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BC launches independent review into COVID-19 pandemic response


The BC government is launching an independent review of its operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the public is invited to participate.

A project team appointed by Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is conducting the review, and the province says findings will help to better prepare for emergencies.

Together, the team will determine which operational measures worked and which didn’t—while also providing recommendations for the future, according to the province.

But it’s noted decisions made by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t be included in the review. Neither will public policy nor economic recovery decisions.

“The goal is to learn about how government agencies worked together to address the effects of COVID-19 that affected everyone, changed rapidly and continues to cause a high level of uncertainty,” the province said Wednesday.

Farnworth’s project team includes three long-time, former senior leaders of the BC Public Service—Bob de Faye, Dan Perrin and Chris Trumpy.

The province says the trio will engage with government agencies, First Nations, Indigenous organizations, stakeholders, partners and independent regulators involved in responding to the pandemic since January 2020.

BC residents can also provide written feedback about how the government’s operational measures and communication throughout the pandemic affected them or their business or organization.

An online survey is available until April 20th, and the province says it should take around 12 minutes to complete. To take part, visit this website.

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