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Canadian Surgery Forum 2021: The Role of Social Media in the Spread of Misinformation

September 22 @ 10:15am

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Hachette Book Group: Essentials for Your Work Space Sweepstakes

"Part pop-science, part self-help, Your Day. Your Way. is a friendly, funny, fact-based guide to changing how you make decisions..."

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University of Alberta: Science Literacy Course

We're often told not to believe everything we read online or see on TV—but how do we tell the difference between evidence and pseudoscience? Take our free online Science Literacy course to find out!

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Stronger Together 2021 Virtual Conference

Libraries can play a key role in the battle against misinformation! Live September 23 @ 9am

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Affaires universitaires: À quoi ressemble l’obligation vaccinale sur les campus?

Doit-on obliger la vaccination : la question dont a débattu le milieu universitaire est maintenant mise à l’épreuve.

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The Signal: The Man Has a Plan

Timothy Caulfield on the government initiative, the place of individual rights, and the uncertain future of the pandemic in the U.S.

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ASBMB Today: Scientists must speak out against misinformation about 'immune-boosting' supplements

“There needs to be a more robust response from the science community in the face of pseudoscience and misinformation,” says Timothy Caulfield

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Mental Health Academy

How Can We Cut Through the Noise? 8:30-10:00pm

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CBC News: Why vaccine passports may be an important tool in boosting vaccination rates

Caulfield: "emerging evidence, though partly observational, suggests the passports can both increase vaccination rates and create safer environments."

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630 CHED Afternoons: Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines get full Health Canada approval — and new names. To what degree could the change fuel misinformation campaigns against the vaccines?

Timothy Caulfield talking with J'lyn Nye on 630CHED about the continued spread of COVID vaccine misinformation.

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CTV News: Lack of worker vaccine requirement in Alberta a 'loophole,' says health law expert

You are required to be double vaccinated but your server isn't? Caulfield, "If the goal of the program is to protect Albertans ... it makes no sense at all."

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CityNews: Tension rising over vaccine debate

Caulfield, "Deniers must apply "Olympic level mental gymnastics to maintain their worldview.""

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Global News RADIO 640 Toronto: "When evidence is ignored": Alberta declares health emergency as hospitals run out of ICU beds

Alan Carter speaks with Timothy Caulfield about how poor public health policies resulted in Alberta's health emergency.

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University Affairs: What does a vaccine mandate actually look like on campus?

Caulfield: “This is a decision that individuals make, and decisions can have consequences. The whole point is to, in some respects, differentiate between people who are vaccinated and people who aren’t.”

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NIH ODS: Immune-Boosting Noise: Supplements and Misinformation in Pop Culture

One issue Caulfield will touch on is the overlap with antivaxx noise. "Natural immune boost" code for "not a vaccine."

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McMaster: Immune Nations: New MMA exhibition highlights complexities of vaccination

"...an evidence-based exhibition that addresses the constructive role that art can play in public discourse around life-saving vaccines." Artistic research from a three-year interdisciplinary and collaborative project co-led by Natalie Loveless and Sean Caulfield (University of Alberta) and Steven J. Hoffman (York University).

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MSN: Engage or ignore? Timothy Caulfield on dealing with spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation

Feels like tensions continue to rise. But most Canadians DO support public health measures!

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Edmonton Journal: Experts skeptical of direct impact from Alberta's $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive as numbers show some upticks

Caulfield, "...incentives work best on individuals that are complacent, undecided, or only somewhat hesitant. They won’t have a big impact on the hardcore deniers."

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Stage3 Media Works: The Phenomenon of Misinformation – Documentary

The Phenomenon of Misinformation takes an in-depth look at the rise of false, inaccurate, and misleading information and conspiracy theories dominating our current cultural and political climate. By examining the agendas and motives behind this threat, this episode defines misinformation versus disinformation, how they spread through social media, and their dangerous effects on the public.

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Immune Nations Fall 2021

An evidence-based exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in public discourse around life-saving vaccines.

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Calgary Herald: Chamber of Commerce calls on province to bring in vaccine passports

Are privacy issues significant for a vaccine passport? Caulfield says: "I think the privacy issues are minimal. I think they're greatly overstated." He says equity and access issues pose greater concerns.

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L’actualité: Vivre à l’ère des savants autoproclamés du Web

"...la campagne LaSciencedAbord. Cette dernière permet à plusieurs scientifiques et bioéthiciens de devenir des superpropagateurs de bonnes informations."

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McGill: Can You Turn Nausea Off at the Wrist?

Caulfield, "The fact that there remains so much confusion about one of alt meds biggest "wins", should tell you something about the state of acupuncture and alternative medicine more broadly."

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City News: No, an Alberta man did not prove COVID is a hoax

We’ve seen a lot of conspiracy theories around COVID-19, but the latest out of Alberta is one of the easiest to debunk with no legal or scientific backing. Timothy Caulfield says it’s important to debunk everything, ‘even something as absurd as this’

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Jody Vance: A personal experience of hate and threats online

How to deal with online hate. Timothy Caulfield and Jody Vance talk about how vicious and polarized COVID misinformation has become...

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980 CKNW: A personal experience of hate and threats online

Timothy Caulfield talks with Jody Vance on how to support the science fight and support people fighting misinformation.

