Wildfire triples in size in BC's Okanagan; Health concerns over smoky skies

The Nk’Mip Creek wildfire has tripled in size, stoked by high temperatures and wind speeds. Fire crews are working through the night to protect critical infrastructures. Lauren Pullen reports on where reinforcement is coming from and speaks with one woman whose family restaurant is being threatened by the flames. Smoke from the wildfires is choking… Continue reading Wildfire triples in size in BC's Okanagan; Health concerns over smoky skies

Health Canada approves Medicago, first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine | FULL

Health Canada’s chief medical advisor spoke Thursday regarding the agency’s approval of Covifenz, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Quebec-based company Medicago. The home-grown vaccine marks the world’s first ever plant-based jab authorized for human use and is also the first Canadian shot to be approved in over 20 years. The vaccine offered more than 70… Continue reading Health Canada approves Medicago, first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine | FULL

Canadians should be ready for COVID-19 measures to be reinstated in cases rise, Tam says | FULL

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned Friday that even if public health measures like masking are remove, Canadians should be ready for these measures to be reinstated if COVID-19 case counts rise or a new variant is identified. In a public health briefing alongside Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo,… Continue reading Canadians should be ready for COVID-19 measures to be reinstated in cases rise, Tam says | FULL

COVID-19: Alberta premier believes Omicron wave peaked, new measures to protect health system | FULL

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he believes the province has reached and surpassed the peak of the fifth wave of COVID-19. “There are some hopeful signs but also need for caution,” Kenney said Thursday afternoon. However, the premier also noted that while the infections may have peaked, hospitalizations are expected to continue to increase for… Continue reading COVID-19: Alberta premier believes Omicron wave peaked, new measures to protect health system | FULL

Major Science News, May 2021 | Wiki-based Science Summary

This update on recent major scientific papers and developments around the globe features news about life on Venus, a 3D printed clay house, asteroid impact recovery, Bitcoin carbon emissions, evolution of the brain, water security, a first flight on Mars & more These are Wikipedia-based brief reviews for last month’s additions to humanity’s stock of… Continue reading Major Science News, May 2021 | Wiki-based Science Summary

COVID-19: Ontario sees "glimmers of hope" in Omicron fight, health minister says | FULL

Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Wednesday the province is starting to see “glimmers of hope” in its fight against the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Cases are expected to peak this month, with a peak in hospitalizations and ICU admissions to follow, she said. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said… Continue reading COVID-19: Ontario sees "glimmers of hope" in Omicron fight, health minister says | FULL

COVID-19: Thousands of unvaccinated health workers remain in BC | FULL

Three thousand and seventy-one unvaccinated health-care workers in B.C. remain on unpaid leave, officials revealed Tuesday. Health Minister Adrian Dix said this number includes 1,032 casual staff, 989 full-time staff, 819 part-time staff and 16 people whose job status is unknown. Breaking it down further, Dix said 28 are in emergency medicine, 105 in general… Continue reading COVID-19: Thousands of unvaccinated health workers remain in BC | FULL

Canada election: Where are federal health updates on COVID-19 during election campaign?

With COVID-19 cases rising in Canada there was yet again no briefing from the Canada Public Health Agency. Since the federal election was called there hasn’t been a peep on camera from Canada’s top doctors. Abigail Bimman is on the campaign trail with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and asked him why this is no longer… Continue reading Canada election: Where are federal health updates on COVID-19 during election campaign?

COVID-19: BC to allow gyms to reopen Jan. 20, but extends other restrictions | FULL

The B.C. government announced Tuesday a gradual reopening for gyms and fitness centres on Jan. 20. The reopening will be based on strict COVID-19 safety plans, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a media briefing. These plans include occupancy limits based on seven square metres per person, up to a maximum of 25… Continue reading COVID-19: BC to allow gyms to reopen Jan. 20, but extends other restrictions | FULL

BC's top doctor signals shift in COVID-19 strategy, says contact tracing no longer useful | FULL

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry indicated a significant shift in B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, saying everyone should assume they’ve been a close contact and that contact-tracing is no longer effective. Because of the Omicron variant, Henry said the province is treating COVID more like the common cold. “We cannot limit… Continue reading BC's top doctor signals shift in COVID-19 strategy, says contact tracing no longer useful | FULL