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After $66 Million Spent on 'Talk,' Has BC Reworked Aboriginal Child Welfare?

It's been over six months since B.C.'s child watchdog revealed the province spent roughly $66 million between 2002 and 2013 on “talk” with indigenous family service organizations and governments, rather than concrete services for kids and families.

The sum was in addition to the $90 million the government provides to indigenous organizations to run child and family services every year.

No hospital beds - Public letter

I'm currently in Vancouver at St. Paul's hospital with my 78 year old dad and my 73 year old mother who ended up here for valve replacement on her heart and a vein transplant on her leg.

Dad and I are staying in a nearby hotel and my parents have been here for 28 days. My sisters and I are taking turns helping out because my dad also needs someone around.

Strides being made in fight against MS

Pat and Gerry Wilson remember the phone call they received 11 years ago, informing them that their 24-year-old son was going into a Northern B.C. hospital for steroid treatment after losing sight in his eye.

“He had virtually gone blind,” Gerry said. “He had to receive a three-day treatment in one eye.”

After being referred to St. Paul’s Hospital closer to home in Surrey for further tests, Pat’s maternal instinct kicked in and she knew she had to be there with her son.

“I had this inkling that this was bigger than what we thought it would be,” she recalled.

A prescription for reform needed in health care system

As Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, my role is to inform the public about their information and privacy rights, and bring forward issues and new developments affecting these important rights. Today I am issuing a special report, A Prescription for Legislative Reform, to promote an informed dialogue between patients, health practitioners, researchers and government about the collection and use of personal information in the health care system.

Interview with kidney care physician at St. Paul's Hospital, Dr. Adeera Levin

Meet accomplished kidney care physician, researcher and mentor at St. Paul's Hospital, Dr. Adeera Levin.

To learn how you can support kidney care, research and teaching at St. Paul's Hospital, please contact St. Paul's Hospital Foundation at 604-682-8206 or visit


Editorial: Despite setback, Vancouver’s homeless plan is on the right track

Ending street homelessness is one of our city’s most urgent challenges. It’s more than just a slogan or a political “wedge issue” that can be used to fuel partisan bickering. It’s about the real people behind the numbers, vulnerable citizens who need our help. It’s also about building a stronger, safer and more prosperous city where investments in housing today spare us higher costs for health and policing tomorrow.

That’s why I committed to ending street homelessness by 2015, and despite a near perfect storm of recent challenges, I will not back down from that goal.

HIV adapts to human hosts - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS study shows

A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America involving researchers at Simon Fraser University has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs—we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human hosts, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme, an assistant professor in SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Vancouver Police dealing with an increase of mental health calls

It’s been a hot topic in BC over the past couple of months, and mostly due to some high-profile crimes, but the government still hasn’t laid out a solid plan on how to deal with mental health issues.

It has been several months since the Liberals announced it was investing $20 million to help patients who are battling mental illness and addiction, but has anything changed?

St. Paul's Hospital and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS honoured at AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C

More than 300 guests converged at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C. Held every two years to recognize heroes in the AIDS/HIV movement, chair John Bishop welcomed gala-goers to the dinner and auction that began with a cocktail reception and entertainment by the Nick Leffler Trio and Pacific Sound Collective. Yours truly and Global TV’s Sophie Lui, were masters of ceremonies at the ViiV Healthcare-sponsored celebrations.

More mental health beds on the way

Mission’s campus of care will include a residence for mental health clients next year.

The former Pleasant View Care Home will be converted into a new 54-bed mental health residential campus, Fraser Health announced Wednesday. It will include three sections, including a 19-bed residential care facility, a 22-bed assisted living centre, and 13 bachelor suites.

The new facility will offer three levels of care for mental health patients, said Meryl McDowell, director for mental health and substance use services for Fraser Health.


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