‘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

Alberta obstetricians worried about babies being born to unconscious unvaccinated moms

Childbirth isn’t meant to happen in the intensive care unit. Ultrasounds to listen to a baby’s beating heart aren’t supposed to happen with an expectant mom who is unconscious. But … Read More

Leader of military nurses in Alberta hospital stays focused: ‘Do what you need to do’

A senior military nurse who has been deployed to Alberta to help overworked hospital staff caring for COVID-19 patients says she hopes to see the day when people’s smiling faces … 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

CMA president says health-care workers feel gaslighted by governments over COVID-19

The president of the Canadian Medical Association says provinces like Alberta are “gaslighting” health-care workers over the toll the COVID-19 crisis is taking on the health-care system. Dr. Katharine Smart … 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

Alberta doctors invite premier, health minister to visit ICU: ‘We need you to see’

Alberta ER doctors have issued an “urgent” invitation to the premier and health minister to visit an ICU in person to witness “the unfathomable horrors we face in the hospitals … 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

Canadian military nurses arriving in Alberta to help with COVID-19 fight

A military contingent is expected to be in position Monday to decide where to deploy eight critical care nurses who will help Alberta fight COVID-19. Public Safety Canada says the … Read More

Military aid for Alberta to arrive Monday; doctors say provincial ‘fire break’ is more impactful step

Critical care nurses are set to arrive in Alberta on Monday — reinforcements sent by the Canadian military in an effort to help the province’s drowning medical system. “The Canadian … Read More

Doctors urge Albertans to demand government release COVID-19 modelling

Two prominent doctors have signed their names to a letter addressed to Albertans calling on them to demand that the provincial government release its latest COVID-19 modelling that is guiding … Read More

COVID-19: Saskatchewan woman scared after surgery in Alberta cancelled

A Saskatchewan woman says she is worried she will lose her eyesight or possibly die after a surgery scheduled in Alberta for a rare cancer in her face was cancelled … Read More

COVID-19: Saskatchewan woman who was scared after Alberta surgery cancelled says it’s back on

A Saskatchewan woman who is worried about losing her eyesight or possibly dying because her surgery for a rare cancer was cancelled in Alberta says the operation has been quickly … 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

COVID-19: Kenney says Alberta to accept help from feds, N.L as health system under ‘enormous pressure’

Just days after saying help offered to Alberta by the federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador was not immediately necessary, Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday that his province has now … 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

‘Extraordinary measures’ needed to fight COVID-19 in Alberta, Saskatchewan: CMA

The state of COVID-19 in Alberta and Saskatchewan is at a point where “extraordinary measures” are needed to calm the surges, the Canadian Medical Association says. In a news release … Read More

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney refused COVID-19 help from N.L. premier

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney refused Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey’s offer to help the Prairie province through the fourth COVID-19 wave as the health-care system teeters on the brink … Read More

‘We weren’t thinking about other people’: unvaccinated Alberta man on his time in ICU with COVID-19

An Alberta man who recently spent time in the ICU with COVID-19 is sharing his story and pleading with those who are unvaccinated to receive the vaccine. Read more: 58 … Read More

58 Alberta ICU doctors pen letter saying it’s ‘not too late to change course’ on COVID-19 crisis

“Currently, Alberta ICUs are running at well over 150 per cent of normal capacity.” That’s part of the message in a letter sent to all Albertans from 58 intensive care … Read More

Red Deer hospital transferring new COVID-19 patients due to lack of capacity: AHS

COVID-19 patients who show up to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and require “a higher level of care” are being sent to Edmonton and Calgary as the hospital is … Read More

Emergency doctor says some health triage has begun in Alberta: ‘People will suffer and will die’

The head of emergency medicine for the Alberta Medical Association says major components of triage have already begun in Alberta, even though the protocol hasn’t officially been implemented. Dr. Paul … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge: minister

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

It’s time Ottawa helps Alberta in its COVID-19 fight, advocates say

Ottawa must show leadership and help handle the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, health-care advocates say. The suggestion comes in response to Alberta’s formal request to the federal government for assistance … Read More

Alberta asks feds for help as 29 COVID-19 deaths reported in 24 hours Tuesday

Alberta’s Infrastructure minister said Tuesday that the province has officially asked Ottawa for help with the COVID-19 crisis. “As part of our ongoing efforts to boost health-care capacity during the … Read More

