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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.

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
Higher demand for flu shots this year in B.C.

Higher demand for flu shots this year in B.C.

In B.C. the flu shot is free to anyone six months and older. Go online to getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca to book an appointment.
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.
B.C. Liberal Party members endorse switch to B.C. United

B.C. Liberal Party members endorse switch to B.C. United

Eighty per cent of members voted for the name change, B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon said at a news conference Wednesday morning
B.C. Green leader calls for mask mandate to protect children as viral infections rise

B.C. Green leader calls for mask mandate to protect children as viral infections rise

Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, a pediatric heart surgeon at B.C. Children’s Hospital, says children across the country have had a significant increase in viral infections, with some requiring hospitalization
John Horgan on cusp of retirement: 'I would like people to think that I stayed true to who I am'

John Horgan on cusp of retirement: 'I would like people to think that I stayed true to who I am'

As he prepares to step aside as premier this week, John Horgan is looking forward to more time with his family, and his new hobby: rock tumbling.
'I just don't think that he thought this would happen to him'

'I just don't think that he thought this would happen to him'

A Saanich man who hadn’t heard from his 57-year-old plumber brother in Vancouver in a while discovers he died days earlier in a drug house — even though no one in his family knew he was doing drugs.
MLA report on drug deaths calls for more treatment, recovery beds

MLA report on drug deaths calls for more treatment, recovery beds

The committee’s 37 recommendations also include using contact with health care or other government services as a key opportunity to connect those at risk with lifesaving supports and services
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