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Real Talk - Ryan Jespersen: Timothy Caulfield on Infomedic amid Pandemic (Youtube)

A User's Guide to Cheating Death host Timothy Caulfield is on Wednesday's RealTalkRJ to explain how harmful misinformation = increased deaths and hospitalizations, plus poor policy.

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Real Talk - Ryan Jespersen: Timothy Caulfield on Infomedic amid Pandemic

A User's Guide to Cheating Death host Timothy Caulfield is on Wednesday's RealTalkRJ to explain how harmful misinformation = increased deaths and hospitalizations, plus poor policy.

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Edmonton Journal|Opinion: Alberta playing Russian roulette by removing public health measures

Reflects disregard for children, those ineligible for vaccination and businesses meeting their legal responsibilities, cowrite Prof. Ubaka Ogbogu.

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CBC News: Blood flow restriction training finds fans at the Olympics, but it comes with risks

"Often these things that are presented as if they're going to have this huge, huge benefit. But often for the recreational athlete, the benefit might be much, much smaller, if it exists at all."

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Globe and Mail: Alberta’s new COVID-19 policy is reckless and repugnant

Alberta’s new COVID-19 policy is reckless and repugnant. "...about 35 per cent of Albertans – more than 1.5 million million people – do not have a single shot of vaccine."

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CBC News: Canada's vaccination laggard: Alberta trails nation with slow uptake for 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Caulfield, "Vaccination is 'something you do for your community. And I think that's the message this demographic needs to hear'."

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Heart Rhythm 21: Science Matters

Timothy Caulfield talks about misinformation, scicomm, and the value of public engagement. This community key!

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TELUS Talks: Tackling the epidemic of misinformation: Timothy Caulfield

Professor and health policy expert Timothy Caulfield joins Tamara Taggart on this week's TELUSTalks. They discuss the importance of fact-checking medical advice from celebrities and social media influencers, and how we can make informed health decisions.

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TVO: ‘Gwyneth Paltrow never ceases to disappoint’: Grading celebrities on their pandemic knowledge

TVO recently caught up with author and science policy expert Timothy Caulfield to get his views on how well — or how poorly — celebrities have been doing at informing their fans about COVID-19.

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The Globe and Mail|The Decibel: The case for COVID-19 vaccine passports

With Blake Murdoch

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Calgary Herald: Vaccine passports can be designed to address privacy concerns

Vaccine passports can be designed to address privacy concerns. "...an important option that may be necessary to protect public health given the challenges the variant and anti-vaxxers present for reaching herd immunity..." by Research Associate Blake Murdoch.

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The Signal: Are We There Yet?

Caulfield, "So declaring the pandemic over is going to be an arbitrary cultural moment, as opposed to an actual scientific finish line." Needed: "vaccine distributed equitably across countries."

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City News: Experts concerned over Alberta government’s comments about pandemic moving to ‘endemic’

Caulfield, “I worry that kind of language could fuel complacency and create the perception that it’s completely finished and unfortunately it’s not."

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The Globe and Mail: The downsides of vaccine passports have been exaggerated

"It’s important to understand what’s at stake. The decision to receive a vaccine is a personal choice, but its impacts are societal." Blake Murdoch

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CTV News: 'Now we're in the hard slog': Combating vaccine hesitancy as first-dose uptake slows in Alberta

Caulfield, "Premier signaling pandemic over. “From a public health policy perspective I think it could be really damaging.”

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Charles Adler: CANADA VS U.S.A HANDLING OF THE PANDEMIC

Featuring Public Health Expert Timothy Caulfield.

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CBC News: Public health experts concerned by Alberta premier's claim that pandemic is over

Caulfield: "What I would like to see is a coupling of these positive messages with what we need to do going forward. Let's make sure that we all get vaccinated!"

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iHeart Radio 580 CFRA: HOUR 2 OF OTTAWA NOW FOR MON. JULY 19TH, 2021

Chatting with Kristy on CFRA Ottawa about vaccine complacency, hesitancy, the disinformation dozen, and destructive impact of politicizing vaccination.

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Winnipeg Free Press: At least one member of Manitoba cabinet not vaccinated

Caulfield: "it is unfortunate when politicians don't adopt a leadership role when it comes to vaccination."

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AXIOS: The hunt for celebrity COVID vaccine endorsements

Caulfield: "Celebs and influencers may hesitate to take a strong stand for fear of alienating a sector of their audience. Unfortunately, vaccines now have an ideological spin."

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The Gateway: U of A professor helps create social media campaign aiming to tackle COVID-19 misinformation

Caulfield, “What we really want @ScienceUpFirst to be is a tool that everyone can use. Everyone can become a part of the team!"

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City News: Chiropractors and vaccine advice

Caulfield, "The chiropractic community has a long history with antivaxx rhetoric".

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No Nonsense with Pamela Wallin: The Age of Anxiety with Timothy Caulfield- Author of Relax, Dammit!

We talk everything from antivaxx bunk to the science of parking!

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New York Times: Vocal Anti-Vaccine Chiropractors Split the Profession

Caulfield, "If you’re open to alternative medicine, you’re also more likely to be attracted to anti-vaccination rhetoric, so the ideas cluster."

