A nurse-run clinic is Quebec’s latest attempt to unclog ERs

As a nurse practitioner in Montreal, Nadine Belony says she has more independence when it comes to treating her patients, be it interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications or referring them to a specialist. “We really have the competence to take charge of our patients,” she said. But until now, she has always worked alongside doctors. She will be among the […]

Montreal health officials look to reverse decline of routine childhood vaccinations

Montreal Public Health has launched a campaign to remind parents to verify their child’s vaccination status, especially for those six and under. A growing number of kids have yet to be inoculated against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and rubella, said Benoît Corriveau, a resident doctor with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. “It’s around 80 per cent when, for […]

Calgary pediatric hospice discharging all respite patients, redeploying staff to children’s hospital

Rotary Flames House, a pediatric hospice in Calgary, is temporarily pausing its services and discharging all of its respite patients to redeploy staff to Alberta Children’s Hospital. Rotary Flames House provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care for pediatric patients, as well as grievance support for parents. According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), staff at Rotary Flames House are being redeployed […]

Disabled people caring for each other can be a radical act

This column is an opinion by Allie Pauld, a Montreal-based activist. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ. One of the biggest misconceptions about the disabled community is that we are passive recipients of care — that we are sucking resources to which we don’t contribute. This myth is convenient and self-serving for those who do […]

These mobile crisis workers are on a mission: offer an alternative to police-led mental health calls

White Coat Black Art26:30A more effective way of dealing with people in crisis This story contains discussion of suicide and domestic violence. Members of a new community care program in Toronto say they’re providing a safer and more effective way to respond to mental health emergencies without going to the police for help first. The Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS), […]

Red Cross staff to help CHEO get through respiratory virus season

Ottawa’s children’s hospital says it will accept staffing help from the Canadian Red Cross as it continues to face a surge in young patients suffering from respiratory viruses. CHEO has been over capacity for weeks and has responded by opening a second pediatric ICU and asking nearby adult hospitals to accept teenage patients. In an email, Tammy DiGiovanni, senior vice-president […]

When I learned to see cancer as my friend and teacher, I started to really live again

This First Person column is the experience of Maria Carmona, who lives with her husband, Miguel Salinas, in Calgary. They each wrote their story of Maria’s cancer journey. Read Miguel’s piece here. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the FAQ. In the dark, dark days following the news my ovarian cancer had come back, people told […]