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Island residents say travelling for health care can cost thousands

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Quadra Island resident Mike Windrim has logged a lot of miles and doled out a lot of money over the years to get the medical care he needs.

The 66-year-old was diagnosed 14 years ago with a bone marrow disease that affects the normal functioning of his internal organs.

So, like many other residents of rural and remote communities in B.C., he has to travel off island, and long distances for specialized care in urban centres.

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Cermaq Canada responds to study about climate change threat to salmon farms

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

A new UBC study suggests that Global warming could significantly reduce the extent that salmon can be farmed off the West Coast of British Columbia. The study’s lead author,  Muhammed Oyinlola said that up to 84% of the area currently suitable for fish farming could be lost. We need to act now: either move fish farms on land or further out to sea. Cermaq Canada responds to this and some related issues. 

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Covid’s impact on local tourism

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

Covid’s  impact on local tourism has been devastating. While there was a rush of visitors in August, Kirsten Soder, Executive Director of Destination Campbell River, says it will not be enough to carry some businesses through the winter. However some businesses are faring better than others.  

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COVID cases in North Vancouver Island

BC health officials announced 139 new cases of COVID on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at which point there were 42 people in hospitals and 14 of these receiving critical care. The number of confirmed cases among members of the Tla’amin Nation, who attended a funeral and wake in Powell River, has risen to seven. The number of COVID cases in North Vancouver Island is much lower. 

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