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National Post: Colleges, universities grapple with making vaccines mandatory for students

Caulfield, “Perhaps there is hope that carrots are going to win out. But it’s crunch time, and I think we need to think more seriously about sticks."

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Saltwire: Colleges, universities grapple with making vaccines mandatory for students

Caulfield, "Perhaps there is hope that carrots are going to win out. But it’s crunch time, and I think we need to think more seriously about sticks."

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CBC News with Natasha Fatah: Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Caulfield, "So important to remove barriers, increase access, engage communities, and fight COVID and vaccine misinformation!

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AM 900 CHML: The Hydration Challenge

Caulfield: Bottom line: ignore all that noise. Drink when thirsty. Thanks evolution!

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Northern News: ‘Different’ reasons for COVID-19 vax holdouts: Algoma Public Health

Caulfield, "We still need to strive to reduce community spread, we still need to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible so, yes, the rhetoric emanating from the hard-core deniers matters,”

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University of Calgary: Five tips to avoid COVID-19 misinformation online

- Pause & think about accuracy - Go beyond the headlines - Sell job? - Testimonials or data? - Use trusted sources

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University of Alberta: Is multi-tasking really an efficient way to get things done?

Timothy Caulfield looks at what the research has to say.

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NBC News: The Covid Wuhan lab leak theory is being twisted to validate conspiracy theories

An admission of uncertainty isn't a condemnation of science — in fact, that is how science works.

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Saltwire: GRANT FROST: Anti-vaccine pseudo-science’s sophisticated misinformation web

The anti-vaccine movement is a pseudoscientific assault on public health. Highlighting @ScienceUpFirst’s role in correcting health misinformation on social media.

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The Globe and Mail: The problem with hydration challenges? They’re based on a myth

Caulfield, "The more amorphous harm is the "acceptance of something that’s science-free that invites people to believe in magical thinking..."

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Women's College Hospital: COVID-19 Vaccine Experiences

@GurdeepPandher @CaulfieldTim @Cmdr_Hadfield @RobertThirsk @cblackst @shadkmusic @chiefladybird @BenMulroney @leelagilday @paulshaffer @chantalkreviaz @rufuswainwright @rameshferris

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20 Years of SCN: 20 Questions with…

Timothy Caulfield

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Dialogue CPSO: Rise of Infodemics

Caulfield: “I’ve never seen anything like this...”! "With good science, and clear and sound messaging from health experts, we can make progress against the pandemic and infodemic alike." Join #ScienceUpFirst!

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CTV News: What's causing vaccine hesitancy in Alberta?

Timothy discusses rural urban divide and role of complacency and misinformation. Remove barriers and "make getting a vaccine as easy as possible!" Pls, #ScienceUpFirst!

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Council of Canadian Academies: The Socio-Economic Impacts of Science and Health Misinformation

Assessment on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Health and Science Misinformation kicks off today with the first panel meeting. Meet the Panel, chaired by Alex Himelfarb.

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CCA: Le CAC forme un comité d’experts sur les conséquences socio-économiques de la mésinformation en science et en santé

Timothy Caulfield, MSRC, MACSS, Titulaire de la chaire de recherche du Canada en droit et politique de la santé, Université de l’Alberta

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Psychology Today: Combating Anti-Science Propaganda

Stea, "As you might know, I am a coalition member of the Canadian anti-misinformation social media campaign, #ScienceUpFirst, which was founded by Professor Timothy Caulfield and Senator Stanley Kutcher."

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Genome BC: Mitigating an Infodemic

This episode also comes from Genome BC’s Annual Genomics Forum. This discussion examines the importance of not sensationalizing data and being clear what the science means. Overly emotive clickbait stories do more harm than good. How can you help break the chain of misinformation?

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Global News: COVID Science: Cutting Through the Noise

Author and professor Timothy Caulfield is one of the experts part of a public forum on COVID19 myths and science being held on June 22 at the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology.

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Spotify: Combatting Misinformation and Myth During the Pandemic

Timothy Caulfield speaks to Vardit Ravitsky about the spread of misinformation on social media during the pandemic, and how we can address this issue through action and policy changes.

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The Impacts of COVID-19: Misinformation and Myth During the Pandemic

Episode 4. Timothy Caulfield, Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, speaks to Vardit Ravitsky about the spread of misinformation on social media during the pandemic, and how we can address this issue through action and policy changes.

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abc News: Bills WR Cole Beasley vows to live 'life like I want' amid backlash to anti-vaccine remarks

Again, using twisted "liberty" language to push anti-vaxx agenda. How does Beasley feel about stop signs, food safety, and interference penalties?

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The National: How to combat pandemic misinformation online

Countering vaccine misinformation works! Have those tough discussions. Listen. Be patient. Provide a path to credible info.

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Toronto Star: Vaccine lotteries are now in Canada — can they really boost slowing jab rates? Here’s what we know

Turns out, experts say vaccine lotteries may actually make quite a bit of sense. (Not to mention, as Timothy Caulfield put it, it's "kitchen sink time.")

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Times Colonist: COVID-19 vaccination rates on the Prairies grow slowly after rush of keeners

Caulfield "Hopeful we can get to 80%, but "it's going to be tough. It's going to require that we use every tool at our disposal"!

