Actions taken (or not taken) by those in charge of Ontario’s pandemic response have appeared to prioritize short-term economic activity over public health goals, writes Cathy Slavik, a PhD candidate in Health Geography at McMaster University.
It is time to stop worrying about the impacts of climate change on health and start creating a healthy future for ourselves and our communities, write Dr. Courtney Howard and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions president Linda Silas.
Public health research has shown that climate change is amplifying the health disparities that poorer people already face as a result of social conditions, like substandard housing or jobs with poor working conditions.
Trans patients are more likely to live in low-income neighbourhoods and suffer chronic physical and mental health problems. Ontario’s health-care system doesn’t see them, but the health minister says the province is looking into it.
Young people don’t respond positively to being lectured about wild parties, experts say, especially when rising COVID-19 case counts among those under 40 could well be a function of their exposure to more risk.
The Ford government released its guidance for the province’s school boards and public health units to deal with outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools on Wednesday, and it doesn’t require a negative test result before students or staff are allowed back.