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 or on Twitter @brish_ti.

Latest News

Third Omicron wave will bring an onslaught of new COVID-19 patients by end of July: new expert report

By Brishti Basu
Jul 14, 2022

A predicted rise in cases driven by BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants could see 40 to 60 new hospital admissions per day


Victoria nursing student kicked out of program for staying home while COVID-positive

By Brishti Basu
Jul 13, 2022

Helen missed four days of clinical work at a long term care facility to protect vulnerable patients from the virus. Sprott Shaw College failed her for it.

Latest News

BC offers fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses this summer—but discourages uptake until fall

By Brishti Basu
Jul 8, 2022

Meanwhile, province seeks spike in cases and hospitalizations due to Omicron surge


Victoria hospitals, long COVID clinic brace for summer wave of COVID-19 reinfections

By Brishti Basu
Jun 30, 2022

New subvariants that can get past antibodies are on the rise in BC, while new research shows reinfections increase overall health risks


‘What they did was violent’: Witnesses decry VicPD treatment of mentally ill Black man

By Brishti Basu
Jun 15, 2022

Last week, police were called to check on Michael, a 64-year-old Black immigrant from Grenada. What neighbours saw contradicts police reports about what happened next.

Climate Change

‘They were trying to figure out how to stay alive’: Disability advocates slam heatwave response

By Brishti Basu
Jun 7, 2022

A dissenting voice on the provincial heat dome review panel says measures for disabled people were minimized in the final report, while Human Rights Watch and others are calling for better protections for the next heatwave


BC becomes first Canadian jurisdiction to decriminalize possessing small amounts of certain illicit drugs

By Brishti Basu
May 31, 2022

Critics say the announcement is a step in the right direction but the maximum amount that can be carried is too low


Police reform could have improved Victoria airport incident response

By Brishti Basu
May 28, 2022

The airport shutdown earlier this week could’ve been handled better if police had shared information faster and used resources close at hand, says MLA Adam Olsen