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USA Today: What it means when sports stars stay coy about their COVID-19 vaccine status

UAlbertaLaw Prof. Timothy Caulfield says celebrities and athletes can make a big difference in how people view vaccines and vaccinations.

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Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous: Vaccination incentives

What do public health officials need to do to convince more Albertans to get vaccinated? Tune in around the 2:22 mark for Timothy Caulfield.

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Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

Can you boost your immune system? Tune in around the 13:30 mark for Timothy Caulfield.

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City News: Data shows COVID-19 vaccination rates in Alberta tied to level of education

Caulfield “For those who are complacent, we need to use a vaccine strategy that gets this on their radar.”

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#CAEP21 Celebrity Shout Out Video

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CBC Listen: The Morning Edition - Sask with Stefani Langenegger

What do we do when MDs or professors spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines? Timothy Caulfield weighs in.

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STAT + Conversations: How COVID changed health misinformation online

Video Chat June 15 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

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Timothy Caulfield: Daily Misinformation is Causing Real Harm

Timothy Caulfield is an author and Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta. He spoke at The Walrus Talks at Home: The Future of Speech Online on June 8, 2021. Watch his full talk here.

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CBC News: Bertrand Bickersteth and Timothy Caulfield among winners for 2021 Alberta Literary Awards

Caulfield won the $1,500 Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction for Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety.

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105.9 The Region with Ann Rohmer

Timothy Caulfield on the Delta Variant.

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Edmonton Journal: Vaccine lottery unlikely to be effective: U of C behavioural economist

No one think lotteries will help with antivaxxers. But they might (as some evidence shows) help with complacent or slightly hesitant. Another 2-3% = hugely helpful.

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The Edmonton Journal: Alberta launches $3M lottery in bid to reach first-dose vaccine target amid faltering demand

Incentives have a place. “We’re incentivizing it because it’s good for your community.” This crunch time! Let's go!

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CTV News: Alberta considers incentives to help boost vaccination rates and the province's reopening plan

“Those individuals that might be somewhat hesitant, this might change the calculus" But “you want to make sure you’re incentivizing the right message..."

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The Vessel: Change the conversation. Change your life.

The More More: A powerful conversation with Timothy Caulfield June 14, 7pm EST

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Calgary Sun: Could Alberta follow in Manitoba's footsteps with a vaccine lottery?

“There’s some evidence that for those who are slightly hesitant or complacent, an incentive might work. It might be a helpful strategy...”

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Calgary Herald: 'This is a crucial time': Demand for first shots of COVID-19 vaccine appears to be waning across Alberta

“We need to have a degree of provincewide protection in order to justify opening up our economy and reducing our public health restrictions,” Caulfield said.

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The Edmonton Journal: Manitoba is holding a $2M vaccine lottery. Could Alberta be next?

Prof. Timothy Caulfield says research on vaccine incentives is mixed, and the messaging around them needs to be appropriate.

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Writers' Guild of Alberta: 2021 Alberta Literacy Awards Gala

Winner of the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction

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The House of Pod: A Medical Podcast: Episode 124 - Timothy Caufield and Tyler Black: HOP Gets Canadian

Lizzie and Kaveh talk with Timothy Caufield, professor of health law and science policy, and Tyler Black, psychiatrist/suicidologist about EMDR, debunking science myths, and the difference between the US and Canadian responses to COVID-19.

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The Daily Celebrity: Can celebrities spur acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine?

Caulfield suggested that The Rock, Tom Hanks or Beyoncé could be good ambassadors because they are loved and have a neutral place in pop culture.

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Edmonton Journal: Opinion: For the sake of public health, make the U of A smoke-free

Post-secondary institutions should be providing students with support and incentives to quit and preparing them for a smoke-free workplace.

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Neo Life: Misinformation is a public health crisis—so let's treat it that way

A new approach employs "infodemiologists" to fight bad information outbreaks.

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Writers' Guild of Alberta Presents: 2021 Alberta Literary Awards Gala

9 June 2021 8:00 pm

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CBC: PCR tests are not prone to false positives, despite what people say on Facebook, experts say

Caulfield "the #PCR bunk "fits so well into the broader conspiracy theory that pandemic is a hoax."

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The Walrus Talks at Home: The Future of Speech Online

Balancing free expression and navigating harmful content. June 8 5-6 pm MDT

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National Post: Health Canada agrees to extend shelf-life of AstraZeneca as variant from India ups COVID threat

Caulfield: "key will be to frame the explanation in a way that is transparent and retains confidence."

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Staples Business Advantage: Spinning Science: Getting To The Truth About Our Health

Gonna tackle "Getting to the Truth About Our Health". A great opportunity to chat about a very hot topic!

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Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology: COVID Science: Cutting Through the Noise

Join us for this exciting public panel discussion "COVID Science: Cutting Through the Noise". June 22 6-7 pm MDT

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CBC Listen Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre: Mask-wearing restrictions, freedom, misinformation and the law

Caulfield speaks with CBC Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre about public health measures.

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Vancouver Is Awesome: AstraZeneca expiry change based on science but communication is key: experts

Caulfield said communicating scientific decisions in a pandemic is really hard, but doing it well is also critical.

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Global News: Are financial incentives motivators for individuals not yet inoculated?

