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Improving Public Health Messaging on Masking

Improving Public Health Messaging on Masking

In response to a thread on May 24, 2022, between Mr. Tom Jackman and Dr. Michael Schwandt, I decided to delve into the literature to point out the problematic messaging that has been coming from many governmental / public health bodies, including that in British Columbia. The two-sentence summary: public health officials in much of […]

Update to the Four Motions to Protect Staff, Students and Faculty

Update to the Four Motions to Protect Staff, Students and Faculty

[March 20, 2022 update] A version of the N95 motion was brought before YorkU Senate in January 2022 by Senator Patrick Phillips. It appears to have passed but has not led to subsidized distribution of N95s on campus. [Feb 2, 2022 update] The first motion (Recommendation for N95s) resulted in a recommendation email to all […]

2022: the Year of the N95 respirator

2022: the Year of the N95 respirator

In 2020 and 2021 we wore masks. In 2022 we will be wearing respirators. Whether they're official NIOSH N95s, CAN95, or KN95 , for the purpose of general public use we can just call them "N95s". The need for N95s has been clear from the beginning of the pandemic, but for two years most of […]

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

[Updates: Dec 23, 2021; Jan 31, 2022 ; Feb 16, 2022 ; March 17; 2022; April 28, 2022] This page is for general information on tools to help us fight COVID. I'll focus primarily on respirators and air quality here and less on vaccines: Masks and Respirators section Air Quality Measurement (CO2, etc.) section HEPA […]

Masking Exemptions at York University

Masking Exemptions at York University

[updated Dec 9, 2021] Masks are a form of personal protective equipment that can be very effective at spreading COVID. In your classroom you should only see masked students and they should all be wearing high quality models that protects all of us from the airborne hazard known as COVID. Here's why. Student Accessibility Services […]

COVID Questions for YorkU

COVID Questions for YorkU

October 31, 2021 (Updated Nov. 5, 2021) [Update Nov 5, 2021] In response to my questions I have received a letter from the Provost of the University, Prof. Lisa Philipps. Only the academic freedom question was addressed. The administration of York University has announced a return to face-to-face teaching in January 2021, with changes in […]

Flying Blind into January: Update on YorkU Air Quality [Oct 2021]

Flying Blind into January: Update on YorkU Air Quality [Oct 2021]

It's Oct 8, 2021. Last week I heard from my Vice Dean of the plan to go back to in-person teaching in January, 2022.[1] I believe that this is potentially a premature decision as York University appears to have ignored deficiencies in its measures to fight COVID. These include a vaccination documentation system that may […]

Update on Ventilation at YorkU (Aug. 17, 2021)

Update on Ventilation at YorkU (Aug. 17, 2021)

Introduction COVID has changed everything about campus life. In order to maximize the safety of students, staff and faculty at York University, we, as a community, need to focus on multiple factors, including: Vaccinations Ventilation (and air filtering) Masking Progressive work / study policies Last week, our university partially caved to pressure from the YorkU […]