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CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News
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CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News

A pair of omicron subvariants are making inroads in the U.S. as BA.5 continues to decline, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.At its peak in August, BA.5 was responsible for nearly 87% of new coronavirus cases. This week, the CDC estimates that it caused about 79% of infections.While BA.5 remains dominant, other omicron subvariants are spreading. BA.4.6 and BF.7 – an offshoot of BA.5 – were responsible for over 13% and 4% of infections this week, respectively. BA.2.75 caused nearly 2% of infections.These omicron subvariants are likely to continue to increase and contribute to a winter wave of COVID-19, says JT McCrone of Helix, a genetic sequencing company tracking COVID-19 variants.Cartoons on the Coronavirus“Given that we'll see a relatively ...
"Back to the office"? Not so fast…
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"Back to the office"? Not so fast…

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are transitioning their employees back from working remotely to working in the office, or some hybrid of the two – and many workers are saying no. Correspondent David Pogue looks at how employers and employees are responding to a new business paradigm. Source link
Just in time for Labor Day: Online dashboard lets flyers compare airlines’ policies on flight delays and cancellations
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Just in time for Labor Day: Online dashboard lets flyers compare airlines’ policies on flight delays and cancellations

Washington — Amid months of mass flight cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation has launched a customer service dashboard to help vacationers ahead of the travel-heavy Labor Day weekend.Travelers can check the dashboard to see what kinds of guarantees, refunds or compensation the major domestic airlines offer in case of flight delays or cancellations. It's designed to enable travelers to shop around and favor those airlines that offer the best compensation. The dashboard is part of an extended pressure campaign from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has publicly challenged the major carriers to improve service and transparency after a summer marred by cancellations and flight delays. As summer travel returned to nearly pre-coronavirus pandemic leve...
Son of Parkside Extendicare resident optimistic about transition to SHA
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Son of Parkside Extendicare resident optimistic about transition to SHA

Marie Albert, two months from her 100th birthday, has been through it all: the great depression, a World War, and an adventurous voyage to Canada. “My mom left Romania, my dad left Hungary, and they ended up going on the back of a truck with one suitcase each to Germany, and from Germany they came to Canada. That’s all they had,” her son Brian Albert told Global News Friday.The Parkside Extendicare resident has also been through the pandemic. According to a Saskatchewan Ombudsman report, 39 people died as a result of the outbreak. 194 of 198 residents were infected with COVID-19. The report criticized the facility for overcrowding, as well as inadequately supplying its staff personal protective equipment.Now, with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announcing its closing in o...
Neighbours provide ‘awesome’ support for Calgary man’s urban farming business – Calgary
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Neighbours provide ‘awesome’ support for Calgary man’s urban farming business – Calgary

A small-scale urban farming operation is leading to some big success for a Calgary man this summer. Trevor Anderson has been growing his Lil Green Urban Farm business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to some great support from his neighbours.Anderson started by turning his entire front yard in central Calgary into a spot to plant vegetables. Read more: Pandemic gardening trend plants the seed for a growing business “This is where I do all the greens,” Anderson said. “I have the shade cloths on, trying to keep the temperature underneath a little cooler.”His front yard is covered in things like Swiss chard, lettuce and carrots.Anderson also has an extensive crop of beets and garlic across the street in a neighbour’s backyard. Story continues bel...
Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News
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Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News

Outrageous. Unacceptable. Foolish. Devastating.Those are just some of the words early education advocates are using to describe the $400 billion reconciliation package unveiled in the Senate last week – a package being framed as an inflation reduction package but one that includes zero funding for child care, one of the largest expenses for families and once a pillar of the President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal.When the coronavirus pandemic eviscerated the country’s child care infrastructure – forcing the closure of tens of thousands of centers and pushing millions of women out of the workforce – mothers and caregivers across the U.S. let out a primal scream that seemed to finally get the attention of lawmakers in Washington.As part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief packag...
San Francisco and New York state declare health emergencies over monkeypox outbreak
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San Francisco and New York state declare health emergencies over monkeypox outbreak

The city of San Francisco and the state of New York on Thursday declared health emergencies over the monkeypox outbreak.Why it matters: The disease was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization last week.Details: The city of San Francisco declared a "local public health emergency" with the aim of creating more "flexibility" to increase testing and vaccine distribution, and "allow us to use all the resources in our power to contain the outbreak," California state Sen. Scott Wiener said in a statement. Wiener had called for the declaration.In New York state, health commissioner Mary Bassett declared the disease an "imminent threat to public health," News 12 reports. The declaration is retroactive, starting on June 1.What they're saying: In a post outlining the declarati...
Saskatchewan scores C- on Restaurants Canada report card
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Saskatchewan scores C- on Restaurants Canada report card

Restaurants Canada is giving the government of Saskatchewan a passing grade when it comes to policy support for the hospitality sector, but the province is far from top of the class. The industry advocate has released its latest ‘Raise the Bar’ report card, which grades provinces annually, based on “how industry-friendly their liquor policy landscape is for bars and restaurants”. It has scored Saskatchewan with a C-. Story continues below advertisement “Saskatchewan needs to take decisive action to provide licensed establishments with more meaningful cost relief and move ahead with a comprehensive review of liquor policies, as was previously promised by the government,” said Western Canada Government Relations Director Jennifer Henshaw.“Restaurants Ca...
Biden Tests Negative, Touts His Record on Fighting COVID-19 | National News
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Biden Tests Negative, Touts His Record on Fighting COVID-19 | National News

A cheerful President Joe Biden reveled Thursday in his recent status as a coronavirus-negative patient, presenting himself as an example of how vaccines and treatment can make the illness a brief, mild ailment instead of something more serious or even deadly."My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I'm feeling great," Biden, without the raspy voice he had earlier in the week, told reporters in the Rose Garden before heading to the Oval Office to work. "It's a real statement of where we are in the fight against COVID-19."The president, who tested positive for the virus a week ago, has now tested negative twice, his doctor, Kevin O'Connor, said in a letter released Thursday to the media.Biden took antigen tests, he said; previously, Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus respons...
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...