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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.

Parents of boy who died in care say apprehensions need more oversight

Parents of boy who died in care say apprehensions need more oversight

Oliver Ratchford, 6, died just days after he was removed from the family home
Saanich Peninsula Hospital ER to get physician assistant in pilot project

Saanich Peninsula Hospital ER to get physician assistant in pilot project

While the pilot project is being hailed as a significant step, it won’t yet see the hospital’s ER reopen overnight
Victoria boy, 6, died days after being placed in foster care

Victoria boy, 6, died days after being placed in foster care

The coroners service and the Children and Families Ministry are investigating the death of Oliver Ratchford, who was found face-down in a backyard garden pond.
Contractor agrees to replace TVs at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Contractor agrees to replace TVs at Royal Jubilee Hospital

HealthHub Solutions will begin the work immediately, the health authority said Monday
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.
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