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International, Politics

Yemen pounded by airstrikes, withered by cholera and famine

The bloody pace of war in Yemen quickened in 2017 increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, even as the war-torn country deals with the world’s largest cholera outbreak, according to back-to-back reports by »

Health, Society

Seniors’ homes must change to handle increasing rates of dementia

Every year, over 1,000 seniors in long-term residential care are victimized by aggressive fellow residents or harmed by neglect. Some abuse derives from the fact that more people in seniors’ residences have some form of cognitive impairment. The case of »

International, Society

Indonesia earthquake leaves at least 97 dead

An earthquake off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people with many more feared trapped beneath the rubble, say local officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra Island. “It was very, »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Former refugee brings eye care to Syrian refugees

A series of one-day eye care clinics is bringing free eye care to Syrian refugees in the province of Ontario in a project initiated by a young medical student who was a refugee himself. Tarek Bin Yameen, formerly from Yemen, »

Politics, Society

Haiti relief effort woefully underfunded: CARE

A month after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, killing hundreds of people and destroying thousands of homes, only about one third of the urgent humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations has been funded, according to international NGOs. Last month, the »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Cuba struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew

While much of the world attention in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has been focused on the deadly path it cut in Haiti, authorities in neighbouring Cuba, which was also walloped by the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica brace for Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew churned its way through the Caribbean and barreled toward Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba on Monday, governments and aid groups raced against time to try to soften its potentially catastrophic blow. The Category 4 storm, packing sustained winds of up to 220 »

Health, Society

Palliative care uneven in Canada: cancer society

“Critically ill Canadians are falling through the cracks when it comes to palliative care,” says a report by the Canadian Cancer Society. This kind of care is often provided too close to the end of life, and should be introduced »