Coronavirus 12: On the arbitrary nature of local enforcement of provincial rules

It is spring once again, and our discontented winter slowly winds it way to a glorious "first dose summer" and, hopefully, a "second dose fall" that brings us ever closer to something like normal here in Canada. Yet for now we are still locked down in Ontario as the measures the current provincial government put … Continue reading Coronavirus 12: On the arbitrary nature of local enforcement of provincial rules

Coronavirus 11: third wave’s the charm

It's rare that a policy decision meets with almost universal disdain and derision. Angering and disappointing detractors and supporters in equal measure, while still not really addressing the root problem, takes a special kind of skill. We here in Ontario were witness to just such a total collapse of governance on April 16, when provincial … Continue reading Coronavirus 11: third wave’s the charm

Coronavirus 10: close encounters of the bird kind

Here in Windsor, and soon across most of Ontario, we find ourselves in the grip of a 4-week lockdown. I find it useful to think back to the initial constraints imposed as the pandemic spread in early 2020 and governments responded. Reeling from the enormity of that first lockdown in mid-March, including the abrupt move … Continue reading Coronavirus 10: close encounters of the bird kind

Coronavirus 8: masking up and throwing down

The pandemic has introduced me to a guilty pleasure that I must confess: I really enjoy watching videos of people freaking out about having to wear a mask or other protective face covering in public places and when shopping. It is equal parts educational and deeply disturbing to watch someone simply lose. their. shit. when … Continue reading Coronavirus 8: masking up and throwing down

Coronavirus 6: distance decay

There is an important but perhaps underused concept in geography known as distance decay. While this emerges most directly from Waldo Tobler's "first law of geography," it is easy enough to understand without ever having read the academic research behind it. Tobler's first law states that "everything is related to everything else, but near things … Continue reading Coronavirus 6: distance decay

Coronavirus 5: the pandemic university

This past Friday was the last day of classes at my university, though no one has set foot in a classroom here since March 13, when the University of Windsor Senate unanimously passed the Emergency Academic Plan. This waived a number of bylaw provisions that govern how faculty are supposed to teach classes, and we … Continue reading Coronavirus 5: the pandemic university