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Decades of inaction fuel what may be worst wildfire season ever, says…

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Written By Jeff Davies
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“Just think if we had taken it more seriously 20 or more years ago, how much farther along we’d be.” ––Bob Gray Canada must be “on a war footing” and spend “big, big money” to tackle the problem of wildfires in what is shaping up to be one of the hottest summers and worst fire […]

Scarce mental health care in BC jails perpetuates addiction and crime

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Written By Shannon Waters
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People with addiction issues who’ve spent time in provincial prisons paint a bleak picture of what it’s like trying to recover while incarcerated. “I’ve done a lot of prison time over the years,” said Harry, a 44-year-old Nanaimo resident who asked to be referred to by his first name only.   Until about four years ago, […]

BC will send patients to US for faster cancer care

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Written By Rob Shaw
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“Regardless of where somebody lives, we want to be able to get them [care] on time.” Kim Nguyen Chi When 74-year-old Linda Kerr was diagnosed with breast cancer last January, her only option was to make the more than six-hour-drive from Cranbrook to Kelowna — an arduous winter journey even in the best of health. Two […]

Municipalities want rules on drug use for safety of all citizens

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Written By Fran Yanor
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“These are substances that are incredibly lethal and incredibly addictive. And we, as part of decriminalization, haven’t put in any guardrails. None.” Ian Baillie In many ways, Rebecca Price-Baechle’s daughter is a typical seven-year-old. She goes to elementary school, takes gymnastics and has a family who loves her.  Unfortunately, that’s where her daughter and normal […]