Physio graduates in limbo as clinical competency exams nixed, but still required for licensure

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the licensing process for new physiotherapists across Canada has been an endless saga of technical glitches, last-minute cancellations and disappointment for candidates. On Wednesday, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators — the body responsible for the administration...

Omicron transmission is declining in B.C., modelling suggests — but hospitalizations have yet to peak

COVID-19 modelling released by the B.C. government shows the latest wave of the pandemic, propelled by the Omicron variant, may have peaked in parts of the province — but that British Columbians are not out of the woods yet.Provincial Health Officer...

Seattle Kraken fan called a hero after noticing Canucks staffer’s cancerous mole during game

A Seattle Kraken fan is being praised as a hero — and awarded $10,000 — after helping the assistant equipment manager of the Vancouver Canucks identify a cancerous mole on his neck in the middle of a game.The incident occurred on...

He spent 11 months in hospital recovering from COVID-19. But he’s made it home in time for Christmas

After almost a year spent in hospital fighting COVID-19 and its related health complications, a Kamloops, B.C., man returned home last week, just in time for Christmas.Willie Corpuz, 67, tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 21. A few days later, he...

B.C. shuts down bars, prepares to cancel surgeries as Omicron drives up case counts

THE LATEST: More health restrictions are coming into effect in B.C., shutting bars and banning gatherings like weddings. The province is expanding its rapid testing program, though the changes will take at least two weeks. Officials are opening more vaccination centres,...

Early data suggests Omicron cases could be milder, but take that with a grain of salt, experts say

Some of the earliest data from around the world suggests that many people infected with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus ended up with milder symptoms.Some have described the sickness as being more like a cold, while others skip typical...

Anxiety is normal in abnormal times, experts say. Here are tips for managing COVID stress over the holidays

It is normal to feel anxious. That's the first thing experts want you to know.  As the Omicron coronavirus variant spreads, British Columbians have been left wondering what to do with fast-approaching holiday plans. "The thing that is difficult about the...

Dix says B.C. follows ‘the science’ in the pandemic, but what happens when the science changes?

The more things change in the pandemic, the more things stay the same in British Columbia's response."In general in B.C., we follow the science," said Health Minister Adrian Dix, during a Wednesday press conference where he hinted at what the...

2021 now deadliest year for illicit-drug overdoses in B.C., after record 201 deaths in October, coroner says

As the number of people dying from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia continues to climb to grim heights, the province's coroner is calling for an urgent and immediate response from all levels of government to expand safe supply."Simply put we are...

Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of their mental health

An expert on the psychological and social impact of disasters on families is encouraging people affected by devastating floods in British Columbia to take care of their mental health while focusing on rebuilding.Caroline McDonald-Harker, a professor in the department of sociology...
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