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.

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Maximum City has adapted its Kidscore/Youthscore for COVID19 to measure kid/youth friendly urban areas

Children | General: Tools for engagement | Parks and public space

Here is how they are adjusting their survey through social distancing: A) If walking outside is allowed where you are: Go for a short walk, but remember to stay at least two metres away from others. When you do the survey (step two), answer the questions based on what you saw on the walk and what your location is like now, not how it usually is. Scores may be lower than normal – but that is ok, we know this is a unique time! B) If you cannot go outside: think about a walk you normally take to school or a friend’s house, and complete the survey based on memory, or by looking at the route through online maps.

Together Project connects refugee newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities. How to maintain connections in this time of physical distancing?

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | General: Tools for engagement | Social isolation

Together Project is currently conducting a needs assessment with refugee households to determine what would be most helpful in terms of remote Welcome Group support and we will be sharing these findings shortly. This is challenging as there are different levels of comfort of newcomer households with technology such as WhatsApp video, Facetime, Zoom or other platforms to facilitate remote social connection. Also newcomers may not have access to WiFi or computers and may wish to save data use for calls over seas.

Dalhousie research team prepares for clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine.Phase 1 of human clinical trials could begin in the next 3 weeks

Public health

Dalhousie’s COVID-19 rapid response team is moving forward with testing a vaccine that uses a genome of DNA from SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Calgary to reduce lanes on some roads to help walkers, cyclists keep their distance during COVID-19 pandemic

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

Calgary’s roads department, in coordination with CEMA, have identified roads where lanes will be reduced with the hope this can give walkers, bikers and other modes more space to be outside, while maintaining social distance. Sections of Elbow Drive and Crowchild Trail will be part of this measure, among other popular walking spots in Calgary

Podcast: Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced that a safe drug supply is coming to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to help with harm reduction during COVID19

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership | Public health

Host Alex de Boer gets comment from Trey Helton, Manager of Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society and Jonathan Orr, Program Manager for Raincity Housing’s Peer Services. Trey and Jonathan comment on changing conditions in the City’s overdose prevention sites and share their questions about Vancouver’s new safe supply. Podcast: UBC’s CiTR 101.9 FM focused on alternative and locally-based programming

COVID-19: Safe-drug supplies part of package as Vancouver addresses Downtown Eastside

Frontline services | Policy leadership | Public health

The City’s Community Action Team to help the roughly 20–30% of drug users not connected to the health care system make sure they can access a safe supply. For everyone else, the City is planning for safe supply to be enabled through existing physician relationships, with more details to be announced by the Province.

Artscape collates financial resources and supports to help creatives and creative entrepreneurs in 2020 through COVID19

Arts and Culture | Employment | General: Sector resources | Income support | Local businesses

Artscape knows that COVID-19 is already having a pronounced financial impact on the creative sector. From cancelled performances and festivals to the shuttering and slowdown of storefronts, creatives of all disciplines are facing economic hardships. To help creatives navigate this unprecedented situation, we have compiled a list of financial resources and supports to help creatives and creative entrepreneurs in 2020.

Sprawl Calgary is asking kids to share their own stories of what they’re experiencing right now during COVID-19

Children | General: Online communities and networks

Sprawl Kids is posting specific assignments each week in the form of questions. And kids are the journalists! Here’s Sprawl Kids assignment #1: How are you feeling? You can see more on Twitter using hashtag #sprawlkidsyyc.

Sprawl Calgary’s Sam Hester produced a poignant graphic story that reflects on a week of strangeness and rediscovery.

Children | General: Tools for engagement | Mental health

The Sprawl is Calgary pop-up journalism. It’s crowdfunded, 
ad-free, and made in Calgary—
a reinvention of local journalism 
in tough times

Google doc showing those cities considering or implementing temporary bikeways/Open Streets/Livable Streets as a COVID19 response

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space

Developed by Mike Lydon, to collectively crowdsource details.

Buy gift certificates now…for use later to support local business

Food | Local businesses

Buy Gift Certificates to Support Local Businesses for Greater Victoria’s local, independent businesses for future use

Psychological First Aid

Mental health

UK-based Psychological First Aid is building a network of psychologists, therapists and counsellors to provide psychological first aid for those impacted by COVID-19

Wemunity Project is an open source system where those who have recovered from COVID-19 can be approved to provide assistance in keeping up critical societal functions.

Public health

They are looking for technical skills, domain knowledge and funding. 200+ techies, designers, legal experts and MDs have been mobilized to date – originated in Norway but going global – fast.

