Morning Headlines: February 7th

Emily Vance / February 7, 2019

The report found Vancouver to have the highest daycare fees for toddlers in all of Canada, averaging $1407 monthly. (Emily Vance / BCIT News)

Price of child-care rising faster than inflation in some cities – and dropping in others

A report published today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that families in cities who have adopted fixed-fee systems are seeing their cost-saving benefits. Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island all have seen the price stabilizing effects of a set fee system.

There’s a huge discrepancy in major Canadian cities with different provincial policies. Fees for infant care in Montreal hovers around $175 – whereas the same level of care in Toronto comes in at $1685.

Overdose patients at St Paul’s Hospital to receive take-home withdrawal medication

St Paul’s Hospital has become the first in Canada to provide a take home treatment for opiate withdrawal immediately following an overdose patient’s visit to the ER.

Patients will be given a three day supply of Suboxone, an opioid substitution that does not produce a high, but still satisfies opioid receptors within the brain.

Preliminary numbers from the BC Coroner’s report on overdose death numbers in 2018 show that the number of deaths are still rising every year.

A peer support worker at Vancouver’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic at St Paul’s says there is a short window of opportunity to get people into treatment. (Pixabay)

City of Vancouver Financial Services Director Melanie Kerr says the city is investigating the potential impacts of an increase. (BCIT News)

Vancouver considers raising Empty Homes Tax, claims success

The City of Vancouver has released a statement that says the number of vacant properties in Vancouver has decreased by 15 per cent from 2017 to 2018.

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart is now considering an increase to the one per cent tax, as the city says the tax has boosted rental stock in the city.