National Newswatch

More doctors across Canada should prescribe safer drugs to reduce overdoses: minister

Jul 20 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Canada's minister of mental health and addictions says more doctors across the country should be willing to prescribe a safer supply of drugs to reduce overdoses instead of fearing they will face barriers from their regulatory colleges. Carolyn Bennett said a guidance document by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia […]

B.C. Attorney General David Eby announces bid to become premier

Jul 19 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — British Columbia Attorney General David Eby has announced his bid to become the province's next premier, saying he has secured the support of a large majority of New Democrat members of the legislature. Eby's announcement ends weeks of speculation as other high-profile New Democrats have bowed out of this fall's leadership election, with […]

Ottawa’s share of health-care funding to be top concern at premiers’ meeting in B.C.

Jul 10 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — A group representing emergency room doctors across the country has a message for Canada's premiers: come up with a co-ordinated plan to prevent their workplaces from being closed due to staffing shortages that are creating an unprecedented crisis in health care. Dr. Atul Kapur, a spokesman for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, said premiers […]

‘Anxiety’ over 3-year decriminalization plan in B.C.: former federal health minister

Jun 3 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — A former federal health minister who championed decriminalization in Canada says a three-year model approved for British Columbia may not provide ample evidence to ensure the success of a policy that should have been implemented across the country. Jane Philpott said in an interview the evidence from Portugal, the first European country to decriminalize small […]

B.C. clerk of the legislature Craig James guilty of breach of trust

May 19 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s former clerk of the legislature dishonestly claimed expenses for work attire and received payment on a false basis, a judge said Thursday in finding Craig James guilty of fraud and breach of trust. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court said James breached the standard of conduct expected […]

B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents have many questions

May 16 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — British Columbia is set to launch one-stop support centres for children with issues like ADHD, autism and Down syndrome, but parents say promises of a no-wait system that won't require assessments or a diagnosis seem unrealistic due to a shortage of health-care professionals. The plan is to open 40 so-called family connections centres, […]

Firefighters say recognition of cancer risk is tough battle, especially in Quebec

May 5 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Jenn Dawkins remembers the spring day in 2016 when she joined four other female firefighters at British Columbia's legislature to lobby for the inclusion of breast cancer as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province's health and safety agency for workers. Dawkins was diagnosed with breast cancer three years later.  "I went […]

B.C. First Nation has proposed $135M settlement after 160-year battle with Canada

Apr 25 2022 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A British Columbia First Nation has reached a proposed $135-million settlement with the federal government, 160 years after settlers began taking over its village lands. Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation said a legal battle that began nearly three decades ago ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada in […]