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Study finds Canada’s proportion of LTC deaths double the average of other nations

Jun 25 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new study finds the proportion of Canadian COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in long-term care facilities is about twice the average of rates from other developed nations. The analysis released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information provides a damning snapshot of senior care as of May 25, when LTC residents made up […]

Want a diverse workplace? Rethink the entire system, including the C-suite: experts

Jun 22 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The race-based failings of many of the companies seeking help from diversity and inclusion expert Hamlin Grange are not new. Neither are the solutions, he notes wryly — many organizations who've reached out already have diversity plans, or they've completed cultural awareness courses in the past. So what's going wrong? It's tempting to say anti-bias […]

With spotlight on policing failures, how can the system better respond to mental-health crises?

Jun 15 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When someone broke into her car earlier this month, Meenakshi Mannoe knew the potential consequences of calling police. The Vancouver resident weighed several questions: Would she get her belongings back? Was it even worth the hassle? And the tipping point: What good would it ultimately do? Ultimately, Mannoe believed it wasn't a big deal — […]

With spotlight on policing failures, how can the system better respond to mental-health crises?

Jun 15 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When someone broke into her car earlier this month, Meenakshi Mannoe knew the potential consequences of calling police. The Vancouver resident weighed several questions: Would she get her belongings back? Was it even worth the hassle? And the tipping point: What good would it ultimately do? Ultimately, Mannoe believed it wasn't a big deal — […]

More hospitals part of plasma transfusion trial to treat COVID-19 with antibodies

May 28 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The first two COVID-19 patients in Canada to receive plasma transfusions rich in antibodies are showing signs of improvement as the experimental treatment expands to trials in more than a dozen sites in Ontario and Quebec. A senior media adviser for CHU Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal says the outlook is "favourable" for a female patient […]

Canadian National Exhibition cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic

May 12 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Any other year, the lakeside grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition would soon be preparing for the summer spectacle's array of amusement rides, carnival games, thumping summer music jams and greasy food temptations. But this year, the building that houses the CNE's "SuperDogs" show and "Rising Star" talent competition is reserved as a hospital overflow site in […]

Canadian National Exhibition cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic

May 12 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Any other year, the lakeside grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition would soon be preparing for the summer spectacle's array of amusement rides, carnival games, thumping summer music jams and greasy food temptations. But this year, the building that houses the CNE's "SuperDogs" show and "Rising Star" talent competition is reserved as a hospital overflow site in […]

Canadian National Exhibition cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic

May 12 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Any other year, the lakeside grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition would soon be preparing for the summer spectacle's array of amusement rides, carnival games, thumping summer music jams and greasy food temptations. But this year, the building that houses the CNE's "SuperDogs" show and "Rising Star" talent competition is reserved as a hospital overflow site in […]

False-positive COVID-19 test results rare despite recent scares, experts say

May 10 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The spectre of headline-grabbing false-positive test results should not rattle the public's confidence in efforts to track COVID-19 in Canada, observers say. Despite a spate of recent examples including the false alarm in Nunavut, several experts insist the phenomenon remains rare given the scope of tests administered in the country, which reached the benchmark of […]

Canadian Paediatric Society eyes mysterious syndrome for suspected COVID links

May 6 2020 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Canadian Paediatric Society is closely monitoring reports that COVID-19 may be linked to a strange inflammatory syndrome in some children. The society says it expects to issue advice to clinicians late this week or early next about symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, although a COVID-19 connection has not been established. A broad study […]