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
Bubble backlash in Atlantic Canada
July 3, 2020 - Ryan Delehanty updates us on the Atlantic’s progress during COVID-19, and debriefs us on Newfoundland’s “Bubble backlash,” calling for delayed travel amongst Atlantic provinces.
Community Report - Anthony Hodgetts - Calgary
July 2, 2020 - The Joy 4 All Project, put together by Calgary high school students, created a hotline to bring joy to seniors in isolation; Community Reporter Anthony Hodgetts has the details.
Safely entertaining outdoors
June 29, 2020 - How can we safely entertain outdoors with the easing of COVID restrictions? Mary Mammoliti explains.
Community Report - Kim Kilpatrick - Ottawa
June 25, 2020 - Ottawa Community Reporter Kim Kilpatrick updates us on things opening up in her community, and what it’s like to go out and navigate.
Post lockdown tips for avoiding infection
June 24, 2020 - While you head back out into the world, Jeff Ryman gives us some tips to help guard yourself from infection.
Changes to the RDSP during COVID?
June 23, 2020 - Financial Consultant Ron Malis shares information on the current standings of the Registered Disability Savings Plan for Canadians with disabilities; have things changed since the COVID-19 pandemic?
Visual aspects of COVID-19
June 18, 2020 - On Curious Minds with Christine Malec, we get a professional audio describers take on some of the visual aspects of COVID lockdown and social distancing.
Is it safe to swim during the pandemic?
June 17, 2020 - Is it safe to swim at a beach or pool during the coronavirus pandemic? Jeff Ryman explains in his health report.
What Could Travel Plans Look Like This Summer?
June 12, 2020 - How comfortable are you with traveling this summer? What could potentially be open? Jeff Ryman leads a discussion around this in his lifestyle report.
Changes Coming to Eateries?
June 5, 2020 - What could eateries and bars look like post-COVID? Jeff Ryman has more in his lifestye report.
Adapting Tech For COVID-19
June 4, 2020 - We’re joined by Michel Pepin, the Canadian Sales Director for Humanware, to talk about how Humanware has been adapting it’s products and services during COVID-19.
Accessible Travel Tips During COVID-19
June 3, 2020 - On In The Know with Margrett Weldon, we find out what Canadian citizens with disabilities should keep in mind while trying to fly back to Canada from other countries.
What To Know About Real Estate During COVID-19
June 2, 2020 - We continue our conversation about the state of Money in the current world; Ron Malis gives insights on Real Estate, and personal money management.
Sex and Disability During COVID-19
June 2, 2020 - Andrew Gurza tells us how the pandemic has played a role in his sex life as a disabled person.
State of Fashion Post COVID-19
June 1, 2020 - Let’s chat about the state of the fashion industry coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic; Keya Osborne breaks it down.
How AMI is Dealing With Current Times, Part 2
June 1, 2020 - Back to update us on how AMI is dealing with the current times is Elysia Yardley, Manager of People and Culture at the 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.
Accessing home care during the pandemic
July 3, 2020 - We discuss access to home care for people with disabilities during COVID-19 with Haley Flaro, executive director of Ability New Brunswick.
Impact of Post-COVID reopening on People with Disabilities
June 27, 2020 - We discuss the impact of reopening of the economy on People with Disabilities with Kathryn Underwood and Ravi Maholtra.
Disability Benefits During COVID-19
June 23, 2020 - We discuss the failure of the federal government to pass a COVID-19 benefit for Canadians with Disabilities with Jewelles Smith, Past Chair of the Council for Canadians with Disabilities.
June 5, 2020 - In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, we speak to Tova Sherman, the co-founder of the Halfiax-base non-profit reachAbility. She describes their accessible supports and programming available to the community during COVID-19.
NAAW: Manitoba Possible
June 2, 2020 - In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, we speak to Dana Erickson is the CEO of Manitoba Possible, formerly known as Society for Manitobans with Disabilities. He discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the disability community in Manitoba and describes their new online service that connects people with disabilities to skilled service providers.
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.
NOW with Dave Brown
Mandatory masks for indoor spaces
July 3, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join the weekly news panel to discuss: We also chat about the introduction of mandatory mask policies for indoor public spaces in some Ontario and Quebec municipalities.
Community report - Jennie Bovard - Halifax
June 25, 2020 - Community reporter Jennie Bovard describes her experiences during Nova Scotia’s re-opening. She also shares information on tandem bike loans by Blind Sports Nova Scotia and describes a new initiative in Atlantic Canada called Masks for Humanity.
Community report - Guy Carriere – Sudbury
June 24, 2020 - Community Reporter Guy Carriere shares an update on Sudbury's plans for re-opening. He also tells us about some of the city’s virtual Canada Day celebrations.
Community report - J.R. Bjornson - Alberta
June 23, 2020 - Community reporter J.R. Bjornson talks about the anxiety he feels when going out in public, even as many jurisdictions lift some lockdown rules.
News panel: Impact of COVID-19 on tourism
June 19, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to talk about how the tourism industry is adapting for a summer with an active global pandemic.
The future of blind sports
June 15, 2020 - We speak with Jane D. Blaine, the CEO of the Canadian Blind Sports Association, about how the pandemic is affecting blind sports.
News panel: A lost school year
June 12, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to talk about how the pandemic has disrupted the school year for students of all ages.
Challenges with physical distancing
June 9, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup: Dave highlights an article titled "Why the new touchless, physically-distant world sucks for people with visual impairments."
Calls for inclusivity after the pandemic
June 8, 2020 - For today's Accessibility Story Roundup: An article titled "Let me drive the bus," about people with disabilities calling for COVID-19 reconstruction to be inclusive.
COVID privacy concerns
June 8, 2020 - Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge explains why privacy advocates are raising concerns about some of the emergency measures the Ontario government is implementing during the pandemic.
Google helps with distancing
June 1, 2020 - Marc Aflalo from Double Tap TV tells us about a new tool from Google, designed to help us stay six feet away from other people.
News panel: Local businesses adapt
May 29, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to talk about some of the measures local business are taking during the pandemic, such as adding a COVID surcharge to bills and installing plexiglass barriers.
News panel: A cashless world?
May 29, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to talk about the sharp decline in the number of Canadians who are using cash for regular transactions.
News panel: Green space
May 29, 2020 - Reporters Michelle McQuigge and Meagan Gillmore join Dave to talk about safe ways to get access to green space during the pandemic.
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.