Renu Bakshi

Renu Bakshi: ‘Calm before the storm’ – upcoming death laws test Canada’s woke values

You can see a euthanasia accessor in Vancouver sooner than a family doctor

Vancouver’s PR Crisis: How Kennedy Stewart’s silence became an ABC battle cry

“Vancouver resembles Gotham City,” said a stranger named Jared on election day. He told me that since arriving from Manitoba six years ago, he’s sickened by Vancouver’s decline, and that too, in a...

Bikeshare station against public art depicts a city arguing with itself

A quintessential Vancouver debate emerged a few days ago, this one with an unexpected twist, a turn so sharp that it likely caused city officials pause, confusion, and panic.  Full disclosure. This...

Discriminatory B.C. health policies favour government workers

This column is about a forgotten group whose voice has been drowned by anti-vaccine rhetoric – a group that has been wilfully ignored by the B.C. government and public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry...

The exit of Dr. Henry and other top 10 predictions for 2022

As our lives remain more new than normal, here are some predictions (and wishful thinking) for 2022.   Dr. Henry Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry’s credibility keeps slipping. Last spring,...

Controversial tweet's fallout holds lesson for employers, employees

You’ll often find the following disclaimer on social media profiles: “Tweets are my own and don’t represent my employer.” I shake my head at the naivety of even the most educated. If an employee...

Bonnie Henry’s spin doctoring does public no favours during public health emergency

In an initial news conference about COVID-19, our Provincial Health Officer revealed she was “tired.” Dr. Bonnie Henry worked on the SARS outbreak that lasted six months. That was 17 years ago. The...

Cancel culture has fundamentally changed corporate decisions

I served almost my entire journalism career in a time when traditional media was the public’s only means of learning about issues and events. The public’s only means to comment was to write a letter...

B.C. can learn something from Francesco Aquilini’s pandemic lesson

When Vancouver Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini took to Twitter to fire the team’s national anthem singer, Mark Donnelly, he delivered a strong message about public safety: wear a mask or face...

Communications key to managing health, medical emergencies

“A pandemic is a communications emergency as much as a medical crisis.” The premise of that core Epidemic Intelligence Service principle quoted in a recent New Yorker article is this: communicate...