Hospital beds versus staff: Is COVID-19 overwhelming the human side of Alberta’s health system?
What kind of pressure is the human resource aspect of Alberta's health system experiencing as COVID-19 cases keep rising?
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Stuck at sea, crew of HMCS Winnipeg finds novel way to exercise, raise funds for local charity
The crew of the HMCS Winnipeg aims to replicate a run from Winnipeg to Esquimalt, B.C. -- roughly 65,000 trips around the ship's flight deck.
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Coronavirus: Interior Health announces COVID-19 exposure at French-language school in Okanagan
The B.C. Centre of Disease Control also posted a public exposure warning for a WestJet flight from Kelowna to Calgary on Oct. 10.
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In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep
U.S. President Donald Trump shunned formal debate practice Tuesday and was heading instead for another of his big rallies, two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden took the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep.
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Montreal man arrested for death threats against Mayor Valérie Plante
Quebec’s public health director Horacio Arruda and Premier François Legault have also received numerous death threats.
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Trial for former Canadian Olympic taekwondo coach facing sexual assault charges begins
Shin Wook Lim, of Woodbridge, Ont., faces 15 counts related to allegations of sexual assault taking place between 2013 and 2017.
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B.C. election: Pandemic prompts voter suppression claims by Liberals
Wilkinson said Tuesday that Horgan's selfishness to call the election during the pandemic shouldn't override the democratic right to get out to vote.
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Nearly 800,000 votes are already cast. But B.C. may still not have a winner on election night
About half of the 725,000 registered voters who have requested a mail-in ballot have already returned them to Elections BC, while about 472,400 ballots have already been cast at advance polls.
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Canada must ‘immunize’ public against misinformation before COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Tam
Dr. Theresa Tam says all Canadians must play a role in not letting false facts destroy the collective effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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$20K in toys donated to 630 CHED Santas Anonymous in memory of Edmonton woman
After losing her battle with breast cancer in September, hundreds of toys for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous showed up to honour an Edmonton mom.
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How scholarships made a big difference in the lives of these students and grads
A scholarship can make a huge impact on a student’s life. Yet every year, millions of dollars go unclaimed. The post How scholarships made a big difference in the lives of these students and grads appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Shooting in southeast Edmonton seriously injures man
Edmonton police said there were no suspect or a motive for a shooting in the city's southeast that sent a man to hospital with serious injuries Tuesday afternoon.
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Woman critically injured in crash on Highway 28 north of Gibbons
RCMP said the crash happened Tuesday afternoon, about 10 kilometres north of Gibbons on Highway 28 and Township Road 572.
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Snowfall warnings issued for parts of southern Alberta
Lethbridge is among the municipalities for which a warning was issued on Tuesday.
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Beaumont RCMP ask for help finding man wanted in connection with domestic assaults
Beaumont RCMP issued a plea for help from the public on Tuesday as they try to find a 19-year-old man wanted in connection with "serious domestic assaults."
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This racist graffiti leaves a hateful impression—even if it’s removed
Indigenous rock art can be found on thousands of cliffs and rock faces. Vandalism of these traditional paintings is so common that a handful of North American archaeologists specialize in removing graffiti from them. The post This racist graffiti leaves a hateful impression—even if it’s removed appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Morden, Man., senior hockey team changes Indigenous name to Bombers
The Morden Bombers are ready to start the season in brand new jerseys, team president Brent Meleck said Tuesday.
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Montreal daycare grapples with COVID-19 outbreak
Enfant des Neiges daycare in NDG has had seven educators and two children test positive for COVID-19 since last Monday.
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Canadians’ mental health further declining during COVID-19 2nd wave: study
Dave Scholz of Leger says recent poll results suggest people have experienced 'a loss of control to a certain degree' as the coronavirus pandemic persists.
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Case not closed on the wrongfully convicted
If police officials are really so naive as to think the book has closed on the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin, they have committed yet another grave error in a three decade-long parade of bungling and misjudgment.
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Alberta-raised Cree actor to play Tiger Lily in Disney’s live action ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’
Alberta-raised Cree actor Alyssa Wapanatahk is set to play Indigenous princess Tiger Lily in Disney's upcoming live-action film "Peter Pan and Wendy."
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Mothers taking on ‘shocking’ number of hours caring for children during pandemic: study
In April and June, the researchers surveyed more than 4,000 stay-at-home and working parents regarding their child care responsibilities.
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Acura’s ‘bread and butter’ SUV continues to be a solid investment
The 2020 Acura MDX may be set for a refresh, but it still delivers everything you need in an SUV.
