Biotech firm expands to London, Ont. to produce material for PPE

A biotechnology research and development firm, which repurposes agricultural byproducts that would otherwise be disposed of, is expanding to London, Ont. BIOSA Technologies says it recognized a gap in the … Read More

Experts urge caution as Canada’s COVID-19 waste washes up on coastlines

Each year, nearly eight million tonnes of plastic pollution enters the oceans from all over the world, but for the first time in 27 years, Canadians are witnessing an unusual clutter … Read More

Ottawa investing as much as $29M in company to make PPE mask material in Montreal

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 17, 2021 2:39 pm     Updated June 17, 2021 2:41 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

Common disinfectants used against coronavirus can be harmful: experts

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to consume our lives, you may find yourself cleaning and disinfecting unlike ever before. While all the mopping of floors and wiping of surfaces may … Read More

Conservative motion could hamper domestic PPE production, companies warn

OTTAWA — Canadian companies that answered the government’s call to produce ventilators and other desperately needed equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic say they’re worried that opposition MPs are now demanding … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds keep lid on some PPE contract company names, prices

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted August 3, 2020 5:18 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal Liberals have given … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. sees new shortage of PPE as cases, hospitalizations climb

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau says Canada ‘close to self-sufficient’ in PPE production

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadian companies are now producing so much personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 that Canada is almost at the point of being … Read More

Feds launch online portal for buyers and sellers of PPE, COVID-19 supplies

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 9, 2020 1:28 pm Updated June 9, 2020 1:33 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Feds continue to bolster PPE supply as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Planes and boats loaded with personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 supplies continue to arrive in Canada as the federal government moves to increase the domestic stockpile of crucial gear. … Read More

How much protective equipment does Canada really need for COVID-19?

A high-profile announcement by the Liberals this week that automotive giant General Motors would make 10 million medical masks omitted a detail that speaks to the long road ahead in … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds to offer update on scramble to procure protective equipment

The federal government will update Canadians today on the results of the mad scramble to procure personal protective equipment —  just as demand is poised to skyrocket with more people … Read More

New Brunswick barbershops busy as province enters new phase of COVID-19 recovery

Some New Brunswickers may be a little less shaggy on Saturday. Barbershops and hair salons are allowed to open in New Brunswick during the “yellow” phase of the province’s COVID-19 … Read More

More Canadian women have COVID-19 and are dying as a result. Here’s some possible reasons why

More men have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, across the world than women — except in Canada. According to the latest data from the Public … Read More

PPE: You might be doing it wrong. Here are some tips.

More people are out and about as various provinces, parks and properties start to reopen, making proper PPE use all the more important. Wearing personal protective equipment isn’t mandatory for … Read More

Coronavirus: 500,000 surgical masks donated to Canada from Taiwan

A donation of 500,000 surgical masks needed by health-care workers on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been officially handed over to Canada from Taiwan. Conservative Leader … Read More

Coronavirus: Toronto hospital creates alternative to N95 using snorkel masks

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre staff say an alternative to the N95 mask has been developed by using a modified full-face snorkel mask for health-care workers to potentially use during the … Read More

Canadian doctors’ anxiety amid coronavirus can be eased by more PPE, testing: poll

Increasing both personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing would help ease the mental health effects of the pandemic on physicians, a new poll suggests. The poll, released Tuesday by … Read More

Coronavirus: Volunteers use 3D printers to produce PPE amid outbreak

Groups of volunteers across Canada are using 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment and other essential supplies at a breakneck speed — an effort some say could have a … Read More

Coronavirus: Samuelsohn reopens Montreal factory to make surgical gowns

Clothing maker Samuelsohn has reopened its Montreal factory with nearly 150 employees to begin production of personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and first responders in Quebec.

The luxury menswear company says it has a deal with the province for an initial order of 200,000 surgical gowns and plans to provide hundreds of thousands more.

Why the coronavirus fight can only succeed with worldwide cooperation

As countries across the globe continue to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic, the diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Canada over the export of 3M respirator masks has been just one … Read More

U.S. federal stockpile of protective equipment almost depleted: Health Department

The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients. … Read More

Can masks be sterilized, reused in fight against coronavirus? Experts say yes

“There’s no real way to clean it because of the materials that they’re made of,” he said. “You can’t really stick it in water very easily or in other cleaning solutions and be confident that you’ve actually removed very much.”

Coronavirus: B.C. mill ramps up medical pulp production for U.S. supplies — but not for 3M

A British Columbia mill that makes a special recipe of pulp for surgical masks, gowns and other medical supplies has doubled up on its production for an American customer amid … Read More

‘A lot of uncertainty’ about protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic, doctors say

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned of equipment shortages for medical professionals. The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society says doctors are now raising concerns … Read More

Coronavirus: Kitchener educational tech company now making protective equipment for health care workers

Jeremy Hedges started a technology company called INKSmith four years ago selling educational toys for design thinking and coding to schools. He said he never imagined he would be using … Read More

Coronavirus: London med students helping supply health care workers with protective equipment

Amid concerns of a looming shortage, local medical students are among those doing their part to help supply London-area medical workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to … Read More

B.C. firefighters wearing extra gear to respond to possible COVID-19 calls

Port Moody Fire Rescue is just one of many emergency response teams taking no chances with possible COVID-19 medical calls. When a distress call comes in from someone with flu-like … Read More

Toronto hospital holds mask drive as groups sound alarm over impending shortage

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 23, 2020 6:16 am Updated March 23, 2020 6:21 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Coronavirus: Canadian doctors call for smarter use of medical gear amid supply concerns

The Canadian government is planning to procure a stockpile of medical supplies amid concerns of shortages for some equipment needed by health care workers to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. … Read More