B.C. could hit 3,000 new COVID-19 cases a day if contact trends don’t go down: health officials

COVID-19 variants are driving virus transmission to the point where the province could hit 3,000 new cases per day, if trends continue. New provincial modelling shows even if social gatherings … Read More

British Columbia set to unveil latest COVID-19 modelling data Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to present the latest round of COVID-19 modelling at 2 p.m. PT, Thursday. The latest numbers are … Read More

‘There’s no rhyme or reason’: Nova Scotia struggles with mass killings, one year later

People in Nova Scotia are still searching for answers after the deadliest shooting spree in Canada’s modern history. A man, disguised as an RCMP officer, killed 13 people in the … Read More

Why are COVID-19 cases quickly rising among Canadian university students?

Younger people are driving COVID-19 case counts across Canada but for those looking to play the blame game, experts are saying it’s not as simple as pointing fingers at party-goers … Read More

Should you get the vaccine if you’ve already had COVID-19?

More than one million Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Should they also be signing up to get the vaccine when they’re eligible or does their prior infection … Read More

Why all COVID-19 vaccine side effects matter, not just the serious ones

One of the leaders of the largest independent vaccine safety study in Canadian history says tracking the mild side effects of COVID-19 vaccines is as important as recording the rare … Read More

A million vaccines in freezers: Ontario defends ‘buffer’ as thousands of appointments cancelled

Madiha Khan’s mother was looking forward to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. She woke up Wednesday morning, excited to feel safer in her job working in education with kids with special … Read More

Does Air Canada owe you a refund because of COVID-19? Here’s how to get it

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Canada passengers are finally getting their money back. The refunds come in the wake of a nearly $6 billion financial support package … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 pandemic could be a tipping point in ending stigma around mental health care

This essay is part of a series of perspective-based essays, written by health-care workers at the University Health Network (UHN), that delve into how they’ve survived the pandemic as people, parents … Read More

‘AstraZeneca isn’t enough’: Pharmacies plead with provinces for access to other COVID-19 vaccines

Canadian pharmacies are helping administer COVID-19 vaccines across the country, saying the demand for inoculation is massive. So big in fact, that many pharmacies are standing by waiting for the … Read More

Hundreds defy 8 p.m. curfew in violent, destructive protest of COVID-19 measure in Montreal

Montreal police arrested seven people and doled out more than 100 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 public health guidelines after a protest against an earlier curfew devolved into vandalism and violence. … Read More

Canada readjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout to target frontline workers

Canada is shifting its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to target frontline workers, moving away from a largely age-based rollout as the country tries to get a handle on the raging third … Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot less effective against South African variant: study

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is … Read More

Researchers racing to develop one vaccine for all coronaviruses

As vaccines roll out across the globe to protect against COVID-19 and its known variants, researchers around the world are in a race to find a universal vaccine that could … Read More

Some U.S. areas stop using J&J COVID-19 vaccine after ‘adverse reaction’ reports

Following the shutdown of a mass vaccination site in Colorado after 11 people reported “adverse reactions” to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 jab, a county in North Carolina also paused … Read More

Paid sick days vs. federal benefit: Why advocates say both are needed to fight COVID-19

Experts and advocates alike are calling on the provinces to implement a paid sick day program, as essential workers spend their days surrounded by potential exposures to COVID-19. And with … Read More

COVID-19 patient receives world’s 1st living-donor lung transplant in Japan

Doctors in Japan announced Thursday they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19. The recipient, … Read More

Upper Hammonds Plains church hosts province’s first African Nova Scotian vaccination clinic

Reverend Andrea Anderson was the first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the province’s first African Nova Scotian vaccination clinic on Thursday. “I’ve been long awaiting this so I’ve … Read More

RBC giving staff an extra day off this year as workers feel ‘more exhausted’

Royal Bank of Canada is giving staff an extra day off this year as workers report feeling more burnt out than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. “Many of … Read More

Concerns over AstraZeneca grow as Australia, Philippines, African Union curb COVID-19 shots

Australia and the Philippines limited use of AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, while the Africa Union dropped plans to buy the shot, dealing further blows to the company’s hopes to deliver … Read More

Why rare blood clots could be a side effect of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency has ruled a link is “possible” between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and rare but serious blood clots. Now the EU drug regulator says the disorder should … Read More

Following public health advice on COVID-19 has Atlantic Canadian premiers shining above the rest, experts say

Two political science experts agree that the four premiers in Atlantic Canada rely on public health advice more so than political motivations when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finding … Read More

Want to get ahead of COVID-19 variants? Vaccinate young people, experts say

The imminent threat of COVID-19 variants has Canada, and much of the rest of the world, scrambling to ramp up its vaccination rollout. If provincial governments wish to curb their … Read More

‘We must all speed up’: Trudeau offers help to provinces as vaccine rollout trails deliveries

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government stands ready to jump in and help provinces with their vaccination efforts as millions of vaccines await administering in freezers across the country. … Read More

Canadians share mixed feelings of joy, disappointment as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp-up

Living in British Columbia, Daria Lutz, 26, is in a more peculiar situation than most Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Until last Tuesday, when the province imposed a three-week-long “circuit … Read More

How do COVID-19 variants affect the safety of hanging with friends outdoors?

