Plan to restart surgeries slowed by long-term care patients in N.S. hospital beds

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's well on its way to restarting all services after the COVID-19 pandemic slowdown, but one of the biggest hurdles is beds occupied by patients waiting to move into long–term care homes.Dr. Greg Hirsch,...

Nova Scotia to begin presumed consent for organ donation next January

Nova Scotia will become the first province in the country with presumed consent for human organ and tissue donation beginning Jan. 18, 2021.The law change was passed in April of 2019, and since then officials have worked to establish the necessary...

Nova Scotia launches reviews of Northwood COVID-19 outbreak, long-term care system

The Nova Scotia government has announced the details of a review that will look into how and why COVID-19 was able to sweep through the Northwood facility in Halifax, as well as a separate review of infection prevention and control in...

Nova Scotia identifies new COVID-19 case after 3-week streak

Nova Scotia is reporting its first new case of COVID-19 in three weeks. A news release from the Department of Health said the new case, which was identified Monday in the central region, is travel related and the individual has been self-isolating since...

As cash use falls victim to the pandemic, it’s also hurting society’s most vulnerable

The COVID-19 pandemic has sped up the already-declining use of cash in Canada as more people have switched to using debit and credit cards, and that change is hurting people whose livelihoods depend on cash.When the pandemic hit, many businesses started asking...

‘We can’t afford to put ourselves out there’: Some Nova Scotians not ready for closer contact

While Nova Scotia has begun easing restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, 63-year-old Deborah Demeter says she and her husband still don't feel safe getting together with others.Demeter, a breast cancer survivor and Type 2 diabetic, is at higher risk, and...

Mom of Dartmouth teen who died in suspected overdose calls for better drug education

When Miya Harris left home last Tuesday night to visit her best friend a few blocks away, she told her mom she'd be out late.Her mom, Joannie Harris, watched the 15-year-old go without a worry. She said her daughter was...

Some living in U.S. eye Canada for health care, but not everybody can get in

Deborah Millar-Jervis and husband Robert Jervis were faced with a choice.They could continue paying roughly $1,600 US a month for health insurance or leave the United States and move to Canada. The staggering, and rising, cost of their insurance did not include...

COVID-19 puts disability tax credit reform on back burner 

After six years in the works, COVID-19 has further delayed implementation of new rules limiting what third-party companies can charge to help people access the disability tax credit, and a Nova Scotia doctor and two national organizations are calling for...

American family sets sights on N.S. after daughter’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis

Amanda Reseburg had always admired Atlantic Canada from afar.She dreamed of Nova Scotia's coastal views from her home in Janesville, Wis., and even planned a trip to visit the province for her 40th birthday this spring. But a year after...
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