March 2014

Health & Safety

Canada Life Offers free Business Care

The sales director at Canada Life Group Insurance said the BusinessCare service, which is provided by Capita Health and Wellbeing, would be rolled out to any FCA-registered adviser needing support in conducting group business.

He said: “We believe that many smaller advisers without access to an in-house legal team will genuinely appreciate this offer, as it will allow them to ensure they are compliant from a legal and health and safety perspective.”

50 Shades of Safety

Our health and safety professionals are operating slightly upstream of the burning fire, crash scene or store robbery, focusing mainly on prevention rather than cure. They skillfully weigh the hazards and risks, and figure out the best way to do things without unduly putting people’s health, safety and well-being at risk.

We continue to injure people in large numbers. And too many of those injuries are manmade and preventable. Too often we accept these preventable injuries as just a part of life or the cost of doing business.

Safety of Vaccines is still a Tough Sell with some Parents, Study Finds

When it comes to convincing wary parents that vaccinations are safe, public health officials have their work cut out for them.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that pro-vaccination messages may be ineffective – or could even backfire – among parents who report reluctance to have their children vaccinated. “It’s very hard to convince people using evidence when they have strong views to the contrary,” said lead author Brendan Nyhan, an assistant professor in the department of government at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Health Canada’s All-Clear on ADA Questioned by Skeptics

Health Canada insists a chemical found in hamburger buns and doughnuts — as well as yoga mats and shoe soles — is safe to eat.

But as some restaurant chains voluntarily move to pull the controversial food additive, scientists at home and abroad are raising serious questions about the research that underlies that safety assurance.

Azodicarbonamide, commonly called ADA, is banned in Europe. Canada is one of only five countries listed in the International Food Additive Database that permits its use in flour as a dough-conditioning agent to make the finished product light, soft and resilient.

Budget Bolsters Health and Research Spending by $2.1 Billion

Ottawa will spend an extra $2.1 billion on new health-related initiatives intended to boost research and development, address health inequities in the North, combat tobacco smuggling, reduce the illicit use of prescription drugs and bolster food safety.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced these and other initiatives in the 2014 federal budget he brought down February 11 in Ottawa, Ontario. The federal government is holding overall spending at $279 billion in 2014/15, almost at par with last year's $280 billion.

Human Resources

International Women’s Day: The great women among us

Kaye Williams: Guysborough

Public health nurse in Guysborough County for over 35 years. Retired from nursing first in 1986 and again in 1991. Honorary chairwoman of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital fundraising committee. Mother of four.

Status of Women Canada Announces new BioTalent Canada Initiative to Cultivate Women in Biotech

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Canada announced a new project for BioTalent Canada to connect and advance women in biotechnology, classified as a "non-traditional" industry. The three year project will engage stakeholders to identify the challenges and needs on how best to assist women in entering the bio-economy and support local networks of women in Vancouver, Toronto, Charlottetown and Montreal. These networks will allow women currently working in the bio-economy, who are looking to break into the industry or who are considering the bio-economy as a career option for networking and receiving guidance from like-minded biotech professionals. The announcement was made today at a special networking breakfast event in Vancouver hosted by Life Sciences BC

Employee Foresee Modest Hiring Climate for Second Quarter: Survey

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the net employment outlook of nine per cent is a two percentage point decrease compared to the previous quarter and a three percentage point drop compared to the outlook reported during the same time last year. Sixteen per cent of employers plan to increase staffing levels in the second quarter of 2014, while four per cent anticipate cutbacks, found the survey of more than 1,900 employers across Canada. And 78 per cent expect current staffing levels to remain the same while two per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for this upcoming quarter.

Three Ways to Improve your Company’s Internship Program

This week alone I’ve received more than 20 e-mails inquiring about internship opportunities this summer. With university and college programs nearing the end of the term, students are seeking opportunities to put their skills and education into practice. Yes, internship season has officially begun.

As businesses search for the best candidates, it’s not just interns looking to impress prospective companies. Businesses must similarly appeal to applicants by offering an experience that stands out from the competition. A recent survey by Glassdoor found that, while financial compensation is important, other factors – career growth, location, commute, company culture and values – play an equally important role.

How to Recover from a Major HR Blunder

Have you ever sent a sensitive email to the wrong person – or perhaps your entire staff database? This was precisely the blunder that Rosy Zory, chief people officer at media agency Carat, made a few years back, when she accidentally sent details of an unexpected upcoming staff restructure to the entire organization.
An immediate IT recall failed to get the email back, but fortunately for Zory, her sterling reputation and 20 years of industry experience allowed her to recover – even after her epic HR blunder hit the news.


Improving Primary Care for Long-Term Care Home Residents

Ontario is increasing the number of nurse practitioners in long-term care homes to strengthen the quality of care received by residents.

Long-term care homes that successfully apply for funding for a nurse practitioner, but have difficulty recruiting and retaining one, will also have access to the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner in Long-Term Care Program. This new program will provide support to allow these homes to recruit and sponsor a registered nurse to receive additional education to become a nurse practitioner.

TELUS Health to become Canada’s largest electronic medical record provider

Strengthening its commitment to provide the best healthcare information technology solutions in Canada, TELUS Health announced today its offer to acquire the electronic medical record (EMR) business operated by MD Practice Software LP, a member of the MD Physician Services Group and a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Closing of the transaction is scheduled for March 4, 2013.

New Centre for Brain Health to Unite Research and Patient

Canada’s largest integrated brain centre officially opens today, uniting research and patient care to change the way brain disorders are treated and studied.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), a partnership between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, unites under one roof research and clinical expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology in order to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into better treatment and prevention strategies.

Novartis Drug PrJakavi® Associated with Significant Clinical Benefit for Patients with Debilitating and Life-threatening Blood Cancer Myelofibrosis

Study results presented at the 55th American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting showed that patients with myelofibrosis who received treatment with Jakavi® (ruxolitinib) sustained reductions in spleen volume and sustained improvements in quality of life after three years of treatment. These results were demonstrated in analyses from the Phase III COMFORT-I (COntrolled MyeloFibrosis Study with ORal JAK Inhibitor Therapy) study. These long-term follow up results build on previously established data and reinforce the sustained efficacy and long-term safety profile of Jakavi® in patients with myelofibrosis.

Will you have Enough Money to Cover Health Care Bills in Retirement?

A bunch of different approaches have been used to get Canadians to save more for retirement, none of them wildly successful. Let’s try this: To cover your health care bills.

We have public health care in Canada, but it’s a system that best suits the young and not the old. A stay in a long-term care facility to recover from a serious illness could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, and the same applies to in-home care.

Canada, Taiwan Urged to Step Up E-Healthcare cooperation

Canada and Taiwan should deepen their partnership in developing electronic healthcare systems so as to create better healthcare services in both countries, industry experts said Tuesday.

Joseph Cafazzo, the lead researcher at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at Toronto's University Health Network, said Canada and Taiwan share the same values in healthcare research, including the principles of offering high-quality healthcare services to patients.

"But we also differ in many complementary aspects," Cafazzo said at a panel discussion at the Canada-Taiwan e-Health and Innovation Summit, organized by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

Product Recalls and Advisories

Apo-Diltiaz CD (2014-02-21)
Evra (2014-02-27)
Apo-Naproxen Tablets (2014-02-18)
Naproxen 500 mg tablet (2014-02-14)