Health Canada has recalled counterfeit hand sanitizer sold at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay and say it may have been sold at other locations across the country. In a press release Sunday, the agency said Bio Life Sciences Corp., which makes Daily Shield hand sanitizer, had reported a particular lot of the product — Lot 6942, Expiry date May 2023 — was counterfeit.
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As several school boards in Ontario decide to scrap exams during the pandemic, universities are reassuring students that the move won’t affect their post-secondary plans. School boards in Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region are among those that have announced the cancellation of exams, saying the move is aimed at reducing student stress and is not expected to have a negative impact on the quality of education students receive.
Parents and children may find something very unwelcome in their loot bags if they go out trick-or-treating this year. Following suit with provincial advice warning against trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, Toronto’s emergency management head refused to rule out ticketing Halloween night scofflaws — telling reporters there was “no blanket answer” when asked directly if Toronto intended to fine trick-or-treaters.
Canada’s COVID-19 caseload edged closer to the 200,000 mark on Sunday after a weekend in which Quebec had the majority of new infections and public health officials urged Canadians to remain united in their efforts to combat the pandemic. The country reported 1,827 new cases Sunday, for a total of 198,151 infections. Quebec accounted for 1,094 of those new cases, marking the third day in a row the province has had more than 1,000 infections. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube tweeted that the number of hospitalizations in the province continues to rise and urged residents to “break the wave to slow this down” and “protect the most vulnerable.” Ontario reported the second-highest number of new cases Sunday at 658.
Contrary to what so many stock photos seem to indicate, depression doesn’t always cause you to stare gloomily out a rainy window or sit in an empty corner with your head in your hands. It’s also not “all in your head” in a way that you can simply snap out of, though it does technically exist in your brain. In short, there are a lot of misconceptions about depression—and on this episode of Misconceptions, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is debunking some of the most prevalent ones. Speaking of prevalence: The condition itself is quite a bit more common than you may think. According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression.
The House of Commons is installing new plexiglass barriers by Monday because pages are reporting that MPs have been flouting COVID-19 pandemic public health rules, CBC News has learned. According to an internal Commons administration email obtained by CBC News, some pages have expressed concerns about their health and their families’ safety because some MPs and staffers are not physically distancing from others while their face masks are off in the lobbies — the lounges on Parliament Hill where MPs can hold meetings or grab food while monitoring events inside the Commons chamber next door. “Specifically, some members and staff who are not wearing masks are sometimes in close proximity to you when you are posted in the lobbies.”
A resolution supporting a private health-care system existing alongside the public system was one of 30 passed by United Conservative Party members during their annual general meeting Saturday. The policy was endorsed by 53 per cent of 793 party members who voted, despite the resolution being criticized during a virtual debate Friday. The AGM drew 1,400 attendees. Nate Glubish, MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park and minister of Service Alberta, argued that the party ran in 2019 on a promise to maintain publicly funded, universally accessible health care, and the policy could be seen to contradict that. Some UCP members said Albertans needed choice within a flawed publicly-funded system, but most who spoke to the resolution opposed it.
The death of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. For Nerissa MacLean, that nightmare included the extra horror of finding out her son had already been buried in a potter’s field in Pickering — because nobody told anyone in the family of his death. Seth MacLean died at 31 of a fentanyl overdose. He’d been staying at the Dixon Hall shelter in Toronto on George St. and was discovered by another resident on July 12. Seth’s mental illness (schizophrenia; bipolar disorder) was diagnosed when he was 18.
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York state officials cracked down on a planned wedding in Brooklyn which they allege would have brought together “upwards of 10,000 individuals,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office tipped off state authorities to the wedding, apparently planned for Monday in Williamsburg, which would have taken place outside the state’s cluster zones.
Believe women lose interest in sex as they grow older? If you answered in the affirmative, you’re wrong. That’s the conclusion of researchers who tracked 3,257 pre- and perimenopausal women for about 15 years.