Feds sending 10 Canadian Red Cross specialists to NWT amid COVID-19 surge

The federal government is sending more help to the Northwest Territories to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Ottawa has approved a request … Read More

Pfizer asks Health Canada to approve COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11

By Laura Osman The Canadian Press Posted October 18, 2021 4:53 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Pfizer has asked Health … Read More

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

Over 90 per cent of Canadian military personnel fully COVID-19 vaccinated, official says

A senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn’t expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the … Read More

Most past vaccine reactions don’t warrant exemptions to COVID-19 shots: experts

Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month. Whether people have held … Read More

Done with doomscrolling? Why people choose to quit social media

Do you often find yourself doomscrolling on Facebook, spending excessive amount of time on Instagram and watching TikTok videos for endless hours? You’re not alone. As social media apps continue … 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

Service Canada braces for surge in passport renewals amid U.S. land border reopening

Pierce Schoel thought he might be able to avoid a long wait at the passport office in Kitchener, Ont. by going in the middle of the day. He was surprised … Read More

Blair ‘very confident’ federal vaccine passport coming by U.S. border reopening on Nov. 8

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he’s ‘very confident’ that Canadians will have a national vaccine passport in place by the time the U.S. border reopens for non-essential travel on … Read More

U.S. FDA panel backs booster shot for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren’t as protected as those given two-dose … Read More

Canada could be heading for flu season amid 4th wave of COVID-19, Tam says

By Laura Osman The Canadian Press Posted October 15, 2021 1:47 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Canada’s top doctor warns … Read More

Canada’s organ transplant groups reviewing COVID-19 vaccine policy for recipients

Transplant centres in Western Canada have stopped short of requiring organ recipients to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but they say conversations about such a policy are ongoing. Some centres … Read More

Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 battle rages on despite national decline

While Canada’s COVID-19 fourth wave appears to be on a downward trend, the same can’t be said for Saskatchewan. Right now, new infections have hit a plateau, but growing pressure … Read More

‘Rules are the rules’: Freeland mum on removing PCR testing for Canada border

On the heels of news that the United States will reopen its border to Canadians for leisure travel, calls have grown for the Canadian government to scrap its COVID-19 testing … Read More

Fuel in Iqaluit water not dangerous short term, but ‘very risky’ moving forward, says expert

A University of Saskatchewan professor who has worked in Iqaluit says any amount of fuel in drinking water is unsafe, but drinking it over the short term isn’t necessarily dangerous. … Read More

Will O’Toole mandate COVID-19 vaccines for Conservative MPs? He’s not talking

One of the challenges for Erin O’Toole, in staying on as Conservative leader, will be deciding whether his MPs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the House of Commons. … Read More

Canadian Blood Services expands eligibility for some gay men to donate plasma at certain clinics

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has expanded the eligibility for some men who have sex with men to donate plasma at its Calgary and London, Ont., donation clinics. In these two … Read More

Canada-U.S. border news brings travel hope. Here’s how to do it safely

With the news that the Canada-U.S. border restrictions are set to lift come November, Canadians might find themselves loading up on gas and preparing to take advantage of the newfound … 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

Saskatchewan prepared to send critical COVID-19 patients to Ontario

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 13, 2021 3:24 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Spaces at Saskatchewan hospitals are so limited … Read More

Saskatchewan close to activating triage protocol

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 13, 2021 12:02 pm     Updated October 13, 2021 2:15 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

U.S. to reopen Canada, Mexico land border to vaccinated travellers in early November

The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to U.S. officials. Senior … Read More

U.S. to reopen Canada land border to vaccinated travellers in November: congressman

The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a U.S. congressman said late Tuesday. New … Read More

Ontario’s online proof-of-vaccination portal inaccessible outside of North America

If you live in Ontario and are planning to travel abroad, you’ll want to download your proof of COVID-19 vaccination before you go. That’s because Ontario’s vaccine website, where Canadians … 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

Don’t travel unless ‘absolutely necessary,’ Hajdu reminds Canada ahead of holiday season

As the weather starts to get colder and Canadians start eyeing sunny destinations to the south, Health Minister Patty Hajdu has a reminder: non-essential travel is still not advised. Hajdu … Read More

COVID-19 pandemic led to anxiety surge, particularly among women: study

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in anxiety and major depressive disorders across the world, particularly among women and young people, a study published in the Lancet on Friday … 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

Northwest Territories COVID-19 crisis rages on as Canada sees curve plateau

COVID-19’s fourth wave appears to be flattening in much of Canada, which is a “reason for optimism,” says the country’s top doctor Theresa Tam. However, that’s not the case in … Read More

Carey Price seeking help signals changing narrative around mental health

In the wake of Carey Price‘s decision to step away from hockey and seek assistance, there has been widespread support for the star goalie of the Montreal Canadiens — and … Read More

Ask family members if they’re vaccinated before inviting to Thanksgiving, top doctors say

Canada’s top doctors say you should ask your family members if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 before you invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner. Depending on their answer, they added, … Read More

Remote Indigenous communities working with feds on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

The federal government is working on exemptions to its newly released mandatory vaccine policy for people in remote Indigenous communities, many of which are only accessible by airplane. The new … Read More

COVID-19 surges shows continued need for protective measures: doctors

Canadians need to be “realistic” about the need for public health measures as the country heads into the fall and winter, doctors say as COVID-19 cases surge in some provinces. … 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

Four ways parents can help teens safely navigate Instagram

For many parents, revelations this week from whistleblower Frances Haugen showing internal Facebook studies of the harms of Instagram for teenagers only intensified concerns about the popular photo sharing app. … 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

Canada must be ‘practical’ on school rapid testing amid U.S. supply crunch: advocates

As more Canadian provinces unveil rapid COVID-19 testing strategies in schools, some advocates say those measures must be “practical” as the United States deals with a supply crunch. Down south, … Read More

Canada lacks ‘political will’ to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents, Bolivian minister says

It’s been five months since the Bolivian government called on Canada to allow COVID-19 vaccines to flow from a manufacturer in St. Catharines, Ont., to the Global South. Now, the … 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

Canada’s COVID-19 crisis forces medical groups into emergency meeting

More than 30 national and provincial health organizations are trying to decide which of the devastating effects COVID-19 has taken on Canadian health care to tackle first, as they work … 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

COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for federal workers by end of October, Trudeau announces

Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the month to continue working, the government formally announced Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Deputy Prime … Read More

Trudeau to announce COVID-19 vaccine mandate, will impact federal workers and travel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good today on his election promise to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Trudeau is expected to announce at a … 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

Unvaccinated relatives? Here are the risks around the Thanksgiving table

As Canadians decide what fixings to put on the table this Thanksgiving, many also face a different, more difficult decision: whether to invite unvaccinated family members to feast alongside them. … Read More

Delta variant 133% more deadly than original COVID strain: Canadian study

A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous … Read More

Johnson and Johnson seeking FDA clearance on COVID-19 vaccine booster

Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to … Read More