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Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Health

Here’s a look at Vancouver Island’s first dementia village (PHOTOS)

Construction is now underway.

British Columbia has the lowest life satisfaction rate of any Canadian province

Time to move to Newfoundland? 🤔

Outpatient lab in Sidney temporarily closes for three weeks

It’s expected to reopen on July 4th.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation raises over $430K for new medical equipment

VGH will get new equipment for spine and trauma-related surgeries.

A free harm reduction event hoping to reduce stigma will be live-streamed this month

Featuring experts as well as people with lived experience.

A brand new community health centre opened its doors in Colwood today

With 17 full time health-care providers.

Over 7,000 young workers in British Columbia were injured on the job in 2021

With injuries most likely to occur in service-sector jobs.

Blue-green algae bloom at Prior Lake prompts CRD advisory

Swimmers and pets are warned to keep out of the water!

One third of BC residents say their mental health is worse or much worse...

How many people do you know that struggle with mental health? 💚

Victorians ready to rally at BC Legislature Thursday as doctor shortage looms

"Everyone deserves a family doctor."

Vancouver Island emergency room closes again due to staff shortage

Island Health says it’s actively looking to fill nursing vacancies.

Island Health purchases two private clinics to help increase surgeries and endoscopies

The transition will take several months to complete.

‘Significant milestone’: Health Canada lifting restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex...

Donors will now be screened for high-risk sexual behaviours, regardless of gender or sexuality.

Victorians prepare to rally amid region’s doctor shortage

“Everyone deserves a family doctor”

‘Not entirely shocked’: Victoria’s walk-in clinic wait times longest in Canada (REPORT)

The average wait time last year was 161 minutes.

Province invests $3.46 million to help combat doctor shortage in Greater Victoria 

And keep walk-in clinic doors open.

Numerous Kinder brand chocolates face recall due to Salmonella risk

Bad news for the Easter Bunny 🐰🍫

Survey finds one-third of BC healthcare workers are ready to call it quits

They're exhausted and at a breaking point, according to a hospital union.

People over 40 can now pick up free rapid antigen test kits at BC...

Each kit contains five tests.

Floating Nordic spa eyed for Victoria’s Inner Harbour (PHOTOS)

Featuring four saunas, cold water pools and green space! 🛀

BC’s first urban Nordic spa has just opened downtown Victoria (PHOTOS)

Featuring a cold plunge pool, 4 saunas, a Himalayan salt lounge and more! 🧖‍♀️

A completely free walk-in mental health clinic has opened up in Courtenay

For anyone who would like to talk to a therapist.

BC invests $4.2 million into local community counselling agencies

To support access to low and no-cost services

Physician shortage prompts Colwood walk-in clinic closure

The clinic has been around for nearly two decades.

This Vancouver Island spa was voted #1 in the province

Treat yourself 🧖‍♀️

This low-impact workout is easy on your body and only takes 20-minutes per day

And you can see results in two twenty minute sessions per week!

Mask up: province announces return of mandatory masks with rising cases

The measure is set to take effect tomorrow, August 25.

10 scenic routes to go for a run in and around Victoria

Remember to stretch! 🏃

Upgrade your health and fitness at this new wellness centre in downtown Victoria

Complete with keto-friendly cafe! 🍳🥓

15 new-member deals in and around Victoria to kick start your workout

It’s time to sweat! 💪

BC government details $56 million in mental health support for youth

The announcement is part of the 2021 BC Budget.

38 acres of greenspace near Jordie Lunn Bike Park donated to Langford

The new park could feature a rock-climbing area!
Lisa Lapointe

Almost 7,000 people have died in B.C. since the opioid crisis was declared in...

1,716 people died in 2020 alone.
Happy woman

Victoria-based mask maker launches new line of reusable menstrual pads

The company looks to continue creating reusable products beyond the pandemic.

Victoria COVID-19 patient gives back to local hospital that saved his life

"My doctors tell me I’m lucky to be alive. I know I’m lucky for them."

Victoria hospitals are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19; here’s how you can help

Expanding critical care capacity is top priority for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

Island Health launches survey seeking input about Hospital at Home program

The results will inform plans for a broader province-wide roll out of the program.

This Langford aromatherapy company is giving away a free diffuser and holiday oil blend...

Because everyone wants their house to smell like Christmas! 🎄

40% of Canadians report mental health impacts of COVID-19 second wave (SURVEY)

71% said they were worried about themselves and their loved ones.
Safe Injection kit overdose prevention

162 people died of toxic drug overdose last month in BC, death toll at...

More than five people overdosed to death every day last month.
VHF Donation Seaspan

Vancouver Island critical care unit one step closer to reality with large donation

The $7 million campaign is now past its halfway point but needs more contributions

Almost all Canadians support universal access to prescription drugs (SURVEY)

Those who earn the least were found most likely to have to pay out of pocket for their medicine.

Health officials warn of poisonous death cap mushrooms in Victoria ahead of long weekend

A 3-year-old boy from Victoria died in 2016 after consuming one of these mushrooms.

GoFundMe launched for well-known Vancouver Island DJ paralyzed in mountain biking accident

He's been a fixture of B.C.’s electronic music scene for the past two decades.