Responsive Ad Area

Main Slider

B.C. gets 1 million calls within 1st hour of opening phone lines to vaccine appointments for elderly

Health Minister Adrian Dix says health authorities are booking thousands of appointments and plenty of time slots remain.There are fewer than 50,000 people n the province who are 90 and older and 35,000 who are Indigenous people over 65, yet B.C. call agents at vaccination appointment call centres were slammed with one million calls in the first hour on the first day the lines were opened. (Ben Nelms/CBC)Call centres in British Columbia received a million calls in the first hour after they opened to receive COVID-19 vaccine appointments for some of the province’s oldest residents, according to the doctor in charge of the province’s rollout plan. Dr. Penny Ballem, who is also chair of Vancouver Coastal Health, spoke on CBC’s The Early Edition just after 8 a.m. Monday morni...

Once you’ve been vaccinated: U.S. releases recommended do’s and don’ts

Here’s a glimpse of what life might look like in the next phase of mass-vaccination against COVID-19, a peek at a future where people are increasingly immune to the deadly virus.Irma Mesa, seen here in Miami getting a coronavirus vaccine in January, hadn’t seen her grandchildren in a year. New U.S guidelines for vaccinated people offer detailed advice: and there’s good news for grandparents. (Lynne Sladky/AP)This story is part of Watching Washington, a regular dispatch from CBC News correspondents reporting on U.S. politics and developments that affect Canadians.  Here’s a glimpse of what life might look like in the next phase of mass-vaccination against COVID-19, a peek at a future where people are increasingly immune to the deadly virus.Ahead of Canada in the spri...

David and Collet Stephan to face third trial as appeal court overturns acquittals

David and Collet Stephan will be tried a third time after the Alberta Court of Appeal set aside acquittals Monday, finding the trial judge made errors, including his comments about a Nigerian-born doctor’s manner of speaking which the province’s top court found “lead to a reasonable apprehension of bias.”David and Collet Stephan were found guilty in a court in Lethbridge, Alta., in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel. They treated him with hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish before he died of bacterial meningitis. (Facebook)David and Collet Stephan will be tried a third time after the Alberta Court of Appeal set aside acquittals Monday, finding the trial judge made errors, including his comments about a Nigerian-born do...

Rotational worker calls for easing of COVID-19 restrictions in P.E.I. 

A rotational worker from eastern P.E.I. is calling on the province to ease restrictions put in place in December.Jamie MacKinnon of Beach Point has been travelling back and forth between the Island and Alberta for more than 15 years. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)A rotational worker from eastern P.E.I. is calling on the province to ease restrictions put in place in December. Jamie MacKinnon of Beach Point has been travelling back and forth between the Island and Alberta for more than 15 years. He’s a supervisor for an oil service company. “None of us want to bring COVID home to our families, none of us want to bring it to you guys,” said MacKinnon, who has never tested positive for COVID-19.  He said that up until December, when the variant started to surface, he would return home...

Unions say health-care workers still struggling to get enough PPE

Three major unions say health-care workers across Ontario still struggle to obtain personal protective equipment to shield them from COVID-19.Personal support worker Emily Coulter says her peers should be paid what they’re worth, given the frightening and grinding toll of the coronavirus pandemic. 9:24Three major unions say health-care workers across Ontario still struggle to obtain personal protective equipment to shield them from COVID-19. They’re calling on the province to do more to ensure the workers’ safety.Unifor, the health-care arm of the Service Employees International Union and the Canadian Union of Public Employees also called for a “universal wage” of $25 an hour for all personal support workers regardless of what part of the provincial system the...

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Monday

Germany is looking to ramp up the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after authorities last week gave the green light for it to be administered to people 65 and over.Infectious disease specialist Dr. Lynora Saxinger answers questions about how a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic might be different — and what’s been learned. 3:34The latest: Health minister talks vaccine certificates as Tam looks to “optimism” of inoculation rollout. A behind-the-scenes look at why Canada delayed 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines. As Quebec City restaurants prepare to reopen, some say they aren’t ready. “Don’t lose patience,” says Canada’s top doctor as Ontario reports 1,299 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 15 new deaths. Track how many people have been given the COVID-19 v...

Ontario reports 1,631 new COVID-19 cases as final stay-at-home orders lift

Ontario is reporting 1,631 new COVID-19 cases on the same day stay-at-home orders lift in three Ontario regions, including Toronto and Peel — which have consistently seen the highest number of infections throughout the pandemic.Toronto, along with Peel Region and North Bay, are now in the ‘grey-lockdown’ category of the province’s colour-coded pandemic response framework, something local public health officials asked for in both regions. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)Ontario is reporting 1,631 new COVID-19 cases on the same day stay-at-home orders lift in three regions, including Toronto and Peel — which have consistently seen the province’s highest number of infections throughout the pandemic. Monday’s cases mark the highest number of new infections in over a month.Of the...

B.C. inmates file constitutional challenge over COVID-19 restrictions

In a notice of civil claim, the inmates say the correctional service have failed to provide them with basic rights for incarcerated persons during the pandemic and failed to adequately protect them against COVID-19. Current and former inmates are taking the Correctional Service Canada and attorney general of Canada to court over conditions in B.C. prisons during the pandemic. ( Lars Hagberg/Canadian Press)Seven current and former inmates in British Columbia, along with prisoner advocacy organization the John Howard Society, have filed a constitutional challenge in B.C. Supreme Court.  In a notice of civil claim, the inmates say the Correctional Service of Canada and the attorney general of Canada have failed to provide them with basic rights during the pandemic and failed to adequately pro...

Here’s what we know about COVID-19 vaccines and children

Most provinces say they expect every adult will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by June or July. But where does that leave kids? Students walk outside Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver. Close to one million people in B.C. are 19 or younger and they make up nearly one-fifth of the province’s population. (Ben Nelms/CBC)Most provinces, including British Columbia, announced this week they expect every adult will receive a first COVID-19 vaccine dose by June or July. The move came after a recommendation by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to delay a second dose for four months, following evidence of high levels of protection from one dose. All provinces have adopted the recommendation, potentially accelerating Canada’s vaccination timeline by ...

Why winter exercise can be especially hard on the lungs

Chronic cough is a common symptom among cross-country skiers. One Edmonton researcher is trying to understand why and to encourage athletes to protect their lungs from harsh winter air.A woman jogs in a quiet park in Ottawa, Ont., in January 2021. Vigorous outdoor exercise during cold winter months can constrict and irritate lungs and cause a chronic cough. (CBC)Canadian Olympic hopeful Katherine Stewart-Jones can’t remember when she first started experiencing a cough she and other cross-country skiers call “race hack,” but she said it was probably when she started competing in her early teen years. “Sometimes, it goes like all the way into your back … it’s just this burning sensation,” she said. “I’ll lean over and just don’t wan...

Advocates urge Liberals to cancel ‘devastating’ cut to services for Canadians with print reading disabilities

Two organizations that provide accessible reading material to people with reading disabilities have launched a campaign to stop a planned cut to their federal funding.Kim Kilpatrick of Ottawa has been blind since birth and reads primarily in braille. She said she’s shocked the federal government is cutting funding to two organizations that distribute accessible reading materials. (Joan Anderson/SUPPLIED)Advocates for Canadians with disabilities related to reading printed text have launched a protest campaign after the federal government abruptly announced it would cut their funding — a surprise move they say will be “devastating” in the middle of a pandemic. Print disabilities include any condition which negatively affects someone’s ability to read traditional print...

Prioritizing people with specific conditions for COVID vaccine slows race for herd immunity: N.S.’s top doctor

Advocates want governments to prioritize vaccinating people with disabilities. Some Canadian provinces plan to do so, but Nova Scotia isn’t one of them. The province’s chief medical officer of health says prioritizing specific groups based on health conditions would slow the race for herd immunity.A group that advocates for people with disabilities says they should be prioritized for early vaccination, but Nova Scotia’s top doctor, whose son has severe disabilities, disagrees. We talk to the mother of a girl with Down syndrome, which puts her daughter at greater risk of harm from COVID-19. 2:06Amanda Robinson used to work part time five days a week for an organization that supports adults with disabilities. She went to bingo and bowling on the weekends and attended a Frid...

Skip to toolbar