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COVID-19 Booster Shots: Top Questions Answered

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Do I need to show proof of being high risk? Am I still fully vaccinated if I haven’t received a booster? We break down your most pressing questions surrounding FDA’s updated COVID-19 booster guidelines.

Pro Hairstyle Tips if You Have Cancer

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Hair loss and regrowth are challenging side effects of cancer treatment. Learn how healthy habits and smart styling can make a big difference.

Take Control of Your Cancer Risk

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What you eat to your outlook on life mostly determine if you get cancer. WebMD’s chief medical officer, John Whyte, MD, shares what you can do to prevent it.

Targeting the unvaccinated

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This summer, a team of community health workers set out to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate at a St. James-area Manitoba Housing complex. The effort was part of a pilot project …

City restaurant owners served $40,000 in COVID fines

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The owners of two Corydon Avenue restaurants have been hit with $40,000 in fines for allowing unmasked and unvaccinated patrons to eat inside for weeks. Provincial health enforcement shut down Monstrosity ……

Manitoba Tories pave way for female leader

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Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative party has ensured that its next leader — and the next premier — will be a woman. The PC party announced Thursday that former health minister and Tuxedo …

Few details after possible vaccine theft

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Officials are mum about a box of COVID-19 vaccines possibly stolen from the RBC Convention Centre vaccination site. “We have referred information to the Winnipeg Police Service regarding an unaccounted box …

Manitoba offers third COVID-19 shot

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Manitobans who are immunocompromised or require a matching immunization record for travel can now sign up for a third COVID-19 vaccine shot via family doctor or physician. On Wednesday, Dr. Joss ……

Winkler rejects 'sanctuary city' proposal

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A petition to deem Winkler a “sanctuary city” by a group seeking exemption from COVID-19 health mandates was voted down unanimously at a council meeting Tuesday evening. A proposal was presented …

Education puts new lens on Canadian history

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At The Forks, you will find a 3.5-metre bison made out of books. The sculpture, created by Indigenous artist Val Vint, is called Education is the new Bison, inspired by a …

Southern Health concerns rise with case counts

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Another COVID-19 surge in Manitoba’s Southern Health region could be on the horizon as case counts and hospitalizations rise. With a per-capita infection rate about four times higher than Winnipeg’s and …

City Indigenous Accord welcomes new groups

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At 40 years old, Kimberley Levasseur Puhach learned her mother was a residential school survivor. “I’d gone through a life knowing there was a history, feeling the evidence of that legacy …

Vaccine card can add to barriers of homelessness

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A Main Street coffee shop has reverted to takeout only, citing concern about double vaccinated unhoused people not having access to COVID-19 vaccine passports. “Those with no fixed address, and no …

Halloween attraction seeking break on capacity limit

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A Manitoba Halloween attraction is asking provincial health officials for a break with the rules, arguing small-business fairs and events have been slighted by the newly announced capacity limits. In a ……

Parties battle over guns, COVID-19 on Day 21

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The three main federal parties traded fire Saturday over their responses to gun violence and to the resurgence of COVID-19 on Day 21 of the federal election campaign. Liberal candidate Bill …

Pop-up vaccination clinic holds court at mall

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Shoppers got a dose of convenience Friday afternoon at Manitoba’s first pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic inside a mall. Within two hours of opening, the clinic at Polo Park had a steady …

Human rights commission denounces fake pamphlet

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A pamphlet purportedly produced by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission — bearing with 18 reasons why someone wasn’t going to get the COVID-19 vaccine — isn’t worth the paper it …

Protest outside HSC draws political criticism

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Disappointment rang out from both sides of the political aisle Thursday, in response to an aggressive rally a day earlier outside Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Protesters decried vaccine mandates and …

Immunization proof required at city facilities

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The City of Winnipeg will now require proof of COVID-19 immunization to visit its pools, fitness and leisure centres, and arenas. The move — in effect starting Friday — is “in …

Tips for Great Lips

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When it comes to skin care, people forget that their lips need attention. Learn some new tips for great lips to help get rid of bothersome lip dryness.

Manitoba unveils outdoor capacity restrictions

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New Manitoba public health orders will reduce attendance capacity at outdoor fairs and festivals. Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, said Thursday the number of people allowed at outdoor …

Depression With MS Can Be a Fatal Mix

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A new study finds when depression and MS are together, chances of dying during the next decade are 5 times greater than if neither condition is present.

How to Bathe Your Dog

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Learn about bathing your dog, including making bath time fun for your dog and efficient for you.

RM halts controversial block parties

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The health district with the lowest vaccine uptake rate in Manitoba has decided to cancel its block party program because COVID-19 cases are expected to rise. The Rural Municipality of Stanley, …

When Is a Person With COVID-19 Most Infectious?

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Research shows two days before and three days after COVID symptoms develop are the most infectious days, which highlight the importance of rapid testing and quarantine if someone is feeling sick.

Wait drags on for vaccine card

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Kailynn Newediuk anticipated waiting a long time when she signed up for her COVID-19 immunization card. It took more than a month before her dad received his card. Her grandparents faced …

Health Advisories

One lot of the hypoglycemia treatment Glucagon recalled as it may pose serious health risks
Eli Lilly Canada Inc. is recalling one lot of Glucagon (D239382A, expiry May 10, 2022), following a complaint that a vial from this lot was found to be in liquid form rather than powder form. Glucagon normally comes in a powder form with accompanying diluting solution, and should be used immediately after mixing. Other vials in the lot may be affected.
BlackOxygen Organics recalls fulvic acid tablets and powder due to potential health risks
BlackOxygen Organics is recalling all lots of BlackOxygen Tablets (NPN 80106662) and BlackOxygen Organics Powder (NPN 80097385) due to potential health risks.
Health Canada suspends licence and requested a recall for PURE75 gel hand sanitizer due to potential serious health risks
Health Canada has suspended the product licence for PURE75 gel hand sanitizer (NPN 80098346) due to health risks. The Department tested the product and found that it contains an undeclared impurity, methanol, at elevated levels. Methanol can cause serious health issues and is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers.
Health Canada warns of magnet sets that pose serious health risks
Health Canada is warning Canadians of the serious danger posed by three magnet sets primarily sold online (photos below):