How a Twitter bot is helping people in high-risk downtown Toronto get vaccinated

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

Behind the bot is Dayi Lin, a 28-year-old computer scientist who also lives in the area. His bot quickly amassed a following of a few hundred people within days of its creation and with no advertisement on Lin’s part — a testament to how residents in downtown east and west, where rates of COVID-19 are high, continue to exhaust every option available in order to secure a vaccine in the absence of a centralized, provincial booking system.

A Calgary restaurant created a bingo card as a means to get people out to support through takeout and outdoor dining. With two grand prizes of roughly $1000 to give away, participants eat well and show love to establishments.

Food | Main Street | Shop Local

See contest rules below:
1. To enter for the grand prizes support at least three of the participating restaurants by ordering takeout or visiting their outdoor patio.
2. Post your food/drink item while tagging both @empireprovisions and the restaurant. Use the tag #YYCRestoBingo. Each tag counts as one entry. BINGO (5 posts) will get an automatic $20 GC from Empire Provisions and count as ten entries into the grand prize draw.
3. Participants need to be following the restaurants they are tagging to qualify. The hashtag #YYCRestoBingo must be used to be entered as we are using it to track the entries.
4. Participants must be 18+ to play. is a website filled with visual stories about the experiences people can have in Toronto, created by the locals themselves.

General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Local businesses | Main Street

Think Local First is an easy, fun, free way to support locally owned businesses in Greater Victoria.

Local businesses | Main Street | Shop Local

Use the app to collect points, then redeem those points for discounts at locally-owned businesses. For instance, 50 points gets you $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more at the Dutch Bakery & Diner.

Visit Guelph website & social media provides information on how to support local during the pandemic

Food | Local businesses | Policy leadership | Shop Local

The virtual discovery page shares ways to support local businesses, farmers and growers, and charities through new digital ways.

How public libraries are helping Nova Scotians: bookmobile, loaning out tablets, etc.

General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership | Social isolation

“We’re more than just some reading material,” said Troy Myers, chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries. “So we want to do what we can to make sure those social connections are maintained.”

Kitchener Public Library has a Twitter thread of staffs’ pets enjoying some reading

Policy leadership

Regina Library offers a Twitter thread on hand washing

Policy leadership

It can be tough to teach proper hand washing to kids. So the library put together a thread of kids books as hand soaps.

Help support Calgary businesses: Use #SupportLocalYYC

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Shop Local

The City of Calgary, together with local partners, has created a “buy local” campaign to support local business. #SupportLocalYYC, is creating connections, sharing resources and tools, and highlighting positive stories to inspire the community and spark further innovations that can benefit those in need.

Big brands asked to donate social feeds to small businesses

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

A new initiative has been created to help larger brands use their influence and social followings to lend support to small businesses. Small businesses impacted by the crisis are being asked to add the hashtag “#LikeALocal” to an Instagram post to signal that they are willing to participate. Big brands search the hashtag on Instagram or by using one of their social listening tools to find a local business they’d like to support, reposting their post and explaining why. From there, the brands are encouraged to get in touch with the small business directly to find out if there are other forms of media they might be able to donate.

Social media challenge to bring back smiles and memories on what you love about Toronto

General: Online communities and networks | Social isolation

Urban Mind’s Instagram (@urbanmindsTO) and Ryerson’s Twitter (@RYSURP) have put up themes such as weird things about the city, things we miss about it while in isolation, and a challenge to build a DIY CN Tower. Go to either platform to catch up, and check the #10veyourcity hashtag

Beer company matching funds for contributions to

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The website is a platform to purchase gift cards to use at restaurants once they reopen.

Town of Stratford PEI celebrates 25th birthday through online Facebook event

General: Online communities and networks

An event page on the town’s Facebook page provided residents with a list of 25 ways to celebrate. Some of the suggestions included baking a birthday cake, decorating front windows with birthday messages and decorations, and writing a song, poem or fictional short story about Stratford.

Unexpected solutions Twitter chat: The Role of Collaboration, Innovation and Smart Approaches

General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

Future Cities Canada, with content partner Future of Good, is exploring how cities and communities across the country are adapting with innovation and how they are resilient to unprecedented change.

Love for Local – New Brunswick is a Facebook site to support local businesses in NB during the COVID-19 pandemic

Local businesses

Looking to build a community of people who are looking to support local businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic (@loveforlocal)

Volunteers help people in Toronto by bike

Fundraising and volunteering | Mobility and transportation | Social isolation

The Toronto Bike Brigade calls for volunteer bicycle riders in Toronto to help deliver goods to people unable to leave their homes

Canadian Legion initiatives going strong in the midst of the pandemic

Mental health | Public health | Seniors | Social isolation

Highlighting how veterans are connecting to socialize, provide for those in need and support service needs

Twitter page run by veterans through the Royal Canadian Legion OSI Special Section where veterans can gather at a place and time to enjoy peer support over coffee

General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Mental health | Social isolation

The initiative gives Veterans a chance to meet for coffee in a supportive setting, to socialize. With the new restrictions in place across the country, locations have moved their meetings online. Recently an online “Buddy Check Coffee” involved veterans serving from all over the globe calling in

Prince Edward County-based website updates residents on businesses offering products and services to the community.

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Prepared by Dale Mugford, who works at Yeeboo Digital in Prince Edward County, the website is updated daily, directly from the business community and with partnership between local organizations

Pandemic best practices exchange from Europe

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Policy leadership | Public health

EUROCITIES has activated a Twitter feed to consolidate and exchange information among its membership network, comprised of elected representatives of major European cities.

Poverty advocacy group’s newsletter with links to local mutual aid and neighbourhood pod

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Social isolation

Updates and links to resources on Parkdale’s mutal aid network and neighbourhood pod. Posted by Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED), a project of the Parkdale People’s Economy led by over 30 community-based organizations and community residents to build decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale.

Montreal group creates weekly online space for conversation about grief and loss related to COVID-19

General: Online communities and networks | Mental health | Social isolation

ORA Loss and Living Program is hosting a weekly online space for conversation about the grief and loss associated with coronavirus/COVID-19, including the impacts of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine.

List of community response networks across Canada

General: Online communities and networks

Many grassroots groups have come together with the shared goal of organizing to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. They’re also redistributing resources in case stockpiling prevents people from accessing basics. Amara Possian, community organizer and professor, started a Google Doc that lists those community response networks across Canada by province.

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