Patients worry as provincially-insured eyecare in Ontario remains on hold
Ontario optometrists continue to withhold all services covered by OHIP as they push the government to increase payment after claims of underfunding. In March, 96 per cent of optometrists in the province voted to withdraw OHIP services, according to a statement posted on the website for the Ontario Association... Read more
Service industry workers face harassment by anti-vax protestors
After the first few weeks of the vaccine passport system enforcement, service workers in Ontario speak up against harassment caused by anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. The manager at Nadege Patisserie, Lauren Shelton said her staff has faced serious aggression by anti-vaccine protesters. She said there are regular instances of people... Read more
Movie theatres welcome audiences back with safety measures
After a year of streaming at home, people are excited to be able to go out to the movies again. “I missed it so much,” says Alex Arena, an avid movie-goer and singer. “There’s a huge energy and atmosphere difference when you’re at home alone or with a loved... Read more
Toronto arts club introduces vaccine passport and waiver for extra safety
Vaccine passports have been the cause of division and major controversy for a lot of Canadians since the federal election was announced. For Matthew Percy, it’s a sense of extra protection. “I have felt it offers a safer environment to be working in and certainly in this initial phase... Read more
Impact of disability on Canadian families needs to be a priority for government
Parents, educators and advocates for children with disabilities are hoping the upcoming federal election will put a priority on families and women in the workplace. Students across Canada have been struggling with consistent shutdowns throughout the past year and a half. The transition to online learning was especially challenging,... Read more
Employees hoping federal candidates will prioritize small business recovery
During 2020 and into this year, small businesses struggled because of the pandemic. Business owners were forced out of work and thousands of employees suffered unexpected temporary or permanent job losses. “Being out of work for almost a year made it difficult to stay motivated and stay positive and... Read more
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COVID vaccine shortage closes Toronto clinics
Shortages of COVID-19 vaccines have forced two health networks in Toronto to limit or close their immunization clinics, the Globe and Mail reports. Scarborough Health Network says it closed ts Centennial College and Centenary hospital clinics on Wednesday. Scarborough Health Network’s clinics were focusing on the vaccination of locals... Read more
First blood clot case  linked to AstraZeneca vaccine reported in Quebec
Canada has reported its first case of blood clots linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The patient, a Quebec woman, is now recovering at home, according to CTV News. Quebec’s Ministry of Health did not confirm the age or location of the patient, but Health Minister Christian Dubé later identified... Read more
U.S. halts Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to rare clot risk
(REUTERS) – U.S. federal health agencies have paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The decision follows the cases of six women under the age of 50 who developed rare blood clots after receiving their shots and deals a fresh setback in efforts to tackle the pandemic.... Read more