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Parents of Black Sask. teen who took own life call for stronger anti-racism action

Parents of Black Sask. teen who took own life call for stronger anti-racism action

Sandra Barker-Schmidt and her husband, Dean Schmidt, are grappling with a difficult question this fall: Should they send their daughter ​​Kidist to the same school where her older brother endured seemingly endless racist taunts before he died? It's where most of Kidist's friends will go, and switching schools would mean about a 45-minute commute to Regina every day.…

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Hot toilet water at Sask. Hospital North Battleford fires up debate in legislature

Hot toilet water at Sask. Hospital North Battleford fires up debate in legislature

The NDP added a new report that people were “burning their butts” from hot toilet water at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford to its list of infrastructure grievances about the ailing facility. The government responded that the plumbing error occurred about a year and a half ago. It said the water was warm and no one was injured. On Wednesday, Opposition Leader Ryan Meili…

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Phone, virtual services helping to field coronavirus-related questions in Saskatchewan

Phone, virtual services helping to field coronavirus-related questions in Saskatchewan

Whether through virtual appointments with doctors or contacting HealthLine 811, phone and online services have had been handling questions related to the novel coronavirus response in Saskatchewan. HealthLine 811 has responded to almost 53,000 COVID-19-related calls since March 17, and the online self-assessment tool launched March 15 has had over a million page views,…

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Pediatrician weighs in on Sask. back-to-school guidelines

Pediatrician weighs in on Sask. back-to-school guidelines

The Saskatchewan government is planning to see students back in classrooms this September.  Last week, Education Minister Gord Wyant released guidelines for K-12 schools in the province. They focus on enforcing proper hygiene practices like hand-washing and limiting physical contact, but won't require students to wear masks or maintain strict physical distancing.  While…

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Nurses launch investigation into Canada’s failure to protect health care workers  from COVID-19

Nurses launch investigation into Canada’s failure to protect health care workers from COVID-19

June 22, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is launching an independent investigation into why Canada has failed to protect more than 16,000 health care workers from being infected by COVID-19, ignoring the lessons learned from the tragic SARS outbreak in 2003. Canada’s rate of infection of health care workers is 19 per cent – more than…

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