New hires are ‘ghosting’ small businesses

Amanda Mayhew has been “ghosted” by new hires and prospective employees more times than she can count. As the general manager of Stallion Movers — a moving company based in Kitchener — Mayhew is involved in the hiring and training process. When the economy reopened in early 2022, it became increasingly difficult to find reliable … Read more

Study: Next Major COVID Variant Could Be More Dangerous

The next variant of the coronavirus could be more deadly than the omicron strain, according to a recent lab study from South Africa. The study, done by the Africa Research Health Institute in Durban and released last week, used omicron variant samples taken over six months from a person who was immunosuppressed because of advanced … Read more

Tribute to Olympic sailor and doctor Paul Hannam

At the height of the pandemic, dr. Paul Hannam, the head of one of Ontario’s top emergency departments, knew firsthand how isolating shift work in full PPE could be. As a result, the late chief of emergency medicine and program medical director at North York General Hospital — and a former Olympian — worked to … Read more

Trudeau compares ‘Freedom Convoy’ harassment to anger he faced during federal election

Trudeau compares ‘Freedom Convoy’ harassment to anger he faced during federal election | The Star n”,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Twitter timeline “,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”Trudeau’s appearance serves as the grand finale after 30 days of public hearings in which dozens of police, demonstrators and government officials and cabinet ministers have described their experience of last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” — a protest … Read more

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

Downtown foot traffic still 46% lower than before pandemic

Foot traffic in downtown Toronto has continued to fall significantly since pre-pandemic norms in 2020, as hybrid work persists and fewer residents travel to work downtown, a new study has found. Despite most workplaces in the city’s financial district mandating return-to-office policies, mobility — or worker foot traffic — in the downtown core was 46 … Read more

New List of the Most Dangerous Pathogens Will Include ‘Disease X,’ the Likely Next Pandemic

A man wearing a protective face mask walks past an illustration of a virus outside Oldham Regional Science Center on November 24, 2020 in Oldham, United Christopher Furlong (Getty Images) The World Health Organization is creating an updated list of the globe’s most dangerous microbes. The public health agency will recruit over 300 scientists … Read more

America shrugs off its twindemic

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios The much-feared twindemic — or even tripledemic — of respiratory viruses is here, but Americans are too COVID-fatigued to care. The big picture: Flu in the southeast and RSV infections in multiple regions are filling up hospital wards and causing some facilities to cancel elective surgeries and bring back triage tents. Though … Read more

Marco Mendicino to testify at inquiry on why government invoked Emergencies Act

OTTAWA—Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will testify Tuesday at a public inquiry and is expected to shed more light on the political thinking that informed the Liberal government’s controversial move to invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act last winter. Mendicino is expected to clarify exactly what RCMP Comm. Brenda Lucki advised him prior to a key … Read more