BC has been and continues to be an outlier when it comes to COVID-19 pandemic management. Why? BC’s public health approach to the pandemic has differed from other provinces in many ways: from limited to poor data to no data at all, the worst excess mortality rate of all provinces, late first booster shots, and… Continue reading Saving Lives, or Saving Vials? 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?” 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. Share this: April 2, 2022 A Guest Post by Tim Henthorne, B.A.Sc., P. Eng Over the past two years, we have been flooded with opinions regarding the wearing of masks, all while trying to learn how to deal with the existential threat of COVID-19. Unfortunately, much confusion has come from Public Health itself with its… Continue reading N95 Masks & the Transmission of COVID-19 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 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? 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?