Tag Archives: COVID 19

Systemic barriers keeping foreign nurses from filling shortages

By Alec Regino, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

While the majority of foreign nurses in Canada hail from the Philippines, a significant number of them work as caregivers due to systemic barriers within Canada’s immigration policy. 

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Spirit of the West Adventures: 2021 was great for kayaking

Spirit of the West Adventures had a much better season than expected. 

Co-owner Breanne Quesnel says that after BC’s interprovincial travel restrictions  were lifted, last June, “we saw unprecedented demand for our particular outdoor experience.”

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Quadra ICAN: Building community resilience through practical projects

“Our aim is to assist Quadra in becoming more resilient and self-sufficient in the face of impending ecological challenges. Our mandate is to organize and foster direct action on clearly defined practical projects.” – Quadra ICAN.ca

A decade ago, the first incarnation of ICAN (Island Climate Action Network) was responsible for getting a community garden started on Quadra. It also joined forces with Sierra Quadra to encourage Quadra’s retail sector to ban plastic bags, and started an anti-idling campaign. Team leader Leona Skovgaard traces the relaunch of the organization, now called Quadra ICAN, to a conversation that she and Jan Gladish had over tea.

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Labour market bounces back to pre-COVID levels

By Morgan Sharp, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Canadian workforce changed a lot in September, with a return to schools helping more parents, especially so-called “core age” women, take full-time work while trimming the participation of returning students.

For younger people who aren’t in school, meaning almost one-third of all 15- to 24-year-olds in Canada, there aren’t as many jobs of a certain kind available even as the overall job market looks almost like it did in February 2020.

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BC Nurses Union President quits and asks Gov to reconsider October mandatory vaccinations for nurses

By Pamela Haasen, CICK 93.9 Smithers Community Radio, Local Journalism Initiative

As the fourth wave of COVID-19 continues, Intensive Care Unit doctors and nurses are sounding the alarm. They’re saying the health care system in northern B.C. is in trouble.

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