Belle Puri


Belle Puri is a veteran journalist who has won awards for her reporting in a variety of fields. Belle contributes to CBC Vancouver's Impact Team, where she investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community.

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Repairs to home for people with mental illness were not as expensive as Fraser Health said, FOI documents show

Nearly a dozen people at an assisted living facility for people with mental illnesses in B.C. say their local health authority exaggerated the true cost of renovations to justify closing their space so the building could be sold.

Resource crisis has led to 'countless' close calls at Surrey Memorial, OBGYNs say

The list of physicians speaking out about a resourcing crisis at hospitals in B.C.'s Lower Mainland grew Monday to include dozens of doctors working within the obstetrician and gynecology units at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH).

ER doctors at 2 more B.C. hospitals say staffing crisis leaves patients with 'undignified' care

Dozens of emergency doctors from two more hospitals in B.C.'s Lower Mainland have joined a chorus of emergency room physicians speaking out about the dire situation inside their hospital departments, pushing the total number of staff who've spoken out in the last two weeks alone to more than 70.

Senior physician warns of a crisis in one of B.C.'s busiest ERs

The most senior emergency physician at one of British Columbia's busiest hospitals has come forward to warn the public about the ongoing crisis inside the emergency department, saying the situation has deteriorated to the point where some patients are waiting as many as three days to be admitted to other wards.

Health officials won't publicly admit scale of 'crisis' at Surrey Memorial Hospital ER, doctors' letter says

Dozens of physicians at the busiest emergency room in B.C. have released a scathing letter describing an unrelenting "crisis" at the department due to ongoing overcrowding and understaffing.

Closure of Surrey, B.C., co-operative leaves residents desperate for affordable housing

Residents of a 40-year-old housing cooperative in Surrey, B.C. are facing the difficult decision of finding a new home. Fifty-eight families of the Totem Housing Co-operative are in limbo after the property lease ended in Dec. 2022.

B.C. family who lost brother challenges hospital procedures for discharging patients under Mental Health Act

Following the death of their brother, a B.C. family is speaking out, demanding better hospital practices around the involvement of loved ones in the treatment and discharge of patients under the Mental Health Act.

Residents fear they'll 'lose everything' as closure looms for B.C. home for people with mental illness

With less than three months to go until the closure of a Metro Vancouver assisted living facility for people with mental illness, some residents say they still have no idea where their next home will be.

B.C. woman says 'door is shut in our faces' as she fights for sister's mental health care

For the past 13 years, Kala Hooker has tried every legal option to be involved in the care of her sister Kora-lea, who has bipolar disorder and has been in and out of hospitals and treatment centres across B.C., Alberta, the U.S., Haiti and Jamaica.

Dad of B.C. man who died after leaving psychiatric hospital asks why care team didn't involve family

Family and friends of an entrepreneur from Squamish, B.C., are speaking out about what they see as a failure of a policy meant to ensure relatives are included whenever possible if their loved ones are hospitalized during a mental health crisis.