Open Letter – Protect Our Province BC Calls on the BC Government to restore masking in Healthcare and Schools

[Edited Sept 13, 2023 – the original text of this post erroneously linked to an article about Chicago public schools from 2022. That has been removed.] To BC Premier David Eby,  Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Minister of Education Rachna Singh and Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry Today Protect Our Province BC (POP BC) calls… Continue reading Open Letter – Protect Our Province BC Calls on the BC Government to restore masking in Healthcare and Schools

TAKE TWO: BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival, (An Immunocompromised Accessible Event)!

Protect Our Province BC and other advocacy groups to sponsor BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival When: Saturday Sept 2, 2023.  Time:   4:30pm – 8:30pm Where: Trout Lake pavilion, John Hendry Park, East Vancouver  Cost: Free! Suggested donation $10 Accessibility: Trout Lake is a municipal park with some paved paths across it and fairly even… Continue reading TAKE TWO: BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival, (An Immunocompromised Accessible Event)!

Update – Postponed: BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival!

Protect Our Province BC and other advocacy groups to sponsor BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival Important update: Today’s #CleanAir Festival will be postponed to September due to — ironically — the unclean air. We’re thinking of all those in BC impacted by the tragic climate-change induced wildfires. For those interested, please join us &… Continue reading Update – Postponed: BC’s First Annual Clean Air Festival!

Open Letter from Protect Our Province BC to the BC Government Urging A Safe Return to School in September 2023

To BC Premier Dave Eby, Health Minister Adrian Dix, Education Minister Rachna Singh, and to all BC parents: Unbelievably, we are approaching the fourth unsafe return to school during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In September, BC parents will be sending their children back to school just as newer recombinant SARS-CoV-2 variants will be circulating. As… Continue reading Open Letter from Protect Our Province BC to the BC Government Urging A Safe Return to School in September 2023

Write your MLA – Demand Clean Indoor Air for British Columbians

Elected officials in Ontario and New Brunswick have put forth private members’ bills for legislation that would require improved indoor air quality in all workplaces and public spaces.

Protect our Province BC has provided a draft letter that you can customize to send to your MLA demanding that they bring forward or support a similar bill here in BC.

May 31, 2023: COVID and Pregnancy

“COVID-19 vaccination is safe during pregnancy and may protect newborns from infection, especially if vaccines are given in the second or third trimester. This is similar to what we are already doing with other maternal vaccines, including TDaP and seasonal influenza.” – Dr. Eastabrook

Letter of a concerned citizen and healthcare professional to their MLA

This is the first time I have ever written a letter to my MLA. As a constituent who is a healthcare professional, a parent, and a recent cancer survivor, I feel compelled to reach out after the removal of mask mandates in BC hospitals, and I ask you, as my elected representative, to hear and, I hope, understand how serious this issue is, and how urgently change is needed in our provincial government’s pandemic management strategy.

Anonymous letter to Premier Eby from a concerned British Columbian lawyer with Long Covid

Our health officer has previously advocated for kindness. But as someone with a disability (long Covid), I need you to know that resting under this rubric of “personal choice”, many of us who are disabled actually experience this framing of the matter as a personal choice, rather, as your government’s complete and abject disregard of the disabled and elderly, for how else are we to understand why our lives and health don’t matter?