As the weather gets warmer, parks are once again becoming bustling hubs of social activity. With the highly contagious COVID-19 variants in the fold, how safe is it to meet … Read More

Will the more deadly COVID-19 variants ruin our summer? Here’s what experts are saying

The weather is warming, the days are getting longer and many Canadians may be feeling the urge to enjoy the outdoors after a winter cooped up amid the coronavirus pandemic … Read More

Wall of hearts highlights bereaved U.K. families’ push for COVID-19 inquiry

The wall is hundreds of metres long and sits directly opposite the British Houses of Parliament in London. Yet, campaigners are unsure if it’s large enough to illustrate the memories … Read More

5M people in U.K. get second COVID-19 jab as daily deaths fall to 10

By Michael Holden Reuters Posted April 3, 2021 12:53 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Britain reported 10 deaths from COVID-19 … Read More

Making Easter plans? Here’s what happened to COVID-19 cases after past holidays

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spike across the country, officials are urging Canadians to rethink their spring holiday plans this year — such as Easter and Ramadan. Many provinces are … Read More

With COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, what do experts recommend?

Just as vaccination drives are picking up steam across Canada, deadlier and possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variants are spiking up infection rates among Canadians. “It’s very concerning,” Dr. Susy Hota, … Read More

Winnipeg’s drinking water a source of frustration for Indigenous community

About 100 million litres of fresh water flows west to the city of Winnipeg every day but the struggling Indigenous people who live on the shores of Shoal Lake say … Read More

COVID-19 outbreak at University of Waterloo swells to include all residences

The COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Waterloo has now spread to all of the school’s residences. “On Monday, March 29, 2021, Region of Waterloo public health informed us that … Read More

Amid AstraZeneca concerns, Trudeau tells Canadians to take the ‘first vaccine’ they’re offered

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to take the first vaccine they’re offered, as Health Canada hits pause on giving the AstraZeneca jab to those under the age of … Read More

COVID: Sweeping new restrictions in place including in-person dining at B.C. bars and restaurants

The B.C. government has announced substantial new restrictions in an attempt to cut down COVID-19 transmission. The new public health orders are effective midnight, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. “COVID-19 continues … Read More

What should be done with leftover vaccines at Ontario clinics? Experts push for a plan

On Saturday, thousands of people swarmed a Toronto hospital’s website that was believed to be offering leftover vaccines at the end of each day to anyone between the ages of … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Will cleaning air ducts curb COVID-19 transmission?

Are you really having a regular pandemic week if your phone hasn’t buzzed at least two to three times with sales calls from air duct cleaners? This sudden interest in … Read More

Dentists seeing ‘mask mouth’ and stress-related issues during COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Elena Hernandez-Kucey says it’s a something dentists across North America have been talking about: a noticeable increase in stress-related dental issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are seeing more … Read More

Pfizer begins COVID-19 vaccine trial for kids under 12

Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE began testing their COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12, with hopes of expanding vaccination to that age range by early 2022, the U.S. … Read More

COVID-19 hospital bills could cost $23,000 and up, expert says

The average cost of a COVID-19-related hospitalization in Canada is projected at $23,000 per stay, according to new data released by the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) on Thursday. … Read More

Rapid antigen tests unreliable in asymptomatic COVID-19 cases: study

“While-you-wait” tests for COVID-19 that detect proteins on the virus are better at diagnosing the disease in patients with symptoms than in those without symptoms, according to data pooled from … Read More

Health care job vacancies in Canada are soaring despite COVID-19 demand. Here’s why.

Harrowing stories of overworked front-line workers and understaffed hospitals have dominated the news cycle throughout much of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the growing need for health care professionals, job … Read More

When will Canada reopen? Tories push feds for COVID-19 plan

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is pushing the government to put its plan to reopen Canada on the table, as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country. And, he said, they … Read More

‘Everyone is at risk’: Migrants and undocumented workers need the COVID-19 vaccine too

Lily has risked her life working on the frontlines in one of the most dangerous settings for COVID-19 deaths in the country: long-term care homes. She says that she doesn’t … Read More

Psychiatrists more open to assisted dying for people with mental illnesses: survey

Canadian psychiatrists’ attitude toward medical assistance in dying for people with mental illnesses appears to have undergone a sea change over the past five years. When Canada first legalized assisted … Read More

48-year-old Toronto man who spent 110 days in hospital due to COVID-19 shares vital warning

Vini Silva describes being back home after nearly four months at Humber River Hospital in Toronto battling COVID-19 like coming back from a long flight or journey. “You just have … Read More

Variants threatening progress in containing spread of COVID-19, Tam says

Canada’s top doctor says there’s concern that an increase in more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus may be threatening the country’s progress in containing the spread of infections. And … Read More

Canada adds over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time in months

Canada’s top doctor says there’s concern that an increase in more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus may be threatening the country’s progress in containing the spread of infections. And … Read More