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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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How to keep busy during social distancing

March 17, 2020

With the novel coronavirus spreading at a rapid pace, we are being told to social distance ourselves. For an extrovert like myself, social distancing with little to no interaction with friends can be hard. Therefore, I’ve compiled this list of things to do while social distancing to keep busy during this pandemic. 

Homework/online classes

With face to face classes transitioning to an online format, you are bound to have more assignments due. Solely online classes may be a new learning experience for you, so it’s best to tackle content and assignments early. Before even considering anything else on this list, I suggest at least starting an assignment or two. But then again, we all need some ideas to help us procrastinate!

Read

I’m 110% guilty of saying “I don’t have enough time to read”. Well, now that we all have lots of alone time, now is the best time to crack open a book. If you don’t have access to books at home, do not travel to a library or bookstore, it’s safer to download e-books online. 

Go for a solo walk/run

If you need to get out of your house, going for a walk/run in fresh air is a great option. Make sure you walk/run in an area where you won’t come in close contact with others (6 feet). Even a few laps around the outside of your house might help stretch your legs. 

Netflix/Disney+

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: a time where we don’t have to leave our houses and we won’t be judged. Unfortunately, this situation didn’t come under the best circumstances. However, you can still use this time to binge-watch all the Netflix movies and shows your heart desires. I will be using my breaks to catch up on How To Get Away With Murder, and I heard that Disney+ is releasing Frozen 2 early for all the Disney fans out there. 

Video chat

Typically, I used video chatting to stay in touch with friends who went away to different post-secondary schools. But with social distancing in mind, everyone seems to be sooooo much farther away. Video chatting can help break the distance with friends and family. There are a variety of options for video chatting including FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype. If you do know someone who has the coronavirus, video chatting is also a safe communication method if you need to contact them. 

Board games/puzzles

Maybe you’re social-distancing with family and friends that you live with. If so, playing a board game or doing a puzzle is a great way to spend time. If you don’t have any games, you could use paper to make DIY playing cards or find an online version of a board game. Similarly, you could play video games with close family or friends, or even use online gaming to play with others. 

Clean

It’s not too early to do some spring cleaning! Maybe it’s time to vacuum your room, set aside clothes that don’t fit, clean your bathroom, tidy your desk, or do your laundry. In all the chaos that’s happening right now, a clean space would definitely help provide a little more peace. Not to mention that cleanliness will help better protect you from the coronavirus itself. 

For even more ideas on what to do while social distancing, check out Scottie Andrew’s post on CNN’s website.

Stay safe everyone!