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Open more overdose prevention sites in urban and rural areas across Canada: study

Dec 2 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Researchers in British Columbia say the expansion of overdose prevention sites in Vancouver led to immediate behaviour changes among some drug users as they entered addiction treatment and decreased the number of times they injected substances in public or shared syringes.  Their study saysthe positive impact of scaling up peer-led supervised injection sites […]

Gas rationed, travel restricted in parts of B.C. after storm washes out highways

Nov 19 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government is rationing gasoline and restricting travel in southern parts of the province after an unprecedented storm severed highways and cut supply lines.  Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday a limit of 30 litres of fuel per visit to a gas station is an important step to maintaining the […]

Essential access only on some B.C. highways but major infrastructure to be rebuilt

Nov 18 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Limited access is slowly being restored to some British Columbia highways, but a state of emergency declared after widespread flooding in the southern region means the province may impose an order to prevent passage except for essential travel and commercial vehicles. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said details are expected Friday. They could […]

Flooding, mudslides prompt B.C. government to impose state of emergency

Nov 17 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — British Columbia declared a state of emergency Wednesday following unprecedented flooding that has displaced residents, severed access to multiple highways and killed thousands of livestock while many more animals are in danger of dying. Premier John Horgan said the declaration will help preserve basic access to services and supplies for communities across the […]

Nova Scotia pays for COVID-19 vaccines for mink, B.C. says no before closing industry

Nov 12 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — Nova Scotia will help pay for a COVID-19 vaccine for mink, but the British Columbia government says more research is needed to determine if immunization is an option for thousands of animals that will soon be banned from the province.  Nova Scotia's Agriculture Department said the vaccination program, to be launched soon at five farms […]

Lawyers say they should be excluded from money laundering policies in B.C.

Oct 19 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Two groups representing lawyers say their profession should be excluded from any government regulations aimed at fighting money laundering in British Columbia in order to protect the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship. Kevin Westell made joint closing submissions at a public inquiry into money laundering on behalf of the B.C. chapter of the […]

B.C. civil rights group sues federal government over solitary confinement

Oct 13 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over solitary confinement, two years after the top courts in British Columbia and Ontarioruled there has been a violation of prisoners' constitutional rights. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association alleges in a notice of civil claim filed in British Columbia Supreme Court […]

‘I can’t back down’ on COVID-19 vaccine message, says threatened B.C. politician

Oct 8 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Politicians accustomed to sparring in British Columbia's legislature have joined forces outside the house to push for higher vaccination rates in the north, but a longtime member of the Opposition Liberals says the "Alberta influence" is a factor in a part of B.C. where intensive care units can't accommodate the influx of COVID-19 […]

‘I can’t back down’ on COVID-19 vaccine message, says threatened B.C. politician

Oct 8 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Politicians accustomed to sparring in British Columbia's legislature have joined forces outside the house to push for higher vaccination rates in the north, but a longtime member of the Opposition Liberals says the "Alberta influence" is a factor in a part of B.C. where intensive care units can't accommodate the influx of COVID-19 […]

B.C. readies response before second heat wave

Jul 30 2021 — Camille Bains, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — British Columbia is gearing up for another heat wave this weekend by opening more cooling centres and redeploying health-care workers as temperatures are expected to soar. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday that while more staff will be shifted to emergency rooms, work is underway to keep hospitals cool while workers in long-term […]