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Minister’s statement on Police Act reform

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement in response to calls for British Columbia’s Police Act reform: “Everyone deserves to be treated fairly by the police, and our government acknowledges that for many Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, that hasn’t...

Teck creates fund to help with COVID-19

VANCOUVER, BC, April 16, 2020:  Teck Resources Limited  (“Teck”) today announced the creation of a $20-million fund to support COVID-19 response and future recovery efforts. This funding will go to support critical social initiatives and increased healthcare capacity, including procuring one million masks to be donated for ...

Letter from Dr. Henry explains why specific communities with COVID-19 positive patients won't be named

Open letter to the people of B.C.: When an outbreak hits a community, one of the most urgent things people want is information. This is human nature, as information allows us to protect ourselves, our families and our loved ones. Information is at the heart of public health: knowing what our risks are, where they are coming...

RDKB says: Please don't travel to secondary homes or cabins in the RDKB

Many residents from BC and other provinces own cabins or secondary homes in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, including at Christina Lake, Big White and other tourist destinations in our region. The regional district has a simple message for anyone contemplating visiting or staying at a secondary home or cabin in ...

Report: Some COVID-19 patients remain infectious for several days after symptoms are gone

Information from a study of COVID-19 patients with mild cases, treated at the PLA General Hospital in Beijing, indicates that people should stay in isolation for a further two weeks after their last symptoms have disappeared. Dr. Lokesh Sharma of the Yale School of Medicine was a co-lead author of the report.  He commented,...

Health Coalitions’ Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Public Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defence against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been eroded through decades of austerity budgets,...

BC Declares Public Health Emergency; Bars, Clubs ordered to be closed

From the Rossland Telegraph On March 17, 2020, British  Columbia’s Public Health Officer declared a public health emergency in BC to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  Health Minister Adrian Dix and Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry held a news conference Monday afternoon to make statement and ...

COLUMN: From the Hill -- COVID-19

I am writing this from my small Ottawa apartment.  It’s Sunday and the spring sun is shining, beckoning me to walk down to the river.  But I’ll obey my doctor’s orders and stay inside—although I received the good news yesterday that my COVID-19 test results came back negative, I was told to stay in self-isolation one more...

Three new BC cases of Coronavirus, bringing total to 12

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia: “We are announcing three new cases of COVID-19 in B.C, for a total of 12 cases in British Columbia. All of these new cases...

Column: From the Hill -- The new NAFTA -- CUSMA

This week in the House of Commons we are debating the new NAFTA agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico, known by the acronym CUSMA. The original NAFTA was negotiated by Conservatives and signed by Liberals in 1994 with promises of more jobs and secure access to the largest market in the world. Supporters of ...