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Playing for the Pharma team: Christy Clark switches jerseys on drug safety

Why does Christy Clark want to dismantle drug-safety oversight?

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone: recovery from addictive behaviours

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone—so true. I love this saying, and wish I could take credit for thinking it up. In my humble opinion, whoever came up with it is a genius—and when I saw it...

Loving an addict, loving yourself: The importance of setting boundaries

As anyone who cares about an addict knows, these relationships can be very difficult. The basic challenge for loved ones of addicts of any kind is to continue to care without losing themselves in the...
Puff, puff, pass: Getting high in Texas

4/20 Day in Vancouver as USA bogarts BC Bud tourism

Vancouver celebrates 420 as American states puff, puff, pass decriminalization laws.

Teen marijuana use common because of Canadian drug policy, says pot activist

The high rate of marijuana use among Canada’s youth is a by-product of strict drug control, pot activist and BC Green Party candidate Jodie Emery said. Canada has the highest rate of...

One man’s fight to get skin removal surgery covered by health care

Ryan Loriault went from being a rotund 386 pounds (lbs) to a slender 175 in less than two years by diet and exercise alone, but there’s some weight he won’t be able to shift naturally— about 20 lbs....

As delay in childbearing increases, UBC study shows people lack knowledge about fertility

Many British Columbians are waiting until later in their adult life to have children and might not be aware of the reality of fertility.

Addiction in the family: is someone you love affected by another person's addiction?

You always hear about people with addictions. But, what about their loved ones? For several years, I've been writing and speaking about the roller-coaster chaos they often experience while...

Unfurling the nuclear mystery after Fukushima

How much longer can British Columbians expect to stave off nuclear radiation contamination from Japan?

Shine A Light gala brings locals together to fight kidney disease

Attending the event, were many in the healthcare industry, as well as many who have either directly or indirectly been affected by kidney disease.