COVID-19 boosters recommended for the fall, Canada’s vaccine advisory body says

People at high risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection should be offered a booster shot this fall, regardless of how many boosters they’ve previously received, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said on Wednesday. That group includes everyone age 65 and older, NACI’s updated guidance said. Everyone else — age 12 to 64 — “may be offered” the […]

Summer of labor unrest expected as inflation soars and contracts run out

Canada could face a summer of strikes and other labor disruptions as workers demand cost-of-living increases and better conditions than those seen throughout the past two years of the pandemic, say union officials and other observers. Hundreds of thousands of health and education workers are among those whose unions and employers will be at the bargaining table over the coming […]

BC-led lawsuit nets $150M proposed settlement with Purdue Pharma over opioid harms

A proposed $150-million settlement with Purdue Pharma Canada covering all provinces and territories has been reached for the recovery of health-care costs related to the sale and marketing of opioid-based pain medication. British Columbia Attorney General David Eby said Wednesday that it’s the largest settlement of a governmental health-care cost claim in Canadian history. “We know that no amount of […]

FDA leaning toward new COVID-19 shots that target original strain, emerging Omicron variants

Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended a change in the design of COVID-19 booster shots this fall in order to combat more recently circulating variants of the coronavirus. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 19-2 that the next wave of COVID booster shots should include a component that targets the Omicron […]

Airbnb makes ban on party houses permanent

Airbnb is making permanent its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals. The San Francisco-based company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44 per cent from a year ago. More than 6,600 guests were suspended last year for related violations, Airbnb said. Airbnb began to […]

WHO warns of monkeypox risk to kids, pregnant people if spread continues

The World Health Organization said “sustained transmission” of monkeypox worldwide could see the virus begin to move into high-risk groups, such as pregnant people, immunocompromised people and children. WHO said on Wednesday it is investigating reports of infected children, including two cases in the United Kingdom, as well as following up reports in Spain and France. None of the cases […]

FCC asks Google, Apple to remove TikTok due to data privacy concerns at Chinese-owned company

A commissioner with the US communications regulator is asking Apple and Google to consider banning TikTok from their app stores over data security concerns related to the Chinese-owned company. Brendan Carr, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has written a letter to the CEOs of both companies, alerting them that the wildly popular video-sharing app does not comply […]

Accounting firm EY to pay $100M US fine after auditors caught cheating on exams

Accounting firm Ernst & Young will pay $100 million US to settle US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges that its auditors cheated on certified public accounting (CPA) exams and that it misled the agency’s investigators. The London-based auditor admitted to the charges and agreed to pay what the SEC said is its largest fine against an auditor. “EY acknowledges […]