Ontario’s next COVID-19 wave is likely here, says science table, citing exponential growth in most regions

Ontario has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, the province’s science advisory table said Wednesday, citing exponential growth in most public health units. The COVID-19 Science Advisory Table points to several key indicators that it says signal the beginning of a wave, little more than a month after the end of most public […]

US FDA issues temporary halt to ban on Juul e-cigarettes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put on hold its ban on sales of Juul Labs’ e-cigarettes, with the health agency saying late on Tuesday that it would do an additional review of the company’s marketing application. Juul had won a temporary reprieve a couple of weeks ago after a US federal appeals court stayed the FDA’s ban, […]

Halifax to host 1st annual International Black Health Conference this fall

The first annual International Black Health Conference is coming to Halifax in October. The three-day conference will give health professionals, educators, policymakers and community members from across Canada and the United States the chance to talk about the best ways to address and improve health disparities in Black communities. “We want to look at the disproportionate structural inequalities that impact […]

Is Canada too ‘smug’ about abortion? These doulas say access is worse than you think

A pair of abortion doulas in southwestern Ontario say Canadians shouldn’t take access to safe, legal abortions for granted because there are still barriers to care that are difficult to overcome, including time off work, a lack of financial resources and the distance from urban -centered clinics. Christal Malone of London and Jennifer Surerus of St. Thomas help make access […]