B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)

Seniors advocate to release review of COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities

368 COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities from January 2020 to September 2021 and 1,092 deaths

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)
Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Systemic racism that led to death of Joyce Echaquan ‘well-documented’: Quebec coroner

Géhane Kamel’s report into Echaquan’s death found that her demise was accidental, but avoidable

Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Chantel Chapman, a financial trauma researcher and educator, poses for a handout photo in Vancouver in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Financial stress is taking a physical toll on young Canadians, survey finds

FP Canada: 39 per cent of Canadians polled under 35 say financial stress has led to health issues

Chantel Chapman, a financial trauma researcher and educator, poses for a handout photo in Vancouver in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham

‘Removing the gift of life’: COVID-19 wave pushing back organ transplants

Staff being redeployed in Saskatchewan to care for fourth wave of COVID-19 patients

Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham
Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta doctors raise alarm on specialist staff shortages in intensive care wards

Alberta Health Services briefing doctors on criteria to use should the health system collapse

Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Optometrists Dr. Anita Voisin and Dr. Trevor Miranda from Cowichan Eyecare. Don Denton photograph

Seeing is believing at Cowichan Eyecare

Providing vision education for the community

  • Sep 27, 2021
Optometrists Dr. Anita Voisin and Dr. Trevor Miranda from Cowichan Eyecare. Don Denton photograph
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sources say Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to replace health minister amid COVID crisis

Province has reached out to the federal government for help in dealing with COVID-19

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. health authority issues alarm over nurse shortage in Fort St. John

‘Exhausted, overworked, and facing brutal criticism from the public’

British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
(pixabay)

Program bringing rural nurse training to B.C.’s rural north

University of Northern British Columbia launches first nursing degree program in Fort St. John

(pixabay)
A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Report: intensive care COVID treatment costs more than 5 times heart attack treatment

Canadian COVID patients in the ICU stay for a long time and require a lot of treatment

A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta backs off demand for nurse pay cuts in latest round of collective bargaining

Province had been demanding a three per cent rollback for the 30,000-plus members of UNA

Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

COVID-19 may have led to incorrect doses of medications, B.C. doctor worries

Doctors are worried their patients may not be taking sufficient medication during COVID-19

COVID-19 has raised concerns in doctors over whether their patients are taking the appropriate dosage of their medication (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fixing long-term care in Canada could cost $13.7B, budget watchdog estimates

Pandemic infected more than 1/4 of Canada’s 205,000 long-term care residents, killing over 15,000

A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Trudeau says his government is withholding millions of dollars in health-care transfers to New Brunswick because that province is limiting access to abortion services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau says Ottawa withholding health-care transfers to N.B. over abortion access

New Brunswick law bans government funding for abortions conducted outside three approved hospitals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Trudeau says his government is withholding millions of dollars in health-care transfers to New Brunswick because that province is limiting access to abortion services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)

Babies born in COVID lockdown facing new health risk post-pandemic

‘Babies who were kept away from others are likely less protected from viruses such as the common cold’

  • Jul 26, 2021
With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)
(Canadian Press)

‘Hurts so much:’ Over 1,000 Nunavut children on wait-list for dental surgery

Territory back on schedule now that travel restrictions have eased, but it faces a backlog

(Canadian Press)
Michael J. Fox was bestowed with Simon Fraser University’s highest honor this week. (YouTube/SFU)

VIDEO: High school dropout turned actor Michael J. Fox receives honorary B.C. degree

‘The closest I got to Simon Fraser University was parking at the Burnaby lookout with my girlfriend on Saturday night,’ he joked

Michael J. Fox was bestowed with Simon Fraser University’s highest honor this week. (YouTube/SFU)
Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)

FROM THE SKY: Pyrocumulonimbus plumes – aka extreme stormy clouds – forming over B.C. wildfires

Health officials urge those with pre-existing health conditions and respiratory issues to remain vigilant

Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)
Aira Khan waited for an ambulance that never came. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Surrey residents report calling 911 for ambulances that didn’t arrive

One was an eight-year-old girl, another a 64-year-old woman with a blood clot after getting an AstraZeneca vaccine

Aira Khan waited for an ambulance that never came. (Submitted photo)
David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Alberta Crown prosecutors have stayed charges against the Stephans who were facing a third trial in the death of their toddler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

‘Life consuming’: Alberta Crown stays charges against parents in toddler’s death

David and Collet Stephan will not be prosecuted for failing to provide the necessities of life

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Alberta Crown prosecutors have stayed charges against the Stephans who were facing a third trial in the death of their toddler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol