Give Kids A Smile event postponed as COVID-19 continues to affect oral health care | Local News

This year will be the first time in nearly two decades that children visiting Eastern Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry the first Friday in February will not be greeted with Purple the Clown, PeeDee the Pirate and the ECU cheerleaders.

Give Kids A Smile day, which provides free dental care to children, will not be held during National Children’s Dental Health Month due to the coronavirus pandemic. But members of the East Central Dental Society hope the effort will come up smiling later this year.

“We would like to be able to do it at some point this year. Right now

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Alberta father-of-two dies after ‘non-essential’ heart surgery postponed due to COVID-19

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Jerry "Ched" Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.
Jerry “Ched” Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.

Jerry Dunham’s Facebook profile serves as a window into the frustration that plagued the final months of his life. 

In April, the 47-year-old Redcliff, Alta. native was informed that his plans to receive a pacemaker was being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic — as were all other “non-essential” surgeries in the province.

For Dunham, the news was a devastating blow. The appointment with his doctor had been six

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