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Many Canadian doctors struggle with burnout, depression and anxiety: survey

Aug 25 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The well-being of physicians across Canada has significantly decreased with many doctors reporting poorer mental health than before the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey suggests. The Canadian Medical Association's national physician health survey, released Thursday, indicates that 53 per cent of respondents reported symptoms of burnout, including emotional exhaustion. The reported burnout rate […]

Ontario’s offer to education workers insufficient to keep with living costs: union

Aug 18 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The raises the province is offering education workers in a proposed four-year deal aren't enough to keep up with the cost of living, the union representing public high school teachers said Thursday. Karen Littlewood, president of the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation, weighed in on the proposal the government tabled earlier this week […]

Ontario hospitals preparing for possible shortage of epidural catheters

Aug 10 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Several Ontario hospitals say they are preparing for potential shortage of epidural catheters as the province takes steps to track the inventory of the devices used to provide anesthesia during childbirth and some surgeries. Lakeridge Health in Durham Region said it's facing a potential shortage of epidural catheters related to supply-chain issues across […]

Canadian Blood Services facing criticism over ending mask mandate this week

Jul 27 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cindy Wilinski, her husband and their four adult children all had upcoming appointments to donate blood but cancelled them this week after learning that Canadian Blood Services had suspended mandatory masking at its facilities. Wilinski said she and her family donate blood regularly – something they started doing after her granddaughter was diagnosed […]

Canadian Blood Services facing criticism over ending mask mandate this week

Jul 27 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cindy Wilinski, her husband and their four adult children all had upcoming appointments to donate blood but cancelled them this week after learning that Canadian Blood Services had suspended mandatory masking at its facilities. Wilinski said she and her family donate blood regularly – something they started doing after her granddaughter was diagnosed […]

Ontario government facing calls for permanent sick day program to fight monkeypox

Jul 26 2022 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's government faced a call Tuesday to establish a permanent 10-day paid sick leave program in light of rising cases of monkeypox. Public Health Ontario reported 326 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the province as of Monday, up from 288 on Thursday. Those figures came as the Opposition New Democrats said a permanent […]