Category Archives: Health

Overdose deaths increase by 93 per cent among B.C.’s First Nations

VANCOUVER — The First Nations Health Authority says 89 members of its community fatally overdosed from illicit drugs across British Columbia between January and May, an increase of 93 per cent compared with the same period last year. The...

Alberta to streamline approvals for new private clinics to boost surgeries

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is proposing legislation that would accelerate approval of private clinics to get more surgeries done. A bill introduced Monday also says the province should have more latitude to pay doctors in other wa...

Saskatchewan resuming tenant evictions; NDP says no help for struggling

REGINA — Tenants missing rental payments during the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer have protection from being evicted in Saskatchewan. The government says the Office of Residential Tenancies will start accepting applications from landlords ...

Edmonton hospital stops admitting patients due to COVID-19 outbreak

EDMONTON — A hospital in Edmonton is tightening restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to increase at the facility. An outbreak at the Misericordia Community Hospital was first declared by Alberta's chief medical officer of health on June 23...

Fishing lodge plans to reopen despite objections from Haida Nation in B.C.

HAIDA GWAII, B.C. — A luxury fishing lodge in British Columbia says it plans to reopen Friday despite a state of emergency issued by the Haida Nation because of COVID-19. The president of Queen Charlotte Lodge says in a statement that it...

No new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba for sixth straight day

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says there are no new COVID-19 cases to report for a sixth straight day. Chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says the number of confirmed and probable cases remains at 325. Fourteen cases remain activ...

Quebec health minister threatens to lock down bars if COVID rules are violated

MONTREAL — Quebec's health minister threatened owners of bars and other venues across the province on Monday, saying he won't hesitate to shut them down if COVID-19 public health directives are not followed. Describing the scenes at some establishments...

New COVID-19 cases in P.E.I. reveal pandemic not over on island: public health

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island's chief medical officer of health is warning that the five new cases of COVID-19 discovered over the weekend indicate the province is still susceptible to the novel coronavirus. "After 67 days without a case we...

N.L. presents three scenarios in its COVID-19 back-to-school plan for the fall

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's back-to-school plan aims to maximize in-class attendance with the option of a return to remote learning if the COVID-19 risk increases. The Education Department released its plan Monday for resum...

Ontario mayors call for COVID relief funding to prevent tax increases

TORONTO — Ontarians could face property tax increases and service cuts if upper levels of government don't provide immediate financial support to municipalities coping with massive pandemic-related costs, leaders of the province's largest cit...