Health

Time theft? These Canadian workers are more concerned with pandemic burnout.

The Pigeon spoke to Canadians who are working from home about their perception of productivity, timeliness, and wellness. They say the increased mental strain they’re under, caused by working remotely during a global pandemic, is their main concern.

Marginalized communities in Toronto are taking vaccinations into their own hands

Fighting language barriers, vaccine hesitancy, and systemic obstacles, these community leaders are ensuring marginalized people across the city are safe from COVID-19.

University body bequeathal programs let Canadians give back after death

Donating your body to science might sound morbid, but to these Canadians and their loved ones, it gives death a new purpose

Free contraception is still out of reach for Canadians

A campaign from British Columbia is spearheading the conversation

Social media is helping frontline healthcare workers voice COVID-19 concerns

In a Feb. 11 Twitter livestream, health advocates met with Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hajdu to discuss vaccine rollout.

The casualties of contraceptive care

Getting my IUD was dehumanizing, but so is Canada’s entire medical system.

Canadian seniors are learning to find joy in a world of fear

Despite the increased stresses of the pandemic, these elderly Canadians are committed to finding positivity.

Post-secondary students say virtual therapy misses the mark

Online mental health supports provided by Canadian universities lack privacy and close connections.

The science behind ‘doomscrolling’

I’ve always been wary of my time spent on social media, but now I can’t stop scrolling through Twitter.

Online groups help fill the gaps for Canadians with endometriosis

“I just kind of suffered on my own [...] I was told by my doctor that pregnancy would cure it.”

For Indigenous people, cultural safety means medical safety

Joyce Echaquan was surrounded by all the familiar features of a healthcare environment. She lay in a motorized bed wearing a teal gown, the walls were a soft beige, and the beeps of medical machinery faintly filled the air. The racism she experienced was familiar, too.

Time theft? These Canadian workers are more concerned with pandemic burnout.

The Pigeon spoke to Canadians who are working from home about their perception of productivity, timeliness, and wellness. They say the increased mental strain they’re under, caused by working remotely during a global pandemic, is their main concern.

“I felt ridiculously lucky”: How each Canadian region compares when it comes to abortion access

Abortion is a nationally protected medical procedure in Canada, regulated by provincial governments, meaning that each province and territory approaches abortion differently. Here's how each Canadian region measures up when it comes to abortion access.

How psychedelics are a game-changer for dying Canadians

Psychedelics, often remembered as a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture, have been associated with the hippy movement, the Woodstock music festival, and the occult. Outside of popular culture, however, psychedelics have undergone a long journey to be considered for use in palliative care.

Despite COVID-19 cases rising, Canadian student-athletes in the US return to campus

Canadian athletes attending university in the US are facing barriers such as rising COVID-19 cases on campus and quarantine measures

‘These are preventable deaths’: Saskatchewan’s growing drug crisis

Prairie Harm Reduction has been working toward opening Saskatchewan’s first safe consumption site for five years. The site is set to open on Oct. 1, directly in the wake of a Saskatchewan Coroners Service report estimating that overdose deaths in the province in 2020 are already higher than any previous year.

‘It’s labour intense. It’s emotional’: In Ontario, parents of children with developmental disabilities face back-to-school challenges

Choosing between online and in-person schooling can be especially difficult for parents of children with developmental disabilities who are considering a return to the classroom during COVID-19. Sensory issues with mask-wearing, the need for movement within the classroom, and difficulty understanding physical distancing could affect a parent’s decision to send their child to school.

How tattooing helps cancer survivors regain control of their bodies

Kyla Gutsche is a medical tattoo artist and owner of Cosmetic Transformations in Peterborough, Ont. Her small business provides permanent makeup services to disguise unwanted scars. Breast cancer scarring can threaten a woman’s body and her sense of self-control. Tattooing over the wound is one way to regain that power.

For trans people in New Brunswick, inclusive health care isn’t guaranteed

Clinic 554 is currently the only health centre in New Brunswick where trans people know they can go to receive informed, inclusive care. Now that it’s closing, they’re being forced to contend with a medical system they say doesn’t prioritize them.

It’s hard enough to get an abortion in New Brunswick—closing Clinic 554 won’t help

Clinic 554, New Brunswick’s only independent clinic that offers abortions, is set to close permanently at the end of September. Advocates for the Fredericton, N.B. clinic, as well as former patients, are urging the provincial government to save it.

COVID-19 is changing the way Canadians have abortions

In Canada, abortion has not been restricted federally since 1988. While the essential nature of abortion was quickly reaffirmed by policy-makers at the beginning of the pandemic, providers had to adjust the way they delivered health services so patients could continue to access abortion at the peak of regional quarantine measures. While the types of services patients need haven’t changed dramatically, the pandemic has altered the way clinics and hospitals think about accessibility of care.

Burnt out and fighting for benefits, B.C. midwives return to the bargaining table

“Give them paid leave, give them [parental] leave [...] give them anything that they're asking for. All workers deserve all of these things. It's unfortunate that we have to [fight for them].”

Public spaces may never be the same: Ottawa farmers’ markets adjust to COVID-19

In March, when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the emergency shutdown of all non-essential businesses in the province, farmers' markets were deemed essential food services. Ottawa Public Health guidelines for farmers’ markets, however, meant these spaces would not be operating normally.

New Brunswick musicians find new ways to perform during COVID-19 restrictions

For musicians across New Brunswick, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges. From drive-in music festivals to broadcasting concerts on social media, entertainers are eager to find ways to bring back audiences.