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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Kelly and Company
Should You Wear a Mask During Summer Months?
May 27, 2020 - With southern Ontario and Quebec experiencing their first heat wave of the season this week, health experts say it's best to ditch the mask when walking around outside. Jeff Ryman has the details in his health report.
Dogs Detecting COVID?
May 26, 2020 - Experts in the public health field are figuring out how we can rapidly detect and isolate people who don’t know they are infected by COVID-19; Danielle Jongkind highlights a UK organization that is using dogs to help with this.
How Are Things Looking in The Financial Sector
May 26, 2020 - How are things looking for the financial sector in the current state of the world? We get insights with Financial Consultant, Ron Malis.
How is AMI Dealing With Current Times?
May 25, 2020 - Joining us to talk about how AMI is dealing with the current times is Elysia Yardley, Manager of People and Culture at the company.
What Could Shopping Look Like Post COVID?
May 22, 2020 - What could shopping look like once in-person stores re-open? Jeff Ryman explains in his lifestyle report.
Community Report - Doug McQuaker - Northern Ontario
May 22, 2020 - Community Reporter Doug McQuaker highlights COVID-19 updates and openings in Atikokan, Ontario.
Budget Friendly Meals
May 20, 2020 - We talk with Mary Mammoliti of Kitchen Confession on budget friendly meals.
New COVID-19 Related Questions
May 13, 2020 - How often should cloth masks be washed? What safety precautions are hair salons taking as they reopen? Jeff Ryman explains in his health report.
Where Can You Find Work During The Pandemic?
May 12, 2020 - It’s been a hard time for jobseekers, with companies laying off and shutting down their businesses. Where do the opportunities lie for people who are looking for jobs? Employment expert Joanna Samules explains.
Adapting To Social Interactions
May 7, 2020 - Most of the world is using video conferencing technology to keep in touch; Fern Lulham shares her experiences and difficulties adapting to this change.
Taking Walking To The Next Level
May 6, 2020 - One of the simplest and highly underrated forms of exercise is to head outside for a walk. Jeff Ryman explains how to take your walks to the next level in his health report.
COVID-19 Affecting The Food Industry?
May 6, 2020 - With so much changing in our world, how has the food industry been affected? We discuss this with Mary Mammoliti of Kitchen Confession.
Making live music accessible
May 28, 2020 - Cassie Wilson discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry and describes Half Access, her non-profit organization dedicated to making live music more accessible to people with disabilities.
Gardening during COVID-19
May 26, 2020 - David Shreeve, the co-founder of The Conservation Foundation in the U.K., describes about their community initiative “Gardening Against the Odds.” And, AMI community reporter Milena Khazanavicius shares some tips and tricks for gardening while isolating during COVID-19.
COVID-19 and the vision loss community
May 6, 2020 - CCB president Louise Gillis and senior research officer Dr. Keith Gordon discuss the results of their recent survey about the effects of COVID-19 on the vision loss community.
The future of working from home
May 4, 2020 - Liz Johnson is the managing director and co-founder of The Ability People, a UK-based organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities. She explores how working-from-home can open more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
COVID-19 media coverage
April 29, 2020 - Journalism professor Paul Adams discusses the importance of crisis and risk communication from media. And, Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge and journalist Meagan Gillmore share their experiences working in the field during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ethical guidelines for COVID-19 triage
April 28, 2020 - Roxanne Mykitiuk is an Osgoode Hall law professor and director of the Disability Law Intensive Program at York University and Trudo Lemmens is a professor at the University of Toronto. They explore the ethical issues around assessing the value of a life and share their list of precautions to help safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities during COVID-19.
Coping during COVID-19
April 27, 2020 - Dr. Kim Hellemans is a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa and the co-host of the award-winning podcast Minding the Brain. She discusses the impact of social isolation on mental health and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak. We also speak to occupational therapist Kaitlin O'Toole about her recent study on mobile health apps as a vital tool for military members and first responders seeking mental health support.
