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COVID 19 Alert app faces accessibility criticism for older Canadians, marginalized groups

COVID 19 Alert app faces accessibility criticism for older Canadians, marginalized groups

The federal government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app is facing criticism for its download requirements, which restrict some Canadians from accessing and using the app. The free “COVID Alert” app, which became available on Friday, is designed to track the location of phones relative to each other, without collecting personal data anywhere centrally. Read more: Can’t download the COVID Alert app? Your operating system may be too old (or new) Users are notified if their phones have recently been near the phone of a person who later volunteers that they have tested positive for COVID-19. But the app requires users […]

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Coronavirus face mask exemption cards are being sold online. Experts say they’re fake

Coronavirus face mask exemption cards are being sold online. Experts say they’re fake

As mandatory face mask bylaws pop up across Canada and the United States in order to deter the spread of COVID-19, so are fraudulent cards claiming to exempt people from the rule. If you do have a medical condition preventing you from wearing a mask, you do not need to prove it with a card, health officials say. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Phony medical face mask exemption cards confound Ontario and Toronto officials Toronto and Ottawa recently made it mandatory to wear masks in all indoor places. Quebec plans to make it mandatory on July 18. And […]

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COMMENTARY: Robots don’t get sick. Will COVID-19 speed up workplace automation?

COMMENTARY: Robots don’t get sick. Will COVID-19 speed up workplace automation?

What is an essential worker? The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the very idea on its head. Retail salespeople, entertainers and baristas do not make the cut. Grocery clerks, warehouse stockers and delivery people do. Without these workers, the “rest of us” would starve and run out of toilet paper. Together with health-care workers and first responders, who have always been essential, they form the front line in the war against COVID-19. Not surprisingly, the value of these unsung heroes has increased. Grocery chains have given their cashiers raises. Amazon employees are demanding personal protective equipment. When companies fail to […]

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