News — COVID

With people around the country now in Week 8 of self-isolation, FASHION is reaching out to some of our favourite Canadians to get a peek into how they’re living their lives in lockdown (remember: #StayHomeSaveLives)

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Each week, keep an eye out for new self-isolation diaries from actors, designers, athletes and artists who are riding this uncertain time out with us. This week, we’re hearing from Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe, co-founders and designers of womenswear brand Smythe. The two are self-isolating in Toronto in their respective homes, faced with the challenges of running a brand while social distancing, maintaining team morale, grappling with an uncertain future and more. Here’s how they’re doing it. How are you running your business from home? What sort of routine works best for you?  Andrea Lenczner: We started with daily...

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I hope you’re doing ok. Maybe that hope is naive. I know many of you are small brands and designers, wondering if your business will survive. Others have seen their hours and income cut, or have been laid off. Some of you have sick family members and friends. But we all do our best with what we have. I’m staying inside, donating (this is a great nonprofit), and sharing information that can help you make smart decisions. Things are moving fast right now, so if you want this news more often, sign up for my newsletter. Right now, it’s going...

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Tech for good during COVID-19: Pivots and partnerships to help people deal

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Some of us have learned how to be uniquely scrappy during this pandemic. I’m talking socks as masks and chickpea water as a vegetarian egg-white replacement type of scrappy. And you will learn in this week’s installment of Tech For Good startups are no exception. Companies around the world are pivoting and partnering their way into helping us navigate the  COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some recent partnerships that caught our eyes, as well as other goodness from private companies.   From greeting cards to virtual therapy Ali O’Grady founded greeting-card startup Thoughtful Human in 2017. The greeting cards...

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Los Angeles Mayor Advises Residents to Wear Masks Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti advised residents to wear masks to protect themselves outside as California paces behind New York in confirmed COVID-19 cases, during a press conference. After the meeting, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that Mayor Garcetti also encouraged people to construct their own non-medical face masks to prevent the shortage of professional masks on the market. “To be clear, you should still stay at home. This isn’t an excuse to suddenly all go out,” Mayor Garcetti stated during the conference. He also took to Twitter to spread the news for those who weren’t able to...

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2020-03-27

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Activities for Quarantine By now, those of us who can are (hopefully) staying at home and practicing social distancing. Limiting the number of people we come in contact with helps stop coronavirus from spreading at a drastic rate. This means, were doing our part to flatten the curve, preventing hospitals from overcrowding. Sounds easy enough, right? So why does staying put in our homes seem so daunting?Its because were social beings, says Kim Lavoie, PhD, Professor and Chair of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioral Medicine Center (MBMC). Were focusing...

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