Torontonians struggled with mental health issues during COVID-19 first wave
The COVID-19 pandemic has marked a before and after in the social perception of mental health. A study made by the Wellesley Institute shows that Torontonians suffered high rates of need for access to mental health support during the first wave of the pandemic. In 2020, Findhelp Information Services... Read more
Citizens reflect on Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa
Canada’s freedom convoy protest first made headlines on Jan. 23 when messages about protesting anti-vaccine mandates for truckers crossing the U.S-Canada border started gaining traction. As a result, various participants from across the country gathered and made their way to the nation’s capital in Ottawa, arriving on Jan. 28.... Read more
COVID-19 brings to light 
flaws in long-term care homes
TORONTO – Poor working conditions and the surge of the Omicron variant has caused a severe staff shortage in long-term care homes in Toronto. While more than 90 per cent of Ontario’s LTC residents are vaccinated with their fourth shot, and testing requirements among workers have helped bring the... Read more
Health Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster shot for adults
Health Canada has approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster shots for individuals 18 years and older. The booster shot is designed to help people maintain their protection six months after receiving two doses of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Questions and concerns about eligibility for the booster... Read more
After vaccine requirements, restaurant staff face customer complaints
Ever since the proof-of-vaccine policy was implemented in Ontario on Sept. 22, staff at many establishments have been dealing with backlash from the public. Hosts and front of house staff are the first to deal with upset and difficult customers. “I only recently started working at a restaurant, so... Read more
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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
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