Medical experts led by SickKids release new back-to-school recommendations

SickKids has released new proposed guidelines for reopening schools in Ontario come September, including recommendations like staggered lunch times, no large assemblies, and mandatory masks for older students.  The document, which was...

COVID-19 risks for kids are low, must be balanced against cost of being out...

Nerissa Crichlow of Toronto has a lot of unanswered questions about what school will look like for her twin daughters in September. "First and foremost, are they going to be...

Nunavut woman who flew to N.W.T. for surgery turned away due to hospital's equipment...

Brenda Ongahak has been waiting for about a year to get surgery on her knee.  Last week, she travelled from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to Yellowknife to get that surgery done —...

6 months after Canada's 1st COVID-19 case, hospitals 'better prepared' to help sickest patients

By late March, COVID-19 patients had started trickling in to the already-bustling Brampton Civic Hospital.  One of them, a man in his 40s, had previously been healthy. Now,...

'We hugged and hugged': Families reunite at N.W.T. seniors' homes after COVID-19 rules loosen

Cailey Mercredi didn't expect to see her grandparents again in person this year because of COVID-19. Both in their 80s, Betty and Gavin Hollis live at Avens, a long-term...

Anti-masking groups draw from anti-vaccination playbook to spread misinformation

As more regions across the country adopt mandatory masking policies in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, some anti-masking groups are joining forces with anti-vaccination proponents and...

Ontario reports 138 new COVID-19 cases after labs complete nearly 30,000 tests

Ontario reported 138 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday after its network of labs completed nearly 30,000 tests on Friday, a number that the health minister calls a "milestone." ...

COVID-19 poses big challenges for day camps, programs catering to those with special needs

Parents across the country are trying to fill the empty days this summer for their kids, after many camps and programs were cancelled due to the pandemic. The scramble...

The week B.C. slipped: With COVID-19 cases on the rise, officials warn against pandemic...

If you live in B.C. and have been watching the province's COVID-19 case numbers climb with growing unease this week, you're not alone.  B.C. has so far been...

What Canada's top public health officials say about the state of the pandemic and...

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