Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID-19 measures
News/Canada/Toronto: Lockdowns and other tough measures implemented to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a dramatic decline in other infectious illnesses such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections, public health data suggest.
Public Health Agency of Canada president resigns as COVID-19 cases spike
News/Politics: The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada is stepping down only 18 months into the job, leaving the federal agency tasked with coordinating the country’s COVID-19 response without a leader, CBC News has learned.
'That grin, that big heart': Remembering Terry Fox, the Marathon of Hope and one day in Thunder Bay
News/Canada/Thunder Bay: Bill Vigars, a close friend and confidante of Terry Fox, recalls the last days of the Marathon of Hope in Thunder Bay, Ont., and the inspiration it gave Canadians as a virtual version of the annual run is set to go ahead Sunday, 40 years later.
Why doctors think you should get the flu shot this year — and soon
News/Health: As COVID-19 cases climb in many provinces, flu season is also on the horizon. Doctors say there’s more interest in the flu shot this year — and there should be. But they’re warning patients to get the shot sooner rather than later. Here's why.
Sorry to burst your COVID-19 'social bubble' but even small gatherings are getting riskier
News/Canada/Toronto: Whether you call it a social circle, household bubble or some other catchy term, it’s a concept being used across Canada to help people socialize safely. But with COVID-19 case counts rising, some warn the approach is getting riskier.
Why saliva testing for COVID-19 in Canada won't be a panacea for long lineups any time soon
News/Health: Canadians in several provinces face long lines for a swab to help diagnose COVID-19 as school and workplaces open. New testing technologies could help, but doctors say they won't be a silver bullet.
How a handful of students caused Western University's COVID-19 outbreak
News/Canada/London: The number of Western University students testing positive for COVID-19 is now at 28 after an outbreak that started with groups of students living off-campus engaging in high-risk behaviour as school resumed.
Ontario rolls back gathering limits in some areas as 293 new COVID-19 cases reported
News/Canada/Toronto: Ontario is rolling back gathering limits in some areas of the province, and also implementing new fines for people who host and attend large gatherings during the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.
Multiple provinces are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. What needs to be done now?
News/Canada: Several provinces including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are seeing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus, with new daily average cases at least doubling since last month in many regions.
Is heat needed to clean reusable masks? Your COVID questions answered
News/Health: Is heat or soap more important for cleaning reusable masks? Are damp masks less effective? What’s a safe way to travel to a COVID testing centre if you don’t own a car? Can you get COVID twice? Are infrared thermometers dangerous? Your questions answered.
N.B. doctor blamed for COVID-19 outbreak receives letter of support from 1,500 physicians
News/Canada/Ottawa: More than 1,500 physicians signed a letter in support of Dr. Jean Robert Ngola, saying he was "unjustly" blamed for a COVID-19 outbreak in Campbellton, N.B., that resulted in 40 cases and two deaths. Earlier this month, a Fifth Estate investigation revealed dozens of other potential sources of the outbreak.
Air quality in New Westminster, B.C., worse than New Delhi as pier fire adds to wildfire smoke
News/Canada/British Columbia: For the past three days smoke blowing into southern B.C. has been so bad it landed Vancouver in the top three spots on a list of major cities that have the worst air quality in the world.
Billionaire critic of COVID-19 restrictions says Ottawa let her skip 14-day quarantine
News/Canada: American business executive Liz Uihlein, who has campaigned against COVID-19 restrictions, says she was granted a special exemption from Canadian quarantine rules for a 36-hour business trip to Toronto.
B.C. authorizes nurses to prescribe safe alternatives to toxic street drugs
News/Canada/British Columbia: Registered nurses will now be able to prescribe pharmaceutical alternatives to street drugs "to help separate more people from the poisoned street drug supply to save lives and provide opportunities for ongoing care, treatment and support," B.C.'s provincial health officer said.