Professor David Pettinicchio recently wrote an article featured in the Toronto Star “Do Canadians trust where they get their news about the COVID-19 pandemic?” In the article, Professor Pettinicchio reported on where Canadians get their information on the current conditions of the pandemic and how they feel about these sources. While Canadians generally trust what government officials report, they do so with some caution. Many Canadians retain skepticism towards elected politicians reporting on COVID-19 developments even. Compared to news outlets south of the border however, Canadians feel that Canadian news outlets are far more trustworthy. Professor Pettinicchio highlights the importance of the way Canadians receive new safety recommendations, information on identifying symptoms, and how to access testing and treatment as we experience our second wave of the pandemic.
David Pettinicchio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto with teaching responsibilities at UTM. His research focuses on social policy, social movements, and political sociology. He has recently begun research on how policy responses to COVID-19 have shaped public perceptions of government and policy, and how people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are economically impacted by the pandemic.
We have included an excerpt of the article below. To read the full article, click here.