Author

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.

Environment

NFTs to save trees: viral photos of old-growth log for sale to support Fairy Creek blockades

By Brishti Basu
Jun 16, 2021

NFTs have been criticized for their environmental impact, but some say their fundraising potential could outweigh the harm

Policing

Disbelief and outrage after no criminal charges against police officer who killed Chantel Moore

By Brishti Basu
Jun 9, 2021

Moore, a 26-year-old Tla-o-qui-aht woman from Vancouver Island, was killed during a 'wellness check' in New Brunswick last year

COVID-19

How safe is BC’s safe restart plan for Vancouver Island?

By Brishti Basu
Jun 3, 2021

Uncertainties, questions, and data gaps continue to plague BC’s provincial restart plan as we inch closer and closer to pre-COVID life

Immigration

Palestinians in Victoria find comfort in numbers

By Brishti Basu
Jun 2, 2021

Hundreds attended a May rally, the first time many in the community had found one another

Politics

Racism is a Victoria problem: report

By Brishti Basu
May 22, 2021

Seventy per cent of respondents reported feeling 'isolated, lonely and unsafe in Victoria' as a direct result of racism

COVID-19

UPDATED: What the leaked COVID-19 report tells us about Vancouver Island

By Brishti Basu
May 10, 2021

Data transparency has been top-of-mind for independent researchers, who say even after the report was leaked they have no access to raw data

COVID-19

‘We may have averted disaster’: Island COVID-19 cases decline but healthcare staff feeling the pressure

By Brishti Basu
May 4, 2021

Hospitalizations haven't fallen yet as daily cases have, and healthcare workers are exhausted

COVID-19

‘Everything changed’: Victoria teachers, parents anxious about rising COVID-19 exposures in schools

By Brishti Basu
Apr 19, 2021

The province has consistently said schools are not a major source of transmission, but rarely provides up-to-date data