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Rick Mercer participates in Ontario stay-at-home campaign
a month ago

Rick Mercer participates in Ontario stay-at-home campaign

Notable athletes, artists, musicians and others have volunteered to release videos as part of a series urging Ontarians to stay home.
"We're Gonna Be Okay": Saskatchewan nurse creates song of encouragement amid ongoing pandemic
a month ago

"We're Gonna Be Okay": Saskatchewan nurse creates song of encouragement amid ongoing pandemic

Carol Scrivener, who performs as Carolina Jack, wrote “We’re Gonna Be Okay” to help people stay strong and keep fighting COVID-19.
Hamilton physician reunites with mom to vaccinate her against COVID-19
a month ago

Hamilton physician reunites with mom to vaccinate her against COVID-19

Dr. Michael Gallea hasn’t been able to hug his mother since the start of the pandemic, but got to touch her shoulder when giving her the shot.
Cupcakes to help fight COVID-19? This Ottawa 8-year-old baked up a great idea to raise research funds
2 months ago

Cupcakes to help fight COVID-19? This Ottawa 8-year-old baked up a great idea to raise research funds

Sophie George has raised nearly $2,000 for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation by baking and selling delicious treats
COVID recovery parades a new tradition in this Winnipeg care home
2 months ago

COVID recovery parades a new tradition in this Winnipeg care home

The staff at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre organize a parade each time one of their residents recovers from COVID-19 and returns home. The parades have become something of a tradition that allow staff and family members to celebrate, boosting morale.
VIDEO: Toronto COVID-19 survivor reunites with the health team who saved his life
3 months ago

VIDEO: Toronto COVID-19 survivor reunites with the health team who saved his life

Richard Reid fell ill in March and was cared for by Trillium Health Partners. In this video, he gets to thank the staff who helped him survive.
City of Toronto campaign encourages residents to “Practice Safe 6ix”
3 months ago

City of Toronto campaign encourages residents to “Practice Safe 6ix”

A new city-wide public education campaign targets 18 - 40 year olds, urging them to remain vigilant despite COVID fatigue.
In honour of #WorldKindnessDay, here are some of your favourite stories of #COVIDKindness
3 months ago

In honour of #WorldKindnessDay, here are some of your favourite stories of #COVIDKindness

November 13 is recognized across the world as a day to highlight good deeds and celebrate the power of kindness.
Pet therapy goes virtual during COVID-19
3 months ago

Pet therapy goes virtual during COVID-19

A pilot project at The Ottawa Hospital, the Virtual Pet Therapy Program is where volunteers bring a tablet attached to a specially adapted IV pole into patient rooms so they can interact with therapy dogs, bringing comfort and joy to those who are isolated.
LEGO PM Trudeau speaks to kids about the ongoing pandemic and the need to stay strong
4 months ago

LEGO PM Trudeau speaks to kids about the ongoing pandemic and the need to stay strong

Once again, his message has been transformed into a stop-motion LEGO video by Tyler Walsh of Winnipeg.
Music fills the atrium at Credit Valley Hospital, raising the spirits of workers and patients alike
4 months ago

Music fills the atrium at Credit Valley Hospital, raising the spirits of workers and patients alike

Four health care workers at the Mississauga hospital have taken up playing the piano, replacing volunteers who can’t enter the facility due to the pandemic.
Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19
4 months ago

Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19

All proceeds from the new children's book “Patty and the Pandemic” by Nicole Crimi will go to charity.
VIDEO: Voices Rock Medicine returns with an inspiring rendition of "Brave"
5 months ago

VIDEO: Voices Rock Medicine returns with an inspiring rendition of "Brave"

The community choir of women physicians from the GTA went viral in April with a virtual performance of Leon Dubinsky's "Rise Again".
N.B. student pairs youth and seniors for companionship during COVID
5 months ago

N.B. student pairs youth and seniors for companionship during COVID

Hannah Crouse’s efforts have alleviated pandemic-related loneliness and built friendships between older and younger people.
Hair Donation Ottawa goes virtual
5 months ago

Hair Donation Ottawa goes virtual

An annual CHEO fundraiser in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this year participants are encouraged to film and upload a video of themselves cutting their own hair.
A host of familiar faces welcomes Canadian med students back to school
6 months ago

A host of familiar faces welcomes Canadian med students back to school

The University of Toronto invited notable figures from medicine and entertainment to drop into their virtual orientation facilities, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and rapper Sean Paul.
Vancouver Coastal Health now using TikTok to help curb the spread of coronavirus among young people
6 months ago

Vancouver Coastal Health now using TikTok to help curb the spread of coronavirus among young people

The biggest increase of positive cases over the last two months in B.C. are in people aged 20 - 39. Vancouver’s health authority has launched a new campaign to combat this, including TikTok videos.
Origami paper garden brightens the window at Banff long-term care home
6 months ago

Origami paper garden brightens the window at Banff long-term care home

A local grade 4 student heard that residents at St. Martha’s Place were feeling lonely during the pandemic, so she started visiting and making them flowers for their solarium window.
Eastern Ontario couple separated by COVID-19 enjoy anniversary visit
6 months ago

Eastern Ontario couple separated by COVID-19 enjoy anniversary visit

Staff members at their respective care homes helped Harry and Arlie Beckstead celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary together, even with pandemic precautions in place.
Newfoundland artists painting portraits of workers on the front lines of COVID-19
6 months ago

Newfoundland artists painting portraits of workers on the front lines of COVID-19

The concept originated in the UK and has been taken up by artists from across Newfoundland and Labrador, who are creating images of health workers and others whose labour is essential.
Young entrepreneur creates ear protectors for healthcare workers, donates profits to the Ottawa Food Bank
7 months ago

Young entrepreneur creates ear protectors for healthcare workers, donates profits to the Ottawa Food Bank

11-year-old Alex Pound is using his 3D printer to make and then donate ear protectors for frontline workers who have to wear a mask all day.
Brass band offers a harmonious thank you to frontline workers in London, Ontario
7 months ago

Brass band offers a harmonious thank you to frontline workers in London, Ontario

The London Symphonia Brass Quintet took their show on the road to play for staff and patients at two local hospitals and a long-term care home.
Toronto artist raises funds for the Ottawa Hospital with new line of fine art masks
7 months ago

Toronto artist raises funds for the Ottawa Hospital with new line of fine art masks

Featuring landscape prints selected by the artist, Darlene Kulig, these Canadian-sourced masks are designed to mimic a smile and intended to evoke happiness. A portion of each sale is going to The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund to help fund cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital.
Ottawa school board invites families to thank health care workers through letters, drawings, videos
7 months ago

Ottawa school board invites families to thank health care workers through letters, drawings, videos

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board set up the #ThankYouFromOCDSB campaign to offer support and encouragement to front-line workers fighting COVID-19 in their community.
Ottawa Art Gallery stages online mini-exhibition of support messages for frontline workers
8 months ago

Ottawa Art Gallery stages online mini-exhibition of support messages for frontline workers

The gallery created the exhibit as part of its Creative Wellness partnership with the Ottawa Hospital.
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