Iqaluit community bands together as drinking water remains contaminated by fuel

When staff at Iqaluit‘s Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre heard the news last week that water from the city’s distribution pipes wasn’t safe to drink because of fuel contamination, they knew … Read More

Restaurant workers dealing with anger, abuse and racism as they try to enforce vaccine mandates

When a proof-of-vaccine policy was announced, Juliana Murphy knew it would be another burden she’d face at work. “I’ve had grown men yell and raise a fist at me just … Read More

Religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Here’s what we know, what we don’t

With the final deadlines for federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates looming, many who haven’t yet received the jab are scrambling to take their shot, preparing to face consequences, or seeking an … Read More

‘A new era’: Stellat’en First Nation and UBC launch medical supply drone delivery project

Stellat’en First Nation has partnered with the University of British Columbia in a year-long study to deliver medical supplies to remote communities using drones. The initiative will test the mettle … Read More

Russia hits record number of COVID-19 deaths amid surge in new cases

Russia on Thursday recorded the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly surging toll that has severely strained the nation’s health … Read More

Business groups urge Canada to scrap PCR test requirement, as U.S. border nears reopening

Boards of trade, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations both in the United States and Canada are calling on the Canadian government to scrap requirements to produce a negative COVID-19 … Read More

U.S. and Canadian business groups call for review of PCR test travel requirement

Boards of trade, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations both in the United States and Canada are calling on the Canadian government to scrap requirements to produce a negative PCR … Read More

‘Happy to be here’: N.L. health-care workers help expand Fort McMurray’s ICU

Jennifer Richard didn’t hesitate when the Alberta government issued a call for help. The critical care nurse practitioner from St. John’s, N.L., is one of a seven-person team assisting with … Read More

Parents concerned about COVID-19 in schools, 8 in 10 support mask mandates: survey

The majority of respondents in a newly released Canada-wide survey say they are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in schools and want children and staff to wear masks. The … Read More

Health-care staff shortages could be on the way as COVID-19 vaccine mandates loom

Canada is preparing for the worst as provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandates threaten to plunge the country into a sharp uptick of health and long-term care worker shortages and layoffs. For … Read More

Finland follows other Nordic countries by suspending Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

By Staff The Associated Press Posted October 8, 2021 6:46 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Finland has joined other Nordic … Read More

Sister of pregnant Alberta woman who died of COVID-19 urges others to get vaccinated

This Thanksgiving will be a tough one for Carol Charles and her family. The 50-year-old from Regina usually travels to her younger sister’s house in Edmonton for the holiday. But … Read More

‘Like a wild roller coaster’: Montreal ICU staff open up about 4th wave challenges

The intensive care unit at the McGill University Health Centre’s Royal Victoria hospital has been a key battleground in Quebec’s fight against COVID-19. After treating more than 200 COVID patients … Read More

Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Here’s what we know, what we don’t

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required by no later than the end of October for all employees in Canada’s federally regulated workplaces. And, by mid-November, enforcement measures in place … Read More

Malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa: WHO

The World Health Organization recommended Wednesday that the world’s first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa, in a move officials hope will spur stalled efforts to curb … Read More

Military begins work at Edmonton hospital as Alberta battles 4th COVID-19 wave

Canadian military nurses will begin work at an Edmonton hospital to help alleviate pressure on a critical care unit overburdened with COVID-19 patients. The Canadian Armed Forces says eight critical … Read More

Military begins work at Edmonton hospital as Alberta battles fourth COVID-19 wave

Canadian military nurses will begin work at an Edmonton hospital to help alleviate pressure on a critical care unit overburdened with COVID-19 patients. The Canadian Armed Forces says eight critical … Read More

‘All I hear is the ventilator’: 24-year-old Alberta woman in ICU after putting off COVID-19 vaccine

Shakira Oar has spent much of the last month at her big sister’s Jilleen’s bedside. The 24-year-old from Slave Lake, Alta., has been in an Edmonton intensive care unit since … Read More

MLMs and COVID-19: Inside the ‘almost predatory’ business model that thrives during tough times

It usually starts with a message: “Hey hun!” The sender has a friendly tone. They pepper their messages with pet names. Maybe it’s a friend, a distant cousin, or someone … Read More

Health-care capacity has cost Canada economically amid pandemic: report

Canada’s health-care capacity ranks among the worst of its peers and is a factor in economic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CIBC report. The report, titled “Low … Read More

Low health-care capacity cost Canada economically amid pandemic: report

Canada’s health-care capacity ranks among the worst of its peers and is a factor in economic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CIBC report. The report, titled “Low … Read More

Death in the ICU: Edmonton doctor recounts calling woman to share her mom’s dying moments

It’s a scenario that has played out countless times in intensive care units around the world: a health-care worker shepherding a gravely ill COVID-19 patient through their final moments while … Read More

COVID-19: Edmonton doctor recounts calling woman to share her mom’s dying moments

It’s a scenario that has played out countless times in intensive care units around the world: a health-care worker shepherding a gravely ill COVID-19 patient through their final moments while … Read More

‘Get your flu shot’: Experts warn of impending influenza wave amid COVID-19

Public health experts are urging Canadians to get their flu shots before, during or even after getting their COVID-19 vaccine jab, warning that the rapidly-approaching flu season could spike back … Read More

