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Quebec to begin new COVID-19 vaccination booster drive in mid-August

Quebec to begin new COVID-19 vaccination booster drive in mid-August

MONTREAL — Quebec will begin offering an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable seniors and long-term care residents, the province's public health director said Thursday as Quebec surpassed 16,000 pandemic deaths. Dr.

Missouri Dems turn to Illinois, Kansas for abortion help

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A top Democratic state lawmaker from Republican-led Missouri on Wednesday wrote to the Democratic Illinois and Kansas governors asking for help paying for abortions for out-of-state Medicaid patients.
Vancouver's mayor says feds and B.C. need to step up funding for homeless

Vancouver's mayor says feds and B.C. need to step up funding for homeless

VANCOUVER — The deadline to dismantle an encampment along Vancouver's Hastings Street has passed with little change, but the city's mayor says he's reached out to the federal and B.C. governments for urgent funding and other supports.
Will abortion be on more state ballots after Kansas vote?

Will abortion be on more state ballots after Kansas vote?

TOPEKA, Kan.
Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is tightening the rules around employee bonuses in light of the six-figure payout to the chief medical officer of health during COVID-19.

LGBTQ Canadians struggled with mental health during pandemic: surveys

A series of surveys from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggest members of the LGBTQ community struggled more during the COVID-19 pandemic than their non-queer peers.
Africa CDC says gay sex 'not relevant' in monkeypox there

Africa CDC says gay sex 'not relevant' in monkeypox there

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says it doesn’t know how many of the continent's reported monkeypox cases this year are in men who have sex with men, and it warned Thursday against “any stigmatization” that might delay case report
Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life

Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has promoted a Vatican nurse whom he credited with saving his life to be his “personal health care assistant.” The Vatican announced the appointment of Massimiliano Strappetti in a one-line statement issued Thursday.
UofT vax policy could boost uptake, but more needed to drive real increase: experts

UofT vax policy could boost uptake, but more needed to drive real increase: experts

TORONTO — A Toronto university's decision to require those living in student residences to have at least three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine could boost third-dose uptake among young adults, but it won't drive a significant increase unless other school
B.C. premier says he may copy couple who put out newspaper ad looking for doctor

B.C. premier says he may copy couple who put out newspaper ad looking for doctor

LANGFORD, B.C.