New Brunswick mother on the ‘horrifying’ situation of her 10-year-old’s mental illness – New Brunswick

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The Moncton mother of a 10-year-old with mental illness is pleading with the province to provide better access to mental health care for children in the province before another child dies by suicide. Read more: Lexi Daken’s family says provincial review a ‘good first step’ “There are nights that I have to wonder if I wake up is he going to be there or is he going to try to harm himself while I am sleeping,” said Katie Vansnick.“It’s horrifying, it’s scary and it kills me on the inside,” said her son Jakob.For more than two years now, Jakob has been suffering from depression, ADHD and severe anxiety, said his mother, to the point that he has threatened or attempted to take his own life on multiple occasions. Story continues below advertisement “I sit soulless and look for...

Alberta increasing access to COVID-19 rapid testing program

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The Alberta government is expanding the rapid testing program across the province that allows organizations to quickly test for COVID-19.Businesses and service providers that want to offer rapid testing will no longer need to have a health-care provider oversee their program. Read more: Edmonton airport staff being offered rapid COVID-19 testing through 8-week mobile lab program Organizations will be able to participate in the rapid testing program independently. According to a government news release, the change will also free up health-care worker capacity.“We have heard from Alberta’s business community and other organizations that hiring a health-care provider was a significant and costly barrier for many organizations,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said.“This change will allow more organizations to access...

Quebec drops minimum age to 45 for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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Quebec is lowering the minimum age requirement to register for the AstraZeneca brand of the COVID-19 vaccine.Quebec Premier François Legault announced the measure Tuesday, on the heels of other provinces doing the same.Under the plan, any Quebecer who is 45 and older can book their first AstraZeneca dose, as of Wednesday morning. Prior to the change, only people older than 55 were able to get that vaccine at walk-in clinics.READ MORE: Ontario, Alberta to lower minimum age for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40Quebec had temporarily hit pause on administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone younger than that amid guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots.Health authorities had spent the weekend actively encouraging people who are eligible for...

Chronically ill facing challenges accessing COVID-19 vaccine


There is ongoing confusion in Quebec surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and the chronically ill. As Global’s Elizabeth Zogalis reports, there appears to be some miscommunication between patients, doctors, pharmacists and the Health Ministry.

COVID-19: Calgarians donate computers to help kids with return to online learning – Calgary

Students in grades 7 to 12 in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray will be switching to online learning again because of increasing COVID-19 cases starting Monday, which means many families will need access to technology.On Sunday, a Calgary charity helped out by getting laptops in the hands of students in need. Read more: Calgary junior, high schools move to online learning amid rising COVID-19 cases For some parents who can provide devices for all their kids and who can work from home, it can be a relatively smooth transition to online learning. But not everyone is so lucky.“It’s basically just saying you are home but you cannot go to your school because you don’t have the computer or the device,” said Gar Gar, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment and Skills (YES) Centre. Story continues...

Americans in D.C. not feeling celebratory or charitable despite COVID-19 vaccines – National

This might make Canadians jealous of their American cousins for the first time in a while: the lineup Friday outside a downtown Washington D.C. Apple Store was longer than at one of the city’s largest COVID-19 mass-vaccination sites.Getting the shot at the nearby Walter E. Washington Convention Center — all D.C. residents over 16 are now eligible — took people only about 20 minutes, with some recipients displaying their ‘I Got Vaccinated’ stickers or telltale Band-Aids as they emerged. Read more: Over 3 million people have now died of COVID-19 worldwide Access to the vaccine in the United States is growing by the day. But the country that just months ago was the international poster child for how not to respond to a pandemic still doesn’t seem to be in a celebratory — or charitable — mood. Story...

Hamilton public schools get $27.8 million to protect against COVID-19 – Hamilton

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Hamilton’s two public school boards will soon receive a $27.8 million for infrastructure upgrades to protect against COVID-19.The joint funding from Ontario and the Government of Canada will send just over $17.2 million to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and $10.6 million to the Catholic board (HWCDSB). Read more: Hamilton’s public school board to cut 100 staff, declare 34 elementary teachers surplus In a release on Wednesday, the province said HVAC renovations, improvements for safe drinking water and space reconfigurations were some of the enhancements that will qualify for the cash.The HWDSB told Global News that it will use it’s portion of the funding to add bottle filling stations and touchless door operators at 86 locations, new rooftop units or classroom unit ventilators at 31 schools,...