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Pandemic’s third wave hits people in their 20s, 30s, with more illness, and blame

Mar 31 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Working age Canadians have been hit hard by the escalating pandemic, and now they're drawing a significant chunk of the blame, too. British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Quebec Premier Francois Legault have been among those to suggest increasing infections and hospitalizations among younger age groups are at least partly because of failure […]

Pandemic’s third wave hits people in their 20s, 30s, with more illness, and blame

Mar 31 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Working age Canadians have been hit hard by the escalating pandemic, and now they're drawing a significant chunk of the blame, too. British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Quebec Premier Francois Legault have been among those to suggest increasing infections and hospitalizations among younger age groups are at least partly because of failure […]

‘More than just a disruption:’ education experts warn of pandemic-driven ‘crisis’

Mar 22 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Virtual learning for Kaaren Tamm's daughter consisted of a five- to 10-minute video greeting each morning and afternoon, and then she'd stop paying attention. That was on a good day. The Toronto mom says that's all the four-year-old could muster to contribute in her junior kindergarten class, which shifted online twice this school […]

‘More than just a disruption:’ education experts warn of pandemic-driven ‘crisis’

Mar 22 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Virtual learning for Kaaren Tamm's daughter consisted of a five- to 10-minute video greeting each morning and afternoon, and then she'd stop paying attention. That was on a good day. The Toronto mom says that's all the four-year-old could muster to contribute in her junior kindergarten class, which shifted online twice this school […]

Officials face battle of confidence amid controversy over Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Mar 16 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Federal officials are mounting a renewed push to instill Canadian confidence in Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, but observers predict they're in for a tough battle. Members of the federal body tasked with advising the country on vaccine use took the unusual step of addressing public fears in a televised press conference Tuesday that stressed […]

Harry and Meghan interview invites fresh scrutiny over Canada’s royal ties

Mar 10 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — Meghan and Harry’s bombshell revelations about the British monarchy have invited fresh scrutiny over Canada’s ties to the institution, but royal watchers say it is unlikely to spark much change.Constitutional expert Emmett Macfarlane says the couple’s “explosive” portrayal of their royal experience adds fire to brewing sentiment the Crown holds increasingly less relevance to many […]

Strategic antibody tests touted as tool in road to achieving broad COVID immunity

Mar 10 2021 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Health Canada has approved two more rapid tests that can indicate the prevalence of COVID-19 immunity, devices experts say should be used judiciously but can help ensure the success of vaccines. While there’s a more urgent push for rapid diagnostic tests to find current COVID-19 cases in the community, experts welcomed additional tools […]