Sunday, September 20, 2020

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139 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths reported in B.C. Friday

"The cases we are seeing today are a direct result of how we spent our Labour Day long weekend."

Canada-U.S. border closure extended til October 21

For non-essential travellers.

Federal, provincial governments announce $1B funding for public transit in B.C.

Through a 50/50 cost share agreement.

Woman arrested in Colwood after hit and run, possible impaired driving

No injuries were reported in the incident.

B.C. announces new Urgent and Primary Care Centre opening in Saanich in November 2020

This will be the third UPCC to open in Greater Victoria.

Saline gargle COVID-19 test now available in B.C. for children up to age 19

A first-of-its-kind test that can be self-administered or taken with the help of a parent.

B.C. reports record high 165 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death Thursday

Including one new case in the Vancouver Island Health region.

$300M allocated to hire more health care workers in B.C. as part of economic...

The plan is to add 7,000 new workers to the health care sector.

West Shore RCMP looking to identify shoplifter who allegedly stole $1,500 worth of items

The incident took place at Lowes in Langford.

122 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. today as active cases surpass 1,600

None of these new cases were in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Fire that destroyed local business believed to be set intentionally: Nanaimo RCMP

Police are looking to identify the suspects.

Here’s how getting your flu shot in B.C. will look different this fall

The B.C. Pharmacy Association is preparing for increased demand this year.

B.C. top doctor authorizes nurses to prescribe drugs amid overdose crisis

As a measure to get more people off the increasingly toxic street drug supply.

Canada Post continues delivery suspension for some parts of Vancouver Island and B.C.

Other parts of the island and southern B.C. will experience delays.

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency to September 29

The province has been in a state of emergency since March 18.

B.C. reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Tuesday

Hospitalizations and ICU rates continue to be on the rise.
Tim Elliott

Body of missing Sidney man found in Elk Lake: Saanich Police

BC Coroners Service has been notified.

Potentially impaired driver crashes into stopped vehicle near Langford

No injuries were reported in the incident.

B.C. First Nations seeking location data of COVID-19 cases near their communities

An outbreak was recently reported in the Heiltsuk First Nation.

Here’s where active COVID-19 cases are located in Vancouver Island Health region

The region currently has 12 active cases, 5 of which were reported over the weekend.

Victoria Police searching for ‘high risk’ missing 12-year-old girl (UPDATED)

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911

317 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

There were five new cases reported in the Vancouver Island Health region over the weekend.

One arrested after police disperse large parties at UVic and surrounding area Friday night

The individual was arrested for public intoxication.

B.C. approves plastic bag ban bylaws for Victoria, other municipal governments

Victoria first introduced the bylaw in 2018, but it was quashed the year after.

Smoky skies, poor air quality to persist in Victoria until Monday: Environment Canada

Authorities recommend postponing any strenuous outdoor activities until the smoke dissipates next week.

132 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. Friday, 3 in Vancouver Island Health region

Over 3,000 people across B.C. are in self-isolation after being exposed to the virus.

‘Shocking and disappointing’: Drunk driver caught speeding in Saanich school zone

On the first day that K-12 students returned to classrooms.

Air quality back up to “very high risk” in Victoria, Saanich Friday morning

It is expected to stay at high risk all day and into Saturday.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for flight that landed in Victoria last weekend

The plane arrived from Toronto on September 5.

B.C. reports record high 139 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Including two new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Environment Canada issues temperature warning for Greater Victoria this week

Due to a bout of unseasonably warm weather for two days.

Greater Victoria now has 350 Little Free Libraries installed throughout the region

And here's how you can find ones near you!

B.C. announces $3.7 million expansion for Island Sexual Health centre in Victoria

They will hire more staff and expand the space to incorporate more examination rooms.

B.C. projecting $12.8 billion budget deficit for 2020-21 fiscal year

Virtually all sectors of the economy are projected to experience decline this year before starting to bounce back in 2021.

‘Unwelcome intrusion’: Horgan disappointed at Transport Canada reversal on ferry rules

Starting Sept. 30, BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles on the lower deck.

Uber plans to launch in Victoria and Kelowna by end of 2020

Their application is expected to take 3 months to process.

B.C. reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths on Wednesday

Hospitalizations and health care facility outbreaks are on a steady rise.

B.C. top doctor says we can ‘rescue Halloween’ this year despite pandemic

Rest assured, Halloween has not been cancelled due to COVID-19.

B.C. announces winter pandemic plan: more flu shots, more testing, more health care staff

Thousands of additional health care staff and more hospital beds are expected to bolster the province's pandemic response.

Victoria Police seeking last suspect in 17-person drug trafficking ring at Centennial Square

So far, 16 people have been arrested and face charges for drug trafficking and related crimes.

BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles starting...

Due to Transport Canada rescinding the temporary flexibility introduced in the spring.

B.C. shuts down clubs, bans liquor at bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. amid...

More plans for the next few months of the pandemic in B.C. will be released Wednesday.

429 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

Including four new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Police continue search for high-risk Victoria man missing since Monday morning

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

Victoria Police officer fined $167 for car crash after running red light (VIDEO)

There were no injuries but both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash.

Here’s how post-secondary students in B.C. can access 24/7 free mental health counselling

The program was launched in April and will remain operational for at least 3 years.