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Montreal care home doctors worried about staffing, PPE as COVID-19 hit, coroner hears

Montreal care home doctors worried about staffing, PPE as COVID-19 hit, coroner hears

MONTREAL — A doctor who oversaw the care of residents of a Montreal-area care home where dozens of patients died of COVID-19 told an inquest Wednesday she was concerned about the lack of staff and personal protective equipment at the facility as infe
TDSB staff must be vaccinated by November or face possible termination

TDSB staff must be vaccinated by November or face possible termination

TORONTO — Teachers and staff with the Toronto District School Board who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 could lose their jobs as the board becomes the latest employer to take a hard line on immunization rules.
FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when.
As Quebec reports long waits at testing centres, expert calls for more rapid testing

As Quebec reports long waits at testing centres, expert calls for more rapid testing

MONTREAL — As Montreal continued to see an increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, health authorities said Wednesday they are looking into opening more testing clinics and deploying rapid testing in specific circumstances.
P.E.I. brings back masks, introduces new testing for kids as COVID-19 cases rise

P.E.I. brings back masks, introduces new testing for kids as COVID-19 cases rise

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island announced Wednesday it is bringing back its mask mandate and introducing new testing rules for children as the province reported five new COVID-19 infections.
N.L. reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, says vaccine passports won't be mandatory

N.L. reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, says vaccine passports won't be mandatory

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New Brunswick to require proof of vaccination for access to businesses and services

New Brunswick to require proof of vaccination for access to businesses and services

FREDERICTON — Starting next week, New Brunswick will require people to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access services such as indoor festivals, bars, restaurants and gyms in an effort to combat rising infections in the province.
Ontario didn't spend money from COVID-19 response program in first quarter: watchdog

Ontario didn't spend money from COVID-19 response program in first quarter: watchdog

TORONTO — Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province's fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn't use the money during the third wave.
Nova Scotia reports six new COVID-19 cases as officials warn of pressure on hospitals

Nova Scotia reports six new COVID-19 cases as officials warn of pressure on hospitals

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and health officials warned of increasing pressure on hospitals due to staffing shortages.
South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation. That's the argument made in recent court filings from Gov.