B.C. identifies first case of infectious coronavirus variant found in South Africa

B.C.'s provincial health officer has confirmed the first case of a more infectious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa.Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday that health officials are investigating how the person in B.C. contracted the variant, as they have not travelled or been...

‘Worrying’ number of tourists from outside B.C. prompts Whistler doctor to call for travel ban

An emergency room doctor in Whistler is calling on the B.C. government to restrict travel from other provinces after seeing a "worrying" number of patients from Ontario and Quebec over the holidays.Dr. Annie Gareau, an emergency physician at Whistler Health...

Seniors suffering from total isolation in B.C. care homes with months-long COVID-19 outbreaks, families say

Family members are worried the COVID-19 outbreaks that have put long-term care facilities on lockdown since November and kept seniors isolated in their rooms are having a worse effect on their loved ones than the virus itself would.Leila Emery says...

New ‘near zero’ COVID approach needed in Canada, argues group of academics

In early May 2020, when the B.C. government announced its COVID-19 recovery plan, senior health officials were clear about their strategy. Eliminating transmission of the virus was seen as an impossible goal because of the size of the province and its physical...

If you had to pick one healthy habit for 2021, here’s your best choice

If you are thinking about how to get into better shape this new year, why not keep it simple with a proven health intervention that's easy to do and proven to improve people's health and extend their lives?It's walking. And...

As overdose deaths spike, families ask why B.C. has failed to fully regulate addiction treatment

Gemma Higgins was 19 years old when she overdosed inside her locked room at a B.C. addiction treatment facility in 2017. She died alone and wasn't found for 12 hours.Her mom, Karma LeRoux, says mostly volunteers were working at the...

B.C. mother who gave birth while in a coma due to COVID-19 is awake, meets baby for first time

Gillian McIntosh, the Abbotsford, B.C., woman who gave birth via C-section in early November while in an induced coma and on a ventilator because of COVID-19, has been eased out of her coma and has met her newborn son for the first time. ...

Tackle food insecurity with stronger income support in B.C., says poverty advocate

Too many people in British Columbia have been poor for too long and the COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on how the system must change, according to the spokesperson for a provincial poverty advocacy organization.Viveca Ellis, a community organizer at...

An unprecedented 46 people die of COVID-19 in B.C. over the weekend, health officials announce

The last three days have seen 46 people die of COVID-19 in B.C., as more than 2,000 new cases of the disease were confirmed, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday.A total of 2,354 cases from over the weekend were...

No place but home for the holidays? Canadians torn over Christmas travel with no bending of curve in sight

They say there's no place like home for the holidays.But in the year of COVID-19, even that lyric can raise anxiety-inducing questions — whose home? Would a gathering at your home be limited to your household members? If you live a few provinces...
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