As Canada and the world reacts to the impact of the coronavirus, AMI-audio's NOW with Dave Brown, The Pulse and Kelly and Company are keeping listeners up to date on the latest news and information.
To keep you informed, here is a collection of segments from their latest programs relating to the pandemic.
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What is the coronavirus? How is it transmitted? What are its symptoms? Visit the Government of Canada website for facts, prevention and risks.
CNIB’s programming during COVID-19
April 7, 2020 - John Rafferty is the President and CEO of the CNIB Foundation. He discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the organization and the blind and partially sighted community in Canada.
Parenting and social distancing during COVID-19
April 6, 2020 - We explore some angles in which COVID-19 has been impacting the world. We learn how parent Becki Zerr and her son are coping during the pandemic. And, we hear from Andrew Gurza about the importance of social distancing for people with disabilities.
AODA’s call to action during COVID-19
April 2, 2020 - David Lepofsky is the Chair Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. He discusses the Disability Advocacy Coalition’s call to action for governments from all levels to address the emergency needs of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19’s impact on Canadians with disabilities
March 31, 2020 - Bonnie Brayton is the national executive director of the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada. She discusses Include Me Canada’s list of recommendations for the Canadian Government to address the needs of people with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 crisis.
Inclusion BC’s proposed measures
March 30, 2020 - Karla Verschoor is the executive director of Inclusion BC. She discusses their proposed measures for heightened awareness and consideration of people with intellectual disabilities during COVID-19.
Accessible work accommodations
March 26, 2020 - Kate McWilliams is a disability rights advocate based in based in British Columbia. She tells us how the recent work-from-home accommodations during COVID-19 inspired her trending hashtag Accessibility for Ableds.
The Postponement of the Paralympic Games
March 25, 2020 - We explore some angles in which COVID-19 has been impacting the world. In the first half of the show, we discuss the postponement of the 2020 Paralympic games in Tokyo with Stephanie Dixon, Canada's Paralympic chef de mission. In the second half, we speak with U.K-based Criminologist Dr. David Wilkin about the various hate crimes that have developed in recent weeks.
Kelly and Company
Learning About Government Financial Aid
April 8, 2020 - The Canadian Federal Government has introduced financial programs to assist individuals and businesses in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic; Margrett Weldon and Chartered Accountant, Seemant Thakkar discuss on In The Know.
Free Phone Support For Seniors Who Feel Isolated
April 8, 2020 - A new free telephone support service is available to seniors who feel isolated, stressed or anxious because of the COVID-19 crisis. How exactly does it work? We find out.
Keeping Your Kitchen Clean During COVID-19
April 8, 2020 - Mary Mammoliti of Kitchen Confession gives us the run-down on keeping our kitchen clean and safe during COVID-19.
At Home Fitness, Part 1
April 7, 2020 - We have a two-part fitness conversation with Chyvonne Emile on staying fit while we are all staying at home, and she includes a sample workout routine.
At Home Fitness, Part 2
April 7, 2020 - Continuing our conversation on staying active while staying home, Chyvonne Emile gives us a sample workout routine you can try out.
Being a Sex Educator During COVID-19
April 7, 2020 - Andrew Gurza shares his experiences being a disabled sex educator during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he is coping as a disabled person with self-quarantine and social distancing.
Access World COVID-19 Resources
April 7, 2020 - Tech Guru Tom Dekker gives us COVID-19 information and resources from Access World.
Changes To The Canadian Justice System
April 6, 2020 - Know Your Rights contributor Danielle McLaughlin and Lawyer Christian Pearce discuss changes to the Canadian justice system since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Celebrities Helping Kids Stay Engaged With Reading
April 3, 2020 - Ryan Hooey tells us how celebrities are helping kids stay engaged while they’re home with parents.
Free Online Learning Program
April 2, 2020 - Despite temporary school closures and classroom disruptions, MindFuel announced that it would be offering all of its online K-12 STEM educational resources at no cost to all Canadians. We learn more with CEO Cassy Weber.
Staying Educated With Frontier
April 2, 2020 - What has Frontier been up to to help the community stay in touch and stay educated during this time? Stephen Ricci explains.
Problems At Grocery Stores Amid COVID-19?
April 1, 2020 - Should stores alter their protocols even further amid COVID-19? If so, what should they change? Jeff Ryman leads this discussion on his health report.
Managing Daily Life in Uncertain Times
April 1, 2020 - On our Independent Living Skills segment, Leanne Baarda shares tips and resources on managing daily life in uncertain times, for the adults and the kids staying at home.
Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker
March 31, 2020 - Tom Dekker brings us more Tech supports during COVID19 isolation, including the Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker.
Dealing With Stress
March 31, 2020 - Nutritionist Julia Karantjas chats with us about stress, and what we can do to help stay calm.
What Is The Emergencies Act?
March 30, 2020 - On Know Your Rights, Danielle McLaughlin breaks down the Emergencies Act and its implications during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Data Tracking App For COVID-19
March 27, 2020 - British developers are crowd sourcing data to help crack COVID-19; Graham Williams shares more on our App Update.
Changes To Healthcare During COVID-19
March 27, 2020 - Karen Magee shares her experience visiting the doctor last week, and highlights changes that have been implemented.
How COVID-19 is Affecting The UK
March 26, 2020 - Fern Lulham shares her perspectives on how people with disabilities are being affected by COVID-19 in the UK.
Working The Frontlines At a Pharmacy
March 25, 2020 - Community Reporter Nick D’Ambrosio is currently working at a pharmacy in Montreal; he tells us what it’s like to be on the frontline during this pandemic.
CELA Reading To Ease Your Mind
March 25, 2020 - We chat with the Centre for Equitable Library Access about their webpage where they will be posting COVID-19 information and updates.
Community Report - Doug McQuaker - Thunder Bay
March 24, 2020 - Thunder Bay Community Reporter Doug McQuaker highlights things to keep in mind during this pandemic, including hygiene routines, keeping up with hobbies, and medical resources.
Importance of Perspective, Patience and Self-care
March 24, 2020 - Lucia Bellafante talks to us about the importance of perspective, patience, and practicing self-care during these different times.
Accessible Information Regarding COVID-19
March 24, 2020 - On our Tech Update, Tom Dekker gives us Assistive Technology resources and accessible information regarding COVID-19.
Social Distancing Blues?
March 20, 2020 - We chat with Regional Content Specialist Sylvi Fekete from Vancouver; she discusses handling the social distance blues.
Social Distancing With Audiobooks?
March 20, 2020 - Ryan Hooey shares resources on working from home, and lets us know how the Audiobook world is handling these times of social distance.
What is Social Distancing?
March 18, 2020 - What is social distancing? How can you practice safe distancing? Jeff Ryman explains on our health chat.
Should Pet Owners Be Concerned About COVID-19?
March 17, 2020 - Pet owners may be concerned about the risks of the COVID-19 virus to and from their pets right now; Dr. Danielle Jongkind shares the latest updates on this situation.
Immune Boosting Supplements
March 17, 2020 - The immune system's job is to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. What supplements can we take to help? Nutritionist Julia Karantjas shares.
NOW with Dave Brown
Craig Oliver on the crisis - April 8
April 8, 2020 - We ask political analyst Craig Oliver how well the federal government has handled the rollout of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Solidarity during a crisis
April 8, 2020 - There have been many stories about neighbours helping each other out, musicians holding free online concerts, and random acts of kindness at this difficult time. We ask Dalhousie University anthropologist Dr. Martha Radice if any of these behaviours will continue after the crisis.
ODSP during the pandemic
April 8, 2020 - Many people with disabilities have expressed concerns about social assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accessibility reporter Meagan Gillmore shares what she's learned from speaking with politicians and with people in Ontario who receive disability support payments.
Deciding who gets medical help
April 7, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup: An op-ed in The Washington Post warns about the danger that some health authorities will use disabilities as a disqualifying factor if they are forced to choose who gets a ventilator and who doesn't.
April 6, 2020 - Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge gives us an update on the official projections for how long the COVID-19 crisis could last.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit - Part 1
April 6, 2020 - AMI producer Kevin Philipupillai shares basic information about how to apply for the federal government's Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Google tracks physical distancing
April 6, 2020 - Google is using its vast collection of data to track how well people are complying with physical distancing rules. We speak with our tech expert Marc Aflalo about balancing privacy and public health.
News Panel: Paying rent
April 3, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore talk with Dave about how governments have balanced the interests of people who have mortgages and people who pay rent.
News Panel: Governing during a pandemic
April 3, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to discuss the idea that governments should put their more ambitious or controversial policy priorities on hold until after the pandemic threat is dealt with.
Public transit as an essential service
April 2, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup: amid a two-week transit shutdown, bus riders in Windsor, Ontario are petitioning the provincial government to classify public transit as an essential service.
April 2, 2020 - AMI producer Dawn Dickinson previews a Guardian newspaper article about a team of British officials that's fighting misinformation about the virus outbreak.
Community report - Jennie Bovard - Halifax
April 2, 2020 - Jennie talks about ways to stay entertained online while in isolation, including kitchen parties, trivia nights, and accessible games. She also shares information about public health resources for people in Nova Scotia.
CNIB president John Rafferty
April 2, 2020 - CNIB president and CEO John Rafferty explains how the organization has shifted its programming online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building medical equipment
April 1, 2020 - With hospitals in many countries reporting a shortage of ventilators, private companies are shifting their production lines to fill the need. Mike Agerbo from The App Show tells us about a new design from the home appliance company Dyson.
The federal response to the pandemic - April 1
April 1, 2020 - Veteran broadcaster Craig Oliver joins us from Ottawa to talk about the federal government's modified spending package, and other responses to the pandemic.
Protecting rural communities during the pandemic
April 1, 2020 - Doctors and small-town mayors are asking people from big cities not to seek refuge in cottage country during the pandemic. Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge explains why.
