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Alberta’s chief medical health officer in self-isolation, gets coronavirus test

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the doctor who has become the face of Alberta's medical response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, is in self-isolation. Government sources say Hinshaw, the province's chief medical health officer, is experiencing symptoms of a cold and is waiting for results of her test for the virus. Hinshaw has been delivering daily updates on COVID-19 cases and precautionary measures since the first case was reported in Alberta..

3 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C. as number of cases in province...

Three more people have died of COVID-19 in B.C. in recent days, provincial officials said Monday, all of them linked to the same North Vancouver care home that reported the first coronavirus-related death in Canada. Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed the fatalities on Monday, bringing the country's total number of deaths linked to the pandemic to four. All of the deaths stem from an outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre home in North Vancouver, B...

Eric Martel leaving Hydro-Quebec to become president, CEO of Bombardier

Bombardier Inc. is replacing chief executive Alain Bellemare as it moves ahead with its new focus on business jets. Bombardier said Eric Martel has been appointed president and chief executive officer and a member of the Bombardier board of directors, effective April 6. Martel joins Bombardier from Hydro-Quebec, where he served as president and chief executive officer since July 2015. Prior to joining Hydro-Quebec, Martel held a number of leade..

COVID-19 could be ‘devastating’ for First Nations, says Matawa First Nations CEO

The CEO of an organization that represents several fly-in communities in northern Ontario says the COVID-19 virus poses a potentially "devastating" threat to First Nations that are already dealing with a bad flu year and face overcrowded conditions due to housing shortages. David Paul Achneepineskum, CEO of Matawa First Nations, said his organization has already implemented precautionary measures because about 60 people from its nine member comm..

Canadians being urged to help ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19

The dispatches from the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy are chilling. "Nurses with tears in their eyes because we can't save everyone … Every ventilator becomes like gold." That was the message last week from Dr. Daniele Macchini, an Italian physician whose lengthy Facebook post was published in a local newspaper, translated into English and circulated on social media. "And there are no more surgeons, urologists, o..

Trudeau, premiers to talk coronavirus and blockades at first ministers’ gathering

The COVID-19 outbreak and the fallout from the recent rail blockades will lead the agenda when provincial premiers sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week in Ottawa. CBC News has seen a draft agenda of Friday's meeting that shows the morning sessions will start with a "discussion on coronavirus" followed by a "discussion on disruption to Canada's rail service" due to recent Indigenous-led protests. The first ministers are..

Police not probing recent rail disasters, crude oil derailments, deaths for possible negligence

Public police forces are choosing not to investigate major accidents at CN and Canadian Pacific Railway, including recent crude oil train crashes and deadly derailments, a CBC News investigation into Canada's rail system has found. Instead, the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and other forces routinely defer to little-known federal railway police run by CP and CN, leaving the companies to investigate themselves with no outside police lookin..

How this P.E.I. program helps women take back control after leaving abusive relationships

This story is part of Stopping Domestic Violence, a CBC News series looking at the crisis of intimate partner violence in Canada and what can be done to end it. Hannah Povey was just getting used to feeling safe again in her home and neighbourhood when she found out her abusive ex-partner could be getting out of prison as early as this summer. "I'm worried that even with electronic monitoring he may end up going to stores that he knows I f..

‘It’s outrageous’: Costly cancer drugs thrown out because of one-size-fits-all packaging

The health-care system is wasting millions of dollars by buying cancer medications that are thrown out because of the way they are packaged by drug makers — in one-size-fits-all vials that hold too much for most patients, a study found. "It's outrageous," said drug policy researcher Alan Cassels, who is familiar with the study. "We have so many demands on our health-care dollars for drugs and doctors and hospitals and so on. So, to see thi..

Ontario confirms 4 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing provincial total to 15

Health officials have confirmed four new cases of coronavirus in Ontario, involving three men and one woman. The men are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, while the woman is in her 70s. Three of the latest cases are in York Region while the other is in Toronto. The confirmation comes a day after three other positive cases were confirmed in the province, one of them also in York Region. Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region's medical officer of health, sa..

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