The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Brendan Carr to its board of directors.
Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish physician from the Tla’amin First Nation located near Powell River. Adams, the chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.
Prior to joining FNHA, Adams was deputy provincial health officer. In this role, he provided independent direction on First Nations and Aboriginal health issues to the BC Ministry of Health.
Adams completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Calgary, his Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St. Paul’s Hospital / UBC (as chief resident) and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Carr was named president and chief executive officer for Island Health in 2013 after previously serving as executive vice-president and chief medical officer. Before joining the health authority, he was vice-president of medicine with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax and an assistant professor with Dalhousie University.
Carr trained as an emergency department physician. He also holds a Master of Business Administration. Dr. Carr is a Certified Physician Executive, a Certified Healthcare Executive and has completed a research fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
Active in education and health services research, Carr is an advocate for transformation in health care.
The new directors’ appointments were approved at MSFHR’s annual general meeting on September 23. The meeting also marked the retirement of Dr. Marco Marra and Cathy Ulrich from the board. Ulrich first joined the board in 2007 and was on the governance committee since 2008. She stepped down after serving the maximum nine-year term.
About the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research:
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) empowers British Columbia’s best and brightest health researchers to pursue world-class innovation and stretch the bounds of what health research can achieve. Inspired by the memory and passion of Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, the Foundation was created in 2001 by the provincial government to build capacity for health research in BC. Since its inception, MSFHR has received more than $450 million from government to bolster BC’s capacity to develop new treatments and cures; help BC’s health system be more effective and responsive to emerging health threats; and keep BC’s health research sector globally competitive. The Foundation helps BC’s health research community discover solutions to our greatest health challenges; connect knowledge and action on provincial priorities; and engage partners to improve the research enterprise. Learn more at www.msfhr.org
With today’s launch of the BC Ale Trail, tourists and craft beer enthusiasts have a new definitive guide to exploring B.C.’s craft beer scene and local sightseeing attractions.
With the booming growth of craft breweries in B.C. – going from 54 breweries in 2010 to more than 125 today and more on the horizon – British Columbia is continuing to grow its reputation as the craft beer capital of Canada. Together, these breweries produce more than 40 different types of beer each day in every part of the province. The BC Ale Trail is an interactive website with detailed itineraries that include maps, restaurant and lodging, unexpected sites, and a variety of craft beer suggestions that encourages beer lovers locally and from afar to continue to explore craft beer in B.C.
The ale trail is based on the bestselling book, Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries. The project was spearheaded by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and supported by a $70,000 investment from the Province through Destination BC. The ale trail was also developed with the collaboration of seven of B.C’s destination marketing organizations, each in areas with a unique scenic and brewing landscape: Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler. The BC Ale Trail targets tourists from the Pacific Northwest and within Canada, encouraging them to come to B.C. to explore the province’s bourgeoning craft beer industry and enjoy B.C.’s natural wilderness, activities and urban experiences.
To plan your trip on the BC Ale Trail: www.bcaletrail.ca
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring. The second in a series of powerful October storms has arrived bringing heavy showers and very strong winds. At 12 p.m., the low is approximately 100 km south of Tofino. Ahead of the low, the wind will continue to increase from the southeast along the west coast of Vancouver Island peaking at 100 km/h early this afteroon. East Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound near Bowen Island, Southern Gulf Islands, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley – West including Abbotsford regions will see their winds from the southeast increase up to 80 km/h early this afternoon. As the low moves across the South Coast, the winds will veer to southwest 40 gusting to 80 km/h late this afternoon over West Vancouver Island region, through Inland Vancouver Island region and progressing eastward reaching Metro Vancouver by early evening. Port Alberni will see their strongest winds from the southwest gusting to 90 km/h with the passage of the low. The strong winds will ease this evening before the next powerful storm arrives late Saturday. ### Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to email@example.com or tweet reports to #BCStorm.
A Wind Warning is issued for 70 km/h or higher of sustained wind and/or gusts to 90 km/h or more.
Calling Artists in Vancouver Island and Coast Region: Arts Integration Learning Lab
Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools? Or do you already have some experience and want to enhance your skills?
The Arts Integration Learning Lab is a professional development experience for artists of all disciplines, designed to build their capacity and position them to work alongside educators in schools. This event offers a series of five practical, experiential learning workshops taking place in Nanaimo, from November 14 to 18, 2016. Professional artists living throughout BC’s Vancouver Island and Coast region are invited to apply by September 30, 2016 at artstarts.com/infusion
The cost for artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will be subsidized and covers tuition, program materials and lunch. A subsidy for accommodation is also available. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia’s Creative Futures program.
The Arts Integration Learning Lab is presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts regularly offers Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across BC.
The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016
Learn more and apply online at http://artstarts.com/infusion
The number of overnight international visitors to British Columbia surpassed the two-million mark for the first six months of 2016.
According to Statistics Canada, 2,307,624 visitors came to B.C. from January to June, a 12.4% increase (254,935 additional visitors) over the same period last year.
During the same time frame, other highlights include visits from the United States, which were up 12.4%, visits from Mexico up 38.6% and visits from China up 22%.
In addition, 656,676 international visitors came to B.C. in June alone – an 8.6% increase compared to June 2015. There were increases in visitors from a number of markets in June over the same month in 2015, including:
- China, up 48.8%
- Mexico, up 40.2%
- Japan, up 22.6%
- South Korea, up 21.8%
- India, up 20.9%
- Australia, up 19.7%
- Europe, up 3.9%
- United States, up 4.4%
A number of factors are contributing to the growth in visitor numbers, including increased air access and capacity to Vancouver, a low Canadian dollar and Destination BC’s new international marketing strategy.
The Canada Transportation Agency just announced a sixth mainland China based air carrier, Capital Airlines, will start servicing Vancouver International Airport in December. Each new daily international flight to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) creates between 150 and 200 new jobs at the airport, plus more jobs in B.C.’s hotels, tourism attractions and businesses. The new flights are thanks in part to government’s elimination of a 2012 international jet-fuel tax to reduce costs for airlines and give travellers more choices.