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Catching up with Dr. Leslie Bottrell

When the pandemic descended on New York last spring, Canadian doctor Leslie Bottrell found herself in the epicenter of the epicenter— an ICU unit at a hospital in Westchester County, New York, one of the country’s first major COVID-19 hotspots. She experienced what so many healthcare workers continue to confront ten months later— a deluge […]

January 7, 2021

2020 in Review: COVID-19, Silver Linings, & Renewed Hope

  How does one even begin to reflect on 2020? The unforgettable year we have just experienced is hard to capture in words. The world has run the 2020 gamut together. Through it, we have seen the vulnerability and resilience of the human spirit, our adaptability in the face of an unprecedented global health crisis, […]

January 3, 2021

Facemask Diplomacy in the Age of COVID

Let’s face it: as we continue to fight COVID-19 together, masks have become an essential facet of everyday life. And in these trying times, they are also an art form; the latest instance of human ingenuity; an expression of self, of values, and of the search for beauty and meaning in the midst of a […]

December 17, 2020

Zapping Covid-19: A Canada-U.S.-Mexico Collaboration Takes The Fight Indoors

  COVID-19 doesn’t care about borders, but Canada-U.S. collaboration may go a long way toward stopping the virus in its tracks. Harnessing North America’s leading technologies, brainpower, and manufacturing capabilities in the fight against COVID just makes sense. So when a Texas company announced a Transcontinental Manufacturing Partnership involving a Canadian company and start of […]

December 15, 2020

The Masked Man of Saskatchewan: A Signage Company Retools to Fight COVID-19 in Boston & Beyond

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Living through a global pandemic brings new meaning to this time-honored truth, and few express it better than Brad Hertz, co-owner of Sleek Signs in Regina, Saskatchewan. When COVID-19 hit, Hertz reconfigured his company’s signage and production facilities to manufacture innovative protective plastic shields for […]

August 3, 2020

A Canadian microbiologist’s love for virology, and hope for a COVID-19 treatment

His Twitter name says it all: @VirusNinja. Dr. Benjamin tenOever’s interest in virology goes back to his days at McGill University, but his interest in science stems from his early childhood. His parents immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands following a wave of Dutch farmers recruited by the Canadian government to settle in Smithville, Ontario and […]

July 24, 2020

Stocked Shelves During COVID-19? Thank A Trucker

The next time you pass a semi-trailer on the interstate, notice the license plates. Chances are it’s a Canadian trucker delivering food products and toilet paper to your local grocery store or needed manufacturing inputs to a plant in your area (because the U.S. and Canada have always made things together).  Or maybe it’s a […]

July 10, 2020

In a small border community, distillery pivots from whiskey to sanitizer production during COVID-19

International Falls, Minnesota and the neighboring town of Fort Frances, in Northwest Ontario, are separated by the Canada-U.S. border, but comprise one community, joined by events and celebrations, shared resources, and extended families who live in both jurisdictions.  Residents of both towns travel regularly back and forth across the international border to see movies, go […]

June 12, 2020

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