Investigators search for culprit behind norovirus outbreak in B.C. oysters

Shawn Chesney smiles as he deftly pries opens a craggy oyster shell with a stubby knife and frees the glistening meat inside. Shellfish isn't just an appetizer at Oyster Express, his Vancouver restaurant. "Oysters really do transcend class. They transcend race. They transcend...

Naturopaths, chiropractors least vaccinated of all B.C. health professionals, province says

Naturopathic physicians have the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccination of all regulated health practitioners in British Columbia at just 69.2 percent, followed by chiropractors at 78.1 per cent and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists at 79 per cent, while dieticians, physicians and...

B.C. health officials give COVID-19 vaccination update

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give an update on COVID-19 vaccinations at 12:30 p.m. PT. Last month, B.C. started rolling out fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for seniors over 70 and Indigenous people aged...

B.C. has almost caught up on surgeries postponed by pandemic, province says, but thousands still waiting

More than two years after thousands of non-urgent surgeries were cancelled due to the pandemic, officials say B.C.'s health-care system has almost caught up by performing a record number of surgeries over the last year.The Ministry of Health said Wednesday...

Historian’s research on coroners’ inquests in B.C. gives chilling glimpse into criminalization of abortion

In October 1921, a woman named Margaret Robertson lay dying in Vancouver General Hospital from a failed abortion induced by slippery elm bark.A police detective showed up — the second time he had come to grill her for the name...

Possible cases of childhood hepatitis remains in ‘single digits’ in Canada: B.C. provincial health officer

British Columbia's provincial health officer says all 17 pediatric hospitals across the country are looking out for an "unusual" childhood liver disease but the number of possible cases remains in the single digits.Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters none of the...

In 1991, B.C. had more family doctors than it needed. So why are so many residents unable to find one now?

Finding a family doctor in British Columbia is almost impossible and policy decisions made decades ago could be partly to blame.Recent figures show that almost a million British Columbians don't have a family physician, while wait-times for walk-in clinics are higher than in...

Horgan says B.C. at ‘good point’ in COVID-19 pandemic, but expert skeptical

B.C. Premier John Horgan said Sunday that the province is currently at a "good point" with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one expert says there is little data to back up his comment.Horgan was interviewed on CBC's Rosemary Barton Live, where...

I’m a radio journalist who is passionate about sound. Now I’m losing my hearing

This First Person article is from Jennifer Chrumka, a radio journalist based in Kamloops, B.C. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.It was a cool morning early last spring and I was interviewing a rancher about...

B.C. declared overdose deaths a public emergency 6 years ago. Advocates say the only change is the body count

John Hedican is disgusted.His son Ryan's life was cut short at age 26 when Ryan overdosed on fentanyl in 2017. At that point, the B.C. government had already declared a public health emergency due to the opioid crisis. Now, six years...
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