Caulfield, "Where I think incentives can be helpful is that movable middle — those individuals who are either complacent or haven’t got around to it...” Must be done well.

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Global News: Premier Jason Kenney hints at incentives in Alberta for getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Blake Murdoch, a research associate at the University of Alberta Health Law Institute, said knowing Alberta is going to be reopening without the majority of people fully vaccinated, “we need to accelerate as quickly as possible.”

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CanCOVID Speaker Series: Evidence-Based Debunking: Needed and Effective

Tuesday June 1 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT

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630 Ched: Today's show: vaccine hesitancy, vaccine confidence clinic for kids and good news for Canadian beef

Countering misinformation is key, even if it seems fringe-y (no, the vaccines won't change your DNA!).

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The Globe and Mail: Experts play a vital role in debunking misinformation. We need to support them to do that

Debunking by experts is needed, effective, encouraged, appreciated – and, perhaps, an obligation.

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Canadian Association of Sciences Centres: Trust in a Misinformation Age

June 3 This expert panel will explore the concept of trust and science communication strategies during COVID 19.

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National Post: 'Injecting doubt': How hard-core COVID vaccine deniers could impact the 'moveable middle'

Caulfield: "The spread of misinformation is one of the great challenges of our time"

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Ottawa Citizen: Young people over 12 now qualify for vaccination. Will they or their parents hesitate?

With consent, "there is a presumption of capacity." Caulfield: "You want kids to get vaccinated not just for herd immunity, but their own health."

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Gowling WLG: Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?

How can we push back against the rising tied of bunk? Are there evidence-informed strategies? (Spoiler: Yep!) RSVP to the live Webinar June 8

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The Signal: Lies, Damned Lies, and Facebook

"Dealing with hesitancy is going to become increasingly critical as we near herd immunity."

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University of Alberta: Education generator

Timothy Caulfield co-founded #ScienceUpFirst — a social media campaign combatting the misinformation infodemic.

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Infodemic exhibit going up!

#Think Accuracy

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STAT News: He’s a Stanford professor and a Nobel laureate. Critics say he was dangerously misleading on Covid

How should universities deal with faculty that spread misinformation? Academic freedom vs. public harm of spreading bunk.

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The Star Edmonton: Why do COVID conspiracy theories like post-vaccine ‘shedding’ catch on? How misinformation peddlers have broadened their allure

Omar Mosleh appreciated speaking with the bright minds of Timothy Caulfield and Jared Wesley about COVID-19 misinformation and who is most susceptible it.

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660 City News: AHS, police keeping an eye out for people allegedly no-showing vaccine appointments to spoil doses

“...demonstrates how far those who have anti-vaxx views will go."

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Making Sense of Science: Tackling COVID-19 Misinformation with Professor Tim Caulfield

Some of themes: value of emphasizing Big Picture reality (ie, vaccines so impressive!) and hope; backfire effect (overplayed issue?).

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Radio Canada: Comment la police choisit-elle d'intervenir en cas de non-respect des mesures sanitaires?

"Je crois que c’est surtout lié au fait que certains défient les mesures sanitaires depuis des mois."

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Cross Country Checkup with Ian Hanomansing: Ask Me Anything: Kids and vaccines

Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Fatima Kakkar and health law policy expert Timothy Caulfield answer caller questions about teens and vaccines.

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CBC News: When it comes to COVID vaccines, older teens may call the shots, say experts

Though Caulfield says the decision about whether to be immunized may ultimately fall to a teen patient, disagreements between parents and their children can arise.

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CTV News: Health inspectors in Alberta face increasing amounts of harassment, threats, and hostility

“At the beginning of this pandemic we were celebrating public health officials and now we’re at a very different place."

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iNFODEMIC Text and Images

#iNFODEMIC is an artist's book project made up of text and image pairings that were created out of an interdisciplinary project between Sean Caulfield, Timothy Caulfield, and Sue Coleberg.

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Let Grow: Should You Let Your Child Walk to School? Scientific Advice from Tim Caulfield

Don't let fearmongering win!

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The Current with Matt Galloway: Can incentives ease vaccine hesitancy?

Matt Galloway talks about the best ways to increase vaccine uptake with Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta.

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Folio: ‘Debunk fast, debunk well’: Misinformation-fighting campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancy

Social media campaign co-created by U of A’s Timothy Caulfield aims to help people find credible information online.

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City News: Mixed messaging during a pandemic: what’s the impact?

“Vaccination acceptance rates have gone up slightly or are a little more stable.” But fragile? Perhaps. Vaccine shopping and frustration with science communication.

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Ambition Nutrition 2021: Spinning Science: Getting to the Truth About Our Health

Keynote Speaker 1:10-1:50 pm In his fun and provocative talk, Timothy Caulfield will examine the social forces that twist science, and how we can all cut through the noise to get to the truth about our health.

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CBC News: Sask. vaccine sticker initiative great way to normalize process, say two experts

"They celebrate the science and make this sort of a joyful event" says Timothy Caulfield.

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Health Care In Canada: COVID-19 and The Anti-Science Vortex: Managing Disinformation

Overwhelmed by misinformation? So are we. Let’s talk about COVID19 and the anti-science vortex.

