“May we see the data?”

May 12, 2022  Response to the BC Premier and Minister of Labour’s statement on lives “needlessly cut short” by “work-related illnesses or injuries” In many places in BC, on April 28, flags were flown at half-mast in response to the national Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace. Also referred to… Continue reading “May we see the data?”

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Protect Our Province BC, Safe Schools Coalition BC and BC School COVID Tracker Issue Joint Press Release

Protect Our Province BC, Safe Schools Coalition BC and BC School COVID Tracker are coming together to ask for mask protection in indoor public spaces, businesses, schools and on public transit in BC. The removal of BC’s mandated health protections has us concerned for the health and well-being of all British Columbians. “Now that masking… Continue reading Protect Our Province BC, Safe Schools Coalition BC and BC School COVID Tracker Issue Joint Press Release

Transit Users Ask Translink to Keep Mask Protections in Place.

On March 11th, the British Columbia Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry lifted the indoor mask mandate for most public places, with the main exception being healthcare settings.  TransLink immediately followed suit and lifted its own mask requirement, leaving commuters on  buses and trains with very few COVID-19 precautions. Unlike BC, Ontario and Quebec have… Continue reading Transit Users Ask Translink to Keep Mask Protections in Place.

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Safe Schools Coalition BC calls for Universal Masking in K-12 Schools

Open Letter to all BC Education stakeholders at the K-12 Education Restart Steering Committee, including Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC School Trustees Association, BC Principals & Vice Principals Association, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, First Nations Education Steering Committee, BC Teachers’ Federation, CUPE BC, plus those contributing to policy-making… Continue reading Safe Schools Coalition BC calls for Universal Masking in K-12 Schools

Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

Streamed Tuesday, February 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST Journalism Professor Sean Holman and reporter Brishti Basu discuss the challenges of obtaining timely data to support pandemic coverage in the BC media. In this briefing, we address the relative lack of public Covid-19 data compared to other provinces, and explore the vital and urgent need… Continue reading Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

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Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The BC government claims to be as transparent on the pandemic as any jurisdiction in North America; is this true? The BC Government has announced it will be removing some of the few remaining protections against Covid-19, despite ongoing uncertainty over the trajectory of current cases and the possibility of new variants.… Continue reading Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

Join journalism Professor Sean Holman and reporter Brishti Basu for a Protect our Province panel on the challenges of obtaining timely data to support pandemic coverage in the BC media. In this briefing, we will discuss the relative lack of public Covid-19 data compared to other provinces, and explore the vital and urgent need for… Continue reading Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

Long Covid: BC’s Hidden Tragedy

Streamed on Thursday, February 10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST There is currently a strong push from governments towards a narrative that Omicron is “mild” and bringing us to an end of this pandemic. As such, this warrants dropping most layers of protection and “living with COVID”. However, this storyline side-steps a key issue –… Continue reading Long Covid: BC’s Hidden Tragedy

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What happens when misinformation is spread by Public Health?

This past week has been full of what Dr. Henry calls “intentional disinformation” about COVID-19. But the disinformation was not only spread by anti-vax and anti-mask groups. This week, our own BC public health officials joined in with two scheduled presentations: Child Care: Discussing COVID-19 with Public Health and North Vancouver School District’s Q & A… Continue reading What happens when misinformation is spread by Public Health?

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