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24Jun

FortisBC claims an end to ‘range anxiety’ as new electric vehicle supercharging stations open | CBC News

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FortisBC unveiled two of 12 new Direct Current Fast Charge stations in Kelowna Monday. The pair at the Kelowna City Airport are part of the province’s bigger plan to create more electric vehicle accessibility across the southern Interior.

The new supercharger stations will be able to recharge an electric vehicle in 20 to 30 minutes, compared to three to four hours at a conventional charging station, said Doug Stout, Fortis’s vice president.  

He says charging up shouldn’t take longer than getting a cup of coffee at the local café.

“We’re laying [charge stations] out across the southern Interior and they’re really designed for those long trips, so you can pop in and charge your car quickly on a long trip and carry on again. It takes away that range anxiety people talk about.”

Fortis says it’s planning to build up a robust grid of charging stations across the province.

Similar stations are planned for Beaverdale, Osoyoos, Cawston, Nelson, Kaslo, Rossland, New Denver, and Nakusp.

FortisBC plans to have 17 Level 3 charging stations up and running by the end of 2019. It says 40 stations should be in place across the southern Interior by the end of 2020. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

40 by 2020

The company says it will operate and maintain the stations, with the help of funding from all three levels of government. Stout says the plan is to have 17 superchargers in the Kelowna-Creston-Princeton service by the end of this year, with 40 in place by the end of 2020.

“I think it makes the decision [to buy an EV] a lot easier. [The provincial government] topped up some more funding into the EV program. But there’s been a huge uptake and they actually have gone through most of the funding already.”

To extend the program, starting June 24 the province has reduced its portion of EV consumer rebates from $5,000 to $3,000.

Federal rebates take another $5,000 off the cost of EVs, and $2,500 off plug-in hybrids.

Ottawa also increased the vehicle value limit from $45,000 to $55,000 to increase buyer options.


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6Mar

Psilocybin touted as magical relief from death anxiety

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Windsor, Ont., police display a large quantity of drugs on Jan. 13, 2012, that were seized in the area, including psilocybin (magic mushrooms) shown here.


Dan Janisse / The Windsor Star

The active ingredient in magic mushrooms may soon be used to help people with a terminal illness come to terms with death.

A counsellor in Victoria is part of a team that wants to use the psychedelic substance psilocybin to treat a condition called end-of-life distress when someone suffers from a combination of anxiety, depression and demoralization.

Bruce Tobin said that there are about 3,000 people with a terminal illness across the country whose end-of-life-distress is so severe that traditional treatments have been unable to alleviate it.

“We are being very restrictive about the clients we are seeking to treat,” he said. “We’re only seeking to treat those for whom all other treatments have failed. There is now growing scientific evidence that this is likely to be effective for them.”

On Tuesday, Tobin was part of an application to Health Canada seeking a Section 56 exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The exemption allows researchers, including physicians, veterinarians and others affiliated with universities and private industry, to use a controlled substance. Psilocybin is a controlled drug under Schedule III of the act.

Tobin is a registered clinical counsellor who practises psychotherapy. He leads a clinical team that includes two doctors, two psychologists, two registered clinical counsellors and a nurse/pastoral counsellor. All have received specialized training in psychedelic medicine.

Tobin said he wants to see psilocybin used to treat patients who “have nothing left to lose and who are in abject pain.” He said his team would use pharmaceutical grade psilocybin, not ‘magic mushrooms’ whose active ingredient is psilocybin.

“The effects from the synthetic psilocybin, as far as I know, are indistinguishable from the effects of organic mushrooms,” he said by phone from a town south of La Paz in Baja, Mexico. “There are certainly perceptual, cognitive and emotional changes that a person experiences while under the effects of psilocybin. It is precisely those changes that result in a kind of re-evaluation of their life situation.

“They gain new insights and perspectives on their life and its meaning and their relationships. It helps them reframe their understanding of their impending death and leads, in a vast majority of cases, to a much deeper acceptance of death as a part of life and an understanding that even though they’re dying that basically, everything is OK.”

Recent studies, he said, have shown that treatment with psilocybin produces large decreases in depression and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning and optimism.

In one study, a six-month followup after treatment showed that about 80 per cent continued to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety.

He said psilocybin would be used in association with psychotherapy that includes screening, assessment, preparation and followup.

Tobin said if Health Canada denies the application, then his team is prepared to challenge the decision in court using the same kind of Charter arguments used for medical cannabis.

In 35 years of treating anxiety and depression, Tobin said he’s seen little improvement in the effectiveness of medications despite all the billions of dollars spent on developing them.

“Psilocybin promises to be a game-changer,” he said in a news release. “Medicines such as this may well soon revolutionize not only palliative and hospice care, but psychotherapy and psychiatry in general.”

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