Financial danger looms for many small businesses as CEBA loans come due

Thousands of Canadian small businesses are in financial jeopardy as they face a looming deadline to repay government loans received during the pandemic. About a third of small business owners say they simply don’t have the money to pay the government back.



Public health budget constraints prompt cuts, layoffs

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has had to make changes — including cutting staffing by 10 per cent — in order to balance the books. The CBC's Jennifer La Grassa breaks down what's happening.

Alberta's new COVID stats page can be confusing. Here are the key numbers — and what they mean

Alberta's new respiratory virus dashboard provides weekly data on the spread of COVID-19 in the province, but making sense of the numbers can be a challenge — and it's particularly difficult to figure out how many people have died.

Most Ottawa COVID-19 signals are very high

The capital is entering what had been the traditional respiratory virus season with more coronavirus signal in its wastewater than at this point over the past three years, less flu signal than last year at this time, and roughly the same amount of RSV.

Higher levels of COVID-19 in our wastewater than we've seen in a couple of years

Wastewater Researcher Chris DeGroot joined London Morning to share the latest wastewater findings from the region. DeGroot said the Western wastewater monitoring project is finding higher levels of COVID-19 than they've seen in a couple of years.

New Covid-19 variants

Two new COVID-19 variants quickly gaining traction across Canada are already dominant in New Brunswick. Colin Furness is an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

After 3 years, Western Fair COVID-19 vaccine site to close down operations

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is closing its mass vaccination clinic in mid-December.

2 new COVID-19 variants now dominant in N.B.

Two new COVID-19 variants quickly gaining traction across Canada are already dominant in New Brunswick.

Aleph Eatery get short extension to repay CEBA loans

Like many businesses in Canada, Aleph Eatery has made it through the COVID-19 pandemic with some ingenuity and loans from the federal government. Owner Haitham El Khatib describes what his restaurant is facing as it looks ahead to the new year.

COVID-19 rapid tests now available without appointment at some N.B. sites

Free COVID-19 rapid test kits are a bit easier to acquire in New Brunswick now that the Department of Health has dropped the requirement for pickup appointments at some locations.

COVID-19 cases aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf cut deployment short

The remainder of HMCS Harry DeWolf's Great Lakes deployment has been cancelled because of a "significant number of COVID cases onboard," the Royal Canadian Navy said in a post to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Respiratory trends settle after last week's leap

This batch of weekly data on COVID-19, flu and RSV is a slight improvement after several indicators jumped last week.

N.B. COVID-19 death toll increases by 4, child under 4 hospitalized

COVID-19 has killed at least four more New Brunswickers aged 65 or older, and a child under four was among those hospitalized for or with the virus between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11.



Worker injuries, safety orders reveal human impact of Valley Line Southeast

Statistics from Alberta Occupational Health and Safety show that TransEd’s direct employees had higher rate of injuries than both industry and provincial averages. Safety experts interviewed by CBC say that is concerning.

New dashboard, more diseases: N.L.'s COVID-19 hub adding data on other respiratory illnesses

Newfoundland and Labrador is overhauling its COVID-19 dashboard to include data on influenza and other respiratory viruses, including RSV, but some data publicly available since the start of the pandemic will no longer be shared.

Rising COVID-19 numbers reported in Ottawa, eastern Ontario

After a few broadly stable respiratory updates in Ottawa, this week shows some rising, worrisome trends, particularly at local hospitals.

Person 20 to 44 years old among N.B.'s latest COVID deaths, child under 4 hospitalized

At least two more New Brunswickers have died from COVID-19, including one aged 20 to 44, while a child under four is among the 52 people hospitalized for or with the virus, the latest weekly figures released by the province Wednesday show.

Billboard campaign aims to dispel mistrust of vaccines in African Nova Scotian community

A new billboard campaign is trying to dispel misinformation about vaccines within the African Nova Scotia community.

N.B. changes definition of 'serious' COVID-19 vaccine reactions, cuts number in half

New Brunswick has changed how it defines "serious" reactions to COVID-19 vaccines and using this new definition, the number has been cut in half.

As snow falls, COVID situation stands firm

It's another broadly high and stable COVID-19 picture in Ottawa, according to the weekly health unit updates. Some of the flu and RSV trends are now seen as high.

N.B. records 3 more COVID-19 deaths as virus activity remains 'moderate'

New Brunswick reported three more deaths from COVID-19 in its weekly update Tuesday, while hospitalizations, outbreaks and new cases all remained about the same.

New research on vaccine passports and vaccination rates

Nazeem Muhajarine is a professor of community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He joins Afternoon Edition host Garth Materie to talk about new research on mandated policies and vaccination rates.

'Political preferences' played role in COVID-19 pandemic response, Russell reveals

"Political preferences" played a role in New Brunswick's COVID-19 pandemic response, the outgoing chief medical officer of health revealed to a legislative committee Thursday.

Teachers have concerns as they learn about air quality in N.B. schools

The New Brunswick Teachers' Association recently held a virtual NetworkEd session for teachers about school air quality, one of several learning and working conditions they share concerns with students and parents about, says the president.


Long COVID patient feels 'discarded' by N.L. government, says it's deflecting responsibility for condition

Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, says addressing and treating long COVID isn’t public health’s responsibility. One long COVID patient says people like her are left feeling "discarded."