Essential workers during COVID-19 susceptible to 'moral injury' and PTSD, hospital says

Health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are at risk of severe stress that could cause long-term psychological damage, the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder says. The centre at the Royal Ottawa Hospital has teamed up with the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to develop a guide for…

Why race-based data collection by police could play a role in reform debate

As the Black Lives Matter movement spreads across Canada, the conversation around police accountability and reform has grown, including a rising interest in collecting more race-based data on people who interact with officers.  Adora Nwofor has been on the front lines with Black Lives Matter in Calgary. The activist and comedian says that if we…

Ottawa, AFN pen agreement to map out funding for First Nations child welfare overhaul

The federal government signed an agreement with the Assembly of First Nations Tuesday to outline how it will fund an overhaul of the First Nations child welfare system — a detail that was left out of recent legislation. The Trudeau government last year passed Bill C-92 — officially known as An Act Respecting First Nations,…

93% spike in First Nations overdose deaths recorded in B.C. during COVID-19

New data from B.C.'s First Nations Health Authority shows that overdose deaths among First Nations people have surged dramatically and disproportionately in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.  "When I talk about these numbers, I'm talking about people," said Dr. Shannon McDonald, acting chief medical officer with the First Nations Health Authority, during a news conference on…

COVID-19 pandemic threatens to set back battle against AIDS by 10 years, UN warns

The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the coronavirus now threatens to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United Nations said Monday. "The global HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached," UNAIDS, the agency that co-ordinates the UN's efforts to curb the spread of…