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Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

No medical exemptions for B.C. vaccine card ‘blatant discrimination’, disabled activist says

Some British Columbians cannot be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine components

 

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

 

Rendering of the Harmony apartment proposed for the 15100-block of 20 Avenue. (Contributed graphic)

Council to consider South Surrey inclusive Harmony project today

Staff cites ‘significant public benefit’ in supporting 91-unit project

 

Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

People with disabilities even more alone during pandemic: cerebral palsy spokeswoman

Many people with disabilities are at higher risk, but not always prioritized for vaccines

Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden
Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)

Self-advocates ‘sad, scared, angry’ over revisions to assisted-death legislation

Bill C-7 was expanded to include access to medically assisted death for non-terminal conditions

Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)
A vaccine-filled needle awaits injection, during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic held Jan. 15, 2021 at Amica White Rock. Community Living B.C.-funded workers learned April 8 that they, too, can now be vaccinated. (Tracy Holmes file photo)

Support workers for those with disabilities given vaccine priority

News shared with Community Living B.C.-funded staff on April 8

A vaccine-filled needle awaits injection, during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic held Jan. 15, 2021 at Amica White Rock. Community Living B.C.-funded workers learned April 8 that they, too, can now be vaccinated. (Tracy Holmes file photo)
Direct-support staff who work with individuals who have developmental disabilities should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (Metro photo)

Support workers for those with disabilities left behind in B.C. vaccine-rollout ‘oversight’

UNITI CEO Doug Tennant says misunderstanding is putting vulnerable people at greater risk

Direct-support staff who work with individuals who have developmental disabilities should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (Metro photo)
The music therapy program at Semiahmoo House Society will continue throughout 2021 thanks to a new sponsor. (Music Heals photo)

Semiahmoo House music-therapy program celebrated as sponsor found for ‘21

Music Heals initiative has helped clients deal with isolation, mental-health issues during pandemic

The music therapy program at Semiahmoo House Society will continue throughout 2021 thanks to a new sponsor. (Music Heals photo)
A video released this week by the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo addresses the importance of language. (Screenshot)
A video released this week by the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo addresses the importance of language. (Screenshot)
Rendering of the Harmony apartment proposed for the 15100-block of 20 Avenue. (Contributed graphic)

‘Inclusive, affordable’ South Surrey project aims to meet ‘desperate’ housing need

Public consultation on 91-unit ‘Harmony’ to launch online next month

Rendering of the Harmony apartment proposed for the 15100-block of 20 Avenue. (Contributed graphic)
Health Minister Adrian Dix shared details of an amended essential-visitors policy Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight.(Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)

Policy change sparked by death of disabled South Surrey woman ‘will save lives’

‘Ariis’s Law’ expands definition of essential visitors in hospital

Health Minister Adrian Dix shared details of an amended essential-visitors policy Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight.(Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix expects an amended essential-visitors policy to be shared Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight. (Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)

UPDATED: Changes on way to policy on B.C. health care facility visitation

Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement Tuesday afternoon

Health Minister Adrian Dix expects an amended essential-visitors policy to be shared Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight. (Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)
Ariis Knight, 40, at her home in South Surrey. Knight passed away April 18 at Peace Arch Hospital. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey advocate ‘optimistic’ hospital-visitor policy changes imminent

Ariis Knight’s story ‘captured empathy of the country,’ will save lives: Tennant

Ariis Knight, 40, at her home in South Surrey. Knight passed away April 18 at Peace Arch Hospital. (Contributed photo)
Zi Paris (left) and Phil Paras are spending more time cleaning up the community, as a way of filling gaps left by the suspension of day and recreations programs for people with disabilities due to COVID-19. (Contributed photo)

White Rock caregiver for man with developmental disability ‘holding on to hope’

Zi Paris is among many struggling to cope in wake of program shutdowns

Zi Paris (left) and Phil Paras are spending more time cleaning up the community, as a way of filling gaps left by the suspension of day and recreations programs for people with disabilities due to COVID-19. (Contributed photo)
Staff and clients at the Surrey Association for Community Living pause for a photo April 23. COVID-19 has forced the association to rethink the way it operates in order to continue to provide care for the individuals its serves. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Surrey Association for Community Living pivots in order to continue to provide care

SACL has had to change the way they operate during pandemic

Staff and clients at the Surrey Association for Community Living pause for a photo April 23. COVID-19 has forced the association to rethink the way it operates in order to continue to provide care for the individuals its serves. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Camryn Traa file photo)

OPINION: Creative solutions needed to support people with disabilities

COVID-19 crisis revealing gaps in B.C.’s system of care, writes Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux

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Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Camryn Traa file photo)
Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo member Krista Milne encourages people to stay home during the pandemic. (YouTube screenshot)

Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo issue video appeals amid pandemic concerns

YouTube series encourages fair treatment and reminds ‘we’re in this together’

Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo member Krista Milne encourages people to stay home during the pandemic. (YouTube screenshot)
Lisa Arlin is appealling for greater accessibility on public transit for her service dog, Princess, who is in training. Arlin says bus drivers aren’t letting the dog board because she’s not certified. (Tracy Holmes photo)

White Rock woman says blocking ‘service dog’ from transit a denial of human rights

White Rock’s Lisa Arlin says guide-dog certification is voluntary

Lisa Arlin is appealling for greater accessibility on public transit for her service dog, Princess, who is in training. Arlin says bus drivers aren’t letting the dog board because she’s not certified. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Aaron, 16, and his parents in this undated photo. His mom, Sue Robins, has voiced concerns after an email from the Ministry of Child and Family Development included outdated terminology for those with disabilities. (Submitted by Sue Robins to Black Press Media)

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

Aaron, 16, and his parents in this undated photo. His mom, Sue Robins, has voiced concerns after an email from the Ministry of Child and Family Development included outdated terminology for those with disabilities. (Submitted by Sue Robins to Black Press Media)
Graeme McCreath has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, alleging he was discriminated against by Bluebird Cabs Ltd. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. man accuses taxi driver of leaving because he had guide dog

Bluebird Cabs Ltd. application to dismiss complaint denied

Graeme McCreath has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, alleging he was discriminated against by Bluebird Cabs Ltd. (Black Press Media file photo)