BC's top doctor says school system won't close

B.C.’s top doctor doesn’t ‘foresee a situation’ where the school system shuts down again

In this Global News report (Sep.10, 2020), British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she does not foresee a situation where the province shuts schools down as was done in March. The province’s top doctor says there could be situations where COVID-19 forces some students to isolate or potentially leads to a school Continue reading


New Medical Transport & Virtual Care Resources Announced for BC Remote, Rural, and First Nations Citizens

  The B.C. provincial government has announced new and expanded resources to service rural, remote and Indigenous communities battling COVID-19 across the province. In an announcement on Monday, Premier John Horgan and Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser announced an expanded medical transportation fleet to service remote and Indigenous communities. This framework includes the addition of Continue reading


BC COVID-19 Update, April 20, 2020

COVID-19 BC CASE SUMMARY As of the latest numbers on April 18: • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,647 • New cases since April 17, 2020: 29 • Hospitalized cases: 115 • Intensive care: 54 • Deaths: 81 • Recovered: 987 • Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 20 • Individuals tested as of Continue reading


COVID-19 Updates for BC, April 17, 2020

  Trudeau announces aid for struggling energy sector, including $1.7B to clean up orphan wells Most in B.C. think they’re great at physical distancing but critical of others, survey suggests B.C. preparing to ease some COVID-19 restrictions next month B.C.’s virus rate slowing, is ‘well below’ projections based on other outbreaks         Continue reading


COVID-19 Info For Rural, Remote & First Nations British Columbians

Helpful Information Government of Canada’s COVID-19 updates Government of Canada’s COVID-19 responses Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID -19 information BC’s Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 information BC Parks are closed (and here is a podcast of BC Environment Minister George Heyman explaining why) BC recreation site & trail closures Continue reading


BC Premier to Deliver COVID-19 Address Today

  VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan is expected to give an update Wednesday on the province’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.   The premier’s statements will be carried live beginning at 1:15 p.m. on this page.   Horgan will be speaking from the B.C. legislature in Victoria and answering media questions via Continue reading


First Nations, Rural and Remote Real-Time Virtual Medicine — an Update

In a recent update, Dr. Ray Markham, Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc), notes that The Collaborative Centre for Rural and First Nations Virtually Enhanced Care was established last year. The Collaborative Centre is jointly supported and led by First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Providence Health Services Authority (PHSA), and Continue reading


Healthcare in Rural BC Gets a Closer Look

Overview In 2017, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) tasked the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) with visiting every Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) community between 2017 and 2020. These visits will connect with rural practitioners and communities to hear about the context of rural practice and health care delivery (what innovations exist, Continue reading


Internet expands in rural BC

Internet Expands in Rural BC & First Nations

The B.C. government has shared details on funding to bring high-speed internet connections to more rural and Indigenous communities. The province announced more than $11 million in funding through the Connecting British Columbia program, which will reach 33 communities. The main areas to receive fibre-optic internet cable will be Haida Gwaii, the areas between Whistler Continue reading


foodlands are essential to BC's future

BC’s FoodLands Cooperative Launches

  FarmFolk CityFolk’s Foodlands Trust Project has been approved by the BC government. We are officially the Foodlands Cooperative of BC. Its founding members — FarmFolk CityFolk Society, Vancity Community Foundation, Fraser Common Farm Cooperative, and the BC Farmer’s Market Association — will be joined by other advisory members to form the first board of Continue reading