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Viral Surprises

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First the coronavirus invaded, then it confounded. Image by Christopher Cheung using images from Shutterstock and public domain.

As we look back on a year of living with COVID-19 in our midst, Tyee writers mark the pivot to 2021 by sharing ways in which the coronavirus defied their expectations about science, politics and human nature.

In This Series

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Science as Saviour? A Lot of People Saw Experts as Enemies

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Crawford Kilian, 28 Dec 2020


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International Student Enrolment Didn’t Plummet after All

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Katie Hyslop, 29 Dec 2020


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It Took a Global Crisis to Put the Shine on Rural Life

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Amanda Follett Hosgood, 30 Dec 2020


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Even Horgan Is Startled by How Fast Government Can Respond

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Andrew MacLeod, 31 Dec 2020


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They Said the Virus Does Not Discriminate. They Were Wrong

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Moira Wyton, 1 Jan 2021


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We’d Just Get Our Art Fix Online, Right? Not So Fast

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Dorothy Woodend, 4 Jan 2021


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China Ends up Holding Four Aces

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Crawford Kilian, 4 Jan 2021


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Safety Messaging Forgot Most of Us Can’t Stay Home

VIRAL SURPRISE: One of many ways the pandemic made us rethink our assumptions. A Tyee series.

Christopher Cheung, 5 Jan 2021


Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung