Physician Health Survey, monkeypox on campus: In the news August 25

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The rate of reported burnout among physicians was 1.7 times higher than in the association’s previous survey in 2017.

The survey suggests that a quarter of respondents suffered from severe or moderate anxiety and almost half of respondents suffered from depression.

Forty-nine percent of physicians who participated in the survey also indicated that they were likely to reduce or change their clinical hours over the next two years.

Association president Dr. Alika Lafontaine said participants’ responses “reflect the current state of the health care system,” adding that the COVID 19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the challenges physicians have faced for decades. years.

The survey suggests that 36% of doctors have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their life, compared to 18% of doctors who said they had thought about suicide in 2017.

Fifty-seven percent of all respondents said they always or often felt tired at work, and only 36% of respondents said they always or often slept optimally.

Lafontaine said provincial governments across Canada have been ‘obsessed with efficiency’ over the past two decades and healthcare providers haven’t received the support they need to ensure their environments of work are durable.

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Expert urges Canadian universities and colleges to be proactive in preventing the spread of monkeypox on campuses.

University of Manitoba virologist Jason Kindrachuk says schools should educate the public about the risks of monkeypox as students prepare to meet this fall.

Kindrachuk notes that, so far, cases of monkeypox in Canada have been concentrated in men who have reported having had intimate sexual contact with other men, but the virus can spread to anyone through close contact. prolonged.

He says students could face high risk as the start of the school year brings crowded social events, cramped accommodations and high rates of sexual activity.

Kindrachuk says schools can help keep students safe and reduce the stigma surrounding the virus by sharing information about signs of illness and steps they can take to protect themselves.

Universities in Ontario and Quebec, where the majority of monkeypox cases in Canada have been detected, say they are taking steps to manage the risk of the disease as part of their public health strategies.

Toronto Metropolitan University says it is developing protocols to deal with potential infections on campus, particularly in residence halls.

In Montreal, Concordia University says it is looking to reconvene a group that addresses infectious disease concerns, with a focus on on-campus housing.

And that too…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes a second high-level international visitor this week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, arriving in Canada today.

They are to visit a military radar site in Cambridge Bay, Nvt., marking the first time a NATO leader has visited the Canadian Arctic.

Senior Canadian and NATO officials say the visit is meant to highlight the region as a security priority, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and climate change issues.

Rapidly accelerating melting in the Arctic means the region is more accessible to allies and foes alike.

Stoltenberg’s last visit to Canada was in 2019, but he and Trudeau met at the NATO summit in Madrid in late June.

Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister was in Toronto and Newfoundland with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose visit was aimed at strengthening green energy ties between the two countries.

What we’re watching in the US…

NASHVILLE, Tennessee _ Four more Republican-run states will ban nearly all abortions this week as another round of laws severely limiting the procedure go into effect following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v . Wade.

To date, 13 states have passed so-called trigger laws designed to ban most abortions if the High Court strikes down the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. The majority of those states began enforcing their bans soon after the June 24 ruling, but Idaho, Tennessee and Texas had to wait 30 days beyond that when judges formally issued the ruling, which occurred several weeks after the decision was announced.

This deadline is until Thursday. Meanwhile, North Dakota’s trigger law is set to go into effect on Friday.

The change will not be dramatic. All of these states except North Dakota already had anti-abortion laws in place that largely barred patients from accessing the procedure. And the majority of clinics that offered abortions in those areas have either stopped offering those services or moved to other states where abortion remains legal.

Texas, the nation’s second-largest state, has banned most abortions once fetal heart activity has been detected, which can be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, before many women know that they are pregnant. The ban has been in place for almost a year, since the courts refused to stop the law last September.

A similar situation unfolded in Idaho, but there a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the state’s abortion ban violated federal law. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said the state cannot enforce its abortion ban in cases where the pregnant person is experiencing a medical emergency that seriously threatens their life or health. Idaho’s abortion ban makes all abortions a crime, but allows doctors to defend themselves in court by arguing that the procedure was necessary to save the mother’s life or performed in cases of rape or of incest.

