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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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Recent Work by Cindy E.

Cyberattacks on health authority, province, London Drugs not related: premier’s office

Cyberattacks on health authority, province, London Drugs not related: premier’s office

The First Nations Health Authority is the latest high-profile victim of a cybersecurity ransomware attack in the province
Applications open for $40M loan program for secondary suites

Applications open for $40M loan program for secondary suites

Homeowners can apply for forgivable loans for as much as half the total cost of renovations, up to a maximum of $40,000, to build basement and garden suites
Short-term rentals rules in effect; fines to be levied against non-compliant hosts

Short-term rentals rules in effect; fines to be levied against non-compliant hosts

The clock is now ticking on hefty fines for those who don’t fall in line
Trudeau visits UVic to tout funding for science, supports for students

Trudeau visits UVic to tout funding for science, supports for students

The prime minister toured the University of Victoria’s CanAssist wing of the CARSA building to hear from science and engineering students and faculty about their research.
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
B.C. has longest walk-in clinic wait times in Canada

B.C. has longest walk-in clinic wait times in Canada

The average wait time in Victoria was 107 minutes, or one hour and 47 minutes.
More doctors practising family medicine in B.C., seen as significant change

More doctors practising family medicine in B.C., seen as significant change

Of the 708 additional doctors in family practice in B.C., 179 — or more than 25 per cent — are practising on Vancouver Island.
Victoria clinical trial to use AI to reduce prostate-cancer radiation treatments

Victoria clinical trial to use AI to reduce prostate-cancer radiation treatments

The goal is to reduce prostate cancer radiation therapy to just two sessions from five, reducing side-effects and wait times
Thousands still waiting to find a doctor through B.C. registry

Thousands still waiting to find a doctor through B.C. registry

Health Minister Adrian Dix says 60,000 people have been connected to a family doctor through the Health Connect Registry, while 220,000 continue to await placement
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