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British Columbia introducing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers

Sep 13 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — All health-care workers and volunteers will soon have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in British Columbia as the provincial government expands its immunization program. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday the vaccine mandate will take effect Oct. 26 and it will be a condition of employment for all workers, including physicians, […]

British Columbia introducing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers

Sep 13 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — All health-care workers and volunteers will soon have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in British Columbia as the provincial government expands its immunization program. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday the vaccine mandate will take effect Oct. 26 and it will be a condition of employment for all workers, including physicians, […]

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s extradition judge suggests case is ‘unusual’

Aug 12 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The B.C. Supreme Court judge presiding over the high-profile extradition hearing for the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei challenged a government lawyer who claimed Thursday that Meng Wanzhou's case is not unique. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes posed a question after Robert Frater, a lawyer for Canada's attorney general, […]

Wildfire report author says heat dome highlights need for new plans in wildfire fight

Jul 24 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — One of the authors of a report examining what went wrong during British Columbia's extraordinary wildfire season in 2017 says this year's unprecedented heat dome demands new ways of approaching extreme weather events. George Abbott, co-author of "Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in British Columbia," said the current fire season shows more […]

Wildfire report author says heat dome highlights need for new plans in wildfire fight

Jul 24 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — One of the authors of a report examining what went wrong during British Columbia's extraordinary wildfire season in 2017 says this year's unprecedented heat dome demands new ways of approaching extreme weather events. George Abbott, co-author of "Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in British Columbia," said the current fire season shows more […]

B.C. says expanding emergency alert for wildfires is a priority, but no timeline set

Jul 22 2021 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — British Columbia's emergency co-ordination agency is working to expand its use of a public alert system for large-scale and potentially fatal disasters, as hundreds more residents have been forced from their homes because of wildfires.  Alert Ready is a Canada-wide system that allows government officials to issue public safety alerts through major television and radio […]