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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.

Eby's cabinet retains seven Islanders, with new attorney general, finance minister

Eby's cabinet retains seven Islanders, with new attorney general, finance minister

The new cabinet, unveiled Wednesday, shows an effort to balance gender, ethnicity, regional representation and experience. Niki Sharma takes over as attorney general, and Katrine Conroy as finance minister
B.C. Greens open up nominations in case of snap election

B.C. Greens open up nominations in case of snap election

B.C. Premier David Eby has said he doesn’t intend to change the election date of October 2024, but B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau says she wants to be prepared
B.C. doctors ratify new $708-million, three-year deal

B.C. doctors ratify new $708-million, three-year deal

The deal, which includes a new payment model that the government hopes will help attract and retain family physicians, was approved by 94 per cent of doctors who voted.
B.C. ramps up appeal to vaccinate as influenza surges in children

B.C. ramps up appeal to vaccinate as influenza surges in children

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province has seen a “dramatic increase” in cases of Influenza A, particularly H3N2, which can cause severe illness in children.
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.
Victoria-raised doctor practicing in U.S. calls incentives to return 'great news'

Victoria-raised doctor practicing 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.
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.
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
Oak Bay man convicted of killing daughters has appeal dismissed

Oak Bay man convicted of killing daughters has appeal dismissed

Andrew Berry's appeal to overturn his convictions for the murders of his two young daughters on Christmas Day 2017 has been dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeal
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