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Past articles by James:

Western Canada: B.C. announces a plan to tackle cancer wait times

The province will funnel an extra $440-million in funding to its cancer agency over the next three years → Read More

Western Canada: Ottawa offers provinces billions for health care but still falls short of demands

In what it cast as a final offer, the federal government put forward a deal that would include $46.2-billion in new health care funding → Read More

Western Canada: Charges in police-involved deaths are a rarity in B.C.

This week, after more than five years since the death of Dale Culver, two Prince George RCMP officers were charged with manslaughter → Read More

Western Canada: Federal child care program raises difficult question in Alberta: what’s a reasonable profit?

Alberta announces agreement with Ottawa following private operators’ complaints about uncertainty → Read More

Western Canada: As its decriminalization effort takes hold, B.C. is on the cusp of a dramatic change

Whether the change, which takes effect Tuesday, will make a meaningful difference in saving lives is unclear → Read More

Western Canada: Renewed hope that provinces, Ottawa will reach health-care deal worth billions in new money

‘They’re getting serious. That’s great news,’ B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said in an interview → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta Premier under fire amid allegations of interference in pandemic prosecutions

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith was already under scrutiny for claiming to have spoken to prosecutors about pandemic-related criminal cases. And then a CBC report alleged one of her staffers had contacted the prosecution service → Read More

Western Canada: Volunteer combat medic from Saskatchewan killed in Ukraine

Grygorii Tsekhmistrenko is the third volunteer fighter from Canada killed in Ukraine since Russia invaded → Read More

Western Canada: The growing impact of homelessness on emergency departments

Canada’s national health research institute looks at how many homeless patients are seen in emergency departments as Alberta opens transition beds for after they are discharged → Read More

Western Canada: B.C.’s plan to increase the number of nurses working in the province

Premier David Eby said his new plan for additional financial supports and a faster assessment process could bring as many as 2,000 applicants into the health-care work force within 90 days → Read More

Western Canada: Glacier study underscores risk from climate change

A new study predicts half to two-thirds the world’s glaciers could vanish by the end of the century and many more will shrink → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta secures imported children’s acetaminophen as B.C. reports cases of new variant

Health Canada approved a form of liquid acetaminophen from a Turkish manufacturer that can be used in hospitals, but has yet to issue approvals to sell that drug in pharmacies or any approvals for children’s ibuprofen → Read More

Western Canada: Snow wreaks havoc in Vancouver as Prairies sink into deep freeze

Snow in the Lower Mainland paralyzed Vancouver’s airport and prompted ferry cancellations, while temperatures dipped to -30 on the Prairies → Read More

Western Canada: Wait times up in emergency rooms across Canada, according to federal data

Data show things were slightly worse in British Columbia: 90% of such visits were completed within 47.7 hours in 2021-22, compared with 32.8 hours the year prior → Read More

Western Canada: B.C. coroner’s jury delivers 18 recommendations for improving care given to Indigenous youth

They recommended that the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Xyolhemeylh, the agency delegated by the province to provide care to Indigenous youth, create a policy requiring staff to report when children are missing immediately to the police → Read More

Western Canada: B.C. pushes vaccination, Alberta orders acetaminophen as flu season wreaks havoc

Officials’ health guidance this holiday season focuses on influenza, not COVID-19, particularly when it comes to children → Read More

Western Canada: Winnipeg police allege serial killings in deaths of four women

Jeremy Skibicki was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the spring and then police announced three additional murder charges against him this week → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta’s sovereignty legislation goes further than expected

Premier Danielle Smith introduces landmark bill, leaving questions about its possible use → Read More

Western Canada: B.C. banks on big spending as it announces $5-billion surplus

The B.C. government is looking to ensure it spends the largesse, rather than allow the fiscal year to pass with a surplus → Read More

Western Canada: Alberta Premier attempts to change the channel with cost-of-living measures

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s first month in office was overshadowed by her views on vaccination and controversial comments from her past → Read More