Her life shows how Ontario’s mental health system failed

On a frigid December morning, Flo Coulter drove an hour north from her Richmond Hill home to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.She had just received a call that her daughter, Stephanie, had spent the night at the psychiatry unit after being dropped off by police. Coulter was worried. Stephanie had long struggled with her mental health, and had recently suffered a string of life-altering hardships. Her relationship of five years had ended; her Ontario disability payments had been cut due to a paperwork error; and she was on the verge of being evicted from her rented home.The night before, Stephanie...

Are thousands of uninsured Ontarians about to lose health coverage? Why some are worried

Even with her teenage brother in extreme pain, his knee swollen from a bad fall and looking like a melon, Luna Garcia’s family hesitated to take him to hospital.Instead, they waited a day to see a doctor, acting only when the suffering became excruciating for the 15-year-old — all because the undocumented Toronto family feared hospital staff would ask for their immigration status and demand fees upfront that the family couldn’t afford.But thanks to the Ontario government’s temporary measure to extend health care to uninsured residents during the pandemic, there was none of that. Garcia’s brother got the medical attention...

Higgs’s adoption of Nova Scotia’s health playbook a ‘huge gamble’

A tragic emergency-room death, a health care crisis — and a premier firing top health officials while promising to fix the system in short order.It happened in New Brunswick this summer, but a remarkably similar series of events unfolded this time last year in Nova Scotia.On July 22, 2021, a Bedford man, Keith Harker, died while waiting for care in the emergency department at the Cobequid Community Health Centre in Sackville.The province was in the first week of an election campaign in which health care was already the driving issue. "There was a sense that things were not going well, that...

It took months for a doctor to take my symptoms seriously

This First Person article is the experience of Negin Nia who lives in Vancouver. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.I was lying on a gurney in the hallway of the hospital basement. It was December 2020. B.C. was seeing hundreds of cases of COVID-19 daily and hospitalizations were also rising. I had a blue hospital gown and surgical mask on, and I waited anxiously to be wheeled into the room where my ultrasound would be done.Although I was an otherwise healthy 22-year-old, I had a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse — a fancy...

Monkeypox now a global health threat. But risk not necessarily higher in Canada: experts – National

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency Saturday, and while experts acknowledge the virus may be a constant threat in Canada, they say the risk level hasn’t necessarily increased in the country. “I don’t think that that threat has necessarily increased at the moment, but it certainly has the potential to do so,”  said Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre.READ MORE: ‘Anyone can get monkeypox’: experts emphasize science-first messagingIsaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at the Toronto General Hospital, said the risk to the general public in Canada is extraordinarily low...

Hamilton hospitals down 675 employees amid record-high health-care worker shortages

Hamilton's two hospital organizations, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), need 675 new employees to address the current workforce shortage.In a joint news release, the two organizations warned that service impacts and increasingly high wait times are likely to be an ongoing reality for Hamilton's hospitals as record-high health-care worker and physician shortages persist across Ontario and Canada, and as the predicted seventh wave of COVID-19 arrives earlier than expected.According to the hospitals, despite aggressive recruitment efforts, the number of qualified applicants is often not enough to fill vacancies."Every day, we're caring for more patients than...

Ottawa’s medical officer of health ‘concerned’ about COVID-19 wave

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News “This is indicative that the level of COVID-19 is very high in Ottawa right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.". Dr. Vera Etches wears a mask during a June 9 ceremony in which she and the Ottawa Public Health team were presented with the Key to the City. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia Article content Amid a summer surge of COVID-19, Ottawa’s medical officer of health says “now is the time” to adapt to the amount of the virus circulating in the city by wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting boosted and limiting...

Limited vaccine supply could thwart Canada’s efforts to contain monkeypox

As an unprecedented global monkeypox outbreak keeps growing, Canada remains opaque about its vaccine stockpile — even as advocates and medical experts warn the country may lack enough supply to meet current demand, with many Canadians being offered just one round of what's typically a two-dose shot in order to stretch supplies.Countries are also hastily procuring more vaccine shipments while a key manufacturer is striving to keep up with global orders, all to stop the spread of a virus that has struck more than 14,000 people globally so far this year."Every effort must be made to contain this infection," Dr....

White House plays down worries about Biden health

The White House on Thursday played down concerns about President Biden’s health hours after announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19, saying he was capable of handling his job even as he isolates for several days.  “He said he was feeling fine,” COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha told reporters, reiterating what other White House officials, including the first lady, said about Biden’s condition in the hours after he tested positive.  Jha and press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre were peppered with questions during the briefing about whether any protocols at the White House would change given the 79-year-old’s positive test. They would...

N.B. couple desperate for medical attention have no luck at 3 health centres

With his wife in need of care for severe abdominal pain, Saint John's Morgan Lanigan rushed to the St. Joseph Hospital  urgent care centre to get help.Within 15 seconds of arriving, they were told to come back at 9 a.m the next day.The ER at the Saint John Regional Hospital was also over-capacity, he said."We had to go to a pharmacist to see if we could get any assistance there."In a series of tweets, Lanigan said the pharmacist was able to provide Tylenol and Advil.Took chance on FrederictonBut in desperation, Lanigan decided he and his wife should head to Fredericton, more than...