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Taxpayer-funded group behind Vancouver injection site under scrutiny after audit finds financial ‘irregularities’

A controversial social services provider that operates Canada’s only supervised drug injection centre and runs dozens more projects in Vancouver’s poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside appears headed for involuntary receivership and a possible court battle with the B.C. government, because of concerns over its “spending practices” and financial “irregularities.”

Brian Hutchinson reports

Make vaccination a must

British Columbia should make immunization mandatory for children attending public schools. The Fraser Health Authority is warning communities in its region of a measles outbreak, with two cases confirmed and 100 cases suspected. The most recent case occurred in a school in Chilliwack, an area with traditionally low immunization rates. Some schools checked by health officials had immunization rates as low as zero.

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Metro Vancouver homeless count finds increase of seniors living on streets

The 2014 Metro Vancouver homeless count is under way and volunteers are already saying there are more seniors on the streets this year.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has pledged to end homelessness in the city by 2015, joined about 900 volunteers on the streets Tuesday night.

The 24-hour count takes place every three years, and Robertson said he expects to see fewer than the 2,623 homeless people recorded in 2011.

However, he agreed it is troubling that volunteers are seeing more seniors living on the streets.

Wisconsin hospital flips hierarchal care model to better serve patients

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo, PNG Files , Vancouver Sun

When a Wisconsin hospital decided to blow up its model of care, administrators started with the premise that patients would be the captains of the ship, doctors would be mere experts, nurses would be care managers, and pharmacists would take on larger, more visible roles.

And free valet parking would be offered for patients and their visitors.

The paradigm shift began in 2004 when hospital executives realized that their old model was broken because it didn’t put patients at the core.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS selects SAP and PHEMI for new technology

SAP AG has announced that The British Columbia, or BC, Centre for Excellence in HIV /AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital is developing new technology from PHEMI Health Systems and SAP AG to enhance the treatment and improve the outcome for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Kidney donations put province over the top

A record number of organ transplants were performed last year in BC and many involved kidneys.

Three hundred and forty-six transplants were carried out in 2013, about 40 more than the year before. Of these, 127 involved kidneys from living donors, up from 83 in 2012, and 107 from deceased donors, roughly on par with the year before.

Conference examines experiences of patients in health system

After her ninth suicide attempt in 2005, Catherine McLeod spent a lot of time in hospital getting help for her mental and physical problems. Time spent with other patients helped launch her mission as a peer advocate for others with mental health issues.

McLeod has bipolar disorder and suffers through bouts of crushing depression and anxiety, but she shuns the term “patient” — instead preferring “person living with a lived experience.”

St. Paul’s experts target sweet spot, say too much sugar souring our health

Candy Aisle owner Shelley McCann talks about sugar and sweets at her shop in Vancouver on Monday. Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost/PNG

You're sitting on the couch after dinner, when the chocolate cookies in the cupboard start calling out your name.

What to do?

Don't keep the chocolate cookies in your cupboard.

Ian Austin and Frank Luba Report

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Province won’t pony up money for DTES plan

Housing Minister Rich Coleman says the provincial government will not contribute money to the city’s $1 billion plan to revitalize the Downtown Eastside over the next 30 years. And his counterpart in Ottawa, Social Development Minister Candice Bergen, is leaving Coleman’s government to make any spending decisions on federal money set aside for affordable housing in B.C. “We’re not going to be involved,” Coleman told the Courier. “It doesn’t meet any of our priorities or match up to anything we are doing.”

Forced measles vaccination not in plans

.C.’s health minister says the government won’t be forcing people to get a measles vaccination despite an outbreak in the Fraser Valley.

Instead, Terry Lake says the government hopes most people heed the advice of health officials and have their children vaccinated to protect other people.

Other provinces have mandatory vaccination policies, but Lake says he’s not sure the B.C. government wants to take that step. There are two confirmed cases of measles and dozens of other suspected cases in a Chilliwack school.

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