B.C. health minister defends Dr. Bonnie Henry in legislature over response to COVID-19 transmission in schools – CBC

Emails revealed in report show provincial health officer sought data to fit a narrative, Greens leader says

Oct 25, 2022

B.C.’s Health Minister defended Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in the legislature on Tuesday, after the leader of the B.C. Green Party said British Columbians have been misled about COVID-19 transmissions in schools.

Sonia Furstenau questioned Adrian Dix about emails from Henry and public health leaders centred on the province’s response to COVID-19 transmission in schools, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and published by the Burnaby Beacon and Capital Daily.

Furstenau highlighted a December 2020 email written by Henry ahead of a press briefing asking health officials for data that indicated transmission in schools was low.

“Could you please give me some of the stats from your school assessments for the media brief today,” Henry wrote, according to the Beacon report. “We need to be able to give some data that supports what we keep saying transmission in schools is low.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-greens-leader-sonia-furstenau-bonnie-henry-gaslighting-in-schools-1.6629568

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