70% of sudden deaths recorded during B.C. heat wave were due to extreme temperatures, coroner confirms

The chief coroner in B.C. has confirmed the majority of people who died suddenly during the week of June's record-breaking heat wave passed away as a direct result of the extreme temperatures.Lisa Lapointe confirmed in an interview on Thursday morning that...

Upward trend continues as B.C. records 185 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 more deaths

The B.C. government announced 185 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Wednesday, the highest number of new daily cases since June 5. In a written statement, the province said there are currently 909 active cases of people infected with...

B.C. looks to improve lower COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Interior as potential 4th wave looms

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in British Columbia has tripled during the past three weeks, and at the same time the delta variant has grown to become the most dominant strain in the province. Based on what has transpired in Israel,...

Health Canada dragging feet on approving magic mushrooms for therapeutic use, patients and advocates say

Nathan Kruljac was a young man of 25 when he experienced some shortness of breath while out for a drive in Surrey, B.C. He went to a walk-in clinic. Minutes later, he was taken to hospital. After a week of...

B.C.’s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs

People in B.C. who use toxic illicit drugs and are at risk of overdosing or dying will soon be able to access alternative drugs, the minister of mental health and addictions announced Thursday.During a news conference, Sheila Malcolmson said the expanded safer supply...

Police report spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues

Police in B.C. say they've responded to more than three dozen sudden deaths since an extreme heat wave took hold, with the danger expected to continue under unrelenting heat over the next several days.RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., said Tuesday its officers received 25 calls...

Global research consortium examines if COVID-19 may cause diabetes

Ever since Metro Vancouver resident Craig Spanza was infected with COVID-19 at work this past March, he has fought myriad long-term after-effects that include debilitating brain fog, exhaustion and shortness of breath.  But Spanza, 49, has also been dealing with a new diagnosis...

Managers at centre of nursing college probe ’caused or contributed to’ young woman’s death, mother alleges

Katrina Lavery had a thirst for life.She loved people and animals and rarely argued with her mother — even during her teenage years. "[She was] the happiest camper every morning of every day that she woke up … pretty much a...

Langley-area man loses 2 metres of intestine after a blood clot following his AstraZeneca jab

A formerly healthy 43-year-old father from Langley, B.C.  — who is in hospital recovering from complications following a rare blood clot — is warning others to watch for signs of trouble after receiving an AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Shaun Mulldoon and his wife Tara say that doctors confirmed to...

‘Vancouver Model’ of drug decriminalization is deeply flawed, national coalition says

A national coalition of groups that support drug decriminalization say the plan put forward by Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart known as the "Vancouver Model" is deeply flawed because the people it is meant to help were never consulted as promised. "The mayor...
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