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My McMurray: Do minors need their parents’ permission to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

“It’s not a very complex procedure. We’re not talking about open heart surgery here.” Yep. Mature teens can consent. Their consent is both necessary AND sufficient!

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Crystal Laderas: Anti-maskers are encouraging followers to social distance and even wear masks over fear of "shedding"

Crystal Laders talks with Timothy Caulfield.

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660 City News: Do minors need their parents’ permission to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

“In Alberta if they’re deemed competent – in other words, if they understand the nature of vaccines – their consent is both necessary and sufficient"

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City News: Why COVID-19 conspiracy followers are social distancing

"Highlights that their message is just denial. DENIAL. That should be the takeaway from this incredible paradox."

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CTV News: How many Canadians have been vaccinated in the U.S.? Public health agencies don't really know

Caulfield, 'Equity, access and data monitoring issues, but also = more vaccinated (always good!). If following relevant local public health rules (no queue jumping!), OK?'

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Choosing Wisely Canada: Battling the Infodemics: Debunking Works (Let’s Get To It!)

The spread of misinformation has been a defining characteristic of the COVID19 pandemic. How can we counter this “infodemic” with evidence-based communication strategies? Find out on May 13 with Timothy Caulfield.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health and Law at McGill University

McGill University in Montreal, Canada is seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows for a one-year period starting in 2021

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University of Alberta: Should you let your children walk to school by themselves?

Science-ing Daily Decisions

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CBC News: Should Canadians get vaccinated abroad? Liberals, Tories skirt the issue but health experts encourage it

Caulfield said as long as people are following the public health rules and queues in those jurisdictions, "my view is a vaccine in the arm is always a good thing."

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Mental Health Academy: Improving Mental Health Literacy in a Shifting Landscape

August 18-20 2021 The conference theme, Improving Mental Health Literacy in a Shifting Landscape, invites educators, school administrators, and clinical professionals from all over the world to increase their mental health knowledge and mobilize implementation of the Mental Health Literacy approach in their districts.

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The Loop CBC Edmonton: Disinformation and defying restrictions

Professor Timothy Caulfield talks disinformation, COVID denial and public health messaging.

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The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies - CACBT

Health Resilience in the Age of Fear and Misinformation May 7, 2021 6:00-7:00pm (EDT)

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Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous: Addressing vaccine hesitancy

Dr. Cora Constantinescu, pediatric infectious disease doctor and Dr. Timothy Caulfield talk to Judy Aldous on vaccine hesitancy.

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Infodemic: Countering the Spread of Misinformation.

This is amazing work by Sean Caulfield, and graphic artist, Susan Colberg. Vernon Public Art Gallery.

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The Current with Matt Galloway: new restrictions, leadership, and frustration caused by anti-lockdown protests

Galloway discusses the political leadership in the crisis with Timothy Caulfield.

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CBC News: 'Preferred vaccines' messaging from federal panel sparks concern, criticism from health experts

It matters if poor messaging mean 2 or 3% of people don't get the vaccine.

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CBC Listen: Battling health dis-information in the COVID-19 pandemic

How to get people to actually follow public health rules during a pandemic. We'll hear from the man battling health dis-information, Timothy Caulfield.

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AdvantAge Ontario:

Timothy Caulfield uses his typical blend of science and humour to take on the year that was, from viral variants to vaccines

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The Central Zone Medical Staff Association: Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?

May 11, 2021 7:00pm MST

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The Globe and Mail: Trudeau seeks to dispel advisory council’s COVID-19 vaccine concerns

“I view getting a vaccine as an altruistic act. Something you do for your community,” he said. “I also think the rarity of these risks needs to be put in context. Everything in life has risks.”

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Genome BC’s Annual Genomics Forum 2021

Speakers include Dr. Fauci (yes really!) Dr. Bonnie Henry, Dr. Timothy Caulfield, and many others.

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CAPDM: Fighting Misinformation in the Age of COVID-19

CAPDM Annual Conference May 3, 2021 - May 5, 2021 A Working Summit: Connecting Healthcare Leaders with Rich Content and Actionable Intelligence

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Võta vabalt! Ärevuse ajastu käsiraamat

If you are Estonian, out May 7th! Loose translation" "Take It Easy!"

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Science Writers and Communicators of Canada: Book Awards 2020

Timothy Caulfield is a Book Award Finalist for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2021. More details at https://sciencewriters.ca/book-awards #SciLit #SciComm #CanLit #SWCC50.

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City News: Vaccine 'Shedding' Not Scientifically Plausible

Conceptually incoherent.

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City News: 'Conceptually incoherent:' Expert debunks Alberta business' vaccine 'shedding' claim

“You don’t have to be a hardcore denier to be influenced by this." #Antivaxxer trying to sow doubt. Ignore and #ScienceUpFirst!

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Government of Canada funds two new projects to encourage vaccine uptake in Canada

"The spread of misinformation does real harm. It is having, for example, an adverse impact on vaccine uptake and on the adoption of preventative public health strategies. It is also fueling fears and polarized public discourse. With ScienceUpFirst, we are countering misinformation on social media with proven strategies: humour, creativity, empathy, and the best available scientific evidence."

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Government of Canada funds two new projects to encourage vaccine uptake in Canada

With ScienceUpFirst, we are countering misinformation on social media with proven strategies: humour, creativity, empathy, and the best available scientific evidence."

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Yahoo: Government of Canada funds two new projects to encourage vaccine uptake in Canada

Two new projects to encourage vaccine uptake in Canada. "With #ScienceUpFirst, we are countering misinformation on social media with proven strategies: humour, creativity, empathy, and the best available scientific evidence."

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Faculty of Law: Campaign countering vaccine misinformation receives new funding of $1.75 million

Steered by University of Alberta Law Professor Timothy Caulfield, ScienceUpFirst will now receive $1.75 million in federal funding through the Immunization Partnership Fund to encourage vaccine acceptance and uptake.

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McGill: The “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Gamble of Private Cord Blood Banks

Umbilical cord blood is special. Some companies are cranking up the hype machine to convince you they should freeze it for a fee. Marcon, Murdoch, and Caulfield's new study, 'Peddling promise? An analysis of private umbilical cord blood banking company websites in Canada' is referenced.

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My 30 second detox!

So efficient. So effective.

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660 City News: Alberta MLA maintains opposition to some COVID-19 health measures

"Her comments are not of the flavour one would expect from a politician who is trying to deal with the public health crisis."

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CTV News: The new Battle of Alberta? Vaccine uptake higher around Edmonton than Calgary

"We have to be transparent, we need to be honest about these adverse events, but we also need to be clear about the risk-benefit ratio."

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Global News: Why COVID-19 messaging matters to teens and young children

“I don’t think we can teach critical thinking early enough": health researcher Timothy Caulfield says it's crucial to arm teens with science-based COVID-19 information and make them part of the messaging.

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Global News: Why is opposition to lockdowns, masks and science growing? The psychology of defiance explained

"Their actions have a real impact in the context of creating vaccine hesitancy..."

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Science Up First: How to debunk misinformation

Debunking WORKS! Timothy Caulfield has the low-down on how to stop the spread of dangerous misinformation.

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630 CHED: Gen-X Albertans sharing their enthusiasm for COVID19 vaccine

Timothy Caulfield talks with Shaye Ganam.

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ICI Radio Canada: Vaccination: l'Alberta attrape la piqûre des autoportraits

C’est ce qu’on appelle l’effet de cohorte, explique Timothy Caulfield. Quand on voit nos pairs obtenir [le vaccin], ça aide à normaliser le processus.

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CBC News: Enthusiasm for COVID vaccine among gen-X Albertans is infectious, experts say

I know many hate "selfie" culture, but I think a constructive trend. Anything to help normalize vaccination!

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The Star Edmonton: Love them or hate them, Gen X’ers’ vaccine selfies — or ‘vaxxies’ — may be the marketing campaign we needed

“I think it is important to normalize getting vaccinated. It is important for individuals to see people like them getting vaccinated, and that can help reduce vaccine hesitancy.” Caulfield

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation: Media and Public Engagement: How to Translate our Expertise into Impact

Hosted by 2020 Fellow Vardit Ravitsky with 2020 Fellow Prof. Glenn Cohen and 2013 Fellow Prof. Timothy Caulfield, this workshop will provide Scholars with theoretical and hands-on training on how to effectively engage with the media and communicate expertise to the public in an impactful manner.

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation's COVID-19 Impact Committee: A Commitment to Action Declaration

Inequity is not inevitable. It is a problem that can be solved. The members of the PETF COVID-19 Impact Committee have signed A Commitment to Action Declaration that highlights the urgent need for change.

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City News: Should youth be served?

Youth are getting vaccine appointments that would have otherwise been a wasted dose.

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World Congress of Nephrology 2021 Virtual

Battling Pseudoscience in the age of misinformation (Stewart Cameron Lecture)

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University of Alberta: "Engaging Creativities: Art in the Pandemic, a virtual exhibit"

Sean Caulfield organized a compelling art exhibit on the pandemic. Topics: isolation, misinformation, stigma...

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Global News: Concerns over public trust erosion after lack of details on COVID-19 birthday party outbreak

The concern is, if there’s information flowing from the government that can’t be confirmed, we’re going to undermine public trust at the absolute worst time,” says Timothy Caulfield.

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Global Winnipeg: Pandemic misinformation

Timothy Caulfield on the importance of battling pandemic misinformation.

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City News: Influencers impacting spread of information surrounding COVID-19

Wellness gurus use bunk messaging to build their brand.

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Real Talk Ryan Jespersen: Prof. Timothy Caulfield and Dr. Shazma Mithani with a COVID fact check

Dr. Shazma Mithani and Prof. Timothy Caulfield speaking truth (and actual facts) on Real Talk Ryan Jespersen in discussing Kaylor Betts viral video on Covid.

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Writers' Guild Alberta: Virtual Reading with the Finalists

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Science Borealis: Why do we (dis)trust? A look at the science of credibility

What makes us believe some messages over others? Alice Fleerackers asks Timothy Caulfield, Jaigris Hodson, and Marcelo Träsel why we trust who we trust—and how our gut instincts can lead us astray.

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Calgary Herald: Experts urge eligible Albertans to get AstraZeneca vaccine as accessibility expanded, walk-ins accepted

"It is still the case that the best vaccine for you is the one that has been recommended and is first available to you..."

