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B.C. to stay the course as U.S. CDC relaxes COVID guidelines: Health minister
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B.C. to stay the course as U.S. CDC relaxes COVID guidelines: Health minister

British Columbia’s health minister says the province will stay the course on its own COVID-19 policy, as the United States’ top public health agency relaxes its guidelines around the virus. On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its recommendation that people stay six feet away from others and that they quarantine themselves if they come in close contact with an infected person. Read more: U.S. CDC scraps quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID-19 The new U.S. guidelines no longer recommend testing for people without symptoms, and suggest contact tracing be limited to health-care settings.“Our path is our path. The United States has had its own path from the beginning,” B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix told Global Ne...
Caribbean Carnival triumphantly returns to Toronto streets – Toronto
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Caribbean Carnival triumphantly returns to Toronto streets – Toronto

For Natasha Pierre, the colours and costumes of Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival represent long-awaited freedom following years of pandemic restrictions and cancellations. “The costumes are freedom, this is freedom through two years of rough pandemic,” she told Global News. “So let’s celebrate again.”The costumes and festivities from the Caribbean Carnival are back on Lake Shore Boulevard West after a two-year hiatus.The 2022 celebration, attended by thousands of party-goers, marks the 55th such event. It is one of many festivals that have returned this summer, including The Taste of Little Italy and Pride. Read more: List of road closures in Toronto over August long weekend as Caribbean Carnival returns Toronto Mayor John Tory said the event is an important par...
COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Saskatchewan arts and entertainment industry
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COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Saskatchewan arts and entertainment industry

Life has seemingly returned to normal this summer, after two years of pandemic stops and starts, but event and festival organizers in Saskatchewan say they aren’t seeing attendance rates jump the way they had hoped. “We all thought after the pandemic began to end last year and audiences came back – Shakespeare had one show and it was really well attended – we thought that would continue,” said Yvette Nolan, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan co-curator. “But this year, you know, were not recovering.” Read more: Backlog in surgical procedures has Sask Party moving forward with private clinics Other organizers in the province feel the same.“Bounce back? I don’t know if that is something that anybody is going to be able to do,” said Josh Haugerud, Regina Folk Fest...
Ottawa’s plan for hybrid work flawed, public service unions say – National
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Ottawa’s plan for hybrid work flawed, public service unions say – National

Federal public service unions say the government’s plan to get employees back to the office is confusing, disjointed and jeopardizing health and safety. The Treasury Board of Canada released its guidelines on hybrid work arrangements in May, tasking government departments with deciding “whether the location of work can be made flexible, to what extent, and how.”Deputy heads will make decisions about health and safety in the context of how their organization runs, guided by public health authorities and workplace health and safety committees, said Barb Couperus, Treasury Board spokesperson, in a statement Thursday. Read more: Remote, hybrid work dividing Canadian employees as many required on-site Over the coming months, she said departments will gather evide...
Team Saskatchewan athlete sacrificed other sports to specialize in rowing – Regina
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Team Saskatchewan athlete sacrificed other sports to specialize in rowing – Regina

Sixteen-year-old Brooklyn Schwab will represent her home province in the upcoming Canada Summer Games in Niagara in August, but her journey to this point did not come without some sacrifices along the way. Schwab had to make the tough decision to give up not only ringette, but softball as well, both of which she had been playing competitively since she was five years old.Schwab said that saying goodbye to ringette was less of a blow, as she had lost the spark for the game, but softball was tougher to drop.“It was one of my favourite sports that I’ve played,” said Schwab. “It’s just such a nice community, so it was hard to leave some of my friends, and to leave the game itself. I miss being out at the diamonds.” Read more: Roughriders’ Cody Fajardo returns to the fie...
Ontario monitoring epidural shortage in Western Canada, hospitals making plans
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Ontario monitoring epidural shortage in Western Canada, hospitals making plans

When Shaneeza Shaw planned for the birth of her first baby, she had hoped for an unmedicated delivery, but baby Jaylen had other plans. “Initially labour went fine and then I started getting a lot more pain,” recalled the new mother.“My initial plan was not to take the epidural, but I ended up getting the epidural because at that point I knew I couldn’t handle it anymore,” she said.Shaw ended up having an emergency C-section Tuesday morning and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.Dr. Lesley Hawkins, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Humber River Hospital, said an epidural is “one of the most popular choices for pain management in labour.” Read more: Prepare for shortage of epidural catheter kits for pain management during childbirth: SHA Story continue...