Alex McKeen, TorontoStar

Alex McKeen

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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
Past:
  • The Mississauga News
  • WR Record
  • GuelphMercuryTribune
  • Hamilton Spectator

Recent articles by Alex:

99 family doctor jobs have been left empty in Canada’s yearly hiring of medical graduates

Roles left unfilled as 4.6 million Canadians go without a family doctor → Read More

Fire, flood and what comes next: How two devastated B.C. communities are weighing whether to rebuild or retreat

British Columbia communities are facing the sort of hard choices about the future that many climate watchers say lie ahead for many other Canadians. → Read More

How Baby Boomers will change the way Canadians die

Things appeared to be going well with Thomas Hartle’s cancer treatment as he went into surgery to remove two tumours from his digestive tract. It was to be his third surgery after two successful ones. Hopes were high. But this time, in 2019, the doctor found not just two tumours, but 42 — too many to remove. It was Stage 4 colon cancer, and there would be no cure. That’s how Hartle, an IT… → Read More

Amid shortages of family doctors across Canada, med school grads increasingly don’t want the jobs

The number of medical graduates in Canada is rising, but more family medicine positions are left vacant compared to specialty roles. → Read More

How much is inflation in Canada being driven by Russia’s war in Ukraine?

Gas prices are being driven up by the conflict, experts say — but they note a lot of other factors in a big inflation number reported Wednesday. → Read More

So there’s no more mask mandate on U.S. planes. Does that affect my trip?

A Florida U.S. district judge has ruled mask requirements overstepped the authority of the CDC and didn’t face adequate consultation from the public → Read More

Jumping fences and gorging on farmed salmon, these B.C. sea lions won’t be deterred

Dozens of sea lions have continued to feast at a Cermaq Canada salmon farm near Tofino, B.C. after what the company called a “breach” by the animals that began in March, when the company started harvesting the salmon from the pens for sale. Sea lions are clever mammals who hunt in packs, herding schools of fish into inescapable confinement, to be snatched up one at a time. On Vancouver Island’s… → Read More

‘It’s a war zone’: First officers on scene of Portapique massacre describe search for mass killer in the dark woods

Three Mounties testify together on Monday, giving their perspective as the first officers to arrive where Gabriel Wortman’s rampage began. → Read More

Three key ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers pull back the curtain on the hopes, tension and infighting that marked the occupation

The movement that became an unprecedented disruption for Canada’s capital faced turbulence and disagreement from the inside, too → Read More

Is this Canadian sniper alive? The truth is caught up in Ukraine’s ‘fog of war’ — and the Russian propaganda machine

He blogged almost every day before going dark. It’s not yet clear if he’s laying low, or if the Russian rumours of his death are true → Read More

Is it finally time? U.S. ‘Sunshine Protection Act’ paves way to end twice-yearly clock changes there — and here in Canada

The provinces have passed legislation to allow an end to biannual clock changes, but they were waiting on the U.S. to approve similar legislation before putting it into place. → Read More

Canadian injured in Russian missile attack in Ukraine identifies himself as Hunter Francis

Francis, from Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick, was apparently on the ground at a military training base near Ukraine’s western border Sunday when it was attacked by Russian missiles. He is now in Poland, en route back to Canada, with non-life-threatening injuries. → Read More

‘I can’t really accept it’: Ukrainian-Canadians react in disbelief, shock to news from overseas of Russia’s attack

Some Ukrainians in large cities flee to smaller towns while others wait in shelters as Russia launches attack early Thursday. → Read More

‘Freedom convoy’ fundraising: No rise in suspicious transaction reports due to protests, financial watchdog says

The deputy director of Fintrac testified Thursday as the National Security Committee probed violent extremism and those funding it, against a backdrop of protests unfolding across the country against vaccine mandates and health restrictions. → Read More

Is the ‘Freedom convoy’ already getting what it says it wants?

As protest arrives in Toronto, some jurisdiction are cancelling vaccine passports, while Canada’s top doctor advocates ‘balance’ → Read More

A Vancouver Olympics, again? Maybe — but with four First Nations leading the pitch, it’s no 2010 reprise

‘This time they say they’re going to walk behind us,’ says Musqueam Chief of Indigenous-led Olympic effort. → Read More

‘Freedom Rally’ convoy has withdrawn $1 million from once-frozen viral fundraiser: GoFundMe

GoFundMe said the organizer of the fundraiser has handed over a distribution plan for covering participants’ fuel costs. → Read More

‘My heart is crying’: Family who died of cold near Canada-U.S. border identified in Indian press

Much remains unknown about the Patel family and their attempt to cross the border, including how they entered Canada, and why they so urgently wanted to get to the U.S. → Read More

‘You are alone’: The increasingly lonely road of the unvaccinated

From a Quebec health-care charge to a trucker mandate, costs for the unvaccinated in Canada are rising, pushing them further to the margins of society. → Read More

How Omicron changed our pandemic — and ended the ‘new normal’ of 2020

Governments and policymakers are struggling to adapt to a version of COVID-19 that is both more transmissible and less deadly. → Read More