COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

COVID-19 UPDATES
UofT SGS COVID-19 Updates
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The School of Graduate Studies has a COVID-19 site that is updated regularly with new information for UofT graduate students. Read the latest from UofT SGS

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The Science of COVID
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The volume of information – and mis-information – on this coronavirus is overwhelming.   The UHN and Michener library team are collaborating with partners across our organization…

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COVID-19 self-assessment
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If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine…

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UHN Patient COVID-19 Info
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UHN’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page has the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 for patients and visitors to UHN as well as the general public.…

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UHN Research Intranet
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Stay updated with the latest guidelines and updates for UHN Researchers concerning COVID-19. A UHN Login or internal connection is required. UHN Research Intranet Page

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UHN IPAC Preparedness
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Check the intranet for the most up-to-date information and guidance on UHN’s COVID-19 response. UHN Login or internal connection required. UHN IPAC Preparedness Page

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WORK FROM HOME RESOURCES
Staying Motivated at Home
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Staying Motivated at Home –  Read about the Pomodoro technique for productivity & other techniques for staying motivated while social distancing for COVID-19. (via Nature Careers)…

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Optimize Your Work from Home
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Optimize Your Work from Home –  Dr. Greg Wells talks about healthy eating, getting fresh air and shutting off those morning alarms to optimize work…

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One-Degree Shifts
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One-Degree Shifts “A one-degree shift is the smallest viable change we can make to reduce friction.” Learn how one-degree shifts can improve remote work. (via speakers.ca) Read…

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How-to Salvage a Disastrous Day
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How-to Salvage a Disastrous Day It is absolutely possible to salvage a disastrous day working from home. Try restarting your day, get an easy win and…

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Clocking your work hours
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Clocking your work hours “[T]he practice of writing down my work hours was surprisingly illuminating, ultimately sending me down a path to better work-life balance.”Read…

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Sciwheel Reference Manager
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Sciwheel Reference Manager –  Looking for something to manage all your references, or want to switch up your current reference manager? Check out Sciwheel –…

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Learn to Love Networking
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Learn to Love Networking –  A study rooted in social psychology tells us how to shift our mindsets and think positively about networking. Read the…

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Stretching at Your Desk
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Stretching at Your Desk –  Working from home more may mean working longer and increased muscle strains. Try some of these tips and stretches to ease the strain while…

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At-Home Networking Strategies
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At-Home Networking Strategies –  Here are some things to do over the next month to keep yourself market-ready from the safety and comfort of your…

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Transferring Your Skills
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Transferring Your Skills –  Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Science Careers has put together this booklet with tips on how to…

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2020 Career Handbook
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2020 Career Handbook – Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields.…

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Guide to Working From Home for Graduate/Postdoctoral Researchers
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Guide to Working From Home for Graduate/Postdoctoral Researchers – The SGS has prepared this guide to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are now…

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8 Steps to Have a Good Day
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8 Steps to Have a Good Day – Struggling to have positive and productive workdays while working remotely? Check out these 8 strategies have a good…

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Work–life balance for Researchers
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Work–life balance for Researchers – Does this sounds familiar? – “I’m not productive when I should be working and I feel guilty relaxing at other…

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Mentoring during a Pandemic
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Mentoring during a Pandemic – “We must reimagine how we mentor in a time of closed laboratories, depleted and stressed health-care colleagues and social distancing.”…

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Writing Reviews
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Writing a literature review will appear less intimidating if you clearly define your topic, audience, type of review you’re writing, and literature search strategy at…

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Individual Development Plans
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myIDP – You have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing your PhD degree.  Now it’s time to focus on how to leverage your…

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5 Tips for #WFH
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Not used to working from home? Here are 5 tips to maximize productivity while you’re away from the office. 5 Tips for Working from Home

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Scan a Document
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Need to scan a document at home but don’t have access to a scanner? Here are some instructions kindly provided by Cathy Chau at TGHRI –…

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Remote Network Access
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Most of the commonly used research applications are now available through the research Intranet. Use of ‘VPN’ to connect off-site is the new preferred standard…

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Journal Article Access
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Follow the above link for infomraiton on how to access journal articles via the University of Toronto or UHN Libraries. If you have any issues,…

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WEBINARS
Project Management Course
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Now FREE Online –  Project Management for Beginners is an introductory course which provides the foundational knowledge necessary to join a project team and can serve as the…

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TorBUG
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TorBUG (Toronto Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the Greater Toronto Area who have an interest in the…

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edX
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Open Enrollment – edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million…

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Coping with Anything
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Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19) – Drs. Bob Maunder and Jon Hunter made this video to help their hospital colleagues to cope…

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Identify, Assist, Refer
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Identify, Assist, Refer – This online module was created to strengthen the University of Toronto’s systems of support for student mental health. Check it out here.

