Life Unmasked

Life Unmasked

From lockdowns to renewed freedoms, how much has the COVID-19 pandemic messed everything up permanently? Life Unmasked looks ahead to the good times post-COVID but also dives into the things that will change forever. Most importantly – have we learned our lesson for next time?

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January 18, 2022 49 min

It was mid-December when some of Ontario’s top doctors publicly told reporters that COVID-19 is airborne.

For nearly two years public health officials in Canada have shied away from using that term to describe the transmissibility of the novel coronavirus, focusing instead on preventing the disease from spreading via droplets.

In Life Unmasked’s first episode of 2022, the team speaks with two experts to find out what it actually me...

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Just a month ago, most people in Ontario were under the impression they would be able to gather with their family and friends for the holidays without being too concerned about the risk of COVID-19 infection.

But the emergence of the new Omicron variant over the last few weeks has changed things, forcing families to choose who will be invited for dinner and who will not be.

But how do you navigate that conversation? Do you ask gues...

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In the first year of the pandemic, tens of thousands of people lost their jobs as some Ontario businesses were shuttered and others were slapped with strict capacity limits.

But in 2021 there was a shift. As businesses reopened again, there were some people who decided not to return to their old positions. Others decided to make a change after a year of working during the pandemic, choosing to enter a new career or field of work.

O...

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It seemed like people flocked to Ontario's parks, beaches and trails in the summer of 2020 and 2021.

Sites at campgrounds filled up months earlier than normal, while photographs of overcrowded beaches flooded social media. After months in lockdown and being told only to leave your home for essential reasons, friends and family appeared to take advantage of the fact that outdoor gatherings were allowed.

In this episode of Life U...

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Tens of thousands of people in Ontario alone have reported experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 weeks, sometimes months, after being diagnosed with the virus.

The symptoms can vary in severity and can include brain fog, anxiety, excessive fatigue, muscle pain, respiratory difficulties and chronic coughing—and for many, the road to recovery is long and frustrating.

In this week's episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with Dr. A...

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November 23, 2021 34 min

In this week's episode of Life Unmasked, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore talks about why the province saw so few severe cases of influenza last year, why that should not deter people from getting the flu shot and whether a 'twindemic' is a serious possibility for 2021-2022.

Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network, also joins the ...

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You asked. We answered.

While more than 85 per cent of eligible Ontarians aged 12 and up have rolled up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine, many still remain hesitant to get the shot—especially people who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant amid the pandemic.

About 66 per cent of pregnant people in Ontario are considered fully vaccinated as of Oct. 31, according to data ICES COVID-19 dashboard. This is despite the fac...

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On this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with two journalists who stood on the sidelines of history, attending an Olympic Games without spectators and stringent COVID-19 protocols. First, CP24s Kayla-Marie Tracy talks about wrestling with whether or not to accept the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while she was pregnant and what it was like covering her all-time favourite sport.

CTV News’ Joy Malbon then joins the t...

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For the first time, we're getting a really good idea of how much has changed when it comes to food insecurity thanks to the pandemic. People who never had to reach out for help prior to March 2020, suddenly found themselves as new clients at the Daily Bread Food Bank once lockdowns and economic devastation due to COVID-19 made its mark on Canada. There was a huge increase in demand at the Daily Bread during the pandemic, but it...

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It’s been a little more than a week since Canadians voted a Liberal minority government back into Parliament, marking an end to the country’s first—and hopefully only—pandemic-era election. With not much of a change in terms of representation in the House of Commons, what does this mean for the country’s COVID-19 action plan? What comes next in Canada’s fight against the virus?

In episode 13 of Life Unmasked, host Ashley Legassic s...

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Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate program went into effect this week, prohibiting those who are not fully vaccinated from accessing certain non-essential services such as indoor dining and gyms.

As the program rolls out, many businesses still have questions and concerns about how it will work. Will employees be expected to play the role of bouncer? What is enforcement going to be like? How long will this program be in plac...

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This week, we're sitting down with two experts who have become valued communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neuroscientist Samantha Yammine and Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch are here to answer all of your questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

From long-term health impacts to questions around fertility, we tackle the concerns you may have.

Next week, on Sept. 22, vaccines will be mandatory for Onta...

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In this week's episode, host Ashley Legassic sits down for a one-on-one with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

They dissect the pandemic-specific programs Toronto rolled out, like CafeTO and ActiveTO. What will be here to stay, and what will go? How does Toronto plan on getting back on its feet financially?

We dive into all of this and more.

To reach out to the Life Unmasked team you can email us at lifeunmasked@bellmedia.ca.

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Children haven’t physically been inside a classroom since mid-April when Ontario shuttered schools to in-person instruction as a result of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

While many may be looking forward to a return to normalcy this year—there is a lot that parents and students need to be aware of before heading to school on that first day. What safety protocols are in place currently? What happens if there is a COVID-...

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Sometimes, it can feel like the COVID-19 pandemic will never end. Just when we're getting to a good point, the rug gets pulled out from under us: whether it's a new variant, a spike in cases, or lockdowns.

But the thing we have to remember is one day it will end. However, it brings up an important, and scary question — when will the next one hit?

In this episode of Life Unmasked, the team holds a panel with infectious disea...

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As Canada enters the fourth wave of the pandemic, it’s hard not to focus on what was lost. For many, the last year and a half can only be described as a tragedy.

But for others, a little bit of comedy helped them get through those hard times.

Cue Stewart Reynolds—a.k.a. Brittlestar or “social media darling” as he describes himself—who is known for his comedic and family-friendly social media videos.

His video entitled “reasons to n...

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In Episode 6 of Life Unmasked, the team looks into why so many people haven’t rolled up their sleeves yet to get the shot. With such extensive advertising and nudging by elected officials, is it a matter of hesitancy—or a matter of access? How many are self-proclaimed anti-vaxxers and how much of this vaccination gap has to do with a simple lack of communication?

Clinical Pharmacologist and founder of Unambiguous Science Sabina Voh...

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For journalists used to wandering the halls at Parliament Hill or reporting from outside of Queen’s Park—the pandemic has been an odd change of pace.

No longer could reporters swarm politicians after Question Period or wander to their offices for the hope of a quote. Instead, most were forced to phone in to news conferences from their home offices—just to ask one question, and one follow-up.

In this bonus episode of Life Unmasked, ...

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Weeks and months of speculation are starting to come to a head in Canada, with so many wondering — will a snap election be called this summer? Will we have to go to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Not only that — but we're less than a year out from the next provincial election in Ontario. How will the world of campaigning be impacted, and will voters consider this election as a pandemic response report card?

To break ev...

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It was pretty common during the first and second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to walk into a grocery store and see empty shelves—particularly in the toilet paper aisle.

Customers spent hours in lengthy lines just to get in to big box stores to stock up on necessary and not-so-necessary items alike, despite the fact that experts kept insisting there were no supply shortages. So why wouldn’t our brains listen?

In episode 4 of Life U...

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