How Art & Music Improved My Health

My health continues to improve with each art and music activity that I take part in. Here’s my story. Growing up in a small town in a large family added to my development as a socially withdrawn, low self esteem young man who consequently fought with depression and alcohol abuse. It was not until I […]

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Senior Care Expands

Construction is underway and expected to be completed in 2020 for 80 publicly-funded beds and eight new private complex-care beds for seniors care off Beverly Street. The units will be grouped together in neighbourhoods with a home-like design. Each neighbourhood will have its own spa/bathing area, outdoor space, recreational area and quiet areas. All units […]

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Rotary Clubs Support Hospice

The five Rotary Clubs in the Cowichan Valley have come together to take on the project of financing and building an idyllic garden to be sited with the new hospice facility that will be located along side the Cairnsmore long term hospital in Duncan. The $325,000 project, which came together in record time, will see […]

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OK It’s Legal, Now How Do You Get It?

Obtaining legal cannabis in Canada can seem confusing, with misinformation running amok and simple questions about access having different answers depending on your province or even municipality, for example are dispensaries legal? Do you need a special card? Do you still need a prescription? Over the past couple of years several BC municipalities began to […]

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The SAD Days of Winter

The long winter days can be challenging. We may get up in the dark and come home in the dark. Light seems in short supply and if you add the cold, rain or snow, it can be the recipe for sadness and depression. After the glow of Summer and December seasonal activity, the dark days […]

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Nurses Are Our Front-Line Healthcare Troops

Nurses are on the firing line 24/7 in hospitals and would welcome a key role in designing the Cowichan District Hospital replacement that the government hopes to have built by 2024. Not only are they welcoming opportunities for input, they would also like very much to have a serious hand in the decision-making on the […]

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Hospice Plans for End of Life Dignity

A civilized society provides for end-of-life care that allows people to pass with dignity. Cowichan has taken a giant step toward that goal with the raising of $8.5 million towards its $10 million goal for a 10-bed hospice facility to be situated next to the Cairnsmore long term care hospital. Efforts are underway to push […]

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Innovating Health Care in Cowichan

Cowichan is pioneering integrated health care planning this year through parallel development of plans for a new hospital and a Health and Care Plan for services and facilities in the community. Both will be completed by year end. “…we are very excited to be moving in a parallel manner looking at hospital care and care […]

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What You Need to Know About Legalized Pot

So, cannabis is legal now. What should you know? After nearly one hundred years of prohibition, Canada has taken a huge step and become the second country world-wide to legalize cannabis for adult use. It’s an exciting time to be a cannabis advocate and an even more exciting time to be a curious consumer. If […]

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Health Care, What’s Coming Next?

Planning for a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley is not a simple task as it is tied into a much more complex matrix of related health care issues. The thing is, how will those beds in a new hospital be configured? Will the new facility be dedicated to acute care only? Not likely. How […]

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