Zahra Premji


Zahra Premji is a host/reporter for CBC News Vancouver. She has worked as a host for CBC Alberta News in Edmonton, and a reporter in B.C. and Manitoba on various stories from racism to health and crime to asylum seekers and immigration. You can reach her at

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Celebrating Navroz, the Persian New Year, through the lens of Ismaili Muslims

While eye-catching scenes of people jumping over fires during Navroz — the Persian New Year that marks the arrival spring — may be recognizable images in Metro Vancouver, the ancient festival is celebrated in different ways by people from around the world. 

B.C. doctor says pilot project shows more rapid testing could help curb COVID-19 transmission

A B.C. respirologist involved in a COVID rapid testing pilot project ending next month says the tests, so far, are proving to be a useful, inexpensive and simple tool to aid in the defence against COVID-19 transmission.

Pandemic leaves chronically ill without critical access to washrooms

Mapping the nearest washrooms before leaving home is routine for Remo Testini. For 14 years, he’s been living with Crohn's disease — a chronic inflammatory bowel condition that can lead to severe abdominal pain and a sudden urgent need to use a restroom, among other issues.

Snowboarder missing from ski area near Terrace, B.C., has been found

Shames Mountain has confirmed a 39-year-old snowboarder who went missing in near its ski area near Terrace, B.C., on Tuesday evening was found on Wednesday around 1pm and has been taken to hospital.

SPCA warns against deadly results of neutering pets at home

The BC SPCA is issuing a warning after two cats and a dog were found to be victims of an attempted home neutering in October. One of the cats didn't survive the injuries and infection stemming from the at-home procedure.

1 person dead, 38 test positive for COVID-19 in White Rock care home

An outbreak of COVID-19 at a White Rock, B.C., care home has left one person dead and at least 38 in isolation.

From near death to inspirational speaker, soldier's recovery from axe attack continues to impress

As he demonstrates through his daily brain training routine from his home in Nanaimo, B.C., former Canadian soldier, Capt. Trevor Greene says his focus can now switch to helping other veterans strive for more than survival.

Home-share caregivers burning out from lack of gov't support during pandemic, association says

Home-share caregivers say as a result of the pandemic, their job has become a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week operation.

Digital divide amid COVID-19 leaves Canada's newest arrivals feeling isolated, immigrant group says

In a world heavily dependent on technology, especially in the midst of a pandemic, newcomer centres like MOSAIC say a lack of devices is leaving Canada's newest arivals feeling abandoned and isolated.

Crisis helpline in B.C. struggling to keep up with surge in calls as funding dries up

Crisis Centre B.C. predicted a spike in calls to its helpline due to COVID-19, but its executive director says the demand has been too much and come too fast for staff and volunteers to keep up with.