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Neighbours Armed with Gardening Tools Capture Would-be Thief

It was just not going to be his day. On January 25, a would-be burglar gained entry to a house on Yellow Point Road in the Cedar area of Nanaimo, and came face to face with the resident. There was a brief struggle and the intruder suffered a head injury that caused significant bleeding, but...

Physician assistant encouraging provincial government approval

With emergency rooms in Port Hardy continuing to be closed overnight, a physician assistant is calling for a change from the province. Lisa Stewart is the B.C. director of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants in addition to being a physician assistant herself. Stewart says the definition of a physician...

BC reports second-worst year for drug deaths since start of overdose crisis

Toxic drugs continue to take lives across the province, as 2,272 deaths were reported in 2022. It was a decrease provincially, with 34 fewer deaths than the previous year, but some areas saw an increase. Record high rates were recorded in Northern Health, Interior Health, and Island Health. “British Columbians across the...

Island Health Code Hack set for March this year

As a way to help generate fresh ideas to improve health care, Island Health will be hosting a hackathon in the next couple of months. Called Code Hack, it’s an event where patients, Island Health staff, physician partners, industry experts, coders, builders, designers, and students come together and brainstorm concepts...

North Island Doctor says Call for Help Remains Unanswered

The Port Hardy doctor calling on Health Minister Adrian Dix to approve the use of a Physician Assistant says last week's announcement concerning healthcare for Northern Vancouver Island does not provide the immediate solution needed by communities in the region. Dr. Alex Nataros says establishing 24/7 hours of operation at...

BC Reaches 12,000 Subsidized Provincial Childcare Spaces

The BC Government added more than 6,000 spaces to its 10-dollar-a-day daycare program during 2022 . In addition, more than 725 childcare spaces are officially being added next month. The NDP government says this will not only bring the total number of spaces to 12,700, but it will also help reduce...
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