How do you physically distance without the internet?
As COVID-19 case counts skyrocket, Canadians turned inward once again. Medical professionals called for virtual Thanksgiving celebrations. In Ontario, the provincial government tightened public gathering restrictions on the Toronto and Ottawa regions after a slew of fresh cases in recent days. Online shopping — even for necessities — is as popular as ever.
Without the internet, physical distancing becomes simple isolation. And while middle-class Canadians in urban centres are able to access broadband internet connections — defined by the CRTC as 50 megabit download speed and 10 megabit upload speed — the same is not true for many rural dwellers. For remote or impoverished communities, the inability to access a decent internet connection means telecommuting, remote learning, and virtual doctor’s app
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