Since the start of the pandemic the BC School Covid Tracker initiative, run by two dedicated moms, has been alerting families and educators of Covid exposures in schools and pre-schools for close to 4 years now. Their work has allowed thousands of families to make decisions and choices keeping their children and family safer from infection. Periodically, some of their 55,0000 followers share their stories. 

Protect Our Province BC, DoNoHarm BC, and Masks4EastVan highlight harms and human rights violations from loss of healthcare safety Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (British Columbia) - Independent public health groups Protect Our Province BC, DoNoHarm BC, and Masks4EastVan are calling on the BC government to restore healthcare mask requirements. They are urging British Columbians to… Continue reading BC health advocates call on government to reinstate healthcare mask requirements

No lessons were learned. This year, despite the lessons that could have been learned and implemented, BC public health was as ill prepared as it was last year for the viral "respiratory season”. * And so on January 9, a new record number of hospital admissions was set at 10,345 . For more up to… Continue reading State of Public Health in BC

Second in a series of two posts by an Alberta mom. Find the first post here: No One Is Listening To Me Image: The Rona Lisa by Rosie Pidgeon, a young Belfast art student living with Long Covid.  To view her artwork, please visit @art_byrosie_ Alberta Long Covid Kids During the Delta wave in October… Continue reading No More Stolen Childhoods

Alberta Mom Photo: @BerlinBuyers My first confirmed Covid infection was in fall 2022 at a time when the few Covid protections we had left only applied to healthcare settings. I knew I was at higher risk of developing Long Covid as I am a working age woman. This terrified me as my son had already had… Continue reading No One is Listening to Me

General Information Q: How accurate are Rapid Antigen Tests?  A: Positive test results on rapid tests are generally accurate, and if you test positive you should take precautions (wear a high-quality respirator mask, isolate, inform your contacts) to avoid passing on the virus.  A negative test doesn't necessarily mean your don't have Covid; it *could*… Continue reading Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) – FAQ

To Drs. Doan, Fedder and McInnes and the BC Section of Emergency Medicine Thank you for your commitment and dedication to caring for emergency patients in British Columbia during a very stressful time. As emergency physicians and the co-presidents of the Section of Emergency Medicine, Doctors of BC, what you do matters and sets the… Continue reading Open Letter – Bring Back Universal Masking in BC Emergency Departments

[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

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)!

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!