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Trailblazing report offers policy solutions for long-term care during COVID-19 and beyond

Trailblazing report offers policy solutions for long-term care during COVID-19 and beyond

Sociologist Pat Armstrong, an expert on the Canadian healthcare system, has co-authored a ground-breaking report that gives government stakeholders a literal how-to plan on improving long-term residential care. It provides a path forward at a vital point in time. It would be hard to imagine a more policy-applicable report produced at a more optimal time. […]

Females in reproductive years less likely to contract COVID-19, finds new research on the role of estrogen

Females in reproductive years less likely to contract COVID-19, finds new research on the role of estrogen

Compelling new research determines that females between puberty and menopause are less likely to contract the virus. This suggests that estrogen may help in reducing COVID-19 incidence and in the development of symptoms, especially those related to increased survival. Researchers at York University are on the frontlines of discovery, tackling issues of paramount importance and […]

Engineering team addresses flood management, urban planning and sustainable development

Engineering team addresses flood management, urban planning and sustainable development

Cities are increasingly threatened with flooding, fueled by climate change. Transformative research, led by Professor Usman Khan, determines the best way to approach this threat – a technique that reduces runoff – and considers the demand for this technique. Climate change and urbanization are increasing the frequency and intensity of floods in cities. Three researchers […]

Researchers gain wisdom, key recommendations, from First Nations People living with HIV/AIDS

Researchers gain wisdom, key recommendations, from First Nations People living with HIV/AIDS

Through storytelling meetings with First Nations people living with HIV/AIDS, a health researcher gains key policy and funding recommendations ― nothing short of a call for action that will help to decolonise the HIV cascade of care for Indigenous Peoples. Health Professor Sean Hillier, a Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation, Chair of the Indigenous […]

Who are Ontario’s green drivers and how can we incentivize more of them?

Who are Ontario’s green drivers and how can we incentivize more of them?

New research shows that drivers of electric vehicles represent one per cent of new car owners – this, ten years after a provincial push to encourage green driving. One researcher learns more about these consumers and advocates gaining additional info on them to better tailor the strategy. In 2010, the Province of Ontario launched an […]

York University librarian develops much-needed pandemic guide for consumers

York University librarian develops much-needed pandemic guide for consumers

Acutely aware of the mounting need to better understand pandemics in light of COVID-19, York U librarian Marcia Salmon created an indispensable new guide for consumers. It sums up the history of pandemics, and offers descriptions of and links to leading resources like the WHO and CDC. York University is a diverse community working together […]

Grad student and alumna’s pandemic-themed play helping young audiences

Grad student and alumna’s pandemic-themed play helping young audiences

An AMPD PhD student and alumna are co-producing a play about COVID-19 aimed at helping kids in Grades 5 through 8 emotionally process the pandemic. It offers young audiences the true essentials: identification, resonance and engagement (through talkback sessions) at a much-needed time. York University’s School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) undertakes extraordinary […]

The future of cities in the wake of the pandemic: What will change? What should change?

The future of cities in the wake of the pandemic: What will change? What should change?

COVID-19 is triggering a massive rethink on urban living. Three York U experts consider the ways in which the pandemic is changing how we live together. All three underscore one thing: (in)equity must be at the heart of the analysis. In late spring 2020, the premier of Ontario, alongside the mayor of Toronto, lifted the […]

Teletherapy in the time of COVID-19: The secrets to success

Teletherapy in the time of COVID-19: The secrets to success

A psychologist considers how online therapy during the pandemic could work best and offers some tips to encourage and support both therapist and client to be present and maintain a strong therapeutic relationship while engaging in telepsychotherapy. The lessons learned could help when face-to-face sessions are reinstated. The York University community has within it extraordinary […]

Putting things right: Indigenous wisdom applied to sustainable water governance

Putting things right: Indigenous wisdom applied to sustainable water governance

An Anishinaabek researcher consults with Elders and women from the Great Lakes territory, sums up the work of “a wave of Indigenous scholars” and weaves together decolonializing with Indigenous methodologies. With this, she offers some brilliant revelations that will inform future governance around the sustainability of water. York University is committed to respectful, relevant, Indigenous-formed […]