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Firefighters puzzled by N.S. delay in expanding cancer compensation coverage

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Successive premiers have promised to expand the list of cancers that are deemed a workplace injury for firefighters in Nova Scotia, but those changes still haven’t been made. Some firefighters want to know why.

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Human trials for 2 inhaled COVID-19 vaccines to start in Hamilton in 2022

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Human trials are set to begin early next year for two next-generation COVID-19 vaccines developed by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, researchers said Tuesday.

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The December disconnect: Why COVID alone is not to blame for Manitoba’s newest ICU crisis

Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon

Faced with the task of ramping up ICU capacity to ensure no patient will ever be transferred out of province again, Manitoba has been unable to manage even a diminished patient load.

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Pandemic worsening already dire northern suicide crisis, Lac La Ronge band councillor says

Devin Bernatchez

A Lac La Ronge Indian Band councillor drove nearly seven hours to Regina from Sucker River Reserve in Northern Saskatchewan to raise the alarm about the worsening suicide crisis in his community.

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Omicron surveillance key as Alberta tries to control new, worrying variant

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As Alberta’s omicron case count ticks up, scientists at the province’s public health lab are working to identify cases and preparing for the possibility the new variant could take hold in the province.

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COVID-19 vaccine from Canada’s Medicago reports 75 per cent efficacy in Phase 3 trial

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Canada’s first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine has shown high efficacy against infection during Phase 3 clinical trials, the drugmakers behind the plant-based shot reported Tuesday, fuelling hopes it could soon get a stamp of approval for use.

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Toronto Board of Health votes to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illegal drugs

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The Toronto Board of Health has voted to ask the federal government to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs in the city to help tackle the worsening opioid overdose crisis. 

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WHO advises against using blood plasma of recovered patients as COVID-19 treatment

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The World Health Organization on Monday advised against using the blood plasma of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat those who are ill, saying current evidence shows it neither improves survival nor reduces the need for ventilators.

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Planning to travel or gather with family for the holidays? Here is what you should consider

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Infectious disease experts say holiday plans can go ahead — with precautions.

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Pandemic disruptions led to 47,000 more malaria deaths last year, WHO says

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The World Health Organization said Monday that the global response to the longtime threat of malaria has taken a hit as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted health services in many countries, leading to tens of thousands more deaths worldwide last year.

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Travel rules eased for Canadians stranded in South Africa, but criticism of broader ban endures

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Some travel restrictions have been temporarily eased for Canadians currently stranded in South Africa, but the wider travel ban on foreign nationals is still being criticized by countries in southern Africa.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday

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Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that is driven by the omicron variant should prompt vigilance but not panic, as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday.

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Doctors call for help as hospitals battle surgical backlogs, staffing shortages

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There is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures, and it will take at least $1.3 billion in additional funding to get wait times back to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Medical Association says.

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Here’s how the new arrival testing system will work for foreign travellers from non-U.S. destinations

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Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos sought today to clarify complicated new COVID-19-related travel requirements, saying that all passengers coming from non-U.S. foreign destinations will soon have to undergo mandatory testing on arrival.

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Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of their mental health

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An expert on the psychological and social impacts of disasters on families is encouraging people affected by devastating floods in British Columbia to take care of their mental health while focusing on rebuilding.

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Canadians 50 and over should get COVID-19 booster shot, national immunization committee says

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In a new report issued today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending all Canadians over the age of 50 and other vulnerable groups, such as health-care workers, Indigenous people and those living in congregate care settings, get a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

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Demand spikes for COVID-19 tests as kids fight ‘potpourri of viruses’

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Children in Ottawa were tested for COVID-19 almost 20,000 times last month, more than three times the number tested in November 2020.

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Sask. resident hoping for kidney transplant says organ donation program resumption is bittersweet

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For 25-year-old Eden Janzen, the resumption of Saskatchewan’s organ donation program is bittersweet, as the Regina woman says her hope of getting a kidney transplant is becoming more distant. 