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Doug Ford’s provincial government moves to scrap ranked ballots for municipalities including Toronto
Doug Ford’s PC government tabled surprise changes to the Municipal Elections Act as part of a bill about COVID-19 recovery, as Toronto looked to implement ranked ballots.
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MDX unveiled, Santa Fe facelift more than skin-deep, plus more auto news
Evan Williams delivers the latest news from the automotive world, from Acura’s MDX Prototype to Ford’s hybrid F-150 fuel consumption.
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Seven charged in flying squirrel trafficking ring, Florida officials say
The squirrels were estimated to be worth more than $1 million (U.S.), and the wildlife dealer received $213,800 from the trafficking, the commission said.
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Defending Scotties champ Team Einarson navigating COVID-19 curling season
Team Kerri Einarson is preparing to get back into competition after not playing a single game since winning the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February.
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'Dream come true' as Kirkland 'keeper Pantemis gets shot with Impact
Notches first MLS win after biding his time for more than two seasons with the Impact and the team's Academy program for six years before that.
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Quebec City paying the consequences as COVID-19 cases surge
Health Minister Christian Dubé says some people in the Capitale-Nationale region seem to have been slow to follow public health advice.
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Rossdale residents seek solutions amid increase in crime, social disorder
Residents in the Rossdale neighbourhood would like to see more done to support those living in a nearby homeless encampment amid a rise in social disorder and crime.
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Coronavirus: Hamilton reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, outbreak at retirement home
Public health says the outbreak at SPINCO has now affected 80 people.
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How these college programs retooled in the middle of a global pandemic
Video games, nursing scrubs at home, cardboard goggles and virtual welding. Ingenuity and improvisation allow students to train hands-on from a distance. The post How these college programs retooled in the middle of a global pandemic appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Judge in Kentucky rules grand juror can speak publicly about Breonna Taylor case
A Kentucky judge ruled on Tuesday that an anonymous grand juror may speak publicly about the evidence that the state attorney general presented in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by police officers.
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Tegan And Sara Are Making 'High School,' A Queer TV Show With Clea DuVall
Beloved Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara are coming to a streaming service near you.As first reported by Deadline, the Calgary-raised musical twins are developing a coming-of-age comedy TV series based on their recent best-selling memoir High School. The series is in development at Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service IMDB TV.WATCH: Tegan and Sara talk about their journey from high school to stardom. Story continues below. “High School” will follow two sisters based on Tegan and Sara Quin in the ‘90s through their journey of self-discovery and identity during grunge and rave culture. It sounds like it will mirror the Quin sisters’ actual upbringing in ’90s Calgary, where they formed their first high school band at age 15.And to add to it, lesbian icon Clea DuVall is set to executive produce the series alongside Tegan and Sara, and will write and direct the pilot episode. You might know DuVall from her roles in “Veep” and “But I’m A Cheerleader.”  She also directed and co-wrote the Kristen Stewart LGBTQ+ Christmas rom-com “Happiest Season” premiering next month.  I loved @teganandsara’s beautiful memoir and am so thrilled to work with our team at @IMDbTV and Plan B to bring it to life. ❤️ https://t.co/dus1tEOd2M— Clea DuVall (@cleaduvall) October 20, 2020Tegan and Sara have had a steady stream of success in recent years.Their memoir High School came out last summer, alongside a companion album reimagining songs they wrote as teenagers. They confirmed the TV series on Instagram Tuesday, noting they are “so excited” about it. View this post on Instagram
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Jordan Peterson Is Back After Year Of International Medical Treatments
TORONTO — Author and psychologist Jordan Peterson says he’s back in Toronto and eager for “something resembling a normal life” after spending much of the past year in and out of hospitals around the world.The controversial speaker and writer has released an eight-minute long YouTube video recounting months spent consulting specialists in Connecticut, Toronto, Moscow and Belgrade for health woes tied to his use of the anti-anxiety medication benzodiazepine.Peterson says he started taking the drug in early 2017 and followed “the prescribed recommendations” without a second thought but that it led to “severe post-use withdrawal and neurological damage” when he tried to stop.Peterson says he hopes that struggle is behind him, noting he has several plans for the future. They include a new video series dedicated to Exodus, the second book of the Bible. It’s a follow-up to a biblical series on Genesis he released in 2017.The University of Toronto professor and bestselling author of “12 Rules for Life” has been little seen over the past year, with most media updates coming through his daughter Mikhaila. RELATED Jordan Peterson Book Pulled From New Zealand Shelves After Mosque Attacks Cambridge University Cancels Fellowship Offer For Jordan Peterson These Common Phrases Women Hear Are Actually Insults Jordan Peterson Is The New Chief Lobbyist For ‘Nice Guys’ And Incels Peterson rocketed to notoriety over his objection to transgender human rights legislation and his refusal to use preferred pronouns for trans students.“I wanted to tell you that I’m back in Toronto, that I’m in much better health, although it’s still severely impaired, especially in the morning. But I can work again and I really want to,” says Peterson. “With God’s grace and mercy, I’ll be able to start generating original material once again and pick up where I left off.”Before the Exodus project, Peterson says he expects to release some videos devoted to the Book of Proverbs. Efforts are also underway to translate and dub his YouTube lectures into several languages.He says six will be rolled out over the next few months.Peterson thanked his family for their support, noting his daughter Mikhaila accompanied him to Russia and Serbia. “Both of those episodes were extremely grueling and lasted for months. But I’m alive and I have plans for the future,” he says.Mikhaila said earlier this year that she and her father contracted COVID-19 while in Serbia.Peterson says he hopes much of his health woes are behind him and that he “can return to something resembling a normal life.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020.
