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Doctors contend surgery delays are worse after B.C. government-mandated compliance letters (Dr. Amin Javer, SPH)

Providence Health News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:43

Patients are waiting even longer for operations like sinus or breast reconstruction because of the latest government crackdown on private clinics and the surgeons working in them, according to affidavits filed in court.

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Diabetes and Insulin Treatment Adds to CF Burden and Ways Are Needed to Ease It (CFRD, SPH)

Providence Health News - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 11:32

Having to take insulin to treat cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) adds to patient distress and sense of a poorer quality of life, a study says, alerting experts to a need to find approaches that might ease this burden.

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False Creek Flats edges towards reconfigured arterial road (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:39

A Vancouver neighbourhood is reconfiguring its transportation options to better preserve its character while maintaining commercial trade and vehicle mobility.

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B.C. extends presumptive PTSD coverage to dispatchers, nurses, health care aids

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 21:07

B.C. is extending “presumptive coverage” to emergency dispatchers, nurses, and health-care aids, meaning they’ll be able to get workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental injuries without having to prove their condition was caused by their work.

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Cannabis is legal, but Vancouver’s 60,000-strong 4/20 event still an outlaw (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 20:41

As some 60,000 people flooded the grounds of Vancouver’s Sunset Beach and plumes of marijuana smoke rose from the crowd, John Coupar wandered the periphery of the unsanctioned 4/20 event and surveyed the assembly with disapproval.

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Vancouver council must choose between saving $200-million or 1,000 jobs with new arterial road (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 20:31

Vancouver’s Cottonwood Community Gardens is not a typical community garden space where raised beds line up in neat rows and space for fruit trees is set off to one side.

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City tests out new community consultation for contentious roadway (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 19:31

As the City of Vancouver prepares for a future without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, staff are considering options to divert traffic from residential areas in Strathcona, but exactly where to put a new road through the neighbourhood has been contentious.

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Clean-up begins on Sunset Beach after massive 4-20 Vancouver celebrations (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:00

As the smoke clears from Sunset Beach following Saturday’s 4-20 celebrations in Vancouver, organizers and city staff are taking stock of the aftermath.

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Vancouver program paving the way in addiction training for health-care workers (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:50

Vancouver-based program has grown into North America's largest addiction medicine training program only six years into its run.

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Mike Smyth: Time for Vancouver to just give 4/20 organizers their damn permit (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:36

Whether you call it a protest, a festival, a “protestival” or just Vancouver’s biggest-ever pot party, one thing is for sure: The annual 4/20 extravaganza gets bigger every year, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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Panel recommends route for future major road connecting East Vancouver, downtown (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:33

A community panel has made its recommendation for a new arterial road to punch through the northern False Creek Flats.

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Massive turnout at first Vancouver 4/20 event since legalization (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:29

The first 4/20 event since recreational marijuana was legalized across Canada brought tens of thousands of people to Vancouver's Sunset Beach Park for the annual smoke-in.

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4/20 rally: ER doctors bracing for influx of people Saturday (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:26

Every year on April 20, the emergency room at St. Paul’s Hospital is flooded with dozens of people who have over-indulged at the 4/20 event at Sunset Beach.

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St. Paul's Hospital treats dozens after Vancouver 4/20 event (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:22

More than 60,000 people made their way to Sunset Beach Saturday for the first Vancouver 4/20 event since marijuana was legalized in Canada last year.

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Cost of clean-up, threat of legal action up in the air after 4/20 (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:18

Two days after the 25th annual 4/20 event at Sunset Beach, crews were out putting up a fence around the field, and one elected official is hoping to see the city take legal action to recover costs.

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Will B.C. try to decriminalize drug users (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:15

One of the province's top doctors is expected to release an important report tomorrow and it appears to call for decriminalizing drug users. 

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Government of Canada takes further steps to address the opioid crisis in BC (RAAC, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 20:11

The opioid crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health issues in Canada's recent history. Tragically, between January 2016 and September 2018 more than 10,300 Canadians died from an apparent opioid-related overdose.

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Ottawa offers more support to help BC combat opioid crisis (RAAC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 19:37

As the second week of the Easter parliamentary hiatus hits the halfway point, the Team Trudeau front bench continues to fan out across the country to tout their government’s accomplishments and top off funding pledges with fresh installments of federal cash.

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Winners of quality team awards announced (Megamorphosis, 3M Award)

Providence Health News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:44

The Canadian College of Health Leaders and 3M Canada Co. are proud to announce that the recipients of this year’s 3M Health Care Quality Team Awards are Providence Health Care (PHC).

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Pilot program establishes Vancouver’s first drug-testing clinic outside of the Downtown Eastside (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:39

The equivalent population of a small Canadian city has died in the three years since a public health emergency was declared, and the days of trusting a guy who knows a guy are over.

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