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Stories for week starting Monday, May 10, 2021


Detained Migrants Get a Pandemic Lifeline

The tribunal deciding who to hold has new rules about harsh treatment. Result: more are being freed from incarceration.

Amelia Williams, Today


Vancouver’s Drug Decriminalization Plan Is a Disaster, Say Advocates

The city’s approach was supposed to make drug use safer during a deadly crisis. But people who use drugs say it’s critically flawed.

Jen St. Denis, Today


How The Big Melt Will Change Life for People and Nature

As BC’s coastal mountain glaciers recede the effects alter ecosystems. Can human engineering begin to compensate? Second in a series.

Christopher Pollon, Today


Auditor General Says BC Is Failing to Protect Critical Wildlife Habitat

Conservation land program has outdated or non-existent management plans and lacks Indigenous participation and long-term strategy.

Amanda Follett Hosgood, Yesterday


BC Provides Three-Days’ Sick Pay. It’s Not Enough, Say Critics

Pandemic measure will bridge gap in federal benefits, says government, and reduce COVID risk.

Andrew MacLeod, Yesterday


AstraZeneca’s Clot Risks Quantified. And More News Straight from Science Journals

The latest roundup of pandemic findings gathered by The Tyee.

Brian Owens, Yesterday


It’s Too Hard to Report Adverse Vaccine Effects, Says Doctor

The dense form is ‘ridiculous,’ says veteran physician, who worries it harms data quality. The BC government defends the six-pager.

Andrew MacLeod, Yesterday


Thriving Together: Salmon, Berries and People

The salmonberry plant has nourished Indigenous communities for generations, but its significance goes far beyond its value as food.

Cuagilakv, Yesterday


‘We Are Losing It as We Speak,’ Say Crab Park Advocates

As a port expansion closes in, park supporters push for more green space and a long-awaited Indigenous healing centre.

Jen St. Denis, Yesterday


Doc Offers a Glimpse of Hope in Kainai (Blood) Nation’s Overdose Crisis

Filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers crafts a gentle portrait of substance use disorder and a community weighing solutions. On now at DOXA.

Paloma Pacheco, 10 May 2021


Is Mathematics the New Latin?

Time in school is limited. Are we requiring the right kinds of math? Who even needs it?

Charles Ungerleider, 10 May 2021


Finding the Mother Tree: A Conversation with Suzanne Simard

This May 19 webinar will celebrate an important new book and the wisdom of the forest. Register now.

Sierra Club BC, 10 May 2021


Pandemic Deaths Are Seriously Undercounted: New Report

The toll in Canada and globally is worse than governments admit according to University of Washington researchers.

Crawford Kilian, 10 May 2021


A Letter to Dr. Henry from Hardest Hit Surrey

Pleading for help, a teacher reminds why part of the city shows up red on leaked documents.

Lizanne Foster, 10 May 2021


The Big Melt

In mere decades, many of BC’s 16,000 glaciers will be gone. That will change life on our coast, from plankton to people. First in a series.

Christopher Pollon, 10 May 2021