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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.

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ceharnett@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Cindy E.

Victoria-raised doctor practising in U.S. calls incentives to return 'great news'

Victoria-raised doctor practising in U.S. calls incentives to return 'great news'

Madhur Kuckreja says he had been on the brink of moving to Seattle after frustrating attempts to be licensed in B.C.
Surge of rare disease hits Island's homeless people; vaccines being offered

Surge of rare disease hits Island's homeless people; vaccines being offered

There have been eight lab-confirmed cases of haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) in Victoria, Nanaimo and Parksville since late 2021. A typical year would see one case at most on the Island.
Substance-use programs for youth expanded

Substance-use programs for youth expanded

More than 30 new and expanded substance-use programs for youth will be supported by about 130 new health-care workers, says Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson
Medical Services Commission files injunction against Telus Health's paid service

Medical Services Commission files injunction against Telus Health's paid service

Telus’s LifePlus program, which charges membership fees to patients in return for 24/7 access to a health-care practitioner, is alleged to contravene the Medicare Protection Act.
North Island hospital doctors say immediate action needed as patient collapses in closed ER

North Island hospital doctors say immediate action needed as patient collapses in closed ER

Three recent similar incidents bolster calls for consolidation of emergency services in the area
A framed apology, a last compensation cheque: Probe of wrongful Health Ministry firings that destroyed lives concludes

A framed apology, a last compensation cheque: Probe of wrongful Health Ministry firings that destroyed lives concludes

The government has implemented the final four of 41 recommendations from Jay Chalke’s report, including settling unionized employees’ grievances.
Funding announced for new medical school at SFU Surrey campus

Funding announced for new medical school at SFU Surrey campus

Interim dean hired for new school, which is expected to start admitting students in 2026
Higher demand for flu shots this year in B.C.; no further doses expected to arrive

Higher demand for flu shots this year in B.C.; no further doses expected to arrive

About 1.35 million flu shots have already been given this flu season, which was the total for all of last season, and bookings are nearly full for the next three weeks.
Andrew Berry, convicted of murdering daughters, has appeal dismissed

Andrew Berry, convicted of murdering daughters, has appeal dismissed

Andrew Berry's appeal to overturn his convictions for the murders of his two young daughters has been dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeal
B.C. to create new stand-alone Housing Ministry

B.C. to create new stand-alone Housing Ministry

The intention is to remove housing out from under the Ministry of the Attorney General, currently led by Murray Rankin, and give it its own budget and ministry.
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