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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...
PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies
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PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved funding awards totaling $258 million to support 26 new research studies. These studies aim to fill evidence gaps and improve health care decision making for a range of high-burden conditions among adults and children, including asthma, bone fractures, migraines, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and sinus infections. Five comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies focus on improving mental health and another four CER studies focus on heart conditions, which have both continued to worsen in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, PCORI today announced about $3.9 million for two projects that aim to promote wider, faster adoption of useful findings from completed PCOR...
Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that year, marking the biggest decrease over the last decade, according to the findings of an analysis published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.The study examined data tracking the commercial distribution of methadone, as well as the other most commonly used medication for treating opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021 to compare supplies of both drugs before and during the COVID-19.While the per capita supply of buprenorphine...