National Newswatch

Kashechewan First Nation health system only treating emergencies amid nurse shortage

Aug 26 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — A remote First Nation in northern Ontario is limiting health services to emergencies only due to a lack of nurses in what the community's health director is calling a dire situation for residents' and nurses' well-being. Kashechewan First Nation said its nursing station, which provides health services for residents in the community of 1,900 people, […]

Ontario doctors advise vaccine catch-up ahead of fall flu, COVID-19 season

Aug 17 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario doctors are advising people to keep up with vaccinations ahead of the fall, when illnesses including COVID-19 and influenza are expected to spread amid health system challenges one physician said he expects will likely worsen.  Physicians spoke at a virtual panel hosted by the Ontario Medical Association to for a lookahead discussion […]

Ontario health units taking different approaches to student immunization catch up

Aug 10 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Thousands of students in Windsor, Ont., are starting to receive suspension notices over out-of-date immunization records, but health units elsewhere in the province are giving families more time to catch up on routine shots after two years of pandemic disruptions.  Students between the ages of four and 17 could face suspension from school […]

Hospital staffing strain ‘unprecedented,’ could peak soon: Ontario Health exec

Aug 5 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario hospitals are experiencing staff shortages at an "unprecedented" level, an executive at the provincial agency overseeing them says, but the situation may improve in the coming weeks as the seventh wave of COVID-19 recedes.  "It's not really a new problem, but the persistence of it and the severity of it is unprecedented," […]

Ontario cheers U.S. bill proposing EV tax credits, but still no local incentives

Aug 5 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Plans to expand a proposed U.S tax credit on electric vehicle purchases to cover North American-made cars is a boon for the auto sector, says Ontario's economic development minister, but the province isn't planning any buyer incentives for local drivers. Vic Fedeli said the Progressive Conservative government plans to focus on increasing local […]

Ford won’t commit to repeal wage cap to address ER nurse staffing shortages

Aug 3 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — STRATFORD, ONT. — Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday he's doing everything in his power to add more health-care workers to the system, but indicated that won't include repealing wage restraint legislation or increasing a retention bonus for nurses. Ford hadn't held a news conference in Ontario since late June and took questions for the […]

Union wants 11.7 per cent raise for Ontario education workers in bargaining proposal

Aug 2 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A union representing Ontario education workers has asked the province for annual wage increases of 11.7 per cent – or $3.25 per hour – as the two sides hash out a new collective agreement. The Canadian Union of Public Employees – which represents 55,000 workers including early childhood educators, school administration workers, bus […]

Staffing crunch hits several Ontario hospitals hard, nurses union raises concerns

Jul 29 2022 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Several Ontario hospitals were reducing service in certain areas over the long weekend due to staff shortages as an Ontario nurses union called on the province to tackle what it called an alarming situation.  Emergency departments were to be closed at the Wingham and District Hospital from Saturday evening until early Sunday and […]