Roger Collier | CMAJ | March 10, 2017

  • The federal government promised $650 million for international sexual and reproductive health initiatives. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the three-year plan on International Women’s Day.
  • Class action lawsuits have been filed against medical marijuana companies Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc. The companies sold products tainted with banned pesticides.
  • Nunavut’s department of health is failing to train and recruit health workers adequately, according to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. It took the health department a year and a half, on average, to fill a vacant position, according to the auditor general’s report.
  • The Ontario Medical Association is considering “job action if the Ontario government reneges on its promise to negotiate a fair and independent binding arbitration process, states an open letter to patients. The letter does not describe what the “job action” would entail but states that “urgent medical care will not be threatened or compromised.”
  • Several students and teachers at a school of osteopathy in Quebec have been accused of practising medicine illegally. They are facing multiple charges and more than $370 000 in fines.

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  • Health Canada released 3608 vials of the cancer drug Fluorouracil in response to a shortage. The vials had been quarantined after reports that they were leaking.
  • British Columbia dedicated $500 million over four years to improve seniors’ care. The province has more than 32 000 senior-care beds at residential and assisted-living facilities.
  • The Ontario government plans to hold a meeting of mayors from across the province to discuss how to address the opioid crisis. Premier Kathleen Wynne has already promised to fund the City of Ottawa’s $2.5-million opioid plan.
  • Parking prices will drop at hospitals and other health facilities in April. The move comes after years of pressure from patient committees and consumer advocates over “abusive” rates.
  • The number of confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto has risen to 28. Cases were first linked to bars in the city’s west end but have now spread to three public schools.

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