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Edmonton-area hospital temporarily closing obstetrics unit for second time

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says an Edmonton-area hospital is to temporarily close its obstetrics unit for the second time in less than a month due to a lack of specialists.
Canada to implement 988 suicide crisis line starting in fall 2023

Canada to implement 988 suicide crisis line starting in fall 2023

OTTAWA — The CRTC says it will launch a new emergency crisis number for people in need of immediate mental health or suicide prevention support.
Nurse practitioner says CVS fired her over abortion stance

Nurse practitioner says CVS fired her over abortion stance

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A nurse practitioner from northern Virginia sued CVS Health on Wednesday, saying she was fired for refusing to provide abortion-inducing drugs at its MinuteClinic medical facilities.
Lab results in Markham, Ont., food poisoning case expected at end of week

Lab results in Markham, Ont., food poisoning case expected at end of week

MARKHAM, Ont. — York Region public health said Wednesday that lab results are expected at the end of this week to confirm the presence of a plant-based toxin in a spice that is suspected of sickening 12 diners at a Markham, Ont.
Oklahoma AG urges prosecution for performing an abortion

Oklahoma AG urges prosecution for performing an abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors should pursue charges against those who perform elective abortions but should give “substantial leeway" to doctors treating pregnant women for emergency conditions, the state's attorney general wrote Wednesda
COVID-19: New Brunswick education minister hoping for normal school year

COVID-19: New Brunswick education minister hoping for normal school year

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's education minister said Wednesday he is hoping for a "reasonably normal" school year as students get ready for another academic term with COVID-19 still posing a threat.
New Mexico governor pledges $10M for new abortion clinic

New Mexico governor pledges $10M for new abortion clinic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor on Wednesday signed a new executive order that pledges $10 million to build a clinic that would provide abortions and other pregnancy care.
Ontario drops five-day isolation guideline for COVID-19

Ontario drops five-day isolation guideline for COVID-19

TORONTO — People in Ontario who test positive for COVID-19 no longer have to isolate for five days, the province's top doctor said Wednesday in announcing what he called a "practical and pragmatic" new approach to the dealing with the virus.
US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days.
LTC bill passes, hospital patients who refuse to move won't pay $1,800/day: Ford

LTC bill passes, hospital patients who refuse to move won't pay $1,800/day: Ford

TORONTO — Ontario's Progressive Conservative government passed legislation Wednesday that would force hospital patients awaiting long-term care into nursing homes not of their choosing on a temporary basis, but many details of the new law remain unkn