New funding announced to improve mental health services for South Asian youth on B.C.’s Lower Mainland

The B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has announced funding for a new mental health youth ambassador program focusing on South Asian youth on the Lower Mainland. The South Asian Mental Health Alliance will receive $112,000 to train 100 youth ambassadors who can promote mental wellness in culturally specific ways. Founder Kulpreet Singh says he noticed stigma around mental […]

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More doctors, new clinic planned for South Okanagan, Similkameen: B.C. government

Six new doctors will be recruited to work in the South Okanagan and Similkameen over the next three years, the provincial government announced Friday morning. The six general practitioners will be part of an effort to hire 22 healthcare providers, including five nurse practitioners and 11 healthcare professionals — nurses, social workers and a pharmacist. According to the Ministry of […]

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Carfentanil overdoses in Kelowna may be linked to West Kelowna drug bust

The dangers associated with drug use in Kelowna’s downtown core took a frightening twist on Tuesday when there were several overdoses in the controversial Cornerstone homeless shelter. Edie, a homeless addict, was among those in Cornerstone when the overdoses were happening. “I saw some of my close friends drop from a fentanyl overdose. So seven people dropped in an hour […]

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9 in 10 Canadians believe vaccines should be mandatory for school: Ipsos poll

The vast majority of Canadians believe that vaccinations should be mandatory for school-aged children, according to a new poll. In an exclusive Ipsos poll prepared for Global News, 88 per cent of Canadians said they would approve of legislation to make it mandatory for all school-aged children to be up to date on their vaccinations unless there is a medical […]

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Metro Vancouver health officials alert transit users after new confirmed case of measles

Health officials have confirmed another case of measles in the Lower Mainland. Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health said the affected person acquired the measles infection overseas. Health officials say the person used public transportation while they were infectious. Officials from both health authorities are alerting those who used the following services and locations on March 27 that they may […]

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B.C. family feels parents are forsaken when ministry takes over care of teens

When the Frasers adopted their daughter 17 years ago, they realized there would be challenges ahead. “She had issues with developmental delay, cognitive delay, executive function deficiencies,” Frank Fraser said. The child had been exposed to drugs and alcohol in the womb, he said. But the Frasers were determined to be there for their daughter, no matter what. “We adopted […]

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