Ontario has filled almost all 625 public health nurses in schools, but is it enough?

As students across the province return to face-to-face classes, the Ontario Ministry of Education says 624 of 625 public health nurse positions in schools have been filled – but they must each cover multiple schools and some critics question whether that is enough to keep children safe during the pandemic. Last August, the province announced it was hiring 500 public […]

Government releases list of approved quarantine hotels for returning travelers

Three days before the new travel rules came into effect, the federal government issued a list of hotels where air travelers arriving in Canada can complete the mandatory quarantine period. Starting Monday, all air travelers returning from non-essential international travel will be required to self-isolate at one of the approved facilities, at their own expense, for up to 72 hours […]

Why appropriate home care should be the cornerstone of how our health care system cares for seniors

This column is an opinion of Dr. Elizabeth Niedra, senior physician, writer, and lecturer in family medicine at the University of Toronto. She does home visits for the elderly with SPRINT House Calls. For more information on the CBC Opinion section, please see the FAQ. The pandemic throws a questioning spotlight on Canada’s senior care system. Specifically, he took a […]

Lessons from Pauingassi: How a variant of fear in a remote First Nation can better prepare Manitoba

Within a week, Manitoba bounced around an epidemiological version of a roller coaster ride, thanks to the actual and suspected presence of the variant COVID virus first reported in the UK. On February 9, public health officials confirmed the province’s first case of the more contagious variant of the B117 coronavirus, contracted by a traveler who visited Africa and Europe. […]

Alberta says it did not close the slaughterhouse because the company had ‘been successful’ in preventing the spread of COVID-19

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said the province chose not to close a slaughterhouse that was the site of a growing COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the life of a worker because for months, the company had succeeded in reducing the transmission. On Monday, the company – Quebec-based Olymel – announced it would voluntarily shut down its pork processing plant […]

Canadian shipment of Pfizer vaccine delayed by winter conditions in United States

Harsh winter conditions in the United States will delay the scheduled delivery of Pfizer vaccine doses to Canada by at least one day this week, a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical giant told CBC News. Global shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) has temporarily closed its massive air transportation hub, WorldPort, at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky due to […]