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Omicron in BC: PoP Response Panel to Government Press Conferences

Omicron has sent case numbers to their highest levels yet, even with limited testing. There are many issues to be addressed, including:

  • Omicron – How mild is it? Can we live with it?
  • N95 masks for healthcare workers, including at vaccination clinics – why is this important?
  • BC Third Dose roll out – Let’s talk intervals since last vaccine and, who should be prioritized?
  • Is it ethical to allow healthcare workers to work while sick?
  • Testing in BC – update on the ongoing saga of RATs (rapid antigen tests) – is usage for diagnosis an effective strategy?
  • What are other ways to manage Omicron spread and avoid “inevitable” infection?
  • Schools – are the “Enhanced Safety Measures” enough for Omicron?
  • Reaction to announcements and comments made during the December 31 COVID-19 update

Protect our Province BC hosted a panel of steering committee members to discuss and provide a response to Government and Public Health’s most recent COVID-19 updates from this week, those held on December 29 and 31. Members of the press and the public were invited to ask questions following the discussion.


  • Dr. Karina Zeidler, Family Physician
  • Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, retired BC Emergency Physician
  • Dr. Amy Tan, Palliative Care & Family Physician, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Jennifer Heighton, Community advocate, Teacher

Streamed on Friday, December 31

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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.
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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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