This is a time when Canada must harness its community-driven resilience. We’re asking you to share examples of how Canadian communities are responding to the crisis with creativity and imagination. Collective problem-solving and collaboration will be instrumental in how Canada mitigates the local impacts of COVID-19 and creates on-the-ground solutions.
Norwegian prime minister holds press conference on coronavirus for children
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the country’s children in a televised news conference that it was OK to feel scared during the “special days” of the coronavirus outbreak.
FEANTSA prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness
FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness.
Playwrights Guild of Canada is livestreaming 10-minute readings across Canada
The Playwrights Guild of Canada is doing a Play Reading Relay, where 29 playwrights will livestream 10 minute readings from their plays over a 7-hour day.
Crowdsourced resource for technologists
The Coronavirus Tech Handbook provides a space for technologists, civic organisations, public & private institutions, researchers and specialists of all kinds to collaborate on a rapid and sophisticated response to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent impacts. It is a quickly evolving resource with thousands of active expert contributors.
Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation release handbook on COVID-19 prevention and treatment based on clinical experience in China
Experts at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine treated 104 patients with confirmed COVID-19 in 50 days, and recorded their real treatment experience in a Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment, offering practical advice and references with medical staff around the world. The handbook provides comprehensive guidelines and best practices by China’s top experts for coping with COVID-19.
Seattle business owners form Facebook group to offer each other support and resources
A Faceook Group for Seattle business owners offers place to share tips, promote services, and encourage the support of local businesses in the Puget Sound region.
Facebook group formed to evaluate, design, validate, and fabricate open source medical supplies around the world and creates open source medical supply guide
Open source medical supply guide, crowdsourced via Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/groups/670932227050506). Group formed to evaluate, design, validate & source fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world but specific to locales
Georgetown University think tank creates evaluation tool for assessing local public health and response capacities
The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University has created an evaluation tool – the Rapid Urban Health Security Assessment (RUHSA) – as a resource for assessing local-level public health preparedness and response capacities. The RUHSA draws from multiple guidance and evaluation tools. It was designed to support city decision-makers prioritize, strengthen and deploy strategies that promote urban health security.
European Commission releases ‘bottom-up’ call for startups and SMEs with innovations related to COVID-19 to apply for €164m fund
The European Commission calls for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council (Mar 18 deadline). With a budget of €164m, this call is “bottom up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with Coronavirus relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants. The Commission will look to fast track the awarding of EIC grants and blended finance (combining grant and equity investment) to Coronavirus relevant innovations, as well as to facilitate access to other funding and investment sources.
Resource: How to set up mutual aid
A how-to resource for setting up neighbourhood pods of mutual aid.
Resource: pod mapping for mutual aid
Pod mapping is a tool specifically for accountability and dealing with harm in communities. However, it can also be adapted to help you assess who you can rely on in a pinch—who you’d turn to for support and who would turn to you. This simple resource was written by an activist as COVID-19 took hold in her region. (includes worksheet and additional resources)
Free Ebook on building collective resilience after a disaster
“The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters”, contains interviews, articles, guides, and personal stories to deepen your understanding of community led disaster response and support deeper engagement with your neighbors, family, and friends as you prepare for the future together.
Youth climate protest adapts to digital #ClimateStrikeOnline
The Fridays for Future movement, started by Greta Thunberg, will shift their national strike (April 3) to a digital strike due to COVID-19.
Halifax restaurant, Basha Restaurant invites anyone who’s struggling financially to come inside and have a free meal
The owners of a Halifax restaurant say the way the community embraced them when they first started has them feeling compelled to give back during this difficult time. All orders are take-out only and they have a strict one customer at a time policy.
Edmonton window art map encourages neighbours to decorate windows and participate in community ‘window walks’
Crowd-sourced #YEGWindowArt map calls on community members to join in on ‘window walks’ by decorating windows and adding them to the crowdsourced map, then enjoying a walk through the neighbourhood to see what others have put up.
Edmonton app reinvents itself to help people find groceries and supplies
The Edmonton-developed app Spontivly shows where supplies are available amid COVID-19 shortages.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations compiles COVID-19 resources
ECVO (Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations) has put together a resource outlining COVID-19 impacts on the sector
Edmonton Global launches a COVID-19 business resource page
Edmonton Global, an Economic Development Corporation in the Edmonton Metro Region, launched a COVID-19 business resource page to help businesses navigate the tools and programs announced by Canada and Alberta.
Resident Facebook group matches people in need with those who can help
This Facebook page serves as a hub to support members of the Charlotte County community impacted by COVID-19. The page enables residents to post about what they need, and other residents to volunteer resources.
Volunteer-driven website with COVID-19 resources in southern Vancouver Island
Staff and volunteers at Community Micro Lending, a small non-profit helping local entrepreneurs on southern Vancouver Island, created a website with resources for community members during COVID-19.
Neighbourhood association compiles information, resources, and opportunities to offer assitance
The North Park Neighbourhood Association in Victoria compiled a list of information, resources and opportunities to offer assistance, and gathered names of people willing to offer services to the vulnerable folks in our community so that if/when we are alerted by any organizations or individuals we can mobilize care quickly.
Caremongering: COVID-19 Coming Together (Victoria/Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Lands)
Victoria/Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Lands-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).
Asian Unification Project supports the most vulnerable in Toronto and Vancouver during COVID-19
Resource supports seniors, immunocompromised people, and disabled people in the Asian community with grocery delivery and errands. The website is in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, with more languages to come.
Members of Vancouver’s hospitality community create online hub to share which restaurants in five provinces are offering take-out, delivery, meal prep, curbside pickup, grocery and more
Breaking Bread serves as a central online hub to share which restaurants across British Columbia and beyond are offering DELIVERY, TAKE-OUT, CURB-SIDE PICK-UP, MEAL PREP, GROCERY and MORE, as well as many other ways to show support.
Vancouver resident creates an open plain language directory on financial resources for Canadians
List of Financial Resources Available to Assist Canadians (individuals, families, and businesses) through #COVID19. Prepared by Hilary Kilgour
Vancouver-based design studio launches website listing initiatives to keep community connected during COVID-19
Currently the website features initiatives in Vancouver.
Facebook Group: COVID-19 Coming Together (Vancouver)
Impromptu group of community members create mutual aid network for Vancouver, through Facebook. The group is intended to share resources, offers support, shows solidarity for healthcare workers and the vulnerable, builds community, and amplify social movements.
The group’s Google Drive of resources and instructions for starting a neighbourhood hub is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZeHnTyGW_W3at_iN9S6H7wgnU8KGeyPG
The group also launches a fundraiser to support vulnerable residents with a survival fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-covid19-coming-together-vancouver
Local organizers and artists in Vancouver create website for solidarity and resource exchange
The prototype website connects people offering help and support to people who need it. The website supports mutual aid efforts and resource exchange projects like Mutual Aid for Metro Vancouver and COVID-19 Coming Together.
City of Vancouver shares map of public facilities that remain open and welcoming to all, especially those needing to access washrooms
The City of Vancouver shared a map of public facilities, including community centres, remain open and welcoming to all, especially those who need access to washrooms.
Vancouver-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).