Adam van der Zwan

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Water shortage on Salt Spring Island sparks call for change

The North Salt Spring Island Waterworks District and the Capital Regional District have partnered to request $50,000 from the B.C. government for a "Water Service Optimization" study.

Severely ill Galiano Island woman turned away from assisted living due to 'unscheduled care needs'

Lee was diagnosed three years ago with a neuroinflammatory disease that often leaves her unable to move. She was shocked to learn recently that her four applications for assisted living in Victoria have been declined by the Vancouver Island Health Authority due to “unscheduled care needs.”

'It scared me': Vulgar message painted on bike path highlights cyclist-motorist tensions

Over the weekend, a popular paved bike trail connecting Saanich to Swartz Bay was spray-painted with vulgarities demanding cyclists stay off the route in sections that are shared with vehicles.

Comox Valley police start Safe Place initiative for LGBTQ community

Comox Valley RCMP are implementing a new Safe Place Program for LGBTQ people so businesses can open their doors to victims of hate crimes, bullying and harassment.

B.C.'s oldest high school to get massive renovation in Victoria

After years of aging infrastructure, the century-old school will receive $77.1 million from the B.C. government for a complete renovation that will make the building seismically safe. The structure will also be expanded to make room for 200 more students

Health official issues opioid warning ahead of music festival season

Island Health's chief medical officer says the use of fentanyl and other opioids could intrude on this summer’s festival scene.

'It creates anxiety:' Vancouver Island tourism operators dreading wildfire season

Local Vancouver Island tourism business owners say an intensified wildfire season could discourage tourists from visiting their areas.

Beware of falling trees: Drought affects root stability, say Vancouver Island forest experts

Local tree experts say unusual island drought and blustery weather should remind us to be aware of our surroundings while outdoors. Long periods of dry soil will kill the fine mesh of roots that prevent the trees from falling.

Dementia helpline in Greater Victoria says 'urgent need' for more volunteers

A provincial helpline in Saanich, B.C., for people with dementia is in “urgent need” of more volunteers.

'Roll up your windows:' Victoria police say vehicle theft on the rise

Over the past month, a spike in the number of thefts from vehicles in the 1600 block of the Hillside neighbourhood have police worried about a possible record high number of thefts in 2019.

New Ontario mental health funding may not be what it seems, Thunder Bay coalition says

Health advocates in Thunder Bay say an announcement by the Ontario government that it is increasing support for mental health and addiction services may not be totally accurate.

15 Thunder Bay groups sign commitment to respond to tragic events

Representatives from 15 agencies in Thunder Bay, Ont., including health services, school boards and First Nations groups, convened Wednesday at an Indigenous support services centre to sign a commitment to work together in responding to youth suicide and other tragic events.

'We want them to connect:' First Nations student orientation aims to address youth inquest

A First Nations education facility in Thunder Bay has welcomed 16 new students from remote northern communities to a new city orientation program.

7 public health units to 'work together' to adapt to climate change in northern Ontario

With a hefty sum from Health Canada, the seven public health units across northern Ontario will collaborate over the next two years to each produce a set of reports on how climate change will affect their community’s health.

Thunder Bay hospital seeks public input on improving health system for opioid users

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is seeking input from area residents on what can be done to better the region’s healthcare system for people who use opioids.