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Brishti Basu

Brishti Basu is a Victoria-based journalist primarily covering social issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has appeared in VICE, National Geographic, The Tyee and several other publications.

COVID-19

Omicron is upending Vancouver Island hospitals and schools

By Brishti Basu
Jan 10, 2022

Health workers say they’re stretched past the breaking point, while teachers feel their concerns are ignored

COVID-19

Victoria healthcare workers brace for Omicron’s impact on nearly full hospitals

By Brishti Basu
Dec 23, 2021

Island Health is pleading with workers to take extra shifts, while some doctors and nurses say the province isn’t following the science on staff protection

COVID-19

Vancouver Island is awash with Omicron. What are authorities doing to slow it?

By Brishti Basu
Dec 20, 2021

Data from other jurisdictions show the Island is in for a rough month to come, but authorities are still denying basic facts about the virus

Healthcare

'Double barrel crisis': Treatment for Greater Victoria adults with eating disorders cut back despite increased demand

By Brishti Basu
Dec 14, 2021

Island residents south of the Malahat only have one government-funded option for ED treatment, but come January 2022, those services will be scaled back dramatically

Business

The couple behind Victoria’s horror escape room launches thrilling new indoor attraction on Yates Street

By Brishti Basu
Nov 27, 2021

The mini-golf course at Haunted Manor takes visitors through a twisted course full of (family-friendly) horrors.

Environment

How can you find out if you live in a Vancouver Island high-risk flood zone?

By Brishti Basu
Nov 21, 2021

Flood risk expert Jason Thistlethwaite says Vancouver Island’s flood maps are outdated and inaccessible

Business

Driftwood Brewery opens new tasting room experience in Esquimalt

By Brishti Basu
Nov 19, 2021

The tasting room opens alongside new offerings from breweries across the city. How will it fare?

COVID-19

BC parents look to US pharmacies to find COVID vaccines for under-12 kids

By Brishti Basu
Nov 17, 2021

Children in BC are expected to be able to get vaccinated before the holiday season, but pharmacies in Washington are already vaccinating Canadian kids