With social distancing measures in place, people have had to rethink their daily schedules and adapt to a new normal. Tasks that used to be simple like grabbing a coffee or running to the grocery store are now complicated and require a lot more thought and preparation than they used to. Here are some of the ways people are handling the new normal from home.
As an essential service, grocery stores have remained open since the beginning. However, going to the grocery store right now is no simple task. Lining up, wearing gloves, and swerving to avoid other shoppers has made grocery shopping a tiresome task.
Instead, people have turned to grocery delivery systems like Instacart and Grocery Gateway to avoid having to visit the grocery store in person. While you might have to wait a few weeks to get your groceries (some services have lead times of 3-4 weeks) you can skip the line and avoid putting yourself and others at risk.
Alternatively, many grocery stores are offering pickup options. All you have to do is place an order online and it’s there waiting for you when you get there. Some grocery stores will even bring your groceries to your car. However you’re getting your groceries, make sure you’re sanitizing and washing what you bought.
Aside from groceries, there are still a lot of things that people need but don’t have easy access to anymore. Clothing, furniture, books and many other goods are no longer easy to access. It’s no wonder that e-commerce sales have risen steeply since March.
Not only is online shopping an easy way to shop for non-essential goods, but it’s also a good way to pass the time while supporting businesses big and small. With more people shopping for things online that they used to only shop for in-store, we could see a lot of people’s attitudes and behaviours towards online shopping change forever. For example, people can now buy a mattress online through a box, or even order a lawn mower without even visiting a store!
Home cooking may be on the rise, but so is the use of food delivery apps like UberEats and DoorDash. These apps are the perfect option for a quick, satisfying and low-stress meal when you just don’t have the energy to cook. While there is a lot of online pressure to cook all the time, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy comfort food from a restaurant you wish you were able to visit right now.
Getting food delivered via apps or straight from the restaurants is also a great way to support local businesses whose businesses are currently suffering. If you want to treat yourself and take a break from cooking, order dinner tonight from your favourite restaurant.
Social Media and Video Chat
Unable to physically come together for social gatherings and business meetings, people have turned to video chat software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and FaceTime to keep in touch with the people in their lives.
Whether it’s a huddle with your coworkers, or a few drinks with friends on a Saturday night, people have adapted the technology to serve a number of social purposes. Some have even achieved life milestones on video chat like getting married or meeting a grandchild.
Social distancing has also reshaped the way we use social media. Memes, videos and other content are shared on a whole new level with a wider range of audiences. As well, new social media platforms have risen to prominence, like TikTok. These social media apps are a great way to pass the time while connecting with friends.
Kamloops RCMP officer's conduct under review after blackface jokes on social media – Terrace Standard
A Kamloops police officer’s conduct is under review after he made black face jokes in a series of posts on his personal Instagram account.
RCMP Const. Rupert Meinke’s posts showed him receiving a skin treatment. In one photo, a woman is apparently applying a black cleansing mask to his face; another appears to be a selfie with the cleansing mask on.
The photo of the mask being applied is accompanied by this caption: “Black face session. It’s suppose to help my looks. I don’t think it’s working,” followed by a laughing emoji.
The selfie is accompanied by this caption: “Is my skin racist? Micro aggressions matter.”
Meinke’s Instagram is private and it’s unclear when the posts were made, but screenshots of them began circulating on social media late last week.
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky told KTW he cannot speak to specifics regarding Meinke’s Instagram posts or duty status, but said making black face jokes on social media would not be smart.
“In this day and age that we’re in, that would be a dumb thing to do,” Lecky said. “I would certainly look into it.”
Lecky said he is unable to discuss Meinke’s posts because they were made on a personal Instagram account.
“It’s a social media account that is private and it isn’t linked to policing or the RCMP,” Lecky said. “So, I can’t even confirm to you if it’s a member.”
If he were to be made aware of such posts coming from a constable, Lecky said, an internal code-of-conduct investigation would be launched.
Meinke has also worked as a part-time instructor at Thompson Rivers University. He has taught police and justice studies classes.
University spokeswoman Darshan Lindsay told KTW the institution is “looking into” Meinke’s Instagram posts.
“Our commitment is to create a university where everyone belongs, where we show our respect for one another through our actions and in our words,” she said. “While we won’t be providing further comment on this matter, we can confirm the individual has taught courses part-time at TRU in the past.”
Lindsay said Meinke is not currently employed by or teaching at TRU.
Lecky said he was first made aware of the Instagram posts on Sunday, July 5.
