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Announcing the Launch of Protect Our Province BC

There is a pressing need for an accurate presentation of COVID-19 science and candid assessment of the state of the pandemic in British Columbia.

Inspired by colleagues in Alberta, we are pleased to announce the launch of Protect Our Province BC (POP-BC).  POP-BC will build on work begun by Protect Our Province Alberta (POP-AB) with the aim to fill a gap left by the governments and Public Health officials: providing timely, trustworthy information on the pandemic. Led by a group of health experts, business leaders, and education advocates, POP-BC will provide critical, unfiltered information to BC residents about the COVID-19 pandemic. POP-BC will use the same format as POP-AB, with weekly, one-hour, web-based presentations. These presentations will have a weekly focus, short presentations from experts and advocates, and will include generous time for questions from the media and from the public.

Co-founder Dr. Karina Zeidler says, “This new initiative allows experts and science-based advocates to speak directly with people in BC, and to acquaint the audience with COVID-19 science.”  Co-founder Jennifer Heighton, education advocate, adds, “Understanding how COVID-19 and its variants operate allows people to make informed decisions on how best to keep themselves, and their families, safe and healthy during this historical pandemic.”

Our group’s website is protectbc.ca.

First Event: https://protectbc.ca/livestream

Date and Time: 20 October, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

On October 20th @ 12:00, we will provide our first, one-hour, POP-BC event, focused on the latest scientific information regarding how COVID-19 spreads, and the implications of aerosol spread for health care and community settings, including hospitals, workplaces, and schools.

Our experts will make the case that the mechanism of transmission – aerosols – must drive our individual and collective responses to the pandemic.  

Recommendations will include:

  • Recognize that the transmissibility of the delta variant requires aerosol best practices to drive down COVID-19 spread and prevent illness, in conjunction with vaccination programs;
  • Maintain indoor masking, and encourage the provision of high quality masks in congregate settings;
  • Establish provincial standards for those who operate indoor spaces, ensuring effective ventilation and filtration of indoor air, with education and supports as required.

The first POP-BC briefing will include the following speakers:

  • Dr. Karina Zeidler, Family Physician and Steering Committee Member, POP-BC
  • Dr. Victor Leung, Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist
  • Michelle Naef, P.Eng, PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, in the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management
  • Moderated by Dr. Amy Tan, Family Physician and Palliative Care Physician

There will be time built into the briefing for questions and answers from the media and general public.

Archived Briefings from Protect Our Province BC

Title image for briefing April 20 - COVID in the House: Protect Your Loved Ones
Wednesday, April 27th from 12:00-1:00 PDT What should you do if someone in your house tests positive for COVID-19? How do we prevent it from passing to loved ones in the household? Why should we care? Data is emerging that, due to variant mutations, COVID-19 reinfections are happening, even in highly-vaccinated countries. For that reason,… Continue reading COVID-19 in the House: How to Protect Your Loved Ones
Title image for Briefing 14 April 7, 2022 - COVID Doesn't Take Breaks, Neither Can We
Thursday, April 7 at 12:00 noon PDT Ignoring the 6th wave won’t stop it. What does the evidence say? Join Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, Dr. Brenda Hardie, and Gosia Gasperowicz, PhD, as they discuss what BC needs to do to lower community transmission as the most infectious strain of COVID ever becomes dominant across the globe.… Continue reading COVID-19 Doesn’t Take Breaks. Neither Can We.
Title image for Briefing 13: Ethics in Canada, March 23, 2022
Wednesday, March 23rd, 12:30-1:30 pm PT Join Canadian researcher and author Jon Parsons in a discussion with Protect our Province BC member Dr. Amy Tan about how Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic amounts to a failure of ethical action.  The pandemic has brought issues with Canada’s governing systems and cultural identity into full view:… Continue reading Lack of Ethics: How Canada is Failing with COVID-19

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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
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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.
Title image for blog April 2 - N95 masks and transmission
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