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Introduction to R
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Online Now –  R is rapidly becoming the most important scripting language for both experimental and computational biologists. It is well designed, efficient, widely adopted…

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Connect:Science
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Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | 12PM – The Connect:Science seminar series offers remote participation via Zoom to pull our community of faculty, trainees,…

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Coursera
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Open Enrollment – Start streaming on-demand lectures today from top instructors at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Google, IBM, and more. Many topics including Data…

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FUNDING
Science Journalism Award
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Deadline June 1st – Science Journalism Student Award Submissions Open: Feb 17, 2020 Submissions Close: Jun 1, 2020 The Science Journalism Student Award enables students pursuing a…

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Baxter Young Investigator Awards
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Deadline June 30th – Baxter touches the lives of millions of people around the world every day. Our products and therapies can be found throughout…

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Award Explorer
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Explore Awards at U of T – Interested in awards at the University of Toronto? Whether you’re thinking of coming to U of T –…

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Your budget is a mess!
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University Affairs Magazine – Working on a grant while you #WFH? Well, your grant budget might be a mess! University Affairs Magazine has some tips for you. Click…

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Postdoctoral Fellowships
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Rolling Deadline – CANSSI Ontario offers postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for trainees pursuing multidisciplinary, data-driven research. Info & Registration

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Funding Databases
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Funding Databases – There are free lists of grants and fellowships around the world available online. Check out the article from Nature Careers. Read article

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Pivot Funding Database
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Pivot Funding Database – Access the Pivot funding database. Grad Students use UTORid@mail.utoronto.ca; PDFs use UHNlogin@uhnres.utoronto.ca Access here

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WELLNESS & SUPPORT
Wellness Mobile Apps
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Wellness Mobile Apps UHN Wellness has curated a number of mobile apps that can help you and your wellbeing. Log on to the UHN Intranet wellness…

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Online with Student Life at UofT
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ONLINE WITH STUDENT LIFE –  From Career Chats and Mindful Moments to resources that help you do your best learning from home, Student Life at UofT continues…

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MindShift™ CBT
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MindShift™ CBT MindShift™ CBT is an app developed by Anxiety Canada that uses scientifically proven strategies to help you take charge of your anxiety. Learn more here.

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7 hacks to beat stress
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7 hacks to beat stress –  While some stress in itself isn’t bad, chronic or continual stress can be overwhelming. Learn ways to manage stress in this…

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Managing COVID-19 Anxiety?
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Managing COVID-19 Anxiety? –  “Working in a COVID-19 world is not normal. You shouldn’t dwell on guilt if you’re not functioning at maximum productivity levels.”…

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Mindful Journaling
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Mindful Journaling – Instead of just writing about your daily experiences, try these tips to explore your mental landscape, emotional triggers and present moment awareness. (via YBTT)

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How to Curb Emotional Eating
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How to Curb Emotional Eating –  Turning to food for comfort when you feel stressed, angry or sad, even if you’re not hungry? Learn ways to…

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Research Wellness Hub
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The UHN Research Wellness Hub is a centralized collection of wellness resources for the UHN research community. Check it out here (internal connection needed).

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Peer-to-Peer Support Line
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Peer-to-Peer Support Line – Monday-Friday | 8am to 8pm Connecting UHN staff and trainees with peers who will provide emotional support and a listening ear. They…

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Telehealth Ontario
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Telehealth Ontario – Need medical advice, but don’t want to go see a doctor right now? Call Telehealth Ontario and talk to a Registered Nurse.…

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Coping with Anything
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Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19) – Drs. Bob Maunder and Jon Hunter made this video to help their hospital colleagues to cope…

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Mental Health + COVID19
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Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic – The situation is stressful for everyone and it is normal to be anxious and worried. This site is…

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Emergency Funds
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Emergency Funds – Graduate Students: If you are experiencing immediate financial hardship, you can apply for an SGS emergency loan or grant.

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Mental Health Support
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Be There – jack.org – Here are some tips on how to Be There for others during difficult times and how to Be There for…

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Crisis Text Line
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CRISIS TEXT LINE – www.crisistextline.ca. The Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 686868 from anywhere in Canada to text…

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2-1-1 Toronto
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Phone 211 or www.211toronto.ca. – Free and confidential- providing 24/7 access to resources including support services for a medical crisis, mental health and addictions.

