Friday, July 10, 2020

Brishti Basu

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25 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. including two in Vancouver Island Health region reported...

One more person has died, and the number of active cases has jumped up to 187

Police watchdog looking into Victoria Police car crash after running red light

The OPCC is reviewing materials provided, and will then determine whether an investigation is required.

Victoria Clipper ferry suspends services until April 2021, MV Coho considering winter service

Both companies have taken a major financial hit due to loss of income over the summer

Assault suspect in alleged dog abuse case turns himself in to Saanich Police

BC SPCA has been notified of this incident.

B.C. sees 5.4% increase in employment in June as pandemic jobs start to return...

Over 118,000 people found employment in B.C. last month

Tattoo artists at two Victoria parlours fired after disturbing sexual assault allegations

WARNING: This article contains graphic content relating to sexual assault.

20 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. today, no additional deaths

The number of active cases has jumped to 175.

RCMP searching for sexual assault suspect believed to be on Vancouver Island

One of his victims was allegedly a girl under the age of 18.

“This is your chance to speak”: Survey launched to gauge extent of racism in...

The preliminary investigation reveals numerous racist incidents against Indigenous people across all health regions in B.C.

DavidsTea looks to permanently close stores in Canada and switch to an online model

The company has filed for creditor protection and plans to restructure.

B.C. reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths today

The province has now recorded over 3,000 total cases of novel coronavirus

Dashcam footage shows VicPD cruiser crashing into SUV after running red light (VIDEOS)

The police vehicle's siren and lights were not deployed.

Man assaulted in Saanich after confronting suspect about treatment of dog

Police are looking to identify the suspect, and have not ruled out contacting SPCA for this file.

More food services, gift shops to reopen on BC Ferries vessels this week

Last month, the company announced an expansion of their summer schedule

Three more Greater Victoria Public Library branches to resume in-person services this month

After two branches restarted limited services on June 30

Police investigating after body found in downtown Victoria

Police are working with BC Coroners Service to investigate the circumstances of death

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency to July 21

We remain in the longest state of emergency the province has ever seen

12 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. today, including 1 in Vancouver Island Health region

There are now three active cases in the region, and 162 total across the province.

B.C. launches faster way to verify virtual BC Services Card app

Around 125,000 people have set up a mobile services card so far.

Nearly 70% of Canadians “very likely” to take COVID-19 vaccine when available (STATS CAN)

Around 12% said they were unwilling to get a vaccine, while the rest remain unsure.

Multiple vehicle collisions slow traffic on Pat Bay Highway (UPDATED)

Both northbound and southbound lanes have been reduced to single lane traffic

B.C. buys restaurant on Vancouver Island to convert into homeless shelter

The Campbell River property was purchased for nearly $1 million
Nanaimo man arrested

Four arrested in Canada Day drug house bust by Nanaimo RCMP

Police also seized crack cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl, and $19,000 cash from the property

Tear gas used to arrest Saanich woman who threatened to burn down apartment building

"She had lit something on fire on her balcony, and she had a lighter in her possession," said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.

6 additional deaths, 31 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. over past three days

There are now 166 active cases remaining in the province

Woman arrested for allegedly robbing downtown Victoria store, assaulting police officer

The officer sustained minor injuries and was able to work the rest of their shift.

64-year-old experienced hiker goes missing on central Vancouver Island

A multi-day air and ground search is currently underway after he failed to return home on July 2

Langford teens found safe during extensive search after going missing near Lake Cowichan (UPDATED)

An RCMP helicopter and Civil Air Search and Rescue planes will be conducting an aerial search. 
hit and run

Oak Bay Police officer sustains minor injuries while ticketing teen for public intoxication

The officer tried to restrain the 16-year-old after he kept yelling "Fu** the Blue".
Armed Robbery

Victoria Police investigating assault with a weapon in Centennial Square

One person was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries

This horse carriage company is offering luxury picnic tours across Saanich Peninsula

Featuring gourmet cider, fresh picnic meals, and stunning farm and ocean vistas

13 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths reported in B.C. today

There are two active cases in the Vancouver Island Health region and 162 across B.C. in total

Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds launches campaign to support Victoria-based wildlife group

In just two days, the campaign has raised 77% of its goal amount

104 movies and shows coming to Netflix Canada in July 2020

Rediscover those old favourites, and indulge in a few new titles!

Saanich begins phased reopening of recreation centres in July

Gyms, pools, and ice are back in Saanich this month

First new COVID-19 case reported in Vancouver Island Health region since June 22

This was a travel-related case, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry

3 people dead, 24 new COVID-19 cases over the past two days in B.C.

One new case has been reported in the Island Health region for the first time since June 22
Mt Douglas

Around 200 young people gathered at Mount Douglas Park in Saanich for Canada Day

They cooperated when Saanich Police arrived to break up the party

Victoria Police investigating potential hate crime after Black man assaulted on BC Transit bus

The incident was captured in a video on the bus, and police are now trying to identify the suspect

Man arrested, hospitalized after mental health call at Hillside Ave residential building

The incident involved a weapon, and a part of the building was evacuated during the response

Nanaimo woman uploads tearful video after alleged racist encounter at local Tim Hortons (VIDEO)

The company has yet to comment on the video, which has since been viewed over 106,000 times

B.C. paramedics respond to highest number of drug overdose calls in one day last...

Last Friday saw double the average number of daily overdoses across the province

46-year-old Saanich man arrested for illegally importing tasers from China

The suspect was also found with other illegal weapons, including a 'medieval mace'

IMAX Victoria at Royal BC Museum will reopen this Friday

The theatre capacity has been reduced to 50

32-year-old man arrested for mail theft while breaking into Saanich business

He was caught red-handed after a security alarm went off.

12 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths reported in B.C. today

B.C. now stands at 152 active cases

B.C. starts allowing visitors at long term care, assisted living facilities with new rules...

The province has allocated $160 million for all LTC and assisted living facilities to hire more staff to oversee the implementation of safety measures