B.C.’s 911 system to be revamped after fatal 35-minute rescue delay

Tracey Gundersen, 56, died in November after waiting more than half a hour for paramedics to reach her apartment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. (Chelsea Brent/ supplied) Changes are coming to B.C.’s 911... Read more »

Sleep congress shines light on women’s struggle with insomnia

Many Canadians suffer from sleep disturbances, and experts say they affect men and women differently. (Shutterstock/OKcamera) Frustration: that’s the word Vancouverite Jacqueline Sinclair uses most often to describe her insomnia.  There’s the... Read more »

Proposed settlement with U.S. opioid-maker should include Canadian claims, B.C. government says

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks at the provincial legislature in Victoria in May 2019. (Michael McArthur/CBC) The British Columbia government says any proposed settlement from opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma needs to... Read more »

‘Not one shred of scientific evidence’: Critics say psych reports in custody cases can hurt kids

Children are pictured playing at a daycare in Vancouver on Sept. 5, 2019. Some critics argue that psychological evaluations during family legal disputes do not help children and can even hurt them.... Read more »

Fight for safe supply of drugs is ‘this generation’s Insite,’ advocates say

A man holds up a small bag containing street drugs. Advocates want the government to provide a safe and legal supply of drugs to allow users to avoid the toxic street supply... Read more »

Why some say a ‘safe supply’ of drugs will help prevent opioid deaths

Advocates say a safe supply of drugs is needed to combat the thousands of deaths from the opioid crisis. But what exactly does that mean? (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Federal and provincial governments... Read more »

What is a ‘safe supply’ of drugs and how would it work?

Advocates say a safe supply of drugs is needed to combat the thousands of deaths from the opioid crisis. But what exactly does that mean? (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Federal and provincial governments... Read more »

PharmaCare fight ends in win for B.C. amputees denied new limbs

Kia Johnsen sits in her wheelchair holding the artificial leg that PharmaCare wouldn’t replace when it wore out, following government-authorized surgery. (Christian Amundson/CBC) Kia Johnsen will soon be able to walk on... Read more »

B.C. expands biosimilar drug program to include treatments for Crohn’s, colitis

Bioengineered medicine is the single biggest expense for public drug plans. Biosimilar drugs are cheaper alternatives to name-brand drugs. (Shutterstock / Atstock Productio) The British Columbia government says it is expanding its substitute... Read more »

Plants aren’t just taking over homes. They’re turning drab workspaces into jungles

Adele DeVuyst, a microblading artist, has blanketed her closet-sized work studio in East Vancouver with dangling pothos plants. (Ben Nelms/CBC) The plants outnumber the workers at Vancouver’s East Side Games. Ninety or... Read more »