Protecting income assistance in Ontario
April 22, 2020 - MPP Lisa Gretzky discusses issues of income assistance for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and describes the NDP’s current petition to protect income from the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Addressing the issues facing renters
April 21, 2020 - Ricardo Tranjan is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He discusses his recent report “The Rent Is Due Soon: Financial Insecurity and COVID-19” and explores the issues facing renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A plain language guide to understanding CERB
April 20, 2020 - Dr. Jennifer Robson is an Associate Professor for Political Management at Carleton University. She discusses her plain language guide that explains the emergency financial supports available for people impacted by COVID-19 such as the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
NOW with Dave Brown
The state of the Canadian economy
May 28, 2020 - We speak with Dr. Dan Breznitz, a University of Toronto professor who studies innovation, about the vulnerabilities the pandemic has exposed in Canada’s economy.
Accessible masks in Barrie
May 28, 2020 - Karen Magee tells us about a construction company in Barrie, Ontario that’s making transparent face masks, for people who read lips and facial expressions in order to communicate.
Community report - JR Bjornson - Red Deer
May 26, 2020 - JR shares his reaction, as a standup comedian, to the news that comedy clubs in Alberta will stay closed for now. He also tells us about learning how to play Dungeons & Dragons.
Accessibility and the lockdown
May 25, 2020 - How do you maintain a safe distance in public if you can't see where everyone else is? We speak with Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge about the public health measures that are harder on people who are blind or partially sighted.
COVID-19 update - Atlantic Canada
May 25, 2020 - Our Halifax colleague Ryan Delehanty explains what each of the Atlantic provinces is doing to easing distancing restrictions.
News Panel: Cambridge University Goes Online
May 22, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge join Dave to talk about what the university experience will look like for next year, now that many universities are announcing plans to shift online for the fall semester and possibly beyond.
May 21, 2020 - Producer Andrika De Lanerolle tells us about a few festivals and performances that have moved online.
Community report - Becki Zerr - Saskatchewan
May 21, 2020 - Becki Zerr tells us about a recent trip to a lab get blood work done, and gives us an update on phase two of Saskatchewan’s plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions.
Evictions in BC
May 20, 2020 - Freelance reporter Meagan Gillmore tells us about a man in Vancouver who was evicted by his landlord, even with the moratorium on evictions.
News panel: Long-term care
May 15, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge join Dave to talk about calls to reform Canada’s long-term care system.
News panel: COVID-19 and Race
May 15, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge join Dave to talk about the reluctance to collect race-based data about the pandemic.
News panel: Taking public transit to work
May 15, 2020 - As more workplaces re-open, reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge join Dave to talk about the possibility that employers will discriminate against people who can't drive to work.
Fixing the long-term care system
May 14, 2020 - The International Long-Term Care Policy Network reported that as of May 2, people in long-term care facilities accounted for 62 percent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths. We speak with Dr. Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University, about the future of long-term care in Canada.
Video games to play during self isolation
May 7, 2020 - People are flocking to video games while in lockdown. Our colleague Andrika De Lanerolle joins us to talk about some of the more popular online platforms.
More space on sidewalks
May 5, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup: Accessibility advocate David Lepofsky urges the City of Toronto to remember people with disabilities when considering proposals to create more space on sidewalks.
Safety on public transit
May 4, 2020 - As some provinces ease physical distancing restrictions, Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge explains how public transit systems around the country are planning to protect their workers and passengers.
News panel: Are you cool with it?
May 1, 2020 - Under our physical distancing rules, which social interactions seem acceptable and which don't? Dave leads reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge through a game he's calling "Are you cool with it?"
April 30, 2020 - Dr. Opher Baron from the University of Toronto tells us about a new online platform designed to help organizations find suppliers of personal protective equipment.
Triage protocols and CERB
April 29, 2020 - Reporter Meagan Gillmore gives us an update on two stories she's been following: efforts to make sure hospital triage protocols protect the rights of people with disabilities, and whether provinces and territories plan to claw back any federal CERB money that goes to disability support recipients.
News panel: Rethinking urban living
April 24, 2020 - Reporters Meagan Gillmore and Michelle McQuigge speak with Dave about the examples of municipal leaders using the pandemic as a time to rethink city living.
Provincial disability support payments
April 22, 2020 - Accessibility reporter Meagan Gillmore follows up on the question of whether applying for emergency support from the federal government will affect your provincial disability support payments.