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Study hints further that cannabis and pregnancy not good

Science has long shown that drinking alcohol or smoking during pregnancy have negative outcomes on the foetus and the child’s later development. Now, perhaps not surprisingly, a new study shows a possible link between cannabis use while pregnant and a »

Health, International, Society

COVID-19 and your experience of 2020 so far

A survey released today has sought Canadian and American opinions on personal experiences in this most unusual year. The survey by the Leger polling firm asked several questions related to COVID including thoughts on whether this has been the worst »

Health, International, Society

Ottawa tightens mask rules for air travellers

Ottawa has tightened rules that have allowed some air travellers in Canada to avoid using face coverings. A new Transport Canada ministerial order states that passengers who are unable to wear a face mask due to a medical condition must »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Quebec unveils new rules for September’s return to school

In the government’s second kick at the can, Quebec has unveiled new rules as students–and parents–get set for a return to school in September. The updated back-to-school regulations were announced Monday by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge. Among other things, they »

Health, Society

As Lebanon reels, Canada announces another aid plan to try to help

Ottawa has launched a dollar-for-dollar matching fund to send additional aid to Lebanon following last Tuesday’s deadly blast in Beirut that may have killed as many as 200 people as it wounded over 6,000 others and destroyed large swaths of »

Arts & Entertainment, Health, International

Human Rights Museum looks to move forward following scathing report

The interim CEO of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is apologizing after an independent report found racism to be “pervasive and systemic” at the museum–in its employment practices, its policies and in the actions of employees. “I »

Health, Society

Mental health experts fear rise in suicides as COVID-19 continues

Thousands of Canadians were hospitalized after deliberately harming themselves last year, according to new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The data shows that 25,000 people were admitted to hospital or died because of self-harm in 2018. About »

Health, Society

Canadian government enters agreement to procure COVID-19 vaccines

The Canadian government has entered agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, according to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand. Pfizer will supply its BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate, and Moderna »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Antibody study reveals 2.23% of Quebecers infected with COVID-19

A blood donor seroprevalence study, conducted by Quebec’s blood and tissue collection agency in collaboration with the provincial public health institute, shows three times as many Quebecers could have been infected with the novel coronavirus than what the official numbers »

Health, Politics, Society

Increased scrutiny reveals challenges for ‘COVID Alert’ app backers

A COVID-19 tracing app launched last week with much fanfare by the federal government amidst much trepidation by civil libertarians is facing new headwinds. The COVID Alert app, whose launch was delayed in early July for unspecified reasons, is designed »