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Vancouver Police Understand Mental Illness

We hear about horrific situations in Canada when interactions between mentally unstable people and law enforcement lead to tragic outcomes. Less well known are the longtime efforts of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) to meet the needs of the 30% of their calls that deal with mental illness. While applauding the efforts of police to adapt, shouldn't we also be looking more closely at policies that are creating the chaos of so much untreated mental illness?
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Vancouver's Soaring Syphilis Rate

VANCOUVER - The syphilis rate in Metro Vancouver has reached a 30-year high, prompting a new campaign aimed at eliminating the disease.Vancouver Coastal Health medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafso...
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Mothers' Helpline To Be Cut Off

Some parents say they want Vancouver Coastal Health to keep a newborn hotline alive after learning it is slated to be terminated at the end of the month. The newborn hotline is offered from 8:30 a.m....
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ER Wait Times Go Online

Patients needing emergency medical care will soon be able to go online to shop for the shortest waiting times before deciding which Vancouver Coastal Health hospital to go to. A new website to launch...
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B.C.'s Long Hot Weekend

Health officers in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are warning people to be careful during a heat wave that has been forecast for the B.C. Day long weekend. Environment Canada issued a special weather statemen...