Letter from the publisher: What can COVID-19 teach us about preparedness?

On the heels of the growing number of cases of COVID-19 virus across Canada, I attended a gathering called Transition Places and Pathways in Waterloo. Approximately 50 artists, activists, students, entrepreneurs, funders, and professionals from across the world of social impact gathered to discuss the initiation of collective coordinated actions to address the climate emergency. 

Frankly, I don’t know why it took so long for the social impact world to convene such a gathering. I learned and unlearned a ton, and given how we’re seeing COVID-19 play out in communities across Canada, there are very real parallels. A couple of questions from my time in Waterloo that I’m holding are: Are we prepared enough? What can we learn from our preparedness to COVID-19 that can help us with the climate emergency?

In the last week, organizations have issued travel bans for

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