Topic: Cbc northern b.c.

Pandemic mental health crunch leads to calls for changes to B.C.'s already 'broken' system

For one Vancouver woman, it took a life-threatening overdose during a severe episode of psychosis for her to finally get referred to a psychiatrist for treatment and an official diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Gyms to gradually reopen in B.C., but indoor organized gatherings still banned: province

Gyms and fitness centres across B.C. will be allowed to start gradually reopening as of Jan. 20, the province announced Tuesday in an update on public health restrictions.

B.C. records new high of 854 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 112 in critical care

B.C. health officials reported 854 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 112 in intensive care, as the province recorded two more deaths from the disease and 1,975 new cases.

Bars, nightclub operators call for clarity, information on provincial health orders in B.C.

Nightclub and bar operators in the province say they are frustrated with the lack of clarity on public health restrictions that were implemented last month and want advance information from the province's health officials so businesses can plan for the future.

B.C. reports 173 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 4 more in the ICU and 22 additional deaths over 3 days

B.C. health officials reported 819 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, including 99 in intensive care, as the province recorded 22 more deaths from the disease and 5,625 new cases over the weekend.

B.C. fishers celebrate DFO announcement allowing spot prawn 'tubbing' to continue

B.C. fishers have been "tubbing" prawns — freezing them in tubs of water while at sea — for decades, but last year it was announced the practice would be made illegal.

These British Columbians spruce up their homes with holiday trees year-round

While most people have dismantled their Christmas decor and put their tree away for next year, some have embraced the idea of having decorated trees year-round.

Quesnel man charged in homicide of missing woman

51-year-old Joseph Simpson was arrested on Jan. 13.

End of an era in New Hazelton, B.C., as mail carrier retires after 51-plus years on the job

Dianne Starr, the longest serving mail carrier in B.C., says she has loved her half century of delivering mail along the rural routes of northwest B.C.

With Omicron dominating, businesses need plans for staying open as staff get sick, top doctor says

Health officials say the Omicron variant now accounts for the vast majority of cases of COVID-19 in B.C., as the sheer number of people off sick could affect business' ability to operate normally in coming weeks.

Omicron transmission is declining in B.C., modelling suggests — but hospitalizations have yet to peak

COVID-19 modelling released by the B.C. government shows the latest wave propelled by the Omicron variant may have already peaked in parts of the province.

B.C.'s COVID-19 hospitalizations jump to new high of 646 following data reporting change

B.C. health officials reported 646 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, including 95 in intensive care, as the province recorded six more deaths from the disease and 2,275 new cases.

B.C. says gender on ID cards can now be changed without doctor confirmation

Removing the requirement for physician confirmation to change gender on ID cards will reduce barriers for two-spirit, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people, the parliamentary secretary for gender equity says.

Late Chief Delgamuukw helped transform Canada's legal system and recognition of Indigenous rights

Gitxsan hereditary Chief Delgamuukw, also known as Earl Muldon, is being mourned nationwide following his passing last week. He was the plaintiff for the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en First Nations in their 1984 legal challenge against the B.C. government for jurisdiction over the lands and waters of their traditional territories in northwestern B.C.

B.C. expands program aimed at preventing overdose deaths in construction industry

The British Columbia government is providing a $1-million grant to expand access to resources aimed at preventing overdose deaths in the construction industry.

B.C. reports 31 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 5 more in the ICU and 6 additional deaths

B.C. health officials say 500 people are now in hospital with COVID-19, including 102 in intensive care, as the province reported six more deaths from the disease and 2,612 new cases on Wednesday.

Health authority bus hit by semi-trailer on northwest B.C. highway

Northern Health says a passenger bus carrying patients to medical appointments was struck Monday by a semi-trailer. A dozen passengers, the bus driver, and the driver of the truck all escaped injury.

B.C. environmental, rights groups welcome court win over RCMP delay in approving watchdog report

B.C. rights lawyers and environmentalists are welcoming a federal court ruling that said the RCMP commissioner was in "violation of her obligation" to respond quickly to watchdog investigations, after a report into the monitoring of pipeline opponents awaited approval for 3½ years.

Pressure mounts on paramedics, ambulance dispatchers as Omicron makes staffing shortfalls worse

The union representing paramedics and ambulance dispatchers in B.C. says staffing shortfalls due to the Omicron variant is putting more pressure on paramedics and making a bad situation progressively worse. 

Current wave of B.C.'s pandemic expected to drag on 'for the next few weeks,' province says

Officials in B.C. say current restrictions on gathering and events across the province aren't likely to change for now, with the current wave of the pandemic expected to drag on "for the next few weeks."

B.C. reports 38 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 2 more in the ICU and 3 additional deaths

B.C. health officials say 469 people are now in hospital with COVID-19, including 97 in intensive care, as the province reported three more deaths from the disease and 2,239 new cases on Tuesday.

B.C.'s All Native Basketball Tournament postponed as COVID-19 concerns create uncertainty

The 62nd edition of the All Native Basketball Tournament set to start on Feb. 12 has been rescheduled amid COVID-19 concerns. 

B.C.'s urban mayors demand urgent provincial action on complex housing needs

Urban mayors across B.C. are demanding the provincial government take immediate action to provide complex care housing solutions to help the most vulnerable residents in their communities.

COVID-19 in British Columbia by the numbers

We hope these regularly updated charts are helpful in your broad understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting this province.

New Lheidli T'enneh flag raised at Prince George buildings to honour residential school children

Several public buildings in Prince George, B.C., simultaneously raised the new flag of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation last week, featuring an orange ribbon in the lower right corner in remembrance of the children who never came home from residential schools.