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by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Dec 07 2017

Wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 and eclipsed 20 weeks for a second year in a row, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 06 2017

A plea for civility in the law, politics and our everyday lives

Mid-winter is approaching, with our various seasonal celebrations:  Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and maybe even Festivus? We celebrate our religious and / or ethnic affiliations; we celebrate the return of the sun for longer periods...

by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 05 2017

British Columbians have spoken.

After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British...

by Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Dec 05 2017

 Interior Health (IH) is undertaking a review of hip and knee total joint replacement surgical processes for patients at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) in light of slight increase in the number of surgical site infections in elective (scheduled) total joint replacement surgeries.

The KBRH surgeons who provide joint replacement surgeries are postponing elective total hip and...

by Contributor on Friday Dec 01 2017

In a media releae, Interior Health (IH) it is undertaking a review of hip and knee total joint replacement surgical processes for patients at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) in light of slight increase in the number of surgical site infections in elective (scheduled) total joint replacement surgeries.

The release said KBRH surgeons, who provide joint replacement surgeries,...

by Dermod Travis on Sunday Nov 26 2017

It's a story all too common in British Columbia.

Here's how CTV News reported it: “Police believe a drug overdose is the cause of death for two men, apparently in their fifties, who were found lifeless in a car parked at a gas station on Friday morning.”

It didn't happen in B.C., though. It happened in Montreal on August 25 and...

by Sara Golling on Monday Nov 20 2017

There are some new signs beside the road leading to the new parking lot up at Strawberry Pass, alerting drivers not to block it.  The signs are not professional -- they were made by volunteers, out of donated scrap material, hand-lettered with a felt pen, and stuck into the snowbanks on Saturday morning, November 18th. So far, they seem to be working.

On Sunday, November 19, there...

by Bob Hall on Thursday Nov 09 2017

Experts agree the fentanyl crisis in British Columbia is an unprecedented multi-faceted societal catastrophe that’s not going away anytime soon. Those on the frontlines are also united in recognizing that solutions will only be possible through education and conversation.

As health care professionals, emergency responders, educators and community leaders across the West Kootenay...

by Contributor on Tuesday Nov 07 2017

By Kelly Wilson, Interior HealthQuality Consultant, Falls and Injury Prevention

Falls happen every day, across all age groups.  For children and youth, it might be a fall off playground equipment or a bicycle.  For adults, it might be a fall off a ladder or slipping on the floor at work.  For older adults, most falls occur in the home. ...

by Contributor on Friday Nov 03 2017

When the sliding door of Walter Gambles’ van slammed closed and left a toonie-sized gash in his arm, the 82 year-old resident of Christina Lake figured he was destined for a trip to the emergency department in Grand Forks.

On a whim, Gambles decided he’d check in at the Christina Lake Medical Clinic where he met with new primary care nurse Svetlana Dalla Lana. In consultation with the...

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