadvantage as they saw to their children’s emotional and educational needs.

European countries have embraced housing co-ops for decades to address housing affordability. Why not Canada? (Piqsels)

Housing co-ops could solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis

Margaret Kohn, University of Toronto

In a period when homelessness and housing costs have reached crisis levels, it’s time to look at housing co-operatives as a potential game-changer.

The screen in Piccadilly Circus is lit to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee comes amid her declining health, royal backlash and a colonial reckoning

Catherine Ellis, Ryerson University

This year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will draw on traditions that have bolstered support for monarchs since the early 1800s — it could help this year’s celebrations succeed again.

La Conversation Canada

Nos cellules contiennent des milliers de protéines différentes, agissant comme des petites machines, afin d’accomplir une grande variété de processus cellulaires. (Shutterstock)

Prévenir le cancer en s’intéressant à la gestion des déchets de nos cellules

Dr El Bachir Affar, Université de Montréal; Clémence Messmer, Université de Montréal

Démystification de la manière dont les protéines de nos cellules sont gérées au niveau de leur synthèse et de leur dégradation. Une perturbation de cet équilibre peut être associée au cancer.

Des élèves d'une école primaire se préparent à entrer en classe à Montréal en janvier 2022. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Paul Chiasson

Enseignants non légalement qualifiés dans nos écoles : au-delà des inquiétudes, quelles solutions ?

Geneviève Sirois, Université TÉLUQ ; Aline Niyubahwe, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Les médias font de plus en plus état de la présence d’enseignants non légalement qualifiés dans les écoles québécoises, ce qui inquiète à la fois les parents et les gestionnaires.

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