B.C.’s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs

People in B.C. who use toxic illicit drugs and are at risk of overdosing or dying will soon be able to access alternative drugs, the minister of mental health and addictions announced Thursday.During a news conference, Sheila Malcolmson said the expanded safer supply...

Police report spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues

Police in B.C. say they've responded to more than three dozen sudden deaths since an extreme heat wave took hold, with the danger expected to continue under unrelenting heat over the next several days.RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., said Tuesday its officers received 25 calls...

Police reporting spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues

Police in B.C. say they've responded to more than three dozen sudden deaths since an extreme heat wave took hold, with the danger expected to continue under unrelenting heat over the next several days.RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., said Tuesday its officers received 25 calls...

Global research consortium examines if COVID-19 may cause diabetes

Ever since Metro Vancouver resident Craig Spanza was infected with COVID-19 at work this past March, he has fought myriad long-term after-effects that include debilitating brain fog, exhaustion and shortness of breath.  But Spanza, 49, has also been dealing with a new diagnosis...

Managers at centre of nursing college probe ’caused or contributed to’ young woman’s death, mother alleges

Katrina Lavery had a thirst for life.She loved people and animals and rarely argued with her mother — even during her teenage years. "[She was] the happiest camper every morning of every day that she woke up … pretty much a...

Langley-area man loses 2 metres of intestine after a blood clot following his AstraZeneca jab

A formerly healthy 43-year-old father from Langley, B.C.  — who is in hospital recovering from complications following a rare blood clot — is warning others to watch for signs of trouble after receiving an AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Shaun Mulldoon and his wife Tara say that doctors confirmed to...

‘Vancouver Model’ of drug decriminalization is deeply flawed, national coalition says

A national coalition of groups that support drug decriminalization say the plan put forward by Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart known as the "Vancouver Model" is deeply flawed because the people it is meant to help were never consulted as promised. "The mayor...

Woman who had breast implants removed urges Ottawa to mandate registry of medical devices

A British Columbia woman who learned second-hand that her breast implants had been linked to a rare form of cancer is demanding that the federal government mandate a system of personalized recall alerts for all items surgically implanted in people's bodies.To...

More Canadians hospitalized from substance use since pandemic started, report finds

More Canadians have ended up in the hospital after using substances like opioids, alcohol and stimulants during the pandemic than they have in years past.In the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic (March to September 2020), as many as 81,000 Canadians required...

Judge says makeshift nightclub’s illegal gathering was a ‘crime, not a party’

A B.C. Provincial Court judge says a Vancouver man who thumbed his nose at COVID-19-related restrictions by turning his swanky downtown penthouse into a packed makeshift nightclub in January is no better than the drug dealers fuelling the deadly opioid...
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