We’ve seen a dramatic shift in how communities are responding to the coronavirus. With schools, stores, restaurants and theaters closed — and a top contender for Merriam-Webster’s word of the year to be “social distancing” — we all need lots of ways to entertain ourselves. And since we’ll all be spending a lot of time at home going forward — and money is already growing increasingly tight for millions — the less that entertainment costs, the better. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of free content available online. We’ve rounded up everything we can find below, from video streaming to distance learning to gaming and more.

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Virtual Celebrations for Canada Day

July 1st…Canada Day…this is one of the biggest days Canadians celebrate each year.  Fireworks, parades, music concerts, barbeques, picnics, festivals, this is the day as families and communities we gather together and celebrate. This year our celebration will look a bit different as many cities are moving their celebrations online...
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Free Distance Learning Solutions and Educational Resources

Because of the pandemic, schools everywhere are closing, sending students home for an uncertain future -- and in most cases, it's unclear if studies will resume at all this academic year. Of course, most institutions are falling back to some form of online instruction, but if you're a parent looking...
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Free Audio Books

Audiobooks aren't just for long commutes. Listen to your favourite audiobooks wherever you are by downloading the FREE Audible app – whether you’re in the car, on a run or even doing the ironing! Audible has made a selection of Audible Originals free for the listening:   The Absolute Brightness...
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Free Video Conferencing

Perhaps the worst part of the pandemic for many of us is the isolation that comes from social distancing. We're working from home, not seeing friends in the evening, and generally trying to "air gap" ourselves to stay healthy. One way to stay connected despite the quarantines is using these...
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Internet Archive

Have you ever felt the urge to take a trip back in time and relive the games of the eighties and nineties?  Well, now you can!! Head to the Internet Archive to play thousands of MS-DOS games that have been saved from oblivion. Games include action, strategy, adventure titles and...
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Free Games

Now that we're all spending a lot more time at home, there's a lot more time to play video games. The only problem? Games are expensive. Rather than empty your wallet on video games at retail prices, you might want to grab some free games -- there are always a...
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Free eBooks and Magazines

Why spend cold, hard cash buying books and magazines -- which you generally only read once and then don't need to see ever again -- when there's a really good chance you can borrow them from the library instead -- without actually having to go to the library. It might...
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Free Video

There's nothing like streaming video to help you weather the storm. And while Netflix, HBO, Hulu and all the rest cost a pretty penny, these free video streaming services are absolutely free. Just bring a working broadband plan and a tolerance for commercials -- and you should be golden.  ...
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