Island Talk

Abortion pill not covered, some choose surgery: clinic.

Women are choosing unnecessary surgical abortions because the province doesn’t cover the abortion pill, the executive director of the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic says. Dawn Fowler said the $350 price tag on Mifepristone, also known as the abortion pill, means some women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies at the clinic opt for surgery because it’s […]

An important health awareness article for all women and their loved ones

Mi–Jung Lee is an investigative journalist and has worked for CTV News in Vancouver for 18 years. She anchors CTV News at Noon and at Five. Mi-Jung graciously spoke with us about her cancer diagnosis, what she learned about breast density and her efforts to raise awareness. When did you start having mammograms? In British Columbia, it […]

The Salish Sea Coasts Into The House of Commons

“The Salish Sea is ten weeks away from being recognized as a World Heritage Site,” according to the ever-optimistic predictions of Laurie Gourlay, Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust – the organization that submitted the UNESCO WHS application. And just to be sure Canada’s federal politicians appreciate the global significance of the Salish Sea’s […]

Canadians should worry about U.S. border searches of cell phones: privacy czar

OTTAWA — Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar says. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under […]

Opioid poisoning often only start of seniors’ problems

Most opioid poisonings among seniors are accidental and B.C.’s seniors advocate says their related hospital stays are longer and more serious than other age groups.  A Canadian Institute for Health Information survey released on Thursday found that from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, 63 per cent of opioid poisonings among seniors age 65 […]

 B.C. Seniors Advocate releases results of landmark residential care survey

September 15th 2017. B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released provincial results of her office’s survey of publicly subsidized residential care homes today. This is the most extensive survey of residents’ quality of life ever conducted in Canada. “For the first time in this province, we have heard the collective voices of some of our most frail […]