Public Health Emergency

Dr. Hinshaw set to provide another COVID-19 update to Albertans Thursday afternoon

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In light of rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and new restrictions put in place for a three-week period to help curb the spread, Alberta Health has been providing in-person updates every day this week. Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Alberta’s chief medical officer …

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Canada’s other health-care crisis: the epidemic of fatal drug overdoses

Canada’s other health-care crisis: the epidemic of fatal drug overdoses

As a police officer in Vancouver — a city with Canada’s poorest neighborhood — Bill Spearn has seen a lot of tragedy and despair fuelled by drug abuse and addiction over a long law enforcement career. But nothing compares to the carnage of the last three months in British Columbia, …

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B.C. firefighters told to put non-life threatening medical calls on back burner amid COVID-19 – BC

B.C. firefighters told to put non-life threatening medical calls on back burner amid COVID-19 - BC

Firefighters in B.C. have been directed by the provincial health officer to stop responding to medical emergency calls unless they present an immediate threat to the patient’s life. Those calls are generally colour-coded “purple” by 9-1-1 dispatchers. The idea is to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 by first responders without …

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