For the week of Jan. 24, 2021:
Whatever success British Columbia had in minimizing coronavirus cases and deaths in the first wave evaporated after Premier John Horgan called a snap election last September.
Since then, infections skyrocketed 667%. Deaths, mainly in seniors care homes, are up 393%.
Veteran investigative reporter Salim Jiwa has cast a critical eye on the B.C. NDP government’s response to the public health emergency, since a Metro Vancouver man brought the illness home from Wuhan, China one year ago this week.
“WHO emphasized that part of any program to counter this virus has to be test, trace, isolate and treat every case, which we have not done,” said Jiwa, who spent 25 years at The Province and now publishes Vancouverite.com.
Jiwa is the guest on this week’s edition of theBreaker.news Podcast and has plenty to say about the bumpy vaccine rollout and poor communication about the pandemic’s impacts on seniors care homes and schools.
“It is concealment, it’s obfuscation of data,” Jiwa told host Bob Mackin. “We’ve had significant problems getting facts out of this government, they like to turn off the lights so that we can’t see. But we’ve managed to extract information out of them… through communications with Ministry of Health I’m constantly asking uncomfortable questions that the mainstream media seems to be missing because they’re weakening, the mainstream media is considerably weaker than when I was part of it.”
Plus headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest.
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