Upward trend continues as B.C. records 185 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 more deaths

The B.C. government announced 185 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Wednesday, the highest number of new daily cases since June 5. In a written statement, the province said there are currently 909 active cases of people infected with...

70% of sudden deaths recorded during B.C. heat wave were due to extreme temperatures, coroner confirms

B.C.'s chief coroner has confirmed the majority of people who died suddenly during the week of June's record-breaking heat wave lost their lives as a direct result of the extreme temperatures.Lisa Lapointe confirmed in an interview Thursday morning that 570 of the 815...

B.C. looks to improve lower COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Interior as potential 4th wave looms

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in British Columbia has tripled during the past three weeks, and at the same time the delta variant has grown to become the most dominant strain in the province. Based on what has transpired in Israel,...

Health Canada dragging feet on approving magic mushrooms for therapeutic use, patients and advocates say

Nathan Kruljac was a young man of 25 when he experienced some shortness of breath while out for a drive in Surrey, B.C. He went to a walk-in clinic. Minutes later, he was taken to hospital. After a week of...

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 Metro Vancouver say they've responded to more than 100 sudden deaths since an extreme heat wave took hold in the province, and the danger is expected to continue in the face of unrelenting heat still in the forecast over...

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...

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...
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