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10 Canadians You Need to Follow on Social Media During the Pandemic (And Beyond)

Whether they're serving up humour or hope, these Canadians are making social media a brighter place when we need it the most.

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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds, actor

He may have achieved leading man status in Hollywood, but Ryan Reynolds has never forgotten his Canadian roots. Case in point, his March 2020 announcement (via Instagram, above) of a generous $1-million donation to food banks, split evenly between agencies in the U.S. and Canada—complete with dig at best frenemy forever, Hugh Jackman. If you cringed at that well-intentioned (but tone-deaf) celebrity singalong of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during the early days of the pandemic, you’ll adore Reynolds’ inimitably sarcastic take on the erm… Crucial… role that stars are playing in the crisis:

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Debra DiGiovanni

Debra DiGiovanni, comedian

Millennials and Gen-X’ers know DiGiovanni from MuchMusic’s late-lamented Video On Trial (thankfully you can still watch old episodes on YouTube!), but Canadians of all ages need to follow this incredibly talented comic on Twitter and Instagram. DiGiovanni’s sharp, self-deprecating wit never fails to evoke a grin, and her material during the coronavirus crisis has been a ray of much-needed sunshine.

Check out more outstanding Canadian comedians—and their funniest jokes!

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Aimée Bourque cookbook author Instagram

Aimée Bourque, cookbook author

Stomach growling yet? That’s one of the hazards of scrolling through Aimée Bourque’s positively drool-worthy Instagram feed. The Halifax-based cookbook author offers more than just mouthwatering food photography, however—here, you’ll find practical tips on how to hone your own culinary skills and even recreate her dishes at home. Moms and dads will definitely want to check out her excellent advice on how to get kids involved in the kitchen, and her tutorial on freezing soup in jars will inspire you to whip up a big batch—completely from scratch.

Running low on groceries at the moment? These easy three-ingredient recipes don’t require a trip to the store.

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Arlene Dickinson Twitter

Arlene Dickinson, entrepreneur

Dragons’ Den star Arlene Dickinson dishes out more than great investment tips on her Twitter account. The straight-talking Dickinson’s combination of kindness and common sense (which, as we all know, isn’t all that common these days) is a welcome breath of fresh air on social media. There’s something so reassuring in knowing that one of Canada’s most well-respected business leaders is having as tough a time adjusting to working from home as the rest of us.

These Dragon’s Den products are actually worth buying.

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Chris Hadfield Instagram

Col. Chris Hadfield, astronaut

Chris Hadfield is a man of many talents, but one of his greatest skills is in making complex scientific concepts easily understandable to everyday Canadians. Whether he’s sharing an infographic on how soap actually kills coronavirus, or a quirky meme demonstrating the important of social distancing, everyone’s favourite astronaut is well worth following on Instagram.

Here’s what Canada means to Chris Hadfield.

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Suresh Doss Twitter

Suresh Doss, food writer

When you’re as passionate about food as Suresh Doss, you’ll stop at nothing to keep good cooks in business. In a pinned Tweet (above), the Toronto-based food writer has mapped out takeout and delivery options to enable GTA residents to support local independent restaurants during the crisis. What’s more, he’s got the scoop on virtual farmers’ markets that are popping up across the region. Bon appetit!

Find out more things you can do to support your favourite small businesses right now.

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Jann Arden Instagram

Jann Arden, musician

Sometimes you need to laugh. Sometimes you need to cry. Sometimes you need to hear Canada’s most lovable chanteuse sing “Moon River” a capella moments after she’s woken up (below). Jann Arden is a national treasure, and yet her Instagram feed is a glimpse into the life of an ordinary Canadian, with the same hopes and fears as the rest of us.

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