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Ontario’s Covid-19 Response Has Been Shockingly Anti-Child (Opinion)
My daughter’s birthday was at the end of June. Being just at the start of Ontario’s “Stage 2” re-opening, the “party” we held was essentially a handful of kids in the park eating individual pizzas, which I dutifully doled out with freshly sanitized hands, while wearing a mask.We all stared wistfully at the playground equipment wrapped in caution tape. Even though we could meet in the park, the children couldn’t actually do anything in the park—a frustrating restriction, given we now know transmission of COVID-19 happens through airborne respiratory droplets, not sitting on a swing or going down a slide.Surprisingly, the ban on park play continued for several weeks after my daughter’s party, only lifting when we entered Stage 3 in July. Indoor dining areas of restaurants, bars and gyms all re-opened at that point too. Like many parents, I felt it was all happening too soon and too fast, especially since a clear plan on how to keep schools safe had not yet been formulated. The hashtag #schoolsbeforebars started trending on Twitter.  Amen Andre! Why are we rushing these social indoor spaces before we proof schools can go back safely? #schoolsbeforebarshttps://t.co/WMeurYSapx— Dr. Dina Kulik (@DrDinaKulik) September 3, 2020That feeling when the provincial govt is completely mismanaging the pandemic and all you can do is wait for another "announcement" on a day that casinos are apparently re-opening #onpoli#COVID19#FlattentheCurve#SchoolsBeforeBarshttps://t.co/YC7yK8AFpvpic.twitter.com/CPxSnJKmj6— ArielTroster (@ArielTroster) September 28, 2020#schoolsbeforebars always and forever! https://t.co/Cke0XhUW16— Yona ‘Schools Before Bars’ Nestel (@yonanestel) September 27, 2020I was one of many parents who begged the provincial government to make serious investments to reduce class sizes to no more than 15 and ensure proper air quality in classrooms. It all felt too late when we began our advocacy and the province only released money to school boards in August. It was not enough to significantly reduce class sizes and there was just not enough time to retrofit schools. By September, pictures and reports of overstuffed classrooms with poor ventilation and teachers who did not feel safe at work flooded the Internet. Parents and educators wrote letters, made phone calls and demanded that the Ford government invest in smaller class sizes and outdoor learning spaces. It all felt like a desperate, unwinnable race. And sure enough, within days of schools reopening, we saw 8-hour-long lines wrapping round hospital buildings to test kids with stuffy noses for COVID-19.   COVID-19 is a slog. But kids have been told to wait and to sacrifice for too long. And now here we are, a couple weeks since October 9, where the province rolled back major hotspots, including Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and later York Region to a “modified Stage 2,” temporarily closing gyms, indoor dining and bars again in an effort to curb an alarming spike in daily COVID cases. Meanwhile, we continue to send our kids to schools where children eat lunch, unmasked, in poorly ventilated classrooms. Nearly 5,000 Ontario schools have had a case of COVID enter the classroom, amounting to nearly 10% of the schools across the province. And daily COVID infection rates in Ontario are higher than at the height of our spring lockdown.Now, we wait with bated breath to see if today will be the day that the virus enters my daughter’s school. After so many months of isolation, she is finally thriving again. I fear that all of this could be taken away in a heartbeat, once again. In the dark days of March and April, I became concerned for my child, who was just not acting like herself anymore. It was hard to convince her to go outside for a walk, she became moody and mercurial. And in a heartbreaking move, sent me a message that said, “Mama, I am sad and I don’t know why.”And now, the icing on the cake: a directive from public health officials not to let kids trick or treat on Halloween in “hot-spot” areas.  RELATED Don’t Let Kids Trick Or Treat In Ontario’s COVID-19 Hot Spots: Officials Kids' Face Masks That Do Double Duty For Halloween How To Make Halloween Fun For Kids Without Trick-Or-Treating  Kids lost three months of school and two months of summer camp. Recreation activities were either cancelled or converted to an often frustrating virtual format. We have no idea when kids will be able to go to gymnastics or play hockey or hang out with Girl Guides in person again. For months now, they’ve seen vital connections with friends and extended family weakened. And for all we know, this could go on for years.While I would not consider Halloween as important as safe schools, this week’s fun-killing public health directive is yet another example of how children have been an afterthought when it comes to surviving this pandemic. Indoor establishments were allowed to open before schools, contributing to the exponential spread