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 […]