Tag: Coronavirus

Online shopping sales surge by 99% in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic  - National
Online shopping sales surge by 99% in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic  – National

Canadian consumers flocked to online shopping as the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic were enacted, according to a Statistics Canada report. A new report from the agency found that total retail sales fell by 17.9 per cent as Canadians increasingly sheltered in place between February and May and brick-and-mortar stores closed their doors. Even so, shoppers rushed to make…

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Online platforms scramble as content moderators in short supply amid coronavirus - National
Online platforms scramble as content moderators in short supply amid coronavirus – National

While hundreds of thousands of companies across the country have seen work grind to a halt amid COVID-19, Chris Priebe is experiencing the opposite. The owner of Two Hat, an artificial intelligence-powered content moderation company based in Kelowna, B.C., has never been busier helping customers including gaming brands Nintendo Switch, Habbo, Rovio and Supercell sift through billions of comments and…

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Canada needs a free support program to fight COVID-19 mental health crisis, doctors say - National
Canada needs a free support program to fight COVID-19 mental health crisis, doctors say – National

As pandemic-related stress and anxiety continues to take its toll, some doctors say what’s needed is a system that will address the long-term psychological impact on Canadians. Mental health organizations across the country are launching online self-assessment tools, developing virtual consults and increasing the capabilities of crisis lines to address the increased demand for psychological support. While she applauds those…

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Our mental health won’t be the same after coronavirus pandemic, experts say - National
Our mental health won’t be the same after coronavirus pandemic, experts say – National

While countries around the world continue to mobilize to contain the spread of the coronavirus, mental health experts say we can’t lose sight of another alarming issue: the long-term mental health impact the pandemic is going to leave on society. “What I think we’re facing here is a very traumatic event for a lot of people,” said Mark Henick, a…

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Patients ‘losing precious time’ as fertility treatments paused due to coronavirus - National
Patients ‘losing precious time’ as fertility treatments paused due to coronavirus – National

Elena Mularcyzk’s daughter often asks her when she’ll have a baby brother or sister. “Our daughter is constantly drawing pictures of babies in mommy’s tummy. She’s so excited about having a sibling,” the Oshawa, Ont., mother said. But Mularcyzk isn’t pregnant. She and her husband were ready to try one last round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) this spring —…

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