Babies admitted to hospital with COVID-19 had unvaccinated mothers, CHEO says

Ontario pediatric hospitals are urging pregnant women to get vaccinated as they see an increase in the number of infants hospitalized with COVID-19. As of mid-December, CHEO, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton have admitted a total of six babies under 12 months of age with the virus. “Before that, it was […]

Trudeau says Canadians are “angry” and “frustrated” with the unvaccinated

With the pandemic wave caused by Omicron sweeping the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians are increasingly angry and frustrated with people who still refuse to be vaccinated. Trudeau said that while most Canadians have rallied together to get vaccinated – placing Canada at the top of the list of countries with the highest vaccination rates – the unvaccinated […]

From airlines and restaurants to slaughterhouses, Canada’s labor shortage is spreading rapidly

An intensifying labor shortage is spilling over into the economy, forcing companies to downsize, cut hours, and in some cases, euthanize livestock. The situation is the result of a chronic labor shortage exacerbated by the crushing of new cases of COVID-19, forcing many people to self-isolate. School closures have also left some workers scrambling for child care and unable to […]

Calls for inmate release rise as COVID-19 cases rise in prisons and prisons

Experts and advocates are calling on governments to release some inmates in provincial and federal prisons as COVID-19 outbreaks caused by the rapidly growing Omicron variant spread through correctional facilities across the country. People living in overcrowded living quarters are already more vulnerable to epidemics, and the methods used in corrections to mitigate these risks – such as prolonged confinements […]

Ottawa says 140 million rapid tests will head to provinces and territories this month

The federal government said today that 140 million more rapid tests will be delivered to provinces and territories this month. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said testing will be allocated to provinces and territories on a per capita basis. “Deliveries are already well advanced and we will keep you posted as often as possible,” he said at a press conference in […]

Update Coming Today on Federal Delivery of Faster COVID-19 Tests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to provide an update today on federal test deliveries. A spokesperson said the Prime Minister would make the announcement at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET. Provinces and territories have scrambled to meet demand for do-it-yourself testing as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country. On Tuesday, the rapid test […]

Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Wednesday

The last: Manitoba and Prince Edward Island joined the list of provinces pushing back a return to classroom learning on Tuesday, with officials in both provinces saying students will learn at home until at least January 17. When students return to island classrooms, there will be masking requirements and additional testing, officials said. “It was a difficult decision that rested […]

Calls on the rise for HEPA air filters in Canadian classrooms

As Omicron’s highly transmissible variant fuels record numbers of cases and schools across Canada delay in-person learning, calls are mounting for another layer of protection to be added to classrooms: HEPA filters . Air purifiers with high efficiency particulate filters (HEPA) can reduce the concentration of certain viruses in the air by capturing small particles, such as water droplets that […]