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Health, Society

Survey: Canadians more comfortable with activities if COVID-19 testing expanded

As the number of COVID-19 cases being reported rise across the country, and with the start of the new school year, expanding asymptomatic testing could put some Canadian minds at ease. According to an Abacus Data poll commissioned by the »

Politics, Society

Canadian government provides $13 million for self-isolation centre in Toronto

The Canadian government is funding the establishment of a new volunteer self-isolation centre in Toronto, according to an announcement on Friday from Canada’s Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and Toronto Mayor John Tory. The federal government is providing $13.9 million »

Health, Society

New survey suggests alarming health risks for youth who ‘vape’

A new survey by the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program suggests that the ill-effects of vaping e-cigarettes–as well as non-medical cannabis use–continues to be a growing problem in Canada. The survey comes as new research links vaping, smoking cigarettes and cannabis »

Society

Walmart Canada mandates masks and face coverings in all stores

Walmart Canada is requiring all of its customers and staff to wear a mask or face covering at all of their stores starting on Aug. 12, according to a statement the company released Friday, Walmart Canada said that Health Canada »

Economy

Health Canada recalls hand sanitizers containing unacceptable ingredients

Health Canada has issued a recall on over 50 hand sanitizer products that may pose a health risk.  Products that contain ethanol and denaturants are not acceptable for use in hand sanitizers in Canada, according to a recall alert from »

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

Health Canada authorizes remdesivir to treat patients with severe COVID-19

Health Canada has given it conditional authorization to use the drug remdesivir for treatment of patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19 who have pneumonia and require extra oxygen to help them breathe. Remdesivir – brand name Veklury – is the »

Society

Public Health Agency of Canada investigating outbreak of salmonella

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said that they are investigating an outbreak of 59 salmonella infections in five provinces across the country. According to a public health notice released on Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said »

Health

British Columbia implementing regulations on vape products this summer

The British Columbia government announced Monday that it is implementing a set of regulations on the sale and marketing of vape products by the end of the summer. The regulations, which are based on the province’s vaping action plan announced »

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Study finds Hydroxychloroquine not effective fighting COVID-19

A much-anticipated study, co-authored by Dr. Emily McDonald, a physician at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found that hydroxychloroquine — a drug much-touted by U.S. President Donald Trump — was not effective in fighting COVID-19. »