Ontario ordered enough flu shots for a third of the population

While public health officials are urging more people to get a flu shot this year, the Ontario government ordered enough doses of the influenza vaccine to cover only about 35 per cent of the population.The province has ordered 700,000 more flu doses...

2014 Parliament Hill shooting still haunts security guards

Every year on Oct. 22, former House of Commons security guard Maurice Montpetit makes a solemn pilgrimage to the National War Memorial before heading to Parliament Hill.He stands at the spot where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was gunned down in 2014 before the...

Deadly day, lasting impact

Every year on Oct. 22, former House of Commons security guard Maurice Montpetit makes a solemn pilgrimage to the National War Memorial before heading to Parliament Hill.He stands at the spot where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was gunned down in 2014 before the...

Give young people alternatives, not lectures, to manage COVID-19 spread, say experts

Young people are among the most prolific spreaders of COVID-19, and while health authorities and schools continue to issue heavy-handed warnings, some experts on public policy say there may be more effective ways to shift their behaviour.David Sweanor, an adjunct...

Fewer in-school HPV vaccinations could cause rise in preventable cancers, doctors warn

Clinicians are warning that the cancellation of Ontario's in-school HPV vaccination programs in the spring of 2020 could lead to thousands of preventable cancers in the future if children aren't tracked to make sure they eventually get immunized. All Ontario children normally receive two...

No in-school HPV vaccinations could cause rise in preventable cancers, doctors warn

Clinicians are warning that the cancellation of Ontario's in-school HPV vaccination programs could lead to thousands of preventable cancers in the future if children aren't tracked to make sure they eventually get immunized. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, can cause cancer in...

Families, health coalition demand action on long-term care 

Betty Yakimenko says her mom, Elsie Stadler, must be made of Teflon, because the Madonna Care Community resident has been tested eight times for COVID-19, and each time the result has come back negative. Now, Stadler is preparing for test number nine, and Yakimenko...

Risks and benefits of team sports during 2nd wave

Organized sports are typically part of promoting mental, physical and social health for kids, but the pandemic is requiring parents and sports organizations to weigh the risks and benefits of play.The recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Ottawa and other hotspots across...

Don’t panic buy, find a side hustle and other tips to ride out the 2nd wave

As Ottawa continues to break records with its daily COVID-19 counts and public health officials warn of an impending second peak, flashbacks of empty shelves, long lineups and job insecurity may haunt some of us still. Now, more than six months into the pandemic experience,...