Online medical service, EQ Virtual, working to bring accessible health care to the Downtown Eastside

EQ Virtual is working to become accessible to members of the Downtown Eastside. Photo by: Jonathan Hayward

EQ Virtual is working to become accessible to members of the Downtown Eastside. Photo by: Jonathan Hayward

Equinoxe LifeCare, a health care management company partnered with EQ Virtual, an online service allowing patients to see health care professionals through video visits, is working to become accessible for people in the Downtown Eastside.

The health care service, which is already available to the public, requires patients to have a computer or a mobile device; from there, they create their account, provide their health care card number for covered visits, describe their symptoms, and are then connected with a doctor over video chat.

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New street vending restrictions in the Downtown Eastside will negatively affect vendors’ livelihoods

Street vendors around East Hastings are desperate to continue selling because it’s the only solution they have to make ends meet with a lack of affordable housing in an area being rapidly gentrified, according to advocates.

The city’s decision to force the sellers to move to the new sites and impose restrictions on how often they can sell is devastating, says Maria Wallstam from the Carnegie Community Action Plan Project.

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