Sunday, May 24, 2020

Brishti Basu

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B.C. reports 10 new COVID-19 patients today, declares 82 per cent recovery rate

There continue to be no new cases in the Island Health region, but one new community outbreak has been declared in Abbotsford

B.C. reports 18 new COVID-19 cases today, death toll rises to 155

The number of active cases has gone up slightly since yesterday as there are now 310 cases in the province

BCCDC calls for more British Columbians to take COVID-19 response survey

Around 275,000 people have already taken the survey which will inform future decisions

Victoria Police investigating suspicious boat fire in Gorge Waterway

Police say it's unclear whether anyone was injured

Restaurants and pubs in B.C. can now apply for more patio space until October

To support businesses complying with COVID-19 distancing rules

Tornado makes brief landing in Saanich (VIDEOS)

Here’s something you don’t see every day 😳

British Columbians split on going to restaurants, gyms after COVID-19 reopening (SURVEY)

The study also asks about taking public transit and going to hair salons

12 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. today, three additional deaths

There have been no new cases in the Island Health region for a week

RCMP issue Canada-wide warrant for violent offender with links to Vancouver Island

Investigators in the Lower Mainland believe he is hiding on the island.

Victoria Symphony suspends all performances in 2020 season

There are plans to move performances to a virtual platform

B.C. reports 21 new COVID-19 cases today, three additional deaths

A jump into double digits after just two cases were reported yesterday

B.C. employment advocacy groups launch petition for provincial paid sick leave program

Premier Horgan says he's pushing for a national sick pay program but hasn't ruled out a provincial plan
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit to implement summer service levels starting May 25

Fare collection will resume on June 1

Victoria homeless camps at Topaz Park, Pandora corridor expect to be dismantled today

A total of 308 homeless people have been moved into indoor housing units thus far
Nanaimo man arrested

Nanaimo pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by vehicle

The driver remained on site and cooperated with the investigation

B.C. reports only two new COVID-19 cases today, registering lowest daily case number since...

Sadly, three more people died today bringing the death toll to 146

Driver injured after truck crashes into rock wall of Langford home

"Incredibly, no one other than the driver was injured in this collision."

B.C. announces pay boost for over 250,000 frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Through a lump-sum payment of around $4 per hour for a 16-week period

$1.6 million in funding available for Greater Victoria charities and non-profits

For charitable organizations struggling to meet increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saanich Fair cancelled as organizers explore moving some activities online

The annual event regularly draws crowds of over 45,000 over Labour Day weekend

Average monthly rent decreased by 8.7 per cent in Victoria last month (REPORT)

The report found that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rental prices across Canada

Here’s how two major shopping malls in Victoria are reopening tomorrow

What to expect when you visit the Bay Centre and/or the Hillside Shopping Centre

Restaurants, retailers, hair salons start opening in B.C. tomorrow. Here’s what to expect.

Businesses will be adopting guidelines on a case-by-case basis, but here's an idea of what customers can look forward to once they reopen

B.C. reports 21 new cases of COVID-19 today, one additional death

There are now 355 active cases across the province, and just one active case in the Island Health region

Five more people dead from COVID-19 in B.C., 15 new cases reported today

There are now 359 active cases in B.C. and two new outbreaks were reported today

106 Victoria workers expect to lose job after finding out about Comfort Inn sale...

Staff was not notified of the sale by the company's HR, and are now being told not to speak to media
Nanaimo man arrested

Elderly Nanaimo man injured after assault by another elderly man over dog walking complaint

The attacker punched the man in the face after he told him his dog should be leashed

Youth in Victoria can apply for free monthly bus passes online

The passes will then be mailed to their home.

Gyms and fitness studios on Vancouver Island will be allowed to reopen May 19

The order to close these facilities was originally expected to expire at the end of the month

K-12 students can start returning to classrooms in B.C. on June 1 on voluntary...

Families will be contacted by school leaders about individual schedules by May 22

BC Ferries fill up with passengers to islands ahead of long weekend as capacity...

Authorities have been advising against non-essential travel this Victoria Day long weekend

Three more COVID-19 deaths in B.C. today, as total case numbers reach nearly 2,400

One new case has been diagnosed in Island Health region today

B.C. dental clinics will not resume full service on May 19: Dental Association

They can only provide emergency care until further notice

Police find truck “parked” on top of vehicle in James Bay

This dramatic incident is being used as an example to prevent distracted driving

Over 70 per cent of British Columbians approve of provincial COVID-19 restart plan (SURVEY)

Most residents prefer a gradual reopening of the economy to mitigate the risks of virus transmission
coast guard

Coast Guard asks British Columbians to refrain from non-essential boat trips over long weekend

Boaters who do choose to venture into the waters are asked to carry their own food, fuel, and other supplies

B.C. Attorney General forgoes video appearance after viral Twitter account rates his room 1/10

"@Dave_Eby seems to have some particularly cruel kidnappers."

ICBC could see $1 billion losses for upcoming fiscal year after 100K drivers cancel...

But insurance claims dropped by nearly 50 per cent with fewer drivers on the road between mid-March and May 2

BC Transit enters $850K agreement to retrofit all buses will full driver doors by...

The doors are already being installed on bus fleets in Victoria and Nanaimo

“Fewer faces, bigger spaces”: How to safely expand your social circle in B.C. next...

Dr. Henry details how to date, host a BBQ, attend religious services, and more

16 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. today, one additional death

78% of all cases in the province have now recovered