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
    How to stop working when WFH
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    How to stop working when WFH How do you go from work mode to home mode? Managing notifications and making time for the transitions can help you find…

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    Find the right post doc for you
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    Find the right postdoc for you Finding the right postdoc is an important step in your academic journey. However, the process isn’t always straightforward. Here are…

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    How I learnt to love Zoom
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    Learning to Love Zoom Did you know that you can hold the spacebar to temporarily unmute your self in Zoom?!?! Mind-blown – 🤯. There is still…

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    Beat the WFH Blues
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    Beat the WFH blues We need to rethink ways of being productive during this time of stress and uncertainty. Here are four tips to help…

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    What Hollywood can teach researchers about scientific storytelling
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    Josh Ettinger says that screenwriting classes and a stint as a TV production intern have boosted his science-communication skills. Read article

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    Building Career Resilience
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    Building Career Resilience “By staying in touch with what you enjoy doing and finding out how that aligns with an ever-evolving labour market, you will…

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    Optimizing Working from Home
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    Dr. Scott Rich outlines how embracing the novelty of working remotely can lead to unexpected productivity. (via ORT Times [May 2020] and UHN Research).

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    Identifying Transferable Skills
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    “Try to think of skills that will make you stand out compared to other applicants, that represent what you’ve learned, and that fit the [role]…”…

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    Tools for Working From Home
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    Still, optimizing your #WFH setup? Check out this list of the essential tools. Pro Tip: Need a laptop stand? Get some extra use out of your thesis……

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    Zoom fatigue is setting in: What it is and how to prevent it
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    Psychologists say constant video chat meetings are draining users and leading to “Zoom Fatigue. Read the article from CBC and learn how to manage your virtual…

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    The Art of the Follow-up Email
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    “Handled properly, the follow-up email is a crucial weapon. Learn how to craft it well, and you’ve mastered the art of emailing.” Read the FORGE article here.

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    Learn to Love Virtual Conference
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    “Online meetings might lack many of the benefits of an in-person conference…[but] there’s a lot to like about virtual conferencing.” (via Nature Careers)

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    Staying Human in the Zoom Boom
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    “Video conferencing can be isolating and strange for [some]  – here are some tips to make sure everyone feels seen and heard. (via University Affairs)https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/staying-human-in-the-zoom-boom/

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    Responding to Employee Anxiety
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    While we are preparing to return to research, it’s important to consider everyone’s psychological health and safety, too. Here are 6 tips to do that (via The CMHA).…

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    Don’t be ‘Reviewer 2’
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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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    Supercharge your Figures
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    Supercharge your Figures –  Great figures are an important part of great scientific communication. BioRender is an easy to use graphic design tool created for…

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    Reacting to Your First Rejection
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    Reacting to Your First Rejection Although academic rejections are normal, that does not necessarily make them less painful,’ says Lucy Taylor. Read the full article published…

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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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    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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    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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    Guide to WFH for Grad Students/Postdocs
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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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    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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    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
    Novus Biologicals Scholarship
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    Novus Biologicals Scholarship Deadline July 29th The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science-related field. A $1500 scholarship…

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    Government Support for Students Volunteering
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    Government Support for Students Volunteering The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), supports students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response.…

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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
    How to banish impostor syndrome
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    How to banish impostor syndrome We’ve had the crippling thought that “I don’t belong” or “I don’t deserve this”. That’s imposter syndrome, not reality. So how do…

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    Try this 1-min breathing exercise
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    Try this 1-min breathing exercise “Studies show that breathing exercises can actually improve cognitive function, encourage positive thought processes, and reduce symptoms of anxiety.” Try it…

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    Guided Meditations
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    Practicing Mindfulness Mindfulness takes practice. “The idea is to choose a practice that works for your needs.” Here are some guided meditations from Mindfulness Without Borders…

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    A Time to Study Yourself
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    A Time to Study Yourself This period of isolation has provided an opportunity to be truly introspective. Studying yourself, your values and your goals can ensure…

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    Everyday Resiliency
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    “Resiliency lives within us all. The only difference between those who can keep getting up after adversity and those who struggle with it, is knowing…

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    UHN Cares
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    Are you a UHN Trainee or staff in need of support for you mental health and well-being? UHN has three new services to help you…

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    How to Keep Going When You Don’t Know What’s Next
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    “’…How do you keep going even if you don’t know what’s next?’ It’s an essential question. Not knowing what’s next is a fundamental condition of human…

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    The Science of Well-Being
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    Free Coursera Course In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.…

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    Managing Stress & Anxiety from COVID-19
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    Starling Minds has already helped thousands of individuals improve their wellbeing with our digital mental health programs. Now we would like to help you combat…

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wellness Resources
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    Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Resources and training…

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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
    Greenbelt Bike Trails
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    Greenbelt Bike Trails Tired of biking to work and dodging Toronto traffic? Why not explore one of these Bike Trails in Ontario’s protected Greenbelt? (via the Greenbelt Foundation)

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    At Home Gardening Tips
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    Start your Garden Want to start gardening? Apartment Therapy has a great collection of articles on how to start and maintain any size garden at home.

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    Greenbelt Hiking Trails
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    Greenbelt Hiking Trails Looking for a good hike and want to explore a new hiking trail? Check out one of these Hiking Trails in Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. (via the Greenbelt Foundation)

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    Looking for a Healthy Snack
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    Looking for a Healthy Snack? Tummy rumbling? Looking for a snack? Try one of these 21 easy (and healthy) snacks to get you through the afternoon munchies. See what’s cooking…

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    Classic Board Games – Online
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    Classic Board Games – Online Missing out on playing board games with friends and family? These classic board games can be played together online. I appreciate the “quick mode” in Monopoly… (via…

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    How To Start Running | 8 Week Training Plan To Run Your First 5km
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    Want to start running? Need a goal? Here is a quick guide to running your first 5K! Looking for a group to run with? Join the TeamUHN Run Club for…

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    Black Lives Matter: A Booklist
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    Black Lives Matter: A Booklist “Knowledge is critical to understanding, and a vital step in fighting racism in Canada and beyond.” This list of books from the TPL is a great…

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    Top Cycling Routes in Toronto
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    Top Cycling Routes in Toronto Now that it has warmed up (fingers crossed) and your bike is all tuned up, are you ready to find a new route? Check out…

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    Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
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    Hogwarts Digital Escape Room Like Harry Potter? Like Puzzles? Looking for a fun activity? Try this digital Hogwarts themed escape room created by the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray,…

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    Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari
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    Want to check in on the Lions and giraffes? The Toronto Zoo has opened up the zoo to visitors as a drive-through safari. You can learn more on the Toronto…

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    The Best Movies on Netflix
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    Trails not in your future? Try watching one of these highly-rated movies on Netflix Canada. My pick – Spider-Man: Homecoming. https://www.readersdigest.ca Button

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    ROM at home
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    While the Royal Ontario Museum building is closed, check out all the activities on the ROM at Home page to keep you and your family inspired and engaged…

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    Ontario Road Trips
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    While we’re all still social distancing and summer feels a long way off (snow in may!?), perhaps we can still start dreaming about a road trip…

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    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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    FUN FOR KIDS
    Biology In Your Backyard
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    Biology In Your Backyard –  Explore biology in your own backyard with Prof. Marc Johnson and his kids! A great introduction to nature for kids…

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    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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