In total, more than 40 states restrict certain abortions after a certain stage of pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. These state laws generally require a doctor to determine gestational age before performing an abortion.

What we watch in the rest of the world…

HONG KONG _ Tropical Storm Ma-on made landfall in southern China’s Guangdong province on Thursday after bringing rain and high winds to Hong Kong, where the stock market was closed for trading on Monday. morning due to the storm.

Residents of coastal areas around Maoming city were told to stay away from the shore on Thursday morning as the typhoon arrived at 10:30 a.m.

The Guangdong Public Meteorological Service Center said Ma-on was packing sustained winds of 118 kilometers per hour and moving slowly northwest at about 25 kilometers per hour.

Ma-on is expected to weaken as it moves inland towards the Guangxi region, Yunnan province and northern Vietnam.

The Hong Kong government said one person was injured and reports of flooding and a fallen tree had been received. About 140 people had sought refuge in temporary shelters set up in the city, according to a government statement. Schools were closed at least in the morning.

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd., the city’s exchange operator, said in a statement that it delayed trading in stocks and derivatives during the morning session. Discussions will resume at 1 p.m.

In Guangdong, several cities suspended high-speed train and ferry service and evacuated workers on offshore projects. Shenzhen Airport, a Chinese technology hub that borders Hong Kong, canceled all flights from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Philippine authorities have reported at least three dead and four injured, mostly after being hit by falling trees, after the storm swept through the north of the country earlier this week.

More than 10,000 people were displaced and public schools and government offices were closed for two days in Manila and several outlying provinces due to gusty winds and heavy rains.

On this day in 1943…

Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first American President to visit Ottawa. Roosevelt and Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King of Canada and Winston Churchill of Great Britain had previously attended the Quebec Conference in Quebec.

In entertainment…

TORONTO _ “Eternal Spring,” an animated documentary about religious persecution in China, will be Canada’s nominee for a Best International Feature Film nomination at next year’s Oscars.

Telefilm Canada announced on Wednesday that it will submit Jason Loftus’ film for consideration in the category formerly called Best Foreign Language Film, a move the filmmaker hopes will draw more attention to human rights abuses in China. .

The film tells the story of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong, which was targeted by police raids after a faction of members hijacked a state television signal in 2002 in an attempt to correct the record on their practice. .

Comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner, was forced to flee to North America and initially blamed the hijacking for aggravating the group’s violent crackdown. He changes his mind after meeting the only known surviving hacker to have fled China.

The Mandarin film combines current images and 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art.

A pan-Canadian selection committee of 20 members drawn from various government agencies and film industry associations chose the film.

This is the first time Canada will submit an animated feature, documentary and film in Mandarin for consideration, Telefilm Canada CEO Christa Dickenson said.

The Academy accepts only one submission in each country’s category for consideration. If selected, “Eternal Spring” would become the ninth Canadian film to receive an Oscar nomination in the category. Only one _ “Les Invasions barbares” by Denys Arcand _ won, in 2004.

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A new poll suggests Quebecers are more likely to say a 16th-century French explorer discovered Canada, compared to the rest of the country, which says it was Indigenous people.

The Association for Canadian Studies released the results of a poll by Leger, which surveyed about 17,000 people online in early July.

He asked them questions about the country’s history.

Association president Jack Jedwab suggests the results show a divide between Quebec and the rest of the country around who discovered Canada.

The poll shows that 46% of respondents in Quebec chose Jacques Cartier, while only 11% in the province named Aboriginal people.

This compares to all other regions of the country where at least 20% of respondents said they were Indigenous, while less than 10% chose Cartier.

Jedwab says it seems the rest of Canada is waking up to how much the role of Indigenous peoples has been downplayed in the country’s history books.

But he says that inside Quebec, residents tend to see Canada as a mixture of two nations, English and French.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2022.

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