First Nations communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Here’s why

First Nations communities across Canada are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The latest numbers from the federal government revealed that cases on reserves are now 3.3 times the … Read More

10% of Alberta schools have COVID-19 outbreaks: student advocacy group

An advocacy group and a school board say they fail to understand why the Alberta government is not contact tracing like it did last year even as the COVID-19 virus is … Read More

37% of COVID-19 patients show at least one long-term symptom, study finds

At least one long-term COVID-19 symptom was found in 37 per cent of patients three to six months after they were infected by the virus, a large study from Oxford … Read More

COVID-19 pill developers aim to rival Pfizer, Merck treatments

As Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be … Read More

New study says pandemic allowed teens to sleep more, reducing COVID-related stress

Sixteen-year-old year high school student Cassandra Clare does not get enough sleep. “It’s usually between like three to a maximum of six hours,” explained the student at Heritage Regional High … Read More

Parents, teachers give return-to-school mixed grades as COVID-19 rages on

After a year of COVID-19 outbreaks shuttered Canadian schools, kids are back in the classrooms. Or, at least, most kids are. Some parents have opted to continue online learning, creating … Read More

COVID-19: Nasal antibody spray could be ‘future’ of vaccines, experts says

The use of a nasal spray to administer a new COVID-19 treatment, developed from tiny llama antibodies, could potentially be the future of administering vaccines and protecting against infectious diseases, … Read More

‘I chose not to get the vaccine’: B.C. mom battling COVID speaks from her ICU bed

A B.C. mother of two is sharing her experience battling COVID-19 after she decided not to get vaccinated in the hope that others will choose otherwise. Sharlene Amerl, from Sooke … Read More

Novavax seeks WHO approval for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax Inc and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read More

‘It hurts my heart’: Vancouver nurse says she was target of racist remarks during anti-vaccine card rally

A Vancouver nurse says she was the target of an anti-Asian verbal assault amid a rally protesting B.C.’s vaccine card program. Amy Huang was downtown on Sept. 18 after a … Read More

B.C. preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccine to 6- to 11-year-olds once approved

British Columbia is “actively preparing” to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged six to 11, if and when it receives Health Canada approval. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie … Read More

B.C. man in COVID-19 isolation frustrated he won’t be able to vote in federal election

What’s more important: The fundamental right to vote, or the quarantine rules amid a global pandemic that’s so far killed more than 4.5 million people? It’s a question that one … Read More

Idaho rations health care statewide as COVID surge drags on

Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare … Read More

Shoal First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

Shoal Lake First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

‘Getting dangerous’: Calls grow for federal action amid Canada’s nurse shortage

Two decades into a career she once loved, Toronto emergency room nurse Nancy Halupa says she is almost ready to throw in the towel. “I don’t think I can do … Read More

Alberta’s top doctor says ‘Open for Summer’ plan set stage for 4th wave of COVID-19

As Alberta hospitals struggle to keep up with rising COVID-19 case numbers, the province’s chief medical officer of health has suggested the surge is because most health restrictions were removed … Read More

COVID-19 testing not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccines, experts say

Experts say that regular testing for COVID-19 is not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus. Testing as an alternative to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines … Read More

B.C.’s transgender community speaking out after ‘deadnames’ appear on vaccine cards

As B.C.’s vaccine card goes into effect Monday, some British Columbians are expressing frustration over an error in the system. Wulfric Odinson, who goes by the pronouns he, him and … Read More

B.C.’s chief coroner calling on federal leaders to focus on illicit drug death crisis

As voters start to turn to who they are going to support for the upcoming federal election, B.C.’s chief coroner is hoping the ongoing overdose crisis weighs into the minds … Read More

B.C.’s hospitality industry concerned about anger over COVID-19 vaccine cards

A protest against vaccines and vaccine passports took place in Vancouver on Wednesday, although with fewer people in attendance than a rally held last week. Amid the protests, some leaders … Read More

Joe Rogan doubles down on unproven ivermectin after bout with COVID-19

Joe Rogan returned from his battle with COVID-19 on Tuesday and began spreading misinformation on his podcast, where he pushed anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and touted ivermectin, a drug with no … Read More

‘Vaccine passport’ or ‘immunization record’? Why experts say there’s power in words

Protesters rallying against “vaccine passports” have cast a shadow over Canada’s election campaign trail this year. The jeers and shouts from demonstrators have been following Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at … Read More

India scrambling to contain lethal Nipah virus after child’s death

Authorities in India are racing to stamp out an outbreak of the rare and deadly Nipah virus after a 12-year-old boy died from it in the coronavirus-stricken state of Kerala. The … Read More

Halifax doctor invents new device to help COVID-19 patients breathe better

A Halifax ICU doctor is gaining Canada-wide support from his colleagues for a medical device he’s created that could transform care for critically ill patients during the fourth wave of … Read More

Fully vaccinated people are half as likely to develop ‘Long COVID’ symptoms: study

Fully vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections of COVID-19 are 50 per cent less likely to experience “Long COVID” in comparison to unvaccinated people who are infected with the disease, … Read More

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