Nova Scotia pharmacists see increased need for safe supplies for people who use substances – Halifax

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Three harm reduction organizations are working with more than 70 pharmacies across Nova Scotia to meet the rising demand for safe supplies for people who use substances.Those on the front lines of this work say the coronavirus pandemic has led to a steep increase in the need for safe supplies to be distributed to communities provincewide.One way that’s done is through the “brown bag program.”“(The bags) each include 10 clean syringes, 10 alcohol swabs, a tie, some water and a few cookers,” said Ashton Manktelow, an outreach worker with Mainline Needle Exchange. People in need of safe supplies can ask for a ‘brown bag’ at pharmacies across Nova Scotia. Alexa MacLean/Global Halifax Manktelow is one of several outreach workers at Mainline who not only...

Period poverty increasing during pandemic

Period poverty increasing during pandemic


Last October 10th, the world’s first ever “National Period Day” was declared in the U.S, to raise awareness for period poverty. And it’s being marked again this year. Period poverty, a term many are uncomfortable discussing is more evident now than ever before, due to the pandemic. Global’s Sharmeen Somani sheds light on the issue and tells us why the pandemic is making it worse.

Coronavirus: Quebec gets access to COVID Alert app

Coronavirus: Quebec gets access to COVID Alert app


Quebec Premier François Legault on Monday announced the introduction of the Canadian government’s COVID Alert app in the province, explaining the province has come to the conclusion the app is secure. Legault urged Quebecers to download the app because it will “only really help us if many people choose to activate it.”

New dental clinic open on Big River First Nation

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People living on Big River First Nation will now have better access to dental care.In partnership with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Dentistry, a new dental clinic opened at the Big River First Nation Health Centre this week. Read more: Star Blanket Cree Nation balances pandemic pressures to open new health services centre “Access to care is a barrier in rural and northern communities all across Saskatchewan. We as a college identified it as one of the problems that we decided to focus on,” USask College of Dentistry inclusive community outreach director Dr. Amrinderbir Singh said.Different services will be offered 10 to 12 days a month, with hours potentially expanding based on demand. Story continues below advertisement A USask dentist, dental assistant and aid...

Controversial Stanley Park bike lane to be removed next weekend

Controversial Stanley Park bike lane to be removed next weekend
The Vancouver Park Board is removing a controversial separated bike lane in Stanley Park next weekend.In a Friday media release, the board said the designated lane was being taken out and that cyclists could return to using the seawall as of Saturday, Sept. 26. Read more: Vancouverites upset over disputed bike lane rally to ‘take back’ Stanley Park Stanley Park Drive, which has been separated into a lane for vehicles and a lane for bikes since June 22, will be returned to two lanes of vehicle traffic, though cyclists will still be permitted to use the road as they were in the past.The seawall was closed to bikes in April, in order to allow more room for pedestrians to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Story continues below advertisement Stanley Park Drive was initially...

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 – Halifax

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 - Halifax
Both Michael Kydd’s children play minor hockey in Bedford, N.S., but he hasn’t been able to see them play on the ice this year.The BMO Centre, like other hockey rink facilities across the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is closed to spectators. Read more: Halifax Mooseheads return to ice with a plan to compete and keep COVID-19 at bay “What you are actually seeing are parents looking for every opportunity to peer through every window (at the rink),” said Kydd. “It’s what we did at the forum the other day, just to get a glimpse of our kid skating.”Kydd says players are dropped off at the rink, half-dressed in their gear at a specific entrance for the ice pad they are using, and a specified exit to use on the way out, as to minimize interactions with other ice users. Story continues below...

Ottawa must secure rapid test kits, Oxford vaccine for Canadians: expert – National

Ottawa must secure rapid test kits, Oxford vaccine for Canadians: expert - National
The federal government needs to do more to secure access to rapid, at-home coronavirus test kits and the vaccine candidate being developed at the University of Oxford for Canadians, says one epidemiologist.Both are measures that will help limit the impact of some of the early mistakes the government has made, said the University of Ottawa’s Dr. Raywat Deonandan in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.“It’s clear now that we probably should have closed the borders earlier, we probably should’ve mandated mask wearing earlier. We should’ve compelled provinces to stop March break travel earlier,” he said.“There are things we could’ve done. But I’m forgiving of those mistakes because that was based on the information we had at the time.”“There are things we can do still to overcome the failures made...

Quebec court upholds back-to-school plan requiring in-class attendance

Quebec court upholds back-to-school plan requiring in-class attendance
A group of Quebec parents have been denied a temporary safeguard order in their bid to secure access to online learning for all students during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Quebec Superior Court Justice Frédéric Bachand issued his ruling Tuesday, saying the evidence presented by the plaintiffs did not justify emergency intervention until the full challenge can be heard.”While the restriction is being upheld, the parents will be able to make their arguments against the province’s back-to-school plan in more exhaustive detail before the court during the fall. Trending Stories The group, which consists of mothers from the Greater Montreal area, wants the government to offer distance education for families who don’t want their children to physically attend school to be able to keep them at home without a medical...

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick
The New Brunswick election campaign continued on Friday with PC Leader Blaine Higgs shifting goalposts when pressed by reporters on what it would take for him to fund abortions in private clinics in the province.In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst, locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure.Abortions are only offered in the two locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Read more: All our New Brunswick election 2020 coverage New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that does not fund abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...