Masking alone wouldn’t have eased Ontario’s respiratory virus surge in the fall: PHO document

TORONTO — Introducing a mask mandate when respiratory viruses surged in the fall may not have eased the crush on pediatric hospitals, a Public Health Ontario science brief obtained by The Canadian Press concludes. The brief — which was not proactively made public, unlike the reports done by the now-defunct science table predecessor — provides … Read more

Uber brings back ride share for some Canadian cities — but under a new name

Uber has brought back its ride-sharing option in select Canadian cities — but under a new name. Officially launched this week, the company is calling UberX Share, its “most affordable option” for commuters who want to make “greener” and more “sustainable” choices. Available across Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, the UberX Share will allow passengers to … Read more

What happened when COVID-19 skeptical legal cases made it to court in Ontario?

In October 2021, a handful of protesters loyal to the QAnon conspiracy movement gathered outside a public health building in eastern Ontario. “You are interfering with them being served,” a security guard standing in front of the Peterborough Public Health building was told by one protester in a video posted to Twitter. The group eventually … Read more

Former Alberta CMOH Deena Hinshaw appointed to public health leadership role in B.C.

Alberta’s former chief medical officer of health (CMOH) will take on a new role as a deputy provincial health officer in BC Dr. Deena Hinshaw is on a six-month contract, according to a statement from BC’s provincial health officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry on Wednesday. 0:33 Alberta’s former top doctor joins BC’s public health leadership … Read more

Study suggests robust lung mucosal immunity against SARS-CoV-2 can be better achieved through hybrid immunity, as opposed to peripheral vaccination alone

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers developed immunological responses by pulmonary mucosal tissues post-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination and/or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, to assess the impact of hybrid immune protection on the durability of mucosal immunological responses. Study: Long-term respiratory mucosal immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

New long-term-care standards get icy reception by Ford government

New national long-term-care standards — highlighting quality of life and safe building design — have received a cool initial reception from the Ontario government. If the voluntary standards are implemented, funded and enforced, they have the potential to transform the way people live and work in nursing homes, advocates say. But the degree to which … Read more

Right-Wingers Pounce on MSNBC Host Yasmin Vossoughian’s Myocarditis to Peddle Anti-Vaxx BS

Weeks after blaming NFL safety Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest on COVID-19 vaccines, right-wing media personalities decided to train their latest anti-vaxx conspiracy theories on an MSNBC anchor who just returned to work following a health scare. After being “out of commission” for a month, Yasmin Vossoughian returned to the air this weekend and informed MSNBC … Read more

Southwestern Public Health Unit to close all COVID vaccine clinics in February – London

The Southwestern Public Health Unit announced on Tuesday that it will be closing all mass COVID-19 immunization clinics next month after nearly two years of operation. The health unit opened its doors to two vaccine clinics in March 2021 — one in St. Thomas, Ont., and the other in Woodstock — with a third following … Read more

London, Ont. marks 3 years since first positive COVID-19 case, MLHU reflects – London

After the World Health Organization this week decided not to declare an end to the COVID-19 global public health emergency, the Middlesex London Health Unit is reflecting on the region’s ongoing situation over the last three years. WHO first declared that COVID represented a global health emergency on Jan. 30, 2020. Since then, more than … Read more