Dr. Bonnie Henry ‘taken aback’ by fierce RCMP union criticism of her comments on police reform

“There was absolutely no criticism at all of anything that front-line police officers are doing and the misinterpretation of that is something I regret,”  Dr. Henry told reporters. View original article here Source

Vaccinate essential workers before seniors, says epidemiologist suggesting B.C. rethink its rollout plan

With the B.C. government's vaccine rollout plan now underway, an expert in virus modelling says there may be a better way to protect more people faster.The B.C. government plans to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 starting with the most elderly and...

B.C. expanding vaccine workforce as province records 559 new COVID-19 cases

British Columbia is expanding its vaccine workforce, health officials said Tuesday, as the province marked 559 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death.Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a news conference she has issued a public health order expanding the number...

‘No indication … we need to change,’ says B.C. as signs of a third wave increase

It's hard to think of a more concerning 48 hours in B.C.'s attempts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of 2021. On Sunday, the province announced that there had been a number of positive cases of faster-spreading variants in...

Young adults find careers, dreams, relationships on hold a year into COVID-19 pandemic

Manan Shah's day starts when he logs on to his computer at 1 a.m., the glow of the screen illuminating his face as he takes online classes until the sun comes up. Shah lives in Surat, a city about 300 kilometres north...

B.C. mayors say Ottawa’s plan to relax drug possession penalties not enough to help opioid crisis

Two British Columbia mayors bearing witness to the horrific impact a toxic drug supply is having on their communities are calling on Ottawa to do more than reduce penalties for drug crimes — saying bolder moves are needed to tackle a national overdose crisis...

No evidence yet of transmission after COVID-19 variants of concern found in 7 B.C. schools

In response to news that a faster-spreading COVID-19 variant first reported in the U.K. has been detected in positive cases at seven schools in B.C., health officials say they have ramped up test screenings and an increase in cases is to...

Car 87 where are you? Families say Vancouver’s mental health emergency team is rarely available

Shirley Chan says she's made about six emergency calls to 911 over the years, each time requesting Vancouver's specialized Car 87 mental health team when her adult daughter was in crisis."I don't usually call 911 unless my loved one is...

Pandemic frustrations boil to surface as B.C. government posts ‘self-care bingo card’

"This is some next level gaslighting.""This is just depressing." "People are dying!" Comments ridden with frustration and anger flooded Twitter on Friday after the province posted a pandemic "self-care bingo card" suggesting ways that B.C. residents can care for their mental health...

B.C. health officials call for culturally safe vaccination plan for Métis residents

Health officials in British Columbia say they're working to make the COVID-19 vaccine rollout a "culturally safe experience'' for Indigenous people in a health system that has been criticized for its systemic racism.Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told the annual general...
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