In the 1950s, Canada faced a terrifying epidemic. Here’s how it was conquered

Starting early each morning, Gloria Stephens would slowly make her way through the Halifax ward of young polio patients, wrapping their limbs in hot towels to loosen muscles and stave off paralysis.... Read more »

How Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 lab more than tripled its testing capacity

A rapid training process and assembly line approach have allowed the QEII Health Sciences Centre microbiology lab in Halifax to more than triple its COVID-19 testing capacity in recent days. In the... Read more »

Canadian Blood Services appeals for donors as COVID-19 fuels cancellations

Canadian Blood Services says regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is still a good time to donate blood. Staff say individuals and groups have started cancelling appointments in the wake of new protocols... Read more »

What this N.S. woman wants others to know about donating an organ to a stranger

Katy Hopkins doesn’t consider giving up one of her kidneys to a stranger to be a big deal. Ask the 43-year-old Queens County, N.S., woman why she spent 19 months undergoing tests... Read more »

Nova Scotia firearms officer testifies at Lionel Desmond inquiry

The chief firearms office of Nova Scotia does not have the power to get a second medical opinion after reinstating a gun licence, unless the applicant gets flagged by police, a doctor... Read more »

Nova Scotia predicts big bump in organ donations under new law

Nova Scotia is expecting organ and tissue donations to rise by 40 to 50 per cent in the first year of the province’s opt-out law, which works out to an additional 10 organ donations... Read more »

Doctor who signed off on Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence says he didn’t pose risk

The doctor who signed off on Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence review did so in the same visit the Afghanistan veteran told him he’d been referred to an in-patient program to treat his... Read more »

Sydney doctor’s words, actions were inappropriate, patient says at misconduct hearing

A hearing examining the alleged misconduct of a Cape Breton doctor became tense in its first day as one of the complainants said repeatedly she had nothing to gain by coming forward. The accusations... Read more »

Doctor who signed off on Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence testifies at inquiry

The doctor who signed off on the firearms licence review for Lionel Desmond in 2016 is testifying Monday at a Nova Scotia fatality inquiry about why he felt the Afghanistan veteran seemed stable... Read more »

Why firearms officers returned Lionel Desmond’s gun licence after suicide attempt, police calls

Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence first got flagged for review after a reference outed him as having lied on his application for omitting his diagnosis of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. But despite that... Read more »