Christina Frangou

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Health

Private Health Care Is Here

A growing number of Canadians pay out of pocket for MRIs, hip replacements, even family doctor visits. How a two-tiered system crept into Canada.
(Photography by Wade Hudson)
Health

Moderna’s Patricia Gauthier is preparing Canada for the next pandemic

The company’s first Canadian general manager is laying the groundwork for the country to become a leader in vaccine production
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Health

Canadian paramedics are in crisis

PTSD, burnout, and a pandemic. How COVID pushed the country’s overworked first responders into emergency territory
Dr. Daisy Fung: even long COVID patients working in health care are not believed. (Photograph by Jason Franson)
Health

Chronic exhaustion, derailed lives and no way out. This is long COVID.

Up to half a million Canadians are suffering from debilitating symptoms of long COVID—and falling through the cracks of a depleted health-care system
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Environment

An abandoned U.S. dam is blocking fish from B.C.’s Similkameen River—and key spawning ground

An abandoned dam in Washington state may be the only thing barring chinook and steelhead trout from the upper reaches of B.C.’s Similkameen River. If you tear it down, will they come?
(Illustration by Natasha Donovan)
Canada

Ts’eketi, the 100-year-old B.C. sturgeon that’s here to save her species

Deep in British Columbia’s Nechako River, the eggs of one ancient mama fish might be among the last hope for these endangered sturgeon
This colourized image, taken with a scanning electron microscope, shows a dying cell in a COVID-infected patient; the SARS-CoV-2 virus particles are in orange (Courtesy of NIAID)
Canada

Inside the global race against COVID-19 mutations

Variants of SARS-CoV-2 arise through errors in the virus’s replication process. But some mistakes give the virus a deadly advantage.
The moment of quiet after a patient has been turned onto his back. His nurse has just left the room, after applying balm to his lips and dimming the lights. (Heather Patterson)
Life

Alone and afraid: Alberta’s third wave in photos

A Calgary physician captures COVID-19 in the ICU: trauma, heartbreak and immense love and resilience
In this illustration, a ribosome (centre) is producing a protein (red) from an mRNA template (multicoloured); the COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA to teach our bodies to recognize and attack the virus’s protein (Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library/Getty Images)
Science

Researchers looking for mRNA were ridiculed by colleagues. Luckily, that didn’t stop them.

Sixty years ago, the scientists who were pioneering the technology that would make today’s COVID-19 vaccines possible were mocked and dismissed
Funeral home workers remove a body from the Centre d'hébergement de Sainte-Dorothée in Laval, Que., in April 2020 (Ryan Remiorz/CP)
Health

The year of the pandemic has busted the myth that Canada values its seniors

Decades of promises to improve the quality of life of elderly Canadians have gone unfulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the ugly truth.