CTV News Vancouver also reported on this story and was among media outlets to reach out to Meinke for comment. He replied, saying: “Sorry I cannot comment other than it is a skin care product. Take care.”
“Charcoal face masks, no harm, no foul,” Vanessa Simon, an activist and organizer for Black Lives Matter, told CTV. “But then you’re posting on your social media for the public to see, asking, ‘Is this racist? Micro aggression matters,’ you’re setting yourself up to be ridiculed by the community and he is getting what is coming to him.”
Simon told CTV News she was frustrated when she first saw the posts, opining they are insensitive and in poor taste.
“It’s concerning to me that there’s someone like that in the police department,” she said.
Disney teams up with Kaepernick in ex-NFL star's latest media deal – BNN
Walt Disney Co. will produce a series about the life of football player and activist Colin Kaepernick, part of a new overall deal between the media giant and the quarterback.
Disney will get first crack at new projects from Kaepernick’s Ra Vision Media, which produces work that explores race and social injustice. That will begin with the project about Kaepernick’s own life, that of a star athlete turned civil-rights activist.
Kaepernick was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism in the U.S. The move inspired many of his peers, but also angered large swaths of the population –including President Donald Trump — who took it as a sign of disrespect toward the flag. Kaepernick opted out of his contract before the 49ers could release him, and no team has been willing to sign him since then, turning him into the latest sign of what his fans say is systemic racism.
Disney hails the deal as part of a broader effort to develop stories from the perspective of Black and Brown communities. Kaepernick’s stance has turned him into a face of the civil-rights movement — and without an NFL career to pursue — he is using his platform to tell stories.
He previously agreed to make a show about his early life for Netflix Inc., and his publishing label has a partnership with blogging platform Medium. He is also joining that company’s board.
The Disney agreement ties one of the NFL’s biggest media partners to one of its highest-profile critics. Disney, the owner of ABC and ESPN, airs “Monday Night Football” and devotes hours of radio and television time to dissecting every aspect of the league.
“The Walt Disney Co. remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” Executive Chairman Bob Iger said in a statement. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race.”
News Media Canada Calls for Local Journalism Initiative Applications for Short-term and Freelance Projects – Financial Post
TORONTO — News Media Canada, the voice of Canada’s print and digital news media industry, is calling today for new applications to its Local Journalism Initiative program.
Applications are being sought for short term projects, including freelance and contract positions from Indigenous media across Canada, Quebec French media, and from English media from the rest of the country. All projects in this round should be completed by March 31, 2021.
Print and digital news media are eligible to apply for funding to News Media Canada. Applications are due on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. More specifically, and considering previous grant allocations, the program is looking for approximately 10 to 20 positions, particularly at French media in Quebec, and at Indigenous media—that is, media published by and for Indigenous communities—anywhere in Canada.
Created and funded by the Government of Canada, the Local Journalism Initiative is a five-year program that supports the creation of original civic journalism relevant to the diverse needs of people living in news deserts and areas of news poverty across Canada. Areas of “news poverty” are communities where there is limited access to journalistic content about civic issues and institutions through a daily or community newspaper or public or private broadcaster. Available sources of local news — whether a newspaper, a community radio station or other media — demonstrate significant gaps in coverage due to a lack of capacity. News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative program is open to English, French, and Indigenous print and online media across Canada. News media interested in applying can do so at: https://nmc-mic.ca/lji/news-organizations/apply/.
Launched in 2019, the Initiative provides funding for host newsrooms to hire reporters, supporting accurate and reliable civic journalism in underserved communities. Local Journalism Initiative coverage will help ensure the vitality of democracy, better inform citizens, engage community and foster civic debate, to connect Canadians with their local governments, in their councils, courts and other civic institutions. Since December 2019, News Media Canada’s program has approved funding for 199 journalists in 162 host newsrooms across Canada, including 31 new projects approved in May 2020. (Click here for the complete list.) Civic journalism produced by LJI reporters is available to all Canadian news media organizations for re-publication via the LJI news portal. For more information, visit www.localjournalisminitiative.ca.
About News Media Canada
News Media Canada is the voice of the print and digital news media industry in Canada and represents hundreds of trusted titles in every province and territory. News Media Canada is an advocate in public policy for daily and community media outlets and contributes to the ongoing evolution of the news media industry by raising awareness and promoting the benefits of news media across all platforms. For more information, visit us at www.newsmediacanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Tina Ongkeko, Director, Local Journalism Initiative
Christian Dognon, Program Officer, Local Journalism Initiative
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