Community report - Guy Carriere - Sudbury
April 1, 2020 - Guy is a student at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He tells us how the pandemic has changed life for students. He also shares important information for people in the Sudbury area who think they might be showing symptoms of COVID-19.
A statement from Human Rights Watch
March 31, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup, Dave reads a statement from the international human rights organization about the importance of protecting the rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19.
Amazon and Apple help with COVID-19
March 31, 2020 - The voice assistants Alexa and Siri can now talk you through an assessment for COVID-19 symptoms. Nelson Régo from Cool Blind Tech tells us more.
Community report - JR Bjornson - Red Deer
March 31, 2020 - JR calls in from Red Deer, Alberta to explain how he’s dealing with panicked shoppers and empty grocery store shelves. He also tells us about an indoor vegetable garden he's started with his kids, and a new comedy show he's hosting from his home.
Gadgets for working from home
March 30, 2020 - We ask tech expert Marc Aflalo about wireless routers, USB hubs, and the other devices that make it easier to work from home.
The Quarantine Act
March 30, 2020 - The federal government is using the sweeping powers of the Quarantine Act to slow the spread of COVID-19. Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge explains what’s in this little-known law.
News panel: Forming new habits
March 27, 2020 - We finish off the news panel on a lighter note. What are the new habits or routines that we'd like to continue after things return to normal?
News panel: Essential services
March 27, 2020 - Dave speaks with reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore about what counts as an essential service and what doesn’t.
News panel: Using the language of war
March 27, 2020 - Many political leaders have adopted the language of war when talking about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dave speaks with reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore about the implications of this shift.
Community Report - Becki Zerr - Regina
March 26, 2020 - Becki Zerr tells us how she's keeping her 10-year-old son busy while schools are closed. She also shares what it was like to be a nurse during the H1N1 epidemic in 2009.
COVID-19 in prisons
March 26, 2020 - AMI producer Dawn Dickinson previews a Guardian newspaper article about the risks the COVID-19 outbreak poses to prisoners in the UK. And, advice from experts on how to cope when the whole family is stuck under one roof.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit
March 26, 2020 - AMI producer Kevin Philipupillai gives us an update on the federal emergency relief package. The new benefit for workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance is called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and it combines the previously announced Emergency Support Benefit and Emergency Care Benefit.
Technology for working from home
March 26, 2020 - Steven Scott from Double Tap Canada tells us about the Zoom video conferencing program, and other work-from-home tools. How accessible are they?
Parliament debates emergency measures
March 25, 2020 - We speak with political analyst Craig Oliver about the wrangling between the federal Liberals and the opposition parties about proposed emergency measures.
How social isolation affects mental health
March 25, 2020 - We speak with Dr. Kim Hellemans, chair of the neuroscience department at Carleton University and one of the hosts of the "Minding the Brain" podcast.
Community Report - Dorothy Macnaughton
March 25, 2020 - Dorothy Macnaughton points out that many people with vision impairments are well acquainted with social isolation. She shares what worked for her.
Dressing up to stay home
March 24, 2020 - It can be tempting to let our daily routines lapse when staying home all day. AMI Bureau Reporter Shelby Travers explains why it's still important to follow a morning routine, get dressed, and look sharp.
Inaccessible COVID-19 briefings
March 23, 2020 - We speak with Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge about concerns that many COVID-19 briefings are inaccessible for people with disabilities.
News panel: The effects on vulnerable people
March 20, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge speak with Dave about how the outbreak is affecting people differently, based on class, income, ability, and other factors.
News panel: Capitalism and COVID-19
March 20, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge speak with Dave about capitalism during a state of emergency, especially the public response to people who hoard supplies and then try to sell them at a profit.
News panel: How we talk about the outbreak
March 20, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge speak with Dave about the term “social distancing.” Does it make it more likely that we'll forget about the importance of social cohesion?
Breaking down the federal stimulus package
March 20, 2020 - AMI producer Kevin Philipupillai takes us through a few of the highlights of the Canadian government’s stimulus package. We will continue to break down the stimulus package over the next few days.
Free therapy in Ontario
March 19, 2020 - Our colleague Karen Magee tells us about strengths and limitations of the Ontario government’s plan to offer free therapy for people experiencing depression or anxiety.
Help from phone companies
March 18, 2020 - Our tech expert Mike Agerbo tells us what Canada’s wireless companies are doing to try to ease the strain on customers at this difficult time.
Stimulus package for Canadians
March 18, 2020 - We speak with political analyst Craig Oliver about the federal government’s expected $30 billion stimulus package for Canadians.
Ontario declares a state of emergency
March 18, 2020 - Ontario premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency yesterday. We ask Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge what new powers the government has, and how it plans to use them.
March 17, 2020 - We speak with Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge about what social distancing involves.
March 17, 2020 - With so many live events being cancelled, Marc Aflalo from Double Tap TV says there’s an opportunity for people who organize virtual events.
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