The invisibility of chronic pain

Chronic pain: just by looking at someone, it’s not something immediately detectible and often gets misunderstood for its invisibility. But, for the one-in-five people in British Columbia who suffer from pain lasting longer than three months, it’s anything but transparent.

I sat down and spoke with Fiona Wade, whose journey with chronic pain is completely unfathomable to most of us; Dr. Brenda Lau from Change Pain to talk about what, exactly, chronic pain is and what its biggest myths and misconceptions are; and Janice Muir – a clinical nurse pain management specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital and director on board with the Pain BC society to find out what is being done to educate the public, physicians and patients on chronic pain.

Listen below:

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Some East Van shops not as lucky in moving forward in medical marijuana application process

Photo: Getty Images - So far, 11 out of the 176 applications for medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved by the city.

Photo: Getty Images – So far, 11 out of the 176 applications for medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved by the city.

The City of Vancouver recently sent out letters 11 out of 176 medical marijuana dispensary applications advising them they can move forward in the application process, yet some businesses with two locations are only allowed to move forward with one development permit review.

The approved businesses meeting the zoning requirements will get to move forward with with development for a permit review, which includes the opportunity for public input. One East Vancouver business with two locations, however, will only get to move forward in the application process with one of its shops.

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