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What it means to be proud

On June 28, 1969, police raided Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, a meeting place for LGBTQ2+ people. When they demanded to conduct sex verification checks on trans women, a spontaneous protest broke out. This protest started the conversation about LGBTQ2+ issues and the battle for acceptance and inclusion. It was also the start of what today we…

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Alcohol’s steady rise during pandemic

We live in a society that not only normalizes alcohol use, but seems to endorse it. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” after all. Alcohol consumption has been steadily increasing over the years, and according to the University of Victoria alcohol monitoring project, people living in the Interior Health region have the highest rate of alcohol consumption…

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White heart project

A white heart is a symbol commonly used to convey hope, pure thought and steadfast intention. The White Heart Project was created by the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and inspired by a deep appreciation for health-care staff and the tremendous sacrifice they are making. In recent weeks, white hearts have sprung up across hospitals and…

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Double trouble: Dual health crises pose unique challenge

When Harm Reduction Coordinator Lesley Coates received the latest quarterly report on provincial overdose statistics, it confirmed what she and colleagues had been hearing anecdotally from the community for weeks. They had seen a steady, yet slow decline in overdose deaths over the last two years (139 in 2019, compared to 233 in 2018). The…

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Love in the time of COVID

Two registered nurses from Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) proved Saturday that love will prevail even in the time of COVID-19. When Amanda McKay and James Futerko couldn’t have the wedding of their dreams, they chose a different option that honoured their colleagues and the workplace where they met. On Saturday, standing before a marriage commissioner…

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Expert View: Let’s Talk Bats

Bats are an important part of our ecology. They eat thousands of insects every night – yes, they eat mosquitos!  They also benefit us by eating insects that are pests to farmers. But bats are wild animals that can carry the fatal rabies virus.   How do we live in harmony with bats? Half of…

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Overcoming obstacles in cancer care

Cancer treatment can be one of the most exhausting emotional and physical experiences, both for the person living with it, and for their family. Now imagine the added anxiety and complexity of needing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that exhausting experience has just become even more challenging. While cancer care teams across Interior Health…

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Williams Lake hospital shows creativity in the face of COVID-19

When Williams Lake physician Dr. Ivan Scrooby and infection prevention lead Kelly Dillon were walking through a partially-remediated area of Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Williams Lake earlier this year, inspiration struck. The two were inspecting an area of the hospital that was already under construction and included ambulatory care, part of patient registration and…

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UBC medical students support front-line physicians

Medical students based at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna are helping front-line physicians in the battle against COVID-19 in the B.C. Interior. With the temporary suspension of clinical training in hospitals and clinics across the province, many medical students began looking for other ways to support physicians and patients during the pandemic. Over 80…

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