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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.

No-fault system is benefiting British Columbians rather than enriching lawyers: Eby

No-fault system is benefiting British Columbians rather than enriching lawyers: Eby

Any gaps in coverage in the new no-fault system can be addressed in a five year-review, the premier says
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
Cyclist left quadriplegic after crash says ICBC savings are built on backs of crash victims

Cyclist left quadriplegic after crash says ICBC savings are built on backs of crash victims

Victoria lawyer Tim Schober says no-fault insurance helped turn ICBC’s financial fortunes around, but victims like him are paying the price
UVic prof caught up in 2012 health firings remembered as 'force of nature'

UVic prof caught up in 2012 health firings remembered as 'force of nature'

Health Minister Adrian Dix called UVic professor Rebecca Warburton a ‘remarkable, determined, generous person who stuck to her position and stuck to her belief in the evidence’
Students seek naloxone kits in UVic dorms after fatal OD

Students seek naloxone kits in UVic dorms after fatal OD

The group is looking into having mandatory training for all students during orientation at UVic, in partnership with university administration
Coroner's inquest will investigate death of UVic student who died from drug overdose, says premier

Coroner's inquest will investigate death of UVic student who died from drug overdose, says premier

Sidney McIntyre-Starko went into cardiac arrest following fentanyl poisoning in a UVic dorm room
Green leader calls for child-protection workers to have social-worker training, oversight

Green leader calls for child-protection workers to have social-worker training, oversight

A bill introduced by Furstenau this week would amend the Social Workers Act to require anyone using the title “social worker” to hold a degree in social work and be registered with the B.C. College of Social Workers
Amendment will prevent violent offenders from changing names

Amendment will prevent violent offenders from changing names

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix introduced the amendment Monday after it was revealed child-killer Alan Schoenborn was fighting to keep his new name from being publicized.
Drivers to get $110 rebates from ICBC, basic rate to stay same for sixth year

Drivers to get $110 rebates from ICBC, basic rate to stay same for sixth year

The rebates will start going out in late May to all personal and commercial customers who had an active eligible basic insurance policy in February.
Open drug use banned in public places, after Health Canada approves change

Open drug use banned in public places, after Health Canada approves change

The move comes after a public outcry about open drug use in city streets and in hospitals.
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