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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.

Healthcare

Patients and nurses are feeling the squeeze of staffing shortages—but they don't feel free to talk about it

By Brishti Basu
May 19, 2022

Shortages have meant overworked staff, a slide in patient care, and even temporary hospital ward closures

Healthcare

UPDATED: Greater Victoria hospitals considering hotels for patients as capacity limits reached

By Brishti Basu
Apr 25, 2022

An unannounced COVID surge is blending with ongoing staff shortages to create an “extreme overcensus situation” in local hospitals, weeks after COVID measures and regular data sharing were scrapped

COVID-19

‘Never seen it this bad’: new long COVID clinic opens in Victoria, as emergency rooms fill up

By Brishti Basu
Apr 14, 2022

At the Saanich Peninsula Hospital ER, a doctor says more patients without family doctors are showing up with post-COVID complications and other, worsening afflictions

COVID-19

BC removing vaccine card, daily reports despite signs of 6th wave

By Brishti Basu
Apr 5, 2022

Cases and hospitalizations are ticking upward, but BC is staying the course by removing restrictions and data sharing

Pay Check

'On the verge of mental and physical breakdown': why a growing number of Victoria nurses are quitting

By Brishti Basu
Mar 25, 2022

Victoria nurses cite short staffing, payroll issues, abuse as reasons for leaving the industry. Part 3 of our labour series, Pay Check

Food

Beleaguered restaurants pushing for patio reprieve

By Brishti Basu
Mar 19, 2022

Temporary patio liquor licences are set to expire in June. For restaurants, they’ve been a lifeline—and owners are afraid of losing them

COVID-19

Experts, critics urge caution as BC lifts mask mandate and other restrictions

By Brishti Basu
Mar 10, 2022

There’s room for optimism as the province announces its plan to remove restrictions, but this comes with new risks: BA.2 and the need to protect the most vulnerable

COVID-19

Vaccinated or not, on Lasqueti Island, everyone has to get along

By Brishti Basu
Feb 28, 2022

The island made headlines recently for its hardline anti-vax community, but there’s more to running a community than fighting over vaccines