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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

UPDATE BC Health Coalition will continue intervening in the Cambie Case at the BC Court of Appeals

We're pleased to announce that we have been granted intervenor status by the BC Court of Appeal in the Cambie case. This continues to build on the work we’ve been engaged in for the last ten years as we successfully defended public healthcare at the BC Supreme Court. The appeal case is scheduled to be heard in June 2021. More details on our public campaign to follow! READ MORE.

TAKE ACTION Share your long term care story!

On April 27, 2021, the BC Health Coalition will join partners across the country in calling for the federal and provincial/territorial governments to work together and urgently create national standards to improve LTC. We invite you to join us in action by submitting 1-2 minute video or written testimonials that show support for national standards.

Click HERE for our video and... written testimonial guidelines. We will randomly select one contributor to win a copy of Hiromi Goto's new graphic novel Shadow Life, which follows the story of 76-year-old Kumiko after busting out of her Vancouver care home. Read the Tyee's interview with the author HERE.

Click HERE for more information on the April 27th BC action. RSVP to our Facebook event to watch the action on live stream and follow the latest updates.

OPINION Mental health workers must deal with triple threat of COVID, opioid, and housing crises

When it comes to the combined impacts of the housing crisis, opioid crisis and COVID-19 on society’s most vulnerable citizens, perhaps no other category of worker knows the pain and suffering these overlapping challenges have caused more than mental health workers. Tanya Paterson, CUPE health coordinator and BCHC steering committee member, collected some of these frontline workers stories. Read the article HERE.


Welcome to the new Member Spotlight section of our newsletter! Each month, we’ll highlight a story from one of our individual or organizational members. Email suggestions for spotlights to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RACHEL 'HL' LAU (they/them)
Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice

Before their current role as Program Manager at Yarrow, Rachel was the Project Coordinator for the Speak My Language project, where they supported youth producers in the process of creating multilingual radio docs featuring low-income Chinese seniors and their experiences with BC's healthcare system. CLICK HERE to learn more about Speak My Language and HERE to listen to the radio docs.

How did you get involved with Yarrow and the Speak My Language project?

As someone who grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown, I always felt like the neighbourhood was my second home. In fact, Yarrow Society’s office is located in the same building where my mother used to run her business. As an adult, I reconnected with the neighbourhood as a volunteer with Yarrow because I learned about the needs of our seniors in an ever-evolving neighbourhood deeply affected by gentrification. My involvement with Yarrow and the Speak My Language project is reflective of my desire to build intergenerational relationships with seniors and develop community power so that we may work towards a more equitable world where everyone is taken care of. READ MORE HERE.


  • The Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of B.C. (COSCO) is co-hosting a webinar series on older adults and human rights with the National Pensioners Federation. Join their April 23 webinar on "Protecting the Human Rights of Older Adults in the Canadian Health Care System". Register HERE.
  • The BCHC participated in a Town Hall on March 16 with other provincial health coalitions and Canadians4LTC National Standards. Marcy Cohen, CCPA-BC Researcher and BCHC steering committee member, spoke on national standards in LTC from the BC perspective. Watch the recording HERE.
  • BC's Office of the Human Rights Commissioner hosted a dialogue on data collection and the grandmother perspective. To learn more the report, which calls on government to collect race-based and other disaggregated data to illuminate systemic inequalities and injustices, watch the webinar HERE.
  • BCHC staff Usman Mushtaq was on Global News earlier this month speaking about the call for increased federal funding for health care by the Premiers. Watch the interview HERE
  • Vaccine call centres opened in early March in BC and have been able to accelerate the booking schedule. We encourage everyone call and book an appointment to get vaccinated when it's your turn. Learn more about calling for appointments HERE. The best source for information on vaccines is the BC Centre for Disease Control HERE.
  • The Vancouver Island Association of Family Councils continues to advocate for the formal recognition and real power for family councils in long-term care. Read more on the work of this BCHC member organization HERE.

HERE to donate to the BC Health Coalition

Donations by cheque can be made out to BC Health Coalition and mailed to BC Health Coalition 302-3102 Main Street Vancouver BC V5T 3G7.

If you would like to set up monthly donations by cheque, please fill out this Donation Form and mail it in with a void cheque.


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