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Canada's Roadmap for Vaccinations

After a long year of a worldwide battle against the deadly Coronavirus, the hopes for a return to the ‘normal’ life finally started growing as news about the vaccination developments have been rolling in. Just like every country, Canada created a national blueprint for how the vaccines should be administered in order to ensure a safe and fast recovery. Let’s take a look at how it’s going...

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A Look at Asia

Our mask-wearing practices can be a deciding factor in how well we are doing in fighting the Coronavirus. By looking at the habits of other countries, it not only shows the effectiveness of wearing masks but it may also give us an insight of how our future will look like. 

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What is Happening in India?

India is in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. After months of varying restrictions and results, the country is being hit with one of the worst case loads recorded - and that doesn't account for unreported numbers. So, why did this happen? How did it happen?

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How to Talk to People About Getting Vaccinated

Another way to put us out of business - get your vaccine! The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across Canada has accelerated in recent weeks. But if you - or someone you know - are still on the fence about whether or not to get your shot, here are some tips and reasons that might help you brave the complicated booking systems and line-ups.

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Protests and Lockdowns

Throughout 2020 and 2021 so far, there have been many reasons for social uproar in which people all over the world took it on themselves to organize marches and protests because they did not feel heard otherwise. Therein, one of the arguably most prominent occasions has been Covid-19 and its health restrictions.

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The Untold Fun Side of Wearing Masks

Masks have become a staple item that we don when entering public indoor spaces. While it can be frustrating and uncomfortable, there are some fun things that we could be hiding under that mask. From a fancy moustache to unfortunate blemishes, wearing a mask has some perks!

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Put Us Out Of Business... Please!

We’re ready to go out of business. But we can’t. Seriously. Put us out of business. We don’t want to have to be doing this. We want everything to get back to normal. Us not being in business means that everyone is safe and vaccinated. Us not being in business means that we’re returning to work and school and everything in between. Us not being in business means that we don’t need to sell masks and t-shirts to donate masks to people that need them. Until then, we’re going to keep trying our hardest to help people. When we started GiveAMask.ca, the most common question was “What are you going to do when Covid-19 ends”. And obviously we considered it....

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Happy Earth Day!

As our grasses regain their colour and our flowers begin to bloom, it is the perfect time  to celebrate our beautiful planet again. This time around, with the added environmental impacts of the global pandemic, it is more important than ever for us to pay attention and care for the place on which we live: the Earth.

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The Environmental Impact of Disposable Masks

Even as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another epidemic that is slowly growing at the same time. There is an incredible litter and pollution problem being created by the massive demand for disposable surgical masks. On streets, parks, and beaches across the world, masks are piling up, with an estimated 75% of plastic masks ending up in landfills and the ocean. There are no hard numbers on how many masks are going to the landfill, but we can extrapolate from what we do have, and the amount is staggering. The United Kingdom is estimating that it is sending, on average, 1.6 billion masks to the landfill every month. Expand that out to the whole population of the...

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Help Us Help Canadian Families!

We still need your help to support those in need. If people are concerned about their next meal, they cannot afford the adequate protections we take for granted every day. Every one deserves to feel safe - especially during a pandemic, and your continued support allows us to continue providing masks to food banks.

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Why Do We Need To Wear Masks?

With Toronto and much of the rest of Canada facing a new set of lockdowns, uncertain and worry about the COVID-19 Pandemic is at an all-time high. What is striking is that despite the fact that we’re essentially going for a second turn on this wild ride, there is still a lot of misinformation, or lack of information, regarding the best practices. Regardless, social distancing, handwashing, and especially wearing masks are all the best ways to limit transmission of COVID. But why are masks such an important part of this process? To understand this, it’s important to understand how this disease is transmitted. COVID is one of many diseases that spreads through “respiratory droplets” – essentially, through the minute particles...

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Ontario's New Colour-Coded System

Ontario is recording hundreds of new COVID-19 cases every day and Premier Doug Ford is facing mounting pressure to get this second wave under control. Last week, health officials unveiled a new colour-coded system to organize Ontario’s pandemic response by region and ultimately help folks better understand what is or isn’t allowed in their community.  Each colour comes with an additional layer of restrictions on offices, restaurants and public gatherings. A health unit is assigned a colour based on the number of active cases, the positive test rate and the current capacity of hospital ICUs.  If a region wants to loosen restrictions and for example, move from yellow back to green, that health unit must demonstrate shrinking case counts and...

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What to Look For When You Buy a Mask Online

Masks are flying off the shelves with everyone from the likes of Old Navy to budding entrepreneurs working from home selling 2020’s hottest accessory. However, not all masks are created equally, and when it comes to your health, you need to know what to look for when you buy a mask online. Here are some pointers. Where does it come from? It’s tempting to buy that super cute mask with the funny saying or cartoon animal on it, but your first thought shouldn’t be the style – it should be the origin. There are many great masks being made all over the world, but regulations vary about what makes a safe and effective non-medical mask. When you buy a mask...

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GiveAMask.ca Partners with Edmonton’s Food Bank

GiveAMask.ca, the Canadian organization co-founded by Paruksheen Dhunjisha and Michael Carrier, has found a way to make their buy-one-donate-one mask service go even further. By partnering with Edmonton’s Food Bank, they are helping essential workers get a free mask in Edmonton. The Edmonton’s Food Bank Partnership Giveamask.ca’s products are Canadian made, cloth, washable, and reusable. They come in a range of colours and two sizes (adult and child). Every time a mask is purchased, a mask is donated to someone in need. With the Edmonton’s Food Bank partnership, using the coupon code Edmonton10 not only enables you to get 10% off the purchase of a mask, all the masks purchased with this code enable a donation directly to Edmonton’s Food...

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Support 2SLGBTQ+ Youth And YMCA With Our New Pride! Mask

Just in time for Pride month, our Pride! mask makes a bold and beautiful statement with a special message promoting every kind of love. This special edition mask also comes in every colour of the rainbow, get yours today!  Our Pride! mask was designed in partnership with YMCA Sprott House, which proudly supports 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Toronto. Since 2007, they’ve helped thousands of kids and young adults find transitional housing and other essential services.  Now GiveAMask.ca is helping too. For every Pride! Mask purchased, we will donate one to Sprott House to be used by their residents. Everyone deserves love, everyone deserves freedom, and everyone deserves to feel safe. Happy Pride everyone!

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Our first donations!

This week, we did our first set of donations - 40 each to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Feed the Need in Durham.  We met with an employee at the Daily Bread to drop the masks off; we wanted to give a shout-out to all of the wonderful employees and volunteers that are keeping our most vulnerable populations safe and healthy during these trying times. It feels so great to give back, that's what we're all about.

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Welcome to the blog!

Our first blog post! My name is Michael, and I'm going to be running the blog. I started this project because I saw the need for high-quality masks: both in the general public and in vulnerable populations. We chose the price point to be accessible to everyone. While we're not a registered nonprofit, this project is being run on a non-profit basis, with all proceeds going directly to mask donations. 

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