Category Archives: Health

Financial aid for workers hurt by COVID-19 gets unanimous support in Commons

OTTAWA — The House of Commons has unanimously passed legislation authorizing new benefits for workers left jobless or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic.In the process, the minority Liberal government has survived its first pandemic-era confidence ...

B.C. extends state of emergency, reports one death and 105 new cases of COVID-19

VICTORIA — The B.C. government is extending the province's state of emergency for another two weeks, allowing officials to continue using emergency powers to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes as B.C. reported 105 new cases of the illness and...

Quebec’s second wave driven by community transmission, muddled messaging, expert says

MONTREAL — Quebecers following the COVID-19 news in recent days may be feeling a certain sense of deja vu. The government has been announcing 700, 800, even close to 900 new cases per day — numbers not seen since the first

As other provinces look to lockdowns, P.E.I. to loosen its COVID-19 restrictions

CHARLOTTETOWN — As Canada's larger provinces look to impose restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, Prince Edward Island is moving in the opposite direction. Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday the I...

Nurse fired, coroner to investigate after dying Indigenous woman taunted in hospital

MONTREAL — A nurse has been fired after an Indigenous woman who was dying Monday night in hospital was subjected to degrading remarks, Quebec's premier said Tuesday. The Quebec coroner's office confirmed it will investigate the circumstances surroundin...

Ontario tightens long-term care visitor rules as COVID-19 cases increase

TORONTO — Visitor access to long-term care homes in COVID-19 hot spots will be restricted starting next week, the Ontario government announced Tuesday, citing the need to protect vulnerable residents as cases surge. As of Oct. 5, only st...

Nova Scotia invests $25 million for new hospital in North Cumberland region

PUGWASH, N.S. — The Nova Scotia government says it will invest about $25 million to replace the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Health Minister Randy Delorey said today in a news release the new hospital in Pugwash, N.S., about 170 kilometres north...

Ottawa unveils guidelines, deal for rapid COVID-19 tests as calls for approval mount

OTTAWA — The Liberal government pushed back against criticism over a lack of rapid tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday as it unveiled a deal to buy millions of such devices from a U.S. company — whenever Health Canada approves them. Canadians

Manitoba reports budget surplus for last year, but predicts COVID deficit this year

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government registered its first budget surplus in more than a decade in the fiscal year that ended in March, although it is expected to drop back in the red this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Final

Survey finds doctors worry supplies of flu vaccine, PPE will lag demand

TORONTO — The Canadian Medical Association says doctors still face hurdles getting personal protective equipment and fear they won't be able to adequately respond to increased demands for the flu shot. With COVID-19 cases surging to new highs in parts ...