The coronavirus has devastated Canada's long-term care facilities. The vast majority of our COVID-19 victims have either been residents of long-term care facilities or employees — despite the many alarm bells raised for years about the living and working conditions in these centres, many of them privately owned.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Bruce Campbell, Mark Winfield and Pat Armstrong of York University issue an impassioned call for formal, independent inquiries into why long-term care facilities have been so ravaged by the coronavirus. They write: "It is critically important that we have as complete an understanding as possible of what went wrong this time and what can be done better next time — because there will almost certainly be a next time."

Also today:


Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

Wheelchairs sit behind Camilla Care in Mississauga, Ont., on May 12, 2020. Fifty residents from the long-term care home have died from COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

We need inquiries into why coronavirus is ravaging long-term care homes

Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada; Mark Winfield, York University, Canada; Pat Armstrong, York University, Canada

The extraordinary scope and scale of the COVID-19 disaster at Canada's long-term care centres would seem to warrant a public inquiry. But there are no guarantees there will actually be one.

Governments are implementing surveillance technologies to monitor and control the spread of COVID-19. (Shutterstock)

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a surveillance debate beyond ‘privacy’

David Lyon, Queen's University, Ontario

Privacy regulation can’t keep pace with the supersystems collecting, analyzing and using personal data.

Universities face pressure to ensure their graduate programs have a clear return on investment both for students and for taxpayers. Here, the Vancouver skyline behind a Canadian flag in North Vancouver, B.C., March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Coronavirus halted years of research and Canada needs a strategy to fight back

Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan; Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University; Lisa Young, University of Calgary

Graduate students are suffering, public investments in research are at risk and we need to face implications of growing reliance on international graduate when borders are harder to cross.

Industrial animal agriculture in our own backyard could very well be the cause of the next pandemic. (Unsplash)

Coronavirus shows we must get serious about the well-being of animals

Kendra Coulter, Brock University

Animal suffering not only harms other species, it endangers our own. Here's how we can do better.

The Netflix documentary ‘The Last Dance’ reveals the hyper-competitiveness of Michael Jordan during the 1990s. AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

What Michael Jordan’s documentary ‘The Last Dance’ tells us about beating the coronavirus pandemic

Ajit Pyati, Western University

The hyper-competitiveness of Michael Jordan may work on the basketball court, but the win-at-all-cost American culture that Jordan represents is not what's needed to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Research consistently shows the benefits of pet ownership during stressful times. (Shutterstock)

How the coronavirus pet adoption boom is reducing stress

L.F. Carver, Queen's University, Ontario

Pets can relieve anxiety during the pandemic and reduce the effects of social isolation. However, there have been waves of pet adoptions and abandonment related to the pandemic.

La Conversation Canada

Bien que la présence du virus SARS-CoV-2 ait été observée dans les larmes de certains patients malades, il est peu probable que cette voie de transmission favorise le développement de la Covid-19 ou d’une infection localisée à l’œil. shutterstock

Le port de lentilles cornéennes nous met-il plus à risque d’être atteint de la Covid-19 ?

Langis Michaud, Université de Montréal

Les lentilles cornéennes sont sécuritaires, à condition de suivre rigoureusement les recommandations d’hygiène, dont le lavage fréquent des mains.