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A child life specialist’s holiday guide for parents

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

The holidays are going to be different this year. As outlined by Public Health, it is recommended that holiday celebrations be limited to your household only. If you live alone, you may join another household if you wish. Though this usually festive season will look different, it can still be fun for the whole family!

We spoke to Elaine Skene, Child Life Specialist, about how to prepare your kids for the holidays and adapt the usual traditions into something new and exciting.

Prepare children for...

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Coming together by staying apart: Virtual concert raises vital funds for Osler

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

They may have been physically distanced, but over 2,000 people gathered virtually on November 20 to raise more than $460,000 for William Osler Health System’s three hospitals and show their support for the front line health workers who’ve been working day and night since the pandemic began. For the first time in the event’s nine-year history, music fans and philanthropists came together online for the annual Gala Benefit Concert in support of William Osler Health System Foundation.

“I never expected...

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Creative thinking helps improve care and safety for COVID-19 patients

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

It’s common to hear the COVID-19 pandemic described as “unprecedented” – and for good reason.

“We’ve truly never seen anything like this before,” explains Dr. Aiden Moktassi, Interim Chief and Medical Director, Diagnostic Imaging. “Across the world, health care professionals and communities alike are grappling with this virus in real time. There’s no playbook for how to manage through it.”

While the communities served by Osler have been particularly hard hit, Osler’s response to the current second...

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Practicing mindfulness during an usual holiday season

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:00 AM

The holiday season can bring up different kinds of feelings, emotions and memories. With a pandemic added into the mix, it’s as important as ever this year to be aware of how you are doing and take care of yourself and others. Jonathan Zarb, Spiritual Health Therapy and Education Coordinator, shares some wellness and mindfulness tips for you to consider over the holidays.

Be open to both your emotions and others

Feelings surrounding grief, loss, isolation, stress, family strain and more can be heightened...

Osler moving COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centres to indoor locations

Posted on Friday, December 04, 2020 12:00 AM

Relocating indoors will ensure safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff as winter approaches

William Osler Health System (Osler), which operates COVID-19 Testing Centres in Brampton (South Fletcher’s Sportsplex) and Etobicoke (Highway 27 and Queen’s Plate Drive), is moving both Testing Centres to indoor locations, starting the week of December 7.

With winter approaching, Osler is relocating the Testing Centres indoors to ensure the health, safety and comfort of patients and staff,...