Labour ministry inspectors to conduct safety blitz to prevent common injuries

TORONTO – Inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour will hold a “workplace safety blitz” in the coming months in an effort to prevent the most common on-the-job injuries. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the three-month project — running from Tuesday until Dec. 27 — will see inspectors focus on musculoskeletal injury and respiratory illness […]

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Winnipeg insurance firm now covers video doctor visits

A Winnipeg insurance provider appears to be the first in Canada to let its clients claim virtual doctor appointments, getting prescriptions and other primary care without the patients leaving their homes or offices. Johnston Group is partnering with Teladoc Health, an international company that offers phone or video consultation with a doctor, to offer virtual […]

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Disability advocacy organization in limbo amid funding uncertainty

  The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities says it may be forced to close after repeated attempts to ask the province to restore its core funding, which was cut in December 2017, have been unsuccessful. “We’ve done everything we can do, except close the doors, to get by,” said treasurer Fred Dugdale. “You just […]

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Ontario man says life insurance application denied due to anxiety disorder

A man in Elmira, Ont., says Sun Life Financial denied his application for life insurance because he has generalized anxiety disorder, and he’s worried the practice could discourage others from seeking help for mental illness. Robert Pugh, 32, and his wife, Amber, have a toddler and another child on the way. In the spring, the couple decided each would purchase […]

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How actors with disabilities are changing the narrative in Hollywood

When Ryan O’Connell created his Netflix series Special, he knew it was good. But he didn’t imagine the comedy would earn four Emmy nominations, including best comedy, in its first season. “I always believed in the show,” said O’Connell. “But having that validated is sort of incredible.” Special is about a millennial gay man living with cerebral palsy while trying to make it as a […]

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Canadians ready for health care to modernize, CMA poll suggests

Many Canadians want to connect virtually with their doctor in an Amazon-like experience, but the country’s health-care system first needs to modernize, according to a new report. The Canadian Medical Association released a report Thursday — titled The Future of Connected Health Care — with a focus on how people feel about health-care technology, such as virtual […]

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