Coronavirus

A Beacon with the logo of the CNIB is pictured on a wall in the group’s hub in Toronto’s Yonge and St.Clair neighbourhood, Friday, July 14, 2017. The CNIB says the federal government’s new ArriveCAN app is inaccessible to some Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Advocate says ArriveCAN app technology is not accessible for blind Canadians

Travellers to Canada must use the ArriveCAN app or online portal to submit vaccine and test information

A Beacon with the logo of the CNIB is pictured on a wall in the group’s hub in Toronto’s Yonge and St.Clair neighbourhood, Friday, July 14, 2017. The CNIB says the federal government’s new ArriveCAN app is inaccessible to some Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer, speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Dr. Tam says she is concerned that vaccination rates among younger Canadians aren’t high enough. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer, speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Dr. Tam says she is concerned that vaccination rates among younger Canadians aren’t high enough. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A worker waits for arrivals at the COVID-19 testing centre in Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Canada’s border agents are bracing for a spike in would-be travellers trying to enter the country on the first full weekend since travel restrictions started to ease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Quarantine exemptions lure visitors to Canada in advance of busy travel weekend

As for when the restrictions will be relaxed further, that remains an open question

A worker waits for arrivals at the COVID-19 testing centre in Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Canada’s border agents are bracing for a spike in would-be travellers trying to enter the country on the first full weekend since travel restrictions started to ease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Visitors to Nashville North are shown at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Safe enough:’ Thousands gather at Calgary Stampede’s live music venue

Alberta was the first province in Canada to relax nearly all of its public health measures on July 1

Visitors to Nashville North are shown at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Rose Sawka, 91, reaches out to her son Terry Sawka, on a daily visit through the window at a Prince Rupert senior care home in early 2021. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

No COVID-19 vaccination, visits restricted in B.C. senior care homes

Most staff vaccinated, others to be subject to 3 tests a week

Rose Sawka, 91, reaches out to her son Terry Sawka, on a daily visit through the window at a Prince Rupert senior care home in early 2021. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Predicting spread of Delta variant requires ‘solid data’: B.C. independent modelling group

Vaccines key in B.C.’s race against the more infectious COVID-19 variant

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)

B.C. set to relax long-term care visit rules as outbreaks fall to zero

Care home workers, visitors must report vaccination status

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Feds ‘very eager’ to continue border reopening but unvaccinated tourists not welcome: Trudeau

Trudeau says plans to welcome fully vaccinated tourists will be worked on ‘in the coming weeks”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam speaks virtually as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, May 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Lambda variant spreading in South America one of many Canada is monitoring: Tam

Lambda variant first identified in Peru has been confirmed in 11 Canadian cases to date

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam speaks virtually as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, May 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People queue at an NHS Vaccination Clinic at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in north London, Sunday, June 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/PA-Yui Mok via AP

Canada not doomed to fourth wave of COVID-19, doctors say, despite U.K.’s experience

Countries where the Delta variant is spreading report fastest infection rates in unvaccinated people

People queue at an NHS Vaccination Clinic at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in north London, Sunday, June 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/PA-Yui Mok via AP
A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Tokyo Games may go without fans as Japan declares emergency

State of emergency was unlikely to trigger a cancellation of the games as COVID-19 surges

A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Brenda Anderson Off Topic

COLUMN: Anti-vaxxer rhetoric flies in the face of modern medicine

Why is every online conspiracy theorist suddenly an expert in virology?

Brenda Anderson Off Topic
Dr. Stephen Malthouse appearing on an Internet program about vaccine choice earlier this spring. Screenshot, YouTube

Anti-mRNA vaccine B.C. doctor sues College of Physicians and Surgeons over free speech

Dr. Stephen Malthouse of Denman Island filed case in June in response to the CPSBC

Dr. Stephen Malthouse appearing on an Internet program about vaccine choice earlier this spring. Screenshot, YouTube
New daily cases of COVID-19 in B.C., seven-day moving average to July 7, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases creep back up, 59 on Wednesday

7-day average for new cases remains below 50

New daily cases of COVID-19 in B.C., seven-day moving average to July 7, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
People ride escalators with banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to open on July 23, in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Olympics likely to open during COVID-19 ‘state of emergency’

COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have hit a two-month high with the pandemic-delayed Olympics two weeks away

People ride escalators with banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to open on July 23, in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Stampede officials announced details of this year’s event as preparations continued on the grounds in Calgary on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Stampede will require proof of vaccination for music venue

Daily attendance cut in half, chuckwagon races aren’t being held as part of COVID-19 precautions

Stampede officials announced details of this year’s event as preparations continued on the grounds in Calgary on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Stickers are distributed at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey May 7, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Nowleader)

46 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Tuesday, 78% vaccinated

Active infections down to 602, 87 people in hospital

Stickers are distributed at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey May 7, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Nowleader)
Ann Haas poses June 18, 2021, in Eden Prairie, Minn., with a photo she took of her late father, Raymond Haas. Haas lost her father to COVID-19 on Nov. 11 and works in the laundry at the same Veterans Affairs hospital where he spent his final days. Haas said memories coming flooding back each time she folds a tan blanket like the one that covered him while he was fighting to live. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Unending grief of COVID-19 deaths causing problems for some

Research scientist says prolonged grief is both real and potentially debilitating

Ann Haas poses June 18, 2021, in Eden Prairie, Minn., with a photo she took of her late father, Raymond Haas. Haas lost her father to COVID-19 on Nov. 11 and works in the laundry at the same Veterans Affairs hospital where he spent his final days. Haas said memories coming flooding back each time she folds a tan blanket like the one that covered him while he was fighting to live. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. Health Canada reports that at least 1.3 million Canadians opted for a mixed-dose finish to their COVID-19 vaccination schedule in June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

At least 1.3 million Canadians opted to mix COVID-19 vaccines by the end of June

On June 17 NACI said getting mRNA after AstraZeneca was the preferred option

Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. Health Canada reports that at least 1.3 million Canadians opted for a mixed-dose finish to their COVID-19 vaccination schedule in June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions in Calgary on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

City council votes to repeal masking bylaw ahead of this week’s Calgary Stampede

Calgarians will no longer be required to wear face coverings indoors except in city-owned spaces

A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions in Calgary on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh