Nova Scotia lifts COVID-19 health order, no more weekly case reporting
Nova Scotia is lifting its COVID-related Health Protection Act order and will no longer be reporting cases in its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, the province announced Tuesday.
Sweden inches closer to being Europe’s 1st ‘smoke-free’ country, but there’s a catch
Sweden, which has the lowest rate of smoking in the EU, is close to declaring itself “smoke-free” — defined as having fewer than five per cent daily smokers in the population.
Canadian provinces pressed to curb smoking in tobacco negotiations
Three national health organizations want Canada's premiers to push for initiatives to reduce smoking during settlement negotiations with major tobacco companies.
Wildfires sweep across Nova Scotia fueling ‘eco-anxiety’ among Canadians
As raging wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, Alberta, and now Nova Scotia, it is also fueling ecological anxiety among Canadians, according to experts.
Nature Conservancy releases plan to protect grasslands in Manitoba, other prairie provinces
The plan aims to raise $500 million by 2030 to conserve more than 5,000 square kilometres — about six times the size of Calgary — in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
COVID-19 pandemic in ‘transition point,’ but remains global health emergency: WHO
More than 6.8 million people have died during the outbreak, which has touched every country on Earth, ravaging communities and economies.
More than half the world now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but challenges remain: WHO
Tedros said 56 per cent of people around the world are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, though only nine per cent of people in low-income countries are among that number.
Mar 2, 2022
WHO now recommends high-risk people get COVID booster 12 months after last dose
The WHO on Tuesday changed its recommendations for COVID vaccines, suggesting that high-risk populations should receive an additional dose 12 months after their last booster.
Should you get another COVID booster? Guidelines are changing
Additional COVID vaccine boosters are not something the WHO "routinely recommends" for medium or low-risk adults and children.
‘Imperative’ to assess risks of AI in healthcare, WHO warns
Its cautionary note comes as artificial intelligence applications are rapidly gaining in popularity, highlighting a technology that could upend the way society operates.
WHO experts meet to decide if COVID-19 is still a global health emergency
A panel of global health experts are meeting on Thursday to decide if COVID-19 is still an emergency under the WHO's rules.
WHO cautions against vaccine passports for international travel
WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said there are "real practical and ethical considerations" for countries considering using vaccine certification as a condition for travel.
Mar 9, 2021
86% of Canadians live in areas where air pollution exceeds WHO guidelines: researchers
Most Canadians live in areas with higher-than-recommended levels of air pollution, which has serious implications for their health, researchers say.
Oct 7, 2021
Why the WHO is warning about poor sleep and heart health
Lack of sleep doesn’t just leave you tired and groggy the next day – a new World Health Organization study is warning that it should be a risk factor for heart disease like smoking and lack of exercise.
Jun 15, 2015
Why is the World Health Organization accused of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic?
Critics say the World Health Organization could have missed chances to contain the new coronavirus because it accepted China's story about the disease outbreak.
Apr 16, 2020
WHO to decide if COVID remains an emergency. What will this mean for Canada?
As the WHO mulls whether COVID-19 remains an emergency, some health experts say COVID is still a public health threat and measures to combat it in Canada should continue.
New COVID vaccines should only target dominant XBB variants: WHO
A World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group on Thursday recommended that this year's COVID-19 booster shots be updated to target one of the currently dominant XBB variants.
Before coronavirus: How Canada tackled outbreaks in the past
Canada has faced global pandemics in the last century and health officials have learned from past mistakes, say experts.
Feb 4, 2020
WHO declares highly-infectious Marburg virus outbreak in Ghana
WHO has declared Ghana's first outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus disease after labs confirmed the infections in two cases announced earlier this month.
Jul 17, 2022
21 cases of XBB.1.5. COVID subvariant confirmed in Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that the agency will continue to 'carefully monitor the spread of XBB,' which is an Omicron subvariant.
COVID-19 no longer a global health emergency – but ‘battle is not over’: WHO
COVID-19 first emerged in Wuhan, China in 2019 before spreading across the world, leading to lockdowns and other public health measures for more than three years.
When will the COVID-19 pandemic officially be over? It’s complicated, experts say
While the COVID-19 health emergency is not over, as the World Health Organization says, determining how to measure the end of a pandemic is not a simple equation, experts say.
Sep 22, 2022