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Good2Talk
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Call 1-866-925-5454 or Good2talk.ca – Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling, information and referrals for students in Ontario.

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408-HELP LINE
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Call 408-4357 or Text 45645 – Toronto Distress Centre provides free 24/7 access to trained volunteers supporting people in distress or in need of support.

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RECHARGE
Looking for a new #podcast?
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Looking for a new #podcast? – Give these a listen! 1️. Nature Podcast 2. The Happiness Lab 3. Shelve Under 4. Raw Talk

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#HaveFun with Jackbox Games
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#HaveFun with Jackbox Games – Looking for a fun way to connect with your family and friends? Try a party pack from Jackbox Games! Everyone can play along remotely. Click here to see…

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#TuneUp your bike with Bikechain
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#TuneUp your bike with Bikechain – Now that it is starting to warm up, are you trying to get your bike ready? Bikechain is offering online help to get you and your bike ready.…

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#StayHomeWithLeica
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#StayHomeWithLeica – Check out the #StayHomeWithLeica program as a way to nurture your passion (new or otherwise) for photography. Check out the #StayHomeWithLeica Page

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#StayFit
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#StayFit with Equinox –  Equinox is sharing free workout videos on Instagram to help people #StayFit while social distancing and the gyms are closed. Check out the workouts on Instagram

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#WatchSomething
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Theater, Musicals and Opera –  Whats On Stage is collecting a running list of stage shows, musicals and operas that can be streamed from home. Check out the list here. (via…

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#GetCurious
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NASA at Home – NASA has put together Books, Videos, Podcasts and Virtual Tours to feed your curiosity about space and space travel. Click here to visit the site.

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#StayFit
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Rumble Boxing – If your at-home workout routine is getting stale, try out some boxing. Rumble Boxing is sharing HIIT boxing workouts on Instagram. Check out the workouts on Instagram

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#LearnSomething
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Nikon School – Looking to become a better photographer? Nikon is offering all is photography courses FREE for the entire month of April. Access the classes here

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#StayFit
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An At Home Bodyweight Workout – Looking for a simple, no-equipment, at-home workout? Try this 25-min bodyweight workout from rhone.com. Try it!

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#ReadSomething
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The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100 – Here are the WSJ’s picks for worthwhile books to read during each year of life, from 1…

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#StayFit
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GOLD’S AMP™ DIGITAL PERSONAL TRAINER – GOLD’S AMP™ offers over 600 audio and video workouts and hundreds of DJ mixes to keep you moving in the gym, outside, or at…

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#LearnSomething
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#FTCMusicClass – Tune in at 1PM EST daily for a Music Lesson from the Arkells. Bring your guitar, your dancing shoes, and your good vibes. Link below, Enjoy! Follow along…

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#StayFit
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Fitness Blender – Hundreds of professional workouts, you’ll have everything you need to reach your personal fitness goals while you #WFH – all free! Click here for all videos.

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#ReadSomething
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Toronto Public Library – Got a library card? Here’s a quick guide to all of the online services you can use including eBooks and AudioBooks Click here for the complete…

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#WFH Podcast
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Behind the Breakthrough – Looking for something to listen to? Try the Behind the Breakthrough podcast. It’s a great listen and been and award nominee! All Episodes

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FUN FOR KIDS
Home experiments for Kids
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Making science fun: Home experiments for kids, with Thermo Fisher Scientific –  If you are struggling to keep the kids entertained, then why not try…

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KITE Young Innovators Program
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KITE Young Innovators Program –  Check out this online repository of different free resources for children of all ages. This amazing repository of over 100…

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Virtual Roller-Coasters
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Canada’s Wonderland –  If you’re self-isolating or stuck with the kids at home and looking for something exciting to do, try a virtual roller coaster…

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San Diego Zoo Live Stream
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San Diego Zoo Live Stream – Missing out on you visits to the zoo? Check in on the animals at the San Diego Zoo to…

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Scholastic Learn at Home
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Scholastic Learn at Home – Scholastic has put together daily and weekly activities to support learning at home. There are activities for kids from Pre-Kindergarten all…

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Cosmic Kids Yoga
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Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. Find the videos…

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Ripley’s Aquarium at Home
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Ripley’s Aquarium at Home – Explore Ripley’s Aquarium at home and learn all about the amazing animals of our world waters! Use the calendar below to…

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Free Audible Stories
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Audible Stories for Kids – Audible is bringing the power of stories to kids while schools are closed. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible…

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