Fatal overdose numbers decrease in B.C., but remain higher than 2019

There were 127 illicit drug overdose deaths across B.C. last month, according to a report from the B.C. Coroners Service. That number is a slight decrease from last month, but more than double the number from this time last year. Last month an average of four people died every day from an overdose in this province.

No new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island reported no new COVID-19 cases today. There were 161 new cases reported across B.C., including two epi-linked cases, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health.

No new COVID-19 cases reported on Vancouver Island

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Vancouver Island today. There were 105 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, reported across the province, according to a media release from the B.C. government.

NDP take early lead in election polling

The NDP’s snap election call does not appear to be hurting them — at least in the election’s early stages, new polling suggests. John Horgan’s party enters the second week of the campaign with an 18 point lead on the Liberals, according to a recent Ipsos poll.

The survey found 51 per cent of decided voters said they would be most likely or lean towards casting a ballot for the NDP, followed by the Liberals at 33 per cent and the Green Party with 12 per cent.

BC Liberals promise to eliminate PST for one year if elected

The BC Liberals are promising to eliminate the PST for one year, followed by cutting it to three per cent the next year, if elected. The announcement marked first major pillar of the Liberals’ economic plan to address the biggest economic challenge in generations. Screenshot from BC Liberals Facebook livestream.

Modified Tour de Rock makes Parksville stop

Charity riders participated in a modified version of the annual Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock fundraising event in Parksville Qualicum this year. The challenge, which normally takes over two weeks, was broken up into segments because of COVID-19. The change allowed different teams to complete the challenge like a relay.

Vancouver Island reports one new COVID-19 case

Vancouver Island reported one new case of COVID-19 today, the first in three days.

British Columbia reported 98 new cases, including one epi-linked case and one additional death from the virus. There are 62 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 19 in ICU.

BC voters could head to polls twice this fall

B.C. voters could be heading to the polls twice this fall. The possibility of a federal election looms if the Liberal Party’s throne speech does not receive enough support from opposition parties.

Overdose victims are mostly not who you’d expect, says expert

When people hear the words ‘drug addiction’, many think of a person on the street — struggling with homelessness, mental health issues and food insecurity. That characterization contributes to the stigma surrounding people dealing with addiction, according to Guy Felicella, a peer clinical advisor for the BC Centre on Substance Abuse.

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