Health

Canada’s ban on trans fat officially goes into effect today

Trans fats raise "bad" cholesterol" and lower "good" cholesterol

UVic working on plans to create marijuana smoking areas

Legalization is slated for October 17th

Special air quality statement issued for southern Vancouver Island

Have you been smelling smoke in the air?
Royal Jubilee Hospital

These 6 Vancouver Island hospitals could be getting FREE Wi-Fi soon

That includes Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee!

BC launches class action lawsuit against opioid drug companies

The Province aims to recoup millions of dollars from over 40 opioid drug companies
mammography

Mobile mammography service will make a stop by Saanichton in September

The service visits 120 rural communities annually

BC Children’s Hospital patient and philanthropist surprised with dream trip to Australia

13-year-old Emma Locke has been helping make dreams come true for years. Now, it's her turn

Victoria woman uses obituary to call out fat-shaming in medical profession

Ellen Bennett died a few days after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer

Victoria now has a ‘clinic on wheels’ to provide healthcare for the homeless

It's equipped with everything you would find in a doctor's clinic

BC Centre of Disease Control issues alert due to threat of measles

A passenger carrying the virus travelled from New Delhi to Vancouver on Wednesday

Learn about Medical Assistance in Dying at this forum tomorrow

Since it became legal, BC has had the highest rate of medically assisted deaths in the country

Comprehensive youth mental health centre opens doors in downtown Victoria

A one-stop-shop for all your health care needs!

CFIA issues recall for pre-packaged greens sold in BC

A possible Listeria contamination is to blame

Protection services officer awarded after an incredible act of bravery on the job

Charles Kraeling was able to wrestle and disarm a knife-wielding man at Cowichan District Hospital

5 Victorians who gave the gift of life through organ donation

Here's how you can sign up to become an organ/tissue donor too

Patent for potential syphilis vaccine given to University of Victoria professor

College campuses are rather infamous when it comes to STDs, but the University of Victoria might be on the cusp of changing that.
Kids health

$4.7 million invested to support kids health on Vancouver Island

Child and youth mental health ☑️ Rural and remote access to healthcare ☑️ Early childhood development ☑️
Hospitals Wi-Fi

Petition started for free Wi-Fi in Canadian hospitals

Let's get patients and families some much-needed internet!

Rare cholera outbreak on Vancouver Island prompts advisory

Stay away from herring eggs

Province invests $11 million for 37,000 more MRI scans in 2019

It is expected to significantly reduce wait times in BC
Woodwynn Farms

Town hall to discuss saving rehab programs such as Woodwynn Farms

Woodwyn Farms, a therapeutic rehab program in Central Saanich, was slated for closure in January.
cannabis

Statistics Canada launches anonymous survey to find out how much Canadians pay for weed...

Find out if you're paying too much for your weed
cannabis

Statistics Canada reveals 4.9 million Canadians purchased cannabis in 2017 (REPORT)

And most of it was for non-medicinal purposes

Here’s how to get a free acupuncture treatment in January or February

"We take what we do seriously, but we don't take ourselves seriously."
cannabis

Langford residents address concerns over marijuana smell from local cannabis producer

It all started with a post on a Facebook group...

There is a rally happening today in Langford in support of Landen

It begins at 1 p.m. today outside Premier John Horgan's office.

Health Canada warns consumers about “unidentified capsules” in Flintstones Plus Iron multivitamins for children

Make sure to check your pack of Flintstones chewable tablets before giving them to your kids!
Mifegymiso Abortion Pill

Abortion pills will be available for free in BC starting Monday

The provincial government will soon be providing universal, no-cost coverage for the drug Mifegymiso.

Multiple dogs succumb to parvovirus infection in Sooke

Gentle reminder to make sure your dog is fully vaccinated!

7 places in Victoria that will help you achieve your fitness goals in 2018

Time to get off that couch and shed those extra holiday pounds! 💪

App charging patients to save a spot at walk-in clinic lines is under government...

The Ministry of Health is concerned the fee may be violating the extra billing ban

6-year-old Sooke child with rare and potentially fatal disease seeks funding for his treatment

The drug that could cure Landen costs about $19,000 a month, which comes to over $225,000 a year
Flu Season Island Health

Everything you need to know about avoiding the flu this year

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? It's not too late.

Langford clinic set to provide opioid addiction treatment to patients

Opiate addiction therapy is now much more accessible to West Shore residents.

Manufacturing defect in B.C. Cancer Agency leads to colon cancer screening test suspension

The problem was spotted by labs that handle the samples.
smoke mask

Wearing a mask to keep out wildfire smoke could make things worse

As the smoke around Victoria continues to persist, you might be looking at options to protect your lungs. Construction or surgical masks could seem a quick...

6 Things You Should Know Before Buying Grass-Fed Beef (CONTEST)

Grass-Fed beef is becoming increasingly popular
Smoke Haze Ferry

BC Wildfire smoke drifting over to Vancouver Island today

Smoke has started to creep over the Georgia Strait.
sperm count

North American men have lost over 50% of their sperm count over the last...

Just under 43,000 men took part in the research.
Oaklands Elementary

Parents warned of whooping cough case at local elementary school

The severity of symptoms depends on whether vaccinations are up to date. Whooping cough is especially dangerous in young children and infants.

Canadian Veteran begins walk from Prince George to Victoria for PTSD Awareness

Robert Gagnon is on an inspiring journey: an 876 kilometre walk across British Columbia, raising awareness and funds for sufferers of PTSD. On Wednesday, 44-year-old Gagnon...

The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for hiking!

Looking for new hiking route this summer? The Capital Regional District (CRD) has got your back. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for...

We got a pre-opening sneak peek into the brand new Lush on Government St!...

The new location is unlike any Lush you've ever seen!

A mobile app for youth dealing with mental health challenges gets a boost

BoosterBuddy has been installed over 130,000 times since 2014.
Violet Christians Fundraise Rocking Chair

Newborn baby with heart defects fights for her life and family are thankful for...

A Victoria police officer and his family are very thankful for the community support.

Release some stress and sweat with a goat yoga class at this North Saanich...

Yoga has become a popular pastime, but not many yoga classes also feature baby goats.

A community of Victoria moms rally for child in need of breast milk

A community of Victoria mums has come together to donate breast milk for 6-month-old Hanna, whose is severely allergic to anything other than breast milk. Hanna's mum who lives...

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