of COVID and inevitable outbreaks in schools all over Ontario that we’re seeing now. Beloved caregivers are losing their jobs and childcare centres are closing. In school boards, the decreasing confidence in the ability for schools to keep kids safe has meant that hundreds of families are switching to online learning, particularly in Toronto. This is leading to even bigger class sizes in physical schools as teachers are re-assigned to online, because the provincial government has failed to fund smaller class sizes. And now, the government has failed to offer helpful harm-reduction tips to make outdoor, masked trick or treating safer. Instead they just shut it down, like so many of the things that kids look forward to. This seems incredibly hypocritical, given that indoor dance studios were just given a special dispensation to re-open and that handing out candy using tongs and wearing a mask is no less safe than picking up takeout.   Viewing pandemic recovery through a feminist lens and a children’s rights lens would prioritize schools and childcare, extending financial relief to businesses that are deemed too unsafe to open during a COVID surge. It would mean investing in smaller classes. It would mean finding ways for kids and teens to engage in safe outdoor recreation activities, particularly in the winter months. In Denmark, the government invested in small class sizes and moved a lot of the learning outdoors. Taiwan kept COVID largely out of the classroom by massively investing in contact tracing, therefore preventing spread in the community. Germany invested in testing on a scale that would be unimaginable here, with students being tested for COVID as often as every four days. All of these measures are consistent with the recommendations made by Sick Kids Hospital to ensure that schools are the last thing to close again in the face of this pandemic. COVID-19 is a slog. But kids have been told to wait and to sacrifice for too long. It’s time for adults to bear the brunt of this burden and for our political leaders to make future pandemic-related decisions by putting kids first. MORE STORIES FROM HUFFPOST CANADA PARENTS 5 Ways To Support Your Kid's Immune Health Through Cold And Flu Season Mindy Kaling Says Motherhood Made Her Need Her Late Mom, Not A Husband Elf On The Shelf Will Now Haunt You Via Netflix, Too  WATCH: Doug Ford cautions against trick or treating
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You Can Now Buy Girl Guide Cookies Online In Canada
They can try to take away our Halloween candy, but they’ll never take away our Girl Guide cookies. With trick or treating not recommended this year in COVID-19 hotspots ― and with many Canadian families making alternative Halloween plans ― we need something to sweeten the fall in this killjoy of a pandemic.And we all know the fall foliage heralds not just the cooler months but also the release of the coolest Girl Guides of Canada cookie: Chocolatey Mint. These crunchy, chocolate-dipped sandwich cookies with their soft mint filling are exactly what we crave to help us cope with hardships like the clocks going back, kids with runny noses and the imminent driveway-shovelling slog.Girl Guides of Canada has just made it possible to order your fall cookies online ― a smart move, since the traditional bi-annual door-to-door sales of these fundraiser treats poses something of a health risk for kids, with COVID-19 numbers rising again.Girl Guide of Canada first did a cookie fundraiser in Saskatchewan, in 1927. With the tradition going so far back, we’re glad the Guides have used their signature resourcefulness to make it possible to get our cookies virtually in 2020, in spite of everything else that’s going on right now.As well as offering packs of 22 Chocolatey Mint cookies online, Girl Guides of Canada is selling mixed boxes of chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies too, with 10 of each flavour per pack. All the cookies are Kosher and produced in a peanut-free facility.You can buy your cookies using the direct link of a Guide you know, to benefit a  local group. Or you can make an online purchase here, to benefit the Girl Guides of Canada organization as a whole. They’ll be shipped right to your door for a shipping fee of $8 for a minimum of four packs, priced at $5 each.Get your snack on for the greater good! RELATED STORIES This Halloween: Stay Home. Stay Safe. Make Cookies Raid Your Closets To Rustle Up These Last-Minute Kids Halloween Costumes Kids' Face Masks That Do Double Duty For Halloween
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Winnipeg lawyers file human rights complaint over inaccessibility of Manitoba court buildings
Peter Tonge and Mike Reimer, both of whom live with disabilities, say there are a number of barriers to accessing the court system.
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Trial begins in case of naval veteran’s 2018 Saint John boardwalk death
The jury was shown security footage from Saint John Ale House that night.
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