Patrick Colvin


Best thing to do is stay home if your sick. Fotolia

Beware the holiday snot gobblers, warns B.C. doctor

Nothing gets in the way of holiday cheer like being sick, and according to University of B.C. professor of emergency medicine Dr. Adam Lund, it’s also the hardest time of year to stay healthy.

Services need harmonization in the DTES. FILE PHOTO

Lack of harmony in DTES services: study

Criminal offenders from the Downtown Eastside with mental health and substance abuse issues continue to be a drain on traditional corrections, health-care, and social assistance services, according to a new study.

A building on the Riverview lands. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Province to build on Riverview lands

A trio of provincial ministers announced their vision plan for Coquitlam’s Riverview Lands on Wednesday, stating they will spend approximately $175 million to build two mental health and addictions facilities.

An example of a 'scrambled' intersection. FILE PHOTO

Vancouver roads should get 'scrambled'

“Scrambled” intersections in Vancouver could lead to significant safety benefits for pedestrians, says an internationally acclaimed traffic engineer.

Grouse Mountain skiers are enjoying fresh snow. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Snow coming to Grouse, Cypress

“This is probably the most snow we’ve had on the ground since 2012, so a great start,” said Cypress Mountain marketing director Joffrey Koeman. “This past weekend was 75cm in 48 hours, that really kicked things into gear … we basically got nine days of heavy snow coming up with great temperatures — the forecast doesn’t get any better than this.”

B.C. caribou. SUBMITTED

Stop decline of B.C. caribou herds: report

Four of B.C.’s six Boreal Woodland Caribou herds could be facing extinction if “status quo” industrial expansion continues in northern B.C., according to a new report.

Renters are encouraged to check out landlord database before signing a lease. FOTOLIA

Program rates B.C. landlords

A new certification program has launched in B.C. to help renters find well-managed rental properties.

Madeleine Liu and Angela Wang brainstorming about how to best explain the potential impact of smart cutlery on people’s lives. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Students invent cutlery to detect allergens

While many high school students probably spent last weekend playing video games and trying to avoid their homework, Angela Wang and Madeleine Liu were turning heads at Startup Weekend Vancouver.

People walk in a corridor of the hospital Auxilio Mutuo that houses liver and kidney transplant centres, in San Juan. REUTERS

B.C. medical tourists at risk of bugs

Experts warn that medical tourists from B.C. are at risk of bringing back infectious antibiotic-resistant organisms along with their new kidney, hip, or dentures.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Postmedia Network

Groups call on B.C. to develop climate leadership plan

Rachel Notley caught the attention of organizations in B.C. last Sunday with the announcement of Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Plan, and now groups from across B.C. are calling on Premier Christy Clark to be equally ambitious with our own climate initiatives.

Eritrean refugee Mohamed Muktar Mussa and SFU Surrey campus director Stephen Dooley taking a photo break during their Our Community Our Voice project work. Submitted

Former Surrey refugees to help incoming Syrians

Although 15,000 fewer refugees are coming to Canada by the end of the year, Surrey’s landed refugee community is working hard on initiatives to help Canada’s new arrivals in their transition.


B.C. tops for hospital visitor policies

A new study from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement found that B.C. had the most hospitals with accommodating policies regarding visiting hours for family and loved ones.