Ontario could face ‘very difficult’ flu season, health minister warns

TORONTO – Ontario’s health minister says this year’s flu season will likely be a bad one. Christine Elliott says officials have been looking at Australia’s flu season, and based on what that country is experiencing this year, it will likely…

Christine Elliott downplays Premier Doug Ford’s health care comments

TORONTO – Ontario’s health minister says it may take longer than the year promised by Premier Doug Ford to end overcrowding within the province’s hospitals. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the problem – which has resulted in thousands of patients…

Lisa MacLeod straitjacket cartoon draws criticism for stigmatizing mental health issues

The Toronto Star and a Halifax artist are being criticized over the publication of an editorial cartoon depicting Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Lisa MacLeod. Published in Monday’s edition of the paper, the cartoon shows MacLeod in a straitjacket being…

Ontario wants to expand midwives’ ability to prescribe medications

TORONTO – Ontario wants to give midwives across the province the ability to prescribe more medications to their patients. Health Minister Christine Elliott says consultations are underway to expand midwives’ scope of practice with the body that regulates the profession…

Ottawa Hospital gets up to $9M boost from province to continue new Civic campus plans

The Ottawa Hospital is getting a cash injection of up to $9 million from the provincial government as it enters its next stage of planning for the new Civic campus. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott made the funding announcement Thursday…

Woman granted ‘miracle drug’ coverage after pleas in media, at Queen’s Park

A 21-year-old woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has been granted eight months’ worth of provincial health coverage for an expensive “miracle drug”, her family says. The news comes less than one month after their pleas for coverage were taken…

Health care advisory council report gives Ford government wide berth to move forward with agenda

An advisory council appointed by Premier Doug Ford’s government has released a report with a number of recommendations to improve the way health care is delivered in the province. The report is the second to be released by what the…

Questions remain after Ontario health minister meets with London mayor

Christine Elliott, Ontario’s minister of health and long-term care, stopped by 300 Dufferin Ave. on Thursday to meet with Mayor Ed Holder and medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie. Up for discussion during the meeting was a planned permanent…