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Ontario’s vaccine certificate QR code: what you need to know
To protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s important to stay informed about changing COVID-19 protocols, including the Government of Ontario’s new QR code system. Starting October 22nd, 2021, businesses will begin checking the vaccination status of guests using registered QR codes. This will function as an alternative to employees reviewing PDFs or printed copies…

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Will you be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot in Canada?
The United States is now offering COVID-19 booster shots to their citizens, as are Israel, France, Britain, and Germany. Booster shots and third doses of the vaccine aren’t recommended for most Canadians — yet. That doesn’t mean, however, that certain groups aren’t getting third doses. If you’re wondering if you’ll be able to get in…

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Depression signs and symptoms — how to recognize depression
One in four Canadians need treatment for depression at some point in their lives. Learn the warning signs of depression to help yourself or a loved one.

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Trailblazing employers can help employees battle burnout with virtual health
This article was originally developed by Canadian HR Reporter. As we collectively mark the one-year passing of the “two-week quarantine” to stop the spread of a serious new virus, it’s fair to say everyone’s capacity for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is close to maxed. Burnout — defined as “fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from…

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Continuity of care is seamless in a virtual healthcare setting
This article was originally developed by Canadian HR Reporter Virtual care is rapidly becoming more mainstream in Canada due to its efficacy and convenience — during a global pandemic in particular, there’s much to be said for accessing healthcare from the safety and comfort of your own home. And, the increasing popularity of virtual healthcare…

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Five reasons why top employers offer virtual care to employees
This article was originally featured in Canadian HR Reporter. Virtual care has been on a global rise and has skyrocketed this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian market – specifically top employers – are swiftly embracing this new model of healthcare. Employers have a lot to gain from offering virtual care to their…

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Is it a rash or is it skin cancer?
Skin rashes can look suspicious. Will they go away on their own, or are they dangerous? Learn about different types of skin rashes, how they differ from skin cancers, and how to get treatment.

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Triple-negative breast cancer
One in eight Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. It’s the most common cancer in Canadian women after non-melanoma skin cancer. Breast cancer isn’t one homogeneous disease, however, and knowing which type you have is important for a few different reasons. Triple-negative breast cancer tends to be different from other forms of…

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Why companies should listen: the growing demand and need for mental health support
According to the August 2021 LifeWorks Mental Health Index™, the Canadian optimism sub-score sat at -9.9, nearly 10 points below its benchmark, reflecting strained mental health in the Canadian population, largely in part due to stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thankfully, we’re no longer forced to self-isolate, but the Delta variant and the…

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The lowdown on men’s PSA testing
Canadian men get prostate cancer more than any other cancer, and 1 in 9 men are diagnosed with it during their life. Most cases are discovered in their early stages, which is part of the reason there’s a 93% probability of surviving prostate cancer in Canada. Despite this, population-wide prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate…

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Five tips for re-opening your office with employee wellness in mind
A return to the office in the time of COVID-19 is one of mixed emotions. It’s a sign that things are slowly but surely returning to a new normal. Brainstorming, collaborating, and forming human connections are all best done in person, but the re-opening of office spaces also presents a host of new challenges. We…

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