Nova Scotia Health orders workplace assessment of cardiac surgery unit amid complaints

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mansob arrived in Halifax in 2018 for a two-year cardiac surgery fellowship with a sense of optimism. After years of working in Saudi Arabia while his family was based in Montreal, he wanted to be in Canada full...

Change needed to combat anti-Black racism at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

An external review into anti-Black racism within the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has found a lack of understanding and action about racism and a need for better policies and training aimed at eliminating it.The study was conducted by...

Decriminalizing illicit drugs not being considered in N.S., premier says

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston says decriminalization of hard drugs is "not something that is on the radar" in the province.Houston was reacting to news out of British Columbia, where people with small amounts of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamines and MDMA will...

Weight bias in health-care has ‘crushing’ impact, says patient

Theresa Babb was 12 when a birthday gift from a doctor broke her spirit.Doctors were trying to determine why the pre-teen was overweight. A hospital stay in Halifax coincided with her birthday.With a flu making the rounds, visitors weren't allowed to enter the...

As schools prepare to lift mask mandate, physician says IWK ‘bursting at the seams’

The chief of pediatrics at Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital warned Thursday that his facility is already stretched to its limits as the Nova Scotia government announced masks would no longer be required inside schools beginning next week.Dr. Andrew Lynk of the IWK Health...

End of pandemic restrictions causing ‘great deal of fear’ for some N.S. seniors

When Rev. Dianne Parker is out and about and spots a person under 50 wearing a mask, she often strikes up a conversation."I thank them for helping to protect the older generation," says the 75-year-old who lives in north-end Halifax....

Mom stunned after maternity leave benefits cut by 50% due to CERB

For the last three weeks, Lindsey Northrup has been receiving half of her parental leave benefits, which were already about half of what she makes when she's working."Some of my bills didn't get paid — they're going to be late,"...

N.S. reports 22 COVID-19 deaths, 2nd highest weekly count since pandemic began

Nova Scotia continues to report a high number of COVID-19 deaths in its latest weekly report released Thursday. While COVID cases appear to be decreasing, data for the latest seven-day period shows the second highest number of COVID deaths reported since...

Health unions have mixed emotions about Houston’s health plan

The leaders of Nova Scotia's main health unions are feeling optimism, but also disappointment and trepidation in reaction to the health plan the Houston government unveiled on Friday."I think it's a little short on details, like timelines," said Janet Hazelton,...

Long a pandemic leader, Nova Scotia is now a COVID-19 hot spot

Nova Scotia's past success at managing the COVID-19 pandemic is also one of the reasons why its daily case counts have never been worse, say two infectious disease experts.The province has long been lauded for its handling of the pandemic,...
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