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Brishti Basu

Brishti Basu is a Capital Daily Reporter based in Victoria. She speaks English and is a generalist that primarily covers social issues and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues relevant to Victoria and Vancouver Island. She began her career in journalism as a reporter with Victoria Buzz in 2017, and has been published in places like VICE, The Tyee, National Geographic, BBC Future, and more. Her work so far covers a wide range of topics, from systematic racism to climate change, marine mammal welfare to culinary nomenclature, and beyond. You can reach Brishti at brishti@capitaldaily.ca or on Twitter @brish_ti.

Mental Health

From streets to hospitals: Victoria and BC groups work on fixes for mental health-care system

By Brishti Basu
Sep 23, 2022

An Indigenous-led peer mental health team is addressing immediate needs while the province updates health-care training

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Staff limitations determine the pace of Island COVID booster shot rollout

By Brishti Basu
Sep 21, 2022

School immunization programs are on pause, as staff are called to administer the bivalent shots at mass vaccination clinics

Addiction

Death toll in Victoria’s toxic drug crisis continues to rise, with safe supply still missing

By Brishti Basu
Sep 17, 2022

A local outreach worker says the past month has been particularly deadly for the city’s most vulnerable populations

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Victoria mayoral candidates present their twists on incentives for healthcare workers

By Brishti Basu
Sep 16, 2022

Stephen Andrew and Marianne Alto share common ground when it comes to municipalities finding new ways to attract healthcare workers

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Residents concerned about risk to pedestrians on Esquimalt’s Lyall Street

By Brishti Basu
Sep 11, 2022

Council, police, and the naval base have all responded to concerns about chronic speeding at an intersection near the local elementary school

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BC announces bivalent COVID-19 vaccine rollout ahead of “uncertain” fall respiratory illness season

By Brishti Basu
Sep 7, 2022

Invitations to book a booster shot will come as soon as the end of this week

Addiction

Victorians rally for safe supply, detox beds after two-week spike in toxic drug deaths

By Brishti Basu
Sep 1, 2022

Five people in Victoria died in the week of Aug. 14, joining over 10,000 who have lost their lives to the drug poisoning crisis since 2016.

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Heavy police response to woman in mental health crisis ends without violence

By Brishti Basu
Aug 29, 2022

Police were on Pandora Ave for nearly eight hours on Sunday night