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Alberta bans masking mandates in schools, guarantees in-person learning

Alberta bans masking mandates in schools, guarantees in-person learning

EDMONTON — The Alberta government says school boards can't require students to wear masks in school or be forced to take classes online.
B.C. ready to cancel surgeries as respiratory cases flood overcrowded hospitals

B.C. ready to cancel surgeries as respiratory cases flood overcrowded hospitals

VICTORIA — Plans to make room for patients with respiratory illnesses by cancelling surgeries are in place in British Columbia hospitals, says Health Minister Adrian Dix, as parents worry about long emergency room waits with sick children.
'Faster care': Online tool aims to cut emergency room wait times in Winnipeg

'Faster care': Online tool aims to cut emergency room wait times in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — Staffing shortages in Winnipeg's health-care systems continue to drive longer hospital wait times, but the organization tasked with overseeing health care in the city hopes an online tool can help ease the burden on emergency rooms.
Quebec study confirms practice of forced sterilizations of Indigenous women

Quebec study confirms practice of forced sterilizations of Indigenous women

MONTREAL — There have been at least 22 cases of forced sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec since 1980, a university study released Thursday concluded.
Ontario opioid death rate drops in 2022, coroner's data shows

Ontario opioid death rate drops in 2022, coroner's data shows

TORONTO — The rate of opioid deaths in Ontario decreased by more than 10 per cent in the first two quarters of this year compared to the year before, new data shows, with the chief coroner saying the decline brings some hope.
Seniors at high risk for RSV, experts warn, as Health Canada reviews 60-plus vaccine

Seniors at high risk for RSV, experts warn, as Health Canada reviews 60-plus vaccine

TORONTO — As pediatric hospitals fill up with young children sickened by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), doctors are worried that older adultswill be the next wave to become seriously ill.
France takes 1st step to add abortion right to constitution

France takes 1st step to add abortion right to constitution

PARIS (AP) — Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Thursday adopted a bill to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution, the first step in a lengthy and uncertain legislative battle prompted by the rollback of abortion right
New pediatric guidelines for toddler screen use stresses quality instead of quantity

New pediatric guidelines for toddler screen use stresses quality instead of quantity

TORONTO — The Canadian Paediatric Society has ditched a hard-and-fast time limit for screen use among toddlers and preschoolers, encouraging instead that parents prioritize educational, interactive and age-appropriate material.
Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

BEIJING (AP) — The company that assembles Apple Inc.’s iPhones apologized Thursday for a pay dispute that triggered employee protests at a factory where anti-virus controls have slowed production.
China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

BEIJING (AP) — Pandemic lockdowns are expanding across China, including in a city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as the number of COVID-19 cases hits a daily record. Residents of eight districts of Zhengzhou, home to 6.