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National Post: Lockdown fatigue is giving way to protests and defiance across the country

"We often hear it's a race against the variants, but I think it's also a race against complacency and rage" “Most Canadians have been amazing." We need to engage.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital

Social Media Conference: Communicating Medicine: Practicing Evidence Based Medicine in an Online World May 14, 2021

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World Congress of Nephrology: Opening Lecture (Stewart Cameron Lecture)

Battling pseudoscience in the age of misinformation (Stewart Cameron Lecture).

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Genome British Columbia: Annual Genomics Forum!

Mitigating an Infodemic Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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Globe and Mail: When health messages sound like Klingon, people tune out

Polarization = “more about the camp you’re in, and less about the science."

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Pediatric Research Day: April 28, 2021

Battling bunk: Evidenced-based strategies to counter misinformation

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Capital Current: Chasing wellness: Experts warn consumers to be careful when purchasing products offering path to health

“They use science-y language to back up their claims but there is no real science there,” Caulfield said.

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University of Alberta: Should we treat every day like it's April Fool's Day?

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Global News: ‘Millions of data points’ should override AstraZeneca fears: health expert Tim Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield chats about impact of confused messaging, fear, and misinformation!

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YouAlberta: Recognizing Misinformation with Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield speaks to graduate student Morenike in YouAlberta about how to process the overwhelming amount of information we're faced with on social media.

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CBC: Marketplace flagged over 800 social media posts with COVID-19 misinformation. Only a fraction were removed

"The numbers of messages that have to be evaluated are just huge so I think that is one of the great challenges of social media: how can you meaningfully monitor all of these posts, but we know we need to," said Caulfield. "The challenge is there but the harm is real."

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On the Mic with Mike #7: Battling health bunk with Professor Timothy Caulfield

In the first-ever video chat for On the Mic with Mike, Dr. Strong meets with Professor Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy from the University of Alberta. Together, they discuss the importance of fighting misinformation, building public trust in science, and finding good mentors.

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AdvantAge Ontario: Infodemic: Overcoming Misinformation in the Age of COVID

2021 Online Convention Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

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Lib Fest: Relax, Dammit!

Talking about RelaxDammit, misinformation, and our daily decisions!

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CTV The Social: Timothy Caulfield shows us a less stressful way forward

The Social chat with Timothy Caulfield about the confusing science behind our every day decisions - and why we just need to "Relax, Dammit."

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ConscienHealth: Better-for-You Bunk: False Advertising?

"Health claims for food products are great marketing tools. Better-for-you food bunk does not seem to be making us healthier. But it does ring the cash register."

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The Social: New book reveals the misinformation that informs our everyday decisions

Health policy expert and author Timothy Caulfield walks us through a less stressful way forward in ‘Relax, Dammit’.

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Healthy Debate: An open letter to Alternative Medicine

What we need is good science and compassion everywhere, especially in the context of conventional care.

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Healthy Debate: Privacy a major issue for emerging health technologies

Now that we are dealing with technologies that can improve themselves much faster than a human could, we risk falling very behind, very quickly.

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Kingston WinterFest: Relax, Dammit – A KWF Fundraiser with Timothy Caulfield

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT This event is virtual with dinner for pickup/delivery

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CARP: National Vaccine Summit

Free Half-Day Online Educational Event Thursday March 25th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

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Boston Review: The Quest to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

As comforting as it would be for Karl Popper’s demarcation criterion to resolve the question of separating science and pseudoscience, it doesn't work. So why does the falsifiability standard remain so popular?

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Relax, Dammit! Ghid de utilizare in epoca anxietatii - Timothy Caulfield

Relax, Dammit! in Romanian!!!

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Everything Zoomer: 10 Self-Help Books to Kick Off Your Spring

5 RELAX, DAMMIT! A USER'S GUIDE TO THE AGE OF ANXIETY

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National Post: How Canadians can use social media to help debunk COVID-19 misinformation

Championing evidence-based public health: #ScienceUpFirst initiative.

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The University of Calgary: How Canadians can use social media to help debunk COVID-19 misinformation

"There is a very real need to ensure that reliable, evidence-based information is as available, plentiful and accessible as misinformation, and that it travels as quickly online."

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CBC News: People are celebrating their COVID-19 vaccine shots with selfies. Some think it's time to give it a rest

"A selfie is a little story," Caulfield said. "It's a little story about you getting vaccinated, you're celebrating the science, you're celebrating this moment and you're normalizing the behaviour.

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Books, Bunk, and Society

Podcast with Lilian McBride. 'Today's episode features Timothy Caulfield's 2015 book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?" '

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Nationwide Children's Hospital Conference Center: Communicating Medicine: Practicing Evidence-Based Medicine in an Online World

May 14 @ 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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CanadaTalks SiriusXM 167: Timothy Caulfield Joins Arlene Bynon

Timothy Caulfeild (Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy) joined the Arlene Bynon Show on Canada Talks to discuss the damage done by vaccine misinformation.

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USA Today: Why you shouldn't use those hand dryers in public bathrooms

Trend "has been driven by many things, including cost, environmental concerns &, paradoxically, the public health push to get more people to wash their hands"

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Timothy Caulfield: The War Against Misinformation