Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Brishti Basu

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Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz. Got a story? Shoot me an email: brishti@victoriabuzz.com

Victoria council to discuss getting rid of newspaper boxes downtown

The issues with these boxes were outlined in a letter written by the Downtown Victoria Business Association

Red, yellow, white onions recalled across Canada due to possible Salmonella contamination

120 people have been affected so far, including 43 in B.C.

Only 40% of British Columbians say they will send kids back to school in...

And 48% are not sure what they will do.

Nanaimo woman arrested after series of “bizarre” incidents

It started with an assault and ended with arrest at a public beach.

Langford strata petitions to remove convicted child sex offender from neighbourhood

The perpetrator is a military veteran who was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest, partly because he had PTSD.
Nanaimo man arrested

Mounties arrest two, seize fentanyl and other drugs in Nanaimo drug house bust

Police executed a search warrant after neighbours complained of suspicious activity and "vile odours".

Victoria Police searching for “high-risk” missing 80-year-old woman (UPDATED)

She suffers from a medical condition which may lead to her being confused

Three more Greater Victoria Public Library branches reopening in August

Limited in-person services will be available.

B.C. reports 50 new COVID-19 cases, one death in past 24 hours

Including one new case in the Vancouver Island Health region

More cops assigned to Burnside-Gorge, Beacon Hill Park after 35% increase in calls

There was a 500% increase in Indecent Acts committed in those areas in the past few months.

21 new supporting housing units for at-risk Indigenous women opening in Victoria

Residents will start moving into these units in mid-August.

New Urgent Primary Care Centre opening in Esquimalt in 2021

This will be the fourth UPCC in the Island Health region in recent years

43 British Columbians affected by Salmonella outbreak linked to red onions from U.S.

As of July 30, 114 Salmonella cases were recorded in western and central Canada

Victoria Police investigating after City Hall window broken by suspected air gun

The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

B.C. restricts non-resident travel to Haida Gwaii in light of COVID-19 outbreak

There have been 20 cases recorded in this outbreak.

Passengers needing medical support will be given priority boarding on BC Ferries

Those who want to access this service will need a doctor's letter and a filled out Travel Assistance Program (TAP) form.

B.C. reports 29 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths today

Active cases have dropped to 242 as of today.

B.C. sets new regulations to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040

This target was first announced in 2018.

Victoria residents report seeing smoke from wildfire in Washington state

The wildfire that broke out yesterday has since grown to 20 acres.

Three men arrested in View Royal after drug trafficking investigation

Police seized narcotics, cash, and a replica handgun from the property they were operating from
Nanaimo man arrested

Nanaimo RCMP searching for missing 11-year-old boy (UPDATED)

He hasn't been seen since 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29

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

Six more cases have been linked to the outbreak on Haida Gwaii

Most K-12 students will return to in-class instruction in B.C. this September

Today's announcement included the creation of a new cohort system and a $45.6 million investment from the province.
Nanaimo man arrested

Assault arrest in Nanaimo leads to discovery of “military grade” weapons

The Canadian Armed Forces have been contacted to safely dispose of the munitions

Highway upgrades near Langford are 50% complete: Ministry of Transportation

""There were too many accidents occurring on this stretch of road...," said Minister Claire Trevena.

Victoria Police arrest four youths after large downtown brawl

One of the suspects kicked and spat on police during the arrest.

Esquimalt Ribfest cancels event this year, postpones to 2021

This end-of-summer tradition will also have to wait until next year

23 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death reported in B.C. today

There remain 10 active cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Victoria Police searching for “high risk” missing 25-year-old man

He is believed to be driving a grey 2005 Nissan Altima, and is accompanied by his dog

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended until at least November 2020

With the option to further extend it to December 31, 2020.

Court grants Victoria injunction to move campers out of sensitive parts of Beacon Hill...

According to the city, many have already moved their camps away from protected areas.

BC Ferries issues advisory, tips for smooth sailing ahead of August long weekend

They expect a busy weekend of travel ahead.

Vancouver Island colleges to receive over $1M for more health care training

Out of a total $4.4 million investment in similar programs at institutions across B.C.
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B.C. planning to restrict number of people at vacation rentals amid COVID-19 surge

The onus to ensure compliance of this order will fall on property owners.

B.C. reports 30 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death today

One more person tested positive for the virus in the Vancouver Island Health region today

Man hospitalized after mental health incident on Dallas Road

Police say they were able to successfully de-escalate the situation.

Vancouver Island’s worst kept secret, ‘The Quarry’, officially closed to visitors

The owners now plan to donate this beloved attraction and have it turned into a protected regional park.

New rules announced for B.C. restaurants and bars as COVID-19 cases continue to surge

For one, patrons will be required to stay in their designated seats other than for bathroom breaks

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

There are now 8 active cases in VIHA, and 285 total across the province.

32-year-old woman drowns in Matheson Lake in Metchosin

She was rushed to hospital after witnesses performed CPR.

25 new natural gas BC Transit buses to start operating in Victoria

80 of these buses are expected to operate in Victoria by the end of the year

Ban on most types of open fires on Vancouver Island take effect this week

Small campfires and cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes will still be allowed.

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency to August 4

Declarations of emergency can be extended by increments of 14 days at a time.
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RCMP special units keep Brothers Keepers gang from expanding to Nanaimo

Police say the gang has continued operations during the pandemic.

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

"Our curve is trending upward, and we need to bend our curve back down to where it belongs."