Kenney will join Hinshaw for COVID-19 update as Alberta asks feds for help

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health will be joined by Premier Jason Kenney Tuesday evening to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province. Their news conference is scheduled for … Read More

Alberta’s vaccine passport starts Monday amid growing fourth wave

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 20, 2021 6:39 am     Updated September 20, 2021 10:33 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

Alberta health-worker unions call on Kenney to request military help with COVID-19 crisis

A letter from the leaders of several unions that represent health-care workers in Alberta is calling on Premier Jason Kenney to request assistance from both the military and the Red … Read More

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article said Wednesday marked the second time Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It actually … 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: What are the political, moral impacts of anti-vaccine protests at hospitals?

Protesters were stationed outside hospitals in Alberta’s biggest cities again on Monday, carrying signs, shouting at patients and health-care workers and angrily expressing their opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. … Read More

Alberta scaling back on testing for variants of concern so labs can keep up with general COVID-19 testing: AHS

As Alberta continues to be inundated with new COVID-19 cases that are also swamping hospitals, the province’s health authority confirmed Friday that testing for variants of concern is being significantly … Read More

WestJet announces employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Weeks after federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra mandated that federally regulated airline employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the WestJet Group announced it will require all of its employees to … Read More

ICU cases, hospitalizations rise as Alberta identifies 1,339 new COVID-19 infections

Alberta recorded its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 cases since mid-May on Thursday, as health authorities announced they had identified 1,339 new coronavirus cases since a day earlier. With … Read More

Calgary feed shop forced to hide Ivermectin livestock dewormer being touted as COVID-19 cure

Doctors in Canada and the United States are warning against the use of animal deworming drug Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The US Food and Drug Administration issued … Read More

Alberta’s COVID-19 surge spurs delays for up to 30% of non-urgent surgeries in Edmonton zone

As COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to surge in Alberta amid the pandemic’s fourth wave, the province’s health authority says the strain put on the health system will affect … Read More

Alberta to offer immunization confirmation cards, but says vaccine passports a no-go

Albertans will be able to print off a card to show they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but provincewide rules requiring proof of vaccination to enter places such as … Read More

Alberta oil company requires workers be fully vaccinated or rapid test negative for COVID-19

Effective Friday, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will require everyone on its work sites to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or take a rapid test. This is an extension of the … Read More

Kenney says he won’t ‘take a lecture’ from feds on COVID-19 in Alberta

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he won’t “take a lecture” from federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu on how to handle COVID-19. Hajdu earlier penned a letter to her Alberta counterpart … Read More

Alberta plan to remove COVID-19 measures is ‘risky gamble,’ fed health minister tells Shandro

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu sent an email to Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro to raise concerns about the province’s plan to stop contact tracing, to scale back testing, and … Read More

Albertans protest ending mandatory COVID-19 isolation, masking and testing changes

Medical professionals helped organize two rallies Friday at noon showing opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to lift mandatory isolation rules, scale back contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. Read more: … Read More

Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s COVID-19 plan could have ripple effects across the country

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 30, 2021 12:52 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s … Read More

Alberta to adjust COVID-19 masking, isolation, testing rules over next month

In several phases, Alberta will be changing some COVID-19 rules around masking and isolating to recommendations, as about three-quarters of eligible people have at least one dose of vaccine. Starting … Read More

Canada could see resurgence of potentially deadly childhood respiratory virus this summer: report

Canada should anticipate a resurgence of a potentially deadly childhood respiratory virus as COVID-19 physical distancing measures are relaxed, according to a new report. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is very … Read More

Canadian travellers frustrated as U.S. cruise lines won’t recognize mixing-and-matching COVID-19 vaccines

Some Canadians are frustrated after cruise lines in the United States issued policies stating they do not recognize mixing-and-matching of COVID-19 vaccines as being fully vaccinated. Thousands of Canadians heeded … Read More

COVID-19: Events sector keeps eye on Calgary Stampede to see if mass gatherings can be held safely

The Calgary Stampede officially got underway on Friday and became the first legal mass gathering of people in Alberta since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the province nearly a year-and-a-half ago. … Read More

COVID-19: Public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant in Canada

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said … Read More

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