MacKay, O’Toole pitch pandemic recovery plans heavy on tax incentives, fiscal prudence

Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole, the two leading contenders to replace Andrew Scheer as leader of the Conservative Party, have released economic plans they say would jump-start an economy crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic.The plans include a mix of fiscal...

Liberal MPs call for national standards for long-term care homes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pressured by some of his own Liberal backbenchers to implement enforceable national standards for the operation of long-term care homes in Canada.The pressure came Thursday from five Toronto-area Liberal MPs, whose ridings are home...

Why it took an outside-the-box use of the military to rip the lid off Canada’s long-term care crisis

Ursula Drehlich was, by all accounts, a true force of nature. Stubborn. Determined. Disciplined."I remember her as being one of the most driven, fiercely independent people I've ever met, one of the most focused people I've ever met," said Sylvia Lyon,...

Leaving out long-term care was medicare’s original sin — and we’re paying for it now

In 1983, as the federal and provincial governments were negotiating what would become the Canada Health Act, the Canadian Medical Association created a task force to study "the allocation of health care resources."Included in the task force's final report, released...

Disinformation surging online during pandemic, says Microsoft president

There's been an online surge in disinformation and misinformation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks, along with cyber attacks on hospitals, says the head of one of the world's tech giants.Speaking at an event with Canadian Privy Council President...

COVID-19 disinformation being spread by Russia, China, say experts

Russia and China are driving an online wave of disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, say experts.Some of the disinformation circulating online amounts to conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus — claims that it was invented in a lab or brought to...

One of Canada’s largest long-term care operators is owned by a federal Crown corporation

One of the largest operators of seniors' residences and long-term care homes in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), a federal Crown corporation charged with investing funds for the pension plans of...

Union launches nationwide appeal for long-term care reform in wake of COVID-19

The union backing Canada's public employees is launching a nationwide effort to transform long-term care into a publicly funded, universal health care system in the midst of a pandemic it says has exacerbated problems in facilities across the country and...

Canadians should wear masks as an ‘added layer of protection,’ says Tam

Canada's chief public health officer says Canadians should wear a mask as an "added layer of protection" whenever physical distancing is not possible. Dr. Theresa Tam provided the updated advice during her daily news conference in Ottawa today. "For the...

Barring Taiwan from WHO is a serious health concern, Canada, U.S., and allies say

Canada, the United States and six major allies have told the World Health Organization (WHO) that its ongoing exclusion of Taiwan has created a serious public health concern during the COVID-19 crisis.That sharp message was delivered in a letter, a...
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