Island Talk

Marijuana, liquor sales to be kept separate in B.C.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General: Priorities include protecting youth, promoting health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe. Recreational cannabis users won’t be able to buy it in liquor stores when it’s legalized this summer. Pot will be sold in a network of standalone stores […]

Community marches in support of Nanaimo women and all women

Hundreds of people in Nanaimo marched in support of women and women’s rights and equality. Nanaimo Women March On took place Saturday, with marchers starting at Diana Krall Plaza and ending up at Maffeo Sutton Park. “We are so empowered by the numbers, the diversity, the strength of the movement,” said Lauren Semple, event MC, […]

Chronic pain patients need services beyond just opioids: B.C. advocate

People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families. “There has really been a lack of any appropriate response to chronic pain in our province and […]

B.C. ends grizzly bear hunt, calls it ‘no longer socially acceptable’

Hunting grizzly bears has been banned in British Columbia, a move guides complain will put them out of business while environmentalists say is long overdue. B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzlies cannot be allowed, with the exception of First Nations who hunt for treaty rights or […]

B.C. to cover cost of abortion pill Mifegymiso

Starting Jan. 15, B.C. will join five other Canadian provinces in offering the pregnancy termination drug Mifegymiso for free. According to a B.C. health ministry press release, universal, no-cost coverage for the drug, which is also known as RU-486, will be available to patients with a valid prescription at pharmacies around the province. Mifegymiso is an alternative to surgical abortion […]