A woman pulls up her mask to get her throat swab at a coronavirus testing site near residential buildings, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO: COVID cases and deaths continue to fall globally

U.N. health agency said confirmed coronavirus infections were down in all regions of the world

A woman pulls up her mask to get her throat swab at a coronavirus testing site near residential buildings, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A MarkWest Liberty natural gas pipeline and fracking well cap is seen in Valencia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted Shaffrey

Calgary researchers say there may be a link between fracking and premature births

Data shows increased rates nearby, does not definitively show fracking is causing premature births

A MarkWest Liberty natural gas pipeline and fracking well cap is seen in Valencia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted Shaffrey
A MarkWest Liberty natural gas pipeline and fracking well cap is seen in Valencia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted Shaffrey

Calgary researchers say there may be a link between fracking and premature births

Data shows increased rates nearby, does not definitively show fracking is causing premature births

A MarkWest Liberty natural gas pipeline and fracking well cap is seen in Valencia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted Shaffrey
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Future waves of COVID-19 likely as Canada undergoes “period of transition”: Tam

Progress will not be linear, bumps likely along the way, chief health officer says

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A doctor wears a stethoscope around his neck as he tends to patients in his office in Illinois on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia says it has suspended a doctor from practising while it completes an investigation into allegations that he sidestepped COVID-19 public health orders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Roberson

B.C. doctor alleged to have circumvented COVID-19 regulations suspended during probe

Interim order affects Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a family practitioner on Denman Island

A doctor wears a stethoscope around his neck as he tends to patients in his office in Illinois on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia says it has suspended a doctor from practising while it completes an investigation into allegations that he sidestepped COVID-19 public health orders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Roberson
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds commit another $2B to provinces to address health backlogs caused by COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic hospitals across the country had to delay non-emergency procedures

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Health Canada recalls certain B.C. oysters due to norovirus contamination

Stellar Bay’s Kusshi oysters and Stellar Bay Gold have been recalled by Health Canada

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Bev Pausche poses for a photograph in West Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, March 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Can’t we have lives too?’: High-risk Canadians feel forgotten as COVID rules lift

Experts and disability activists say it’s a familiar disappointment after 2 years of the pandemic

Bev Pausche poses for a photograph in West Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, March 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cowichan Bulldogs and Saanich Wolverines clash in Vancouver Island peewee football semifinal at Duncan’s McAdam Park. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

B.C.-backed study finds smaller head impacts can accumulate over youth football season

15 American male youth football players monitored using neuro-technology developed in Surrey

Cowichan Bulldogs and Saanich Wolverines clash in Vancouver Island peewee football semifinal at Duncan’s McAdam Park. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A man waits to enter the Safeworks supervised consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta in talks to open overdose prevention sites

New operations in Clagary and Edmonton expected to replace Calgary’s only supervised consumption site

A man waits to enter the Safeworks supervised consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
New Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta to spend $300M on new critical care beds

$100 million of that will be spent this year to create 50 permanent ICU beds

New Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani is pictured in Edmonton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Alberta’s United Conservative government is getting ready for a speech from the throne to open a legislative session. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta aiming to double private surgeries in public health-care system

Jason Kenney aims to boost number of private operations to 30 per cent over two years,

Alberta Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani is pictured in Edmonton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Alberta’s United Conservative government is getting ready for a speech from the throne to open a legislative session. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Dr. Aisha Khatib, left, poses for a selfie with crew members, pediatrician Carola Buscemi, second from left, and a baby who the two medical professionals delivered on board the flight. Khatib was on the final leg of her multi-stop voyage from Toronto to Entebbe, Uganda, last month when she heard an announcement asking if there were any medical personnel on the plane, was ushered to the back of the plane, and found a woman in labour with a baby well on its way. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Aisha Khatib, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘Congratulations, it’s a girl’: Canadian doctor helps deliver baby mid-flight

‘The entire plane erupted with clapping and started cheering’

Dr. Aisha Khatib, left, poses for a selfie with crew members, pediatrician Carola Buscemi, second from left, and a baby who the two medical professionals delivered on board the flight. Khatib was on the final leg of her multi-stop voyage from Toronto to Entebbe, Uganda, last month when she heard an announcement asking if there were any medical personnel on the plane, was ushered to the back of the plane, and found a woman in labour with a baby well on its way. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Aisha Khatib, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

B.C. infections may have peaked but there’s a lag between infections and hospitalizations

Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Study suggests Alberta First Nations people tend to get lower level of emergency care

More than 11 million emergency room visits between 2012 and 2017 from across Alberta analyzed

A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Elizabeth Holmes, second from left, walks out of federal court in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Silicon Valley blood-testing startup promoter convicted of fraud and conspiracy

Prosecutors depicted Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes as a charlatan obsessed with fame and fortune

Elizabeth Holmes, second from left, walks out of federal court in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant, in Ottawa, on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Duclos has put a six-month pause on new regulations designed to lower the cost of patented medicines in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals delay new regulations to lower price of medicines in Canada

The regulations were supposed to come into force at the beginning of January

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant, in Ottawa, on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Duclos has put a six-month pause on new regulations designed to lower the cost of patented medicines in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. An Alberta nurses’ union is asking members to sign off on a proposed four-year collective agreement that amounts to pay increases of 4.25 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta registered nurses to vote on four-year deal with pay hike of 4.25 per cent

Union says deal also includes a one-time lump sum payment recognizing pandemic service

Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. An Alberta nurses’ union is asking members to sign off on a proposed four-year collective agreement that amounts to pay increases of 4.25 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada’s public health system needs renewal, chief officer Dr. Theresa Tam says

‘We were not prepared to face a public health emergency of the magnitude of COVID-19’

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld