‘They call us every day’: COVID-19 case monitors are a lifeline, but provinces vary in how they use them

When Shaleen Erwin became sick with COVID-19 in November, the pregnant mother from Springside, Sask., wasn't surprised that she had a hacking cough and slept 16 hours a day.What astonished her was that she received a phone call every day from...

Pandemic has brought unexpected joy for some families with autism, ‘wake-up call’ for others

This time last year, five-year-old Hunter couldn't talk. Now he's not only talking, he's reading books word-for-word out loud.At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, his mother, Ali Mysiorek, says she was "really scared" of how the impending lockdowns would impact...

Sask. woman who got stomach removed to thwart cancer describes life with ‘ticking time bomb’

For years, Summer Heide didn't eat spicy food because the slightest indigestion would trigger fears that she had stomach cancer.She would lay awake at night, terrified that she would die and leave her children without a mother. Heide, a 32-year old farmer from...

For Canadian sex workers, CERB was a lifeline — if they could get it

As a sex worker, Melody Merlot started to worry about her livelihood even before COVID-19 arrived in Canada. Although the single mother of four lives in small-town Saskatchewan, her job had her regularly interacting with strangers, both from within Canada and from...