Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta backs off demand for nurse pay cuts in latest round of collective bargaining

Province had been demanding a three per cent rollback for the 30,000-plus members of UNA

Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

COVID-19 may have led to incorrect doses of medications, B.C. doctor worries

Doctors are worried their patients may not be taking sufficient medication during COVID-19

COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Fire smoke to blanket Vancouver Island amid heat wave

Smoky skies alert warns of poor air quality on much of Vancouver Island

Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fixing long-term care in Canada could cost $13.7B, budget watchdog estimates

Pandemic infected more than 1/4 of Canada’s 205,000 long-term care residents, killing over 15,000

A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dr. Mike Benusic, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted by Island Health)

PQBeat: Island Health’s Dr. Mike Benusic discusses impact of COVID-19 vaccinations

Podcast: Medical health officer shares thoughts on pandemic

Dr. Mike Benusic, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted by Island Health)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Trudeau says his government is withholding millions of dollars in health-care transfers to New Brunswick because that province is limiting access to abortion services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau says Ottawa withholding health-care transfers to N.B. over abortion access

New Brunswick law bans government funding for abortions conducted outside three approved hospitals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Trudeau says his government is withholding millions of dollars in health-care transfers to New Brunswick because that province is limiting access to abortion services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)

Babies born in COVID lockdown facing new health risk post-pandemic

‘Babies who were kept away from others are likely less protected from viruses such as the common cold’

  • Jul 26, 2021
With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)
Saanich resident Jason Whyte figures he lost 50 to 60 pounds by walking and eating healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jason Whyte photo)

Saanich film buff drops the weight with five-hour walks during pandemic

Silver City staffer loads up on podcasts then hits the trails around Greater Victoria

Saanich resident Jason Whyte figures he lost 50 to 60 pounds by walking and eating healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jason Whyte photo)
(Canadian Press)

‘Hurts so much:’ Over 1,000 Nunavut children on wait-list for dental surgery

Territory back on schedule now that travel restrictions have eased, but it faces a backlog

(Canadian Press)
Michael J. Fox was bestowed with Simon Fraser University’s highest honor this week. (YouTube/SFU)

VIDEO: High school dropout turned actor Michael J. Fox receives honorary B.C. degree

‘The closest I got to Simon Fraser University was parking at the Burnaby lookout with my girlfriend on Saturday night,’ he joked

Michael J. Fox was bestowed with Simon Fraser University’s highest honor this week. (YouTube/SFU)
Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)

FROM THE SKY: Pyrocumulonimbus plumes – aka extreme stormy clouds – forming over B.C. wildfires

Health officials urge those with pre-existing health conditions and respiratory issues to remain vigilant

Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)
Aira Khan waited for an ambulance that never came. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Surrey residents report calling 911 for ambulances that didn’t arrive

One was an eight-year-old girl, another a 64-year-old woman with a blood clot after getting an AstraZeneca vaccine

Aira Khan waited for an ambulance that never came. (Submitted photo)
David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Alberta Crown prosecutors have stayed charges against the Stephans who were facing a third trial in the death of their toddler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

‘Life consuming’: Alberta Crown stays charges against parents in toddler’s death

David and Collet Stephan will not be prosecuted for failing to provide the necessities of life

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Alberta Crown prosecutors have stayed charges against the Stephans who were facing a third trial in the death of their toddler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Provincial leaders want more federal money for health care, plan to meet in fall

Premiers ask Ottawa to increase its share of overall health spending to 35 per cent from 22 per cent

Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Liberal government moves to define ‘elder abuse’ to better target ways to stop it

Increasing cases of abuse, neglect, financial abuse or abuse of power-of-attorney being flagged

Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
In this 2019 photo provided by Biogen, a researcher works on the development of the medication aducanumab in Cambridge, Mass. On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved aducanumab, the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. (Biogen via AP)

U.S. approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab panned by experts

Drug from Biogen deemed “reasonably likely” to benefit Alzheimer’s patients

In this 2019 photo provided by Biogen, a researcher works on the development of the medication aducanumab in Cambridge, Mass. On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved aducanumab, the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. (Biogen via AP)
People gather next to the Lachine Canal on a warm spring day in Montreal, Saturday, May 15, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. A machine learning model used health data collected routinely to predict the majority of people most likely to develop the disease, says the lead author of a study that suggests the findings could be used to create targeted prevention programs years before someone develops the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Knowing diabetes risk years ahead could mean targeted prevention, lower costs: study

The data can help develop targeted population-wide strategies to reduce disease prevalence among high-risk groups

People gather next to the Lachine Canal on a warm spring day in Montreal, Saturday, May 15, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. A machine learning model used health data collected routinely to predict the majority of people most likely to develop the disease, says the lead author of a study that suggests the findings could be used to create targeted prevention programs years before someone develops the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
Cardiac surgeon Dr. Richard Whitlock of Hamilton Health Sciences is the lead author of an international study that found a simple surgery reduces the risk of stroke after blood clots in patients with an irregular heartbeat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Hamilton Health Sciences

Surgery to prevent strokes in heart patients recommended worldwide: Canadian doctor

A simple surgery to remove a piece of unnecessary tissue in the heart could prevent strokes in patients with a common condition that requires them to take blood thinners

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Richard Whitlock of Hamilton Health Sciences is the lead author of an international study that found a simple surgery reduces the risk of stroke after blood clots in patients with an irregular heartbeat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Hamilton Health Sciences
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