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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.

Provincial government embraces work-from-home for more of its employees

Provincial government embraces work-from-home for more of its employees

Memo from the head of the public service says ministries are strongly encouraged to expand adoption of flexible work where it makes sense.
B.C. Liberal leader says his party would expand free, accessible addiction treatment

B.C. Liberal leader says his party would expand free, accessible addiction treatment

The B.C. Liberals say they would invest $1.5 billion over three years.
'Monumental' change: New system hikes pay for B.C. family physicians in effort to ease health-care crisis

'Monumental' change: New system hikes pay for B.C. family physicians in effort to ease health-care crisis

For the first time, B.C. family doctors will be compensated for both direct and indirect patient hours, where they deal with paperwork and read lab results.
B.C. hires Alberta’s former chief medical officer of health on contract

B.C. hires Alberta’s former chief medical officer of health on contract

Dr. Deena Hinshaw will serve as B.C.’s new deputy provincial health officer for six months, while current deputy Dr. Martin Lavoie is on temporary assignment
Dix announces $30M for north Island health; Port Hardy ER to remain closed overnight

Dix announces $30M for north Island health; Port Hardy ER to remain closed overnight

Port McNeill and Port Hardy hospitals have been crippled by doctor and nurse shortages, resulting in emergency-department closures since the spring.
Former Victoria mayor appointed as housing adviser for province

Former Victoria mayor appointed as housing adviser for province

Lisa Helps will help develop the province’s B.C. Builds program, an initiative to build housing for middle-income families, individuals and seniors.
Former Victoria mayor appointed as housing adviser for province

Former Victoria mayor appointed as housing adviser for province

Lisa Helps will help develop the province’s B.C. Builds program, an initiative to build housing for middle-income families, individuals and seniors.
Physician assistants should be allowed to practise in B.C., says Greens' deputy leader

Physician assistants should be allowed to practise in B.C., says Greens' deputy leader

Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi said he’s had numerous emails from physician assistants looking to work in B.C. and has to turn them away, even though they could save the system money.
Physician assistants should be allowed to practice in B.C., says Greens' deputy leader

Physician assistants should be allowed to practice in B.C., says Greens' deputy leader

Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi said he’s had numerous emails from physician assistants looking to work in B.C. and has to turn them away, even though they could save the system money.
Despite staffing crisis, nurses face roadblocks in upgrading, returning from retirement

Despite staffing crisis, nurses face roadblocks in upgrading, returning from retirement

Nurses are asking for the option to upgrade or refresh their skills on the job, so they don’t have to leave an already strained workforce.
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