How our current approach to science pushes people away – Part 2

“—it requires more than a simple commitment to equality. It requires that you change your life so that you are exposed to minorities on a regular basis and become comfortable with them and familiar with the best of their culture, so that when you want to meet, hire, date, or talk with a member of a minority, you aren’t betrayed by your hesitation and discomfort.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking…

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A World Beyond Our Own

All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.– Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844) At times of a global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, nations often look inwards in neglect of those who are the most vulnerable. The goal of this article is not to criticize the effectiveness of local, national, or global pandemic response, but rather to bring awareness of urgent global issues of the developing world and…

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The Social Implications of Pandemics

In response to the emergence of the novel SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19, the province of Ontario entered a state of emergency on March 17th, 2020. Social distancing, defined as self-regulated physical separation and non-essential gathering, was recommended by the province to contain person-to-person transmission of the virus. Measures implemented by the lockdown included working from home, a transition towards online classes, and the shutdown of daycares. These changes were implemented to ‘flatten the…

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Issue 2, 2020 – Cover

Pandemics have impacted our society in different ways over the centuries. This is also the case of the current COVID-19 pandemic, which can be considered as the pandemic of the digital era. The reliance on the digital world has never been more crucial. Big data, mobile technology, and artificial intelligence have been adopted by many countries for a better pandemic management including planning, surveillance, contact tracing, testing, and health care strategies. An example of this…

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