Born in Regina and raised in Winnipeg, coroner's agent Barbara McLintock was a Province reporter, columnist and Victoria bureau chief for more than 20 years. In 2002 she was named an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria. As an author, she first released 'the untold story' of the controversial Montreaux Clinic in Victoria in her book Anorexia's Fallen Angel (HarperCollins, 2002), about the clinic's operator Peggy Claude-Pierre. After Claude-Pierre was endorsed by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters, health authorities cancelled her clinic's license in 1999 asserting that the clinic was putting the health of some anorexia patients at risk and violating their legal rights. The first suggestions of wrongdoing came from Montreux staff members. McLintock followed the story for more than four years to produce Anorexia's Fallen Angel: The Untold Story of Peggy Claude-Pierre and the Montreux Clinic, a runner-up for the VanCity Book Prize in 2003. After leaving The Province to work as a freelancer, McLintock wrote Smoke-Free: How One City Successfully Banned Smoking in All Indoor Public Places (Granville Island Publishing, $19.95, 2004), the story of how Victoria enacted a 100% Clean Air Bylaw that includes bars, pubs and bingo halls with a compliance rate reputedly at 99%. Smoke-Free. In 2004 she was given the Victoria YM-YWCA's Woman of Distinction Award for Communication.

[BCBW 2003] "Health"