More than two dozen flights carrying COVID-19-infected passengers landed at Toronto Pearson International airport during the past two weeks. Online records posted by Health Canada show that since Oct. 5, 16 international and nine domestic flights touched down at YYZ carrying people with COVID infections.
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Author and psychologist Jordan Peterson says he’s back in Toronto and eager for “something resembling a normal life” after spending much of the past year in and out of hospitals around the world. The controversial speaker and writer has released an eight-minute long YouTube video recounting months spent consulting specialists in Connecticut, Toronto, Moscow and Belgrade for health woes tied to his use of the anti-anxiety medication benzodiazepine.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says three more patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in an ongoing outbreak. That brings the total number of cases at the Toronto mental health hospital’s 1-4 Unit to five, after two were announced on Sunday.
Dr. Robert Sargeant has seen firsthand the challenges of dealing with COVID-19 patients in a hospital setting. As the head of Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto, he’s been leading the COVID-19 response. He knows the reality of what’s happening on the ground.
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson published a new video on his YouTube channel after a year long hiatus due to various health issues. The description of the video states, “I have returned home to Toronto after spending much of the last eighteen months in hospitals. I am hoping that my health has improved to the point where I can start producing original content again. Thank you to all who are watching for your support over the course of this trying time. I hope that you all are coping with the COVID crisis successfully.” Dr. Peterson suffered from a paradoxical reaction to Benzodiazepine. He also suffered from pneumonia, and COVID-19. He now appears in good health and hopes to begin creating content soon.
Alberta’s United Conservative Party has voted to approve a policy that supports creating a “privately funded and privately managed health-care system.” The party voted to approve the policy during its annual general meeting Saturday, in a vote that squeaked through with nearly 53 per cent in favour, the closest vote of all 30 policies the party approved. The policy also says that physicians should be allowed to run a “hybrid system” practice, charging fees for services “to remain solvent and grow in scope.” It also specifies that patients “will have a choice” between a private and a public service. It adds the private system could help keep medical tourism dollars in Alberta.
Anti-mask protesters who show up at his Etobicoke home every Saturday morning are bothering his neighbours and preventing their kids from playing outside, Premier Doug Ford says. The premier encouraged the group to take their protest to the front lawn of his place of work, Queen’s Park.
In times of crisis, and we are certainly in one now, we tend to say we are learning lessons we will never forget. We believe we will be changed; never to act and feel the same. But we only have to look back to SARS, less than 20 years ago, to see that lessons were not learned. Stockpiles of personal protective equipment, warehoused in readiness of another viral attack, were not maintained, as an example. It takes very little time for our human minds to snap back to normal; to the familiar and comfortable.
The Ontario government is now literally trying to take candy away from small children. On Monday morning, Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer of health, announced how we can participate responsibly in Halloween festivities this year. The main piece of advice he offered is to flat-out cancel trick or treating in Ontario’s designed COVID-19 hotspots.
Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, addictions and drug-related deaths were amongst the top public health concerns in Canada. Opioid overdoses were the focus of extensive news coverage and there was a general consensus that we had to do more to help those at risk.