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New Brunswickers with doctors facing increasing wait for health care, survey suggests

Stéphane Robichaud

A survey on primary care done by the New Brunswick Health Council found a gradual decrease in residents’ ability to get an appointment with their family doctor within five days. Only 51 per cent of New Brunswickers surveyed were able to, down from 56 per cent in 2011.

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Canada should focus on vaccine equity — not travel bans — human rights advocate, doctors say

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Canada has funded several initiatives designed to achieve global vaccine equity throughout the pandemic. But some doctors and a human rights advocate told CBC the Canadian government could do more.

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A rise in postpartum mental health challenges sparks new supports

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Before the pandemic, about one in seven women would experience postpartum depression or anxiety. A new paper’s researchers say that number has increased to one in three. New local solutions have cropped up as a result.

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Canadians, other foreigners will need COVID-19 test a day before flights to U.S.

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The U.S. will be requiring Canadians and other foreign visitors who arrive by air to get a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours before their departure, down from a 72-hour window.

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Take home drug checking strips are now available throughout Saskatchewan

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The increased availability of take home drug checking strips is a step in the right direction and will prevent overdoses, says Jason Mercredi, the executive director of Prairie Harm Reduction in Saskatoon.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday

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U.S. President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots Thursday as he unveils his winter plans for combating the coronavirus and its omicron variant with enhanced availability of shots and vaccines but without major new restrictions.

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Virus that causes COVID-19 found in Quebec deer

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The virus that causes COVID-19 has for the first time been found in wildlife in Canada.

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Virus that causes COVID-19 found in Quebec deer

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The virus that causes COVID-19 has for the first time been found in wildlife in Canada.

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1st case of omicron coronavirus variant detected in U.S.

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A person in California has become the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday

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Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a sample it collected in October, weeks before South Africa alerted the world about the variant last week, the country’s national public health institute said Wednesday.

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Omicron could threaten COVID-19 immunity — but we’re not going back to ‘square one’

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The omicron variant, now reported in multiple Canadian provinces and a growing number of countries worldwide, could threaten hard-won immunity to the virus behind COVID-19. But there’s hope the highly mutated variant won’t bring the world back to “square one” in this pandemic.

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First case of omicron COVID-19 variant confirmed in Alberta, Hinshaw says

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“I’m reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, told a news conference Tuesday.

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B.C. identifies 1st case of omicron variant

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B.C. has identified its first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, health officials confirmed Tuesday. 

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Ottawa requiring COVID-19 testing for some travellers, consulting experts on booster shots

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Incoming air travellers from all countries except the United States will be required to take COVID-19 tests when arriving in Canada, the federal government announced today.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday

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The omicron variant was already in the Netherlands when South Africa alerted the World Health Organization about it last week, Dutch health authorities said Tuesday, adding to fear and confusion over the new version of the coronavirus in a weary world hoping it had left the worst of the pandemic behind.

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Yukon now has highest opioid death rate in Canada, territory’s chief coroner says

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Yukon now has the highest rate of deaths due to opioids in the country at 48.4 deaths per 100,000 people, more than double the Canada-wide rate of 19.4. “This is shocking,” said Heather Jones, the territory’s chief coroner.

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Ontario investigates 2 potential omicron variant COVID-19 cases in Hamilton

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Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says the province is investigating two potential cases of a new COVID-19 variant in Hamilton.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Monday

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The World Health Organization on Monday pushed for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of the worrying new omicron coronavirus variant.

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Canada needs to make a tough call on boosters as a new variant emerges

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With the emergence of the omicron variant, the holidays rapidly approaching and COVID-19 case levels still elevated in much of the country, should Canada wait for more proof of waning immunity before expanding eligibility of boosters?

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Hospital’s friendly huddles persuade more staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations

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Dr. Adina Weinerman is on a mission to get her fellow health-care workers at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Hospital vaccinated against COVID-19. The idea behind her work is that while vaccine mandates by themselves can generate angry compliance, some friendly persuasion can change minds.

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Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, U.S. regulators say

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U.S. federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy.

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Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health care workers

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The Liberal government has introduced legislation to provide workers in federally regulated sectors with 10 days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent patients from seeking care, or to interfere with health professionals trying to deliver it.