Funding to support coronvirus coverage in Canada for freelancers and local newsrooms

Fundraising and volunteering | Income support

The Independent News Challenge is partnering with the Facebook Journalism Project to ensure $1 million fund reaches independent news outlets in Canada.

COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY

Arts and Culture

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province. Aggregate data will be shared with funders, and arts service organizations for regional, provincial, and national reporting.

COVID Disability-Related Resources for Families

General: Sector resources | Public health

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) will be sharing disability-related resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page, pulled together in one spot for families. New resources will be added as they are developed.

Vancouver Emergency Food Services & Community Supports Map. Updated Daily During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Food | Frontline services | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness | Parks and public space | Public health

A google doc put together by Limage Media Group that maps emergency food services, supervised consumption sites, handwashing stations, parks and facilities and Downtown East Side facilities

Sprawl Calgary is asking kids to share their own stories of what they’re experiencing right now during COVID-19

Arts and Culture | Children | Learning and education

Sprawl Kids is posting specific assignments each week in the form of questions. And kids are the journalists! Here’s Sprawl Kids assignment #2: What is something on your street that makes you feel happy right now? Draw a picture of it. You can see more on Twitter using hashtag #sprawlkidsyyc.

Co-working space is holding online versions of their Learning Series and looking for ways to connect virtually.

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Roundhouse, an Edmonton-based social enterprise and co-working space is offering “virtual coworking” during COVID-19. As a community hub for entrepreneurs and changemakers, they are rolling out a new suite of online programming “Roundhouse From Home”. They will be offering online versions of our Roundhouse Learning Series, Waffle Wednesday and even daily coworking chats. Check out the full schedule for more information.

Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University holds a webinar on inclusive online engagement through an equity lens.

General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education

Creating safe and equitable spaces needs to happen online, just as much as it happens in-person (if not more so). How can we take an equity lens to our online convening? Cicely Belle Blain and Alia Ali, to discuss equity, safety and inclusion in online engagement. This webinar will explore the experience of minority communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and explore innovations and tips from different communities to create meaningful and respectful online engagement spaces. This interactive session will allow our guests and participants to share their good practices for building equity in online engagement. SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Links to some of the amazing online communities and resources to offer support and inspire connection during COVID19.

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education

This fulsome list is a living document collected by Vancouver’s SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University

Participedia is a global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education

Currently entries are focused on COVID19 responses

Digital inclusion in times of crisis — UK mobile operators give free access to National Health Service websites during COVID19

General: Tools for engagement | Policy leadership | Public health

Digital exclusion goes hand in hand with social, economic and political exclusion. It is also complex: people need the appropriate device, connection, skills, confidence, and motivation as well as the ability to maintain those through changing circumstances.

Virtual care company Maple will provide online COVID-19 (coronavirus) screenings with a live physician to Ontario residents.

Frontline services | General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership | Public health

The company’s online COVID-19 screening program will be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The screening will allow people in Ontario with a valid OHIP card to talk to a physician through audio or video chat about their symptoms and receive advice on whether they need testing or emergency care. The service is aimed to relieve the pressure on overloaded emergency rooms and allow patients to receive screening safely. Maple is also currently offering its virtual clinic software to all Ontario and British Columbia (BC) physicians free of charge amid the outbreak.

Gender and COVID-19 Working Group has developed a google doc of COVID-19 and Gender Resources and Articles

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Sector resources

Compiled by Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Alberta Innovation Corridor creates questionnaire to source input from startup and scaleup companies

Local businesses

Survey results will inform decision makers on how to support the innovation ecosystem.

University of Calgary biomedical engineers and scientists join international effort to design modern-day iron lung

Learning and education | Public health

Multidisciplinary team works toward creating an emergency pandemic ventilator.

University of Calgary researchers inform City’s COVID-19 pandemic response

Learning and education | Public health

Data scientists are tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta and advising on best interventions to flatten the curve.

Startup Calgary: COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Startup Calgary has created a resource for the start-up community to navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Toronto, Vancouver look into closing roads to traffic to create space for social distancing

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Public health

Two of Canada’s most densely populated cities are looking at barring auto traffic from parts of their streets so pedestrians can spread out and maintain the proper distance from each other. Toronto and Vancouver are following the lead of other jurisdictions as officials grapple with how to allow for safe movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to facilitate outdoor respite for people confined to small urban dwellings.

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