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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 transparency in this time of abundant misinformation.

Brishti Basu is a journalist with Capital Daily, primarily covering social issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has appeared in VICE, the BBC, National Geographic, The Tyee and several other publications.

Sean Holman is Associate Professor and Wayne Crookes Professor of Environmental and Climate Journalism at the University of Victoria, a former investigative journalist, and the founding editor of the pioneering online investigative political news service Public Eye.

The discussion will be facilitated by Kerri Coombs, an independent documentary producer, founder of FireDance Media, PoP BC broadcast technician, and former privacy policy officer in the Freedom of Information unit for Cornwall Council in the UK.

Government and Public Health have a duty to provide information that will provide clarity and timely data for families, business and organisations if they are to make risk assessments for themselves, employees and clients.

Without access to public health data, we risk increasing the spread of current and new variants, and cultivating public distrust in the Government’s handling of an ongoing pandemic emergency.

Join Protect our Province BC for Briefing #11: Knowledge is Power: So Why is BC Hiding COVID-19 Data?

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:00 PST

Where: ProtectBC.ca/Livestream

Speakers: Brishti Basu and Sean Holman

Facilitator: Kerri Coombs

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