Health Matters: Doulas denied access during childbirth

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Some doulas are being told to stay out of Edmonton hospitals in spite of updated COVID-19 visitor policies, causing stress and frustration for expecting parents. It’s up to the charge nurse on the unit at the time and as Su-Ling Goh explains, some are turning doulas away and some are...

Coronavirus: COVID-19 drives surge of online shopping

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of people shying away from malls and in-person retailers due to concerns over limiting the spread of the coronavirus and as a result, online shopping companies are seeing a surge of business. With back-to-school around the corner in the U.S., some consumer experts expect another surge in July...

DND conduct during Mark Norman case referred to attorney general last year by watchdog – National

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Department of Defence (DND) staff may have committed an offence when processing an access to information request during the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, according to Canada’s information watchdog, prompting her to disclose her concern to the attorney general.In a report released online Monday, Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard detailed her lengthy investigation into the DND’s handling of access to information requests during pre-trial hearings for Norman between January 2017 and December 2018. Read more: Ottawa spent $1.4M in failed prosecution of retired navy head Mark Norman The report found several issues with how the DND responds to and processes those requests, which she said fell short of the standards laid out in the Access to Information Act.“Information also came to my attention during the...

Stretch of Guelph’s Eramosa Road to close for construction – Guelph

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The City of Guelph says a major artery out of the downtown core is expected to be blocked off later this month to make way for railway construction.Eramosa Road, between Woolwich and Arthur streets, is scheduled to close for four days, beginning July 31. Read more: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Guelph’s Riverside Glen seniors’ residence The city said the Guelph Railway Junction is completing emergency maintenance work at the rail crossing next to the Speed River.Only local traffic will be permitted through the construction area and pedestrians won’t be allowed through.Guelph Transit routes 12 and 13 will be detoured around the closed-off area. Read more: Guelph’s downtown dining district to stick around for the summer Story continues below advertisement This is the second...

Coronavirus face mask exemption cards are being sold online. Experts say they’re fake – National

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As mandatory face mask bylaws pop up across Canada and the United States in order to deter the spread of COVID-19, so are fraudulent cards claiming to exempt people from the rule.If you do have a medical condition preventing you from wearing a mask, you do not need to prove it with a card, health officials say. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Phony medical face mask exemption cards confound Ontario and Toronto officialsToronto and Ottawa recently made it mandatory to wear masks in all indoor places. Quebec plans to make it mandatory on July 18. And Calgary’s mayor said he’s contemplating similar legislation for the city.The World Health Organization on July 7 acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the virus. In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that...

New Saskatchewan permit makes hunting more accessible to people in wheelchairs

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For 20 years, Bobbie Cherepuschak dreamed of hunting big game by roaming the land.Come October, his dream will get to come true.That’s because the Ministry of Environment has made changes to the province’s hunting permits to allow people with disabilities to use motorized wheelchairs while participating in the sport.“This will enhance the experience,” said Cherepuschak, who lobbied the government to make the change with the help of NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.An avid outdoorsman, Cherepuschak, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, says the change will take his expeditions to the next level.“It’s going to be a totally different ballgame. I’ll be able to get out of the truck and move around out there.” Story continues below...