B.C.’s drug decriminalization experiment is about to begin

VANCOUVER—On Tuesday, British Columbia will begin a three-year decriminalization experiment, allowing drug users 18 and over to carry a up to 2.5 grams of opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl, as well as cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA. It’s an experiment that’s likely to influence drug policy across Canada. The approach is a “monumental shift” in … Read more

Canadian doctors spend millions of hours on unnecessary paperwork: report

Canadian doctors are collectively spending 18.5 million hours on “unnecessary paperwork and administrative tasks” each year, a report says. Patients before Paperwork, a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business released Monday, states the approximately 18.5 million hours physicians are collectively spending on unnecessary paperwork amounts to 55.6 million patient visits per year. Dr. … Read more

On the front lines of the homelessness crisis, a downtown ER tries a novel new approach

When Dan Shaffer turned up at the St. Michael’s Hospital emergency room, it wasn’t for a medical crisis. In his early 70s, Shaffer had been evicted from his apartment and had nowhere else to go. ER staff tried to get him into a shelter, but couldn’t. Beds, citywide, were full. They brought him to a … Read more

RSV isn’t gone. But new treatments and vaccines are on the way

Dr. Nicole Radziminski has seen members of the same family flowed out of her community to a hospital because they’d been hit with RSV or other viruses. The pediatrician, who works in the Northwest Territories and treats patients from the Kitikmeot region in northwest Nunavut, recalls an “unusually large number” of infants and older children … Read more

Prospect of deportation was a ‘stressor’ for immigration detainee

A maximum-security jail only had one psychiatrist available on site for 20 hours a week for 1,200 inmates during the time when an immigration detainee with serious mental health illnesses was held in the facility, an inquest has heard. The nursing staff at Central East Correctional Centre, including 19 RNs and 7 RPNs, were stretched … Read more

Toronto snowstorm: TDSB, TCDSB cancel buses due to snowstorm cleanup

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Traffic pollution impairs brain function, study finds

Physiological evidence of traffic pollution’s impact on our bodies — or more specifically, our minds — has been discovered by scientists in Canada. A study, published in the journal Environmental Science, found that exposure to just two hours of diesel exhaust fumes led to a decrease in the brain’s functional connectivity — a measure of … Read more

TDSB, TCDSB cancel buses due to snowstorm cleanup

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Is COVID still a global health emergency? WHO will decide Friday

On Friday, the World Health Organization will declare whether COVID is still a public health emergency, three years after the organization first triggered the alarm. Since that time, the number of people who have been affected by COVID has been staggering — 6.7 million people have died and 664 million have been infected by the … Read more

Sick inmate’s transfer ‘more of a political issue than medical’ doctor tells inquest

As medical staff were trying to manage an immigration detainee’s delirium — a common occurrence among patients out of the ICU — options were already being explored to transfer him back to the jail or to another hospital for care, an inquest has heard. The move, wrote the physician in charge of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan’s … Read more