New COVID-19 Vaccine Deal with AstraZeneca

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. This agreement adds to those already reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna, which were made following the recommendations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. With these agreements in place, the …

Can We Gather Indoors This Fall?

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The weather is becoming cooler these days. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a couple of holidays are right around the corner. More and more people are asking the question, can we gather indoors this fall? The short answer is you can, but there are risks you need to keep in mind. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, …

COVID-19 Testing to Focus on Albertans with Symptoms

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Effective September 17, 2020, the recommended COVID-19 testing criteria has changed in Alberta. To help reduce wait times, speed access to results & support Albertans during the respiratory virus & flu season, testing will focus on all Albertans with symptoms, plus additional priority groups. This means that testing in Alberta is now recommended for: Albertans with symptoms of COVID-19; Albertans …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …

How to Dispose of Masks Responsibly

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Now that face masks are compulsory in indoor public premises and public vehicles in Calgary, it’s time to address the issue of irresponsibly disposed masks. If you use a single-use mask, first of all, do not re-use it. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. It’s important to dispose of it correctly and responsibly. …

$5 Million Funding to Improve Access to Palliative Care

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As its first step of $20 million commitment to enhance palliative care, the Government of Alberta has recently announced a $5 million funding to be provided to the Covenant Health Palliative Institute to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services; promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will be provided to the …

Travel Restrictions Still In Place for Labour Day Long Weekend

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This weekend will be the Labour Day long weekend (September 5, 6 & 7). The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wants to remind all travellers that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings. Foreign nationals, including United States (U.S.) citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada for any of the following examples of discretionary/optional …

New Agreements to Reserve Future COVID-19 Vaccines

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has recently announced that the Government of Canada has signed two new agreements with Novavax and Johnson & Johnson to reserve millions of doses of the vaccines they’re developing. The most recent vaccine tests conducted by these two companies show promising results. That’s why the Canadian government is making sure that if one of them …

Vending Machines Selling Masks and Hand Sanitizer

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Have you ever left home, walked all the way to a CTrain or bus station then realized you left your face mask or hand sanitizer at home? Here’s some good news — Personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more available in vending machines in public spaces across Canada! Klear Vending, a company based in Toronto has already set up four …

What to Do If Someone Tested Positive in Your Child’s Class

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It is the 2020 back-to-school season! Going back to the classroom in the middle of a pandemic makes us all feel nervous and unsure. These days one of the most frequently asked questions is: What should we do if someone in the class tested positive for coronavirus? Alberta’s top doctor Dr. Hinshaw answered this question at her latest media briefing …