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Cindy E. Harnett

Cindy E. Harnett

Cindy Harnett is a Times Colonist reporter focused on health.

Cindy is originally from Toronto, where she attended York University and Ryerson University before taking her first newspaper job in northern Ontario, where she learned about forestry, wildlife, block heaters, and snowstorms in May. She has worked as a reporter in Quesnel and a managing editor at Black Press, and has contributed to publications including Maclean’s magazine.

In 2008, Cindy and her Times Colonist colleagues picked up a Jack Webster Best News Reporting of the Year award for coverage of the 2007 Lee family murder-suicide, which highlighted gross inadequacies in domestic violence and child protection services and police co-ordination.

Over the years, Cindy has gravitated to issues of justice, including the 1997 swarming and murder of teenager Reena Virk, the 2012 botched firing of eight B.C. Health Ministry researchers during which one committed suicide, the 2018 toxic drug poisoning death of Elliot Eurchuk, and the 2019 William Head jailbreak that saw two prisoners charged with murder.

Email
ceharnett@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Cindy E.

BC United leader says solution to illicit drugs in hospitals is 'just say no'

BC United leader says solution to illicit drugs in hospitals is 'just say no'

Kevin Falcon says he would ban open drug use in hospitals
New streamlined registry aims to speed up attaching patients to family doctors

New streamlined registry aims to speed up attaching patients to family doctors

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the goal is to reach out to everyone on the Health Connect registry at least every three months
Nurses say rules for illicit-drug use in hospitals won't work without enforcement

Nurses say rules for illicit-drug use in hospitals won't work without enforcement

While standardized rules form a task force are welcome, the rules in place now are not being enforced, says the president of the B.C. Nurses Union
Mask mandate in hospitals dropped as vaccine booster program ramps up

Mask mandate in hospitals dropped as vaccine booster program ramps up

The goal of the spring booster campaign is to strengthen waning protection for the most vulnerable
Thousands in B.C. order new HPV mail-in screening tests

Thousands in B.C. order new HPV mail-in screening tests

B.C. has been a world leader in cervical cancer prevention for decades, said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
Cancer patients won't need to leave B.C. for new immunotherapy treatment

Cancer patients won't need to leave B.C. for new immunotherapy treatment

Starting this month, 20 adults and five children with lymphoma and some forms of leukemia who haven’t had success with other treatments will get immunotherapy treatment in Vancouver
Affordability crisis for seniors will worsen as boomers hit their 80s, seniors advocate says

Affordability crisis for seniors will worsen as boomers hit their 80s, seniors advocate says

Isobel Mackenzie says subsidies for the one in five seniors who rent have fallen “dramatically short” of what they need to continue living independently
Government announces $354M to help seniors stay at home

Government announces $354M to help seniors stay at home

Community-based seniors’ services will be enhanced to benefit seniors and take pressure off long-term care and assisted-living homes.
COVID-19 testing still important for unvaccinated, elderly: provincial health officer

COVID-19 testing still important for unvaccinated, elderly: provincial health officer

Rapid antigen tests for those five and older remain available for free at many pharmacies
Initial IVF treatments to be publicly funded in B.C. starting next year

Initial IVF treatments to be publicly funded in B.C. starting next year

B.C. will join other provinces, including Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec, in funding an initial IVF treatment — which typically costs about $15,000 to $20,000 per cycle.
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