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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.

One TV at Royal Jubilee replaced, pleasing a patient; others still without

One TV at Royal Jubilee replaced, pleasing a patient; others still without

The company that maintains the hospital TVs says there have been problems with the contract, made more complicated by the pandemic
Shelter head blames young worker's death on gaps in Nanaimo health care

Shelter head blames young worker's death on gaps in Nanaimo health care

Sophia, 23, died of sepsis after likely contracting an infection from her workplace
Initial IVF treatments to be publicly funded in B.C. starting next year

Initial IVF treatments to be publicly funded in B.C. starting next year

B.C. will join other provinces, including Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec, in funding an initial IVF treatment — which typically costs about $15,000 to $20,000 per cycle.
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.
Broken TV at Royal Jubilee Hospital finally expected to be fixed

Broken TV at Royal Jubilee Hospital finally expected to be fixed

Fate of other broken televisions in the patient care centre is still up in the air, amid a contract dispute between Island Health and TV-service provider HealthHub Solutions
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.
Former nurse now a Royal Jubilee patient waits months for TV repair

Former nurse now a Royal Jubilee patient waits months for TV repair

The woman and her family have tried in vain since December to get her outdated, not-so-flat-screen TV fixed — one of many broken in the patient care centre.
Missing Campbell River teens located by police dog on Quadra Island

Missing Campbell River teens located by police dog on Quadra Island

Two Campbell River girls missing since Monday were tracked down by an RCMP dog just after noon on Friday.
About 200 rally in Duncan over crime and street disorder

About 200 rally in Duncan over crime and street disorder

The rally was organized by Cowichan-based Canadian Citizens Against Crime and Public Drug Use
Building fire underlines rising concern about Duncan street disorder

Building fire underlines rising concern about Duncan street disorder

The now boarded-up building will serve as a backdrop for a rally Friday aimed at urging the provincial government to do more to address increasing street mayhem
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