COVID-19: Think-tank calls for national oversight of long-term care

Countries with strong regulation and centralized oversight of their long-term care have fared better overall in dealing with COVID-19, according to veteran, Canadian seniors care researchers. Fuelled by this, co-authors Pat Armstrong and Marcy Cohen are making recommendations to Ottawa in a discussion paper today by Vancouver-based Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think-tank.…

Ski gear a hot commodity ahead of COVID-19 winter

British Columbians appear to be dealing with COVID-19 cabin fever by getting outside, regardless of the weather. Skiing and tubing tickets for the opening weekend at Cypress Mountain quickly sold out last week, while outdoor retailers are reporting strong demand for winter sports gear. “For sure, it’s busier than normal,” said Steve Mohr, owner of…

Family believes missing hiker could still be alive

On Friday, Oct. 9, Jordan Naterer talked over FaceTime with his sister Julia in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The 25-year-old was excited about a hike he’d planned for the weekend in Manning Park — his first overnighter. On camera, Naterer showed his sister his equipment, including his pack and bear spray. “He was prepared,” said Julia.…