New Omicron strains on the horizon could drive future COVID waves

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly analysis of health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Scientists are closely watching new Omicron subvariants that can evade immunity better than previous strains. The new subvariants have the potential to drive future waves but protection against severe COVID-19 has held […]

What do I need to know about this year’s flu shot?

Experts say it’s almost time to roll up your sleeve for the annual flu shot. But this year, some pharmacists say people have questions about the influenza vaccine rollout, which will coincide with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines that target Omicron strains — also known as bivalent vaccines. Ashley Davidson, a pharmacist and associate owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in […]

Eastern Health AGM attendee describes situation in ERs as ‘totally out of control’

An audience member, right, asked Eastern Health CEO Kenneth Baird, left, what the regional health authority is doing to improve conditions in emergency rooms. (Darrell Roberts/CBC) At Eastern Health’s annual general meeting Thursday, a member of the audience demanded interim CEO and president Kenneth Baird provide answers about problems plaguing emergency rooms. “It’s totally out of control,” said the attendee. […]

Western Hospital ER closed Friday due to lack of staff

The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton will be closed Friday, due to a temporary lack of staff. The department will reopen Saturday at 8 am Overnight emergency care has not been available for weeks. The collaborative emergency center is not expected to reopen until at least late October. The hospital’s collaborating emergency centre, which operated between 8 pm […]

CAQ leader defends paying millions to US consulting firm during pandemic

The political opponents of Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault took aim at him on Friday after it was revealed his government awarded a major American consulting firm $35,000 a day for strategies on managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Legault said McKinsey & Company advised the government on best practices from around the world as Quebec faced a pandemic for the […]

Okyanus kavgacıları: Balina gözlemcileri, Salish Denizi’nde savaşan orka ve kamburların nadir bir görüntüsünü elde ediyor

Pasifik Balina İzleme Derneği (PWWA) üyeleri, Perşembe günü, büyük bir geçici Bigg orka grubunun birkaç saat boyunca bir çift kambur balina ile karşı karşıya gelmesiyle, denizin iki devi arasında nadir görülen bir saldırgan aktivite görüntüsü yakaladı. Kaptan PWWA, Eagle Wing Tours’dan Joe Zelwietro’nun, Vancouver Adası ile Washington eyaleti arasındaki Salish Denizi’nin bir uzantısı olan Juan de Fuca Boğazı’nda, saat 11:00’den […]

Relationship breaks down between Torstar owners, one seeks order to wind up company

One of the owners of Torstar Corp. is seeking a court order to wind up the media company, citing “irreparable” damage to the relationship with his business partner. Paul Rivett, one of the owners of Nordstar Capital Inc., an investment company that purchased Torstar in 2020, filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice earlier this month that […]

Doctor who blew whistle on atrocities of residential schools honored in Ottawa

WARNING: This story contains distressing details. One hundred years ago, the former chief medical health inspector of what was then known as Canada’s Indian Affairs department walked through the doors of a publishing house in Ottawa. He carried a manuscript called A National Crime. It was published in 1922 detailing the appalling and deadly health conditions in government-funded residential schools. […]